$2K checks to head out to tribal members, OST President urges wise spending

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Oglala Sioux Tribe is processing over 30,000 applications for American Rescue Plan checks set to go out to members.

Enrolled members will begin to receive $2,000 checks as COVID relief.

Just about a third of the applications have been processed. Tribal leaders are urging members to not submit duplication applications or call the office inquiring about their check’s whereabouts.

The OST Enrollment office reports they’ve seen 1,300 new OST Enrollment applications recently submitted.

OST President Kevin Killer says the tribe has 45 days to get the checks out and they’re currently ahead of schedule.

As families start to receive money, Killer urges them to spend it wisely.

“I think the biggest thing is that people use them, because they are one time disaster payments, is realizing that this is a unique time to advance the needs of your family or things they might need,” said Killer.

The checks will be mailed and anyone with questions can contact the OST ARP website here for information.

Killer adds that retailers are also prepping for the potentially major boost to the local economy.

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