Georgia Finau selected to serve on National Tribal/BIA Welfare Assistance Advisory Workgroup

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2007

JUNEAU - The Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is pleased to announce that its Self Governance Director Georgia C. Finau has been selected to serve on the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Office of Indian Services, Division of Human Services Tribal/BIA Welfare Assistance Advisory Workgroup.

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BIA Welfare Assistance funds may be reduced by approximately three million dollars in fiscal year 2008. The BIA seeks to collaborate with Tribes and Regions in establishing welfare assistance policy and allocation methodology that is in the best interest of the Indians (25 CFR 1.2).

The Central Office of BIA, Division of Human Services has formed this Tribal/BIA Welfare Assistance Advisory Workgroup to advise the BIA in facilitating tribal consultation on the formulation of future welfare assistance policy and allocation methodology. The workgroup will make recommendations to develop a policy memorandum which will serve as the welfare assistance policy guide for fiscal year 2008.

"Ms. Finau has been employed with CCTHITA since 1999 and has extensive experience working with Tribal Programs. She is committed to working with Alaska Native/American Indians. Her ability to provide insightful and innovative ways to the many challenges we face in Indian Country has been an asset to CCTHITA, and will prove valuable in the formulation of future welfare assistance policies," said CCTHITA President Bill Martin.

Participants will meet a minimum of three times per year to accomplish identified goals and complete special projects relating to Welfare Assistance. The BIA Welfare Assistance funds are used for basic needs for our tribal citizens; i.e. shelter, food, clothing and transportation. The BIA will appoint up to 12 representatives and the first meeting of the workgroup is scheduled for November 15, 2007 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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