Bureau of Indian Affairs
A new Missing and Murdered Unit within the Bureau of Indian Affairs aims to address a silent epidemic.
They quizzed the Cabinet nominee extensively about fossil fuels, showing what one Native American advocate called their "allegiance" to that industry.
Federally run schools serving Native students were slow to shut and to offer distance learning. Millions in federal relief aid has yet to be disbursed.
The pandemic has hit Native American communities particularly hard.
Senate Republicans also worked to scale back direct relief for Native Americans.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe got a frightening notice from the Trump administration just as residents are grappling with the devastating impact of COVID-19.
Justice Department and Bureau of Indian Affairs officials couldn't take a position on any of the Senate bills addressing this crisis.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appointed Bryan Rice to lead the bureau in October.
"[Trump's] perverse reading of the relationship between the U.S. government and Indian Country flies in the face of the Constitution," Tom Perez wrote.