Per Capita Distributions of American Indian Tribal Revenues: A preliminary Discussion of Policy Concerns

This report, published by the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona, provides an overview of the strategies many tribes have used to design per capita distribution programs. It officers Native nation leaders and citizens food for thought as they consider whether or not to issue per capita payments and, if they choose to do so, how to structure the distribution of funds and make that distribution serve tribal goals.


Table of Contents

Introduction
1
Background on the Per Capita Issue
2
Per Capita Distributions: Common Arguments
3
Strategic Considerations
5
From Strategic Priorities to Practical Allocations: Key Questions and Cases
7
Are tribal revenues sufficient to even consider per capita payments?
7
Are per capita payments right for you?
8
Where should funding for per capita payments come from?
9
How large should per capita payments be?
9
How often should you issue per capita payments?
10
Should payments be calculated on a flat-rate or performance basis?
10
Should you place conditions on per capita payments?
11
Policy Recommendations
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1. Be strategic
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2. Educate the community
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3. Be proactive
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4. Consider strategies that give everyone a stake in the long-term future of the nation
15
5. Think though the details
16
Conclusion
17
Are tribal revenues sufficient to even consider per capita payments?
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