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.
- 3/18 Registration and Dear Tribal Leader Letter
- 3/18 Registration and ANC/ANVC Consultation Announcement
- 3/31 & 4/1 Registration and Dear Tribal Leader Letter
- 4/6-8 Registration and Dear Tribal Leader Letter
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.
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 email@example.com 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
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
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 10:00am - 11:30am EST
Alaska Native Villages and Tribes:
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Rocky Mountain and Southeast Region:
Thursday, April 8, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Security Administration: AIAN.EC@ssa.gov
Small Business Administration: email@example.com
Department of Veteran’s Affairs: firstname.lastname@example.orgNAFOA 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 email@example.com.