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Native American Income

The United State government has made numerous agreements with Native American tribes. You will often not count the income that Native Americans derive from these agreements. Per capita income derived from tribal gaming revenue, however, counts toward the household's eligibility.

When a household member reports he or she is a Native American tribe member, ask if the member receives income from the tribe. If a tribe member receives income, contact the tribe and confirm how much the member receives and what source the tribe uses to fund the payments.

Payments from the following sources are not countable.

  • the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act,
  • the Sac and Fox Indian Claims Agreement,
  • the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980 for members of the Passamaquoddy and the Penobscot Nation,
  • the Cobell Settlement in the Claims Resolution Act of 2010,
  • the disposition of funds to the Grand River Band of Ottawa Indians per P.L. 94-540,
  • by members of the Confederated Tribes of the Mescalero Reservation per P.L. 95-433,
  • from submarginal land of the United States held in trust for the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, the Blackfeet Tribe, the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Devils Lake Sioux Tribe, Fort Belknap Indian Community, Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, LAC Court Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Navajo Tribe, Ogala Sioux Tribe, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, or the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe,
  • from per capita payments distributed from judgment awards and trust funds made per P.L. 98-64,
  • from any interest or investment income accrued on judgment awards and trust funds made per P.L. 98-64 while held in trust,
  • any Osage tribe per capita payments, headrights of the Osage tribe, income from mineral leases or other tribal business ventures that are paid per capita, and
  • income up to $2,000 per year received by individual Indians derived from leases or other uses of individually-owned trust or restricted lands.
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