Coronavirus Resource Center

Chair Raúl M. Grijalva and Democrats in Congress are working hard to ensure that Indian Country, insular territories and other underserved populations can access medical resources to keep people safe and combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Congressional Action by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva and House Democrats

06.02.2020 Not So Grand Opening: Examining Local Perspectives on the Department of the Interior’s Plan to Reopen National Parks During the Coronavirus Pandemic - HERE

06.01.2020 Reclaiming Orphaned Oil and Gas Wells – Creating Jobs and Protecting the Environment by Cleaning Up and Plugging Wells - HERE

05.29.2020 Chair Grijalva Letter On Remote Official Business - HERE

05.15.2020 Heroes Act Natural Resources Committee Provisions - HERE

05.12.2020 House Democrats Introduce The Heroes Act - HERE

04.10.2020 House Chairs Condemn President’s Assault on IGs - HERE

Natural Resources Committee Roundtables 

05.19.2020 Virtual Roundtable - Crossing the Species Barrier: The Growing Threat of Wildlife Disease to Human Health and What We Can Do About It – HERE

05.18.2020 Virtual Roundtable - Coronavirus Impacts to American Fisheries and the Seafood Supply Chain - HERE

05.15.2020 Virtual Roundtable - Coronavirus in Indian Country: Tribal and Urban Organizations - HERE

05.13.2020 Virtual Roundtable - Stepping Up: Communities Protecting Themselves and the Environment in the Pandemic Era – HERE 

05.05.2020 Virtual Roundtable - Under the Cover of Coronavirus: The Trump Administration's Fossil Fuel Agenda During the Pandemic - HERE

04.29.2020 Virtual Roundtable - Federal Coronavirus Response in U.S. Territories - HERE

04.28.2020 Virtual Roundtable - Environmental Justice Virtual Round Table on Community Impacts from the Coronavirus Health & Economic Crises - HERE

04.17.2020 Virtual Roundtable - Coronavirus Response in Indian Country - HERE

CORONAVIRUS IN INDIAN COUNTRY

We encourage Members of Indian Country to send Chair Grijalva information about coronavirus impacts and preparations currently affecting communities across the nation HERE.

Resources and Information on Coronavirus in Indian Country

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Social Distancing for Tribal Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission - HERE

Indian Health Service Coronavirus Website - HERE

Federal Agency Resources For Indian Country - HERE

FEMA Assistance for Tribal Governments - HERE

Indian Health Service Frequently Asked Questions - HERE

Fact Sheet on The Coronavirus In Indian Country - HERE

Coronavirus In Indian Country Infographic - HERE

Coronavirus Tribal Funding Information From The Center for Disease Control - HERE, HERE 

House Democrats Secure Investments for Tribes in Cares Act - HERE

Treasury Launches Web Portal and Begins Disbursement of CARES Act Funding to State, Local, and Tribal Governments – HERE

Resources For Small Businesses - HERE

Congressional Action by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva and House Democrats

05.27.2020 Chair Grijalva Joins NM, AZ Lawmakers In Demanding Answers to Reports that Former Trump White House Official Supplied Indian Health Service with Potentially Substandard Personal Protective Equipment – HERE

05.22.2020 Chair Grijalva Criticizes Trump Admin for Botched Coronavirus Response in Indian Country, Calls for Immediate Release of Tribal Education Funding Passed in CARES Act - HERE

05.19.2020 HIGHLIGHTS: Chair Grijalva and Local Leaders on Communities Protecting Public Health, the Environment from Trump in the Pandemic Era - HERE

05.13.2020 Friday Livestream: Chair Grijalva, Subcommittee Chair Gallego Lead Roundtable on Heroes Act Benefits for Indian Country, Still Unmet Tribal Needs - HERE

05.13.2020 Chair Grijalva: I’m Proud to Push for More Tribal Funding Through the Heroes Act – Trump’s Negligence Has Put Lives at Risk, Tribal Assistance is Overdue - HERE

05.08.2020 Haaland, Heinrich, Cole Introduce Bill to Unleash Emergency Access to Broadband Internet in Indian Country – HERE

05.01.2020 Chair Grijalva, Subcommittee Chairs Request DOI Inspector General Investigate Alaska Native Corporation Eligibility for Tribal Relief Funding - HERE

