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The implications of welfare reform for American Indian families and communities.

Author Background:
Date 1/1/98
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Poverty.
Volume/Pages 2(4): 1-15
Subject Matter Native Americans
Abstract This paper focuses on the impact of the latest welfare reform initiatives, through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant (TANF) and its modification through the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, on ArizonaAmerican Indian families, a group disproportionately affected by poverty and lack of economic opportunity. This paper also contrasts the impact of TANF on American Indian populations living off the reservation with its impact onAmerican Indian families living on reservations. Potential effects on tribal communities are discussed. (There are four additional articles in this special issue on inequality in American Indian communities.).