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US Administration on Aging honors eight Title VI programs

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SHAKOPEE, Minn. - The U.S. Administration on Aging Office for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Programs presented Exemplary Program Honors to eight tribal Title VI programs at the Training and Technical Assistance Forum and 30th Anniversary Celebration of Title VI that was held April 29 - May 1 at Mystic Lake Casino. The honored programs and program directors include:

"Alu Like Inc. of Hawaii, Elizabeth Meahl

"Karuk Tribe of California, Babbie Peterson

"Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Laurie Shade

"Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, Florence Petri

"Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of Arizona, Elizabeth Carpio

"Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska, Lila James

"Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe of North Dakota, Myrna Green

"Toiyabe Indian Health Project of California, Janice Mitchell

Under Title VI of the Older Americans Act, AoA provides grants to 240 tribal organizations for nutrition and supportive and caregiver services to older American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.

Yvonne Jackson, director of the AoA;s Title VI program, praised the eight programs for their service and dedication to older Indians. The criteria employed for selecting exemplary programs included successful efforts to expand activities beyond required Title VI services; outstanding coordination with other service providers; delivery of services in new ways; provision of diversified activities for seniors; program innovations to save money or increase revenue; and involving seniors in helping to preserve tribal language, history, culture and traditional arts and crafts.

The 2008 Training and Technical Assistance Forum was especially significant because it also served as the occasion to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Title VI, which was authorized by Congress and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1978. This marks the first time since 2002 that Exemplary Program Honors were given out by AoA.