COVID-19 in Indian Country
“Including advance appropriations for Indian health in the omnibus is a historic moment for Indian Country over a decade in the making,” said William Smith, Chairman of the National Indian Health Board.
U.S. Capitol

"Today is a historic day for the Indian Health Service," said Director Roselyn Tso.
Roselyn Tso

The National Council of Urban Indian Health presented testimony on behalf of urban Indian organizations at two hearings on Capitol Hill.
National Council of Urban Indian Health​

The Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation will be receiving $8 million to develop long-term care and skilled nursing services and to support cancer treatment.
Dr. Jill Biden on Navajo Nation

The bill includes $73.4 million for urban Indian health and $6.6 billion for the Indian Health Service.

“Adequate funding for Indian Country is crucial now more than ever, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic has, and continues to be, the deadliest for American Indian and Alaska Native communities,” said Francys Crevier of the National Council of Urban Indian Health.

“After decades of being ignored and forgotten, we applaud the Senate Appropriations Committee for the robust legislation proposed to improve outcomes for Indian Country,” said NCUIH CEO Francys Crevier.

NAFOA is coordinating with several national organizations to convene a Tribal Leader Town Hall to discuss the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.

An appropriations package under consideration includes roughly $6.5 billion for the Indian Health Service, an increase of approximately $445 million above current levels.

On June 11, 2020, Executive Director Francys Crevier of the National Council of Urban Indian Health will testify before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, will hold an oversight hearing on June 11, 2020, to gather testimony on the Indian Health Service’s response to COVID-19.