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TRIBAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Information about the Tribal Assistance Program 
The primary purpose and intent of the Tribal Assistance Program is to provide assistance to tribal members such as those who are unemployed, economically disadvantaged, disabled, and who are experiencing extraordinary circumstances after exhausting all other resources. The Tribal Assistance Program is designed to provide assistance for unmet needs to enrolled members of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe. Tribal Assistance funds must directly benefit the tribal member listed as the applicant. Individuals should attempt to apply for all other forms of assistance that may be available before applying for Tribal Assistance.

1. Requests will be confidential.
2. Requests must be submitted on the appropriate form with all information filled out by applicant or his/her legal guardian.
3. Supporting documentation (if required) must be turned in with the appropriate application. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
4. Applications will be processed and reviewed within 5-10 days after submission by applicant and a determination will be sent to applicant.
5. Appeals of any decision must be submitted in writing by applicant to the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Council within 30 days.
6. The Tribal Assistance Program shall not be responsible for lost or stolen checks or Visa cards provided to members. Applicants who wish to designate someone to pick up their TAP benefits (card, check, etc) must provide General Fund staff with a NOTARIZED statement that they request benefits to be released to another individual.
7. For eligibility time period purposes, hand delivered applications are dated when received and date stamped by the General Fund office. For mailed applications, the date used will be the postmarked date.  

CATEGORIES OF ASSISTANCE

Elder Assistance
Financial Assistance to provide basic needs, household expenses, personal expenses, clothing, care and safety of tribal elders.  Open to tribal members aged 55 and over.

  • Amount of Assistance:  $500
  • Eligibility time period:  Once Per Calendar Year
  • Documentation Required:  Original Bill or Invoice
  • Payments are made directly to vendor or service provider.
  • Assistance must directly benefit the tribal elder.

Extraordinary Direct Assistance
Financial assistance for unmet needs not covered by any other Tribal Assistance Program and only if members have exhausted all other resources.  Examples:  Mortgage/Rental; Utilities(Including Deposits); Medical/Dental costs; Prescriptions; Child Care; Emergency automobile repair/tires; bereavement expenses; emergency travel expenses related to medical care, family illness, or funeral; cultural or ceremonial expenses; replacement of necessary appliances; and any other expenses approved by the Extraordinary Assistance Committee.

  • Amount of Assistance:  Effective immediately following the current eligibility period, the amount of allowable assistance shall be UP to $250 (not guaranteed the full amount of $250)
  • Eligibility time period:  Once from January 1 to March 31; once from April 1 to June 30; once from July 1 to September 30; once from October 1 to December 31.
  • Documentation Required:  Please provide any documentation that will assist the committee with making an informed decision on your application.
  • Payment will not be tendered or payable to applicant or beneficiary (no reimbursements).
  • Assistance must directly benefit the applicant.

School Expenses
Financial Assistance for tribal members of all ages (from birth to adult) attending preschool, grade school through 12th grade, and adult tribal member attending college, vocational education, or other education/training programs.

  • Amount of Assistance:  UP TO $500 ANNUALLY
  • Eligibility time period:  Once from January 1 to June 30, and once from July 1 to December 31, up to twice per year.
  • Documentation Required:  Original Receipt (**receipts can be dated up to three months prior to the eligibility time period), invoice or documentation showing amount of assistance needed.  Letter from learning institution or extracurricular agency may also be accepted.
  • Students 18 years of age and older must provide a school schedule.
  • Applicant or Parent/Legal Guardian is eligible for reimbursement of expenses related to education including:  clothes, fees, books, supplies, instrument purchase/rental, school lunches, lab fees, sports activity fees and passes, graduation gowns/announcements, class rings, uniforms, and any other expenses approved by the Education Committee. 
  • This policy replaces the “back to school” clothing assistance that has been provided in the past.

Housing - Repairs
Financial assistance for basic home repairs, homeowners insurance, and/or routine maintenance for primary residence of tribal members.  All applications for assistance must be approved by a committee(Housing Repair Committee) appointed by Tribal Council.  All homes seeking to be repaired must be owned and occupied by tribal members seeking assistance.

