The Evaluation of the Tribal Welfare-to-Work Grants Program: Initial Implementation Findings. Acknowledgments


We gratefully acknowledge the time, effort, and advice pertaining to this report provided by: the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Division of Indian and Native American Programs (DINAP); the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Division of Tribal Services (DTS); and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI).

In addition, the advice and review of the Tribal Workgroup (TWG) proved to be invaluable. We appreciate the time and effort of the TWG members: Harold Bahe (Navajo Nation), Dr. Eddie Brown (Buder Center for American Indian Studies), Mr. Leo Cummings (Three Affiliated Tribes), Norm DeWeaver (Indian and Native American Employment and Training Coalition), Dr. David Gipp (United Tribes Technical College), Ms. Virginia Hill, (Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Tribe), Rebecca Ondelacy (Zuni Pueblo NEW), Erline Paul (Penobscot Nation), Lorenda Sanchez (California Indian Manpower Consortium, Inc.), and Bobbie Whitefeather (Chairman, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indian Nation).

Finally, we wish to thank the Welfare-to-Work (WtW) grantees who participated in the study: the California Indian Manpower Consortium, Inc. (CIMC), the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, the Klamath Tribes, the Navajo Nation, the Nez Perce Tribe, the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, the Tanana Chiefs Conference, Inc. (TCC), the Three Affiliated Tribes, and the White Earth Reservation Tribal Council. These WtW grantees face many challenges, have unmet needs, and have limited resources. Nevertheless, they have freely given time and assistance to the study, with the goal of improving their own efforts and those of all tribes and Native Villages to help Indian people achieve self-sufficiency and end dependence on welfare. Without their cooperation and support, this report would not have been possible.