Jamestown tribe gets federal COVID funding

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe will receive more than $1 million from a federal award in the American Rescue Plan to purchase housing for frontline health workers and rehabilitate a medical facility, representatives with U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) announced last week.

The award comes via the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program, specifically with funds Sen. Murray helped secure in the American Rescue Plan, the legislator’s staff said.

Recipients must apply for these awards and ICDBG funds can be used to prevent, prepare for, or respond to COVID-19.

“As Tribes in our state continue working to get through this pandemic, we have a responsibility to ensure they have the federal resources needed to support their communities,” Murray said in a statement.

“I am so glad to see this funding help frontline health care workers with the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe get the housing and medical facilities they need, and I’m going continue pushing for more investments to help our Tribes in the state rebuild stronger from this crisis.”