COVID-19 in Indian Country
Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-New Mexico), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, participated in a conversation about the importance of increasing access to broadband in Tribal communities.

'It is unacceptable that the coronavirus relief package put forward by Senate Republicans sidelines the needs of Tribal governments and Native communities,' two leading Democrats said.

Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-Arizona) introduced bipartisan legislation that would extend the coverage of Coronavirus Relief Fund payments allocated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to tribal governments from December 30, 2020 to December 30, 2022.

'As Senator, I will proudly work with the Navajo community to invest in education, housing, infrastructure and – especially – healthcare,' Democratic candidate Mark Kelly says in releasing a new ad.

The Trump administration and its failed response to the Covid-19 pandemic has left Native Americans behind.

According to the CDC, American Indians and Alaska Natives are at a disproportionate risk for complications from COVID-19 which are exacerbated by the lack of resources available for Tribal emergency preparedness programs.

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.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has agreed to update its 'Broken Promises' report to account for the impact of COVID-19 on Indian Country.

A new plan to reauthorize national surface transportation funding and infrastructure investment includes several key measures to benefit Indian Country.

Key lawmakers are calling for transparency from the Trump administration after tribes raised significant concerns about their shares of the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund.

Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-New Mexico) spoke on the House floor condemning the $3 million contract that the Trump administration awarded to a former White House staffer who delivered substandard personal protective equipment to Indian Health Service hospitals serving the Navajo Nation.

The 'Broken Promises' report concluded that federal programs designed to support the social and economic wellbeing of tribal nations and Native peoples remain chronically underfunded and often inefficiently structured. That was before the pandemic.

'The Navajo Nation is facing the worst coronavirus outbreak in the country, Navajo leaders are doing everything in their power to take care of their community, and the federal government continues to fail them,' U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly said.

U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) issued a statement on the passage of the Heroes Act – critical relief legislation to bolster our national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, support workers, and provide much-needed aid to local, state, and Tribal governments.

The Heroes Act is the House Democratic plan to improve public health and support the American people through the coronavirus pandemic.

We have not seen a catastrophe like this in over a century, and that requires extraordinary measures to protect this country and save lives.

According to the Federal Communications Commission, less than half of households on Tribal lands have access to fixed broadband service.

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Arizona) is pleased that the Heroes Act includes $24 billion in funding for tribal governments and tribal organizations.

House Democrats are proposing temporary changes to allow for remote voting on the House Floor and virtual committee proceedings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released a statement today after House Democrats introduced the next COVID-19 emergency response bill, The Heroes Act(H.R. 6800).