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. 

 The following information outlines the separate programs in each department.

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) Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI)
  • Pawnee Nation Fitness Center
  • Pawnee Pride

Family Services

  • Violence Against Women 
  • Indian Child Welfare


Tiffany Frietze, Division Director
tfrietze@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
Fax: 918-762-6453

Email: tfrietze@pawneenation.org