SUBJECT: Application for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) RELATED

REFERENCES: Community Services Block Grant Act, Title VI, Subtitle B, of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981, Public Law 97-35, as amended; Human Services Amendments of 1994, P.L. 103-252; the FY 1996 CSBG Appropriation Legislation, P.L. 104-134; CFR Title 45, Part 96; Coats Human Services Reauthorization Act of 1998, P.L. 105-285, Department of Health and Human Services Block Grant Regulations and Current Poverty Income Guidelines.

PURPOSE: To provide opportunity for review and comment by public.

BACKGROUND: The Office of Community Services (OCS) funds Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) grantees based on the determination that their applications and plans are complete in accordance with the requirements of the CSBG Act and regulations. CSBG provides Tribes with funds to decrease poverty in communities by providing a range of services and activities to address the needs of tribal members with low income. CSBG has funded core services in tribal communities including employment and training, youth services, health, education (e.g., adult literacy, early childhood development, and drug prevention programs), housing and nutrition.

CSBG focuses on strengthening the efficiency and effectiveness of tribal programs through improved performance measurement, fiscal accountability, monitoring, and reporting.

Institute for Indian Development CSBG Tribal Plan

– Addendum for Long Answers –

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(7.a) Mission & Responsibilities: The mission and responsibilities of the agency or department within the Tribe or Tribal Organization that will administer the CSBG program are as follows:

The Institute for Indian Development, Inc. (IID) purpose is the promotion of economic development activities, the encouragement of cooperation among Native Americans and the public and private sector, and the support of assistance of Native Americans in matters of education, leadership, employment and health care in the State of Louisiana. IID is a consortium of 7 Native American Tribes in the State of Louisiana. IID Consortium members include 4 Federally Recognized Tribes: the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana, the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, and the Jena Band of Choctaw Tribe. IID State Recognized Tribes include: The United Houma Nation, the Choctaw Apache Tribe of Louisiana, and the Clifton Choctaw Tribe of Louisiana. The total population of individuals who identify themselves as American Indian or Native American in Louisiana is over 56,000 (See attached Population and Poverty Level for Native Americans in Louisiana Agreement between IID and State of Louisiana Community Services Block Grant Program). IID consortium serves all registered tribal members in the State of Louisiana.

IID was formed in 1981. Since then, IID has successfully managed a budget including grants and awards utilizing Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP) that today exceeds $50 million. Federal programs managed under IID include FVPSA Domestic Violence Program, Administration on Aging Senior Nutrition Program, Project Venture, and Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). IID personnel policies and procedures will be utilized.

The Institute for Indian Development, Inc. Facilities: IID’s main administration building is located in Houma, LA. This building has office space that will be used for CSBG activities. In addition, the IID also has conference rooms and meeting space available to be used as participant classrooms for language instruction. IID also has regional offices at each member tribe, which are available to IID’s regional staff to assist tribal members in their local communities. An established radio studio with full broadcasting equipment is available for use at the United Houma Nation. The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana also has training space, classrooms and materials available for CSBG program use.

Equipment: All IID office space comes with office furniture (desks, chairs, tables, etc.). All other major equipment such as durable office furniture will be an in-kind contribution by IID.

IT Systems: IID uses several different software packages that will be available for this project: Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, and Windows 10 Operating System. IID also contracts an IT professional for all system and network issues. The IT professional also preforms special duties such as building databases for the IID.

Financial Systems: IID uses QuickBooks for Non-Profits for processing of all transactions and financial report generation. IID’s Financial Administrator ensures the integrity of the financial systems. The Financial Systems is in accordance with General Acceptance Accounting Practices (GAAP).

IID is requesting funding under the Community Services Block Grant due to lack of culturally appropriate community services and language education programs available for Native Americans in the state of Louisiana. A community assessment conducted by IID in 2014, found that approximately 27% of tribal residents in Louisiana reported having either a physical or mental disability, which is higher than the statewide average for Louisiana, 18.3% (Cornell University, Disability Planning Data). Of the 27% of tribal members that report having a disability, 86% are 16 years of age or older. Within this group, the unemployment rate is approximately 65% unemployed tribal members with disabilities within our service area. As a result, nearly 60% of the tribal households with an individual with a disability fall below the federal poverty level, ($24,250 for a family of four, HHS). The general tribal unemployment rate exceeds 7.2% in Louisiana which is higher than the state rate of 6.3% according to the U. S. Department of Labor Statistics. This has led to a high rate of poverty among tribal members. For example, the poverty rate among Tunica-Biloxi tribal members exceeds the Avoyelles Parish average of 23.1% as reported in the US Census American Fact Finder 2014.

Historically, tribal members living in poverty, especially tribal elders and tribal members with disabilities within our service area have not sought community-based services for several reasons:

1. Lack of Information Regarding Services – Some tribal members may not seek out services for themselves or their children simply due to a lack of information. In today’s social media environment, the traditional means of disseminating information on available services may not always be effective. For example, IID may often get a better response for activities posted on Facebook versus post mail letter. Awareness must be conducted in relevant media to ensure that tribal members and their families understand what services are available in their community.

2. Stigma – One of the main concerns that many tribal members have is how they will be perceived by other tribal members, classmates, co-workers, and members of the community at large if they seek assistance/services for poverty related issues. Many of the stereotypes that accompany tribal individuals, such as being seen as poor or lazy, often prevents tribal members from asking for help. Only a community wide approach can overcome this stigma. In addition, constant outreach with community and partner organizations is necessary for providing pipeline of services aimed at alleviating tribal poverty.

