COVID-19 Regional Tribal Town Hall Convenings

In December 2020, NCAI President Fawn Sharp created the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force (Task Force) to address: (1) tribal COVID-19 relief needs; (2) tribal COVID-19 recovery needs; and (3) the chronic conditions that created the public health and economic circumstances making Tribal Nations and citizens vulnerable to this crisis. This Task Force is chaired by Chairman Larry Wright of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. 

It is important that the Task Force and its members hear from all Tribal Nations on how COVID-19 has impacted their communities and the needs tribal leaders have to respond and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, NCAI and partner organizations have scheduled the following regional online convenings to gather tribal leader input in a town hall setting. During these meetings, tribal leaders will be asked to share the resources they require to address immediate COVID-19 relief and recovery; the status of vaccine distribution within their Tribal Nation; and other related items in response of the COVID-19 pandemic and new administration. 

We encourage tribal leaders to sign up for their respected regional convening listed below. Additional details will be released soon. 

*Please note that Daylight Saving Time begins on March 14, 2021, remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour.

Northwest Regional Convening Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET (3:00 – 4:00 p.m. PT)
This convening is being co-hosted with the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians

NCAI Briefing – U.S. Census Bureau Tribal Consultation on Disclosure Avoidance System

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Policy Research Center is hosting the second of two briefing webinars for Tribal leaders and their technical staff in preparation for the U.S. Census Bureau Tribal Consultation Webinar on the 2020 Census Disclosure Avoidance System. The Tribal Consultation Webinar will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. EST. 

The information about attending the U.S. Census Bureau Tribal Consultation Webinar is located here. The U.S. Census Bureau also lists discussion questions and requests input on a few questions.

The Disclosure Avoidance System includes the statistical methods the U.S. Census Bureau is using to protect the confidentiality of individual response data in the 2020 Census. The statistical methods are complicated, but information released to date, including demonstration data, reveal that there may be adverse impacts on 2020 Census data for Tribal Nations, especially those that are small, rural, or remote. The U.S. Census Bureau needs to hear how Tribal Nations use census data as they try to optimize the quality and usability of the 2020 Census data.

In order to help preparation for the U.S. Census Bureau Tribal Consultation Webinar, the NCAI Policy Research Center will host a second briefing webinar on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST. During the webinar, we will provide a short presentation summarizing the issues related to the Disclosure Avoidance System and its potential impact on 2020 Census data for Tribal Nations, and then we will leave plenty of time for questions. 

To view our briefing materials and resources on this topic from the past two years, go to our research recommendations website. These resources include research policy briefs, letters, the NCAI resolution on this topic, and videos of webinars organized by year.

To register for the briefing webinar, click on the link below:

Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST:

We hope you can join us for this briefing webinar on this important topic to help you prepare to make comments at the U.S. Census Bureau Tribal Consultation Webinar on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Questions? Email

Apply for NCAI’s COVID-19 Response Fund for Indian Country

With the generous support of our donors, NCAI is providing financial relief support to tribal nations affected by COVID-19 through NCAI’s COVID-19 Response Fund for Indian Country. If you are a tribal nation, tribal nursing home, Tribal College or University or Native serving non-profit in need, you may access information about applying for financial support under the “Get Involved” tab on our website.  
Through our COVID-19 Relief Fund, we have awarded 41 tribal nations, 12 Native non-profits, one tribal college, and nine tribal nursing homes thus far.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling deadline until available funds are exhausted. Applications guidelines are located here.
NCAI Contact: Keona Royal, Membership Coordinator,

NCAI’s Disaster Preparedness Grant Funding Opportunity for Tribal Nations

Over the past several years, natural disasters have become more frequent in Indian Country. Tribal nations and their citizens have endured tremendous loss of life, livelihood, property, and resources. Unlike states, tribal nations have no consistent grant program that provides each tribal nation with much-needed emergency management capacity building funds.
The NCAI Disaster Preparedness Grants are shaped to flexibly cover the needs of tribal nations and/or tribal citizens (who live near their nations) as they prepare for future natural disasters such as: tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, severe storms, severe winds, blizzards, and more. 
Individual grant awards will be capped at $10,000. This grant program will conclude once the $185,000 has been fully obligated or no later than November 30, 2020. Please click hereto access the application. 
NCAI Contact: Keona Royal, Membership Coordinator,