COVID-19 in Indian Country
“This technical fix will be critical to expanding health care infrastructure for Native communities who have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said CEO Francys Crevier of the National Council of Urban Indian Health.
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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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“Through their years of service to our country, veterans have earned the right to access the best medical care our nation has to offer, including the COVID-19 vaccine," said Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-New Mexico).
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Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, wants to help Native communities navigate the $31.2 billion in COVID-19 relief authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act.
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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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Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-New Mexico) is seeking targeted funding for the behavioral health needs of nation’s children in the next COVID-19 relief package.
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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.

"Approving a Major Disaster Declaration will help save lives and livelihoods—and ensure the Nation can access critical resources to combat and reduce the spread of COVID-19," said Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona).

Urban Indian frontline health workers will now have the same coverage as their other health system counterparts.
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Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) and Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) are urging the Trump administration to give tribes more time to use the coronavirus relief fund.

“As vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, I’m compelled to speak out to urge immediate, bipartisan action to provide more targeted relief for Native communities,” said Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico).

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) took part in a panel at the National Tribal Health Conference with tribal leaders and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York).

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

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced he tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, in a post on social media on October 2, 2020.

Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) announced that tribes will not lose future Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) funding as a result of the CARES Act funding they received.

'Tribes and Tribally-owned businesses from across Indian Country have been severely impacted by the economic strains brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,' a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators told the Trump administration.

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.

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington), Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) and 18 Senate colleagues are urging the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Census Bureau to ensure an accurate count for Indian Country and the Native Hawaiian community.

Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) are introducing legislation to authorize a one-time $89 million infusion of funds to provide electricity to homes on the Navajo Nation.