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Indian Country Daily Briefing



  • Coronavirus Stimulus Bill:
    • Current ask: $450mm for BIA ($400mm in contract /compact funding to tribal governments; $50mm to be retained by agency for COVID-19 response); $69mm for BIE
  • Tribal Governments/Governor’s Advisor Call Today at 5pm (888-557-8511; 3733710)



Department of the Interior, Indian Affairs Link

  • ASIA established Indian Affairs (IA) COVID-19 Emergency Management Planning Team
  • Dear Tribal Leaders Letter (3/6/20) – Link 
  • BIA direct funding anticipated in third coronavirus stimulus bill

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

  • Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (3/6/20), Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund
    • 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
  • 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
  • Weekly Update Calls: Thursdays at 12:30-2:00 pm PT 
    • Webinar: Link – Participant Code: ihs123
    • Conference Call: (800) 857-5577 – Participant Code 6703929

The White House

  • White House Indian Country COVID-19 Response Team held last call on March 18
  • Currently, coordination efforts through weekly IHS calls until further notice

National Congress of the American Indian Link

  • Presently drafting COVID-19 Indian Country Relief Bill (initial stages)

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).
    • CISA Guidance re: Critical Infrastructure can be found here: Link

California Tribal Nations Resources

  • Office of the Governor, Tribal Advisor
    • Bi-Weekly Calls, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00pm PT 
    • Conference Call: (888) 557-8511 – Participant Code 3733710
  • Tribal Nations Grant Fund
    • Expected to lift restrictions on initial equal distribution grants to allow for use for COVID-19 response
    • Possible additional COVID-19 response-eligible funding opportunities in 2020
    • Next Meeting: Monday, March 30 at 3:00 pm PT
      • Zoom Video Conference: Link
      • Conference Call: (669) 900-6833 – Participant Code 2857578614