Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

$31 billion represents 'a massive opportunity'


March 15, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act is a $1.9 trillion package designed to mitigate the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on the country. It directs money to states and tribes. It includes direct payments to individuals and tax credits for the working poor.

The new law may be the most comprehensive social investment since President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society or President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. No Republicans voted for the measure.

The new law includes $31 billion plus for tribal nations, representing the single largest investment in the tribal nations in U.S. history. It’s what Senate Indian Affairs Chairman Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, called “a down payment on the federal government’s trust responsibility to Native communities and will empower American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians to tackle COVID-19’s impacts on their communities.”


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