FY 2016 Appropriation

The Utah Division of Indian Affairs (UDIA) enhances intergovernmental relations by promoting growth and prosperity for tribes and Native American Indian citizens. It was created in 1953. The Division functions as a liaison between state, tribal, federal and local governmental entities.

Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $320,900 from all sources for Indian Affairs. This is a 2 percent increase from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $248,800 from the General/Education Funds, an increase of 2 percent from revised Fiscal Year 2015 estimates.

A primary function of the Division of Indian Affairs is the repatriation of native american remains. To this end they track the number of repatriations occuring each year. Data for this measure is shown below.

Repatriation of Remains

The division also provides information to the various tribes through education presentations, outreach and the Native American Summit. Data for these measures are shown below.

Educational Presentations

Native American Summit

Statutory authority for the Division of Indian Affairs is provided in UCA 9-9-103. Responsibilities established in statute are listed below:

  • Develop programs that will allow Native American Indian citizens residing on or off reservations an opportunity to share in the progress of Utah;
  • Promote an atmosphere in which Native American Indian citizens are provided alternatives so that individual citizens may choose for themselves the kinds of lives they will live, both socially and economically;
  • Promote programs to help the tribes and Native American Indian communities find and implement solutions to their community problems;
  • Promote government-to-government relations between the State and tribal governments;
  • Provide information and referral services;
  • Facilitate repatriation of human remains in accordance with the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) law.

Intent Language

HB0003: Item 55

Under Section 63J-1-603 of the Utah Code, the Legislature intends that any remaining amount of the $218,200 ongoing General Fund and $25,000 Dedicated Credit appropriation provided by Item 7, Chapter 10, Laws of Utah 2014 for the Department of Heritage and Arts - Indian Affairs not lapse at the close of Fiscal Year 2015.

The Indian Affairs budget provides funding for the Director and one support staff. Most of the funding is from the General Fund however, a small allocation is from dedicated credit revenues provided by outside donations.

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COBI contains unaudited data as presented to the Legislature by state agencies at the time of publication. For audited financial data see the State of Utah's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.