Funds will aid tribal governments’ response to COVID-19’s damaging impact on their populations and economies
WASHINGTON – Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Bryan Newland announced today 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.
Today’s announcement follows the Bureau of Indian Education’s recent announcement of its disbursement plan.
“The American Rescue Plan’s funds will provide much-needed aid to tribal governments that have been working to combat the devastating economic impact COVID-19 has had on their communities,” Newland said. “I am deeply grateful to Congress and the Administration for ensuring that Indian Country is not forgotten in the nation’s effort to overcome the COVID-19 crisis and build back better.”
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:o $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 […]