04.30.2020 Grijalva, Haaland Sharply Question Sec. Bernhardt, BLM Director Pendley’s Choice to Drill Sacred Sites During Coronavirus Pandemic - HERE

04.17.2020 NRDems Roundtable: Coronavirus Response in Indian Country - HERE

04.15.2020 Chair Grijalva Hosting Livestreamed Roundtable With Tribal Leaders on Federal Coronavirus Response in Indian Country This Friday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern - HERE

03.27.2020 Chair Grijalva Hails Coronavirus Relief Package – Highlights Financial Assistance for Indian Country and U.S. Territories, Urges More Support in Future Bills - HERE

03.26.2020 Chair Grijalva Letter to FEMA on Coronavirus Response in Indian Country - HERE

03.24.2020 Following Administration Briefing, Chair Grijalva and House Dems Call for Congressional Relief Bill to Address Desperate Health Needs in Indian Country - HERE

03.20.2020 – Subcommittee Chair Gallego leads letter to urge the CDC to immediately transfer funding to IHS for tribes to be prepared for COVID-19 - HERE

03.18.2020 Chair Grijalva Pushes for Clarity on Federal Coronavirus Response in Indian Country – Asks for Documentation of Testing Equipment at Tribal Centers - HERE

03.13.2020 Vice-Chair Haaland and Subcommittee Chair Gallego introduce the CDC Tribal Public Health Security and Preparedness Act - HERE

News About Coronavirus in Indian Country

  • Arizona Republic, Indian communities should see better flow of coronavirus aid, Democrats say - HERE
  • American Bar Association, Issues Affecting Native American Communities During the COVID-19 Crisis - HERE
  • The Guardian, Native Americans being left out of US coronavirus data and labelled as 'other' - HERE
  • PBS, U.S. unsure it can meet deadline to disburse funds to tribes - HERE
  • The New Republic, Coronavirus Emergency Aid Has Become Its Own Disaster in Indian Country - HERE
  • The New York Times, How Native Americans Are Fighting A Food Crisis - HERE
  • CNN, Native Americans were already decimated by a virus. They're scared it could happen again. - HERE
  • Associated Press, Tribes sue over distribution of coronavirus relief funding - HERE
  • CNN, Amid coronavirus, tribes say they aren't getting help they need from the federal government - HERE
  • High Country News, Casino closures in Indian Country hit core tribal services - HERE
  • Politico, Where coronavirus could find a refuge: Native American reservations - HERE
  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Tribal Nations — Highly Vulnerable to COVID-19 — Need More Federal Relief - HERE
  • Mother Jones, A Right-Wing Influencer Claimed Native Americans Are Getting Extra Relief Aid. They Aren't, But They Probably Should - HERE
  • The Washington Post, Indian Country, where residents suffer disproportionately from disease, is bracing for coronavirus - HERE
  • Fresno Bee, Why are Fresno-area Native American clinics sending staff home during coronavirus pandemic? - HERE
  • NBC News, As Navajo Nation enforces coronavirus curfew, Arizona sends in the National Guard - HERE
  • The Guardian, 'It warms the heart': Navajo mount grassroots effort to tackle coronavirus - HERE
  • Indian Country Today, 'This is our Pearl Harbor moment'... and Indian Country is right there - HERE
  • Santa Fe Reporter, 'A Very Limited Budget' - HERE
  • TIME, Alaska's Remote Villages Are Cutting Themselves Off to Avoid Even 'One Single Case' of Coronavirus, HERE
    Indianz, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention faulted for delay in Indian Country coronavirus funds - HERE
  • The New Republic, Protecting Native Elders During A Pandemic - HERE
  • ABC News, New Mexico's governor warns tribal nations could be 'wiped out' by coronavirus - HERE
    Indian Country Today, 'It is also our tradition to protect our people,' the canoes will wait - HERE
  • The Oklahoman, Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Tribes battle coronavirus, much like state and federal government - HERE
  • KNAU, COVID-19 Relief Package Includes $8 Billion for Tribal Assistance - HERE
  • VICE, The US Has Neglected Indian Country for Years. Now Comes a Pandemic - HERE
  • Vox, The coronavirus is exacerbating vulnerabilities Native communities already face - HERE
  • The Conversation, Tribal leaders face great need and don't have enough resources to respond to the coronavirus pandemic - HERE
  • The Wall Street Journal, Coronavirus Hits Native American Groups Already Struggling With Poor Health Care - HERE
  • ABC News, Tribes take measures to slow spread of new coronavirus - HERE 
  • Politico, Emergency coronavirus funds for American Indian health stalled - HERE
  • The Guardian, ‘Timing is critical’: Native Americans warn virus may overwhelm underfunded health services - HERE
  • NBC News, Native American tribes brace for coronavirus: ‘It’s going to be a test’ - HERE
  • The Hill, How the coronavirus threatens Native American communities - HERE
  • Indianz, 'Lives are at risk': Coronavirus cases continue to grow in Indian Country as tribes push for action in Washington - HERE
  • Indian Country Today, Homeless. Vulnerable. And no option for 'self isolation' - HERE
  • Indian Country Today, Spike reported in Navajo Nation cases - HERE

