The #COVID19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on Native communities across #IndianCountry. U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland recently recorded a public service announcement on the importance of getting vaccinated so that we can gather again, get back to practicing our traditions, and enjoy time with those we love: https://youtu.be/KMRRouR9JWk.
On June 07, 2021 the Quechan Tribal Council issued a statement on our website informing the membership of the first installment of the American Rescue Plan Act funds in the amount of $20,048,575.52. The United States Treasury issued the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) introduction identifying the eligible uses to support the immediate pandemic response and laying the groundwork for a strong and equitable recovery.
The COVID-19 public health emergency has caused a broad range of public health and economic challenges in tribal communities, families, small businesses and tribal enterprises; this funding will provide substantial aid to address the needs of the Quechan Indian Tribe and our families.
The funding installments will be utilized to serve as a catalyst to begin projects to address areas of need for individual households and the Quechan Indian reservation such as referenced in the U.S. Treasury guidelines. (see attached Reference Guide)
The Quechan Tribal Council continues to prioritize the need for assistance and response to the COVID-19 pandemic for the tribal membership and community, as well as developing plans for building our future, strengthening our sustainability and investing in our economic growth in response to all the hardships caused by this global pandemic.
The American Rescue Plan Assistance Program
On July 05, 2021, the Quechan Tribal Council has made the decision to address the economic hardship of the tribal membership by enacting the American Rescue Plan Assistance Program. A total amount of $7.1 million dollars has been allocated to the program to fund a one-time disbursement of $2,500.00. Checks will be automatically generated for all enrolled adult members (18 years & older), and will be mailed to the address on file. (see attached Reference Guide)
If you have turned 18 years of age, after October 30, 2020, and did not receive any of the Assistance Program funding in 2020; you will need to fill out the American Rescue Plan Assistance Program application and return to the Revenue Distribution Department in order to receive your one-time payment. Applications are available online at www.quechantribe.com or at the kiosk located outside of the Tribal Administration Office. The American Rescue Plan Assistance Program will only be accepting applications until August 31, 2021.
In order to expedite the process and release of this payment, please ensure your mailing information is accurate and up to date no later than July 20, 2021.
Please contact Kaylee Alonzo, Assistant Tribal Secretary to update address:
Phone: (760) 919-3600 Ext. 215
*ALL CHECKS WILL BE MAILED OUT THROUGH THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE BY JULY 30, 2021.
*Note: If you have not updated your information with the Local Post Office, we urge you to do so. The Quechan Indian Tribe is not responsible for incorrect mailing addresses. Only Checks returned from mail discrepancies can be available for pick up if arranged with the Revenue Distribution Department.
The Quechan Tribal Council and Emergency Management Team are committed to ensure our families, our communities, and that our government service can continue the important work of rebuilding the great Quechan Indian Tribe; and with your help we can become even stronger than we were before.
Please call Indian Health Services at (760) 572-4711 to make an appointment to be vaccinated, or anywhere in your local area that vaccinations are provided, this is imperative to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and could ultimately save your life.
Stay safe and be well,
Quechan Tribal Council
Tips for keeping animals safe during 4th of July weekend:
- Keep pets indoors
- Give them a safe place to hide
- Give them distractions: toys, treats, soothing music
- Microchip & ID your pets
- Walk you dog earlier in the day
- Secure your fences and exit doors
- Be aware of hot weather hazards
- Clean up firework debris
Lost your pet? Contact Quechan Animal Control at (928)920-9336 or (928)919-5132.
The desert monsoon season begins in June and continues through September. With it comes higher humidity, which can lead to thunderstorms, heavy rain, lightning, hail, high winds, flash flooding, dust storms and extreme heat.
The Office of Emergency Management urges drivers to be prepared for summer storms. Please follow these safety tips and make sure to check and replace your windshield wiper blades if needed.
Local officials announce availability of local hydration stations / cool centers.
IMPERIAL COUNTY – The County of Imperial is asking residents to take appropriate precautions this summer in order to prevent heat-related illnesses. hydration stations will be available to offer water to individuals during extreme heat events this summer. Locally, eleven hydration stations/ cool centers sites have been identified by the County where individuals can access water or cool off during the hottest parts of the day. Given that the County hydration stations will be primarily located at County fire stations and libraries, individuals are asked to call the sites before their visit to assure staff will be available. Individuals visiting cool centers will be required to wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status according to California Department of Public Health Guidelines. In addition, the public is asked to contact their city officials for information related to cool centers / hydration stations within city limits.
As the recent Quechan Tribal Council’s decision to rescind the Stay At Home Order, The Ft. Yuma ADAPP Department office will be Opening for In-Person Assessment and Clinical Assessment as of June 15th, 2021 by APPOINTMENT ONLY.
