Story at a glance

  • The White Mountain Apache, along with 15 other tribes, received federal aid in early July to construct more housing during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • A total of $15 million was allocated, with another $85 million to be released at a later time.

As the country continues battling new coronavirus infections and rising hospitalization rates, the White Mountain Apache Tribe, based in Arizona, have received $3 million in federal aid to fight COVID-19 within their tribal community, The Arizona Republic reports.

The sum went to the tribe’s housing authority and was allocated from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) last week. The tribe had applied for funding to construct more housing to help families isolate if infected. According to a press release issued on the agency’s website, $15 million in federal funding was distributed across 16 tribes for pandemic support. The White Mountain Apache received the largest chunk of the funding.

Announced on July 2, the funding “will help families throughout Indian Country to access essential resources amid the coronavirus outbreak,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in the press release. The money is intended to be used to help Tribal communities construct housing for quarantining efforts.

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The funding was provided through the CARES Act, the bipartisan legislation passed to help the American public combat the coronavirus in the U.S. Another $85 million will be distributed at a later date.

The Republic notes that the White Mountain Apache tribe has reported 1,880 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 25 deaths as of Sunday. 

Native American populations are one of the most embattled communities affected by the coronavirus, facing high rates of coronavirus infections and a lack of resources.

In mid-June, a federal judge ordered U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnucin to release the full amount of funding to Native American tribes to help them in the continued fight against COVID-19.

Published on Jul 07, 2020