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Burial Program

Burial assistance is funded from net gaming revenues and is administered through Tribal Enrollment. There are 2 components within the Burial Assistance: Funeral Assistance and Meal/Transportation Assistance. The amount available for either assistance is subject to change.

 

FUNERAL ASSISTANCE

A set allocation is available for tribal members upon their death. The allocation is intended to pay for expenses incurred by the funeral home for the burial/funeral of the decedent, such as casket, vault, transporting the body, use of facilities, services, memorial package, etc. The amount is made payable to the funeral home. The attending funeral home will assist the family in completing the FUNERAL ASSISTANCE GRANT APPLICATION. The application, along with the CERTIFIED death certificate and invoice of services must be submitted within 90 days of burial. A W-9 is required to be on file for any funeral home who anticipates payment by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes for these services.

The amount allocated for each enrolled tribal member is as follows:
Adults (age 12 and over)             Children (infant to age 11)
Up to $7,000.00                          Up to $2,500.00
Payable to the funeral home         Payable to the funeral home

 

BURIAL IN A TRIBAL CEMETERY

The Enrollment Department will open and close the grave site for a $300.00 fee, IF the grave site is located within a tribal cemetery. This fee will be deducted from the Funeral Assistance. Marking flags will be provided for the family to indicate the final resting place of the decedent.

 

MEAL/TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE

Transportation
A one-time stipend in the amount of $500.00 is allocated to the designated next of kin* of an enrolled tribal member for transportation.

Meals
A one-time maximum stipend in the amount of $500.00 is allocated to the designated next of kin* of an enrolled tribal member for the traditional meal at the wake and funeral. $250.00 is provided for the wake service meal and $250.00 for a meal served following the funeral. The funeral home must notify the Enrollment Office of the times of the services before the stipend will be disbursed.
*If a next of kin is listed in the deceased member’s file, the assistance will be issued to that person. If a decision cannot be reached by the immediate family member(s) as to who is responsible for the meal and/or transportation assistance, the amount will be divided equally among the enrolled immediate family member(s).

 

PLEASE DESIGNATE YOUR NEXT-OF-KIN! IT MAKES THE APPLICATION PROCESS GO MUCH EASIER AND GIVES ONE FINAL GIFT OF COMFORT TO YOUR FAMILY DURING A distressing TIME.

Immediate Family is defined as father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, brother, sister.


Headstone Allowance

A one-time stipend in the amount of $500.00 is allocated for enrolled tribal members for the purchase of a headstone. The stipend is available for the graves of those who have died after October 1, 2007. The stipend is made payable to the headstone vendor after any amount over $500.00 has been paid by the family. The monument vendor must send the application to the Enrollment Office, along with the invoice for services.