The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is seeking to add two new demonstration sites to the Tiwahe Initiative and is seeking Letters of Intent from interested Tribes and Tribal organizations (see Dear Tribal Leader Letter). Enclosed in the Dear Tribal Leader Letter is the Selection Framework, which guides the development of the Letter of Intent and Selection Criteria, in which reviewers will use to assess Letters of Intent. In addition, the BIA will hold a Letter of Intent solicitation-specific webinar for interested applicants.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead federal agency for implementing Public Law 102-477, the Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Act, 25 U.S.C. section 3401 et seq. Under Public Law 102-477 (as amended), Tribes have the authority to integrate Federal employment, training and related services that they provide to their members. The Federal programs currently integrated into Tribal PL 102-477 Plans are administered by the Department of the Interior (Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Education); the Department of Labor (Division of Indian and Native American Programs); and the Department of Health and Human Services (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Child Care and Development Fund, Native Employment Works and Community Service Block Grants).