Weekly Updates

July 16, 2020

LEGISLATIVE

Read NCAI's latest letter to Congressional leadership expressing concerns about the recently announced mandatory Coronavirus Relief Fund compliance reporting.

ADMINISTRATIVE

·    Tribal government businesses can now qualify for a waiver from dividend prohibitions, according to the latest Main Street Lending Program FAQs issued by the Federal Reserve Board.

·    Read the latest NCAI advocacy letters to the Administration on our Letters Database:

·    Department of Commerce: Regarding the Allocation of Funding Under §12005 of the CARES Act

·    Senate Banking Committee: Establishing a Lending Facility for Tribal Governments

·    Department of Agriculture Food & Nutrition Service: Establishing a Coronavirus Food Assistance Purchasing Program for Indian Country within the FDPIR program; Provide Parity to FDPIR food package benefits on par with SNAP

COVID-19 RESOURCES

With the generous support of our donors, NCAI is providing financial relief support to tribal nations affected by COVID-19 through NCAI’s COVID-19 Response Fund for Indian Country.

If you are a tribal nation, tribal nursing home, Tribal College or University or Native-serving non-profit in need, you can learn more and apply for financial relief support under the Get Involved tab. To date we have funded a total of 36 tribal nations, 5 tribal care centers and 1 college.

Click here to access the updated NCAI COVID-19 Relief Application.

COVID-19 DATA - SITUATION SUMMARY

New Update 7/16/2020

NCAI's Policy Research Center has tracked publicly available data on COVID-19 cases and deaths in Indian Country during the pandemic since March 2020.

According to updates published on the Indian Health Service (IHS) coronavirus website, total COVID-19 cases and new COVID-19 cases per day continue to increase in the Indian health system. Cases also continue to increase in all IHS Areas, some more than others.

COVID-19 Data Situation Summaries will now be updated every Thursday on the Other Resources page:

·    NCAI COVID-19 Data Situation Summary (July 16, 2020)

·    NCAI COVID-19 Data Situation Summary - IHS Area Data (July 16, 2020)