COVID-19 in Indian Country
Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt met with Gila River Indian Community leadership and viewed their plans to safely reopen.

'The Navajo Nation is facing the worst coronavirus outbreak in the country, Navajo leaders are doing everything in their power to take care of their community, and the federal government continues to fail them,' U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly said.

Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma): "It is my goal to ensure Oklahoma Tribes are included in these resources provided by the CARES Act."

U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wireline Competition Bureau approved $954,990 to the Navajo Nation Department of Health for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program

The Trump administration's botched handling of the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund is under investigation by internal watchdogs at both the Department of the Interior and the Department of the Treasury.

Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) introduced bipartisan legislation to boost health resources for urban Indian health organizations as the COVID-19 pandemic forces many to grapple with financial hardship and even close operations.

As rent comes due and bills continue to pile up, Americans desperately need assistance to financially survive this crisis.

The Tribal COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Cost Share Relief Act would waive the cost-sharing requirement and grant 100 percent funding for all Indian Tribal governments.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling for more money for tribal, urban Indian and federal Indian health programs to help them recover from significant COVID-19 related losses in revenue.

Sen. Mike Rounds (R), Sen. John Thune (R) and Rep. Dusty Johnson (R) will host a joint telephone townhall for South Dakota on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema urged Congressional leaders to include increased resources for water and sanitation projects for Tribal communities in future coronavirus relief legislation.

Tribes with homelands in North Dakota will receive approximately $109 million from the coronavirus relief fund, according to Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota).

'I went to the mat for Arizona’s native communities during the Senate’s coronavirus relief negotiations to ensure our tribes receive critical relief dollars amid the ongoing pandemic,' said Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona).

'The coronavirus relief funding coming from Washington today for tribal governments is inadequate and weeks-delayed,' said Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly.

Nearly six weeks after the CARES Act was signed into law the Department of Treasury s beginning to distribute $4.8 billion of the $8 billion Congress allocated for Tribal Governments for a Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) joined Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minnesota) and a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues in urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to immediately disburse $8 billion in critical relief funds to eligible federally recognized Tribal governments.

U.S. Senator Tina Smith to Mnuchin: Disburse $8 Billion  in Critical COVID-19 Relief to Tribal Governments Immediately  Treasury Has Not Distributed Any of This Critical Funding, Which was Secured in CARES Act Over a Month Ago   WASHINGTON, D.C. [05/1/20]— U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) is urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to immediately disburse $8 billion in critical relief funds to […]

Senator Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, requested official reviews into the Trump administration’s handling of COVID-19 relief funding for Tribes.

Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) applauded the decision by the Federal Housing Finance Agency to allow the nation’s eleven Federal Home Loan Banks to accept Payment Protection Program loans as collateral.

Many Tribes depend on the businesses they own and operate to fund essential services in Indian Country because Tribal governments, unlike state and local governments, do not have a traditional tax base.