Rep. Angie Craig Joins Colleagues to Discuss Health and Economic Disparities in Indian Country Amid COVID-19

September 18, 2020
Press Release

This week, U.S. Rep Angie Craig joined House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), along with Co-Chair and Vice Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS) and Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) to discuss health and economic disparities in Indian Country amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the dire need for federal aid. The Members were joined by Governor of the Pueblo of Santa Clara Tribal Government J. Michael Chavarria, President of the National Congress of American Indians Fawn Sharp and Vice President of Policy & Strategy at Data for Progress Julian Brave Noisecat.

“I'm proud to represent two federally recognized tribal nations: the Prairie Island Indian Community and Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, which are part of a strong community of tribal nations located throughout Minnesota,” said Rep. Craig. “I was honored to join my colleagues to hear more about how Congress can help Indian Country get the funding and assistance it needs during this difficult time.” 

Both the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the Prairie Island Indian Community declared states of emergency in mid-March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and announced a series of actions intended to protect the health and safety of tribal members and their guests, including closing down their tribal gaming operations until it was deemed safe to reopen. Rep. Craig has worked closely with both tribal communities and continues to advocate for federal assistance.

Video of the full roundtable and Q&A can be viewed here.