Shoshone-Bannock Tribes State of Emergency

Fort Hall– 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”.  

The application is now available online at and at the Tribal Business Center (TBC), a wooden drop box will be available on Friday, July 31st at the south entrance of the TBC. 

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