Community Survey Results

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The Seminole Nation conducted Community Input Surveys from December 2013 through April 2014 concerning the settlement money.

The survey wanted to identify the needs within the Seminole Nation membership to assist in setting program goals and budget priorities over the next several years.

There were a total of 168 surveys completed and turned in. In the surveys tribal members had the opportunity to submit extensive written documents.

The input surveys asked four questions and there were list of categories to rate Extremely Important, Important, Not Important, and Does not apply. There was also space to write-in categories and rate them also.

Question 1 asked, what do you envision the tribe to be like in 5 to 10 years? There were 6 categories to rate which were Self-Sustaining; Growing, Diversifying Economy; Self-Reliant and Independent Families; Thriving Culturally and Spiritually; Financially Independent; and Self Governing. There was also space left to write in extra categories.

             The top three highest category scores for Q1 were Financial Independent, Self- Governing and Growing Diversifying Economy. The next highest group of scores included Thriving Culturally and Spiritually and Self Sustaining. Self-Reliant and Independent Families received the least amount of Extremely Important rankings.

The largest percentages of write in responses were related to Education with 14.4% under the Extremely Important category with 125 responses.

The Important category received 17 manual responses with 12% each on Health and Grocery Store.

The Not Important category received 1 entry considered Gaming Not Important.

Question 2 asked, what do you think are the most important issues facing the tribe? There were 11 categories which were Housing Availability, Health Care Services, Education Assistance, Elder Services, Youth Services and activities, Loss of language, Traditional Cultural Practices, Lack of Employment Opportunities for Tribal Members, Lack of Identity with Tribal Community, Lack of Tribal Land Base and Veteran Services.

The top three highest category scores for Q2 were Health Care Services, Education Assistance and Elderly Services. The second highest scores were lack of employment opportunities for tribal members and Loss of language and traditional culturally practices. Of the remaining issues Housing availability ranked the highest and Youth Services ranked the lowest.

The largest percent of write in responses were related to Education with 9.2%. Elder Services and Health related issues both received the second highest percentages of 7.3%. The Important category received 16 manual entries, which were widespread with no category receiving a high number or percentage of responses. The Not Important category received 3 manual entries respondents considered General Council, Grisso Mansion and Smoke Shops as not important.

Question 3 asked, do you agree the following Tribally owned; operated businesses or services are needed? There were 6 categories, which were Funeral Home, Grocery Store, Nursing Home, Youth Entertainment Center, Culture Heritage Center and Business Development Assistance for members.

The largest percent of Q3 write in responses were Cultural Heritage Center, Business Development Assistance for members and Nursing Home. The second highest scores were for Grocery Store and Funeral Home.

The largest percentage of write in responses for Extremely Important was Economic Development with 31.6%. Elder Services received the second highest percentage with 9.2%. Legal Services received 6.6% and Cultural activities received 5.3%.

There were 34 manual entries for the Important scale with Economic Development getting 47.1% of responses. The remaining responses covered a range of subject categories. The Not Important scale received zero manual entries. Youth Entertainment Center received a couple important responses and one Extremely Important responses.

Question 4 asked, what types of services, programs do you think are needed in business development, jobs; health; housing, elder services, education; culture, language; youth; and other?

Under the Business Development and Jobs category there was a long list of manual entries, a few examples were for a funeral home, grocery store, hotel, nursing home and training assistance.

Under the Health category the manual entries consisted of a hospital and health education.

Under the Housing category the manual entries were apartment complex, home loans, provide preventive maintenance and a youth shelter.

Under the Elder Services category the manual entries were for assisted living center, community center and home health care services.

Under the Education category manual entries were for financial planning program, literacy program, provide mentors and open a tribal college.

Under the Culture and Language category the manual entries were for building a culture center, culture camps for youth, develop a language app and online language classes.

Under the Youth category manual entries were for after school programs and a youth center.

Under the Other category some entries were for more jobs, build a museum, and a group home.

The survey results were to identify the needs of the tribal membership with people writing down issues as health care services, education assistance, elderly services, economic development, legal service, culture activities, culture center, funeral home, grocery store, and entertainment center. All the comments were listed were verbatim with little editing as possible to preserve the integrity of the tribal members responses.