3. Confidentiality – Another major issue of concern for tribal members is confidentiality. Many members of our community are often skeptical of how the information that they share will be handled. This stems from a cultural norm of mistrust that developed over decades of shared hardship. Culturally traumatic events such as Indian Boarding School to segregation based on skin color are major cultural events that have shaped many Native American Tribes. With tribal members of mixed racial and ethnic background, this mistrust is an issue that has very much affected the tribal members in our state. Often, older family members are reluctant to seek help due to fear that such information may be used to cause harm to the community based on past experiences.

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(7.b) CSBG Goals & Objectives: The CSBG-specific goals and objectives for the proposed CSBG funding within the Tribe or Tribal Organization are as follows:

Goal and Objectives: The goal and objectives for administration of IID’s CSBG program are as follows:

Programs will be administered in accordance with the CSBG statutory purposes and goals and follows all applicable State and Federal statutes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

• Objective 1: Funds will be distributed in a timely manner and in accordance with applicable Federal statutes.

• Objective 2: A comprehensive on-site review of each work site will be conducted at least once every three years in accordance with § 678B of the Act.

• Objective 3: CSBG funds will be administered in coordination with governmental and other social services programs to assure effective delivery of services and to avoid duplication.

• Objective 4: A comprehensive report will be prepared documenting the use and outcomes of CSBG funds and will be submitted to DHHS annually as prescribed by Federal statute.

The Targeted Program Specific objectives of IID’s CSBG program is related to four main program goals:

Goal 1. Grow the capacity of KUHN 88.9 noncommercial educational radio station to better meet the needs of the Louisiana tribal communities as it relates to programming that is culturally specific and encourages community awareness and involvement.

Goal 2. To provide culturally appropriate assistance to Louisiana’s tribal senior citizens, tribal members with disabilities, and/or victims of Domestic Abuse to ensure that those in need of assistance overcome cultural and language barriers when seeking assistance. By providing utility assistance to tribal elders, tribal members with disabilities, and/or victims of Domestic Abuse, IID will increase access to basic services such as drinking water and electricity.

Goal 3. To revitalize Tunica by teaching language learners basic, culturally relevant, useful words and conversational phrases that can be applied to their daily lives in the classroom setting, in the home, in the tribal community and in the local community.

Goal 4. Provide valuable workforce experience to older Native Americans and Native American youth to decrease the incidence of unemployment and underemployment in tribal communities, as well as, provide supportive services for necessities needed to obtain and maintain employment.

(8.a) Required Income Eligibility: Please describe any policy and/or procedures for income eligibility, such as treatment of income and family/household composition. (Please note the maximum eligibility is up to 125% of poverty line.)

Procedures for Computing Annual Family Income for CSBG Annual Family Income. Annual family income for current family members refers to the sum of the amounts received from the household income.

Computation. Federal Poverty Levels are used to determine financial eligibility for services. The 2018 federal poverty level (FPL) income numbers are used to calculate eligibility for CSBG general/ short-term services. Income below 100% or between 100% and 125% FPL: If your income is in this range or below, you meet the income requirements to qualify for general/ short-term services.

Standard Definition of Family. A family is defined as: a husband, wife and dependent children; or a parent or guardian and dependent children; or a husband and wife.

Exception to Standard Definition of Family. When the applicant is claimed as a dependent on the federal income tax return of another family member with whom he or she resides, the Current Population Survey (CPS) definition of family must apply. The family is defined by CPS as: a family is a group of two or more people related by birth, marriage, or adoption and residing together; all such people are considered as members of one family.

Definition of Subfamily: A subfamily is a married couple with or without children, or a single parent with one or more of their own never-married children under 18 years old. A subfamily does not maintain its own household, but lives in the home of someone else.

Documentation: Applicants must supply written documentation of age, income sources and family sized when conduction income eligibility - e.g.; driver's licenses, Social Security or Medicare cards, pay stubs, income tax returns, and like "official" documentation. Further, in situations in which proof may not be readily copied, the interviewer must create documentation that the source document reviewed with applicants relating to the verification of income eligibility. Such documentation must include the name of the reviewer, the date the information was reviewed, the name of the source documentation, the date of the source documentation and other pertinent information, including the signature of the reviewer and the applicant.

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(8.b) Income Eligibility for General/Short Term Services: Please describe how the Tribe/Tribal Organization will verify income eligibility for those services with limited in-take procedures.

Applicants must supply written documentation of age, income sources and family sized when conduction income eligibility - e.g.; driver's licenses, Social Security or Medicare cards, pay stubs, income tax returns, and like "official" documentation. Further, in situations in which proof may not be readily copied, the interviewer must create documentation that the source document reviewed with applicants relating to the verification of income eligibility. Such documentation must include the name of the reviewer, the date the information was reviewed, the name of the source documentation, the date of the source documentation and other pertinent information, including the signature of the reviewer and the applicant.

In instances where there is an immediate need of services, due to unforeseen circumstances such as a Federal and/or State declared disaster, a waiver from the CEO is required to assist individuals with the need.

(8.c) Community-targeted Services: Please describe how the Tribe/Tribal Organization ensures that services target and benefit low-income communities, for those services that provide a community-wide benefit

Answer is legible on form. Please see form.

