The ANA Messenger: Social Development Edition 2013
U.S. Social Security Listening Session
The U.S. Social Security Administration hosted its very first American Indian and Alaska Native “Listening Session” on July 29, 2013 at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC. Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security hosted the session to listen to the thoughts and concerns about Social Security‘s programs and services in tribal communities.
Speakers included Stephanie Birdwell, Office of Tribal Government Relations, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Keith Colston, Administrative Director, Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs and Social Security’s Nancy Berryhill, Deputy Commissioner for Operations and Bob Williams, Associate Commissioner, Office of Employment Support Programs. Participants attended both in person and via teleconference.
The agenda covered a variety of topics ranging from economic security for tribal communities throughout Indian Country to becoming a tribal employment network. The two main themes during the meeting were providing information to tribal communities about filing for benefits and tribal trusts for minors and their impact on SSI eligibility.
For information about Social Security programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/aian.
Social Security has established a Tribal e-mail box, at SSA.Tribal.Communication@ssa.gov for tribal leaders to submit any issues and concerns affecting Indian country and Social Security.