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The federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is one of those programs that flies under the radar for a lot of tribal citizens. But as much as $1 billion is going out to states and tribes right now to help pay household heating and cooling costs. Program administrators say many of the people who are eligible neglect to sign up or they might not even know it exists. Today on Native America Calling, find out if you can get some financial help for those soaring utility bills with LIHEAP program specialist Vikki Pretlow; Melanie Conners (Akwesasne Mohawk), LIHEAP Coordinator for St. Regis Mohawk; Margaret Zientek (Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal member), director for Workforce and Social Services at Citizen Potawatomi Nation; Mary Simon (Yup’ik), 477 director for Orutsararmiut Native Council; Richard Tonasket (Colville tribal member), LIHEAP program manager; and Ann Jagger, Housing Manager for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.
More information at energyhelp.us and the Office of Community Services.
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