CORONAVIRUS IN INSULAR AREAS

Resources and Information on Coronavirus in Insular Areas

CDC Fact Sheet: What To Do If You Are Sick (Spanish) CORONAVIRUS:  Hoja informativa: Qué hacer si se contagia - HERE

Department of Interior, Office of Insular Affairs - HERE

American Samoa Government - HERE

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Healthcare Corporation - HERE

Guam Department of Health and Public Services - HERE

Puerto Rico Department of Health - HERE

United States Virgin Islands - HERE

Congressional Action by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva and House Democrats

05.28.2020 Ahead Of The Upcoming Hurricane Season In The Caribbean, Chair Grijalva Joins Sen. Schumer, Rep. Velázquez and Democratic Lawmakers In Seeking Answers on How FEMA Is Preparing To Respond To Storms That Hit Puerto Rico And The U.S. Virgin Islands - HERE

05.22.2020 Chair Grijalva Leads Introduction of “Amendments to PROMESA Act” to Stabilize Puerto Rican Economy, Stop Austerity Cuts, Guarantee Services Funding - HERE

05.19.2020 Chair Grijalva, Bipartisan Lawmakers Urge Trump Administration to Prioritize Distribution of Coronavirus Resources to U.S. Territories - HERE

05.12.2020 Chair Grijalva Joins Sanders, Velázquez, Colleagues in Unveiling Legislation to Provide Nutrition Assistance to Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa - HERE

05.06.2020 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Urges Trump Admin to Support Puerto Rico’s Health Care System during COVID-19 Crisis – HERE

04.30.2020 Chair Grijalva Leads Letter to Treasury Department Pressing for Immediate Disbursement of Improperly Delayed COVID-19 Stimulus Checks in Puerto Rico - HERE

04.29.2020 NRDems Forum: Virtual Roundtable on Federal Coronavirus Response in U.S. Territories - HERE

04.29.2020 Chairs Grijalva, Velázquez: PPP Loan Distribution Must be Equitable for Small Businesses in U.S. Territories - HERE

04.27.2020 Lawmakers Call for Puerto Rico Aid in Next Stimulus - HERE

04.24.2020 Week’s Livestream Schedule: Environmental Justice and Economic Inequality on Tuesday, COVID-19 Response in U.S. Territories on Wednesday - HERE

04.09.2020 Lawmakers Push Puerto Rico on School Meals Distribution - HERE

04.03.2020 Warren, Grijalva, Velázquez, Castro Ask Trump Administration to Address Puerto Rico's Unique Vulnerability to COVID-19 - HERE

04.01.2020 Chair Grijalva, Rep. Sablan Write to FEMA Chief for Assurances on Virus Response in U.S. Territories in Light of Natural Disasters, Weak Finances - HERE

03.27.2020 Chair Grijalva Hails Coronavirus Relief Package – Highlights Financial Assistance for Indian Country and U.S. Territories, Urges More Support in Future Bills - HERE

03.27.2020 Chair Grijalva and Vice-Chair Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan's Op-Ed: Congress Needs to Put More Effort Into Protecting Territories  - HERE

03.20.2020 Rep. Nydia Velazquez Letter, Direct Cash Assistance Program for American citizens living in the territories - HERE

03.19.2020 Rep. José E. Serrano Letter, Assistance for American Citizens Living in the Territories in the Third Stimulus Package - HERE

