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Federal government shutdowns cause economic distress for tribes

Sep 28, 2023
The U.S. government is obligated by treaty to provide certain services to tribal nations. Shutdowns force tribes to take on those costs.
The headquarters of the Yurok Tribe in Northern California in 2021. During the government shutdown in 2013, the tribe had to furlough about 70 employees.
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Tribal governments shore up infrastructure with federal pandemic aid

Mar 28, 2022
"The impact is going to be huge in Indian Country," one leader said. "Because we’ve never had an investment in our infrastructure."
Tribal governments are using CARES Act funding to invest in health care, high-speed internet, housing and food security.
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How can the U.S. government better distribute funding to tribal governments?

Nov 4, 2021
A Harvard policy paper out this week on the government's pandemic relief effort calls on the Treasury Department to create a dedicated tribal affairs office.
The U.S. Treasury was widely criticized for how it distributed COVID relief funds to tribal governments.
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