Tribal efforts to fight COVID-19, bolstering the Indian Health Service response and tribal housing programs are among the biggest beneficiaries of the federal $31.2 billion coronavirus relief package approved in March. It is the largest chunk of federal money ever distributed to tribal programs. Authors of the bill hope to avoid the confusion from the last relief package over whether for-profit Alaska Native Corporations are eligible. We’ll talk with tribal leaders and others about how this round of relief funding could offset pandemic health and economic setbacks.
EJ John (Navajo Nation) – research and policy analysist at American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University
Eric Henson (Chickasaw) – executive vice president at Compass Lexecon and a research affiliate for the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development
Jonathan Nez (Diné) – Navajo Nation president
Break 1 music: Makȟóčhe Kiŋ Theȟíla II (song) Alex Firethunder (artist) Love for the Land (album)
Break 2 music: Bring The Water (song) Digging Roots (artist) We Are (album)