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(10.a.1) A description of the service delivery system for services provided by or coordinated with CSBG funds include the following

IID service area includes the entire state of Louisiana. IID provides services to all tribal members living in the state of Louisiana for both members of federally recognized tribes and state recognized tribes. Under IID CSBG program, IID will use the guidelines listed below to determine eligibility:

Participant Eligibility - Applicants must show proof of membership from one of the seven tribes in our consortium or any federally recognized or state recognized tribe along with proof of residency in the state of Louisiana. IID utilizes a first come-first serve policy for services. When there are limited funds a priority system will be used. Priority will first be given to Veterans and their spouse followed by tribal elders that are low-income, then, to low-income tribal members with disabilities and finally to tribal members that are economically disadvantaged individuals and head of households who exhibit a willingness to become self-reliant. A prioritized list of pending participants will be maintained and utilized in selecting tribal members for assistance.

Income guidelines for determination of low-to-moderate income will be based on HHS Poverty 2016 guidelines (household income below $24,300.00 for a family of four). Income guidelines will be used to determine participation in IID’s utility assistance program.

Veterans who are eligible for services through our organization have priority and efforts are made to coordinate their case management with the appropriate veterans' affairs programs in the state of Louisiana.

In-Take Process & Service Determination -Eligibility will be based solely on proof of tribal membership, need, and residency. All participants will be provided a copy of eligibility criteria upon initial assessment. All applicants will be notified within 10 days after date of application of an eligibility for services decision. All applicants will be provided a copy of the programs policies and procedures that details the assistance process, program participant rights, and grievance procedures.

The participant in-take process will gather all pertinent information for providing services: name, address, tribal affiliation, date of birth, marital status, history of family violence, number of children, household income, gender, race, and recent employment history among other information. A detailed assistance plan will be completed on follow-up.

During in-take, if domestic violence is listed as a relationship/family problem, IID staff will refer program participants to IID’s Domestic Violence Program. In addition, program staff will also assess each participant’s need for supportive services such as SNAP, TANF, or other services for referral to state programs.

Finally, during in-take, participants will be informed of all program requirements including case management, follow-up, and program policies.

(10.a.2) Information about geographical areas and categories of individuals to be served with CSBG funds include the following:

Answer is legible on form. Please see form.

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(10.a.3) A description of the criteria and method used for the distribution of CSBG funds is as follows:

Through the attached agreement with the State of Louisiana Community Services Block Grant Program under the Louisiana Workforce Commission, IID and the State of Louisiana agrees that there are 56,371 Native Americans living in Louisiana. Based on U.S. Census 2013 data, the poverty rate for Native Americans in Louisiana is 21%. IID planned its distribution of funds based on the following calculation:

Number of Native Americans Living in Poverty = 11,838 or (56,371 * 21% = 11,838)

Total Population Living in Poverty in Louisiana = 846,780

Native Americans Living in Poverty Represents 1.398% of Total Number of Louisiana’s Poverty Population.

Based on prior year’s estimated CSBG funding of $15,900,000.00, IID plans to distribute $233,000.00 to Native American CSBG programs:

Funding Category Funding Level

Administration Costs $11,650.00

Emergency Awareness Broadcast Station $40,000.00

Emergency Assistance Program $69,350.00

Tribal Language Educational Program $40,000.00

Workforce Development; Employment/Supportive Service Assistance $72,000.00

Total $233,000.00

(10.a.4.i) Assist low-income families and individuals in removing obstacles that block the achievement of self-sufficiency; secure and retain meaningful employment; attain adequate literacy and education; make better use of available income; obtain and maintain adequate housing; obtain emergency assistance and achieve greater participation in the affairs of the communities.

$69,350 - IID’s Emergency Assistance Program

Most tribal elders live on a fixed income and are at greater risk of not having adequate financial means to pay all of their living expenses. A well-planned budget can be thrown in disarray by something as simple as a brutally hot July and the larger than usual utility bill that can result. IID’s utility assistance program is designed to help out when such a predicament arises for low-income tribal elders and tribal members with disabilities.

Qualified candidates must:

• Be 62 or older, have proof of a disability

• Be low-income and enrolled in IID’s Healthy Marriages Program.

• Be a member of a state recognized or federally recognized tribe.

• Meet income guidelines.

• Provide required documentation.

• Have bill listed in the applicant's name.

Assistance is limited to $300 a year. IID requires the annual submission of Community Action/Activity Plan from consortium members. As part of their plan, consortium members describe services the organizations will provide to low‐income communities. The plans include performance goals which outline their proposed activities. Staff reviews the plans and ensures that the activities supported are eligible uses of CSBG funds and meet the above noted assurances.

(10.a.4.ii) Address the needs of youth in low-income communities through youth development programs, such as programs for the establishment of violence-free zones and after-school child care programs.

IID requires the annual submission of Community Action/Activity Plan from consortium members. As part of their plan, consortium members describe services the organizations will provide to low‐income communities. The plans include performance goals which outline their proposed activities. Staff reviews the plans and ensures that the activities supported are eligible uses of CSBG funds and meet the above noted assurances.

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(10.a.4.iii) Make more effective use of, and to coordinate with, other programs related to the purposes of the CSBG Act (including welfare reform efforts).

