Title

How Does the New TANF Work Requirement "Work" in Rural Minority Communities? A Case Study of the Northern Cheyenne Nation

Keywords

TANF, rural communities, northern cheyenne nation

Abstract

In August of 1996 Congress passed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), which President Bill Clinton then signed into law, "ending welfare as we know it." For the past thirty years emphasis on work and self-sufficiency has slowly replaced income supports in welfare policy.' Politicians assert that the new requirements, most notably the new time limits and work requirements have been a success.2 Others, however, are concerned by the social and economic implications of these new policies. Given the period of time that these policies have been in effect, we have the opportunity to review the assumptions on which PRWORA has been based and examine the practical consequences of the new welfare system.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2005-1

Publisher

American Indian culture and Research Journal

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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