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Help Identify Legislative Priorities for Future Emergency Response Packages

FOR USET MEMBER TRIBAL NATIONS: To include any specific items or priorities in USET’s legislative efforts regarding COVID-19 response and relief efforts, please email Liz Malerba.


Treasury has made the determination to extend the deadline to complete the employment confirmation process from Friday, July 16, 2021, to Friday, July 23, 2021. To receive an employment allocation, including the minimum employment payment, Tribal governments must confirm or amend their 2019 employment numbers by the new deadline, Friday, July 23, 2021.

COVID-19 Assistance Available to Individuals

While the various coronavirus relief aid packages enacted by Congress each contain relief and recovery funds and programs designed to be administered by Tribal Nations, there are also a variety of assistance programs administered by the federal and state governments available to our citizens on an individual basis. We know that many USET SPF Member Tribal Nations seek to assist their citizens in identifying and navigating all available benefits and relief. With this in mind, USET SPF provides a summary of currently available COVID-19 relief and recovery resources for individuals and families. We will offer periodic updates to this list as further information becomes available.

American Jobs Plan

American Jobs Plan Tribal Advocacy

American Jobs Plan Resources

American Rescue Plan – 5th COVID Relief Package

American Rescue Plan: Recent Tribal Advocacy

American Rescue Plan Implementation

American Rescue Plan Resources

COVID-19 4th Relief Package

H.R. 133 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

Status: Enacted. Signed by the President on 12/27/20
To read the full legislative text of the entire year-end package click here
For a section-by-section on the stimulus package, click here

4th Package Implementation

CDC Tribal Public Health Security and Preparedness Act

To ensure Tribal Nations have direct access to the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program
Status: Introduced in Senate and House

Tribal Medical Supplies Stockpile Access Act

To Guarantee Tribal Health Authorities Access to the Strategic National Stockpile
Status: Introduced in Senate

H.R. 266 Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act

Status: Signed into law on 4/24/20

Third Stimulus: H.R. 748 The CARES Act

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
Status: Signed into law on 3/27/20

CARES Act: Executive Branch Implementation

Treasury’s Coronavirus Relief Fund website, guidance (updated 9/2), and FAQs (updated 3/2/21)
– 10/21: NAFOA letter requesting clarity on 10/19 CRF FAQs
– 11/20: Treasury’s response to NAFOA

CARES Act: Recent Tribal Implementation Advocacy

H.R. 6201: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Status: Signed into law on 3/18/20

H.R. 6074: The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act

(includes $40M Indian country specific component)
Status: Signed into law 3/6/20

Funding Distribution Status: 3/20 HHS announces upcoming action to provide funding to tribes for COVID-19 response

Other Resources and Items of Interest

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