By Lisa Diethelm
Cronkite News 

Treasury formula for COVID-19 funding shortchanges some tribes


Last updated 6/12/2020 at 4:04pm

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The Navajo Nation was hit by COVID-19 infections early in the pandemic and teams from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were in Arizona to assess local sites for possible conversion to alternative treatment facilities.

PHOENIX, Ariz.-Arizona tribes were among those who could get too much-or too little- COVID-19 relief funding under a Treasury Department funding formula that is based on "probably not the best numbers," according to the author of a new report.

The policy brief from the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and the University of Arizona's Native Nations Institute criticized the formula used to allocate the first $4.8 billion of relief to tribes under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Treasury and the Interior Department said in a May 5 statemen...

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