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Indian Country COVID-19 Updates



  • CDC Grant Webinar: Wednesday, April 8, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • (888) 677-5809; 1288563 or Link
  • Tribal Leaders/Governor’s Advisor Call: Wednesday, April 8, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    • (916) 573-2034; 65097459
  • DOI/Treasury Coronavirus Relief Fund Consultation #2: Thursday, April 9, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • (888) 950-5924; 1682452
    • Comments Due April 13, 2020 Email 
  • BIA Pacific Regional Office Tribal Leaders Call: Thursday, April 9, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    • (510) 338-9438; 621447126
  • Indian Health Services All Tribes COVID-19 Call: Thursday, April 9, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
    • (800) 857-5577; 6703929
  • Indian Country COVID-19 Response Team Call: Thursday, April 9, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
  • CalOES shifting to Regional Calls on a Weekly Basis
    • Call info provided, per region, via email from Denise Shemenski



Coronavirus Preparedness and Resource Supplemental Appropriations Act (3/6/20)

  • $8.3 billion in emergency funding; $950mm specifically for grants/cooperative agreements with governments (including tribes)
  • Minimum $40mm to tribes, tribal healthcare organization, and tribal healthcare providers to be distributed by CDC to prevent, prepare for and response to COVID-19 (funded via grants)
  • $20mm to SBA for disaster loan programs
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Funding Opportunities:
    • Noncompetative Grant: Supporting Tribal Public Health Capacity in Coronavirus Preparedness and Response (CDC-RFA-OT20-2004) – Link

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (3/19/20)

  • $64mm to support COVID-19 testing and response across Indian Country (75% federal cost share, tribes can request waiver)
    • HHS Secretary to cover 100% of costs of COVID-19 tests for American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • Provisions that may be of interest to some tribal employers (neither expressly applies to Indian tribes): Emergency Family & Medical Leave Expansion Act, and Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act (3/27/20)

  • $8 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund for Tribal Government
    • Target Distribution Date: April 24, 2020
    • Funding must be tied to COVID-19, cannot include previously-budgeted costs, and covers costs incurred from March 1 through December 30, 2020
  • $454 billion for loans and loan guarantees in support of the Federal Reserve’s lending facilities
    • Tribes expressly qualify as “states” for purposes of this appropriation
  • Tribes eligible for SBA Section 7(a) loan and other programs – Link
    • $10mm for Paycheck Protection Program - 100% loan guarantee of up to $10mm for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, and utilities
  • $1 billion for Indian Health Services
    • $450mm in direct distributions to tribes and tribal organizations through existing contracts/compacts
  • $453mm to Bureau of Indian Affairs
    • Estimated $380mm to be distributed as Aid to Tribal Government through existing contracts/compacts
  • $300mm to HUD for Indian Housing programs
    • $200mm distributed to tribes as 30.6% of 2020 IHBG formula allocation – Link
    • $100mm Indian Community Development Block Grants
  • $69mm for Bureau of Indian Education


Department of the Interior, Indian Affairs – Link

  • ASIA established Indian Affairs (IA) COVID-19 Emergency Management Planning Team
  • Dear Tribal Leaders Letter re: DOI/Treasury Consultation (3/31/20) – Link
  • Dear Tribal Leaders Letter re: Federal Reserve Reduces Target Range (3/27/20) - Link
  • Dear Tribal Leaders Letter re: COVID-19 Coordination – Link

Federal Emergency Management Agency – Link

  • Tribal Declarations and Disaster Assistance Resources – Link
  • Region IX Tribal Liaisons:
    • Christopher Poehlmann: (o) 510-627-7285; (m) 510-725-7958
    • Sandra Tripp: (o) 510-627-7080; (m) 510-332-7225

Indian Health Services – Link

  • COVID-19 FAQs – Link

The White House

  • Contact: Tyler Fish, Senior Policy Advisor & Tribal Liaison, White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, (202) 881-9014, Email

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • CDC COVID-19 Funding for Tribes – Link
  • CDC-RFA-OT20-2004 Grants Notice – Link
    • Award Ceiling $1.5mm
    • Submission Deadline: May 31, 2020
    • Webinar: April 8, 2020, 10:00am – 11:00 am, (888) 677-5809; 1288563 or Link

Small Business Administration

  • COVID-19 Funding Options under CARES Act – Link   

National Congress of the American Indian

  • COVID-19 Resources for Indian Country – Link

California Department of Emergency Services – Link

  • CA Governor and Public Health Officer and Director issued “shelter-in-place” order statewide on March 19, ordering all Californians to remain home except in connection with the provision of essential services:
    • Essential Services: gas stations; pharmacies; food markets (grocery stores, farmers markets, food banks, convenience stores), take-out and delivery restaurants; banks; laundromats; essential tribal, state and local government functions (law enforcement, government offices providing programs and services).
    • Prohibited: dine-in restaurants; bars and nightclubs; entertainment venues; gyms and fitness studios, public events and gathering, convention centers; personal service industry (hair, nails, spas).

California Tribal Nations Resources

  • Office of the Governor, Tribal Advisor – Link
    • Weekly Calls, Wednesday at 5:00 pm, (916) 573-2034; 65097459
  • Tribal Nations Grant Fund – Link
    • Panel authorized reallocation of already-awarded Equal Distribution Grant Funds for COVID-19 Relief
    • Additional Equal Distribution Grant for COVID-19-realted relief activities now open
      • $245k per eligible tribe
      • Deadline: April 30, 2020
      • May not be used for per capita distributions or gaming-related activities (refer to guidance