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COVID-19 has closed tribal casinos and cut off other vital revenue sources

June 15, 2020
"Joseph Kalt, with The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, says that without sufficient federal aid, casino closures could set tribal economies back decades and have a catastrophic impact on reservation life. It also means social services are at risk just when they’re needed most to help combat COVID-19."

A Small Grant Can Go a Long Way: Building Support for Native American Governance

June 9, 2020
" Michael Lipsky tells the story of a small Ford Foundation grant, made by Norm Collins in 1986, that led to the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and paved the way for Ford’s Honoring Contributions in the Governance of American Indian Nations awards program. This post was written as a tribute to Collins, who died in December and whose photo is featured on the HistPhil homepage banner accompanying this post."

Report: Treasury formula for COVID-19 funding shortchanges some tribes

May 22, 2020
"Arizona tribes were among those who could get too much – or too little – COVID-19 relief funding under a Treasury Department funding formula that is based on “probably not the best numbers,” according to the author of a new report.

The policy brief from the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and the University of Arizona’s Native Nations Institute criticized the formula used to allocate the first $4.8 billion of relief to tribes under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act."

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