Biden American Rescue Plan will Deliver $31 Billion to Indian Country >>

March 9th, 2021

Biden American Rescue Plan will Deliver $31 Billion to Indian Country:
Work on Implementation to Begin Immediately

The U.S. House of Representatives will pass the American Rescue Plan (ARP) either late today or early tomorrow and send it to President Biden for his signature this week. The ARP will deliver more than $31 billion to Tribal Governments to help address the significant health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The largest program in the bill sends $20 billion to Tribes through the renamed Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Funds (formerly the CARES Act – Coronavirus Relief Fund). Indian Tribes are defined as the governing body of a tribe included in the BIA’s annually published Federally Recognized Indian Tribes List. The use of these funds will be more flexible than the CRF funding under the CARES Act, and provide more time to utilize the funds.

The ARP also provides more than $6 billion for Indian health care programs and services, increased funding for Indian education, housing, food distribution, child care, preservation of Native languages, funding to enable Tribes to establish guaranteed loan programs in coordination with CDFIs, and more.

These resources will come to Tribes through a number of federal agencies, including the Treasury Department, the IHS, the BIA and BIE, USDA, HUD, and others. We expect that the Biden Administration will begin scheduling consultations on the implementation of the ARP in the coming days.

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