COVID-19 Resources Toolbox

Tools For Action

Navigating the American Rescue Plan Act: A Series for Tribal Nations

❇️ Registration is open for Session 3 "How Tribes Can Maximize their American Rescue Plan Opportunities"

✻ Wednesday June 23

✻ 4-5:00pm ET


Wednesday May 26, Session 1: How Tribal Governments Can and Can't Use ARPA

  • We intend to supply resources and responses to questions each week, so check back often

Materials and Information provided in Session 1:

As the country responds to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the task before tribal nations is complicated by many unknowns. The Harvard Project, the Native Nations Institute, and Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health recognize the challenges you're up against and we want to help. We are monitoring tribal governments' response to the crisis. Across Indian Country, we are witnessing tribal leaders and national Native organizations taking action to protect and position Native nations to see a better tomorrow. These examples and many more make up the contents of this COVID-19 Resources for Indian Country toolbox. We've pulled together resources that demonstrate ways to build governance capacity, illustrate best practices by tribes, provide trusted information about the virus itself, and supply tribal health ordinances intended to meet your immediate needs. Native nation building begins with strong governance, and we hope the examples in this toolbox spark ideas for action that strengthens your community.

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In this toolbox you'll find

Find updated info from National Native orgs and leading public health officials

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Hear from tribal leaders on how they're responding to the outbreak

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Look ahead to capacity-building and nation building strategies

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Other Harvard Project Resources

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