We do ask potential clients or visitor’s cooperation to continue the necessary Covid-19 precautions to reduce the spread of the virus. Such as:
- Face Coverings
- Social Distancing
- Proper Sanitizing (handwashing)
If you are experiencing any of the Covid-19 symptoms; please call the office to conduct a remote assessment or to reschedule.
If you need to schedule an appointment or have any questions, please contact the Ft. Yuma ADAPP Office at (760) 572-4838.
Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm (MST)
Please Note: All Group Sessions are conducted remotely until further notice.
The Quechan Tribe and WIOA/DOL have come together and will be providing paid work experience for our tribal youth.
The application is available online by clicking here.
Applications may be dropped off at our office in the application drop-off box Office Address:
498 Quechan Drive, Winterhaven , California.
If you have any questions, contact us at (760) 572-2314
The Youth Experience will consist of two sessions, ages 16 to 18, 15 participants per session.
- Session 1: June 14, 2021 - July 9, 2021
- Session 2: July 12, 2021 - August 6, 2021
Beginning June 7, 2021, Vendors Square is reopening, due to the stay-at-home order being
rescinded on June 3, 2021.
Please visit EDA in order to reserve and use a space at Vendors Square. All vendors must have a current Business Permit, and all food vendors also must have a current food handler’s certificate.
Questions? Contact EDA @ (760) 572-5270 or
Suite 4, Quechan Community Center, 604 Picacho Road
Vaccination is important and recommended for people with underlying health conditions because they are at an increased risk for severe illness from #COVID19.
People shouldn’t get a specific COVID-19 vaccine if they’ve had a severe or immediate allergic reaction to any ingredients in that vaccine.
Get more information for certain conditions, including those that cause weakened immune systems, autoimmune conditions, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and Bell’s palsy: Vaccination Considerations for Persons with Underlying Medical Conditions | CDC
Attending gatherings to celebrate events and holidays increases your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. The safest way to celebrate this year is virtually, with people who live with you, or outside and at least 6 feet apart from others. For information on what fully vaccinated people can do, see the CDC’s When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated page.
- Decorate your home with holiday themed items and banners.
- Host a video chat party with family and friends to share in the celebration.
- Plan a special meal inspired by the holiday or event.
- Have an outdoor celebration with everyone at least 6 feet apart and wearing masks.
- Watch virtual events and celebrations.
If you plan to celebrate with others, outdoors is safer than indoors.
Below is a link to the Quechan Utility Company’s customer portal, as well as the number to make payments via telephonically, The web link allows customers to view their account as well as making online payments.
Customer Portal Access link: https://QuechanUtilityCompany.secure.munibilling.com
This link will be available at the Quechan Utility Company department tab located here.
For questions or concerns about your Bill please call the Quechan Utility Company Billing Office 760.572.0667. To pay your Bill by phone call: 877-556-3169
Wildfire season is one more reason for drivers to use extra care
As warm, dry weather settles into our state, the Arizona Department of Transportation is urging drivers to use extra care with their vehicles to reduce the chance of igniting a wildfire.
Were you in foster care and are now looking to earna degree or certificate? Apply for ETV to see if you qualify for funding for school!
ETV provides up to $5,000 per academic year to current and former foster youth for school-related expenses. Participating students work with a Student Advisor and receive campus-based coaching and financial assistance.
Contact us if you have any questions.
A project funded by the Minority Business Development Agency (U.S. Department of Commerce) and is operated by Southwest Business Development Consultants, LLC in partnership with Data Management of New Mexico, LLC. The project provides Access to unlimited Opportunities, Access to Capital, and Access to Resources & new markets for American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian and Minority-owned Businesses located on Southwest rural reservation lands and local community areas. There is no cost for our core services, which will focus on Entrepreneurship, Small Business Training, Federal Set-Aside Training & Coaching, Community & Economic Development and Small Business Resource Referral/Identification. Minority Certification Services are fee based. The purpose of the Project is to provide the following services & resources:
1. Federal Contracting Strategies, Training & Coaching. Assessment & Certification Services for Federal Set-Aside Programs such as the SBA 8(a) Certification Program, HUB Zone, WOSB, SDVOSB, & Buy-Indian Act Initiatives
2. Quarterly Small Business Training, One-On-One Meetings & Consulting Services
3. Access to Opportunities / Access to Resources / Access to Capital
To schedule an Initial Consultation with our professional staff please contact:
Michael D. Peacock
Senior Business Consultant
Darla M. Jones
Russell F. Pedro
Senior Certification & Training Specialist
Stopping COVID-19 requires using all available tools, including vaccination. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus. Safe and effective vaccines are critical to protecting families and ending the spread of the virus.
Vaccines have been shown as safe and effective in large trials of more than 20,000 people, including Native American participants.
Lightning is a leading cause of injury and death from weather-related hazards.
IF YOU ARE UNDER A THUNDERSTORM WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY