COVID-19 in Indian Country
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada) is pleased that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has suspended the coronavirus testing requirement for international travelers.
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The bill includes $73.4 million for urban Indian health and $6.6 billion for the Indian Health Service.
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“I am calling on the White House to prioritize sending rapid test kits to tribal governments to distribute on tribal lands, as well as targeted deliveries of these kits to the health centers that care for rural families,” said Rep. Tom O'Halleran (D-Arizona).

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions holds a hearing titled "Addressing New Variants: A Federal Perspective on the COVID-19 Response."
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Make sure your aunties get antibodies! Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) urges Indian Country to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
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The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will receive more than $2.7 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to help them deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Adequate funding for Indian Country is crucial now more than ever, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic has, and continues to be, the deadliest for American Indian and Alaska Native communities,” said Francys Crevier of the National Council of Urban Indian Health.
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The Senate passed the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act to address COVID-19 funding.
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“ANCs are facing a time crunch to get COVID-19 relief dollars out the door,” said Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska).
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“I worked hard to include this important language and am relieved the Senate passed this critical extension for tribes to be able to expend CARES Act funds,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).
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“After decades of being ignored and forgotten, we applaud the Senate Appropriations Committee for the robust legislation proposed to improve outcomes for Indian Country,” said NCUIH CEO Francys Crevier.
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Urban Indian health providers will finally be able to use existing funds to expand, renovate and upgrade their facilities under the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
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“The impacts of COVID-19 will be with our Native communities for a long time to come,” said Sonya Tetnowski, president-elect of the National Council of Urban Indian Health.
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Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, wants to help Native communities navigate the $31.2 billion in COVID-19 relief authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act.
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The American Rescue Plan Act includes $84 million for urban Indian health providers and addresses critical Medicaid coverage.
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“Everyone in our state deserves to feel whole again. That’s why the American Rescue Plan is so important," said Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) of the COVID-19 relief bill that has cleared Congress.
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The U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis will hold a video briefing with public health experts to examine the steps that must be taken to ensure coronavirus vaccinations are administered equitably.
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NAFOA is coordinating with several national organizations to convene a Tribal Leader Town Hall to discuss the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.

"Approving a Major Disaster Declaration will help save lives and livelihoods—and ensure the Nation can access critical resources to combat and reduce the spread of COVID-19," said Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona).

Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) received her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, after receiving her first in late December 2020.
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