Local Government Law and Legal Definition

Local government is defined as--

“(A) any political subdivision, instrumentality, or authority of a State or States as defined in subparagraph (A) of paragraph (1);

(B) any general or special purpose agency of such a political subdivision, instrumentality, or authority; and

(C) any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 688) [43 USCS §§ 1601 et seq.], which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians and includes any tribal organization as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act [25 USCS § 450b].” (5 USCS § 3371)

According to 34 CFR 80.3 [Title 34 – Education; Subtitle A -- Office of the Secretary, Department of Education; Part 80 -- Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments; Subpart A – General], the term local government means “a county, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority (including any public and Indian housing agency under the United States Housing Act of 1937) school district, special district, intrastate district, council of governments (whether or not incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under state law), any other regional or interstate government entity, or any agency or instrumentality of a local government.”