ANA Fact Sheet

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Want to learn more about ANA? Check out our Fact Sheet! There, you can read about our mission, purpose, goals and more to get a better sense of how our programs serve children and families.

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What We Do

ANA promotes self-sufficiency for Native Americans by providing discretionary grant funding for community based projects, and training and technical assistance to eligible tribes and native organizations.


Commissioner Lillian SparksPresidentially appointed, Lillian A. Sparks was confirmed by the United States Senate as the Commissioner of the ANA in March 2010. A member of the Rosebud and Oglala Sioux Tribes, Ms. Sparks has devoted her career to supporting the educational pursuits of Native American students, protecting the rights of indigenous people, and empowering tribal communities.


ANA is comprised of the Office of the Commissioner, the Division of Program Operations, the Division of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation, and the Management Operations Staff.  


In January 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the War on Poverty, a collection of ideals that ultimately laid the foundation for ANA. 


In order to maximize resources on behalf of native communities, ANA partners with related programs in the Administration for Children and Families and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as with other Federal agencies and nonprofit organizations.