Biden’s COVID Law Spends $4 Million in 2023 for ‘Preservation and Maintenance of Native American Languages’

By CNSNews.com Staff | March 15, 2021 | 3:58pm EDT
(Photo by Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)
(Photo by Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) The $1.9-trillion COVID-19 spending law that President Joe Biden signed on Thursday includes $20 million for the “preservation and maintenance of native American languages.”

According to Table 11 in the fiscal analysis of the law that was published by the Congressional Budget Office, it will spend $1 million for that purpose in fiscal 2021, which ends on Sept. 30; then it will spend $15 million for that purpose in fiscal 2022; and then it will spend another $4 million for that purpose in fiscal 2023.

This spending is provided for under Section 11004 of the law.

That section of the $19-trillion COVID law is entitled, “COVID-19 Response Resources for the Preservation and Maintenance of Native American Languages.”

That provision states: “(a) Section 816 of the Native American Programs Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 2992d) is amended by adding at the end the following: ‘(f) In addition to amounts otherwise available, there is appropriated for fiscal year 2021, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, $20,000,000 to remain available until expended, to carry out section 803C(g) of this Act.’     “

The law goes on to say: “(b) Section 803C of the Native American Programs Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 2991b-3) is amended by adding at the end of following: ‘(g) EMERGENCY GRANTS FOR NATIVE AMERICAN LANGUAGE PRESERVATION AND MAINTENANCE. Not later than 180 days after the effective date of this subsection, the Secretary shall award grants to entities eligible to receive assistance under subsection (a)(1) to ensure the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages during and after the public health emergency declared by the Secretary pursuant to section 319 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247d) with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Note that the law requires the money to be used to “ensure the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages during and after the public health emergency.” (Emphasis added.)

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