IID requires the annual submission of Community Action/Activity Plan from consortium members. As part of their plan, consortium members describe services the organizations and partnerships will provide to low‐income communities. The plans include performance goals which outline their proposed activities. Staff reviews the plans and ensures that the activities supported are eligible uses of CSBG funds and meet the above noted assurances.

(10.b) Plan for the provision of emergency services: A description of how the provision of emergency services will be provided with CSBG funds.

IID will fund a statewide emergency utility assistance program for tribal elders, tribal members with disabilities, tribal members needing emergency assistance, and/or victims of Domestic Abuse. The emergency assistance will help prevent disruption and/or restore basic services such as drinking water, gas, and electricity during natural disasters and/or personal emergencies. Also, IID may assist with rent, clothing, transportation, etc.

(10.c) Linkages: A description of how linkages will be developed to fill identified gaps in services, through the provision of information, referrals, case management, and follow up consultations.

The following outlines IID Case Management Procedures including referrals and information sharing:

A. IID establishes a record for every participant who obtains services.

B. Staff members must document all pertinent information about participant interaction.

C. Entries in the participant record are to reflect professional, nonjudgmental statements of fact. Records must be legible, dated, and are to be signed in ink with the initial and last name of the staff person providing the service. Records must be complete, accurate, and follow standard practice for client record documentation.

D. Participant records must contain the following information:

1. Basic intake information.

2. Informed consent.

3. Exit information including referrals given to the participants.

4. Follow up information when/where appropriate.

5. Documentation of income for utility assistance program.

6. Acknowledgment of Safety Protocol.

7. Action/Case Management/Employment Development Plan.

E. Participants must be informed that a written record of services provided will be maintained and that this information is confidential information to be divulged only upon their written permission, or as otherwise required by law.

F. Participants shall have access to their own records at all times, and shall have the right to correct any inaccurate information included in the records.

G. Participant will have signed an informed consent statement prior to receiving services.

H. IID is responsible for maintaining the participant's case file record in a confidential manner, and ensuring that information contained in the records is released only to authorized parties.

I. IID Program Director may have access to participant records without participant consent in order to conduct necessary evaluations or programmatic review. Participant case files must be redacted prior to review of the file. The Program Director may request agency staff presence for file review procedures in which case the file will not be redacted, and IID staff will verbally provide pertinent information as requested by the Program Director. The participant's case file record is not available to other governmental agencies, without specific prior written consent by the participant for the release of information in the participant record.

J. IID shall store and maintain participant records in a safe, secure location. Except for non-identifiable demographic characteristics, records may be destroyed seven years after the client's last participation in the agency’s program. Minors’ records must be maintained until the age of majority plus three years.

K. IID case management files include participant in-take, program orientation, participant goals and objectives.

L. IID program staff must track participant progress, including progress towards goals, objectives, and follow-up contact.

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(10.d) Coordination with Other Public and Private Resources: A description of how funds made available will be coordinated with other public and private resources is as follows:

To provide comprehensive wrap-around services to our community, IID will engage in key strategic partnerships to best serve tribal members. Partners play a key role in delivering services such as food assistance (SNAP), transportation assistance, and supportive services. Committed partners include the WIA (Workforce Investment Act) Section 166 for Native Americans in Louisiana to assist with workforce development and job placement specifically geared to Native Americans, Local One-Stop LWIA (State of Louisiana WIA program) to assist in providing workforce development, LRS (Louisiana Rehabilitation Services) to assist in providing vocational rehabilitation services, and tribal social services departments to assist in providing supportive services.

IID will also develop partnerships with Louisiana’s Department of Child and Family Services Assistance Programs, Family Information and Training Programs, Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs), Louisiana Business Leadership Network, and local community programs. These partnerships will ensure that tribal members in Louisiana have a wide range of both local and state services. These partnerships will also allow staff to network with members of the community.

(10.e) Innovative Community and Neighborhood-based Initiatives: A description of how funds will be used to support innovative community and neighborhood-based initiatives related to the purposes of the CSBG, which may include fatherhood initiatives and other initiatives with the goal of strengthening families and encouraging effective parenting is as follows:

IID will combine its CSBG efforts with its “Healthy Marriages/Parenting” initiative. In the summer of 2015, IID sought to create a program to assist Native Americans in Louisiana in promoting healthy relationships, marriages, and sustainable employment. IID requested funding under the Healthy Marriage and Relationships Education Grants due to lack of culturally appropriate marriage/relationship counseling and education services in combination with job-training services for Native Americans in the state of Louisiana.

Through the attainment of project goals, IID will gain valuable insight on how marriage and relationship counseling, marriage classes and parenting classes should be designed to fit the needs of the Native American community. This is of particular importance due to the lack of effectiveness of evidence-based strategies has had on native populations. IID program design will fit the unique needs of the tribal community by incorporating tribal customs and traditions into its program design and service delivery. For Healthy

Marriages program participants that are identified as low-income, IID will offer CSBG utility assistance to encourage Healthy Marriages program participation.

(10.f) Performance Management and Accountability System: A description of the outcome measures to be used to measure performance in promoting self-sufficiency, family stability, and community revitalization is as follows:

IID program and fiscal staff are responsible for periodic on-site monitoring to ensure that each CSBG grantee meets performance goals, administrative and financial management standards, and any other applicable and Federal requirements. Program and fiscal monitoring is designed to improve fiscal and internal controls to safeguard the public and private funds administered by CSBG sub-grantees. Monitoring reports are shared with tribes within 35 days of final completion of the report.

