Managing Agency U.S. Department of Defense

Program Description

Since 1993, DoD's NALEMP has provided funds to tribes annually to mitigate environmental impacts to Indian lands and Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA)-conveyed properties caused by past military activities, facilities, or operations.

General Program Requirements

This section will inform the user of the minimum requirements to be eligible for this benefit. It will include any additional qualifications or exceptions that may enable the applicant to be eligible for this benefit. In addition, if there are any criteria that would explicitly disqualify someone, that criteria should also be included in this section. If specific income levels by household size (e.g., Federal Income Poverty Guidelines or State Median Income calculations) are required, please include those here as well.

A potential mitigation project is eligible for NALEMP funding when all of the following criteria apply:

  • the impact must affect a Federally-recognized tribe or consortia of Federally-recognized tribes;
  • the impact must be on eligible lands, including any land or title held in trust by the United States for the benefit of any Indian tribe or individual, any land or title held by any Indian tribe or individual subject to restrictions by the United States against alienation, any restricted Townsite deeds held by Alaska Natives pursuant to the Native Townsite Act, 44 Stat., 629, 25 May 1926 (repealed 1976), which are still held in trust, or ANCSA-conveyed lands owned by ANCSA regional or village corporations;
  • the mitigation of the specific impact will not be funded by any other government programs within the next three years; and
  • environmental damage and/or impacts must be attributable to past military activities, facilities, or operations.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

A potential impact to Indian lands can be reported by posting a comment or a report on the Native American Management System for Environmental Impacts (NAMSEI) system at or by calling NAMESI staff toll-free at 888-623-8748. DoD researches available records and conducts interviews potentially affected tribes and others to evaluate all information about the reported impact. An onsite investigation occurs if additional information is needed. All eligible sites are screened annually for available funding. In prioritizing mitigation projects for available funding under NALEMP, DoD considers factors related to human health and the environment, impacts to traditional practices, subsistence lifestyles, and economic viability. DoD works with selected projects on a government-to-government basis to determine how best to mitigate the environmental impact(s).

Program Contact Information

Mr. Andrew J. (Joe) Sarcinella
Senior Advisor and Liaison for Native American Affairs

Additional Information

Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram Only for Tribes
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)Varies each year, depending on the tribes served. The program does not provide funding to individual tribal members; only tribal governments are eligible to participate.
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Tribes Funded by this ProgramApproximately 15-18 American Indian or Alaska Native tribes receive funding under NALEMP in any given year. Funding is provided through Cooperative Agreements.

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