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

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 Hearings

07.29.2020 Full Committee Markup – HERE

07.28.2020 Full Committee Hearing: Unanswered Questions About the US Park Police's June 1 Attack on Peaceful Protesters at Lafayette Square - HERE

07.23.2020 Full Committee Hearing: The Transformation of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) - HERE

07.22.2020 Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States Legislative Hearing - HERE

07.21.2020 Monumental Decisions: A Long Overdue Reckoning with Racist Symbols on Our Public Lands - HERE

07.16.2020 Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States Oversight Hearing - Native Youth Perspectives on Mental Health and Healing - HERE

07.14.2020 Subcommittee on Energy & Mineral Resources Oversight Hearing - Energy Infrastructure and Environmental Justice: Lessons for a Sustainable Future - HERE

07.13.2020 Subcommittee Hearing - Legislative Hearing on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Bills - HERE

06.29.2020 Full Committee Full Oversight Hearing - The U.S. Park Police Attack on Peaceful Protesters at Lafayette Square - HERE

06.25.2020 Subcommittee Hearing - Legislative Hearing on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Bills - HERE

06.18.2020 Subcommittee Hearing - Legislative Hearing on U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Bills - HERE

06.11.2020 Full Committee Hearing - PROMESA Implementation during the Coronavirus Pandemic - HERE

Natural Resources Committee Roundtables 

07.30.2020 Virtual Roundtable - Environmental Justice Now Tour: Michigan - HERE

07.15.2020 Virtual Roundtable - The Economic Benefits of Wildlife Viewing and Increasing Access to Wildlife Viewing. Colorado: A Case Study - HERE

07.08.2020 Virtual Roundtable - GAO Report on FEMA Response to Natural Disasters in Pacific U.S. Territories - HERE

07.07.2020 Virtual Roundtable - The Restoration Economy: Examining Environmental and Economic Opportunities - HERE

06.10.2020 Virtual Roundtable - Examining Coronavirus Impacts on Wildland Fire Operations and Vulnerable Communities – HERE

06.09.2020 Virtual Roundtable - After Coronavirus: Building a Prosperous, Environmentally Friendly Economy– HERE

06.02.2020 Virtual Roundtable - 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 Virtual Roundtable - Reclaiming Orphaned Oil and Gas Wells – Creating Jobs and Protecting the Environment by Cleaning Up and Plugging Wells - HERE

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

Black Lives Matter

06.23.2020 Livestreamed Committee Hearing on June 29 on Lafayette Square Crackdown Will Feature Injured Reporter, Wounded Protester, Bishop Mariann Budde - HERE

06.08.2020 Wyden Grijalva Haaland Request Inspector General Investigation Of Park Police Violence – HERE

06.04.2020 Chair Grijalva: President Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks are Another Attack on Black Communities - HERE

06.04.2020 Chair Grijalva, Vice Chair Haaland Push for Explanation of Park Police Walling Off President’s Park, Historic Site of Decades of Civil Rights Activism - HERE

06.03.2020 Nadler, Grijalva, Smith and Thompson Call for Answers on Trump Administration's Use of Force Against Peaceful DC Protestors – HERE 

06.02.2020 Grijalva, Haaland Request for Member Briefing on Lafayette Square Police Crackdown - 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

07.03.2020 Chair Grijalva on Mt. Rushmore Fireworks Display Opposed by Tribes: “This is the Administration That Blew Up Sacred Native Burial Grounds for its Wall” - HERE

07.02.2020 Udall, Murray, Pallone, Grijalva, Gallego Raise Concerns about Tribes Being Denied Access to Critical Federal COVID-19 Data - HERE

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

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

07.20.2020 Chair Grijalva Leads Letter Demanding Answers, Action Plan From Trump Admin on Puerto Rico’s Critically Low Census Response - HERE

07.16.2020 House Chairs Question Secretary DeVos’s Delay Distributing COVID-19 Relief for Puerto Rico - HERE

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

ENERGY & MINERAL RESOURCES CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE 

Congressional Action by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva and House Democrats

08.11.2020 Lowenthal, Grijalva, and Colleagues, Call on Interior Secretary To Cancel Utah Oil And Gas Lease Sale - HERE

06.17.2020 Chair Grijalva, Reps. Lowenthal & Levin Press Interior Dept. for Explanation of Sudden Pro-Industry Changes to Oil and Gas Royalty Payments on Public Land - HERE

06.16.2020 Congressman Lowenthal, HNRC Chair Grijalva, Demand Interior Dept Explain Plans To Protect Taxpayers From Paying For Abandoned Oil And Gas Wells - HERE

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

NATIONAL PARKS, FORESTS, AND PUBLIC LANDS CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

Congressional Action by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva and House Democrats

08.13.2020 After Months of Administration Silence, Chair Grijalva and Vice Chair Haaland Lead Letter With House Democrats Seeking Documents on Park Service Reopening Health Policies - HERE

07.03.2020 Chair Grijalva on Mt. Rushmore Fireworks Display Opposed by Tribes: “This is the Administration That Blew Up Sacred Native Burial Grounds for its Wall” - HERE

06.23.2020 Wyden, Grijalva, Haaland Welcome Interior Watchdog Probe into Excessive Use of Force Against Peaceful Lafayette Park Protesters for Trump Photo Op - HERE

06.08.2020 Wyden Grijalva Haaland Request Inspector General Investigation Of Park Police Violence – HERE

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

WATER, OCEANS & WILDLIFE CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE 

Congressional Action by Chair Raúl M. Grijalva and House Democrats

06.25.20 In New Letter, Chair Grijalva and Rep. Huffman Highlight President Trump’s Failure to Distribute Congressionally Approved Funding for Hard-Hit Fishermen - HERE

06.05.2020 Chair Grijalva: Trump Illegal Rollback of Marine Monument Protections Shows He’s in “Recreational Destruction Mode” as He Clings to Power - HERE

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