Bethel’s Orutsararmiut Native Council has received $17,297,078 in American Rescue Plan Act funding designated for tribes, according to ONC executive director Mark Springer. ONC plans to hold a digital member consultation on June 18 to hear from tribal members about how the organization should spend the funds.
The meeting will take place on Zoom from 1 to 5 p.m. Under this latest program, ONC has received about $3 million more than it got from CARES Act funding. Tribes have until the end of 2024 to use the funds, and funds must go towards efforts to recover from and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.