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April 06, 2020

ABA webinar explores COVID-19 issues affecting Native American communities

WASHINGTON, April 6, 2020 —The American Bar Association will conduct a free webinar, “Issues Affecting Native American Communities During the COVID-19 Crisis,” on Wednesday, April 8, from 3-5 p.m. EDT. The webinar is sponsored by the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice.

Topics include:

  • Discuss the provisions in the recently passed $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus packages related to Native communities
  • Review the unique health and operational challenges in both rural and urban Native communities
  • Address the economic and legal impact in the short- and long-term in tribal communities                                                                                                                      

Speakers include:

  • Welcome remarks by ABA President Judy Perry Martinez, who is also of counsel with Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn in New Orleans, La.
  • Kevin Allis, chief executive officer, National Congress of American Indians 
  • Stacy Bohlen, executive director, National Indian Health Board
  • Elizabeth Coronado, staff attorney, Health and Human Services, Lummi Indian Business Council
  • Dr. Charles W. Grim, secretary of health, Chickasaw Nation Department of Health
  • Virginia Hedrick, executive director, California Consortium for Urban Indian Health
  • Jerilyn LeBeau Church, chief executive officer, Great Plain Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board   
  • Doreen N. McPaul, attorney general, Navajo Nation Department of Justice
  • Naomi Miguel, professional staff, House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States, U.S. House of Representatives 
  • Bryan T. Newland, president, Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan 
  • Mary L. Smith, secretary, American Bar Association; past president, National Native American Bar Association (moderator)

To register for the program, click here. Resources will be shared on this landing site.

The program will be recorded, and the link will be shared with all registrants. There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at 202-662-1039 or [email protected].

Additional reporter resources on the ABA’s COVID-19 response and outreach are available here

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