ACF Tribal and Native American Resources

ACF Tribal logoWelcome to the Administration for Children and Families’ Tribal and Native American Resources page.  Here you will find information about ACF's work on behalf of Native American children, families and communities including upcoming events or trainings, federal funding opportunities, and resources of interest to Tribal and Native communities.  ACF is committed to working with Tribal Governments in building strong partnerships for our programs and the services they provide.  ACF provides the largest amount of funding to Native Americans located throughout the nation and the territories of Guam, American Samoa and the Northern Marianna Islands outside of the funds provided by the Indian Health Service.  Out of a budget of $50 Billion, ACF awards on the average $647 Million to Native Americans through programs like Head Start, Child Care, TANF, LIHEAP, Child Support and the Administration for Native Americans, to name a few.

Working with Tribal Leaders

  • Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) supports the Acting Assistant Secretary as he carries out his duties and responsibilities that affect Native Americans.  ACF TAC Membership List.  Recently the TAC approved the attached ACF TAC ACF TAC Charter and ACF TAC Rules of Order.
  • Tribal Consultation  ACF is required to consult with Indian Tribes in accordance with E.O. 13175 and President Obama’s memorandum of November 9, 2010.  ACF has a ACF Tribal Consultaton Policy that aligns with the HHS Tribal Consultation Policy and annually we hold a consultation session.  ACF posts our written response to testimony below under "Spotlight".

Tribal Initiatives at ACF

     Intra-Agency Work

  • Native American Affairs Advisory Council (NAAAC): At the Council, we share information about what is happening within each office and within HHS that may affect Native American communities, and coordinate activities.  The NAAAC is responsible for the Native American Affairs Liaisons who serve as tribal liaisons and are the points of contact on tribal related matters affecting their programs.


  • Looking for economic development resources?  ACF has funding available from the Administration for Native Americans, Office of Family Assistance, and Office of Community Services. See our ACF Economic Development Guide.
  • For information about the impact of the ACA on Native Americans, please visit our Healthy Tribes page.



Last Reviewed: June 10, 2016
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