Finding solicitations for the Buy Indian Act

The Buy Indian Act requires the department’s Bureau of Indian Affairs to give preference in funding and contracts to American Indian-owned businesses. Here are some current opportunities. Note that these opportunities are either solicitations  or reverse auction notices. The solicitations can also be pulled by signing up for our Bid Match system. Below are examples of what you might find.

FedConnect – Search Public opportunities: Title/Description: “Buy Indian Act”




Issuing Office

Issue Date

Response Due Date



Reference Number

Food Services Sources Sought DOI – BIA BIA SWRO 00007 12/11/2013 9:59:15 AM 12/18/2013 05:00 PM ET S203 722310 A14PS00074
Canal Gates Solicitation DOI – BIA BIA WRO 00011 12/6/2013 12/26/2013 09:00 AM LT J054 332919 A14PS00023
BIA CRA 5,000 Gallons Diuron 4-L Herbicide Solicitation DOI – BIA BIA WRO 00011 12/6/2013 12/30/2013 09:00 AM LT 6840 325320 A14PS00044
Natural Gas Supplier Solicitation DOI – BIA BIA SPRO 00003 11/22/2013 12/20/2013 12:00 PM CS S111 221210 A14PS00035
Pole Mounted Primary Metering Solicitation DOI – BIA BIA WRO 00011 12/5/2013 01/07/2014 09:00 AM LT 5975 335311 A14PS00048


FedBid – requires registration, these are very fast solicitations – reverse auction. Visit their site to determine if it is a marketplace that fits your business. If it is, the most effective way to receive information on these speedy turn around bids is to set up an email alert in your profile.

Buy #

Buy Description / Contract Vehicle


End Date

578835_01 Ballistic Helmets
Open Market
DOI BIA – Western Region 12/12/2013
11:00 ET
578768_01 Washers and Dryers
Open Market
DOI BIA – Western Region 12/12/2013
11:00 ET
Open Market
Bureau of Indian Affairs 12/13/2013
12:00 ET
Open Market
Bureau of Indian Affairs 12/17/2013
17:00 ET


Tribal Nations often invoke an Indian Preference on procurements. Not all tribes have official procurement sites. If they do we work hard, to include them in the Bid Match system. If they don’t we off to post solicitations on our site in order to maintain a competitive marketplace. Check to see if the Tribe you are interested in working with is TERO.


Since Indian ownership is a self certification, make your contracting officer happy by including a screenshot of your active SAM profile showing your stats as Indian Owned Entity.

Please note that the Federally Recognized Native American Entity should represent the 51% ownership of the company. It should have only one selected Federally Recognized Native American Entity in SAM

  • American Indian owned – owned by Individual tribal members, American Indians, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiians
  • Native Hawaiian Owned Firm – owned by an NHO
  • Tribally owned Firm – owned by a Tribe
  • Alaskan Native Corporation Firm – owned by an ANC
  • Indian Tribe (federally recognized)- should be reserved for Tribal governments



Tribal Governments are not businesses. The SAM representation for a tribe should look like…Tribal government in SAM


You may also include this statement pulled from a BIA solicitation Indian Economic Enterprise (IEE) representation letter