Official Resources and News for COVID-19.
The Fort Hall Business Council values the life, well being and healthiness of our Tribal members, our community members and our surrounding communities, and recently the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes declared a State of Emergency and has asked all residents to stay home.
Due to the high rate of spread of this disease, which does not discriminate between humans --it is important that we work collectively to reduce the spread and the risk of exposure to our community and follow CDC guidelines.
CARES General Financial Assistance Program
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes received $21.2 million from the U.S. Treasury Department under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act (CRF) for fiscal relief for the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this week, the Fort Hall Business Council approved a one-time payment of $800 in economic assistance to enrolled Tribal members (adults and minors) who have experienced financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funding of this program is in accordance with the federal CARES Act Relief Fund and is non-taxable as a Tribal general welfare assistance program. Furthermore, in accordance to Federal guidance for the CARES Act, it states that “a per capita payment to residents of a particular jurisdiction without an assessment of individual need would not be an appropriate use of payments from the Fund”.
To abide by federal guidelines and requirements, an application is necessary for Tribal members to apply for the funding. Eligibility includes: must be Shoshone-Bannock Tribal member, must attest to having been financially impacted either directly or indirectly by the COVID-19 pandemic, and individuals can only receive this General Financial Assistance once.
Any questions contact the Tribal Enrollment at (208)478-3990 and/or email email@example.com.
To apply for the CARES General Financial Assistance Program, complete the following steps
- Download and complete the application form
- Deadline to apply is November 13, 2020 at midnight
Submit your completed application by any of the following methods:
- Email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax your application to us at (208)478-3894
- Mail your application to:
CARES Act Fund
P.O. Box 306
Fort Hall, ID 83203
- Drop off your application at the Tribal Business Center secure dropbox, located at the front door. Applications from the dropbox will be gathered daily.
Timeline of FHBC Responses to COVID-19
Health Tip: Making Cloth Masks
Stay At Home Order (Lifted)
The Stay at Home Order for the Fort Hall Reservation was intended to fight the community spread of the coronavirus and to keep our people healthy.
Order is effective from Thursday, March 26, 2020 to Friday, May 15th, 2020.
In addition, tribal government employees will have safety leave extended through May 15th, 2020.
The State of Idaho had already issued their orders to self-isolate and the Tribes seek to seamlessly protect our Tribal members and residents along with our neighbors.
We will strive to regularly communicate with tribal members throughout this coronavirus crisis.
It is our intent, to work seamlessly with the State of Idaho and the counties, along with our federal trustees, to more effectively protect our people and to respond to this global pandemic which is at the borders of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
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