COVID-19 in Indian Country
According to the Federal Communications Commission, less than half of households on Tribal lands have access to fixed broadband service.

The Trump administration's botched handling of the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund is under investigation by internal watchdogs at both the Department of the Interior and the Department of the Treasury.

Tribes with homelands in North Dakota will receive approximately $109 million from the coronavirus relief fund, according to Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota).

Nearly six weeks after the CARES Act was signed into law the Department of Treasury s beginning to distribute $4.8 billion of the $8 billion Congress allocated for Tribal Governments for a Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Senator Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, requested official reviews into the Trump administration’s handling of COVID-19 relief funding for Tribes.

Many Tribes depend on the businesses they own and operate to fund essential services in Indian Country because Tribal governments, unlike state and local governments, do not have a traditional tax base.

'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.'

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

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.

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.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released guidance documents for tribal governments to provide information on the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 25, 2020 McSally Secures Billions in Financial Relief for Tribes Amid Coronavirus Pandemic U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) announced today that she successfully secured strong federal assistance for Arizona tribes and native communities across the country –  including $8 billion in emergency funding – as part of the latest coronavirus relief package.   After two […]

“We must ensure Indian Country has equal access to federal coronavirus resources,” Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, said in a speech on the U.S. Senate floor on March 25, 2020. Full remarks below:

  TODAY: Udall to Speak on Senate Floor to Call for Passage of New Relief for New Mexico, Tribes in Third Coronavirus Package  Udall joined Senate Democrats to fight for improvements to bipartisan relief package that gives direct support to workers, small businesses, hospitals, and Native communities WASHINGTON—TODAY, Wednesday, March 25 at approximately 2:30 p.m. MT […]

For Immediate Release March 19, 2020 Udall Statement on Indian Country Priorities for Coronavirus Phase 3 Package WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement on priorities for Indian Country he is calling for to be included in the third coronavirus response legislation: […]

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs had scheduled an oversight hearing on March 25, 2020. It’s now being postponed to sometime in “late April,” according to a spokesperson for the Republican majority on the legislative panel. The oversight hearing was scheduled to address President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2021 budget request for Indian Country programs. […]