Operating TANF: Opportunities and Challenges for Tribes and Tribal Consortia. Acknowledgments


We gratefully acknowledge the time, effort, and detailed information provided by the ten tribal TANF grantees who participated in the study: Hopi, Lac de Flambeau, Mille Lacs, the Navajo Nation, Port Gamble SKlallam, Red Cliff, Tlingit and Haida, Torres Martinez consortium, White Mountain Apache, and Winnebago tribes. We are especially grateful to the Navajo Nation, Port Gamble S'Kallam tribe, and Torres Martinez consortium, as well as their counterparts at state and county TANF agencies, for their participation in site visits. The grantees in this study 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.

In addition to the authors of this report, Judy Earp of SSI, Michael Egner of the Urban Institute and Charles Nagatoshi of Mathematica Policy Research conducted interviews for this study and contributed valuable insights for the report. Alan Hershey of Mathemetica Policy Research reviewed drafts of the report and provided many helpful suggestions.

Valuable contributions to the report were made by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Project Officer, Ms. Alana Landey, and by reviewers in the DHHS Administration for Children and Families and in the Department of Labor.



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