Family and Social Services

The Social Services Department consists of Social and Family Services as well as Education and Community Outreach Programs.  The Delaware Nation Social Services Programs assist enrolled Delaware members and their enrolled Delaware children with temporary assistance in:

  • Education programs
  • Child care programs
  • Financial services programs and
  • Provide necessary support and referrals to families in crisis.

Click on the Links below to learn more about the Delaware Nation Social Services Programs

 

HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAM
Description: This program is for Delaware enrolled members that are interested in obtaining an undergraduate (Associates or Bachelors) degree from an accredited institution.
Deadlines: For the academic school year (fall-spring) — June 1st
Spring Semester — November 1st
Requirements:
  • Complete a Higher Education application along with supportive documentation.
  • Copy of Certificate Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB card)
  • Letter of intent.  This letter must be written by the applicant.
  • Letter of admission from the college.
  • College/High School transcript.
  • A completed financial need analysis. This form is in the application packet and it is to be completed by the financial aid office of the college they will attend. 
  • Max award per semester $1,250.  Check mailed to the school.
Service Areas: Nationwide
Operated By: Heather Cozad
Funded By: Tax Commission
Application Form: Higher Education Program Application Form
PELL INELIGIBLE INCENTIVE PROGRAM
Description: This program is for higher education students that are not eligible for federal aid such as a pell grant for attending a college/university.
Deadlines: For the academic school year (fall-spring) — June 1st

Spring Semester — November 1st

Requirements:
  • Must be a full time student (12 credit hours).
  • Student must have applied for the Delaware Nation Higher Education Program.  Student is required to apply for this program each semester (fall and spring).
  • Max award for students per semester is $2,000.  Check mailed to the school.
Service Areas: Nationwide
Operated By: Heather Cozad
Funded By: Tax Commission
Application Form:
COLLEGE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Description: The program’s main focus is to offer financial support to a student needing transportation costs, books expenses, lab expense, food, or what is deemed necessary for the student to reach their academic goals.
Deadlines:
Requirements:
  • Higher Education application must be complete, before CFA application is considered.
  • Student is required to submit an application each semester.
  • Student is required to carry 12 credit hours and maintain a 2.5 GPA per semester.
  • Max award per semester:  Freshman/Sophomore $1,000 per semester, Junior/Senior $2,000 per semester.  Check is mailed to the student.
Service Areas: Nationwide
Operated By: Heather Cozad
Funded By: Tax Commission
Application Form: College Financial Assistance Program Application Form
LENAPE WISE PROGRAM
Description: This program is for students that are enrolled in college part time, summer semester or enrolled as a post graduate student.
Deadlines:
Requirements:
  • Students must submit an application with supportive documents. 
  • Student is required to maintain a 2.5 GPA per semester.
  • There is no deadline for this program.  Request that application be complete 30 days prior to start date.
  • Max award per semester is $1,000.  Check is mailed to the school.
Service Areas: Nationwide
Operated By: Heather Cozad
Funded By: Tax Commission
Application Form:
ADULT VOCATIONAL PROGRAM
Description: This program is for Delaware enrolled members that need short-term training to obtain/enhance job skills or to acquire a General Education Diploma (GED).
Deadlines:  None
Requirements:
  • Complete an application and submit all supportive documentation.
  • Tuition cost printout by the school
  • Max award is $3,000 per year.  Check is mailed to the school.
Service Areas: Oklahoma
Operated By: Heather Cozad
Funded By: Tax Commission
Application Form:  Adult Vocational Training Program Application
DIRECT EMPLOYMENT
Description: The program provides a small stipend to enrolled Delaware Tribal members that have gained new employment.  The job must be full time position.  This is a onetime only assistance (stipend). Tribal members with dependants ($19 per day), tribal members without dependants ($16 per day).  The stipend is for gas and lunches for work until they receive their first full paycheck.
Deadlines:  None
Requirements:
  • Complete an application along with supportive documentation.
  • Letter from new employer on their letterhead.  The letter must state (date of hire, hourly rate, if you are full/part time, when you will receive your first full paycheck and the job description).
  • If uniforms and/or special tools are needed for new position this program can assist up to $300.  Checks are made to vendor.
  • The stipend depends on the amount of days the tribal member works before he/she receives a full paycheck.
Service Areas: Oklahoma
Operated By: Heather Cozad
Funded By: Tax Commission
Application Form:
SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENT INCENTIVE PROGRAM
Description: The Secondary School Student Incentive program is for enrolled Delaware children in the 5th-12th grades that meet the program criteria.
Deadlines: December 1st for fall semester and May 1st for spring semester.  August 31st cut-off date for late fall and spring requests for the whole academic school year.
Requirements:
  • An application must be complete.
  • A brief essay stating name, age, grade and that all original receipts will be returned back to the education department.
  • Receipts must be submitted each semester in order to qualify for the following semester. For ExampleIf fall receipts are not turned in, then the student will not be eligible for the spring semester.  Or, if spring receipts are not turned in then the student will not be eligible for the following fall semester.
AWARD SCALE PER SEMESTER
GRADE FALL SPRING GPA
5th – 8th $100.00 $100.00 N/A
9th – 12th $200.00 $200.00 2.5 – 2.9
9th – 12th $300.00 $300.00 3.0 – 3.9
9th – 12th $400.00 $400.00 4.0

