Operating TANF: Opportunities and Challenges for Tribes and Tribal Consortia. Factors Opposing Tribal Operation of TANF


As with any program, operating the TANF program poses risks and opportunity costs for tribes and tribal consortia. Implementing and operating a TANF program consumes resources that other tribal programs need. If a tribe fails to operate the program successfully, the most vulnerable tribal members might be harmed. Operational problems could set back other tribal self-determination initiatives, raise difficult and divisive personnel issues, and create or exacerbate problems with the state.

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