In addition, IID program staff maintains ongoing contact with consortium members through telephone and e-mail, as needed. Staff works with consortium members to ensure understanding of and compliance with regulations and fiscal guidelines, as well as the development of budgets, work plans, and required reporting instruments. Program staff provides a wide range of assistance in areas ranging from fiscal management and strategic planning to agency-staff and board evaluation and assessment, succession planning, human resource development, and mobilization of services.

IID fiscal staff verifies the reliability of grantee records of expenditures, as well as information reported on periodic financial reports submitted for review to IID. Staff reviews include sampling of documentation supporting CSBG-related expenses and determinations regarding compliance with contractual obligations and state and federal accounting and other requirements. Fiscal staff also conducts site visits to review grantee fiscal policies and procedures and internal control systems, following up on audit findings where appropriate. Staff prepares summary reports after each monitoring visit, and follows up on any required corrective action during subsequent visits. Monitoring reports are shared with tribes upon completion. Follow-up reviews are scheduled to ensure compliance with Federal regulations and contract terms.

Outcomes:

UHN/IID Emergency Awareness Broadcast Station:

KUHN will broadcast both on the FM frequency as well as online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

KUHN will develop at least 3 new programs to provide information on current events and exploration of culture and heritage.

Recordings of programs will be posted on the KUHN website to create an archive of programming as well as allow ease of use for listeners that may have missed the live broadcast.

Training will be provided to a newly appointed KUHN Advisory Board on their roles and responsibilities as well as FCC requirements for station operations.

Training for tribes will be provided on utilizing the technology available through KUHN for their communication needs.

Programming slots will be available for participating tribes as well as recordings of programming for the individual tribes to share on their own website.

Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Language Educational Program:

Total number of students participating in language classes (children 5-16 and adults 17+) Year 1 - 36 | Year 2 - 38

Total number of students participating in the Tunica-Biloxi language and culture camp (children 5-16 and adults 17+) Year 1 - 68 | Year 2 - 70

Number of Students Completing Beginners Level I Year 1 - 16 | Year 2 - 21

Number of Students Completing Beginners Level II Year 1 - 8 | Year 2 - 13

Number of Outreach and Awareness Events Geared to Tribal Members Interested in the Language Program other than on-going LCRP programming Year 1 - 16 | Year 2 - 18

Weekly Tunica Language Classes – During school year (August-May)

Weni Yoroni (15-minute language instructional sessions during school year – Aug-May)

Family Language Nights – (Parents join the last 15 minutes if class at the end of each month)

Tunica Language Immersion Workshops (i.e., 2 workshops Ages 11-16 and Ages 17+)

WebEx Training – Two 6-week online series of language classes (Fall & Spring)

Cultural Workshops & Classes (i.e. basket making; stickball; regalia making; bead work; cooking)

Tunica-Biloxi Language & Culture Youth Camp – 5-day Camp June 10-14, 2019

Develop 44 Tunica language foundational resources including lesson plans, activity plans, and other pedagogical materials by the end of the project period

IID’s Emergency Assistance Program:

Number of Tribal Elders Receiving Emergency Utility Assistance Year 1 - 125 | Year 2 - 125

Number of Tribal Members with Disabilities Receiving Utility Assistance Year 1 - 25 | Year 2 - 25

Number of CSBG Outreach/Awareness Activities Year 1 - 10 | Year 2 - 10

Workforce Development; Employment/Supportive Service Assistance:

Number of Youth Tribal Members Receiving Supportive Services Year 1 - 20 | Year 2 - 20

Number of Tribal Elders Receiving Supportive Services Year 1 - 10 | Year 2 - 10

Provide Summer Youth Subsidized Employment for Tribal Youth Year 1 - 30 | Year 2 - 30

Provide Subsidized Employment for Tribal older workers Year 1 - 10 | Year 2 – 10

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(11.a) Direct Delivery of Local Services: Please provide a description of how CSBG funds are spent on the direct delivery of local services.

he Institute for Indian Development, Inc. CSBG program will support four CSBG goals:

Emergency Awareness – The Institute for Indian Development, Inc. (IID) will fund the United Houma Nation’s public radio broadcasting station (KUHN) which provides information on emergency services available to tribal members in Louisiana during crisis. This service was developed during the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which devastated Louisiana’s tribal community.

Emergency Assistance – IID will fund a statewide emergency utility assistance program for tribal elders, tribal members with disabilities, tribal members needing emergency assistance, and/or victims of Domestic Abuse. The emergency assistance will help prevent disruption and/or restore basic services such as drinking water, gas, and electricity during natural disasters and/or personal emergencies. Also, IID may assist with rent, clothing, transportation, etc.

Education – IID will also fund the Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Language program. To prevent a loss of culture and to build stronger community, tribal language instruction will be provided to tribal youth. Tribal language instruction has been shown to improve tribal student’s academic performance.

Workforce Development – IID will fund a state-wide work experience program for older Native Americans and Native American youth residing in Louisiana. This program will provide work experience, on-the-job training, job skill development, and employment etiquette components to increase the labor force participation rate. We will also provide supportive services such as: purchasing steel toe boots, scrubs, work shirts and pants, etc. In addition, IID will fund a tribal artisan co-op for tribal members who are self-employed. This will give artisan an opportunity to demonstrate his/her art and earn fair wages for his/her work.

