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11/2 – 11/4
Indian Self-Determination Act: Law & Administration
Silver Legacy Inn
407 N. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89501











KIVA provides many customized training & events year round. These courses meet annual training certification requirements and we GUARANTEE them with post-training technical assistance. For more information, contact us at  866.202.5482 or






KIVA offers a variety of specialized consulting services to tribal nations. Our staff and associates have over 75 years of hands-on experience eager to help reach tribal and individual goals.









KIVA Institute provides quality services to promote capacity building for Indian tribes and tribal organizations, alongside federal and local agency service providers. Our goal is to enhance relationships between Indian tribes and funding agencies, inspire tribal members towards developing a determined mindset and to assist in the preservation of the Indian culture while maintaining their sovereignty.

Indian Self-Determination Act

The Indian Self-Determination Act is unique in that it authorizes tribal nations to take direct control of federal services offered by the Department of the Interior and Department of Health & Human Services for the benefit of American Indians. The Act is about tribal sovereignty, and how tribes can use the Act to strengthen their governments, protect their sovereignty, and provide direct and effective services to their members. The Act allows tribes to shape these programs in a manner that will be more responsive to the needs of tribal nations. Agreements under the Act are not federal procurement contracts. They are government-to-government agreements.

While the Act has been in place for over 40 years, very few tribes know the full extent of the Act; and may not know how to exercise their rights, how to exercise their sovereign rights, or how to interpret the law. Should tribes not fully understand their rights under the Act, they are not fully asserting their rights under their agreements with the federal government.

This course is the most comprehensive course on the Indian Self-Determination Act found anywhere in Indian Country. It includes an analysis of the Act and implementing regulations to highlight tribal rights. It covers the rights afforded tribal nations under the Act. KIVA’s Ben Nuvamsa played a key role in developing regulations that implement the Act. He also developed various policies for the federal government that implements the Act.

Who Should Attend?

?Tribal council members, chartered organizations school boards, health boards, tribal, program directors and managers; tribal grants/contracts staff, finance and accounting staff; tribal attorneys, tribal consultants. Federal officials and federal awarding officials, federal contracting officers and their subordinates should also attend.

What Will I Learn?

  • Evolution of Federal Indian Law

  • Full Analysis of the Act and Regulations

  • Tribal Sovereign Rights under the Act

  • Tribal Right to Contract all or a Portion of Programs

  • Differences Between Agreements under the Act and Federal Procurement Contracts

  • Contract Declination Criteria and Process

  • Contract Appeals and Disputes

  • Secretarial Funding Levels and Funding Protections

  • Indirect Costs Rates and How They Work

  • Consequences of Indirect Cost Funding Shortfalls

  • Impacts of OMB Super Circular on the Act

  • Special Cost Principles under the Act; and OMB Cost Principles

  • Contract Administration under the Act

  • Overview of Construction Contracting under the Act

  • Single Audit Act and Audit Compliance Supplement

  • Model 108 Contract & Annual Funding Agreements

  • Contract Administration, Reporting, Closeout, Carryover of Savings

Federal Contract And Grant Opportunities
Contracts & Grants Compliance
Tribal Governance Training Series
Tribal Administrative and Management

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