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Stimulus checks: Surprise $5,200 going to thousands

Eligible members of the Navajo Tribe could see stimulus checks worth $2,000 for themselves along with $600 checks for dependents.

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If a couple is married with a child they’ll see $4,600.

A household with two children and spouses can see as much as $5,200 if they qualify.

The proposal to send tribe members additional COVID relief was voted on on Dec. 29.


When the law is in effect, as many as 345,000 checks will be sent out.

Funding comes from the $557 million in COVID relief funds received from the federal government.

Navajo Nation CARES Fund Hardship Assistance Program stimulus checks

The program sent a round of checks already, where 7,500 went unclaimed.


The program began as a way to help tribal members specifically who had been negatively impacted by the pandemic.

Reasons for unclaimed checks could be an incorrect mailing address or incomplete application.

Applications are not required for a second check.


This second round comes because all CARES Act dollars sent to local governments need to be spent or obligated by the end of the calendar year.

This second round, 8 months after the last check from the federal government, will help tribal members afford food, has, and firewood as inflation continues to climb.

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