Direct Relief Payment Application Opens September 1

August 26, 2021 - All Red Cliff Tribal Members will be able to apply for their COVID-19 Health Pandemic General Welfare Direct Relief Payments beginning September 1, 2021. Applications must be received on or before Friday October 15, 2021 at 4:30 PM. Checks will be mailed directly on a rolling basis. Direct deposit is not available.

Red Cliff Tribal Members aged 18 and older will qualify for a $1,200 payment, and Red Cliff Tribal Members under the age of 18 will qualify for a $500 payment. If a young adult turns 18 during the enrollment period (Sept 1 – Oct 15), they will receive an adult allocation.

Paper applications along with all submission instructions will be available at the Tribal Administration Building, downloadable online, and as an e-application. Completed applications and any supporting documents can be returned to the Tribal Administration Building, e-mailed to, or submitted via the online application. The downloadable application and e-application will be available online at

The application will require a current address, date of birth, and full tribal enrollment number. This is to ensure the applicant is an enrolled Red Cliff Tribal Member. Within the application the member must indicate direct impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tribal Members under the age of 18 should be included as a dependent in their parent/guardian’s application. Each dependent can be claimed on only one parent/guardian’s application. For minors that are in Out of Home Placement through a court decision, the current caregiver has the right to claim that minor as a dependent on their application. Red Cliff is not responsible for determining custody issues due to separation of parents. The parent with established primary custody has the right to claim their child as a dependent on the application.

Tribal Members under the age of 18 should be listed as the primary applicant ONLY if their parent/guardian is not a Red Cliff Tribal Member.

The Red Cliff Tribal Council has opened this round of general welfare assistance to benefit the entire Red Cliff Tribal Membership as a whole. Part of this decision is due to the difference between the recent American Rescue Plan Allocations and the 2020 CARES Act funding that led to relief payments only for Tribal Members living in Bayfield County, as the CARES Act allocation was based on service area enrollment numbers. These ARPA allocations total $43,410,980 – which is significantly more than the 2020 CARES Act funding of $10,483,111.

Funds remaining after the distribution of general welfare assistance payments will be allocated to positively impact Miskwaabekong now, and for the future generations.