History of the Title VI Programs

In 1978, the Older Americans Act (OAA) was amended to include Title VI, which established programs for the provision of nutrition and supportive services for Native Americans (American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians). The program has since expanded to include caregiver support services. Eligible Tribal organizations receive grants in support of the delivery of home and community-based supportive services for their elders, including nutrition services and support for family and informal caregivers.


Organizational Structure

The Office for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Programs (OAIANNHP) operates within the Administration on Aging (AoA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ACL is headed by the Administrator, who reports directly to the Secretary of HHS. ACL’s Principal Deputy Administrator serves as Senior Advisor to the HHS Secretary for Disability Policy.

ACL is structured to provide general policy coordination while retaining unique programmatic operations specific to the needs of each population we serve.  ACL is comprised of the following units:

  • Office of the Administrator*
  • Administration on Aging (AoA)
  • Administration on Disabilities (AoD)
  • National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
  • Center for Integrated Programs (CIP)
  • Center for Management and Budget (CMB)
  • Center for Policy and Evaluation (CPE)

Learn more about ACL

Olderindians.acl.gov is dedicated to providing a forum for increased communication between Title VI programs. Particularly, this website will facilitate communication and information dissemination pertaining to training and technical assistance for Title VI Directors. This website intends to provide relevant and useful information so that Title VI Directors can improve their programs to better meet the needs of older Indians.