The basic structure of the ISDEAA involves tribal contracting with federal agencies to assume the responsibilities for programs operated for the benefit of tribal people.
A comanagement approach following the ISDEAA model would involve tribal contracting of programs or components of certain programs, within those federal land and resource management agencies having responsibility over the habitat and resources upon which tribal reserved rights depend.
Third, as with ISDEAA programs, the legislation should provide for tort liability coverage for tribal programs under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
Through the ISDEAA, Congress has already provided for tribal operation of certain federal programs, reflecting the tribal understanding that the operation of such programs is part of the self-determination process.
279) The stated goals of the ISDEAA include strengthening tribal governments and enhancing their ability to provide services to their people in their capacity as sovereign, self-determining governments.
Congress amended the ISDEAA in 1988 with provisions aimed at curtailing agency discretion in turning programs over to tribes.
282) In the case of terminated and subsequently "restored" tribes whose land base was lost completely, Congress provided for the operation of ISDEAA programs off-reservation by the designation of "service areas" for such tribes, that would operate in lieu of a reservation for determining tribal eligibility for federal services.
The program is operated under an ISDEAA contract with the United States Department of the Interior.