President Signs American Rescue Plan: $31.2 Billion for Indian Country


President Signs American Rescue Plan: $31.2 Billion for Indian Country

March 11, 2021

Today, President Joe Biden signed  H.R. 1319: The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) into law. The ARP provides $1.9 trillion worth of funding to support COVID-19 relief and vaccination efforts and includes over $31 billion specifically for tribal communities. This $31 billion includes $20 billion for tribal governments and over $6 billion for Native health systems. 

NAFOA applauds the hard work of all the champions in Congress who fought hard to ensure Indian Country was meaningfully included within this relief effort.  


Highlights Include:

  • $20B - Tribal Relief Fund 
  • Provides $20 billion to the Department of Treasury for tribal governments under the Coronavirus Relief Fund
  • $1 billion to be split equally between the 574 federally recognized tribes
  • $19 billion to be split between tribal governments in a process determined by the Treasury
  • Expanded allowability for use of funds, which can be used to respond to the public health emergency, negative economic impacts from the pandemic, provide government services related to the emergency and make investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure
  • Tribes must use funds by the end of 2024 calendar year
  • $6B - Native health systems 
  • $1.248B - HUD Tribal and Native Hawaiian housing programs
  • $1.1B - Native education programs 
  • $1B - Native Families
  • $900M - Bureau of Indian Affairs Programs
  • $600M - Critical economic and infrastructure investments in Native communities
  • $20M - Mitigating impact of COVID-19 on Native languages
  • $19M - efforts to combat domestic violence in Native communities

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs compiled a summary of tribal provisions contained within the Act, which can be found here

NAFOA will continue to work with Congress and the Administration as the implementation of the ARP goes into effect. For any questions or concerns, please contact Ellie Beckett, Policy Communications Specialist, at 202-841-3373 or