COVID-19 in Indian Country
“I am extremely disappointed that the federal government is going to such lengths to deny Tribal governments their fair share of CARES funding," said Chairman Joseph Rupnick.
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The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation has re-filed litigation against the U.S. Department of Treasury relating to the distribution of CARES Act funds.
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The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on June 18, 2020, opened a docket for Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation v. Mnuchin, one of the lawsuits challenging the Trump administration's handling of the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund.

'I want the members to know that I will do all that I can to make sure the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation gets what is due, including this next distribution,' says Chairman Joseph Rupnick.

A hearing in Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation v. Mnuchin takes place via teleconference at 3pm Eastern on June 11, 2020.

Dr. Ronald J. Graham (Absentee Shawnee) is the new president of Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas.

Co-Chairs of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Deb Haaland (NM-01) and Sharice Davids (K-03) led a Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus letter to the Coordinator of the White House’s Coronavirus Response Task Force.

Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas), a citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation and one of four tribal citizens in the U.S. House of Representatives, has placed herself in self-quarantine until March 26, 2020, after being in “contact with a fellow member of Congress who recently tested positive for COVID-19.” Davids joins Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), a citizen […]

“Now is the time for us to come together as people’: A message from Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Tribal Chairman Joseph Rupnick. Transcript of Message to the Nation: ### Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Declares State of Emergency 3.18.20 By: Michelle Simon The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation has declared a State of Emergency effective March 16, […]

The Kickapoo Tribe has declared a COVID-19 state of emergency and has closed its Golden Eagle Casino in Kansas. Media Advisory from March 17, 2020, attached. Kickapoo Tribe: Golden Eagle Casino:

Note: The Quapaw Nation has closed both of its Indian gaming facilities. Both news alerts are posted below. NEWS ALERT March 17, 2020 Quapaw Nation’s Two Oklahoma Casinos to Close During Key COVID-19 Period QUAPAW, Okla. (March 17, 2020) — Downstream Casino Resort, and Quapaw Casino will cease all operations beginning at midnight tonight and […]