Tribes have until the end of this month to spend their share of the $8 billion in federal emergency coronavirus funds. The money comes with a number of restrictions that are causing some confusion. The money can only go for expenses directly related to losses caused by the pandemic. Lawsuits delayed distribution of the funds, shortening the window of time tribes have to make use of them. We’ll hear from tribal officials about some of the challenges that come with the federal money meant to offset the economic crisis caused by the pandemic.
Gerald Gray (Little Shell Chippewa) – Chairman of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians
Jonathan Nez (Diné) – Navajo Nation president
Ted Wright (Tlingit) – executive director of the Spokane Tribe of Indians
Tom O’Halleran – United States Congressman representing Arizona’s 1st District
Break 1 music: Desert Soul (song) Larry Redhouse (artist) Spirit Progression (album)
Break 2 music: Burning Flame (song) Jan Michael Looking Wolf Band (artist) Breaking Free (album)