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Aug
13
2020

National Weather Service has extended the area of the Excessive Heat Warning to 3 additional Arizona Counties:

Coconino, Mohave, and Yavapai (below 5000 ft) from 8/14 11 AM to 8/19 10 PM

Heat Warning Extensions (time) issued for 6 Counties:

Gila, Maricopa, La Paz, Pima, Pinal, and Yuma from 8/13 1:52 PM to 8/19 10 PM

Daytime highs are expected to be up to 119 °F. Residents are advised to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed.

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Aug
11
2020

The Yuma County Office of Emergency Management today announced that Yuma County and the City of Yuma have partnered with Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs to launch a Free Testing Blitz with the goal of increasing COVID-19 testing in Yuma County. The Free Testing Blitz aims to test up to 10,000 Yuma County/City residents (this includes Somerton, San Luis, Wellton, Dateland as well as Cocopah & Quechan Tribes) for COVID-19 beginning 6:30 am – 12:30 pm, August 11 – 15. The event will take place at the Yuma Civic & Convention Center (parking lot), 1440 W Desert Hills Dr, Yuma.

ANYONE can be tested, but it is highly recommended that anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell) and individuals that feel they have been exposed to COVID-19 be tested.

Anyone wanting to be tested can register online at:
https://www.doineedacovid19test.com/   

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Aug
10
2020

More than 90 million households have already responded to the 2020 Census, but we are still missing critical voices. Has your voice been heard? If not, there’s still time to respond and to help make sure your community doesn’t miss out. Where there are more people, there are more needs. We have to make sure you and everyone in your community is counted.

Will health care and education be important to you in three years? In nine years? Your community risks getting less funding every year for the next 10 years, if you don’t respond to the 2020 Census now. This means you could lose benefits you already have. Make sure you and those living with you are not left out. Visit 2020census.gov to respond now.

                                        Respond Now

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Aug
7
2020

The COVID-19 Relief Program is aware that some of our members received an application in the mail after they may have already applied.  This is due to a courtesy from the COVID-19 Relief Program to reach out to the out of town members that may have not been able to have access to our website to retrieve an application or information pertaining to the COVID-19 Relief Program.  If you received an application and you already applied, please disregard the additional application that you received.  Thank you and we sincerely apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Contact info:

Phone:
(760) 572-0122
(760) 572-0123

Fax:
(760) 572-0124

Email: 
covidrelief@quechantribe.com
covidreliefclerk1@quechantribe.com
covidreliefclerk2@quechantribe.com

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED PATIENCE!

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Aug
4
2020

Tribal governments play a critical role in ensuring a complete and accurate count of American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Learn more about the U.S. Census Bureau's relationship with tribal governments.

Census Takers will deliver paper questionnaires to some areas. Learn more about what to expect at Census Takers In Your Neighborhood.

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Aug
4
2020

The Quechan Indian Tribe is Seeking Letters of Interest from Enrolled Tribal Members for the following Committees that are still in need of members:

Advisory Committee (Language) - Open
Pageant - (1) Vacant
Impact Aide - (5) Vacant
Legislative - (2) Vacant
Health Committee - (3) Vacant
Higher Education - (2) Vacant
Culture Committee - (1) Vacant

OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Please submit letters of interest to: Regina Escalanti, Tribal Council Secretary of the Tribal Administration Office.  Monday – Friday during the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Aug
4
2020

Updated 08/04/2020: Effective Tuesday, August 4, 2020, all Social Service Applications will be processed by the Community Liaison, Maricela Barley.  Her contact information can be found at the TRIBAL SOCIAL SERVICES TAB.

Updated 07/08/2020: We will temporarily not be accepting Social Service Applications effective Wednesday, July 8, 2020 through Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

Quechan Tribe Social Service Applications are still being accepted.  The Application can be found on the Quechan Tribe Website.

Click on the "Departments" and locate the locate the TRIBAL SOCIAL SERVICES TAB. Click and the application to apply will be there.

Once the appplication and supporting documentation is completed, please sent it to Sophia Perez, Executive Secretary at: EXECUTIVESECRETARY@QUECHANTRIBE.COM.

Completed applications will be processed when they are received.

