Dispute over COVID-19 relief for tribal nations spills into Biden administration


January 26, 2021

A sign congratulating President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris is seen at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., on January 20, 2021. Photo by Indianz.Com (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

WASHINGTON, D.C - With one of the debacles of the Donald Trump era still raging in the courts, Indian Country will be paying close attention as the Department of the Treasury gains new leadership.

Economist Janet Yellen is sailing toward confirmation as 78th Secretary of the Treasury following unanimous support from a key U.S. Senate committee on Friday. But while no one on the panel directly asked her about COVID-19 relief for tribal nations, it's clearly on the radar of Democratic President Joe Biden and his burgeoning Cabinet.

"I recognize that this crisis has hit tribal communities particularly hard and we have to ensure that they are getting the assistance that they need," Yellen said of the pandemic in response to a questions from the committee.



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