COVID-19 in Indian Country
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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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.

"Few places in the world have fared worse than Arizona during this crisis," Rep. Greg Stanton (D-Arizona) is telling the White House.
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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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Urban Indian frontline health workers will now have the same coverage as their other health system counterparts.
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The COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act would establish a grant program to allow stakeholders to fully mobilize testing and contact tracing efforts.
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Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) has signed onto the Personal Protective Equipment for Safe Schools Act, a bill that would help keep schools safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez met with Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-Arizona) to discuss ongoing CARES Act projects and the pending December 30, 2020, deadline to expend COVID-19 relief funds.

"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.

Rep. Greg Stanton continues to push for COVID-related relief for the Navajo Nation, speaking in favor of the FEMA Assistance Relief Act, legislation he’s co-sponsored to increase the federal cost share of FEMA public assistance funding for COVID-related declarations.

The Tribal Health Data Improvement Act ensure that tribes have access to the same public health data as states and local governments, addressing an obstacle that has arisen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) led a bicameral group of lawmakers in calling out the Federal Communications Commission for shortchanging Tribes on the Tribal broadband application deadline.

Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) discussed the impact of emergency small business loans and the Paycheck Protection Program on Community Development Financial Institutions in New Mexico during a virtual forum.

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.

On Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 10am Eastern, the House Committee on Natural Resources is scheduled to hold a markup on more than a dozen bills.

Robyn Sunday-Allen, National Council of Urban Indian Health Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, will testify before the House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States.