Grantee Spotlight

CSBG Tribal Grantee Spotlight

 

In 2018, the CSBG Tribal T&TA team and OCS incorporated a new segment to the interactive  CSBG Tribal Network Update sessions, the CSBG Tribal Grantee Spotlight. The spotlight provides a space for Tribal grantees to present on their CSBG initiatives, success stories, and challenges during the live update sessions. When possible, we also share and spotlight CSBG Grantees in our monthly CSBG Tribal Network Newsletter. View the Grantee Spotlight summaries, Tribal contact information, and available resources below.

Tribe/Tribal Organization
Ma-Chis Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama

State
Alabama

Contact Information
Phone: (334) 897 – 3207
EmailEmachis@centurytel.net

CSBG Program Activities:
CSBG Services delivered:

  • Community Garden
  • Education
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Housing
  • Health Care
  • Nutrition
  • Service Linkages
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Workforce Development

Summary
Nancy Carnley, Director of the Ma-Chis Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama’s (MCLCITA) CSBG Program, volunteered to serve as the Winter CSBG Tribal Grantee Spotlight of 2019.  She shared the history of the MCLCITA including an overview of their historical Tribal leaders, the effect the Indian Removal Act of 1830 had on their Tribe,  and their steps towards state recognition. She also addressed the CSBG Program mission and activities.

Nancy’s presentation highlighted the challenges the community faced due to recent hurricanes and how CSBG funds were used to assist individuals, mostly elderly and homeless, with emergency shelter and supplies. She shared pictures and stories of the community garden, which is used to serve at-need clients with healthy and nutritious foods catered to their dietary restrictions. She also addressed how their unique state and local partnerships, including the Coffee County Community Action Agency, are an essential part of ensuring their clients are connected to the services they need.

View or download the presentation slides.

Tribe/Tribal Organization
Citizen Potawatomi Nation

State
Oklahoma

Contact Information
Phone: (405) 275-3121
Email: mzientek@potawatomi.org

CSBG Program Activities:
The Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Workforce Development & Social Service Program

  • Workforce Development
  • Employment Assistance
  • Education Assistance
  • Emergency Services

Summary
Citizen Potawatomi Nation released an article in November 2018, showcasing how CSBG funds are being used to counsel Native Americans in their community to overcome barriers. The Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Workforce Development & Social Service program offers employment assistance, education or emergency financial assistance, and a variety of training opportunities. Read the article to learn more about this great CSBG-funded workforce development program.

“I feel that our program is important to the community because it utilizes funds that are available for use by households that have no other options when they are in need. Most Tribal members are either unaware that the funds are available or are unsure of how or where to apply. Our programs are steadily growing due to word-of-mouth and the coverage from the Hownikan. I feel that information about our program is reaching those in need, whether they are in town or in one of our many rural communities.” – Bobbi J. Middleton, a workforce and social services counselor

Tribe/Tribal Organization
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

State
Massachusetts

Contact Information
Phone: (508) 477-0208
Email: leslie.jonas@mwtribe-nsn.gov

CSBG Program Activities:
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Food Pantry

  • Workforce Development
  • Access to nutritious foods four days a week
  • Access to holiday foods (IE: Turkeys)
  • Serving participants aged 0 – 55+
  • Community classes on nutritious food and healthy eating
  • Transportation and delivery services for housebound members
  • Partnerships with private business, churches, and schools
  • Receive private donations
  • Fish Seizure program with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Collaboration with Indian Health Services (IHS) to provide community trainings and workshops on healthy eating

Summary
Leslie Jonas, Tribal Administrator, and Darlene Scott, Director of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Food Pantry Program, volunteered to serve as the Fall CSBG Tribal Grantee Spotlight of 2018.  They shared the history of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, their steps towards Federal recognition, and their CSBG Program mission and activities. The presentation highlighted the financial challenges they’ve overcome by working with staff volunteers and partnering with public and private agencies. They shared how their unique partnerships, such as the fish seizure program with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, have allowed the Food Pantry to grow in their mission of fighting hunger. The presentation also highlighted the importance of food sovereignty and the next steps for the Food Pantry program.

View or download the presentation slides.

Tribe/Tribal Organization
Pueblo of Zuni

State
New Mexico

Contact Information
Phone: (505) 782 – 5541
Email: Karen.Leekity@ashiwi.org

CSBG Program Activities:
Zuni Elderly Services Program/Adult Day Care

  • Elderly Day Care Services
  • Senior Volunteer Programs-Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent Programs
  • Caregiver Outreach Program
  • Meals on Wheels Program
  • Intergenerational Activities – Out of State Student Volunteers
  • Exercise and Brain Fitness Activities – Senior Olympics
  • Gardening
  • Cultural Activities
  • Referrals to outlying programs and advocacy groups

Summary
Karen Leekity, Director of the Zuni Elderly Services Program volunteered to serve as the third CSBG Tribal Grantee Spotlight of 2018.  Karen shared the history of the Pueblo of Zuni, their geographical and environmental challenges, their CSBG Program mission and activities, as well as, an introduction to all of the staff members that make the Zuni Elderly Services Program possible. The presentation highlighted their intergeneration activities including, the recruitment of out of state student volunteers to work with the elderly community and learn about the Zuni language and culture.

View or download the presentation slides.

Tribe/Tribal Organization
Blackfeet Nation

State
Montana

Contact
Phone: (406) 338-7842
Fax: (406) 338-3742
Emailmoldperson@yahoo.com

CSBG Program Activities:
Medicine Bear Shelter

  • Temporary Housing Facility
  • Temporary shelter (limited)
  • Hot meals
  • Opportunity for daily showers and toiletry items
  • Clothing and shoes (as requested)
  • Referrals to outlying programs and advocacy groups
  • Assistance with applications (employment, housing, education, etc.)
  • Identify and assist community needs

Summary
Marcedes Old Person, Director of the Medicine Bear Shelter, and her colleagues volunteered to serve as the second CSBG Tribal Grantee Spotlight of 2018.  Marcedes shared the history of the Blackfeet Nation, their CSBG Program mission, goals and objectives, as well as, an introduction to all of the staff members that make the Medicine Bear Shelter possible. The presentation highlighted their newest activities such as coordinating with outside groups to manage the food distribution program during the devastating winter storms and creating a Go Fund Me account to allow for easy donations.

View or download the presentation slides.

Welcome to Spirit Lake Nation! Orange background and a picture of a young Native girl in cultural clothes

Tribe/Tribal Organization
Spirit Lake Nation

State
North Dakota

Contact
Phone: (701) 766-1224
Fax: (701) 766-4126
Webwww.gondtc.com
Email: slthealthdirector@gondtc.com

CSBG Program Activities

  • Dakota Health & Wellness Transportation
  • Public Health Nursing (PHN)
  • Community Health Nurse (CHN)
  • Community Health Representatives (CHR)
  • Health Education
  • Recovery & Wellness
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Summary
Ardell Blueshield, Tribal Health Director of the Spirit Lake Nation and her colleagues, volunteered to serve as the first CSBG Tribal Grantee Spotlight of 2018.  Ardell and her team shared their best practices for providing multiple interactive health and community events, steps in improving their administrative and fiscal management process, and the importance of collaborating with Federal and local programs to secure the best quality of service for their Tribal community.

View or download the presentation slides.

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For our  Update Sessions, we will continue to highlight the great work of our Tribal grantees. We will be contacting CSBG Tribal grantees to volunteer to make presentations about their CSBG Program. Volunteer to be our next CSBG Tribal Grantee Spotlight presentation!