Division of Health & Community Services

Our mission is to improve the overall wellness and lifestyle of Pawnee Tribal members and Native Americans within our community. We accomplish this by providing services such as health education, substance abuse counseling, nutrition, physical fitness, preservation of family, safety planning, and youth development. 

In 2005, Pawnee Nation implemented a Capacity Building Initiative to determine how to accommodate growth and plan for future expansion. After reviewing the findings from assessments conducted by external contractors, the Planning Committee recommended improving coordination of individual health programs as well as the community service programs, by uniting them into a division. 

In 2008, the Pawnee Business Council approved a new organizational structure with eight divisions including a Division of Health and Community Services-DHCS. 

To further accommodate growth, the division was divided into four departments: Health and Nutrition and Family Services and Prevention. The following information outlines the separate programs in each department.

All of these programs are located in the former I.H.S. Clinic Complex (former Pawnee Indian Hospital). The facility is now referred to as the Health and Community Services Building.

Health
Community Health Representatives /Emergency Medical Services Program-CHR/EMS
Health Education Program

Special Diabetes Program for Indians

Nutrition

Title VI Elderly Nutrition and Caregiver Program
Food Distribution Program

Prevention
Substance Abuse Program-SAP
Meth and Suicide Prevention
Pawnee Nation Fitness Center

Family Services

Violence Against Women 
Indian Child Welfare

Tiffany Frietze, Division Director
tfrietze@pawneenation.org


Applications are now available online for:

Direct Assistance 

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Provides assistance to low-income Native American households in meeting their immediate home energy needs. LIHEAP monies can be used to pay for electricity, gas, or propane bills. Clients must reside in Pawnee County, but do not have to be a member of the Pawnee Nation.

The following must be submitted for review to determine if participants are eligible:  Completed LIHEAP Application, Proof of Residency (utility bill with current mailing address), Proof of Income, and Certificate Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB).

Click on this link for the LIHEAP Application.

Community Service Block Grant (CSBG)

Provides assistance to low-income Native American individuals/families with housing and/or utility deposits (no bills) and medical expenses (eyewear, dentures, and medications). The maximum amount of assistance is $100 in a calendar year. Clients must reside in Pawnee County, but do not have to be a member of the Pawnee Nation.

The following must be submitted for review to determine if participants are eligible:  Completed CSBG Application, Proof of Residency, Proof of Income and a CDIB. 

Click on this link for the CSBG Application.

For more information contact: 
Jaime Jestes, BS
Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma
CHR/EMS/Health Education Coordinator
P.O. Box 470
Pawnee, OK 74058
Office Phone: (918) 762-3873
Cell Phone: (918) 399-6273
Email: jaimej@pawneenation.org


Tribal Assistance Program  

Elders:
Applicant must be at least 60 years old at the time of the application for assistance.  Proof of age will be determined by a Certified Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) or Tribal Membership Identification Card.  Applicant must provide copy of CDIB.

Proof of guardianship/power of attorney must be provided if applying on behalf of an elder applicant.

Disability:
Applicant must provide proof of such disabled condition via a disability award letter from the Social Security Administration or Veteran’s Affairs.  Doctor’s notes will NOT be accepted. Proof of age will be determined by a Certified Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB), Tribal Membership Identification card, or a copy of a birth certificate.

Proof of guardianship/power of attorney must be provided if applying on behalf of disabled applicant. Birth certificate required for all minor disabled applicants.

Emergency:
Applicant must be at least (18) years of age at the time of application for assistance and in a *crisis to apply.  Documentation of *crisis may be required. Proof of age will be determined by a Certified Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) or Tribal Membership Card.  The maximum number of emergency assistance checks is one (1) per household.

*A crisis is defined as a decisive or critical moment in regards to a client’s health and/or life.  The following constitutes as a crisis: loss of clothes and/or shelter due to natural disasters, becoming disabled due to illness or accident, and life-threatening sickness to immediate client or family members.

Income:
Applicant must meet poverty guidelines set forth by Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).  Household incomes must not exceed over 150% of poverty level.  This applies to all three assistance programs.  Please provide the last 30 days income verification (i.e. check stub, social security, bank statement, unemployment statement, TANF, etc.).  Tribal members age 85 and older do not have to provide proof of income.     

Click on this link for the Tribal Assistant Program Application.

For more information contact: 

Tiffany Frietze, MPH, CHES
Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma
Division Director-Health & Community Services
P.O. Box 470
Pawnee, OK 74058
Office Phone: (918) 762-3873 opt.6
Email: tfrietze@pawneenation.org