The Tribe established the NFRIHA as its Tribally Designated Housing Entity (“TDHE”) to implement and fulfill the Tribe’s housing programs and goals; the NFRIHA continues to serve as an agency of the Tribe and an arm of the Tribal government in order to further and promote the Tribe’s objectives in the area of Indian housing and community development. The NFRIHA is a governmental agency of the Tribe, overseen by a Board of Commissioners that is appointed and directed by the Tribal Council. The Tribal Council appoints eight Commissioners to the Board, in which three Commissioners shall be members of Tribal Council.
The NFRIHA’s primary duty is to carry out and administer the Tribe’s Indian Housing Block Grant Program (IHBG) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The IHBG Program is a formula grant that provides for a range of affordable housing activities, and was enabled by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA), as amended.