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Tribal Lifeline and Linkup Program

You may be eligible for discounted telephone service.

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Qualifying customers who reside within the boundaries of the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation. This program can decrease your local monthly telephone service by as much as $22.75 per month.

On January 01, 1998, the basic Lifeline and Linkup program was implemented. This program was designed to assist low-income consumers with the cost of basic telephone service. On October 01, 2001, the Enhanced Lifeline and Link-up rules were implemented. This "enhanced" program applies to low income consumers living on tribal lands.

Eligibility Requirments:

This low income federal telephone assistance program is available to eligible subscribers that are participating in at least one of the following public assistance programs:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) general assistance program
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps)
  • Head Start (meeting income qualifying standards)
  • Houshold Income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance
  • Medicaid (eg., Title XIX Medical State Supplimental Assistance)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program
2015 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia
Persons in family/household Poverty guideline
1 $15,890
2 $21,506
3 $27,122
4 $32,738
5 $38,354
6 $43,970
7 $49,586
8 $55,202
For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $5,616 for each additional person.

How to Apply:

For an application and/or more information please call: 1-888-587-7035. If you are eligible, you will be mailed a Lifeline/Link-Up Application from Solix, Inc.

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