Elizabeth Warren calls for look into coronavirus impact on Native American rights

Elizabeth Warren calls for look into coronavirus impact on Native American rights
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenTrump criticizes Redskins, Indians over potential name changes The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump wants schools to reopen, challenged on 'harmless' COVID-19 remark Judd Gregg: The coming Biden coup MORE (D-Mass.) has teamed up with the co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus to request more information on how the COVID-19 pandemic is facing native communities in the U.S.

Along with Rep. Deb HaalandDebra HaalandOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Internal watchdog probing Park Police actions toward Lafayette Square protesters | Democrats detail their .5T green infrastructure plan | Green groups challenge Trump water rules rollback Internal watchdog probing Park Police actions toward Lafayette Square protesters Judge orders Mnuchin to give Native American tribes full stimulus funding MORE (D-N.M.), Warren wrote to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) on Wednesday, warning that existing economic hardships felt by Native Americans around the U.S. had only been made noticeably worse by the pandemic.

"The Administration's failure to uphold the trust responsibility to provide adequate relief, health services, and public safety resources to tribal communities has exacerbated the pandemic's impact. This failure requires the Commission's voice," the two wrote.

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"We respectfully request that the Commission consider examining COVID-19’s civil rights impacts on Native peoples," they added.

The letter comes as Democrats have sought more action from the federal government on coronavirus relief but have been unsuccessful in convincing Republicans to bring a second stimulus package, the HEROES Act, to a vote in the Senate.