News About Coronavirus in Insular Areas

  • NBC News, Puerto Ricans are vigilant as coronavirus response, hurricane recovery coincide - HERE
  • Associated Press, Guam worries as sailors from virus-hit ships take over hotels - HERE
  • Vox, As Puerto Rico prepares for the pandemic, residents fear the government hasn’t learned from Hurricane Maria - HERE
  • Saipan Tribune, More funding for the Marianas amidst COVID-19 pandemic - HERE
  • New York Times, Puerto Rico Lags Behind Everywhere Else in U.S. in Virus Testing - HERE
  • Pacific Daily News, Revised Virus Projections: Guam may need dozens of hospital beds, not thousands - HERE
  • KUAM, CNMI receives 20,000 coronavirus test kits from South Korea - HERE
  • St. Croix Source, How Do USVI Coronavirus Numbers Compare to the Rest of the World? - HERE
  • Associated Press, Puerto Rico discovers protective supply cache amid COVID-19 - HERE 
  • Associated Press, California lends 500 ventilators to 4 states, 2 territories - HERE
  • Pacific Daily News, Governor: Guam could see exponential growth in virus cases - HERE
  • Miami Herald, Puerto Rico provides $787 million in aid to fight economic collapse from coronavirus - HERE
  • Bloomberg, Puerto Rico Debt Plan at Risk as Economic Outlook Darkens - HERE
  • USA Today, As coronavirus cases rise in Puerto Rico, some fear economic 'bloodbath' along with health crisis - HERE
    Saipan Tribune, Trump OKs CNMI Disaster Declaration - HERE
  • The Guardian, Coronavirus in the Pacific: weekly briefing - HERE
  • St. Croix Source, USVI's COVID-19 Hospitalizations Likely to Crest Over 100 in Early May - HERE
  • Centro de Periodismo Investigativo, Incongruencia en los datos impide saber si hay suficientes ventiladores y camas de aislamiento para pacientes de COVID-19 - HERE 
  • Associated Press News, Govt under fire after 1st Puerto Rican coronavirus death - HERE
  • Pacific Daily News, President Donald Trump declares major disaster on Guam due to COVID-19 - HERE
  • JD Supra, U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States Included in COVID-19 Economic Stimulus - HERE
  • NBC News, American Samoa's coronavirus conundrum: No way to test - HERE
  • The Wall Street Journal, Puerto Rico Overseers Hit Pause on $35 Billion Bond Restructuring - HERE
  • NBC News, Coronavirus: Puerto Rico needs medical supplies but faces restrictions - HERE
  • Univision, Coronavirus Home Page - HERE
  • The Intercept, The Cruise Industry Pressured Caribbean Islands To Allow Tourists Onto Their Shores Despite Coronavirus Concerns - HERE
  • Forbes (Opinion), Puerto Rico can help the U.S. end its dependency on Chinese pharmaceutical ingredients - HERE
  • The Virgin Islands Daily News, V.I. adjusts to a new viral reality - HERE
  • Grist, Puerto Rico faces another disaster: The coronavirus pandemic - HERE
  • Pacific Daily News, 2 more on Guam test positive for coronavirus; total at 14 - HERE
  • Reuters, Pacific nations employ island fortress tactics to combat coronavirus spread - HERE
  • New Zealand Herald, Coronavirus: A look at cases and restrictions in the Pacific - HERE

ENERGY & MINERAL RESOURCES CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE 

Congressional Action by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva and House Democrats

05.29.2020 Next Week’s Livestream Schedule: Cleaning Up Orphaned Oil and Gas Wells on Monday, Risks of Premature National Park Openings on Tuesday - HERE

05.27.2020 Chair Grijalva Spotlights Trump Administration’s “Beyond the Pale” Economic Favoritism for Fossil Fuel Companies Over Proposed Royalty Payment Delays - HERE

05.04.2020 Congressman Lowenthal, Natural Resources Committee Leadership, Call on Administration to Suspend Action On Massive Alaskan Oil Development Plan - HERE

05.01.2020 Natural Resources Committee Hosting Livestream Discussion on May 5 on Trump Admin’s Pandemic-Era Regulatory Rollbacks and Fossil Fuel Agenda - HERE

04.30.2020 Grijalva, Haaland Sharply Question Sec. Bernhardt, BLM Director Pendley’s Choice to Drill Sacred Sites During Coronavirus Pandemic - HERE

