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Thousands of hardship assistance checks remain unclaimed by Navajo tribal members

Navajo Nation financial officials say about 7,500 hardship assistance checks haven’t been claimed by tribal members who applied for the federal pandemic aid.

Tribal leaders earmarked more than $360 million the Navajo Nation received from the CARES Act for the program.

The funds must be spent or allocated by the end of the year, and officials urge members who enrolled in the program but never received a check to contact the tribe’s office of the controller by Dec. 23.

So far, about 312,000 members of the Navajo Nation have received the checks.

The tribe is currently in the process of approving another round of hardship assistance from the American Rescue Plan.