About TIBC

The Tribal/Interior Budget Council (previously the Bureau of Indian Affairs/Tribal Budget Advisory Council) was established in 1999 to facilitate tribal government participation in the planning of the BIA budget and includes two tribal representatives from each of the 12 BIA regions. 

The mission of the TIBC is: to provide an advisory government-to-government forum and process for Tribes and the Department to develop budgets that allow for the fulfillment of tribes' self-determination, self-governance, sovereignty, and treaty rights, as well as sufficient levels of funding to address the needs of Tribes and their tribal citizens.

26 IAM 3 – Distribution of Resources Signed

The Indian Affairs Manual (IAM) for distribution of resources (26 IAM 3 – Distribution of Resources) has been finalized and signed.  The IAM provides guidance to all Indian Affairs staff on fund distribution processes, including standard timelines for fund processing for direct appropriations to Indian Affairs for Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs (AS-IA) programs.  The Manual establishes a consistent process throughout Indian Affairs for distributing funds to tribal nations.  There is a link within the IAM that takes you to several attachments that show examples of various forms used in the distribution processes, flow charts of the overall processes, and templates for individual programs that describe the methodology and calculations used for all funding that is distributed to tribal nations.  This effort was completed to ensure standard approaches at all levels within Indian Affairs that will lead to improved efficiency and timeliness in the distribution of funds to tribal nations.  All offices and programs are expected to use the processes outlined and to strive towards meeting the timelines outlined within the IAM and templates.

The IAM can be found here: www.bia.gov/policy-forms/manual  once you get to this page, scroll down to Part 26 Budget and then scroll up to Chapter 3 (the PART title appears under the chapters).  Once you have the manual open, you will see the link that takes you to the attachments within Section 1.1 Purpose. You can also find those attachments hosted on the OBPM webpage here.

View the latest TIBC meeting materials here

Upcoming Tribal/Interior Budget Council Meetings

September 21-22, 2021
Virtual Event

Standing Documents

  • Directory of TIBC Representatives, Revised November 2020
  • Protocol for TIBC, as amended April 11, 2019

TIBC Member Orientation Webinar: The Federal Budget Process & TIBC