Indian Affairs Begins Disbursement of $900 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Indian Country Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Bryan Newland announced Friday that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has begun disbursing $900 million to federally recognized tribes under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. ARP was signed by President Biden on March 11, 2021, and the funds will aid tribes as they address the COVID-19 pandemic and its damaging impacts on Indian Country.
The BIA’s $900 million disbursement plan addresses all of the program activities stipulated by Congress in the ARP Act: Potable Water Delivery – $20 million
Housing Improvement – $100 million
Tribal payments and direct service for Tribal Government, Social Services, Public Safety and Justice, Indian Child Welfare, and other related expenses – $772.5 million. These funds will be allocated as follows: $700 million through the Aid to Tribal Government funding line, thereby allowing tribes to reprogram across Tribal Priority Allocation (TPA) lines as necessary. Funding will be allocated to tribes listed in the BIA’s Federal Register notice. Allocations will be based on tribal enrollment data, using a distribution approach that groups tribes by enrollment size.
$30 million for law enforcement and detentions funding.
$30 million for tribes in Public Law 83-280, also known as P.L. 280, states through the Social Services line . The majority of tribes in these states do not receive law enforcement support from the BIA. To address their unique needs, these funds can be used for tribal safety […]