Some, but not all, Oklahoma Indian tribes receive federal funds to
operate their own Low Income Home
Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) per Section 8623 of Title 42 of the
United States Code. Tribes may choose to
use their funds for one assistance payment per
household or through multiple application periods throughout the federal fiscal
year that runs from October through September each year. • 1
(1) The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) and participating
tribes share information regarding tribal member's receipt of LIHEAP to prevent
duplication of assistance. • 2
members are not eligible to receive energy assistance from their tribe and DHS
for the same federal fiscal year.
(3) When a tribal member applies for LIHEAP through DHS, the person's eligibility is treated in the same
manner as any other household when the
person is a member of a tribe that:
(A) does not operate its own LIHEAP; or
(B) operates its own LIHEAP, but the person has not applied to the
tribe for energy assistance.
(4) When a
tribal member applies for DHS LIHEAP and it is determined that a household
member received energy assistance from a tribal LIHEAP program for the same
federal fiscal year, the LIHEAP application is denied.
(5) When a tribal member approved for DHS LIHEAP later applies for
tribal LIHEAP for the same federal fiscal year, the tribe denies its
application unless the tribal member requests DHS cancel its certification
before payment is made.