Issue Brief

No. 778

Welfare Reform and American Indians: Critical Issues for Reauthorization
June 19, 2002


Wakina Scott


This issue brief examines some key features of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act as it applies to American Indians and reviews its impact on this population. It looks at the flexibility the act has given American Indian tribes to design and operate their own Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs and explores barriers they face in doing so. The paper also examines some of the policy issues and opportunities surrounding welfare reform for American Indians in light of deliberations over reauthorization of the act.

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See also the entry for the related Forum Session (July 16, 2002).

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