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.

VACCINE INFORMATION

FDA Approves Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-first-covid-19-vaccine

CDC COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html

Myths about COVID-19 Vaccine

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html

How to Find Places to get COVID-19 Vaccine

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/How-Do-I-Get-a-COVID-19-Vaccine.html?s_cid=10503:how%20to%20get%20covid%20vaccine:sem.ga:p:RG:GM:gen:PTN:FY21

Lyft Discounted or Free Rides to get COVID Vaccine

https://www.lyft.com/vaccine-access

IHS COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

https://www.ihs.gov/coronavirus/vaccine/

COVID-19 WEBSITES AND RESOURCES

College During COVID-19

https://www.aigcs.org/college-during-covid-19/

NAFOA joins Boston’s NPR New Station WBUR to discuss Biden’s ARP

https://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2021/03/23/31-billion-native-american-communities-biden

USDA Reopens Program Sign-Up to a Larger Share of Producers with Plans to Expand Outreach and New Programming

https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2021/03/24/after-identifying-gaps-previous-aid-usda-announces-pandemic

American Jobs Plan

https://mcusercontent.com/5fdaa92d88375a474b912b0f3/files/f1339a72-7c37-4c87-b4ab-279923a8ce95/AmericanJobsPlanOutline.pdf

RECENT COVID BROADCASTS

September 20, 2021

September 20: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week

NAFOA is looking forward to welcoming everyone safely in San Antonio and will continue to follow CDC guidelines. Since the CDC is now advising those vaccinated (either fully or partially) to wear face masks indoors in public, NAFOA is now recommending that all attendees (vaccinated and unvaccinated) wear a face mask while attending NAFOA's Fall Conference.

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September 13, 2021

September 13: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week

The Treasury Department's State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) deadline for Tribal governments to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) is currently scheduled for Thursday, September 16th. The SSBCI received $10b in funding as part American Rescue Plan, signed by President Biden this past March, and aims to fund state, territory, and Tribal government small business credit support and investment programs.

  • COVID-19

May 10, 2021

Policy Alert: Treasury Announces Formula to Distribute $20 Billion in COVID-19 Relief to Tribal Governments

On Monday, May 10, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced the much awaited distribution of $20 Billion to Tribal Governments for Coronavirus Relief. This announcement described the methodology Treasury used to allocate the funds as well as the timeline for distribution, upcoming information sessions, and the regulation determining allowable uses and requirements for the funds.

  • COVID-19
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LEGISLATIVE PROCESS AND RESPONSE

The legislative relief effort will be the result of several phases of legislation. There are discussions of a possible next 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.

PHASE 1

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.

PHASE 2

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.

PHASE 3

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

PHASE 3.5

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

Summary: NAFOA Summary

DECEMBER 2020 COVID RELIEF BILL

Full Text: H.R.133 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

Summary: COVID-19 Emergency Relief Package - Topline Summary

AGENCY RESOURCES

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

TRIBAL RESOURCES

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

Webinars
February 12, 2021 - Tribal Leader COVID-19 Town Hall: Reconciliation Legislation

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February 3, 2021 - Understanding OMB Compliance Supplement Addendum

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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.

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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.

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Partner Resources

NCAI COVID-19 Resources

NIHB COVID-19 Resources

NCUIH COVID-19 Resources

GENERAL 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