Chippewa Cree Tribal TANF Purpose

The intent of the Chippewa Cree Tribal TANF (CCTT) Plan is to provide welfare related services to needy Indian families that include at least one person (excluding step parents) who is enrolled or eligible for enrollment in a federally recognized tribe, and who are in need of temporary assistance and services{hereinafter, the “service population”}.
The Chippewa Cree Tribal TANF program will provide needy Indian families with job preparation, employment, and supportive services. The program is intended to support needy families to become self-sufficient and not be dependent upon the Chippewa Cree TANF program for assistance. The Chippewa Cree Tribal TANF program will comply with all federal mandates of Public Law 104-193. It is the intent of the Chippewa Cree TANF program that assistance shall be provided promptly with due regard for the preservation of Indian family life.

Service Population


The Chippewa Cree TANF program will serve all needy families in Hill County, Montana, that portion of Choteau County, Montana within the exterior boundaries of the Tribe’s Reservation, in which persons applying for temporary assistance and services include at least one person that is enrolled or enrollable in a federally recognized tribe.

Service Area

The Chippewa Cree TANF program will serve all needy families, who will include at least one person that is enrolled or enrollable in a federally recognized tribe, who meets the service population definition and who resides within Hill County, Montana, and in that portion of Chouteau County, Montana, within the exterior boundaries of the Rocky Boy Reservation.

Needy Families

The Chippewa Cree Tribal TANF plan defines needy families as families with total family income equal or less (after disregards) than the Tribal benefit level for cash assistance see page 18 of plan. Some supportive services may not require income eligibility for service, i.e. teen pregnancy prevention, and marriage promotion. Needy families must meet the following:
A. At least one person (child or caretaker relative who is within the fifth degree of kinship excluding stepparents) that is enrolled or enrollable in a federally recognized tribe, who is living with a caretaker relative.
B. A woman pregnant with an Indian child in her third trimester or a verifiable high-risk pregnancy.
C. All school age children are required to attend school full time with regular attendance, verification of enrollment and current status is required.
D. Minor parent must be living in a home with parents or a TANF approved responsible adult.
E. A dependent child that is still in high school will be eligible until graduation or their 19th birthday.

Individual Improvement Plans


Adult TANF recipients (unless exempted) are required to develop with the TANF case manager an “Individual Improvement Plan”. An Individual Improvement Plan (JIP) is a plan to assist the client meet the work activities requirement and address any barriers the client may have that may impede the client’s work/training and employability. A contract will be signed by the client acknowledging the requirements, and responsibilities, and penalty, if the client fails to fulfill the contract.