Family Services


The Petersburg Indian Association administers and facilitates a number of programs and services for our Tribal Members.

*Temporary Assistance to Native Families (TANF) 

TANF stands for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The TANF program, which is time limited, assists families with children when the parents or other responsible relatives cannot provide for the family's basic needs. 

*Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Casework 

Large numbers of Native children are separated from their parents, extended families, and communities by state child welfare and private adoption agencies—even when fit and willing relatives were available.  The intent of Congress under ICWA is to “protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families” (25 U.S.C. § 1902). 

*General Assistance 

General Assistance is a program that provides financial assistance payments to eligible Alaska Natives and American Indians for essential needs, which are food, clothing, utilities and shelter. For more information or to determine eligibility, contact Tori at 772-3636 or

*Energy Assistance

 The program provides a one-time benefit to eligible households to assist with home energy heating costs. The amount of the benefit is determined by household income, household size, fuel type, and geographic location.  Assistance is provided directly to heating or electric bills. 

For more information regarding family services contact:

Jeanette Ness 

907-772-3636 ext. 121 

For more information on General Assistance, you may also contact:

Tori Shay

907-772-3636 ext. 216