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 & Prevention
Community Health Representatives /Health Education 
Special Diabetes Program for Indians
Substance Abuse Program (SAP)/Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI)/Tribal Opioid Response (TOR)/Native Connections Pawnee Nation Fitness Center

Social Services
All Direct Assistance Programs
Ti-Hirasa Domestic Violence Programs
Family Services
Food Assistance Elders Services

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 a copy of CDIB. Applicant does not have to reside in the Pawnee service area.

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. The applicant does not have to reside in the Pawnee service area.

Proof of guardianship/power of attorney must be provided if applying on behalf of the 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. Applicant does not have to reside in Pawnee service area.
 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 a crisis: loss of clothes and/or shelter due to natural disasters, becoming disabled due to illness or accident, and life-threatening sickness to the immediate client or family members.

Income: Applicant must meet poverty guidelines set forth by the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).  Household incomes must not exceed over 150% of the 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 (PDF)

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