Lawmakers still looking at Torres Martinez TANF program
Lawmakers in California are still investigating Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program operated by the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians.

Lawmakers are concerned about misuse of funds by the tribe. The Palm Springs Desert Sun published a lengthy investigation that revealed more than $6 million may have been misappropriated.

“These funds, particularly with the budget the way it is now, are in very, very short supply,” Assemblyman Hector De La Torre (D) told The Palm Springs Desert Sun. “You want to make sure you're getting the most benefit for the most people that you can.”

The tribe has been ordered to pay a $1.54 million fine. But a state official said the tribe has been making progress in correcting deficiencies.

Get the Story:
State official 'satisfied' with tribe's progress (The Palm Springs Desert Sun 3/26)

Special Report:
Aid to Indian Country: A Desert Sun investigation (The Palm Springs Desert Sun January 2010)

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Torres Martinez Tribe behind on $1.54M fine for TANF (2/8)
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Editorial: Congress should investigate tribal TANF now (1/20)