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Choctaw Nation gets CARES funding for tribal members

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is making funding available to its member through the CARES Act.
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is making funding available to its member through the CARES Act.(KXII)
Published: Jun. 26, 2020 at 5:20 PM CDT
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DURANT, Okla. (KXII) - The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is making funding available to its member through the CARES Act.

The tribe received $200.8 million in relief funding with $112.8 million available for tribal members.

Qualifying individuals can receive more than $2,000 in assistance, elders are eligible for around $2,700 and families with children can get more than $2,800 and additional funds for education and child assistance.

Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton says the tribal council consulted with members and staff to determine how they could best allocate the funds.

“Basically we looked at all of our current programs, and mainly we listened to our tribal members, where they’ve been impacted the most. Our elders, they are on fixed incomes, we all know the price of food has gone up, so we’re trying to make sure they have service to them. We looked at our people that’s working, they’re being impacted greatly so that’s the reason we looked at the $1,000 for employment services,” Batton said.

More information on relief fund eligibility and how to apply can be found on the Choctaw Nation website.

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