Tribal Self-Governance Health Care and Social Services Delivery Effectiveness Evaluation Feasibility Study: Draft Tribal Matrix Report. Methods


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.

Federally-recognized Tribes

A complete list of all federally-recognized Tribes was obtained from the Federal Register [1] .  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                         2001


Services Block

Grant                                      2001

Grants for

Native Americans         Yvonne Jackson, Director,                                2002

                                     Office of American Indian, Alaska Native,

                                     And Native Hawaiian Programs, AoA 

Promoting Safe

And Stable

Families                        Vicki Wright, Children’s Bureau,                       2002


Low Income Home

Energy Assistance

For Needy Families      Charlotte Abney, Office of Community              2003   

                                     Services, DHHS/ACF

Child Welfare

Services                       Vicki Wright, Children’s Bureau,                       2002


Tribal TANF

Programs              2002

Administration for


and Families                 Peter Thompson, Office of Grants Mgmt.,         2002


Native Employment

Works                          Ann Bowker, Office of Community                   2002

                                     Services, DHHS/ACF

Child Care &

Development                Ginny Gorman, Child Care Bureau

Fund Grantees              DHHS/ACF/ACYF


Head Start                                2002

I.H.S.                           Ben Smith, Office of Tribal Self-Governance   2003


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