Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Announces the Implementation of Its Own Health and Human Services Program

May 14, 2010

SHINGLE SPRINGS, Calif., May 14 /PRNewswire/ — In an exercise of its governmental authority, commencing June 1, 2010, the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians will assume control and responsibility for its own health and human services program. The federally and state funded program, known as Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (“Tribal TANF”) assists Native American families in need by providing services such as job readiness, education and training. The services will be offered to the Native American population residing within the traditional ancestral territory of the Shingle Springs Band, encompassing the Counties of Sacramento, El Dorado and Placer, with Yolo County to be added later.

Founded in 1994, Tribal TANF was intended to provide Native American families with the necessary tools to become self-sufficient. It was well documented that the needs of native communities were previously being overlooked. Shingle Springs’ Tribal Administrator Marilyn Delgado was involved with the development of Tribal TANF laws and policies and assisted in the start-up of the very first Tribal TANF programs. Stated Marilyn Delgado: “The Shingle Springs Tribal TANF program will be operated with the highest integrity to ensure the law is followed, that all families being served will receive the assistance needed to become self-sufficient.”

The program had previously been operated by and through the Washoe Native TANF program. “We wish to thank Washoe Chairman Waldo Walker for his exemplary leadership during this transition period,” stated Shingle Springs Chairman Nicholas H. Fonseca. “We also wish to thank the entire Washoe Native TANF staff for their years of dedicated service to our tribal membership. However, at this time the Shingle Springs Band is now in a position to assume responsibility to care for our own people, as well as the entire Native American community that resides within our territory.”

The transfer of jurisdiction came after months of discussions and negotiations with the local communities, including its partner Tribe, the Cortina Rancheria, as well as Sacramento, El Dorado and Placer Counties. A series of town hall meetings were held to ensure the services provided by the Shingle Springs Band and the site locations chosen met the needs of the community. The locations of the three offices were purposefully chosen to be close to existing Indian health clinics.

In addition to the implementation of its own Tribal TANF program, the Shingle Springs Tribal Health Clinic is currently in negotiations a for direct contract with the Indian Health Services (IHS) to serve the Native American community within the Shingle Springs service area. “With direct funding from IHS we can expand our services and service area to help those most in need of healthcare,” said Beth Bodi, Executive Director for the Shingle Springs Tribal Health Program.

The Shingle Springs Band intends to hold open houses for the community at each of the site locations in the weeks following the official opening. Announcements for those dates will be forthcoming.

SOURCE Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians

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