Service Areas: Nationwide
Operated By: Heather Cozad & Brenda Villalba
Funded By: Tax Commission
Application Form:

 

TRIBAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Description: The Tribal Assistance Program (former 10% Social Services program) is to provide assistance once a year to tribal members. This program operates on fiscal years (not calendar years). Fiscal years run October 1st to September 31st.  This program is on a first come first serve basis.  All checks are made to the vendor for utilities, glasses, hearing aids and denture assistance
Deadlines: None
Requirements: This program is on a first come first serve basis.  All checks are made to the vendor for utilities, glasses, hearing aids and denture assistance
Services Provided: ASSISTANCE: 

  • Clothing $100
  • Food $90
  • Utilities $150 Must attach utility bill.  No minors can apply for utility assistance


HEALTH:
  Elders (60+) have a separate application for hearing aids and dentures.

  • Glasses $200 for tribal members under age of 60.  Elders $500
  • Dentures $3,000 must be an elder to request dentures.  Every 5 years. 
  • Hearing Aid $3,000 must be an elder to request dentures.  Every 5 years.


EDUCATION:  
Must submit a copy of diploma with application to receive money for graduating:

  • High School $60
  • College $150 


BURIAL ASSISTANCE
 Is for burial expenses and/or marker or monument. The Delaware Nation pays up to $6,500. The family and/or funeral home must submit the following documents:

  • Invoice of funeral home costs
  • Death Certificate 
  • $250 is allotted to the family for food. Some families feed after services. The next of kin receives a check.
Service Areas: Nationwide
Operated By: Heather Cozad & Brenda Villalba
Funded By: RAP Funds
Application Form: Tribal Assistance Program Application
ENROLLMENT PROGRAM
Description: Enrollment handles all incoming applications for Delaware Nation Citizenship.  Tribal members can request an application.  Enrollment reviews all applications and does research for each application to make sure they meet all eligibility requirements.
Deadlines:  None
Requirements: All applications are submitted.

  • Citizenship Committee reviews the Enrollment Office’s research for each application
  • Citizenship Committee makes a recommendation to the Executive Committee.
  • Executive Committee approves and denies all applications.

Per Capita applications are available thru the Enrollment Department.  All tribal members turning 18 years old must request a Per Capita application.

