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ARPA Individual Assistance Program


The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Legislature approved a $1,400 direct payment to all Tribal members who were enrolled prior to Feb. 1, 2021. This is a one-time payment, do not reapply.


$1,400 per enrolled tribal member


Must have completed enrollment by Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Rolls by U.S. Treasury deadline of 2/1/2021 to be eligible for assistance.

July 5, 2023

Some Tribal members still eligible for ARPA funds

More than three years into the coronavirus pandemic, many rules, regulations and assistance programs the era brought about have now ceased — including at Citizen Potawatomi Nation. However, one is still offering funds to Tribal members who have yet to apply.

CPN has worked hard throughout the last two years to offer Tribal members one-time payments of $1,400 from federal funds given through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The Tribe has completed 31,858 applications of the 36,315 eligible members and paid out $44,601,200 out of the $50,841,000 set aside for individual payments.

This means there are still 4,457 Tribal members eligible for this program who have not yet applied — and nearly $6.3 million that still needs to be distributed.

These numbers change daily as more Tribal members apply and receive their checks.

The ARPA assistance program is separate from CARES Act funds, and the programs created to distribute all CARES monies have ended. In the last six months alone, especially in the face of near record-high inflation and crippling food and gas prices, there have still been Tribal members helped and relieved to learn about and accept the ARPA payment they did not know was available to them.

If you or a Tribal member you know has not received their $1,400 in ARPA funds from CPN, please call 833-481-0638 or click “Apply Online” above.

June 30, 2021

On June 28, 2021, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Legislature approved a $1,400 direct payment to all Tribal members who were enrolled prior to Feb. 1, 2021. An application will be available Aug. 2, 2021.

Tribal members are encouraged to update their contact information with Tribal Rolls. Find forms and more information at Due to the high call volume you are encouraged to email them at

Online applications will be completed through the portal, which can be accessed at Those who have previously registered for the portal to access CARES applications, scholarships or Mezodanek can use their login information to access the online ARPA application when it is available. A paper application will also be available.

June 16, 2021

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation received $170 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act from the U.S. Treasury. At this time U.S. Treasury has provided interim rules, with plans to finalize the guidance in July 2021.

“These funds represent a historic federal investment in Indian Country in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Tribal Chairman John “Rocky” Barrett. “We have an opportunity to meet some of the needs of our Tribal members and invest in the future of our Tribe in order to impact the lives of future generations of Citizen Potawatomi.”

The American Rescue Plan Act, or “ARPA,” provided a $20 billion set aside for tribal governments under the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund or (“FRF”). Treasury determined the allocation of funds using a formula that is based on tribal enrollment as of February 1, 2021 and employment data. 

Additional information and updates will be posted here as they become available.