First Portion Of American Rescue Plan Act Funding Received, New Economic Assistance Program Established
July 1, 2021
CASS LAKE, MN- At a special meeting on June 29, 2021 the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Tribal Council established a new economic assistance program for enrolled, adult tribal members. The new program will deliver much needed assistance to households in two planned distributions of $1375.00 each. The payments will be distributed in August 2021 and August 2022.
The application process for this program will be identical to the process used for the previous payments in 2020. Full information on the application process will be released on July 12, 2021 with paper and online applications opening on July 14, 2021. The first round of checks will be distributed beginning August 2, 2021. Enrolled minor tribal members will receive $500 in their trust fund accounts with each payment. Also, the December Tax Rebate payment will be processed as normal this year.
In addition to the economic assistance program, the Council also approved a twofold increase in the emergency funding available to elders, disabled and veterans 54 and younger through the Tribal Assistance program for the next two fiscal years. This means an increase from $300 to $600 for most applicants to these programs. The application period will remain the same with eligible applicants able to apply beginning on July 1 of each fiscal year through the Tribal Assistance office.