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Red Lake Nation TANF is a human services program that provides assistance to Red Lake Nation enrolled members as well as other federally-recognized tribal members with children within all of Beltrami County. TANF will help the family gain education, training and job experience in order to gain self-sufficiency. 

Brief History

  • In 2014, the Red Lake Nation opted to operate a Tribal TANF program which would provide direct assistance to on-reservation tribal members who qualify for Minnesota Investment Program (MFIP) with a few exceptions as well as the ability to incorporate Anishinaabe worldview into programming.

  • In 2017, the Red Lake Nation was approved to expand their service area and population to include off-reservation tribal members in addition to other federally-recognized tribal member residents within the Beltrami County limits. 

What is Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)?

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, is a temporary program to provide cash and food assistance for families to cover their basic needs. TANF will help the family gain education, training and job experience in order to gain self-sufficiency.

Services Provided

  • Monthly cash and food assistance

  • Case Management

    • Red Lake Nation TANF Program has changed our model of case management. Previously all families had two workers a Financial Worker and an Employment Service Case Manager. Now the two roles are combined as a Family Service Case Manager so that each family only has one person that they work with. Family Service Case Managers assist families to find the resources they need to overcome barriers such as housing, transportation, childcare, education, health and work place skills.

  • Supportive Services

    • Child care

    • Work clothing

    • Tools

    • Training/Education costs

    • Transportation

    • Car Repair

    • Car Insurance

    • Referrals to other programs

  • Contract Ready

    • On the job training

  • Career Development

    • Resume

  • Driver's Education

  • Financial Skills

  • G.E.D or high school diploma

Incentives may be available for completing courses.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Verification of at least one (1) member of the applicant family who is an enrolled member of the Red Lake Nation or of another federally-recognized tribe, excluding Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and/or First Nations of Canada;

  • Reside within Beltrami County; and

  • Meet income guidelines

To Apply

  • Click the APPLY button below to register for an account, fill out a pre-screen questionnaire (which will let you know what other programs, available at Oshkiimaajitahdah, you may be eligible for) and to begin the intake process;


  • Combined Application Forms are available at Oshkiimaajitahdah Redby and Bemijigaamag offices.

Required Documents

Applicants must submit the following documents, for each individual listed on the application, with a completed application for consideration of services and assistance:

  • Valid Driver's License - applicant only 

  • Birth Certificate(s)

  • Social Security Card(s)

  • Verification of Tribal enrollment (Tribal ID, Certificate of Indian Blood)

  • Current immunization record(s) for child/ren

  • Residency verification (current utility bill, etc.)

  • Proof of income (paystubs, etc.)

What happens next?

Please refer to the TANF Timeline below


Please note: There will be ongoing case management with Family Service Case Manager as individuals complete requirements outlined in Career Development Plan. Will meet in person or by phone weekly to help encourage and problem solve.

Contact Information

  • Give us a call at:

    • Main office: (218) 679-3350

    • Bemijigamaag office: (218) 444-2883

    • Toll free: (888) 404-0686

  • Email us at rltanf@redlakenation.org 

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