Zero Per Capita funds for the August 2021 Distribution

By Ardith Van Riper

     On July 20, the Legislative passed Resolution 07-20-21 E which states, "the Legislature, in light of the unprecedented circumstances, ongoing fiscal concerns, and pursuant to its constitutional authority, does hereby declare that zero per capita distribution will be made to the 7,819 eligible tribal members on August 1, 2021..."

     Since Fiscal Year 2020, the Nation has been cautious of its expenses and operations as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and revenue losses.

     Gaming revenue funds per capita distributions.  Effective no later than March 20, 2020, all the Nation's casinos closed to the public and they began phases of opening on June 29, 2020. To date, not all casinos are operating with full services. 

     The Per Capita Declaration for August 1, 2021 Resolution passed by an affirmative vote 10 members, one opposed, and zero abstaining at the regular meeting of the Legislature.  No announcements on decisions beyond the August 2021 distribution.

     Tribal members are encouraged to apply for the general welfare payments, also known as HELP, if they have not done so already.

     HELP stands for Ho-Chunk Nation Economic Legacy Project.  The Legislature established this project to achieve a social benefit and promote the Nation’s general welfare.  This project uses the tribe’s NPD funding.

     The HELP payments are $700 and scheduled for monthly distribution until December 2021 to eligible Ho-Chunk Nation tribal members.