COVID-19 in Indian Country
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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The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a long-running COVID-19 dispute.
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The Kiowa Tribe is being asked about payments made with the Coronavirus Relief Fund.
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As of April 1, 2021, more than 130 million payments worth approximately $335 billion have been distributed from the American Rescue Plan Act.

"I know Indian Country has suffered a disproportionate share of hardship in this country," Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen told a meeting of the Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has disbursed approximately 90 million Economic Impact Payments from the American Rescue Plan.

“I am extremely disappointed that the federal government is going to such lengths to deny Tribal governments their fair share of CARES funding," said Chairman Joseph Rupnick.
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The Department of the Treasury is hosting two consultations to discuss what to do with the leftover funds promised to tribal governments through the CARES Act.

“As of today, we have nearly 30,000 reported infections of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic nearly one year ago, and we have lost 1,203 of our Navajo people," said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.

A federal judge will hold a status conference in Shawnee Tribe v. Yellen, formerly known as Shawnee Tribe v. Mnuchin, on February 17, 2021.

The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation has re-filed litigation against the U.S. Department of Treasury relating to the distribution of CARES Act funds.
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A federal judge recently issued two orders in Shawnee Tribe v. Mnuchin, an ongoing dispute over COVID-19 relief for tribal governments.

The Shawnee Tribe has scored a major victory against the Trump administration in an ongoing COVID-19 funding dispute.

"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.

Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) and Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) are urging the Trump administration to give tribes more time to use the coronavirus relief fund.

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).

The Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee Subcommittee on General Welfare Exclusion will host a virtual forum on August 26, 2020.

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.

Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued a statement on the expansion of the Main Street Lending Program to provide greater access to credit for nonprofit organizations.