Policy Alert: Upcoming Treasury Consultations

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Policy Alert: Upcoming Treasury Consultations

March 18, 2021

The Department of the Treasury is holding several tribal leader Consultations within the next few weeks regarding the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund payments, the American Recovery Plan Act (ARP) Tribal Relief Fund formula, and on Treasury's Consultation process itself. 


It is important for tribal leaders to weigh in on these consultations. They will inform how the Department proceeds in distributing billions of dollars to Indian Country and have the potential to strengthen the government-to-government relationship moving forward.  

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Consultation Details:  

Thursday, March 18, 2021:

Purpose: These sessions are related specifically to the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund payments to tribal governments and will focus on the pending case The Shawnee Tribe v. Yellen, Case No. 20-cv-1999 (D.D.C.). These consultations will NOT cover the $20 billion fund for tribal governments established in the American Rescue Plan Act. 


Tribal Governments: 

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30 pm EST

More Information and registration can be found in the Dear Tribal Leader Letter Invitation to Consultation on CRF Tribal Distribution Methodology


Alaska Native and Alaska Native Village Corporations:

Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm EST 

More information and registration can be found in the ANC and ANVC Invitation to Consultation on CRF Tribal Distribution Methodology 


Public written comments can be sent to tribal.consult@treasury.gov no later than 11:59 AKDT on Friday, March 19, 2021. 




Wednesday, March 31, 2021, and Thursday, April 1, 2021:


Purpose: This set of consultations will focus on the distribution of the $20 billion of Coronavirus State and Fiscal Recovery Funds to tribal governments under the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Treasury is looking for input specifically on the formula the department should use to determine each tribe's share of funds and allowable expenditures for funds distributed to tribes. Consultation on other parts of the ARP will be scheduled in the future. 


Eastern, Eastern Oklahoma and Southern Plains Region:

Time: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 10:00 am - 11:30 am EST 


Navajo, Southwest and Western Regions:

Time: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST

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Great Plains, Midwest and Rocky Mountains:

Thursday April 1, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm EST


Pacific Northwest and Alaska Region:

Thursday, April 1, 2021 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST


More information and registration for all these session can be found within the Dear Tribal Leader Letter Invitation to Consultation on the American Recovery Plan.


If your registration choice is full, you may register for a different date or time. 


Public written comments can be sent to TribalARPconsult@treasury.gov no later than 11:59 EST on Friday April 2, 2021. 




Tuesday - Thursday April 6-8:


Purpose: The Department of the Treasury, Veterans Affairs, the Social Security Administration, and the Small Business Administration are hosting a tribal leader consultation on each agency's consultation policies. They are seeking feedback on how they can improve their policies and practices to better engage with Indian Country through meaningful consultation.  


Mideast and Eastern Region:

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm EST


Great Plains and Southern Plain Region:

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm EST

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Pacific Region:

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am EST


Alaska Native Villages and Tribes:

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST

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Rocky Mountain and Southeast Region:

Thursday, April 8, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST


Western Region:

Thursday, April 8, 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm EST


More information and registration for all of these sessions can be found within the Joint Agency Consultation Dear Tribal Leader Letter.


Those making a public oral comment on the call must register by 11:59pm, Thursday April 1, 2021.


To provide written comments, please email the following department and agency mailboxes no later than 11:59 EST on Friday, April 9, 2021:


Department of the Treasury: tribal.consult@treasury.gov

Social Security Administration: AIAN.EC@ssa.gov

Small Business Administration: tribalconsultation@sba.gov

Department of Veteran’s Affairs: tribalgovernmentconsultation@va.govNAFOA will continue to engage with the federal government as implementation of the ARP continues and as the Administration attempts to strengthen its communication and relationship with tribal governments.  


For any other questions or concerns, please contact Ellie Beckett, Policy Communications Specialist, at 202-841-3373 or ellie@nafoa.org.