May 29, 2021

Wide disparity in COVID relief to tribes

Author: ROB CHANEY

Montana’s Indian Country faced both its greatest threat and greatest opportunity of the 21st century last year.
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic prompted Indian reservations across the state to take extreme measures to protect their populations from infection — from household lockdowns to highway roadblocks. But it also unleashed a flood of resources that may address longstanding problems.
The CARES Act approved last April included $8 billion for Native American tribes, including about $220 mi