COVID-19 in Indian Country
The Department of the Treasury issued a final rule for the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program, which brings $20 billion to tribal governments.
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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez appears on KTNN AM/FM to provide updates regarding the approval of ARPA Hardship Assistance and other initiatives.
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“We love our Diné people and we do not want any more of our people to lose their lives to this modern-day monster known as COVID-19.,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.
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Three team member drawings and three tribal member drawings were held by the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, for a total of $30,000 in COVID-19 vaccination lottery prizes.
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The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is providing more than $1 million to support hundreds of business in the Akwesasne community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Navajo Nation is seeking applicants for several positions as the tribe prepares to distribute millions of dollars in American Rescue Plan Act funds.
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The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will receive more than $2.7 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to help them deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We will work with our Executive Branch divisions to ensure the $622 million in new grant money is properly allocated to our Navajo families,” said Speaker Seth Damon of the Navajo Nation Council.
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“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform the Navajo Nation and to improve the quality of life for elders, disabled, veterans, youth, and families,” President Jonathan Nez said of plans to distribute $1.16 billon in American Rescue Plan Act funds.
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The Senate passed the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act to address COVID-19 funding.
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“ANCs are facing a time crunch to get COVID-19 relief dollars out the door,” said Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska).
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“I worked hard to include this important language and am relieved the Senate passed this critical extension for tribes to be able to expend CARES Act funds,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).
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The Navajo Nation received $2,079,461,464 as part of the American Rescue Plan Act, also known as ARPA.
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The Department of the Treasury has sent $240 billion in fiscal support to state, territorial, local, and tribal governments through the American Rescue Plan Act.
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As Native nations take on the challenges presented by the American Rescue Plan Act, the Ash Center’s Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development is hosting a series designed to assist tribes, to help tribes learn from each other and from a wide array of guest experts.
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The National Council of Urban Indian Health is paying close attention to implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act affecting urban Indian organizations.
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The Kiowa Tribe will issue $2,200 to every adult citizen, Chairman Matthew M. Komalty said. Minors will receive $1,500, plus a $550 voucher.
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The Sault Tribe COVID-19 Rescue Act Membership Assistance Program provides a one-time $2,000 grant to all eligible tribal citizens.
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Please join the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development for Investing In Your Tribes’ Behavioral Health" on July 21, 2021.

To date, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians has appropriated $91 million in American Rescue Act funding in the form of $2,000 relief payments for citizens of all ages.
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