NCUIH Executive Director to Testify at Hearing on COVID-19 in Indian Country: The Impact of Federal Broken Promises on Native Americans

The hearing on the "Impact of Federal Broken Promises on Native Americans" will be livestreamed on Friday at 10 AM ET.

WASHINGTON, DC (July 17, 2020) – On Friday, July 17 at 10:00AM ET, NCUIH Executive Director Francys Crevier will testify before of the United States Commission on Civil Rights regarding COVID-19 and its impact on American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs). The Commission will hear testimony from experts, including Executive Director Crevier, on how Federal Broken Promises with regard to COVID-19 have impacted AI/AN healthcare, infrastructure, access to water, and broadband access. 

The briefing will be streamed here

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“I am honored to join this esteemed panel today. As the Broken Promises Report found, the failure of the government to address the wellbeing of Indian Country for the past two centuries has created a system where we are bound to fail -- and that has proven no different during this pandemic. It is imperative to officially recognize systemic racism as the central factor of health inequities — NOT race. Our country is reeling from the recent killings of George Floyd and countless others at the hands of police, reckoning with the legacy of racial injustice that their deaths have laid bare, while simultaneously confronting the unequal impact of COVID-19 on people of color. This moment in time is both dangerous and full of great promise,” said Francys Crevier, Executive Director.

In 2018, the Commission issued the Broken Promises: Continuing Federal Funding Shortfall for Native Americans report, which addressed the inadequacy of federal funding for Native American programs despite the United States’ trust responsibility to promote tribal self government, support the general well being of Native American people, tribes and villages, and to protect their land and resources.


Friday, July 17, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. EDT

All Testimony

Call for Comments

The U.S. The Commission on Civil Rights is requesting comments related to COVID-19 and the Broken Promises Report. Comments can be submitted until Friday, July 24, 2020 to or OCRE/Public Comments, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20425. The Commission seeks comments on the following questions:

By NCUIH, posted on Friday July 17, 2020
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