This 3 minute video highlights a Tribal elder’s perspective living in a multi-unit housing complex in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin and the impact of secondhand smoke from commercial tobacco.
The video takes place on the Lac du Flambeau Indian reservation and refers to Tribal housing and Tribal Housing Authority.
Tribal housing in Lac du Flambeau, WI, can be defined as low-rent housing properties (single family dwellings and multi-unit housing) that were made available to Tribal members in 1966. Tribal housing in Lac du Flambeau is managed by the Chippewa Housing Authority (CHA), which is an independent Tribal organization eligible to receive block grants for low-income housing directly from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Many sovereign Tribes receive funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide housing to Tribal citizens living on reservations. It is structured similar to Public Housing Authorities except Tribes are granted autonomy via the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996.
In 2016, HUD required all Public Housing Authorities and other funding recipients to implement comprehensive smokefree policies by 2018. Tribal housing authorities, such as the CHA, were exempt from this ruling because of their autonomy under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996. Today, the CHA manages 196 low rent housing units, 50 Mutual Help homes, 71 Tax Credit units, and 43 USDA Rural Development units.
For help with multi-unit housing questions: https://no-smoke.org/at-risk-places/homes/