As COVID-19 continues to impact the health and economic position of those around the world, the amount of both information and questions are on the rise. NAFOA is here to provide resources for those in Indian Country who want to stay abreast of the latest developments. This page will provide timely updates on the status of legislative efforts to provide relief to Indian Country, which includes the progress of the Tribal COVID-19 working group comprised of all the national and regional native organizations across the country, as well as pertinent notices from various federal agencies, and links to the resource pages of our other partner organizations.


September 15, 2020

Center for Indian Country Development COVID-19 Impact Survey

The Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis needs participation from tribal governments and enterprises on their latest survey assessing the evolving economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 7, 2020

8-07-2020 Morning COVID-19 Brief

Two Weeks + Ten Meetings = No Deal, Jobless Claims, News

August 6, 2020

8-06-2020 Morning COVID-19 Brief

Negotiations Stall - President Trump Searching for Unspent CARES Act Money to Repurpose, Unemployment Claims, News

All Broadcasts


The legislative relief effort will be the result of several phases of legislation. On March 27, 2020, the third phase of legislation passed, and there are discussions of a possible fourth phase coming soon. We are working with Native national and regional organizations to push for health, nutrition, economic, and governance relief throughout this entire process. There are several more priority items that we are working to include in later phases of this ongoing relief effort.


Full Text: Public Law No: 116-123 Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020

Summary: Public Law No: 116-123 Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020

Tribal Inclusion: This legislation provides at least $40 million dollars for "tribes, tribal organizations, urban Indian health organizations, or health service providers to tribes, to carry out surveillance, epidemiology, laboratory capacity, infection control, mitigation, communications, and other preparedness and response activities."

Tribal Response: the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) submitted a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services advising how the $40 million tribal set-aside could best be distributed to get needed resources to Indian Country quickly and efficiently.


Full Text: Public Law: 116-127 Families First Coronavirus Response Act, 2020

Summary: Public Law: 116-127 Families First Coronavirus Response Act, 2020

Tribal Inclusion: The legislation guarantees free coronavirus testing, establishes paid leave, enhances Unemployment Insurance, expands food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding. The act specifically allocates $64 million to the Indian Health Service to cover the costs of COVID-19 diagnostic testing for Indians receiving care through the Indian Health Service or through an Urban Indian Health Organization. The Act ensures coverage of testing for COVID-19 at no cost sharing for Indians receiving contract health services. Additionally, the Act provides nutrition services for older Native Americans.


Full Text: Public Law 116-123, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act ("The Cares Act"), 2020

Summary: Public Law 116-123 Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Summary of Tribal Wins


Full Text: Public Law No: 116-139, Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, 2020

Summary: NAFOA Summary


Small Business Administration
Office of Management and Budget
Department of Agriculture
Department of Energy
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of the Interior


Coronavirus Relief Fund Litigation
Government-to-Government Tribal Consultation

U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Department of Treasury Tribal Leader Consultation Information on Tribal inclusion in Coronavirus Relief Fund

NAFOA Tribal Leader Primer for Coronavirus Relief Fund Consultation

On March 26th, 2020, NAFOA, NCAI, NIHB, NCUIH, NAIHC, NIEA, NIGA, and NACA convened a Tribal Leader Town Hall on Indian Country's inclusion in Phase 3 legislation aimed at providing Coronavirus relief. The health, economic, and governance provisions in the latest relief package are discussed as well as the tribal organizations' legislative strategy going forward.


On Tuesday, March 17, NAFOA, NCAI, and NIHB convened a Tribal Leader Town Hall on the COVID-19 pandemic to discuss updates and policy implications.


Partner Resources

NCAI COVID-19 Resources

NIHB COVID-19 Resources

NCUIH COVID-19 Resources


WHO COVID-19 Resources

CDC COVID-19 Resources

Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) FAQ on Coronavirus

Headstart on Coronavirus Impacts: Wages and Benefits and Program Closure