These activities are consistent with CSBG’s national goals.

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INSTITUTE FOR INDIAN DEVELOPMENT, INC.

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) CARES Act (2020) Supplemental Funding Tribal Plan (Public Review)

Background:

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, 2020, Public Law 116-36, was signed into law on March 27, 2020, providing $1 billion in additional funds to the CSBG program. The funds to states, territories, and tribes authorized under the CSBG Act are intended to address the consequences of increasing unemployment and economic disruption as a result of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In an effort to provide an immediate response to the needs of the tribes and tribal organizations, OCS awarded the supplemental CARES Act funds on May 8, 2020. All tribes and tribal organizations that applied for, and received funding in federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020, received CARES Act funding as a separate allotment under the same formula used for grant allocations under the regular annual CSBG appropriations. The tribes and tribal organizations were subject to the signed assurances and certifications, included in the FFY 2020 CSBG Tribal Plan.

On May 8, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Institute for Indian Development would be receiving $328,134.00 in grants from the Office of Community Service to help communities address the consequences of increased unemployment and economic disruption as a result of COVID-19.

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program provides Native American and Alaskan Native Tribes and Tribal Organization with funds to address the causes and conditions of poverty in their communities. CSBG is a flexible, community-responsive block grant that can support a range of services and activities, including employment, education, housing, emergency services, nutrition, health, income management, support for improved service linkages, and self-sufficiency programs.

Because CARES Act funding is a supplemental appropriation, tribes received funds immediately based on an equitable share, and subject to the conditions set forth in the applicable Program Instructions, terms and conditions, Departmental regulations, and OMB Circulars. By September 30, 2020, our office will be required to submit a combined CSBG plan amendment with information specific to CARES Act funding.

See below, funding allocation:

Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana - $45,000.00

Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb - $45,000

Clifton Choctaw Tribe of Louisiana - $45,000.00

Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana - $45,000.00

Jena Band of Choctaw Indians - $45,000.00

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana - $45,000.00

United Houma Nation Tribe of Louisiana - $45,000.00

*Institute for Indian Development - $13,134.00


Tribes were required to submit a CSBG plan for FY 2020 with information specific to CARES Act funding.

Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana CSBG CARES Act (2020) Supplemental Funding Tribal Plan

The Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana Human Services Department in collaboration with the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana Tribal Council, Tribal Courts, Tribal School, Tribal Recreational Department, Culture Department, Chitimacha Child Care Development Center (Early Learning Center), Tribal Health Department, Tribal Housing Department, Tribal Police Department and the State of Louisiana Department of Children and Families, St. Mary Behavioral Health Clinic (Mental Health & Substance Abuse Outpatient Treatment), St. Mary Parish Department of Children and Families, Lafayette Region Department of Children and Families, Chez Hope Inc. (Domestic Violence Program) & Batterers Intervention Program, Inter-Tribal Council of Louisiana, Inc. Institute for Indian Development, Claire House for Women and Children (Residential Treatment Program for substance abusing mothers and their children under the age of 12), St. Mary Parish 16th Judicial District Adult and Family-Focus Juvenile Drug Courts, St. Mary Parish “Red Ribbon Committee, Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana “FEATHERS” (Family Education Assessment Team Helping to Empower and Restore our Strength) Committee and the United Houma Nation Indian Tribe ( A State Tribe) Vocational Rehabilitation Program working together in a united effort to eradicate child abuse/ neglect, substance abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, unemployment, and criminal activity in promoting safe and stable tribal families enrolled in the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana. It is our goal with the collaboration of stakeholders to focus on strengthening families through primary prevention. It is our desire to reach children and families sooner through prevention is the key to avoiding unnecessary trauma, disrupting intergenerational cycles of maltreatment, and achieving better outcome for children and their families as well as adults residing on the Chitimacha Reservation and in our Service Area of St. Mary Parish.

We will be able to achieve our goals in collaboration with our stakeholders by obtaining and utilizing services on the Chitimacha Reservation provided by the Chitimacha Health Clinic & Human Services Department as well as Providers on and off of the Reservation. Services provided can be and not limited to the following: Utility Assistance, Financial Counseling, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Counseling, Individual & Family Counseling, Parenting & Co-Parenting Classes, VR Services, Domestic Violence Services including finding a safe place for victims and their children, transportation, Nutrition Benefit of purchasing food and making referrals for SNAP Benefits, Housing Assistance by paying rent or mortgage payments, Child Care Assistance for disabled or unemployed parents seeking employment or Protective Day Care to keep children and their parents together providing a safe place for the child during the day and Respite Care for minor children or disabled adults to provide rest for parents, guardians or caretakers.

The Tribe will provide services to low-income families or individuals who meet the 200% of the Poverty Guidelines, as allowed during this national crisis. The Tribe will not distribute cash assistance, but will pay for identified needs, directly to the vendor.


Choctaw-Apache Community of Ebarb CSBG CARES Act (2020) Supplemental Funding Tribal Plan

Specific goals and objectives are to provide immediate relief to the Choctaw-Apache Tribal Elders and disabled Tribal members through care packages consisting of non-perishable food items, disinfecting and cleaning supplies, and disposable masks and gloves for Covid-19 protection. Upgrades to the Tribal office computer system and installation of video equipment for broadcasting Tribal announcements will increase the capacity and ability to assist Tribal members in the community, statewide, and nationally.

