Honored Elder Stipend Purpose
The purpose of this benefit program is to afford Tribal elders who have reached the age of seventy (70) years, identified as “honored elders,” support for a healthy and happy lifestyle and to begin to meet the needs of these elders by providing a monthly stipend. The stipend is hereafter referred to as the Honored Elders Stipend (“HES”).
Elder Stipend Purpose
The purpose of this general tribal welfare program is to increase overall tribal health and educational attainment and to ameliorate the negative effects of termination on tribal individuals, families and the Tribe as a whole. This is done by providing a payment that can be used to offset the additional expenses associated with persons over the age of fifty-five who have suffered personal, family, or tribal injury as a result of termination because the Tribe looks to these persons to lead our progress.
On July 1, 2006 the Tribe issued the first Honor Elders Stipend to Elders age 70 and over. One year later the ELDER Stipend was added to include all Tribal Elders age 55 to 69. On the month following the Elder’s 55th birthday, they will begin to receive a monthly check mailed to them at the address on file with the Program. The monthly amounts issued are listed below and increase in the monthly amount begins the month following the Elder’s 62nd and 70th birthday. Payment are automatic from a list provided by Enrollment each year, however, if you do not receive a check by the 10th of the month contact the Accounting Department immediately to have your check investigated. Checks are issued by the Accounting Department and authorized by the Elders Program. If you have a change of address, it is best to call Enrollment as well as the Elders Program to ensure that your change is made.
Checks will be mailed on the last business day of the preceding month. For example, the July checks will be mailed on the last business day in June.
Payments will be made on the 1st of the month, unless the 1st falls on a weekend or a banking holiday, in which case the payment will be made on the first banking day of the month. For example, if the 1st is on a Saturday and a banking holiday is the subsequent Monday, the direct deposit would be made into a participant’s account on Tuesday, the 4th.