04.12.2020 Congressman Lowenthal, 70 Colleagues, Urge Interior Dept To Pause All Public Comment Period Deadlines During National Emergency – HERE

04.06.2020 Following Unusual White House Meeting With Big Oil, Chair Grijalva and 15 House Democrats Urge Sec. Bernhardt to Reject Calls for Royalty Cuts – HERE

04.03.2020 Chair Grijalva: Trump’s Meeting Today With Fossil Fuel Interests Tells the Country Everything it Needs to Know About His Priorities in a Crisis - HERE

03.20.2020 Chair Grijalva, Rep. Cartwright Urge Congressional Leaders Not to Bail Out Coal Industry as Part of Coronavirus Response - HERE

03.17.2020 Rep. Nanette Barragán Leads Letter Opposing Any Bailout of Oil and Gas Industry in Coronavirus Stimulus Package - HERE

News About Coronavirus and Energy & Mineral Resources

Politico, Morning Energy: Fight over HFCs rears its head again - HERE

NATIONAL PARKS, FORESTS, AND PUBLIC LANDS CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

Congressional Action by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva and House Democrats

05.29.2020 Next Week’s Livestream Schedule: Cleaning Up Orphaned Oil and Gas Wells on Monday, Risks of Premature National Park Openings on Tuesday - HERE

05.01.2020 Chair Grijalva to Trump, Sec. Bernhardt: May 3 Campaign-Style Event at Lincoln Memorial is Inappropriate, Needs to be Canceled - HERE

04.27.2020 Letter to Bernhardt Asking for Information on Process of Reopening National Parks - HERE

04.01.2020 Chair Grijalva: Trump Admin Has No Explanation for Waiting Several Days to Close Grand Canyon National Park After Explicit Call From Health Officials - HERE

03.31.2020 Chair Grijalva, Rep. Haaland Lead Letter to Interior Secretary Urging Closure of Grand Canyon, Other Parks and Public Lands at Risk of Coronavirus Spread - HERE

03.27.2020 Chair Grijalva: National Park Service Must Close Grand Canyon National Park Immediately, Interior Dept. Must Act to Prioritize Public Health - HERE

03.20.2020 Chair Grijalva Statement on Interior Secretary Bernhardt Encouraging Public Lands Visits During Coronavirus Pandemic - HERE

News About Coronavirus in National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands

  • The Hill, Democrats press Trump administration over plan to reopen national parks - HERE
  • The Daily Beast, National Park Staff Revolts, Says Shut Them Down - HERE 
  • The Hill, Grand Canyon remains open while employees, local officials push for its closure - HERE

WATER, OCEANS & WILDLIFE CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE 

Congressional Action by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva and House Democrats

05.20.2020 House Democrats Push for Millions of Restoration and Resilience Jobs - HERE

05.15.2020 Livestreamed Roundtables Next Week: Coronavirus Impacts on Fisheries on Monday, Preventing Wildlife-Borne Disease Spread on Tuesday - HERE

04.09.2020 Huffman, Case, Cunningham, Graves Advocate For Fisheries Relief In Bipartisan Letter - HERE

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

Congressional Action by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva and House Democrats

05.13.2020 Virtual Roundtable: Stepping Up: Communities Protecting Themselves and the Environment in the Pandemic Era – HERE

05.12.2020 Wednesday Livestream With Chair Grijalva – “Stepping Up: Communities Protecting Themselves and the Environment in the Pandemic Era” - HERE

04.28.2020 NRDems Forum: Environmental Justice Virtual Round Table on Community Impacts from the Coronavirus Health & Economic Crises - HERE

04.24.2020 Week’s Livestream Schedule: Environmental Justice and Economic Inequality on Tuesday, COVID-19 Response in U.S. Territories on Wednesday - HERE

04.21.2020 McEachin, Grijalva Letter Urges HHS to Address Disparities in COVID-19 Outcomes for Environmental Justice Communities - HERE

03.26.2020 Chair Grijalva, Rep. McEachin Lead Letter From 43 House Democrats to Congressional Leaders Urging Environmental Justice Support in COVID-19 Response - HERE

News About Coronavirus and Environmental Justice

  • Grist, An effort to bring 'environmental justice for all' goes virtual - HERE