HUD Policy Development and Reseach

Consultations with tribal leaders were conducted between March 5, 2012 and July 9, 2012. A total of six regional sessions (Albuquerque, NM; Denver, CO; Anchorage, AK; Marksville, LA; Lincoln City, OR; Durant, OK) and two national sessions (Washington, DC and Lincoln, NE) were held.

The consultations were undertaken at the request of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC), and tribal leaders. The consultations built upon the outreach sessions held jointly by the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) and the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) between December 2010 and March 2011.

The minutes from each consultation can be found here, while a report summarizing the issues raised during the consultations can be viewed here.

Some of the key issues have been addressed in the revision of the instruments—please see below for an update:

Key Consultations Issues



    Possibility of including Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) in the Alaska sampling frame: pending.

    ANCs cannot be used as the sampling frame for the household surveys because the frame is based on population in tribal areas as reported in the 2010 Census. 

    Potential issue of bias in sample Oklahoma tribes

    The research team determined that the sampling was not biased.

    Reconsider Tribally Designated Housing Entity (TDHE) sampling approach


    Potential sites for urban case studies: Anchorage, Oklahoma City, Dallas:

    When the list of urban case study sites is finalized, it will be posted on the study web page.


    Inclusion of households where only the children are American Indian or Alaska Native:

    The research team has changed the screening section of the household survey to allow these households to participate

Household Survey Instrument

  • Considering adding questions regarding:


    Added to TDHE survey


    Added to TDHE survey


    Added to TDHE survey

    Follow-up questions about manufactured housing

    Expanded the list of types of housing; use terms “manufactured/modular housing” and “mobile home”

    Purchase price

    If it’s a mobile home, a question about purchase price was added. 

    The research team is exploring the issue for other types of housing.

    Loan terms

    Added for mobile homes. 

    Exploring the issue for other housing types.

    Homeowner/renter insurance



  • Translation of survey instruments into indigenous language(s) and criteria for determining whether translation is required:
    translation needs will be discussed during outreach and will be taken into account in the hiring of interviewers.


    Conduct supplemental analysis of tribally submitted data;

    Currently, we don’t have the resources to add this to the research effort.

    Use of case studies to supplement survey data;

    Site visits will be conducted in 24 tribal areas that will include core in-depth discussions with program staff and administrators and tribal leaders. Case studies will be conducted in a limited number of urban areas. All of the data collection components will be included in analyses for the final report.

    Provide summary data to the tribes that participate in the household survey

    HUD plans to provide these data

    Use caution when discussing “gaming” and ensure that it’s addressed as a subset of the larger discussion of socio-economic conditions

    The research team will make sure to pay special attention to this issue.


   HUD plans to undertake all of these activities:

  • Prepare a public use data file;
  • Circulate report drafts to participating tribes and any others who request a copy;
  • Convene a conference after release of the final report.


  • Add expert panel information to the website (complete)

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