The Office of Self-Governance implements and promotes tribal self-governance in accordance with the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA). The founding legislation and succeeding amendments establish a framework for tribes to exercise their inherent right to govern, promote self-determination, and strengthen the government-to-government relationship. ISDEAA affords tribes the flexibility to use and redesign federal funds from the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) to provide programs and services previously administered by the federal government. This flexibility assures that federal funds are utilized to best meet the Nation’s needs.
Muscogee (Creek) Nation signed its first self-governance compact and funding agreement in 1993 with DOI. Then, in 2002, the National Council approved the Division of Health to enter into self-governance. Funding received through these agreements supports tribal programs and initiatives such as health and social services, scholarships, financial assistance, tribal law enforcement, real estate services, and natural resource management.
The Office of Self-Governance provides support to programs provided under the agreements to assure that programs are in compliance with applicable federal and tribal laws, including regulations and rules governing the use and expenditure of federal or tribal funds. The office also works directly with federal agency representatives to ensure the federal government’s duties to promote tribal self-determination are realized and with tribal programs to maximize the Nation’s opportunities under the law.