White Earth Band adult members will each receive a $500 COVID-19 relief assistance payment, according to a White Earth news release.

The White Earth Tribal Council unanimously agreed to provide more than $8.3 million for the one-time payments in a July 23 special meeting.

The resolution offers direct financial support to any qualifying enrolled White Earth members over the age of 18 that has endured a hardship during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the form of a single $500 payment. Full details and the application to request the $500 payment will be made available Monday, July 27 on White Earth’s website: www.whiteearth.com.

“We know the importance of helping our members through this pandemic,” Chairman Mike Fairbanks said at the meeting, “and we do want to help all of you.”

Secretary-Treasurer Alan Roy thanked members of the Tribal Council for getting the funds to “the people, where it belongs.”

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The White Earth Reservation was awarded more than $29 million in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act earlier in the year.

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