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Cole Applauds Coronavirus Relief Funding for Tribal Nations

May 5, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) issued the following statement after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced a path forward for swiftly getting Coronavirus Relief Fund money to tribal nations. Cole is a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma and co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus.

“I am sincerely grateful for the Trump Administration’s special attention to the unique challenges facing Indian Country during this coronavirus crisis and for working hard to get desperately needed funding out the door to tribal partners," said Cole. "While continuing their essential government functions, tribes have also been faced with lost revenue from their enterprises and industries that normally generates the income to support their governments and health care systems. As our nation’s tribes continue their fierce fight against coronavirus, receipt of this money is critical reinforcement and will greatly help tribal communities.

“I am particularly pleased to learn that Oklahoma’s tribal nations will receive a generous portion of the money now making its way to Indian Country. Oklahoma is home to 39 sovereign tribes, and each one plays an invaluable role in the lives and health of their members and surrounding communities. While there are still unknown challenges ahead, I am encouraged and relieved that tribal nations are now more adequately equipped to face and fight this terrible disease.”

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