SAN CARLOS — At Monday’s special meeting, the San Carlos Apache Tribal Council voted to issue Economic Impact Assistance Payments to each tribal member.
The payments of $1,000 are in addition to the $1,200 issued to all American adults under the COVID Stimulus Bill approved by Congress last month.
According to San Carlos Apache Tribal Chairman Terry Rambler, the Economic Impact Assistance Payments “are to be used to purchase essential supplies such as food, cleaning supplies, medical supplies, and toiletry supplies; and pay for essential services such as water and sewer, electricity and gas due to our Tribe’s state of emergency, stay at home order, public health emergency and economic impact caused by COVID-19. Funds can also be used to pay overdue rent or mortgage payments to avoid eviction or foreclosure.”
The tribe has been aggressive in enacting a number of measures to protect members from COVID-19, including strict shelter-in-place orders, curfews, limits on who may drive on tribal roadways, as well as closure of non-essential businesses, including closure of the Apache Gold Resort & Casino.
The result has been zero positive cases on the reservation to date.