5-21-2020 Morning COVID-19 Brief


5-21-2020 Morning COVID-19 Brief

May 21, 2020

“Societies are only as strong as the stories we leave behind and that innovation isn’t possible without imagination. The moral infrastructure of this country is doomed unless we let culture lead.”

- Deanna Haggag

Photo of the Day: Warm Springs powwow canceled over coronavirus concerns

Warm Springs and Navajo 1-year-old performed at a Portland powwow in 2011. LC- (The Oregonian

Coronavirus cuts income across the U.S.


Data: Census Household Pulse Survey; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Nearly half of U.S. households have lost income since mid-March — but the suffering varies widely by state, according to survey data released Wednesday by the Census Bureau. Income losses are particularly common in states that have borne the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic, like New York and New Jersey. But Southern states like Mississippi have experienced some of the most dire economic impacts, such as food scarcity and housing insecurity.

The Census Bureau released the first two weeks of data on Wednesday from its new weekly survey intended to gauge how Americans are faring during the pandemic.

Treasury Information Request Review

  • Employment  
    • Enter the number of employees shown on line 1 of IRS Form 941 for each quarter of calendar year 2019. Include information separately for employees that are employed by the Tribal government directly and employees that are employed by any entity of which the Tribal government owns at least 51% of the ownership interests. 
    • For each employer, submit a pdf file or other electronic copy of the supporting Form(s) 941 or equivalent third-party payroll service provider report(s) in electronic form. Employer identification information (name and EIN) and the information on line 1 of Form 941 is required; other information may be redacted.
    • Treasury statement on employment from May 5, 2020 guidance - The use of employment data is expected to correlate reasonably well with expenditures related to effects of the emergency, such as the provision of economic support to those experiencing unemployment or business interruptions due to COVID-19-related business closures.
  • Expenditure 
    • Enter total governmental expenditures for the 12 months of the 2019 fiscal year in the line labeled “Total governmental expenditures”. Governmental expenditures include, but are not exclusive of, general government, public safety, health services, wellness services, substance abuse, general welfare and assistance, community services, cultural programs, education, recreation, housing, economic development, planning and development, sanitation, judicial, and similar activities, provided that capital outlays and debt service costs shall not be included within governmental expenditures.  
    • Treasury statement on expenditures from May 5, 2020 guidance - Data relating to expected increased expenditures is expected to correlate reasonably well with the variability in the per person costs of service delivery in different tribal environments. Treasury expects that Indian Tribes with less extensive tribally-owned businesses (and therefore lower overall expenditures) will have a proportionately greater increase in eligible expenditures than those Tribes whose prior year expenditure amount would include expenditures associated with large tribally-owned businesses. Guidance to Tribes for Completing Supplemental Request for Information

OCC Releases Final Rule for Community Reinvestment Act

  • Yesterday, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency announced the release of their Final Rule to modernize the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) with an increased focus on promoting capital and investment in Indian Country.
  • Increasing tribal access to banking services and credit will help finance community development by making more funding available for economic development, public safety, housing, infrastructure, and education. These improvements to the CRA could provide long-term funding for tribal governments and secure access to capital to help tribes sustain thriving communities.
  • NAFOA Announcement


How a S.D. Native American tribe is protecting its people from COVID-19

The controversy over the checkpoints has obscured the extensive and thus far highly successful effort of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe to prevent the deadly virus from infecting its roughly 12,000 residents, many who are poor or at high risk of complications or death from COVID-19. -

The tribe has instituted a mandatory nightly curfew, placed strict limitations on how people shop, distributed free safety equipment, hired more police officers, expanded hospital capacity, created food-sharing and storage programs and instituted an effort in which at-risk tribal elders are contacted every day for welfare checks by phone.

Compliance with mandatory and voluntary public-health efforts has been strong on the reservation, as many residents realize the great risk the virus poses to the population, and understand the limited ability of the tribal health-care system to react to a major outbreak.