November 19, 2021
Dear Tribal Leader:
On behalf of the Department of the Treasury, the Department of the Interior, and White House, we are writing to invite you to attend a Tribal Leader update on our collective efforts to disburse American Rescue Plan Act Tribal funding on Friday, November 19, 2021, at 11 AM EDT.
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provided Tribal nations with over $30 billion in direct set asides for Indian Country’s relief and recovery from this pandemic. The Department of the Interior received $1.75 billion to support American Indian and Alaska Native government programs administered under the oversight of the Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs. The Department of the Treasury received approximately $21.6 billion in direct Tribal set asides across five programs. In response to Tribal leader feedback in our numerous consultations, our departments utilized self-certified Tribal enrollment in our respective allocations and engaged in a historic partnership to obtain this information in less than two months.
Eight months after the passage of ARPA and on the eve of further historic investments in Tribal communities, we look forward to updating Tribal leaders on the status of our departments’ Tribal recovery funds and our future engagements in support of Tribal nations’ public health and economic recovery. Tribal nations have been critical to our nation’s efforts to confront this pandemic and we thank you for your leadership and partnership with our departments during this crisis.
We hope that you will be able to join us for this important discussion and value your participation.
U.S. Department of the Treasury
U.S. Department of the Interior