Examining the COVID-19 Response in Native Communities: Native Tourism Economies One Year Later, Hearing Before the Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, May 12, 2021 [open pdf - 250KB]
This is the May 12, 2021 hearing on "Examining the COVID-19 Response in Native Communities: Native Tourism Economies One Year Later," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. From the opening statement of Brian Schatz: "Today's oversight hearing, the third in this Committee's COVID- 19 [coronavirus disease 2019] Response series, will focus on the pandemic's impact on Native tourism economies. Native communities across the Country have diversified their economies with domestic and international tourism to create jobs for community members, boost tribal government revenue, and improve living conditions. But after COVID-19 hit, many Native communities imposed lockdowns and closed their borders and businesses to outside visitors. The temporary closure of tribal businesses, including tourism-driven enterprises, disrupted a major revenue source for funding tribal government services, and caused a ripple effect through adjacent non-Native communities, many of which rely on tribal enterprise to boost their own economies. Congress responded by providing funding through the American Rescue Plan act to help Native communities rebuild their economies. This included $20 billion in recovery funds and additional funding for programs like the EDA [U.S. Economic Development Administration] grants for tourism. Yes, help is here, but many Native communities need particular resources to regroup, revitalize and expand their own tourism economies. [...] I look forward to hearing from the Administration and Native tourism experts on these impacts and the Federal resources and infrastructure needed to get Native tourism economies back on track." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Dennis Alvord, John De Fries, Russell Dick, Anthony Rodman, and Sherry Rupert.
S. Hrg. 117-70; Senate Hearing 117-70
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