According to the White House facts sheets,
President Donald J. Trump is supporting Native American communities impacted by the coronavirus. Here is how he is doing it.
- The President signed the CARES Act into law, providing $8 billion to address coronavirus preparedness, response, and recovery for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
- The initial allocation of this funding, totaling nearly $5 billion, will be one of the largest programmatic investments in Indian Country in our Nation’s history.
- The Administration has also allocated over $1 billion through the Indian Health Service (IHS), to support tribes, tribal organizations, and Urban Indian Organizations in their coronavirus response efforts.
- In early March, the Trump Administration established a multi-agency coordinating group tasked with ensuring effective Federal coordination on tribal issues.
- The President has also acted to expand telehealth capacity and availability across IHS regions, allowing patients to get the care they need, while staying at home.
- Unprecedented supplies of critically needed medical equipment have been delivered by the Trump Administration to Native American communities.
- The Federal Government delivered 250 Abbott testing systems to IHS and they have been distributed to IHS and tribal healthcare facilities throughout Indian Country.
- These systems allow for rapid testing at the time and place of patient care and expands testing capacity, especially important for harder to reach and vulnerable populations.
- The Administration sent 100 ventilators to Arizona to support Indian Country.
- The Trump Administration has worked closely to provide relief—including the delivery of 50 ventilators—to the Navajo Nation, which has seen significant impacts from the coronavirus.
- The Federal Government has also deployed two Disaster Medical Assistance Teams and constructed three 50-bed Federal Medical Stations for the Navajo Nation.
- President Trump signed the first-ever presidential proclamation officially recognizing the grave issue of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives.
- The President issued the first ever Executive Order establishing a task force on missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives whose work is underway.
- To examine systemic problems at IHS, the President launched his Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native American Children served by the IHS.
- President Trump has also worked to enhance coordination between the Federal Government and tribal leaders on promoting economic growth and improving standards of living.
- President Trump re-activated the White House Council on Native American Affairs to promote economic development and rural prosperity in Indian Country.
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