Thank you.

Vice-President Smith

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Jul
23
2020

The Arizona Department of Health Services wants to ensure all Arizonans have access to washable, reusable cloth masks. They are providing packs of 5 masks to our most vulnerable populations and those who may not otherwise have access to cloth masks.  If needed, please order yours today: https://1.azdhs.gov/32DB2i1

Additionally, cloth masks will be available outside the Quechan Tribal Administration offices until supplies run out. 

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Jul
22
2020

The Quechan COVID-19 Relief Assistance Program has been working diligently to provide an immediate release of financial assistance to our Tribal members. We have received applications from four sources that are reviewed for name changes, address changes, and enrollment verification. We are also recording the needs of members to identify and later forward to our Tribal Council the most impact the virus has had on our members. We are also documenting the most important needs of our Tribal community as we will continue to experience the virus’s effects on our daily lives.  There are approximately 2,800 adult Tribal members who will be submitting applications. We thank each of you for your patience during this process.

The Tribe must adhere to certain guidelines and requirements in order to be in compliance with the COVID-19 Relief Assistance funding and must be prepared should an audit be conducted on how the funds were dispersed among the Tribal membership. If the guidelines and requirements are not followed, the Tribe will be responsible for repaying the funds.

We have added three sources of communication to our program to provide you with better assistance.  You may now call (760) 572-0122 or (760) 572-0123.  An additional fax line is now available. It is (760) 572-0124.

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Jul
22
2020

DRIVE THRU COVID-19 TESTING Daily testing available Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Things to know:

  • Testing and results are CONFIDENTIAL
  • An appointment is required and you will be asked questions to be sure we schedule the right test for you.
  • Testing will be deep nose swabs which takes about 15 seconds.
  • You will be notified of your result by one of our clinical staff.

We continue to offer testing every day to patients sick with any COVID-19 symptoms, or exposed to someone who is COVID19 positive.

We highly encourage those that seek Covid19 testing to utilize the drive thru clinic at Ft. Yuma Health Center

*Call 760-572-4711 to reserve a spot*

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Jul
20
2020

Quechan Small Business Owners,

The Tribal Government is committed to supporting small businesses who are financially struggling amidst the COVID-19 public health emergency. Our aim is to provide a relief program that will ensure funding for a small business was necessary and in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and will meet the requirements & guidelines of the CARES Act. This program is not associated with the CARES Act Payroll Protection Plan, and our ability to provide financial assistance is based on eligibility guidelines and funding availability.

The Tribal Administration and the Economic Development Administration are in process of developing a program that can provide relief assistance and benefit a Quechan member who is a sole proprietor/vendor that operates in our local & tribal community, as well as the larger businesses owned and operated in our local area and or in other States.

If you like to receive an application via email or by mail please contact:

Brian Golding, Sr.  – Economic Development Director
Phone: (760) 572-5270
Email: b.golding@quechantribe.com

Or

Please continue to check the tribal website (www.quechantribe.com) for more updates; we appreciate your patience in this matter.

Stay safe and be well,

Quechan Tribal Council 

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Jul
14
2020

The Quechan Indian Tribe is Seeking Letters of Interest from Enrolled Tribal Members for the following Committees that are still in need of members:

DEADLINE FOR ELECTION BOARD MARSHAL WILL BE ON AUGUST 1, 2020 @ 5 P.M.

Election Board Marshal                                             (1) Vacant

Advisory Committee (Language)                                     Open

Pageant                                                                        (1) Vacant

Impact Aide                                                                 (5) Vacant

Legislative                                                                    (2) Vacant

Health Committee                                                       (3) Vacant

Higher Education                                                        (2) Vacant

Culture Committee                                                      (1) Vacant                             

                              OPEN UNTIL FILLED                         

Please submit letters of interest to: Regina Escalanti, Tribal Council Secretary of the Tribal Administration Office Monday – Friday during the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Jul
14
2020

At the current time, the Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program will need to undergo further review in order to ensure the Relief Program is meeting the U.S. Treasury CARES Act guideline requirements.

We apologize for the delay; we will provide an update of the Program’s progress on Monday 20, 2020 and post it on the Quechan Tribes website (www.quechantribe.com).