Eligibility for care packages will be determined through the Tribal Rolls database for Tribal members (Elders) aged 65 and greater or documented as Disabled who reside in Sabine Parish.

Volunteers will assemble the care packages and distribute them throughout the community at a specified date and time. Office equipment will be purchased and installed by Tribal members with Technical Support.


Clifton-Choctaw Tribe of Louisiana CSBG CARES Act (2020) Supplemental Funding Tribal Plan

Update and maintain community center building, including any property owned by Clifton Choctaw Tribe of Louisiana,

Purchase yard equipment to maintain grounds

Computer and etc. to be purchased and used within the Tribal community center building to train and help all tribal members.

Hire a part time employee to help manage and complete clerical work for our Tribes non-profit organization.

Purchase Commercial freezers and other equipment needed to store food for tribal members in need and also disaster relief items.

Funds used will be to help Clifton Choctaw members as a whole. The Clifton Choctaw community located at 1146 Clifton Rd. Clifton, LA was built over 40 years ago. Money will be used to preserve and update this building and grounds. The community center is the central network for our entire Tribe. Any updates and maintenance to this building will directly impact tribal members in a positive way.


Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana CSBG CARES Act (2020) Supplemental Funding Tribal Plan

The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana is grateful for this supplemental funding which allows the Tribe to meet critical needs and plan for developing services to assist tribal members. With the advent of the pandemic, the Tribe has experienced an increased and critical need to offer support in numerous areas to individuals and families. Following are the areas with percentages that incorporate the Tribe’s appropriation of $45,000:

Percent of Funds

Activities

10% ($4,500)

Supply information and samples of effective home cleaning products that kill COVID virus.

20% ($9,000)

Counseling and assistance to tribal members to apply for food assistance and Medicaid.

20% ($9,000)

Establishment of a Library of Recovery—purchase and loan materials relating to support and motivation dealing with the pandemic and related isolation.

15% ($6,750)

Training of staff as Mental Health Instructors to help educate the community on awareness of risk factors and recognizing signs of stress, depression, and effects of isolation.

10% ($4,500)

Mailouts to Tribal households and school counselors to build awareness of suicide prevention, i.e., warning signs of suicide, risk, and coping relating to traumatic events such as COVID-19.

25% ($11,250)

Assistance with attaining adequate transitional housing to members affected by COVID-related job loss.


Jena Band of Choctaw Indians CSBG CARES Act (2020) Supplemental Funding Tribal Plan

Goal 1: The conditions in which low-income people’s lives are improved

Goal 2: Partnerships among supporters and providers of services to low-income people are achieved

Goal 3: Agencies increase their capacity to achieve results

Goal 4: Low-income people, especially vulnerable populations, achieve their potential by strengthening family and other supportive systems

1. Through our emergency services, we will be available to help low-income families improve their lifestyles by using the funding for clothes, groceries, transportation, and any other basic need that may not be met.

2. To achieve the partnerships among supporters and providers of services, we will encourage open communication amongst the staff at our Tribal Office. In doing this, we will work with other departments and figuring out the needs that aren’t being met and coming up with a plan on how to use the CSBG funds to meet those needs. By ensuring the communication needs are met, our clients will have more positive approach when requesting services from the Tribe.

3. In order for our agency to increase our capacity to achieve results we will be offering employee incentives. We plan to have mandatory staff event that will be a fun and constructive meeting with team building exercise and more. To ensure that our staff members, when helping the Tribal members, take the most positive approach, we must make them feel appreciated for all of their hard work.

4. To help our low-income communities achieve their potential by strengthening family and other support systems we plan to offer assistance with mental health counseling. This will be for members of all ages. Since the COVID-19 pandemic has taken over and changed all of our lives, we have noticed an increase of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders in our members, that the need simply isn’t being met.

Purpose of Funds: The purpose of the Community Block Grant (CSBG) is to reduce poverty, revitalization of low-income communities, and the empowerment of low-income families and individuals to become self-sufficient. With this funding, we will provide new opportunities to the Tribal members and bridge the gaps in services that already exist.

Target Communities: The Jena Band of Choctaw Indians (JBCI) received federal recognition in 1995 and is the smallest of the four federal Tribes in Louisiana. The JBCI, located in central Louisiana, serves the three parishes of LaSalle, Rapides, and Grant, covering approximately 2, 584 square miles. There are approximately 392 Tribal members of which 67.8% are less than 19 years of age and 14.5% are 55 years old and older. The population is growing at an overage of 1.2% per year. Services will be provided to approximately 241 Tribal members which reside within the rural three parish service area. According to the Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity 2018, Louisiana ranks 49th in the nation with 18.6% of people with income below the poverty line of $25,465. Within our service area poverty rates are nearly twice that on non-native individuals, with 42.5% of American Indians living below the poverty level, compare to the 23.1% of the total population. A survey of the JBCI members conducted by the Tribe for the Bureaus of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Services reported nearly 50% of Tribal members living in a household income of less than $10,000 annually (JBCI Community Health Assessment and American Indians Health Management & Policy 2015 Survey).

