Twelve tribal projects earn Arizona tax credits

LAS VEGAS -- Twelve tribal housing projects have received Arizona Low
Income Housing Tax Credit awards since 2001, according to Sheila Harris,
director of the Arizona Department of Housing.

LIHTC awards are a national program determined by the number of people in a
state, but are administered by state agencies, usually housing finance
agencies. Tribes are eligible since the per capita figures used in the
awards' calculations include tribal populations.

Tax credit deals got a slow start in Indian country because of traditional
tribal-state government tensions, but are now commonplace.

Harris told a recent legal symposium, sponsored in Las Vegas by the
National American Indian Housing Council, that the state has implemented a
Tribal Housing Initiative Task Force that has been funded at $2.5 million
per year for the past two years.

Some of those projects funded have included the Bee Hogan Shelter
Foundation's rehabilitation and construction project on the Navajo Nation
that received $550,000 from the state fund, a multifamily duplex project
for the Yavapai Apache tribe that took in tax credits, emergency repair
funds for the Hopi Housing Authority when rains damaged 24 home roofs,
rehabs for the Pascua Yaqui Nation, and a tax credit deal for two- and
three-bedroom homes on the Fort Apache reservation.

In addition, the department has supported an Affordable Housing Institute
training course in which three tribes, including the Salt River
Pima-Maricopa, have participated.

In the Phoenix area, where 90,000 Indians live, Harris said the department
has supported Native American Connection, which has developed $49 million
of housing for 600 Native households.

The state has also received a planning grant to work on developing a
community development financial institution to serve all 22 Arizona tribes.
The state will re-apply to the Treasury Department, which runs the CDFI
Fund, to get a CDFI certification for this entity this winter. CDFIs invest
or lend in low-income areas, and have been increasing in Indian areas after
a slow start.

Harris noted that the 22 tribes control one-quarter of Arizona's land area.

Arizona tribes

Ak-Chin Indian Community

42507 W. Peters and Nall Road

Maricopa, AZ 85239

Phone: (520) 568-1000

Fax: (520) 568-4566

Web site: www.ak-chin.nsn.us/main.html

Cocopah Indian Tribe

County 15th and Avenue G

Somerton, AZ 85350

Phone: (928) 627-2102

Fax: (928) 627-3173

E-mail: cocopah@cocopah.com

Web site: www.cocopah.com

Colorado River Indian Tribes

Route 1, Box 23-B

Parker, AZ 85344

Phone (928) 669-9211

Fax: (928) 669-1216

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

P.O. Box 17779

Fountain Hills, AZ 85269

Phone: (480) 837-5121

Fax: (480) 816-9524

Web site: www.ftmcdowell.org

Fort Mohave Indian Tribe

500 Merriman Ave.

Needles, CA 92363

Phone: (760) 629-4591

Fax: (760) 629-5767

Web site: www.itcaonline.com/tribes_mojave.html

Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe

P.O. Box 1899

Yuma, AZ 85366

Phone: (760) 572-0213

Fax: (619) 572-2102

Web site: www.itcaonline.com/tribes_quechan.html

Gila River Indian Community

P.O. Box 97

Sacaton, AZ 85247

Phone: (520) 562-6000

Fax: (520) 562-6010

Web site: www.gric.nsn.us

Havasupai Tribe

P.O. Box 10

Supai, AZ 86435

Phone: (928) 448-2731

Fax: (928) 448-2551

E-mail: tribaloffice@havasupaitribe.com

Web site: www.havasupaitribe.com

Hopi Tribe

P.O. Box 123

Kykotsmovi, AZ 86039

Phone: (928) 734-3000

Fax: (928) 734-3289

E-mail: info@hopi.nsn.us

Web site: www.hopi.nsn.us

Hualapai Indian Tribe

P.O. Box 179

Peach Springs, AZ 86434

Phone: (928) 769-2216

Fax: (928) 769-2343

Web site: www.itcaonline.com/tribes_hualapai.html

Kaibab-Paiute Band

HC 65 Box 2

Fredonia, AZ 86022

Phone: (928) 643-7245

Fax: (928) 643-7260

Web site: www.itcaonline.com/tribes_kaibab.html

Navajo Nation

P.O. Drawer 9000

Window Rock, AZ 86515

Phone: (928) 871-6000

Fax: (928) 871-4025

E-mail: information@navajo.org

Web site: www.navajo.org

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

7474 S. Camino de Oeste

Tucson, AZ 85746

Phone: (520) 883-5000

Fax: (520) 883-5014

E-mail: contact@pascuayaqui-nsn.gov

Web site: www.pascuayaqui-nsn.gov

Pueblo of Zuni

P.O. Box 339

Zuni, N.M. 87327

Phone: (505) 782-7021

Fax: (505) 782-7202

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

10005 E. Osborn Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Phone: (480) 850-8000

Fax: (480) 850-8014

Web site: www.saltriver.pima-maricopa.nsn.us

San Carlos Apache Tribe

P.O. Box 0

San Carlos, AZ 85550

Phone: (928) 475-2361

Fax: (928) 475-2567

Web site: www.itcaonline.com/tribes_sancarl.html

San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe

P.O. Box 1989

Tuba City, AZ 86045

Phone: (928) 283-4587

Fax: (928) 283-5761

Web site: www.itcaonline.com/tribes_sanjuan.html

Tohono O'odham Nation

P.O. Box 837

Sells, AZ 85634

Phone: (520) 383-2028

Fax: (520) 383-3379

Web site: www.itcaonline.com/tribes_tohono.html

Tonto Apache Tribe

Tonto Reservation #30

Payson, AZ 85541

Phone: (928) 474-5000

Fax: (928) 474-9125

Web site: www.itcaonline.com/tribes_tonto.html

White Mountain Apache Tribe

P.O. Box 700

Whiteriver, AZ 85941

Phone: (928) 338-4346

Fax: (928) 338-1514

Web site: www.wmat.us

Yavapai-Apache Nation

2400 W. Datsi St.

Camp Verde, AZ 86322

Phone: (928) 567-1004

Fax: (928) 567-3994

Web site: www.yavapai-apache.org

Yavapai-Prescott Tribe

530 E. Merritt

Prescott, AZ 86301

Phone: (928) 445-8790

Fax (928) 778-9445

E-mail: wstirnaman@ypit.com

Web site: www.ypit.com