Service Areas: Nationwide
Operated By: Kelly Line & Susan Obe
Funded By: SELF GOVERNANCE (GRANT)
Application Form: Enrollment Program Application
CHILD CARE PROGRAM (CCDF)
Description: Provides day care financial assistance to enrolled Delaware children under the age of 13.  This program provides financial support to defray child care expense.
Deadlines:  None
Requirements:
  • Parent(s) must be working, attending college or vocational training.
  • Complete a Child Care application with supportive documentation.  
  • Must provide proof of employment or class schedule of school attending.
  • The parent(s) must select the child care provider.  The child care provider must be licensed by the state of Oklahoma.
Service Areas: Services are restricted to Caddo, Comanche, Kiowa, Cotton, Oklahoma, Canadian and Tillman counties in Oklahoma.
Operated By: Lana Palmer
Funded By: Department of Health and Human Service,  Administration for Children & Families (GRANT)
Application Form: Child Care Application Form
LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP)
Description: This program is income based. The head of household must be enrolled Delaware. Funds are available on a first come first serve basis.
Deadlines:  None
Requirements:
  • Household cannot have received LIHEAP thru DHS or any other funding source that receives LIHEAP.
  • Complete a LIHEAP application with supportive documentation.
  • Income verification for household.
  • Copy of CDIB  and social security cards for everyone in the household
  • Copy of the current utility bill and bill must be in tribal member’s name.
Service Areas: Services are restricted to Caddo, Comanche, Kiowa, Cotton, Oklahoma, Canadian and Tillman counties in Oklahoma.
Operated By: Lana Palmer
Funded By: Department of Health and Human Service,  Administration for Children & Families (GRANT)
Application Form: LIHEAP Application Form
INDIAN CHILD WELFARE (ICW)
Description: The program primarily serves enrolled or eligible to be enrolled members that reside within the state of Oklahoma. This program only monitors out of state cases.
Deadlines:  None
Requirements:
  • Assists to prevent the breakup of Delaware enrolled children and families at risk.
  • Assists tribal families to find resources to retain children in the home.
  • Monitor state courts in child custody proceedings involving Delaware enrolled children.
  • Assist parents to carry out court ordered obligations and treatment plans.
  • Provides counseling for foster children in Delaware tribal custody.
  • Provides counseling services to abusive and neglectful parents
Service Areas: Oklahoma
Operated By: Cassandra Acuna
Funded By: RAP FUNDS
CHILDREN & FAMILY SERVICES  (CFSP)
Description: MISSION:  To enhance the quality of life for children, youth and families by utilizing educational tools to improve positive outcomes that is beneficial and effective for human development
Deadlines:  None
Services
  • Protect the rights of Delaware Nation children and families who fall under the purview of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).
  • To assist families those are involved through Indian Child Welfare and or Department of Human Services.  
Service Areas: Oklahoma
Operated By: Cassandra Acuna
Funded By: Department of Health and Human Service,  Administration for Children & Families (GRANT)
PROMOTING SAFE & STABLE FAMILIES  (PSSF)
Description: To protect and promote the safety, permanence and well-being of children by providing preventive services and treatment services for children in care.
Deadlines:  None
Requirements:
  • Provide protective and preventive services, which will assist family members in achieving identified goals and outcomes from their court ordered treatment plans.
Service Areas: Services are restricted to Caddo, Comanche, Kiowa, Cotton, Oklahoma, Canadian and Tillman counties in Oklahoma.
Operated By: Cassandra Acuna
Funded By: Department of Health and Human Service,  Administration for Children & Families (GRANT)
COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM (CSBG)
Description: To protect and promote the safety, permanence and well-being of children by providing preventive services and treatment services for children in care.
Deadlines:  None
Services Provided: This small grant provides one elder activity and one youth activity once a year.  The CSBG provides the elders with a choice of:

  1. Turkeys and blankets on Thanksgiving or
  2. Hams on Christmas or
  3. Fans during the summer.

A survey is filled out by the Delaware elders once a year to give them a choice on the items they would like to receive for that year.  The CSBG gives these items on a first come first serve basis.

The youth activity is held usually the 1st or 2nd week in August during the American Indian Exposition in Anadarko, Oklahoma.  The American Indian Exposition is a six day event that is held (Monday-Saturday).   The Delaware Nation CSBG program purchases fair bracelets for enrolled Delaware children ages 3-12 years old that attend the American Indian Exposition carnival.  The bracelets are given on a first come first serve basis.

Heather Cozad

Heather Cozad

Social Services Director

Phone: (405) 247-2448 ext. 1151
E-mail: hcozad@delawarenation.com

Brenda Villalba

Brenda Villalba

Social Services Assistant

Phone: (405) 247-2448 ext. 1153
E-mail: bvillalba@delawarenation.com

Kelly Line

Kelly Line

Enrollment Specialist

Phone: (405) 247-2448 ext. 1193
E-mail: kline@delawarenation.com

Susan Obe

Susan Obe

Enrollment Clerk

Phone: (405) 247-2448 ext. 1141
E-mail: sobe@delawarenation.com

Lana Palmer

Lana Palmer

Child Care Coordinator

Phone: (405) 247-2448 ext. 1150
E-mail: lpalmer@delawarenation.com

Cassandra Acuna

Cassandra Acuna

Indian Child Welfare

Phone: (405) 247-2448 ext. 1152
E-mail:
 cacuna@delawarenation.com

PHYSICAL ADDRESS:
Delaware Nation
31064 US Highway 281
Building 100
Anadarko, OK 73005

MAILING ADDRESS:
Delaware Nation
P.O. Box 825
Anadarko, OK  73005

PHONE:  (405) 247-2448
FAX:   (405) 247-9393