COVID-19: Information and Resources for Tribal Governments and Citizens
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
On March 17, 2020 the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA), the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) held a Tribal Leader Town Hall webinar to discuss the policy and human impacts of the COVID-19 virus on tribal communities and citizens.
The webinar featured a Congressional update from Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK-4) regarding legislation to provide funding to combat the spread of COVID-19 and leadership from NAFOA, NCAI, and NIHB provided updates regarding legislative advocacy to secure funding for tribes to battle COVID-19 and secure funding/tax breaks for tribal governments, healthcare facilities, and businesses.
Information and Resources for Tribal Governments and Citizens
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The CDC is continually monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and providing up-to-date information on healthy/safe practices to engage in.
- National Indian Health Board: NIHB is also providing up-to-date information regarding the policy and human impacts of COVID-19 on tribal governments and citizens. Visit their website for ongoing developments and advocacy to secure tribal health resources. Visit their website for information regarding future calls and webinars with federal agencies and The White House.
- National Congress of American Indians: NCAI has also developed an Indian Country resource landing page with links to partner organizations and healthcare institutions with information and resources available to tribes and their citizens.
- Indian Health Service: IHS is providing up-to-date information on its website regarding COVID-19 and IHS/tribal healthcare facilities.
- Bureau of Indian Affairs: BIA has developed a website for information and resources on the COVID-19 outbreak and information for tribal governments and schools.
- Department of Education: The U.S. Department of Education has developed a landing page for COVID-19 information and resources for schools and school personnel
- Federal Emergency Management Agency: FEMA has released a COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Fact Sheet following President Trump's COVID-19 Pandemic Declaration. Tribes are encouraged to reach out to their regional FEMA Tribal Liaisons for Assistance, contact information for your regional FEMA Tribal Liaison can be found here.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: SAMHSA has published guidance to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: CMS is providing updates on its 'Newsroom' webpage for COVID-19 implications to the provision of Medicare and Medicaid services.
- Department of Labor: The department has developed a COVID-19 webpage with information on how to protect and safeguard workplaces from the spread of COVID-19.