The JBCI rural three parishes in central Louisiana, mirrors the challenges facing other rural communities across the United States such as poverty, limited mental and physical health resources, education, unemployment, housing and children issues, which reflect many of the gaps specific to the Tribal Members’ needs for this Community Services Block Grant Supplemental Funding through the CARES Act 2020.


Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana CSBG CARES Act (2020) Supplemental Funding Tribal Plan

The Tribe will utilize the funding to address economic disruption, due to COVID-19, by providing low-income assistance to qualifying Tribal members. This objective will be met by providing utility assistance to qualifying Tribal elders.


United Houma Nation Tribe of Louisiana CSBG CARES Act (2020) Supplemental Funding Tribal Plan

National Goal Funds will Target: Goal 5 – The UHN will increase the capacity of school age youth to achieve results.

Purpose of Funds: The funds are being used in compliance with the programmatic assurance of attaining adequate literacy and education. Due to COVID-19, many UHN youth have experienced upheaval and disruption to their education. Of particular concern with the shift to virtual learning is how low-income families and youth are able to adapt and maintain educational outcomes. Key factors include access to reliable internet service as well as increased needs for tutoring for our most vulnerable students to catch up and not be left behind.

Income Verification: All families seeking assistance will be required to turn in verification of income that demonstrates that their current income level is within 200% of the FY2020 Federal Poverty Guidelines. Proof of income must be current and include check stubs, SNAP benefit report, current social security award letter, unemployment benefits, etc.

Target Communities: The UHN will serve the 6-parish service area consisting of Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson, St. Mary, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes.

Method and Criteria for Distribution of Funds: There are 2 types of services the UHN will opt to provide with this funding. The majority of the funds will be focused on providing a virtual tutor to eligible students. The majority of students live in school districts that provide free portable Wi-Fi power packs for each student (Terrebonne, Lafourche, and St. Mary). In these areas there will be a focus on virtual tutoring and classes to help students adjust to virtual learning. Students will be allocated 15 hours of tutoring services each so families will be encouraged to focus the tutoring in the subject areas that the student is struggling the most. To the extent possible, group tutoring will be conducted to stretch the resources.

For those school districts who have not provided free Wi-Fi for students, the UHN will seek a contract with T-Mobile for a flat contract as they have offered to school districts so that students are able to fully engage in school. Due to the state moving to Phase 3 this portion of the plan is not of highest priority as all districts prepare to return students to school in at least a modified format.


*Institute for Indian Development CSBG CARES Act (2020) Supplemental Funding Tribal Plan

The Institute for Indian Development (Lead Grantee) has designation on the Application to have the primary responsibility for the fiscal management of Grant funds, records retention, reporting and all of the other aspects of compliance with this Grant. The lead grantee will reserve 4% for administrative and compliance costs to adhere to Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for the Federal Award.


Public Review and Comment on the Tribal Plan:

The public, including tribal members, are allowed to comment on IID’s CSBG Tribal Plan. All comments received will be considered in finalizing this plan.


CEO of the Tribe/Tribal Organization:

John Silver, Executive Director/Grants Administrator

Administration Office

985-851-5408 / info@itcla.com


CSBG Director of the Tribe/Tribal Organization:

Melinda Butaud, DV-FVPSA/CSBG Program Director

Charenton Office

337-347-6401 / info@itcla.com


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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - March 24, 2020

With the current outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our tribal communities and beyond, we wanted to let you know how the Inter-Tribal Council of LA/Institute for Indian Development is preparing and share some important information with you.

We recognize that the current COVID-19 outbreak presents unique challenges for our tribal communities. The aging population is particularly vulnerable for several reasons, including their reliance on services, as well as their age, which appears to place them in higher risk categories for complications due to COVID-19 disease. We are taking steps to minimize disruptions in the services to our clients, and to minimize the exposure risk encountered by our at-risk population. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and we will make updates to this memorandum as necessary.

Gov. Edwards has issued a Statewide Stay at Home Order to further fight the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana that went into effect on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Our organization intends to fully comply with the Governor's order. As the safety and well-being of our clients, visitors, and staff is our top priority, we have instituted the following:

-All of our in-person business activities and local offices are closed until further notice to all visitors and nonessential staff;

-Employees are working remotely and Administration will continue operations of critical services and functions;

-All public events organized by us are postponed until further notice;

-Our staff is providing well-being checks or services via phone or virtual means to clients;

-All workforce development training participants are granted necessary sick leave with pay until April 13th;

-We are imposing an out-of-state travel restriction for all staff until further notice.

State and Tribal officials encourage Louisianans to take the following proactive steps to protect the health of themselves and those around them: Stay home if you are sick; Cover your cough; Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, or with a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available; Disinfect frequently touched surfaces; AND Avoid close contact (within six feet) with those who are sick.

For information about coronavirus, please contact the Louisiana 211 Network by dialing dial 211 or, you can text the keyword LACOVID to 898-211 for the most current information. In addition, refer to the Centers for Disease Control page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.


SAVE THE DATE (Please mark your calendars…)

2020 AOA Louisiana Statewide Indian Elder's Festival

EVENT DATE: Thursday, March 26, 2020 *POSTPONED

EVENT TIME: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

HOST TRIBE: Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana

LOCATION: Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel | The Pavilion

832 Martin Luther King Road, Charenton, Louisiana 70523 | 1-800-284-4386

For more information, contact our office.

Main Office Telephone: 985-851-5408 / Email: info@itcla.com