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Navajo Nation seeks more paper applications for virus funds

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Posted at 9:29 AM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 12:29:48-04

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Nation says it's working to release more paper applications for a tribal hardship assistance program after application shortages caused challenges for chapters and tribal members.

The Navajo Nation Office of the Controller made applications available Monday to enrolled members of the tribe who are 65 and older or who have disabilities. The Navajo Nation CARES Fund Hardship Assistance Program applications are open to all other enrolled tribal members starting Nov. 2.

However, the department said only 3,000 applications were printed over the weekend and distributed to the Navajo Nation’s 110 chapters. Controller Pearline Kirk said 200,000 more applications will be made available to the chapters.