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Posted: October 30, 2020

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) will meet on October 30, 2020, to discuss and vote on the agency’s report “COVID-19 in Indian Country: The Impact of Federal Broken Promises on Native Americans.”

The meeting takes place at 12pm Eastern. Listeners can participate by dialing 1-800-635-7637 and using the Conference ID code # 386-6160. Computer assisted real-time transcription (CART) will be available at


In 2018, the USCCR issued Broken Promises: Continuing Federal Funding Shortfall for Native Americans, which addressed the inadequacy of federal funding for Native American programs despite the United States’ trust responsibility to promote tribal self-government, support the general wellbeing of Native American people, tribes, and villages, and to protect their land and resources.

In June 2020, the USCCR began to evaluate the extent to which COVID-19 in Indian Country is exacerbated by these broken promises. On July 17, 2020, the USCCR heard testimony from experts on how the pandemic has impacted Native American communities with respect to healthcare, housing, and infrastructure components such as access to water and broadband, and whether the federal government is meeting its obligations to Native American people in this current crisis. The USCCR accepted written public comments through July 24, 2020.

Report: COVID-19 in Indian Country (forthcoming pending majority vote)

Briefing Agenda (PDF)

Briefing Transcript (PDF)

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

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