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Tribes Expecting $20 Billion From American Rescue Plan

President Biden delivers remarks on the cost of the American Rescue Plan Act.

Under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the launch of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. $350 billion in emergency funding will go to state, local, and tribal governments.  

Earlier this year, the Department of the Treasury made multiple consultations with over 80 tribal leaders from around the nation to discover how this money should be allocated.  

Currently $20 billion will go to eligible tribes in Indian Country. This money will assist tribes as they recover from the pandemic such as response and budget shortfalls.  

A total of $1 billon is allocated to enrolled members of tribes. 

Tribes could see money as soon as this week. U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen calls the allocation to Native Americans a milestone and will assist as communities reopen safely.  

It is unclear at the moment who applied for the funds in South Dakota – if it’s tribal governments, state government, or local municipalities.