Operating TANF: Opportunities and Challenges for Tribes and Tribal Consortia. Obtaining Input from Participants in TANF and Related Programs


Many tribes conducted activities to obtain the input of tribal members who participated in the state TANF program. In addition to Chapter House meetings, the Navajo Nation held five public hearings at different locations on the reservation to solicit input from TANF clients. The Port Gamble tribe held focus groups of current TANF and former AFDC recipients. They were asked why they applied for AFDC, why they left the program, how they survived while on welfare, whether they would like the tribe to run the TANF program (all did), and what changes they would like to see.

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