COVID-19 in Indian Country
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.

'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.

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, will press Trump administration witnesses on the Bureau of Indian Education response to the COVID-19 pandemic in tribal schools.

On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 2:30 PM EDT, immediately following a business meeting, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing titled “Preparing to Head Back to Class: Addressing How to Safely Reopen Bureau of Indian Education Schools.”

'Today, tribal communities are experiencing some of the highest rates of infection for COVID-19 in the country,' said Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-Arizona) advocated for a reduced cost-sharing burden for Arizona’s tribes hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing on 'Evaluating the Response and Mitigation to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Native Communities' and a legislative hearing to receive testimony on S.3650, the Coverage for Urban Indian Health Providers Act.

Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), Vice Chairman, introduced S.4090, bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act (NAHASDA).

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meetings at 2:30pm Eastern on July 1, 2020, for an oversight hearing on COVID-19 and a legislative hearing on S. 3650, Coverage for the Urban Indian Health Providers Act.

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hold a hearing on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, to examine the impacts of COVID-19 on the energy industry.

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.