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Posted: September 17, 2020

Insights from Congressional and Tribal Leaders: Coronavirus Relief for American Indian Tribal Governments

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020, 12:00pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)

In March 2020, American Indian tribes celebrated their historic inclusion in the CARES Act, receiving nearly $11 billion in direct relief. The Act recognized that tribal governments are confronting extraordinary demands parallel to those faced by state and local governments. The relief dollars, however, have been slow to reach Native Americans. While tribal governments have put forth unprecedented efforts to serve their citizens in crisis, restrictions on the use and timing of federal relief monies have hindered tribes’ capacities to do all they are capable of.

Now, as Congress returns from their summer recess to debate additional coronavirus relief packages, including potential additional direct aid to tribal governments, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center and the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development will host a diverse panel of Congressional and tribal leaders to look ahead and discuss how Congress might come together on a bipartisan basis to enhance support for Indian Country’s pandemic recovery efforts.

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT)
U.S. Representative Sharice Davids (D-KS)
President Shelley Buck, Prairie Island Indian Community
Governor Stephen Roe Lewis, Gila River Indian Community (HKS MPA 2006)
Chairman Alvin “A.J.” Not Afraid, Jr., Crow Tribe of Indians
Chair Nathan Yaa Ndakin Yeil McCowan, Alaska Native Village Corporation Association

Moderator: Prof. Joseph Kalt, Director, HPAIED

Virtual Event Details

Registration is required for this event. Please register to receive details via email for how to join the virtual discussion. This event will be recorded and a link to the recording will be sent out afterward to all who register.

You can submit questions to the panelists in advance during the registration process. A live Q&A will also be available during the event with an option to submit questions in real-time.

Questions? Email the Ash Center events team at

Sep 17, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)



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