Senate to Vote on 1.3 Trillion Dollar Aid Package

To
National Indian Gaming Association Member Tribes
From

Ernie Stevens, Jr., Chairman

re
Senate to Vote on 1.3 Trillion Dollar Aid Package
Date
March 19th, 2020

SENATE TO VOTE ON 1.3 TRILLION DOLLAR AID PACKAGE. CALLS AND EMAIL NEEDED!

The Senate is planning to vote on a $1.3 trillion economic aid package by Friday, March 20. ALL National Indian Gaming Association Member Tribes need to contact your representatives to contact Members of Congress, urging them to include specific provisions to help tribal governments and tribal government-owned gaming operations address the growing the pandemic and the resulting economic crisis. This is a very time sensitive ask.

The National Indian Gaming Association is coordinating with the National Congress of American Indians and other tribal organizations in reaching out to Congress to include: (1) targeted increases for Indian health programs to provide tribal health care providers with needed supplies, facilities, and tools to address the immediate health crisis posed by the COVID-19 pandemic; (2) targeted increases to tribal governments to meet essential government programs and services, ranging from education, public safety, social services, and other critical needs of tribal communities; and (3) needed banking and financial reforms to help tribal government-owned enterprises endure operation closures of up to six months.

Specifically, NIGA is asking for the following provisions:

  1. NATIONAL EMERGENCY TRIBAL ECONOMIC RELIEF GRANTS:
    Congress must provide Tribal Governments with no less than $20 billion in direct federal aid over the next six (6) months (180 days). To help address significant shortfalls in tribal government revenue, and to avoid cuts in provision of basic services, we urge Congress to make these funds accessible to Tribal Governments.

  2. NATIONAL LOAN ASSISTANCE:
    Indian Country urges Congress to enact legislation that will enforce a temporary 26-week restructuring on all loans and suspended interest rate accrual on loans with tribal governments and tribal government-owned entities.

  3. BUSINESS INTERRUPTION GRANTS
    Direct grants should be provided to tribal government-owned enterprises that are facing closures due the corona virus across the country. Tribes are coordinating with state governors to close their operations, while many others are issuing tribal government emergency closures to help slow the spread of the virus.

Please contact your Senate Delegation immediately to ask that these provisions be added to any aid package for communities affected by the coronavirus pandemic. A template letter is attached for your use. Please contact Danielle Her Many Horses at dhermanyhorses@indiangaming.org or (202) 255-6073 for any questions.

Click Here to Download Letter Template