SENATE PASSES LARGEST INVESTMENT IN NATIVE PROGRAMS IN HISTORY, MORE THAN $31 BILLION HEADING TO NATIVE COMMUNITIES

Mar 6, 2021

For Immediate Release

March 6, 2021

 

Contact:

Manu Tupper or Mike Inacay (Schatz) at press@indian.senate.gov

 

SENATE PASSES LARGEST INVESTMENT IN NATIVE PROGRAMS IN HISTORY, MORE THAN $31 BILLION HEADING TO NATIVE COMMUNITIES

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, helped secure more than $31.2 billion in dedicated funding for Tribal governments and Native communities, comprising the largest investment in history for Native programs. The new funding will deliver immediate relief for hard-hit Native American families and support Tribal Nations as they build a bridge toward economic recovery.

 

“Native communities need relief. We listened and we took action. With more than $31 billion for Tribal governments and Native programs, the American Rescue Plan delivers the largest one-time investment to Native communities in history,” said Senator Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “This historic funding is a down payment on the federal government’s trust responsibility to Native communities and will empower American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians to tackle COVID-19’s impacts on their communities.”

 

The $31.2 billion investment in Native communities includes:

 

$20 billion for Tribal governments to combat COVID-19 and stabilize Tribal community safety-net programs through Treasury’s State/Local “Coronavirus Relief Fund”

 

$6+ billion for Native health systems

  • Indian Health Service
    • $2.340 billion for COVID-19 vaccines, testing, tracing, mitigation, and workforce expenses
    • $2 billion for lost third-party medical billing reimbursements
    • $600 million for health facilities construction and sanitation programs
    • $500 million for clinical health services and Purchased/Referred Care
    • $420 million for mental and behavioral health
    • $140 million for improving health IT and telehealth access
    • $84 million for Urban Indian health programs
    • $10 million for potable water delivery
  • Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems
    • $20 million set-aside for Papa Ola Lōkahi and the Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems within the Community Health Centers funding at the Health Resources and Services Administration

 

$1.248 billion for HUD Tribal & Native Hawaiian housing programs

  • $498 million Tribal set-aside within Treasury’s Homeowners Assistance Program for Tribes and Native housing programs
  • $450 million for the Indian Housing Block Grant
  • $280 million for the Indian Community Development Block Grant
  • $15 million for technical assistance, administrative costs, and oversight
  • $5 million for the Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant

 

$1.1+ billion for Native education programs, including Bureau of Indian Education schools, Tribal education agencies, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Native Hawaiian education programs, and Alaska Native education programs

  • $850 million for Bureau of Indian (BIE) education programs, BIE K-12 schools & dormitories, and Tribal Colleges and Universities
  • $190 million for Department of Education grants to Tribal Education Agencies, Native Hawaiian education organizations, and Alaska Native education organizations
  • $142+ million for Tribal Colleges and Universities through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
  • $89+ million for Native-serving institutions of higher education, including Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian serving institutions, through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

 

$1+ billion for Native families

  • $1+ billion for Tribal child care programs and supports
  • $75 million for Tribal TANF grantees to provide assistance to families in need through the Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund

 

$900 million for Bureau of Indian Affairs programs

  • $772.5 million for Tribal government services (i.e., general welfare assistance, assistance to Tribal governments, public safety, child welfare)
  • $100 million for the Housing Improvement Program
  • $20 million for potable water delivery
  • $7.5 million for administrative costs and oversight

 

$600 million for Native communities’ critical economic and infrastructure investments

  • $500 million for Tribal governments to support capital investments in Native businesses within Treasury’s State Small Business Credit Initiative
  • $100 million for critical infrastructure projects in Native communities

 

$20 million to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Native languages

  • $20 million for a new emergency Native language preservation & maintenance grant program through the Administration for Native Americans to mitigate impacts of COVID-19 on Native language communities

 

$19 million for Native communities’ efforts to combat domestic violence

  • $18 million for Tribal awardees through the Family Violence Prevention & Services Act
  • $1 million for “Stronghearts” Native Domestic Violence Hotline

 

The American Rescue Plan Act was passed by the Senate today. The House is expected to consider the Senate bill this coming week.

 

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