Time Sensitive Tribal Consultation Letter

On March 31, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the following information through a Dear Tribal Leader letter:

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020, provides additional funding to assist Tribes in preventing, preparing for, and responding to coronavirus. The CARES Act includes a Coronavirus Relief Fund (CVF) that includes an $8 billion set aside for Tribal governments, to be distributed no later than April 26, 2020.

The U.S. Department of the Interior and Department of Treasury seeks input from Tribal leaders on developing a methodology or formula to allocate this $8 billion to Tribal governments, as outlined in the CARES Act, and guidance on what qualifies as necessary, so that they distribute the funds as soon as possible to address your needs in these unprecedented and uncertain times. Please join the Indian Affairs and representatives of the U.S. Department of Treasury on two following scheduled consultation sessions:

Thursday, April 2, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Phone number: 888-950-5924
Participant Code: 1682452

Thursday, April 9, 2020
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Phone number: 888-950-5924
Participant Code: 1682452

In the event that you are In the event you are unable to make the consultation call, please provide written comments and submit to consultation@bia.gov and tribal.consult@treasury.gov no later than Monday, April 13, 2020.