ANA Fact Sheet

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) is to promote the goal of self-sufficiency and cultural preservation for Native Americans by providing social and economic development opportunities through financial assistance, training, and technical assistance to eligible tribes and Native American communities, including American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Native Pacific Islander organizations. ANA also oversees the Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund, which is administered by the Office of Hawaiian affairs.


ANA provides funding for community-based projects that are designed to improve the lives of Native children and families and reduce long-term dependency on public assistance. ANA project funding is considered short- term seed funding available for 12, 24 and 36 months. Special Initiative funding can be for up to 60 months.  All ANA community projects need to be complete by the end of the project period, or supported by alternative funds.

How Funding is Administered

Competitive funding authorized under the Native American Program Act of 1974 as amended for community-based projects is provided through three competitive discretionary grant programs to eligible tribes and non-profit Native American organizations: social and economic development, language preservation and environmental regulatory enhancement.

Expected Goals

To achieve the goal of self-sufficiency and cultural preservation, ANA projects are planned, designed, and implemented by Native American community members to address the particular needs of their society. ANA subscribes to the philosophy that sustainable change must originate within the community.

Examples of the range of ANA projects include:

  • Creation of new jobs and development or expansion of business enterprises and social service initiatives
  • Establishment of new tribal employment offices
  • Formulation of environmental ordinances and training in the use and control of natural resources
  • Enactment of new codes and management improvements to strengthen the governmental functions of tribes and Native American organizations
  • Curriculum development and teacher professional development for Native American Language programs.

Additional Activities:

The Commissioner for ANA also co-chairs the Interagency Council on Native American Affairs, a coordinating body consisting of the principals of each of Health and Human Services agencies. The Director for the Indian Health Service is the other Chair. This body helps align departmental efforts to benefit Tribes and provides the Secretary of Health and Human Services with advice on policy and programmatic matters as they relate to American Indian and Alaska Native peoples.

Brief History of Program

Established Date

ANA was established in 1975 to serve all Native Americans, including federally recognized tribes, American Indian and Alaska Native organizations, Native Hawaiian organizations and Native populations throughout the Pacific basin (including American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).

Reason it was Formed

In January 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the War on Poverty, a collection of ideals that ultimately laid the foundation for ANA. President Johnson made a call to action, asking communities to prepare “long-range plans for the attack on poverty.” Eight months later, the Economic Opportunity Act was signed into law, and shortly thereafter the Office of Economic Opportunity began awarding grants.

Early in the 1970s, the OEO was terminated, but many of its War on Poverty concepts became the basis for ANA. ANA also embraced the goal of Native American self-determination, first endorsed by President Johnson in 1968 and later by President Richard Nixon.

Law that Established Program

ANA was established by and is authorized under the Native American Programs Act of 1974.

Fiscal Year Budgets


  • 2012: $48.7 million
  • 2013: $48.5 million
  • 2014: $46.5 million
  • 2015: $46.5 million
  • 2016: $50.0 million

General Information

Director/Commissioner in Charge of Program
Jeannie Hovland

Physical Address
Administration for Native Americans
330 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20416

Main Phone Number
(877) 922-9262

Fax Number
(202) 690-7441

Main Email Address

Website Link



Last Reviewed: August 28, 2018