  • Amount of Assistance:  The amount of assistance will be based on the project to be completed.  The maximum amount of assistance for any home owned by a member must not exceed $10,000 for all work COMBINED.
  • Eligibility time period:  Once per home.
  • Documentation Required:  Copy of filed Warranty Deed in applicant’s name and two bids or quotes for requested repairs. 
  • Open to applicants (Tribal Members) who are homeowners 18 years of age and over.
  • Copies of two months of utility bills must accompany application.
  • Cosmetic or expansion project are not allowable (including, but not limited to, fences, garage doors, driveways and the like).
  • Storm shelter expenses are allowable and included in the $10,000 maximum for home repairs. 
  • Temporary housing during repair projects are the sole financial responsibility of the resident.
  • Individual requesting assistance must satisfy or be current on any and all outstanding debts and payments owed to the Otoe-Missouria Tribe or tribal entities before Housing Repair Assistance is approved.
  • Applications for assistance must be accompanied by no less than two quotes or bids.  Any change orders must be in writing and approved by Committee.
  • Members may be reimbursed up to $1,000 during any 12 month period for emergency repairs that specifically concerns the health and welfare of the tribal member.
  • Prior to any work being performed, contractor must submit the bid/proposal to the Housing Repair Committee.  The Tribe will not advance more than 1/3 of the bid, up to $3,333.34.  Final payment will not be made until final inspection.
  • Availability of funds will dictate the timing of approved projects.  All complete files will be placed on a waiting list.  The Housing Repair Committee will inform the applicant of when the project will be funded and work can begin on the project. 
  • All contracts and agreements are between the homeowner and contractor. The Otoe-Missouria Tribe is not responsible for correcting unsatisfactory or incomplete work.

Elder Home Health and Safety Program
One-time financial assistance to tribal elders with emergency housing repairs related to health and safety issues.  Examples of services provided include:

  • Fixing plumbing leaks,
  • Dealing with plumbing or drainage problems,
  • Electrical problems,
  • Emergency HVAC maintenance and repairs,
  • Addition of wheelchair ramp, and
  • Remodeling of doorways and bathrooms for handicapped accessibility.

To be eligible, you must be an owner-occupied and a tribal member who is 55 years or older.  You must have expended all assistance available from the tribal housing department and the Housing Repair Program.

Amount of Assistance:  The amount of assistance will be based on the projects to be completed.  The Tribe will consult with our contractor to verify reasonable and customary price for repairs.  The maximum amount of assistance must not exceed $5,000 for all work combined.

All applications for assistance must be approved by a committee(Housing Repair Committee) appointed by Tribal Council.

Eligibility Time Period:  This is a one-time program.  All other tribal assistance programs must be expended before an individual is eligible for elder home health and safety program funds. 

  • Availability of funds will dictate the timing of approved projects.  All complete files will be placed on a waiting list.  The Housing Repair Committee will inform the applicant of when the project will be funded and work can begin on the project. 

Eyeglasses
Assistance for the cost of essential eyeglasses or contact lenses not covered by insurance.

  • Amount of Assistance:  $250
  • Eligibility time period:  Per Calendar Year
  • Documentation Required:  Copy of itemized bill. Original paid receipt must be provided if requesting reimbursement.
  • Must be first submitted to insurance.

Hearing Aid
Assistance for cost of  hearing aid(including testing).

  • Amount of Assistance:  UP TO $1,000
  • Eligibility time period:  Once Per Two Calendar Years
  • Documentation Required:  Copy of itemized bill. Original paid receipt must be provided if requesting reimbursement.

APPLICATIONS FOR TRIBAL ASSISTANCE MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MAIL OR IN PERSON (NOTE: FAXED OR EMAILED COPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED)TO:
OTOE-MISSOURIA TRIBE OF INDIANS
ATTN: TRIBAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
8151 HIGHWAY 177
RED ROCK, OK 74651
For additional information please contact the General Fund Department at 580-723-4466 ext 248 or ext 231.

Below are PDF versions of the Tribal Assistance Application and the Prepaid Visa Card Application. If you would like your funding to be placed on a Visa Card, you must complete and return the Prepaid Visa Card Application along with the Tribal Assistance Application. $5 will be deducted from you total assistance for the Visa Card.   

» TAP application

» Prepaid Visa Card Application


Otoe-Missouria Loan Program
The purpose of the Otoe-Missouria Loan Program is to raise the economic and social welfare of the Tribal member. Loans shall be made only for purposes which will benefit the borrowers or improve their property with which may be termed “emergency loans”. Loans shall not be made for less than One Hundred ($ 100.00) dollars or more than One Thousand ($ 1,000.00) dollars. The rate of interest charges on all loans shall be Ten percent (10%) per annum. Please allow 3 to 5 business days for processing of your loan. There is a $10 non-refundable processing fee of $10. We welcome the opportunity to assist you in completing the application or to answer any questions. Please contact the Tribal Loan Officer, if necessary, at the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Enterprise Center at (580) 723-4466, ext 110 or email dkent@omtribe.org  

»LOAN APPLICATION (PDF) 


Page updated on 1-7-14