COVID-19 in Indian Country
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.

Members of Congress are seeking answers following reports that the Indian Health Service purchased $3 million of potentially substandard respirator masks from a company founded by a former White House aide and distributed those masks to Navajo Nation hospitals.

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.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) are calling on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to investigate the impacts of COVID-19 in Indian Country.

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 includes $64 million for urban Indian health organizations.

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.

The HEROES Act, a bill that provides $20 billion for tribal governments, and rule changes to allow remote proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic are up for debate in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Arizona) and Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona) are hosting a roundtable on May 15, 2020, with three national tribal organizations to discuss the newly introduced Heroes Act.

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.