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June 10, 2021 Smith River, CA 95567 Smith River, Ca –On May 20, 2021 the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation received the first installment of our share of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding in the amount of $10,322,894. This round of funding is equal to 65% of the total funding allocated and is based on our percentage of Tribal citizens compared to the total enrolled Tribal member census count for the United States. We expect to receive a second installment, which we haven’t received, based on our total employee count for all the Nation’s employees both enterprises and government. This amount will be the remainder of the 35% of the total ARPA Tribal allocation.

The purpose of these ARPA funds are to support public health, address the negative economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, replace lost revenues, and invest in critical infrastructure improvements. In accordance with the Interim Final Rule, these dollars can be used for costs from March 21, 2021 through December 31, 2024. The extended timeline will allow for a strategic investment plan to develop projects based on the eligible categories listed above.

In addition to the above funds, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation is vigorously working to secure supplementary program-specific funding from federal agencies that are also included in the ARPA. There are twenty-seven (27) Tribal specific provisions in the Act which will provide an investment in Indian Country of over $31 billion. Tribal governments have suffered through years of inadequate funding for a majority of our Tribal programs. This Act will allow for many Tribal programs to receive program-specific funding to assist in our response and mitigation of the impacts associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Programs such as Housing, TANF, Child Development, Health & Wellness and Education have submitted funding applications or requests.

The Tribal Council wishes to thank our citizens for their continued patience as we work through the planning process to obligate these funds in accordance with federal requirements and guidelines. This monumental opportunity deserves appropriate time and consideration to strategize the best use of ARPA allocations in a way that will create long-term lasting impacts for the Nation’s citizens and our future generations.

Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund

Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund
Funding available for eligible Native families impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic
Eligible families must meet the non-financial criteria of TANF
1. Have eligible children in the home (biological, step, adopted or relative child un the age of 19)
2. Reside within the 5 county service area (Coos, Curry, Del Norte, Humboldt, and Josephine)
3. Have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
4. Not served by another TANF program
Applications are being taken via Survey Monkey:
**Proof of income and residency will be required for eligibility determination**

Wee-ya’ Language Survey

Wee-ya’ Survey. Your input is NEEDED.
Please take a few moments to complete this language survey.
The survey will be used to help plan future activities and projects for the Language Program.
Any questions please email, Pyuwa Bommelyn,

Root & Rebound is hosting a FREE virtual legal clinic, June 14-17th, for people with arrest or conviction records who reside in San Joaquin, Sacramento, Mendocino, Lake, Del Norte, and Humboldt counties.

At these telephone clinics, we will be providing legal information about navigating barriers to reentry related to employment, housing, public benefits, family & children, immigration, parole & probation, and more.

An appointment is required for these clinics. Call (510) 279-4662 or use the link below to schedule an appointment now!

WHEN: Monday, June 14th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m to Thursday, June 17th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHO: San Joaquin, Sacramento, Mendocino, Lake, Del Norte, and Humboldt county residents with a California arrest or conviction record. 

RSVP: Online at or by calling (510) 279-4662. 

If possible, please have a “RAP sheet”, or a copy of your criminal record, on hand. For information on how to get your RAP sheet, please visit If you have any documents pertaining to your legal issue, we ask that you have those with you. 

Please email or call (510) 279-4662 if you have any questions.