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

08/01/2003

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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