Colville Tribal TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) came into effect on November 1, 2001. Under this plan the Colville Tribe will serve all Native American families in Okanogan, Ferry, Douglas, and Chelan Counties. A "Native American Family" is one in which at least one member of the assistance unit is a Native American, a member of, or eligible for membership in a federally recognized tribe in the United States of American residing or intending to reside in the defined service area. In Lincoln, Grant and Stevens Counties the Colville Tribe will serve Colville Tribal families only. A "Colville Tribal Family" is one in which at least one member of the assistance unit is an enrolled member of the Colville Tribe.
THE FOUR PURPOSES OF TANF: 45 CFR 286
- Assisting needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes
- Reducing the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage
- Preventing out-of-wedlock pregnancies
- Encouraging the formation and maintenance of two-parent families