Self-Governance Communication & Education Tribal Consortium

BIA Proposes Interim Final Rule for Burial Assistance and Title Evidence in Land Acquisitions

Current regulations allow for burial assistance for eligible indigent Indians but require submission of the application within 30 days of the Indian’s death. This rule would extend the deadline for filing an application to 180 days to address hardships resulting from the current short time frame.

Comments on the proposed interim final rule are due on March 31, 2016 and can be submitted electronically to

BIA is also seeking comment on an interim final rule that deletes the requirement for fee-to-trust applicants to furnish title evidence that meets the “Standards for the Preparation of Title Evidence in Land Acquisitions by the United States” issued by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and replaces the requirement with a more targeted requirement for title evidence, because adherence to the DOJ standards is not required for acquisitions of land in trust for individual Indians or Tribes.

You can find the interim final rule here and submit comments by March 31, 2016 according to the announcement.