Forum Session

Welfare Reform and American Indians: A Briefing for Policymakers
July 16, 2002


Judith D. Moore & Wakina Scott


This Forum session examined the unique challenges and issues American Indians encounter under welfare reform. Speakers discussed tribal/state relationships and explored options for jobs and economic development. Representatives from three tribes discussed how they have administered the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, given the flexibility offered them under welfare reform, the challenges encountered, and barriers to future success.


Miriam Jorgensen, PhD, Associate Director for Research, Native Nations Institute, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, University of Arizona; Carlene M. Narcho, Executive Director, Department of Social Service, White Mountain Apache Tribe. Arizona; Don Shircel, Director of Family Services, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Alaska; Barbara Metoxen, W-2 Manager, Center for Self-Sufficiency, Oneida Nation, Wisconsin; Jim Olson, Tribal Liason, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Related Materials

More information available in the accompanying publication, Issue Brief No. 778.

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