COVID-19 in Indian Country
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.
Deb Haaland

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.

Native youth leaders from United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) will participate in a congressional forum led by Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona), chair of the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States.

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.

An appropriations package under consideration includes roughly $6.5 billion for the Indian Health Service, an increase of approximately $445 million above current levels.

On Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. EDT, the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands will hold a virtual, fully remote legislative hearing on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management bills.

On June 11, 2020, Executive Director Francys Crevier of the National Council of Urban Indian Health will testify before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, will hold an oversight hearing on June 11, 2020, to gather testimony on the Indian Health Service’s response to COVID-19.

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.

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.