Shoshone-Bannock Tribes  


The 477 Human Services Department includes the tribes' education and emergency assistance services. The department's central office is located in the southwest corner of the tribes' Human Resource and Development Center.

The department was created in 2011 to streamline assistance to tribal members in need & to better assist those wanting to further their education to improve their employability.

Community Access Program (CAP)
The Community Access Program (CAP) is funded by federal and tribal grants. CAP assists households who are in need of heating end emergency assistance. The program is authorized to administer financial assistance to Native Americans who are members of federally-recognized tribes who are in need of hardship and emergency assistance.
Applicants are required to provide income verification in accordance with the federal poverty guidelines to determine eligibility. Applicants may be required to attend workshops or training prior to receiving assistance. If an applicant is ineligible, every effort is made to assist with referrals. All applicants must reside within the service delivery area which is a 50-mile radius of the reservation. CAP also provides education to clients at fairs and community activities about energy conservation and consumption.

Federal Funding

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Weatherization and Leveraging Grant - Federal funds through the Department of Health and Human Services are used for energy assistance and home weatherization. Federal poverty guidelines are followed. Heating assistance normally runs from November through April of each fiscal year. LIHEAP provides heating assistance to eligible families. Eligible heating sources include electricity, natural gas, propane, pellets, coal and wood. Energy assistance benefits are paid directly to utility vendors.
or replacement of heating or cooling systems and roof replacement.

Community Service Block Grant (CSBG)

Federal funds have been used to assist with neighborhood restoration of the Fort Hall Townsite, district cleanup programs, PaintFest for elders, youth activities, assistance for the homeless, budget counseling and referrals to other community resources.

Sierra Services Community Service Projects

Youth from the Pacific Northwest states visited the reservation and completed projects in the summers of 2010 and 2011. In 2010, more than 100 youth ages 14 to 18 built three wooden handicap ramps and painted two homes. The youth group is affiliated with a local church organization that works on service projects for elderly and disabled individuals.

Tribal General Funds

The Fort Hall Business Council has allocated general funds to provide emergency and hardship assistance to tribal members. Services provided from this fund may include the following: emergency funds for tribal members demonstrating a serious need and who have no alternative resources. Emergency funds may include – food, gasoline, medical, medical travel, eyeglasses, rental, heating and other emergencies. Hardship funds are also available, but require special routing and approval by the Tribal Assistance Committee.

EET and TANF Programs

What is the EET Program? The EET Program is the Education, Employment and Training Program authorized under Public Law 102-477 through the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

What does the EET Program do? The EET Program is designed to provide skill-building activities and provides assistance to individuals who need instruction, who need funding for vocational training, apprenticeships, provides higher education scholarships, work experience and job placement services.

What is the TANF Program? TANF's official name is Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and is authorized under a federal grant through the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Who is eligible for EET Services? EET serves American Indian, Alaskan Natives, and Hawaiian Natives who reside in the Tribe's service Area, and, who are either:

  • Enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe or a non-enrolled member with a blood degree of one-quarter or more or an Alaskan or Hawaiian Native
  • Resident of the Tribes service area
  • And, Demonstrates that the services requested shall lead to employment and self-sufficiency.

What does TANF Do? The TANF Program is designed to assist families and help adult family members gain life skills, marketable job skills, education, and training that leads to self-confidence, self-sufficiency and employment services. TANF also provides assistance for children who do not live with their parents, but live with and are cared for by relative. This is called a Caretaker Relative Grant.

Who is eligible for TANF Services? TANF's service area is limited to the four counties of the Fort Hall, Indian Reservation. They are Bannock, Bingham, Caribou, and Power counties in Idaho. The eligible person or family may be:

  • Enrolled member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes who Resides in the service area; OR
  • Federally recognized Indians who reside on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation;
  • The Caretaker Relative grant is used for the child basic food, shelter and clothing needs. Court guardianship papers are required at the time of application. AND
  • Who have little or no income.

How can I receive assistance from EET or TANF?

  • ENROLLMENT (or approved for services)

***It is important that applicants follow through with the paperwork*** Business Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Office Location: Human Resource Development Center Mailing Address: PO BOX 306 Pima Dr.| Fort Hall, Idaho 83203 | Phone:208-478-3845 | Fax: 208-478-3852

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Getting an education or training is necessary in today's world. As a Native American, it is essential to maintain our culture, identity and to survive in our global community. We are committed and motivated by our elders saying to help one another so we can prosper; to go and learn and bring it back to help our people.

To acquire an education is a sacrifice for most families, especially if they have not put aside money to pay for the expense of tuition and college fees, or are in a low income situation. Each year, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes allocates funds to assist tribal members interested in furthering their education in an academic or vocational program.

The tribes offer scholarship funding for Shoshone-Bannock tribal members interested in pursuing higher education and vocational/applied tech degrees.
Funding deadlines are usually in June for the fall semester and in November for the spring semester. To prepare for funding consideration, a prospective student must:
Apply for college acceptance
Apply for Shoshone-Bannock scholarship funding Applicants are also required to submit educational documentation including:
’s office
– If you are unable to register, must provide verification from the school
’s financial aid office
Sign release of information form Provide college transcripts if you attended college previously.
Submit education statement and barrier form Provide high school transcripts
Provide copy of GED or high school diploma Apply for 3 outside scholarships not including the FAFSA scholarship program who may have already submitted the required materials.
For further information, call 208-478-3978.


About TANF

The Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Department is a self-reliance/employment-based program that serves eligible families within the reservation and surrounding areas. TANF serves an average of 235 families a month, including caretaker relatives.

Participants are required to participate in work activities that they negotiate with their case worker based on their skills. Self-reliance and ABE/GED classes are held in the HRDC classrooms and participants can gain employment, barrier removal and healthy lifestyle and life skills. Other employment activities are work experience and volunteer work to gain job skills. Other participants are enrolled in continuing ed or vocational courses while some are working part time.

Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) works with eligible clients who have physical or mental disabilities to prepare for, gain or retain employment. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.
Examples of VR Services:

  • Outreach Services
  • Vocational Evaluation and Planning
  • Career Counseling and Guidance
  • Training and Education After High School
  • Job-Site Assessment and Accommodations
  • Job Placement
  • Job Coaching
  • On-the-Job Training
  • Supported Employment


Helpful Links

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Idaho Department of Labor

Idaho State University

ISU - College of Technology

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