Indian Affairs to Assist Tribes Eligible to Receive Funding from Treasury Under the Coronavirus Relief Fund

From:  Office of the Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs | U.S. Department of the Interior

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:  April 14, 2020
Contact:  newsmedia@bia.gov

WASHINGTON – Monday, April 13, 2020, the Department of the Treasury launched the web portal for state, local, and tribal governments to provide their information for the disbursement of the Coronavirus Relief Fund payments.  Eligible tribal governments will receive payments to help offset the costs of their response to the coronavirus pandemic.  Payments will be paid no later than April 24, 2020 once registered through the web portal entitled Eligible Units:  Submission Required for Receipt of Coronavirus Relief Fund Payments.

“As part of the whole-of-government approach to responding to the needs of our tribes and communities, Indian Affairs stands ready to assist navigating this unprecedented process for direct funding,” said Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Tara Sweeny.  “We must get the funds to Tribes as they respond to and mitigate the health, social, and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.”

The web portal and additional information is located on https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/state-and-local-governments.  Tribes are required to provide all information to receive a distribution.  The window of opportunity to submit required information is short due to a compressed congressionally mandated timeframe.  All information must be received by Treasury no later than 11:59 PM Eastern, April 17, 2020.

Qualified expenditure guidance and other relevant tribal information will be posted as it becomes available.  More information can also be found on www.bia.gov/covid-19/cares-act.

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