Tribal Assistance Programs

Tribal Assistance
335588 E. 750 Road
Perkins, OK 74059
(405)547-2402 x260
FAX: (405)547-1021

The following is a list of Tribal Assistance Programs for enrolled members of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma. There is now only one application for all programs available online for you to download, print, complete, and send to the Tribal Assistance Program.

Tribal Assistance Programs

  • Must be an enrolled member of The Iowa Tribe Of Oklahoma.
  • Forms must be complete, legible, and include all required documents.
  • All requests for assistance shall be approved by the Tribal Administrator.
  • All receipts must be from January 1st through December 31st, with Date and Name of Vendor.
  • Any fraudulent activity will be subject to prosecution.
  • Pledges for household assistance are allowed twice a year per household.
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • Please allow 10 business working days for processing.

TAP Policy & Procedures

*TRIBAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATION* (Use application for ALL Tribal Assistance)

Bank Card & Direct Deposit Form

Change of Address Form

For any questions or concerns, please contact TribalAssistance@iowanation.org

Kendra Pope
Kendra is the Director of the Tribal Assistance Program. She has been working in Tribal Assistance at the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma since June 2013. Previous work experience include: office management, insurance customer service, banking, medical billing and reception, and sales management. Kendra has an AAS in Communications from OSU IT.
Kendra states, “I am proud to be working for the Iowa Tribe and truly enjoy my position here. I thank you for the opportunity to serve you.”
Kendra can be reached at ext. 260.

Renee Burns
Renee is the Tribal Assistance Specialist. Renee previously worked at Oklahoma State University as an Accounting Specialist for 9 years. She can be reached at ext. 261.

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Veteran’s Assistance

  • Allowance is now $2,000 annually
  • Allotted $1,000 January – June and $1,000 July – December
  • Gift cards: Walmart/ Sam’s Club, Lowe’s, JCPenney’s, Staples, Hobby Lobby, Hibbett Sports, Hastings, Tractor Supply, Academy Sports & Outdoors

Dental/ Vision/ Prescription/ Medical

College Expense Assistance

  • Allowance is $1,600 annually
  • Allotted $800 January – June and $800 July – December

Elder’s Assistance

  • Allowance is now $3,000 annually
  • Allotted $1,500 January – June and $1,500 July – December
  • Elder’s gift cards: Walmart/ Sam’s Club, Lowe’s, JCPenney’s, Staples, Hobby Lobby, Hibbett Sports, Hastings, Tractor Supply, Academy Sports & Outdoors

Hearing Assistance

  • Allowance is $2,500 for first initial set up
  • $1,000 every year thereafter for annual maintenance

Household Assistance

  • Allowance is now $4,000 annually
  • Allotted $2,000 January – June and $2,000 July – December
  • Bills/ statements must be 60 days old or newer

School Expense Assistance

  • Allowance is now $2,000 annually
  • Allotted $1,000 January – June and $1,000 July – December
  • Reimbursement requests must include current year receipts

Burial Assistance

Burial assistance is provided to assist in the cost of funeral and traditional ceremonial expenses at the time of death of a Tribal Member.

Eligibility Time Period

Once / lifetime

Amount of Assistance

$9,000

  • The decedent must have been an enrolled member. The person completing the application on behalf of the decedent family must be the next-of-kin. Cases of dispute will be determined by action of the Business Committee.
  • The application must be supported by presentation of the death certificate or other official documentation of death provided by a funeral home. If the funeral home is unable to provide documentation in a timely manner, program staff may verify the information via telephone so that the family’s portion of the assistance may be paid. Written documentation must be received before release of the check to the funeral home.
  • The Tribe will pay $7,500 directly to the funeral home and up to $1,500 to the family to provide for additional funeral expenses, or the family may request that all funds be paid to the funeral home.


Burial Assistance – Infants
Assistance is provided to assist in the cost of funeral expenses at the time of death of an infant of an enrolled Tribal Member

Eligibility Time Period

Once / lifetime
Amount of Assistance
$1,500

  • The infant decedent must have been the biological child of an enrolled tribal member, who, if they had survived, would have been eligible for membership with the Tribe.
  • The application must be supported by presentation of the death certificate or other official documentation of death provided by a funeral home.
  • Total funds will be paid directly to the funeral home.

Education Incentive
Assistance to promote educational achievement for completion of the 8th grade, 12th grade and GED or Vocational Training.

Eligibility Requirements: Enrolled in a accredited public or private school, GED, or Vocational education program.
Eligibility Time Period
Yearly / January 1-December 31

Amount of assistance is individually calculated:

  • Applications must be supported by a statement from the education institution on an official school letterhead verifying completion of the following:
    1. $200 8th grade graduate
    2. $300 12th grade graduation
    3. $300 GED completion
    4. $300 Vocation training of 800 clock hours
  • Funds are paid directly to the applicant or legal guardian if under 18 years of age.

Education Incentive – Higher Education
Assistance is provided to promote higher education achievement.

Eligibility Requirements: Enrolled in an accredited university or college courses leading to a degree program.

Eligibility Time Period
Yearly / January 1-December 31
Amount of assistance is individually calculated:

  • Applications must be supported by an original grade report, within 120 days after the close of the semester and /or the receipt of grades.
  • Grades must be documented by a certified statement on a university letterhead or university generated grade report, and an official transcript.
  • The Iowa Tribe reserves the right to independently verify the submitted grades.
  • Incentive is calculated by multiplying the dollar amount, which is based on current grade point average(GPA), times the credit hours passed per semester.
    • $92 Graduate level
    • $70 GPA of 3.5 or higher
    • $65 GPA of 2.5 to 3.49
    • $60 GPA of 2.0 to 2.49
    • $ 0 GPA less than 2.0
  • Funds are paid directly to the applicant.


High School Senior Assistance
Assistance is provided to offset the added expenses for graduating seniors.

Eligibility Requirements: High School Student anticipating 12th Grade Graduation.

Eligibility Time Period
One Academic Year / August – June

Amount of Assistance
$3,000

  • Allotted $1,500 (per semester).
  • This includes: Yearbooks, senior; cap and gown, announcements, pictures, class ring, computer, senior trip and college testing or other related graduating expense.
  • Application must be supported by a statement from the high school on an official school letterhead stating the date of planned graduation and signed by a school official.
  • The Iowa Tribe reserves the right to independently verify the submitted statement.
  • Applicants may elect to have funds paid directly to the vendor or may be reimbursed for expenses.
  • For reimbursements, applications must be supported by an original receipt before funds are released to the applicant. Receipts from the academic school year are accepted.