COVID-19 in Indian Country
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a highly contagious, sometimes fatal, disease that has disproportionately affected American Indians and Alaska Natives.
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The Kiowa Tribe is being asked about payments made with the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.
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"This was a shameful failure of federal relations with Indian Country," said Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Arizona), chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources.

The Department of the Treasury Office of Inspector General has issued Coronavirus Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions Related to Reporting and Recordkeeping (OIG-CA-20-028).

To date, the CARES Act has provided the Department of the Interior with $909.7 million, which includes direct apportionments of $756 million and a $153.7 million transfer from the Department of Education to the Bureau of Indian Education.

On August 5, 2020, at 1:00 PM EDT, the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of the Inspector General will provide an overview of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) reporting requirements.

Tribal recipients of the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund must submit an interim report to the Department of the Treasury Office of Inspector General no later than July 17, 2020.

The CARES Act provided the U.S. Department of the Interior with $756 million to support the needs of DOI programs, bureaus, Indian Country, and the Insular Areas.

Oversight of the DOI’s CARES Act spending is critical to safeguard health and safety, water, and Indian education.

The Trump administration's botched handling of the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund is under investigation by internal watchdogs at both the Department of the Interior and the Department of the Treasury.

The Office of Inspector General at the Department of the Interior on May 5, 2020, released a report titled "Where’s the Money? DOI Use of CARES Act Funds."