Department of Commerce announces $146 million in awards through the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, with another $1 billion in funding now available.
"I am grateful that Tribes, some of whom have been waiting for this funding for decades, are finally getting the resources they are owed," Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said.
The funds are part of an $8 billion pandemic relief package promised to the Tribes in late March, and were supposed to be distributed by April 26.
Many Indigenous communities are taking dance, art, stories, food, and song online as a way to come together during pandemic.
Tribes, set to receive $8 billion in COVID-19 relief funding, had delays in payment by more than a week, and 40% of the money is still being withheld.
Tribes face barriers that include health, education, jobs, and housing -- all of which are exacerbated with the coronavirus pandemic.”
U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta said federally recognized tribes could start receiving COVID-19 relief funding Tuesday, but not Alaska Native corporations.
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