Tribal Leader Town Hall: COVID-19 Bipartisan Relief Legislation


Tribal Leader Town Hall: COVID-19 Bipartisan Relief Legislation

December 21, 2020

NAFOA is coordinating with several national organizations to convene a Tribal Leader Town Hall tomorrow, December 22, 2020 to discuss the bipartisan COVID-19 relief legislation that Congress is expected to pass today.

Tribal Leader Town Hall: COVID-19 Bipartisan Relief Legislation 

December 22, 2020

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

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The Town Hall will be in a webinar format and will center around how the new legislation impacts tribal governance, health, and economic development. We will discuss the provisions that relate to Indian Country, and will also leave ample time for questions. 


Highlights for Relief Legislation Include:

  • Existing CRF Funds:
  • A 1-year extension to make eligible Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) expenses for state, local, and tribal governments from payments received as part of the CARES Act (no extra funding, no change in definition of eligible expenses)
  • Direct Payments:
  • $600 direct payment checks to individuals earning less than $75K a year and an additional $600 for each dependent child
  • Paycheck Protection Program:
  • Additional $284 billion for hardest hit businesses
  • Ability for small businesses to receive second round of funding
  • Unemployment insurance:
  • $300 in enhanced unemployment insurance benefits through March 14, 2021
  • Health Funding:
  • $790 million for the Indian Health Service to support tribes with testing and tracing activities
  • $210 million to Indian Health Service to distribute vaccines directly to tribes
  • $125 million (minimum) set-aside under SAMHSA for mental/behavioral health
  • Broadband:
  • $1 billion Tribal broadband fund under Commerce at National Telecommunications and Information Administration
  • CDFIs:
  • $12 billion in funding for CDFIs with targeted support MDIs and CDFIs supporting low-income and minority communities
  • Agriculture/Nutrition: 
  • $998,000 to the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations 
  • Rural Utilities Service:
  • $68 million for loans and grants for water and wastewater projects rural water supply and Federally recognized Indian tribes, and other entities
  • Rental Assistance and Housing:
  • Provide $25 billion in rental assistance to states and local governments
  • $800 million set aside for tribes and tribally designated housing entities
  • Education:
  • $818.8 million in education funding for outlying areas and the Bureau of Indian Education

 To learn more and stay updated, see the CDC's website on COVID-19 response. We recommend following official sources for information.

For any other questions or concerns about this webinar, please contact Ellie Beckett, Policy Communications Specialist, at 202-841-3373 or