Who is eligible to receive per capita payments?
- All enrolled members of the Gila River Indian Community
- Adult members (18 and over) must complete and file an application
- Minors and adults declared legally incompetent DO NOT need to apply; trust for all minors and adults declared legally incompetent will automatically be set up for them
- Incarcerated members may apply as well.
When will the application be available?
The application will be available July 27, 2009.
Where can I get an application?
- We will be sending one application to every enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community 18 years and older the week of July 27, 2009
- The application will also be available at the Per Capita Office which is located in the Governance Center in Sacaton, AZ
Will I have to apply every quarter to keep receiving per capita?
No, you need to apply once to begin receiving per capita payments.
When will we start getting paid?
- Assuming the Bureau of Indian Affairs approves the Revenue Allocation Ordinance (GR-07-09) (“RAO”), under Section: 22.1303, C of the RAO the first Payment Date would be November 2, 2009.
- In order to receive a per capita payment by this date you will need to complete an application and submit the application by September 15, 2009.
- Per the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (“IGRA”), approval of the RAO is required by the Bureau of Indian Affairs-Department of Interior (“BIA”) prior to any per capita payments being made from gaming revenues.
- On May 7, 2009 Community Council approved the RAO and is now waiting final approval from the BIA.
- The BIA has until approximately August 20, 2009 to approve or deny the RAO.
How often will payments be made?
|March 15||April 30|
|June 15||July 31|
|September 15||October 31|
|December 15||January 31|
If either the application or payment date falls on a holiday or weekend such deadline will be effective the next business day following the date noted above.
How much will the per capita payments be?
Amounts may vary; revenues allocated for per capita, less the cost of administering and maintaining per capita payments and trusts, will be divided by a quarterly denominator consisting of the eligible competent adults, and a certifi ed census of minors and legally incompetent adults.
How will per capita payments be disbursed?
There will be three options for you to choose from to receive you quarterly per capita payments: direct deposit, pay card or check.
- DIRECT DEPOSIT – Fill out the direct deposit form. Read instructions carefully for checking or savings deposit. If deposit is not accepted by your financial institution your payment will default to check.
- PAY CARD – Choosing this option will result in payments being deposited into a debit card account with Chase Bank. Your debit card and debit information will be sent to you one week prior to your first payment date. It is important that you read the material enclosed with the card, which contains information for card activation, PIN selection, customer service, etc. Your card will be sent to the last known mailing address on file with the Enrollment/Census Department. The Community is not responsible for lost pay cards and you may be subject to additional fees by the bank if your card is lost.
- CHECK – Specify how you want your check disbursed (in-person or mail). The Community is not responsible for lost checks. If a mailed check is returned, the recipient forfeits his/her rights to receive that quarterly payment. Pick up check in-person option: Checks will be distributed at designated locations during the week following payment dates. Dates and locations will be posted at the District Service Centers and on the Per Capita web site. You may have to wait in line at the disbursement locations. Checks that are not claimed within thirty (30) days from the date checks are made available will be mailed to the last known address in your Enrollment/Census record.
- SEND CHECK BY MAIL - Checks will be mailed one week after the distribution date to the last known address in your Enrollment/Census record.
Can per capita payments be garnished?
Yes, under Section 22.1305 of the RAO per capita payments may be garnished from members entitled to receive a payment for the following reasons:
- When a member is delinquent in paying child or spousal support
- When a member is delinquent in paying a debt owed to the Community
- When a member is delinquent in paying a Community Court fine, or order to pay restitution or some other money judgment
Will financial counseling be available for Community members?
Financial counseling/planning services for Community members are still under discussion.
Will enrollment stop or be limited because of per capita?
- On December 11, 2008 the Community Council passed a motion to explore limiting the enrollment of adults who were previously enrolled in another tribe but wish to switch enrollment to the Gila River Indian Community.
- The Community is currently in the process of reforming/updating our constitution which may result in a change to our enrollment criteria.
- The Tribal Constitution Reform Project Task Force (“TCRP”) will be making on-going presentations to the districts.
- Enrollment dispute issues will be resolved in accordance with the Enrollment Ordinance.
Will jobs be cut because of per capita?
- At this time, no jobs will be cut because of per capita.
- The government will have to become more efficient with its spending.
- The Community is currently undergoing a tribal department restructuring which will do just that.
- Positions may be renamed or employees may be moved to other areas that fit better for them and some departments may be merged together.
Will services be cut because of per capita?
At this time no, however, future criteria may become stricter to those who truly need assistance i.e. elderly, families in extreme financial hardships.