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American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

Tribal solutions: Subsidized employment programs serving American Indians and Alaska Natives

Individual Author: 
Glosser, Asaph
Ellis, Emily

People served by public assistance programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) often have difficulty finding jobs in the competitive labor market. This report describes the ways in which eight TANF programs primarily serving American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) families use subsidized employment. Subsidized employment programs rely on public funds to subsidize the wages that employers pay when they provide jobs to individuals who cannot find them in the competitive labor market.

The 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress

Individual Author: 
Henry, Meghan
Watt, Rian
Rosenthal, Lily
Shivji, Azim

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) releases the Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress (AHAR) in two parts. Part 1 provides Point-in- Time (PIT) estimates, offering a snapshot of homelessness—both sheltered and unsheltered— on a single night. The one-night counts are conducted during the last 10 days of January each year.

Reflections on the relevance of “self-regulation” for native communities

Individual Author: 
Tsethlikai, M.
Murray, D.W.
Meyer, A.M.
Sparrow, J.

The words that comprise “self-regulation” (e.g., ‘self’ and ‘regulation’) may be problematic for many Native communities that emphasize community and learning through observing, internalizing, and doing.  Self-regulation may still be relevant for Native communities because self-regulation occurs in relationships, can be developed through a range of different ways of learning, and can serve the well-being of whole communities. (Author abstract)


The 2017 KIDS COUNT data book: State trends in child well-being

Individual Author: 
Gutierrez, Florencia
Speer, Laura
Boughamer, Beau
Fox, Ryan
Hamilton, Lisa
Hodgins, John
Laracy, Michael
West, Norris
Cauthen, Nancy

The 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book urges policymakers not to back away from targeted investments that help U.S. children become healthier, more likely to complete high school and better positioned to contribute to the nation’s economy as adults. The Data Book also shows the child poverty rate in 2015 continued to drop, landing at 21%. In addition, children experienced gains in reading proficiency and a significant increase in the number of kids with health insurance.

Tribal family law clients: A practitioner's guide to best serve your client in child support proceedings

Individual Author: 
Ford, Jerry
Held, Jillian
Mendez, Nancy

There has been a vast growth in the complexity of tribal family law practice requiring a careful study by the practitioner of the options open to tribal members. As an introduction to the representation of tribal members in family law, this discussion will not be a detailed look at statutory or case law, but instead will be an overview with suggestions for further investigation and research. It is apparent throughout the country that nontribal lawyers need to educate themselves about the nature and functions of tribal courts.

Employment pathways for boys and young men of color: Solutions and strategies that can make a difference

Individual Author: 
Bird, Kisha
Okoh, Clarence

Employment is an important part of youth development and the successful progression into young adulthood. Young people learn important communication and social skills, and are also exposed to careers, workplace culture, and opportunities to hone problem-solving and interpersonal skills. Research reinforces the importance of early work experience, especially for poor and low-income youth. Youth employment strategies, including summer jobs, paid internships, and year-round subsidized work experiences, can be linked to a broader approach to address poverty.

Psychometric analyses of child outcome measures with American Indian and Alaska Native preschoolers: Initial evidence from AI/AN FACES 2015

Individual Author: 
Malone, Lizabeth
Bernstein, Sara
Atkins-Burnett, Sally
Xue, Yange


AI/AN FACES 2015 is the first national study of Region XI AI/AN Head Start children and their families, classrooms, and programs. To date, the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) has been a major source of descriptive information on Head Start and preschool children ages 3 to 5 years old who attend the program. FACES gathers data from Regions I-X, the 10 geographically based Head Start regions, with the most recent round conducted in 2014.

An evidence-based approach to strengthening American Indian/Alaska Native communities

Individual Author: 
Parents as Teachers

Over the past 20 years, the Parents as Teachers model has been adapted and delivered in more than 100 Tribal communities in the U.S. During this time, more than 10,000 Native American families have been served by Parents as Teachers. More than half of the today’s federal Tribal Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting Tribes have chosen Parents as Teachers as their preferred home visiting model, citing the organization’s history of working with American Indian and Alaskan Native families. (Author introduction)

Evaluating the challenges to self-sufficiency faced by Tribal TANF clients in Alaska

Individual Author: 
Driscoll, David
Dotterrer, Bruce
Johnson, Janet
Reilly, Katie
Shimer, Sarah
Mitchell, Erica
Szafran, Quenna

This study is an inquiry into the characteristics of the Tribal TANF recipient population, and explores the barriers recipients are facing in achieving self-sufficiency. Three sources of data are used in this analysis: Tribal TANF client population data, survey results of Tribal TANF recipients, and results of in-depth interviews with Tribal TANF case managers. (Edited author executive summary)