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FIGR -Tribal TANF of Sonoma and Marin

The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families of Sonoma & Marin serves eligible Native American families living in Sonoma and Marin County.

FIGR – Tribal TANF of Sonoma and Marin


The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families of Sonoma & Marin serves eligible Native American families living in Sonoma and Marin County. Our TANF program provides essential tools and services that foster and empower Native families to achieve self-sufficiency.

FIGR – Tribal TANF of Sonoma and Marin

We focus on the four purposes of the TANF program:

1. Provide assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of

2. End the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work and marriage.

3. Prevent and reduce out of wedlock pregnancies and establish goals to prevent pregnancies.

4. Encourage the formation and maintenance of two parent families.

FIGR – Tribal TANF of Sonoma and Marin

Programs offered through FIGR TANF

This program implements activities and provides resources necessary to enhance the cultural, social, emotional and educational needs of Native youth, families and the communities in which they live. We offer the following programs for eligible Native youth:


  • Summer Programs are designed to focus on ages 8-17.
  • After School Program is designed to provide academic support grades 3 rd – 6 th and 7 th -12th
  • College and Career Planning for youth ages 14-17

The eligible Native American family must reside in Marin or Sonoma County and shall include all natural children, step-children, adopted children, and or relative children under the age of 18 years old, living with and eligible adult where at least one family member is enrolled in a Federally Recognized Tribe or is descended from a person who is listed on any California Indian judgment roll.

The family must meet one of the following criteria:

1. Indian/non-Indian single parent with eligible children
2. Indian mother expecting and in the third trimester of pregnancy
3. Indian/non-Indian two parent families with eligible children
4. Indian needy or non -needy caretaker who is related by blood adoption or marriage to an eligible child.

For Financial assistance the family must qualify with a total income under 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and for prevention services the family must qualify with a total income under 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines

We provide eligible Native American families services that strengthen the Native American Community by promoting equality, health and wellness that revitalizes the spirit and creates understanding of the factors that have been barriers, and overcome them with a thriving sense of self, purpose and place in the environment and community.
The types of services and/or referrals we provide include the following:


  • Court System Advocacy
  • Drug and Alcohol Prevention & Intervention Services
  • Juvenile Justice System Advocacy
  • Wellness Counseling
  • Health and Wellness Talking Circles
  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Referrals Services

The main function of the Tribal TANF Employment and Education Unit is to assess, train, educate, and employ Native American adults so that they can achieve self-sufficiency for their family. This goal will be achieved through the use of support services and referral services designed to remove individual barriers to gainful employment and provide each participant with the necessary skills to compete in a challenging labor market.

Here are a few of the types of services that our program would be able to assist you with:


  • Career Assessment Testing
    -Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
    -True Colors
  • Career Counseling/Exploration
    -Employment Application, Cover Letter & Resume Assistance
    -Criminal Background/Expungement Referrals
    -Tattoo Removal Referrals
  • Education Track Services
    -GED Pre Test/Test Preparation
    -AA, BA/BS, MA/MS and Vocational School Assistance
    -Academic Tutoring
  • Employment Track Services
    -Interview Coaching
    -Job Shadow

FIGR – Tribal TANF of Sonoma and Marin


Scott Boyle

TANF Director

Office: 707-586- 6100
Email: [email protected]

Historical Timeline

1595-1812 -The Spanish and Russian voyagers provided additional information about encounters with the Coast Miwok and their occupancy of the area, proving these Indian peoples continued to live in this area over the ensuing centuries. Russian outposts were established at Bodega Bay and Fort Ross in 1809 and 1812, respectively.

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