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Cherokee Nation Providing $2,000 To Every Citizen From American Rescue Plan Funds

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The Cherokee Nation is receiving $1.8 billion in COVID-19 recovery funds as part of investment in Indian Country through President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act.

Under the American Rescue Plan, $20 billion was set aside for tribal governments, as well as $12 billion dollars through Indian Health Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of Justice.

Cherokee citizens will receive direct assistance totaling $2,000, split in two payments over two years.

The tribe will also use the money for the tribal nation's health care system, including their mental health care system and substance abuse program.

"This plan is a comprehensive approach to stabilizing our government and businesses as we continue addressing the COVID pandemic," said Council Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez. "But, it is also a way to make generational impact for all Cherokee citizens."

Additional funds will be used to assist Cherokee-owned small businesses, improve infrastructure and supporting education, housing, job training and more for Cherokee families.

The Cherokee Nation reports that the money will be spent over a period of three years.

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Allison Herrera is a radio and print journalist who's worked for PRX's The World, Colorado Public Radio as the climate and environment editor and as a freelance reporter for High Country News’ Indigenous Affairs desk.
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