COVID-19 Resources for Indian Country

During times of crisis, the messages we send to our stakeholders matter more than ever. Tribal governments and Native organizations are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and are making important decisions to protect the health and safety of their people.

To help enable wise decision-making, Native Governance Center is aggregating resources specific to Indian Country. We will continue to update this list during the pandemic.

Regional Resources

COVID-19 resources specific to Indian Country in the Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota region.
RegionCategoryOrganizationDescriptionLink
MinnesotaTribal responseBois Forte Band of ChippewaCOVID-19 community updates and informationhttp://www.boisforte.com/2020_COVID-19.htm
MinnesotaTribal responseFond du Lac Band of Lake Superior ChippewaCommunity updates and informationhttp://www.fdlrez.com/
MinnesotaTribal responseGrand Portage Band of Lake Superior ChippewaFacebook page for COVID-19 community updates and informationhttps://www.facebook.com/GrandPortageBandofLakeSuperiorChippewa/
MinnesotaTribal responseLeech Lake Band of OjibweCommunity updates and informationhttp://www.llojibwe.org/
MinnesotaTribal responseLower Sioux Indian CommunityCommunity updates and informationhttps://lowersiouxhhs.org/coronavirus-covid-19/
MinnesotaTribal responseMille Lacs Band of OjibweCommunity updates and informationhttps://millelacsband.com/services/covid-19-information
MinnesotaAid for individuals and businessesMinnesota Chamber of CommerceToolkit with resources aimed at Minnesota business owners. Resources include funding sources, informational webinars, and a guide to determining if your business is essential.https://www.mnchamber.com/blog/covid-19-business-toolkit
MinnesotaFundingMinnesota Council on FoundationsDisaster recovery fund to support community intermediaries, with an advisory committee to help approve and distribute funds.https://mcf.org/minnesota-disaster-recovery-fund-coronavirus
MinnesotaHealth and SafetyMinnesota Department of HealthPrintable instructions for social distancing and hand hygiene.https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/materials/index.html
MinnesotaFundingNorthwest Minnesota FoundationEmergency Disaster Recovery Grants (up to $5,000). Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tribal entity, or government agency in their 12 county service area to be eligible. Eligible MN Tribal nations: Red Lake and White Earth.https://www.nwmf.org/nmf-emergency-disaster-recovery-grants
MinnesotaFundingOtto Bremer TrustEmergency fund to provide financial support to Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Montana nonprofits and other community organizations impacted by the pandemic.https://ottobremer.org/emergency-fund/
MinnesotaTribal responsePrairie Island Indian CommunityCommunity updates and informationhttp://prairieisland.org/covid-19-coronavirus-2/
MinnesotaTribal responseRed Lake NationRed Lake Nation's news page features frequent updates about COVID-19 resolutions and policies.https://www.redlakenation.org/news-events/
MinnesotaTribal responseShakopee Mdewakanton Sioux CommunityCommunity updates and information.https://shakopeedakota.org/covid19/
MinnesotaResource compilationState of MinnesotaCOVID-19 dashboard with real-time count of case numbers across the state, resources for seeking aid, tips for seeking medical care, etc. This is the one-stop shop for COVID-19 data in Minnesota. https://mn.gov/covid19/
MinnesotaFundingTiwahe FoundationThe Tiwahe Foundation has increased its grant funding in response to COVID-19. Grants are open to Native individuals, families, and artists residing in the Twin Cities metro area.https://tiwahefoundation.org
MinnesotaTribal responseUpper Sioux CommunityCommunity updates and informationhttp://www.uppersiouxcommunity-nsn.gov/
MinnesotaTribal responseWhite Earth NationCommunity updates and informationhttps://whiteearth.com/community/covid_updates
MinnesotaResource compilationMinnesota Children's CabinetA compilation of COVID-19 resources relevant to children and families in Minnesota.MN Children's Cabinet COVID-19 Resources
MinnesotaTribal responseNative Governance CenterIndigenized Communication during COVID-19 presentationIndigenized Communication during COVID-19
North DakotaFundingBlue Cross Blue Shield North Dakota Caring FoundationBCBSND's Caring Foundation provides health-focused grant funding to eligible organizations in North Dakota.https://www.bcbsnd.com/caring-foundation
North DakotaResource compilationGreat Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health BoardCompilation of resources related to COVID-19 and Indian Country. Notably, they have several printouts available for download with health and safety information.https://gptec.gptchb.org/covid-19/
North DakotaFundraiserHelping HeartsFundraiser for local charities in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.https://dmfhelpinghearts.org/
North DakotaTribal responseMHA NationCommunity updates and informationhttps://www.mhanation.com/news/2020/3/18/covid-19-information
North DakotaAid for individuals and businessesNative American Development CenterProvides grants for Native entrepreneurs to start businesses or expand and/or change their existing businesses.https://www.ndnadc.org/
