Hearing: Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States – Emerging Coronavirus Impacts in Indian Country Hearing

March 23, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. Eastern time

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The Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States, led by Chair Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.), will hold a hearing titled A Year in Review: The State of COVID-19 in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Communities—Lessons Learned for Future Action. The event will focus on policy recommendations from tribal health, elder, housing and Native Hawaiian experts on the current state of coronavirus and its impact on Indigenous populations throughout the pandemic.

At the end of 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that among 14 states participating in its analysis, the overall coronavirus mortality rate among American Indian and Alaska Native persons was 3.5 times higher than that of White populations. By the end of 2020, the mortality rate for American Indian and Alaska Native individuals was 3.5 times higher than that of White populations. In Hawaii, Pacific Islanders account for nearly 30 percent of cases even though they make up only 4 percent of the population.

Witnesses include:

Francys Crevier

Chief Executive Officer

National Council of Urban Indian Health

William Smith

Chairperson and Alaska Area Representative

National Indian Health Board

Larry Curley

Executive Director

National Indian Council on Aging

Adrian Stevens

Acting Chairman, Board of Directors

National American Indian Housing Council

Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey

Chair

Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Dr. Charles Grim (minority witness)

Secretary, Department of Health

Chickasaw Nation

Rodney Cawston (minority witness)

Chairman, Colville Business Council

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Who should attend? UIO ED/CEOs, UIO Staff, Stakeholders, Tribal Partners and Tribes, Feds, IPC Champions, IPC Fellows

Objectives: The Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States, led by Chair Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.), will hold a hearing titled A Year in Review: The State of COVID-19 in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Communities—Lessons Learned for Future Action. The event will focus on policy recommendations from tribal health, elder, housing and Native Hawaiian experts on the current state of coronavirus and its impact on Indigenous populations throughout the pandemic.

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