Stay safe and be well,

Quechan Tribal Council

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Jul
13
2020

This Assistance Program has been developed and is intended for individuals and families seeking emergency assistance through the Quechan Tribe’s Individual and Family COVID-19 Assistance Program. The program is offered to provide assistance for individual and families that have been impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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Jul
13
2020

The Quechan Enrollment Department will be open on Monday, July 13, 2020 and Tuesday, July 14, 2020 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon for enrollment needs or any miscellaneous changes or updates.

 

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Jul
2
2020

Quechan Tribal Membership,

 

The Quechan Tribal Administration has been awarded CARES Act funding from The United States Treasury, here is a quick guide to the CARES Act:

What is the CARES Act?

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act was signed into law, setting in motion the distribution of funds and other relief mechanisms to counteract the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Title V of the CARES Act provides for $150 billion in aid to states, tribal governments and units of local government. Of that amount, $8 billion in aid was dedicated for payments to tribal governments.

How much did the Quechan Indian Tribe get awarded?

As of May 8, 2020 and June 15, 2020, The Quechan Indian Tribe has received a total of $20,063,141.47 from The U. S. Treasury’s The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

How can the funding be spent?

The CARES Act requires that the payments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund only be used to cover expenses that are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19); expenditures that were not accounted for in the 2020 budget for the Tribal Administration; and for expenditures that will be incurred during the period of March 1, 2020, and December 30, 2020.

As sovereign governments addressing the pandemic on many levels, the tribal government has to have a broad discretion to define necessary expenditures under the Act.  The Tribe has asserted expenditures that include the costs for Emergency Management Response, Personal Protective Equipment for Tribal Employees, Emergency Leave cost for any Employees directly affected by COVID-19, Employees who have been affected during Government closures, a Small Business Grant, an Individual and Family Emergency Assistance Program and Upgrades for touchless fixtures for programs in high risk areas within the tribal community and many other expenditures that have yet to be determined. These expenditures would otherwise be unavailable due to the loss of revenues associated with the closures of tribal enterprises as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic response.

It is extremely important for the tribal government to take notice of the CARES Act’s strong oversight authorities. Specifically, Title V of the act includes a section authorizing recoupment of distributed funds if the Treasury Department’s Inspector General can determine that these funds were not used in accordance with the act’s definition of qualifying expenditures. The tribal government must be in compliance with any guidance provided by the Treasury Department in distributing the funds, and address guidance of the act itself in developing and documenting the expenditure plans.

The Tribal Council will review and approve a budget that is currently being developed, once approved; that information will be provided to the tribal membership on how this funding will be utilized.

Will Tribal Members receive financial assistance?

Yes, All enrolled members (18 years and older) are eligible for a relief amount of $2,135.99, due to the hardships related to the Coronavirus per The Quechan Indian Tribe’s Individual and Family COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program. The application will be available on the Tribal Website (www.quechantribe.com) or outside of the Quechan Tribal Administration on July 13, 2020. All guidelines, provisions and deadline will be stated on the application, please allow time for application review and processing, and please use an accurate mailing address. The Quechan Tribe will not be responsible for incorrect mailing addresses; checks will not be available for pick up, no exceptions.

Will Small Businesses owned by Tribal Members be eligible to receive financial assistance?

Yes, if you are an owner of a Small Business (under 500 employees) and have been negatively affected by COVID-19, you must fill out The Quechan Indian Tribe’s Small Business Grant application. The application will be available on the Tribal Website (www.quechantribe.com) or outside of the Quechan Tribal Administration on July 13, 2020. All guidelines, provisions and deadline will be stated on the application, please allow time for application review and processing, and please use an accurate mailing address. The Quechan Tribe will not be responsible for incorrect mailing addresses; checks will not be available for pick up, no exceptions.

We appreciate your patience during this time, stay safe.

 

Quechan Tribal Council

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Jul
2
2020

DUE TO THE RISE IN CONFIRMED CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CASES IN OUR COMMUNITY, THE QUECHAN TRIBAL COUNCIL WILL BE UPHOLDING THE SUSPENSION OF FULL TRADITIONAL RITES, IN EFFORTS TO SLOW THE SPREAD AND TO KEEP THE COMMUNITY AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE.

