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This page includes the COVID-19 Rescue Act Membership Assistance Program Application as well as answers to some of the most common questions the tribe has received, in the window below, and also as a PDF for downloading.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS—COVID-19 Rescue Act Membership Assistance Program Application

Please be mindful that you may not receive your check at the same time as others. We kindly ask for your patience as there are thousands of checks being printed and prepared to go out in the mail each day.

Q: HOW DO I KNOW MY APPLICATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED?
A: You should have received a confirmation email upon your application submission. However, you can contact the enrollment department and they can verify if your application was received.
IF YOUR APPLICATION HAD AN ERROR, we will contact you directly to let you know what the error was and you will be asked to resubmit your online application.

Q: WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY CHECK?
A: If you submitted your application before Aug. 5, 2021, those checks have been printed and you should expect your check in the next few days.

If you submit your application after Aug. 5 and by Sept. 7, checks will be processed the week of Sept. 20 to Sept. 24 and then mailed out.

If you submit your application after Sept. 7 and by Sept. 30, checks will be processed the week of Oct. 18 to Oct. 22 and then mailed out.

Minor applications will continue to be received until Dec. 31, 2021. Future check distributions to be updated at a future date.

 

LEGAL DOCUMENTATION

Q: I need to submit custody or Power of Attorney documents, where do I send those?
A: Please send all documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or fax to 906‑632‑1648.

Q: I am confused by the need to submit legal documentation. What do I do?
A: If you do not possess legal documents from a court, you are not required to submit any additional documentation outside of the application.

 

TRIBAL MEMBERSHIP

Q: I lost/can’t find my tribal card. How can I get my file number?
A: You can submit the paper application with EVERYTHING else filled out in full and leave the file number blank. If anything else is missing this application will be returned. Please call 800 793 0660 and we can try to provide you with this number.

Q: I need to apply for/renew my tribal card. How do I do that?
A: To apply for or renew a tribal card, please visit the Sault Tribe Enrollment Page.

Q: Can I still apply if my card is expired?
A: Yes, it just means your card is expired. You are still a tribal member and your file number never changes.

Q: I need to enroll my children or apply for enrollment myself. How do I do this?
A: To enroll your children or apply for enrollment yourself, please visit the Sault Tribe Enrollment Page. NOTE: Due to the high volume of calls we are receiving, this process may take several weeks. You have until Dec. 31 to enroll your children and still apply (and be eligible) for the relief funds. You have until Sept. 30 to enroll yourself and still apply (and be eligible) for the relief funds.

 

APPLICATION ERRORS

Q: There is a small mistake on my application. What should I do?
A: For any minor mistakes (typos, checking the wrong box, etc.) you do not need to do anything as these errors will be ignored upon manual inspection. This will not impact your eligibility for receiving funds.

Q: I made a big mistake on my application or forgot to fill out part of it. What should I do?
A: If you made a major error on your application, please resubmit an online copy properly filled out.

Q: I lost my application or never received one. How can I request one?
A: At this time, we are unable to send out additional physical copies. You can access the application online by visiting the Sault Tribe website.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Q: I know someone incarcerated or am incarcerated myself. Are they/am I still eligible?
A: Yes, incarcerated tribal members are still eligible for the relief funds, however, they must submit their own form.

Q: I am unsure if I am eligible. How can I check?
A: Every tribal member – regardless of age or place of residence (i.e. outside the service area) – is eligible to receive this assistance.

Q: Who can fill out my form?
A: If you are above the age of 18, you must submit your own form. A legal guardian can submit forms for anyone below the age of 18 or someone who requires documented assistance.

Q: I receive aid from non-tribal assistance programs. Will this affect my eligibility?
A: To determine whether the relief fund ($2,000 in tribal assistance) will affect your eligibility for non-tribal programs, please contact those programs directly.

Q: I receive aid from tribal assistance programs. Will this affect my eligibility?
A: To determine whether the relief fund ($2,000 in tribal assistance) will affect your eligibility for tribal programs, please contact those programs directly.

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Q: I am in the process of moving or am unsure if my address information is updated. What do I do?
A: To update/verify your address information, please visit the Sault Tribe Enrollment Page.

Q: My name has changed since I last renewed my tribal card. How do I go about that?
A: If you have changed your name since renewing your tribal card, you must provide documentation of the name change.
Other

Q: I am not sure if my online application was accepted. How do I check this?
A: Your online application should give you an accepted status once you submit and you should receive a confirmation email. If you are still unsure, please resubmit your application.

Q: I do not have an email address. Can I still submit an online copy?
A: Yes, you can still submit an online copy regardless of whether or not you have an email address. In this case, be sure to check for the accepted status on the page after you submit to confirm your application was received.

Q: How many applications should I be filling out for my family?
A: Each tribal member should get their own application filled out (i.e. if you are a tribal member and you have two children who are enrolled, fill out three applications).

Q: I have a different question not answered here. Who should I contact?
A: For all remaining questions, please call 800‑793‑0660.

Relief Assistance FAQ

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