U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland, Laguna and Jemez Pueblos, joined Indian Country Today's newscast Monday, discussing federal funding, the push to reopen the economy and more. Here are some highlights:
- The congresswoman says she and other Democrats fought feverishly to obtain $8 billion in federal funding when the administration initially left tribes out of the relief act.
- In the next round of relief, Haaland is pushing for broadband access across Indian Country so students can attend school from home.
- The New Mexico Democrat says it’s “extremely dangerous” for President Donald Trump to encourage people to go out and ignore stay-at-home orders. Trump has sent conflicting signals, backing federal guidelines that leave decisions to governors while voicing support for protests over stay-at-home orders.
- Haaland says infection rates must be low to safely open the economy.
- Her message for kids: "I want them to know that I'm doing everything I can to keep their parents and their grandparents safe."
Also on the daily newscast, Washington Editor Jourdan Bennett-Begaye reports the updated COVID-19 numbers in Indian Country.
The host of the program is Patty Talahongva, executive producer of Indian Country Today.