FUNERAL PROTOCOL WILL BE HELD TO (2) HOURS UNDER THE BIG HOUSE RAMADA PRIOR TO CREMATION (3:00 AM – 5:00 AM)

THIS WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

MASKS, GLOVES & HAND SANITIZER WILL BE PROVIDED. SOCIAL DISTANCING IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.

STAY SAFE,

QUECHAN TRIBAL COUNCIL

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Jul
2
2020

The Quechan Indian Tribe is Seeking Letters of Interest from Enrolled Tribal Members for the following Committees that are still in need of members:

DEADLINE FOR ELECTION BOARD MARSHAL WILL BE ON JULY 13, 2020 @ 5 P.M.

  • Election Board Marshal - (1) Vacant
  • Advisory Committee (Language) - Open
  • Pageant - (1) Vacant
  • Impact Aide - (5) Vacant
  • Legislative - (2) Vacant
  • Health Committee - (3) Vacant
  • Higher Education - (2) Vacant
  • Culture Committee - (1) Vacant

OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Please submit letters of interest to:
Regina Escalanti,
Tribal Council Secretary of the Tribal Administration Office
Monday – Friday During the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Jun
22
2020

With the recent rise in confirmed Covid-19 cases on the Ft. Yuma Indian Reservation, the Quechan Tribal Council has determined it necessary to close the remaining essential programs of The Tribal Administration with the exception of the following: Quechan Police Department, Security, Fish & Game, Animal Control and Tribal Gaming Office. The Quechan Utilities Department will be on call for emergencies, and will continue ensuring the functioning of lift stations. The closures will begin Monday, June 22, 2020 through Monday, July, 6, 2020.

Programs that provide Services to the membership such as Food Distribution, Pipa Market, Senior Nutrition and Tribal Court will be at limited operations, the adjusted hours and contact information are available on the Quechan Tribe website. Quechan Paradise Casino will still be in Operations, and under careful watch by the CEO and Management Team.

During this time it is strongly recommended that the membership adhere to the Stay at Home Order that was sent out on April 7, 2020 that is still in effect. The Quechan Tribal Council will be working to enforce more stringent deterrents to those that continue to disregard the current Stay at Home Order as well as any future orders, restrictions and ordinances the Quechan Tribal Council passes to protect the health and safety of its membership and community. The Tribal Council will also continue working on budgeting and finalizing decisions that need to be made with the CARES Act funding.

In closing the Quechan Tribal Council has heard your concerns and wants to assure you every effort is being made to help slow the spread of COVID-19, in hopes to prevent any future cases. We are requesting your help and responsibility by practicing social distancing, wearing masks and to wash your hands or sanitize as much as possible when soap and water is unavailable. If you feel you are experiencing symptoms, please contact IHS or your medical provider immediately, self-quarantine if there is a waiting period for your appointment or pending results. All medical providers and testing areas will provide you the necessary literature and information, as well as after care steps. For those who are positive and need assistance, the Tribe and I.H.S. are working in collaboration with the American Red Cross and Salvation Army to provide meals and essential materials. For any Covid-19 or emergency response call the point of contact for the Tribe is Jillian Attaway, Interim PHEP at (760) 572-0213 ext: 223 or (928) 587-5524 (Strict CONFIDENTIALITY will be adhered to).

TOGETHER AS A NATION WE CAN STOP THIS VIRUS FROM CONTINUING TO SPREAD.

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Jun
22
2020

The Quechan Police Department, Tribal Security, Fish & Game and Animal Control will continue to conduct regular business during this time.

Food Distribution will be closed from Thursday, June 25, 2020 through Monday, July 13, 2020. The staff will be in on Monday, June 29, 2020 to receive their monthly shipment and conduct inventory; they will then resume their leave.

The Quechan Senior Center will be closed from Monday, June 29, 2020 through Monday, July 13, 2020; meals will be provided in advance for the participants.

Pipa Market will be open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

The Andrade Parking Lot will continue to conduct business from 6:00am through 2:00pm.

All other departments will remain available by e-mail.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jillian Attaway, Emergency Administrative Assistant (928) 587-5524.

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