North DakotaFunding, FundraiserNorth Dakota Community FoundationCOVID-19 Community & Nonprofit Response Fund to support efforts to "flatten the curve" of COVID-19 infections in North Dakota by helping communities follow public health recommendations and help address the resulting financial impact. https://www.ndcf.net/learn/covid-19-fund.html
North DakotaFundingOtto Bremer TrustEmergency fund to provide financial support to Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Montana nonprofits and other community organizations impacted by the pandemic.https://ottobremer.org/emergency-fund/
North DakotaTribal responseSpirit Lake NatoinCommunity health and safety tips, along with information on North Dakota case numbers and Tribal mandates.https://www.facebook.com/Spirit-Lake-Tribe-Covid-19-102138324764938/
North DakotaTribal responseStanding Rock NationPress releases, executive orders, and links to other resources.https://www.standingrock.org/content/covid-19
North DakotaResource compilationState of North DakotaComprehensive overview of COVID-19-related resources available in North Dakota.https://ndresponse.gov/covid-19-resources
North DakotaHealth and SafetyState of North DakotaHealth and safety resources related to COVID-19 from the State of North Dakota.https://www.health.nd.gov/diseases-conditions/coronavirus
North DakotaAid for individuals and businessesState of North DakotaCOVID-19 resources for businesses and employers from the State of North Dakota.https://ndresponse.gov/covid-19-resources/covid-19-business-and-employer-resources
North DakotaTribal responseTurtle Mountain NationCommunity updates, health resources, and official Tribal mandates.https://tmchippewa.com/covid-19-news-resources/
Region-wideFundingBush FoundationBush Foundation is supporting COVID-19 relief through the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund and the South Dakota Community Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund. A Community Innovation Grant is also open for applications (MN, ND, SD) and they are increasing flexibility for current grantees.https://www.bushfoundation.org/news/our-response-covid-19
Region-wideFundingNDN CollectiveNDN Collective's COVID-19 Response Project provides resources to frontline organizations, Tribes, and individuals who are providing essential services to Indigenous communities during the COVID-19 crisis. The request process is designed for ease of use and rapid response.https://ndncollective.org/covid-19
South DakotaFundraiserBlack Hills Area Community FoundationThe Disaster Recovery Fund and Food Security Fund will help organizations working on the front lines of the pandemic. They are currently raising funds to support these efforts.https://www.bhacf.org/coronavirus-response-funds/
South DakotaTribal responseCheyenne River Sioux TribeFacebook page for COVID-19 community updates and informationhttps://www.facebook.com/crstcovid19updates
South DakotaTribal responseCrow Creek Sioux TribeFacebook page for COVID-19 community updates and informationhttps://www.facebook.com/pg/Crow-Creek-Sioux-Tribe-Communications-435780467009449
South DakotaTribal responseFlandreau Santee Sioux TribeCommunity updates and informationhttps://santeesioux.com/fsst-covid-19-information/
South DakotaFundingJohn T. Vucurevich FoundationThe foundation is responding to COVID-19 by pivoting its current grantmaking strategy. Stay tuned for more information on funding.https://www.jtvf.org/
South DakotaTribal responseLower Brule Sioux TribeInformation on upcoming Tribal Council meetings.https://www.lowerbrulesiouxtribe.com/
South DakotaTribal responseOglala Sioux TribeCommunity updates and informationhttp://www.oglalalakotanation.info/covid-19.html
South DakotaTribal responseRosebud Sioux TribeCommunity updates and informationhttps://www.rosebudsiouxtribe-nsn.gov/rst-coronavirus-information
South DakotaTribal responseSisseton-Wahpeton OyateCOVID-19-related safety information and resources for employeeshttps://www.swo-nsn.gov/
South DakotaFundraiserSouth Dakota Community FoundationCoronavirus response fund to support verified nonprofits and community organizations directly addressing the needs of those affected by the virus. They are currently raising funds for this effort and are asking for donations from South Dakotans.https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/covid-19/
South DakotaResource compilationState of South Dakota Covid-19COVID-19-related resources from the State of South Dakota with links related to education, child care, business aid, reemployment resources, and public health information.https://covid.sd.gov/
South DakotaHealth and SafetyState of South Dakota Department of HealthComprehensive resource for COVID-19 health data and safety precautions in South Dakota.https://doh.sd.gov/news/coronavirus.aspx
South DakotaAid for Individuals and BusinessesState of South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic DevelopmentInformation on eligibility for small business relief loans in South Dakota.https://sdreadytowork.com/covid-19/
South DakotaTribal responseYankton Sioux TribeCOVID-19-related resolutions and health tips.https://www.yanktonsiouxtribe.net/

National Resources

The following are nationwide organizations that are publishing collections of resources for Indian Country in a broad range of categories, from funding to healthcare to education. We hope you find them useful.