COVID-19 in Indian Country
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has begun disbursing $900 million to federally recognized tribes under the American Rescue Plan Act.
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Frank Holiday, a Navajo citizen, is the new acting director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs regional office that serves the Navajo Nation.
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“This much-needed financial support will aid our ability to help the Tribal communities we serve recover more quickly from the pandemic’s wide-ranging impact on them,” said Bryan Newland, who has been nominated to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs in the Biden administration.
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The American Rescue Plan invests $1.75 billion in American Indian and Alaska Native programs administered through the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior.
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The Trump administration official who oversees the department with the most trust and treaty responsibilities has tested positive for COVID-19.
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"This was a shameful failure of federal relations with Indian Country," said Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Arizona), chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) announced he tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, on October 2, 2020.

To date, the CARES Act has provided the Department of the Interior with $909.7 million, which includes direct apportionments of $756 million and a $153.7 million transfer from the Department of Education to the Bureau of Indian Education.

The National Tribal Broadband Summit is going virtual this year due to COVID-19.

The Bureau of Indian Education is hosting three consultation sessions to discuss reopening of schools in the COVID-19 era.

Citing 'unlawful threats' to its sovereignty, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe on June 23, 2020, sued President Donald J. Trump over coronavirus checkpoints on the reservation.

Over two months after Congress passed the CARES Act, the Trump administration continues to withhold Indian Education COVID-19 funding to Tribal schools, leaving students without resources for distance learning.

On May 20, 2020, five Indian Country organizations called for the resignation of Tara Sweeney as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs.

The Office of Inspector General at the Department of the Interior on May 5, 2020, released a report titled "Where’s the Money? DOI Use of CARES Act Funds."

A top Interior Department official charged with overseeing the disbursement of direct emergency relief to tribes failed to disclose that she is married to a lobbyist for an Alaska Native Corporation that is asking for relief funding, Western Values Project discovered.

The Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs invite the public to participate in a virtual meeting to discuss energy development in a sensitive cultural area of New Mexico.

'Thank you for taking a sudden interest in the roads on the Cheyenne River Reservation,' Chairman Harold Frazier said to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney announced an extension of the National Tribal Broadband Grant program (NTBG) grant application deadline.

Show us how the State of South Dakota owns any land or interest on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reservation and I will show you how the state has violated their compact with the United States.

During a broadcast on April 24, 2020, PBS NewsHour paid tribute to Karen Ketcher, a citizen and employee of the Cherokee Nation who succumbed to COVID-19.