The construction of the Tribal Matrix and identification of programs that are managed by each Tribe required: 1) identification of each federally-recognized Tribe (and of individual Alaska Native Tribes that participate in AN corporations); and 2) identification of data sources and individuals in the federal government that could provide information on Tribal management of the specific DHHS programs of interest.
A complete list of all federally-recognized Tribes was obtained from the Federal Register  . This list was then cross-referenced with Indian Health Service information to match Alaska Native Tribes to Alaska Native Corporations and with other inter-Tribal organizations that may hold compacts, contracts, or grants as a consortium.
Sources of Data on Tribal Management of DHHS Programs
Project staff searched each DHHS program area website, as an initial step, to determine whether the program maintained a list of Tribal entities that hold contracts, grants, or compacts to manage specific programs. Then, direct telephone contacts were made with staff associated with each program area to verify the accuracy of information obtained from the website or to request information on Tribal management of programs.
For several programs (5), the information required was maintained on the federal agencies’ websites; information was provided by program staff for the remaining 7 programs. Below, we list the source of information on Tribal management for each program.
Program Source Reflects FY
SAMHSA http://www.samhsa.gov/grants 2001
Grant http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs 2001
Native Americans Yvonne Jackson, Director, 2002
Office of American Indian, Alaska Native,
And Native Hawaiian Programs, AoA
Families Vicki Wright, Children’s Bureau, 2002
Low Income Home
For Needy Families Charlotte Abney, Office of Community 2003
Services Vicki Wright, Children’s Bureau, 2002
Programs http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/dts/ 2002
and Families Peter Thompson, Office of Grants Mgmt., 2002
Works Ann Bowker, Office of Community 2002
Child Care &
Development Ginny Gorman, Child Care Bureau
Fund Grantees DHHS/ACF/ACYF
Head Start http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs 2002
I.H.S. Ben Smith, Office of Tribal Self-Governance 2003