COVID-19 in Indian Country
Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) announced that small tribal gaming enterprises under 500 employees can now apply for financial relief through the Payment Protection Program, a move welcomed by tribal leaders.

'We appreciate the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Small Business Administration for working with us to allow Indian gaming enterprises to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program.'

Following calls from Senator Kyrsten Sinema, the Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration reversed course and made administrative changes to allow Tribal gaming operations to apply for and receive Paycheck Protection Program funding.

Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) announced that small tribal gaming enterprises under 500 employees can now apply for financial relief through the Payment Protection Program.

A new coronavirus relief bill provides $750 million to Indian Country for COVID-19 testing and response.

The Senate unanimously approved the nomination of Michael Weahkee as Director of the Indian Health Service.

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) announced the Tribal COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Cost Share Relief Act.

The Aleut Community of St. Paul Island is one of six tribal governments suing the Trump administration in order to prevent for-profit corporations from cashing in on an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund.

Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minnesota) and Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan voiced concerns over the Trump Administration’s apparent move to send a portion of CARES Act relief intended for Tribal governments to for-profit Alaska Native corporations.

The Small Business Administration is doing nothing to help small gaming operators, according to Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada).

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) is telling the Trump administration that non-governmental entities should not receive a share of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund intended for tribal nations.

It's been a week since the Trump administration began offering $349 billion in coronavirus relief funds and certain tribal gaming entities remain locked out of critical loans.

Lawmakers continue to call on the Small Business Administration to issue updated guidance to allow small tribal gaming enterprises under 500 employees to apply for assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program.

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) issued the following statement after Senate Republicans rejected Senate Democrats’ attempt to pass emergency funding to bolster the CARES Act for small businesses, health care providers, state, local, and Tribal governments.

New Mexico Tribes will receive over $674,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation as part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Senator Kyrsten Sinema hosted a call with Tribal leaders from the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona to discuss the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in tribal communities and the need for the federal government to work with Tribes to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

A COVID-19 'Heroes Fund' would give Tribal frontline workers a boost in pay.

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) is calling on Congress to boost pay for Coronavirus frontline workers in tribal communities.

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, is pushing Congress to boost pay for coronavirus frontline workers in Indian Country.

The CARES Act is landmark legislation that provides critical relief to Tribal governments impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.