COVID-19 in Indian Country
The Office of the Inspector General at the Department of the Interior released a summary of an investigative report into a former Donald Trump administration official.
U.S. Department of the Interior

Bureau of Indian Education schools on the Navajo Nation will open for students via distance learning for the first nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year due to COVID-19.

Citing 'unlawful threats' to its sovereignty, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe on June 23, 2020, sued President Donald J. Trump over coronavirus checkpoints on the reservation.

On May 20, 2020, five Indian Country organizations called for the resignation of Tara Sweeney as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs.

A top Interior Department official charged with overseeing the disbursement of direct emergency relief to tribes failed to disclose that she is married to a lobbyist for an Alaska Native Corporation that is asking for relief funding, Western Values Project discovered.

The Mescalero Apache Tribe joined tribes across the country in asking for the resignation of Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney over her role in an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund.

Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney announced an extension of the National Tribal Broadband Grant program (NTBG) grant application deadline.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe are suing the Trump administration over its handling of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has posted the transcripts from the CARES Act tribal consultation calls.

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney has issued a statement amid growing outrage over her role in an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund.

Every major inter-tribal organization, representing all regions of Indian Country in the lower 48, has joined an unprecedented letter calling on the Trump administration to ensure an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund benefits tribal governments as intended by Congress.

Alaska Native corporation executives are standing by Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe will file an injunction against the Trump administration regarding the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund.

They got to 'Yes': With a major assist from the Trump administration, Alaska Native corporations are poised to claim a large share of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund despite not being tribal governments.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act provides critical relief for Indian Country to address the COVID-19 pandemic.