We gratefully acknowledge the time, effort, and information provided by the eight tribes and two Alaska Native regional corporations that participated in this study: Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC); Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe; Citizen Potawatomi Nation; Colville Confederated Tribes; Doyon, Ltd.; the Gila River Indian Community; Mississippi Choctaw Nation; Navajo Nation; Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation; and Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe. We are especially grateful to the Colville Confederated, Mississippi Choctaw, and Navajo tribes 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, Michael Egner of the Urban Institute and Charles Nagatoshi of Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. conducted interviews for this study and contributed valuable insights for the report. Alan Hershey of Mathematica Policy Research reviewed drafts and provided many helpful suggestions. Valuable contributions to the report were made by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Project Officer, Alana Landey.