Tagiugmiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority is one of the regional housing authorities created by the region's native nonprofit association pursuant to state law. Alaska Statute (AS 18.55.995 to 996) refers to the Arctic Slope Native Association (ASNA) as the organization covering the North Slope region, and authorizes ASNA to form a housing authority under the statute.
ASNA, the non-profit arm of the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) was empowered to create the Housing Authority on September 18, 1974. At the time of the creation, the housing authority was named after the regional corporation: Arctic Slope Regional Corporation Housing Authority.
In 1994, the Board of Commissioners adopted a name change to "Tagiugmiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority" to avoid any confusion with the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. The new name means "For Coastal and Inland Peoples," which represents the people TNHA serves across the North Slope region.
TNHA receives and administers federal housing funds made available by Congress exclusively to federally-recognized tribes located in the North Slope region. See, Native American Housing and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (“NAHASDA”), 25 U.S.C.A. 4101 (1996). Under NAHASDA, Alaska’s RNHA’s continue to operate housing projects developed pursuant to pre-1996 federal Indian housing grants and loans. NAHASDA also authorizes RNHA’s to administer tribal block grants for individual tribes which designate the RNHA to receive the tribe’s housing funds. Where the tribes have authorized a RNHA to act on their behalf, the tribes continue to direct and monitor the RNHA’s administration of the federal block grants. Since NAHASDA’s enactment, there is little question that RNHAs develop, operate, and implement tribal housing programs.