COVID-19 in Indian Country
The Trump administration official who oversees the department with the most trust and treaty responsibilities has tested positive for 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.

Over two months after Congress passed the CARES Act, the Trump administration continues to withhold Indian Education COVID-19 funding to Tribal schools, leaving students without resources for distance learning.

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

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is in federal court to prevent the Trump administration from taking its reservation out of trust amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin and Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt today issued a statement after agreeing on a path forward to provide Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars to Native American Tribes.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling on the Trump administration to prevent Alaska Native corporations from receiving a share of the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund.

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.

The Department of the Interior and the National Park Service will continue to follow the guidance of state and local health officials in making determinations about our operations.

The Trump administration has left parts of Grand Canyon National Park open despite the presence of the coronavirus in the community.

Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt issued the following statement in response to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

March 20, 2020 Chair Grijalva Statement on Interior Secretary Bernhardt Encouraging Public Lands Visits During Coronavirus Pandemic Washington, D.C. – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement today on Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s recent message to the American people encouraging visits to public lands during the coronavirus pandemic.   “While I understand the […]

NEWS RELEASE March 18, 2020 WASHINGTON – After careful consideration, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt directed the National Park Service (NPS) to  temporarily suspend the collection of all park entrance fees until further notice. “I’ve directed the National Park Service to waive entrance fees at parks that remain open. This small step makes it a […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 19, 2020 BLM to temporarily suspend entrance fees on public lands across America WASHINGTON – After careful consideration and at the direction of Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, the Bureau of Land Management will temporarily suspend the collection of all entrance fees until further notice. As a result, site-specific standard […]