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The coronavirus pandemic response continues to stall regular policy and legislative activity. While the state of Arizona opened for business this month, the Arizona State Legislature remains in limbo. The legislature is in session, but has been in recess since March. Meanwhile, the main topic of conversation in Congress is a Phase IV spending package, which is being called the HEROES Act. The House passed the bill, which includes a $20 billion tribal set aside for tribal governments within the Coronavirus Relief Fund, on May 15. The Senate has declared it "dead on arrival," and has a number of alternative recommendations to the legislation.
In a major regulatory victory, the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) on May 20 announced an increased focus on promoting capital and investment in Indian Country with tribal inclusion in the Final Rule to modernize the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). As our partners at NAFOA report, this will "encourage innovative partnerships between Indian Country and financial institutions to support community revitalization and development."
To view a complete list and detailed analyses/summaries of federal congressional hearings (1 hearing), congressional bills introduced/considered (7 bills), and Administrative actions (18 Federal Register Notices) between March 30, 2020, and April 24, 2020, Click Here.
The 54th State of Arizona Legislature convened for its 2020 Second Regular Session on February 25, 2020. The 53rd Legislature, Second Regular Session adjourned Sine Die on May 4, 2019. In this Issue, Dated January 29, 2020 through March 24, 2020, four bills were introduced and/or considered and one was signed into law. A total of 26 bills related to tribes have been filed, introduced, or considered in the 54th State of Arizona Legislature. To view the full list and analyses of these bills, Click Here.
On March 17, 2020 the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA), the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) held a Tribal Leader Town Hall webinar to discuss the policy and human impacts of the COVID-19 virus on tribal communities and citizens.
To view a recording of the NAFOA, NCAI, NIHB
Tribal Leaders Town Hall webinar click here.
To view the PowerPoint Slides from the presentations by
NAFOA, NCAI, NIHB click here.
The webinar featured a Congressional update from Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK-4) regarding legislation to provide funding to combat the spread of COVID-19 and leadership from NAFOA, NCAI, and NIHB provided updates regarding legislative advocacy to secure funding for tribes to battle COVID-19 and secure funding/tax breaks for tribal governments, healthcare facilities, and businesses.