Why I Should Attend?

The Indian Self-Determination Act has been in place for over 40 years, yet many tribes do not fully know about the law, how to implement it, and how to exercise their sovereign rights, much less understand how to interpret it. Because tribes do not know of their rights, they are not fully asserting their rights under their contracts and compacts.

Public Law 93-638, the Indian Self-Determination Education & Assistance Act is about Tribal Sovereignty. The Act acknowledges and affords to invoke their sovereign rights. Agreements under the Act are not federal procurement contracts. They are government-to-government agreements. The Act is about the tribes’ right to assume direct control and operation of federal programs, and reshape how the program will be operated to meet their needs.

This 3-day course is the most comprehensive course on the Indian Self-Determination Act found anywhere in Indian Country. It includes special presentation on the Evolution of Federal Indian Law, and an analysis of the Act and implementing regulations to highlight tribal rights. Tribal rights are covered in detail with specific references to the statutes. A presentation is made on the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ and Indian Health Service’s new Contract Support Cost policies and attendees will not only learn the principles of Indirect Costs but how they can secure additional Direct Contract Support Costs for their programs.

KIVA guarantees its courses and provides follow-up technical assistance to all its clients who attend KIVA’s classes, at no additional cost.

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 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
  • Construction contracting under the Act
  • Single Audit Act and audit compliance supplement
  • Contract administration, reporting, closeout, carryover of savings


  • If registering for more than one person from your organization, please add names, titles, and emails below
    Single Tuition $750.00; Group Discount for 3 or more registrants $675; Two back-to-back sessions discount of 27% per session (when available)
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