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Office of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i)
Chairman , 
U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Schatz discussed COVID-19 relief, help for Native communities in meeting with President Biden February 3

U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today took to the Senate floor to underscore the more than $28 billion for Native people to deliver health and economic relief called for in President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. These funds, comprising one of the largest investments in Indian Country in American history, will empower tribes, and Native communities to safeguard the health and economic wellbeing of their members and crush the pandemic.

“From Hawaiian homelands to villages, pueblos, rancherias, and other Native communities, our fellow Americans who live on or near these lands need immediate relief. Not half measures, and not more delays,” said Senator Schatz, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. “We all need to work together and support Native families and communities across the country. Our shared federal trust and treaty obligations demand nothing less.”

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Chairman Schatz worked to include funding in the budget resolution for critical Native health, Native American housing, tribal governmental relief, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Bureau of Indian Education programs.

Earlier today, Schatz met with President Biden to discuss COVID-19 relief for Indian Country and Native communities.

The full video of Chairman Schatz’s remarks can be viewed via YouTube below.

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