WASHINGTON – The Seneca Nation of Indians will be receiving $184,000 in federal funding to assist the tribal health departments and public health system during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a joint announcement from U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.
The Senators say a total of $278,993 will be allocated towards various Native American groups in New York State.
“As New York reopens and looks to recover from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 crisis, we must ensure that tribal communities all across the state have the proper tools necessary,” said Senator Schumer. “Native communities have long experienced chronic illnesses that make them more susceptible to COVID-19. I am proud to deliver this funding for our disproportionately impacted tribes and will continue to fight for funds to help native communities better prepare and respond to the current and future health care crises.”
“Every New Yorker deserves access to quality health care, especially as we face a global health crisis,” said Senator Gillibrand. “The COVID-19 outbreak has highlighted institutional and ongoing health disparities in Native American communities, and has affected New York’s tribes at startling and disproportionate rates. This funding will help these communities receive the reliable and cutting-edge care needed during this unprecedented pandemic. I will always fight to ensure our Native American communities have the resources needed to keep every family safe and healthy.”
Funding recipients listed below:
- Oneida Indian Nation
- Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
- Seneca Nation of Indians