Bureau of Indian Affairs' Coronavirus Response at Indian Country Detention Facilities [open pdf - 362KB]
From the Document: "On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was enacted. It included $8 billion for direct payments to Indian Tribes and $522 million of direct appropriations to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) for COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] response. Given this infusion of funding, we examined the impact of COVID-19 on the Indian detention system from April 1, 2020, to May 31, 2020, including the actions the BIA and the tribes have taken to respond to outbreaks of this virus, and how other longstanding challenges have affected the BIA's response. Detention facilities that include housing, recreation, and food service components present unique challenges to control COVID-19 among inmates and staff. Inmates in detention facilities are particularly at risk of contracting COVID-19 because they live, work, eat, and participate in activities in close proximity to each other. These factors also increase the potential for COVID-19 to spread once introduced."
Department of the Interior, Office of the Inspector General, CARES Act Inspection Report No. 2020-WR-044