Challenge Team Abstract

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    Team Number: 079

    School Name: Shiprock High School

    Area of Science: Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Project Title: Welfare Reform on the Reservation

Final Report

In the summer of 1996, Congress finally passed and the President signed the "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996," which radically transformed the nation's welfare system. The bill abolished Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), the primary cash aid program for families, as well as JOBS (the work and training program for welfare recipients), and Emergency Assistance to Families with Children (a program that provided emergency help to families with children for a maximum of one month per year)*.

The problem we are addressing is how this welfare reform will affect the high rate of welfare received on the reservation. This is an important issue because it will effect a high percentage of Navajos who don't have jobs. Our plan is to compare and analyze statistics among age groups and past recipiants who have received welfare and try to find out how severly the act will affect Navajo people. In conclusion, we will look into possible solutions that will help the Navajo recipients adapts to the welfare reform problem.