Where can I find information about the American Rescue Plan Act as it relates to Indian tribes?

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), H.R. 1319, was enacted into law. The full text of ARPA as enacted is available on Congress.gov (please note that it is a long bill and can take a few minutes to fully load in some browsers). The Law Library of Congress has prepared a series of resource-driven FAQs to assist researchers with questions about ARPA. All FAQs in this series share the topic “ARPA FAQS.”

These FAQs are for reference and informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. They are not statements on behalf of the United States Congress and do not represent the official opinion of the United States Government. To understand how ARPA may affect an individual, household, business, or other body, researchers must review the act itself.


ARPA provides for increased funding for Indian Affairs programs to support pandemic-response activities. The funding includes:

  • $772.5 million for tribal government services (section 11002); 
  • $100 million for tribal housing improvement (section 11002); 
  • $20 million for potable water delivery (section 11002); 
  • $750 million for housing assistance and supportive services for Native Americans (section 11003); and
  • Over $1 billion towards the Bureau of Indian Education and tribal schools and education programs (sections 11005-11006).

The following online resources are available for researchers with questions about ARPA as it relates to tribal affairs:

Additional resources may be added to this FAQ when/if sites are updated to reflect ARPA.

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