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Blackfeet Nation

article Blackfeet Nation urges tribal members to stay home, practice social distancing amid COVID-19 (9/21/2020)
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council is urging tribal members to stay home, practice social distancing, wash their hands and avoid social gatherings to...
1 Article on this Issue

COVID-19

article CDC reverses itself and says guidelines it posted on coronavirus airborne transmission were wrong (9/21/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- On Monday morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention edited its Web page describing how the novel coronavirus spreads, removing...
article Despite low numbers, leaders concerned about Covid’s impact on indigenous communities (9/20/2020)
(Vermont) -- The number of reported cases of Covid-19 among Native Americans in Vermont remains low, but Abenaki tribal leaders are concerned their members remain at...
article CDC: Coronavirus Seldom Kills Children But Minorities at Higher Risk (9/19/2020)
(USA) -- Children in general aren’t likely to die from the novel coronavirus, but the mortality risk is still relatively high for children and teens from minority...
article Vaccine Trial Underway On Navajo Nation And In Salt Lake City (9/18/2020)
(Utah) -- Doctors are currently recruiting volunteers in the Navajo Nation and Salt Lake City to take part in a trial for a COVID-19 vaccine, which is being tested for...
article US unveils plan to provide free coronavirus vaccine (9/16/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration on Wednesday outlined a strategy to deliver safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses to the American people as quickly as...
article Coronavirus Most Likely to Kill Minority Children, CDC Says (9/15/2020)
(USA) -- Coronavirus is disproportionately killing minority children in the U.S., especially those with other underlying health conditions, according to a federal report...
article Hispanic, Black And American Indian Children Die From The Coronavirus At Disproportionate Rates, CDC Finds (9/15/2020)
(USA) -- Hispanic, Black and Native American people under the age of 21 are disproportionately affected by Covid-19 compared to white children, according to a Centers...
article Navajo Nation reports 15 new COVID-19 cases, but no deaths (9/13/2020)
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation health officials have reported 15 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, but no deaths for the third time in six days. The latest numbers...
article Skating on Stolen Land (9/13/2020)
(Indian Country) -- A roller skating fundraising campaign for Navajo health during the pandemic? At first I thought I had misunderstood my colleague Daisy Purdy’s...
9 Total Articles on this Issue

First Nations

article B.C. privacy commissioner will hear First Nations complaints about COVID (9/21/2020)
(British Columbia) -- British Columbia's information and privacy commissioner will investigate a complaint by a coalition of First Nations over a lack of information...
article Tofino-area First Nation considering closing doors to visitors again (9/16/2020)
(British Columbia) -- COVID-19 cases are on the rise throughout B.C. Tourists are continuing to pour into the Tofino area at a significantly higher clip than expected....
article First Nation on B.C.'s central coast urges community-led contact tracing to curb COVID-19 (9/14/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The Heiltsuk Nation renewed its call on the B.C. government to collaborate and adopt a community-led contact tracing mechanism on its reserve land...
article Manitoba First Nations on high alert after three probable COVID-19 cases identified (9/13/2020)
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba First Nations are ramping up their safety protocols and working with all levels of government to help mitigate the risk of community COVID-19...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Public Smoking

article No smoking policies inside hotel-casinos spreading (9/21/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas’ relaxed smoking policies are spreading. On Monday, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas confirmed that it had prohibited smoking in all public...
article Smoking is currently banned in Atlantic City casinos. Will it ever return? (9/21/2020)
(Atlantic City) -- The novel coronavirus, an airborne pathogen that affects the respiratory system, provided state officials a legitimate public health reason to...
article Stay smoke-free, casino urged (9/21/2020)
(Arkansas) -- When Saracen Casino Resort opens its gaming floor next month, smokers, because of coronavirus restrictions that require masks to be worn in public places,...
article Smoking is currently banned in Atlantic City casinos. Will it ever return (9/20/2020)
(Atlantic City) -- The novel coronavirus, an airborne pathogen that affects the respiratory system, provided state officials a legitimate public health reason to...
article Native View: Smoke-free casinos good for the health of employees, patrons (9/19/2020)
(Minnesota) -- In response to COVID-19, tribal casinos across the U.S. closed their doors, unplugging a vital lifeline to their communities’ economies. After...
article As casinos reopen amid COVID-19, researchers question the safety of smoking (9/19/2020)
(USA) -- Brian Christopher says he loves playing slot machines — especially slot machines in casinos that have gone non-smoking during the pandemic. He’s...
article Casino in Terre Haute will feature outdoor ‘smoking patio’ with slots (9/18/2020)
(Indiana) -- A planned casino in Terre Haute will be smoke-free inside but will feature a heated outdoor patio with up to 117 slot machines and eight table games to...
article Park MGM is first resort in Las Vegas to ban smoking (9/16/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- After a pandemic shutdown in March, Park MGM plans to reopen at the end of September as a nonsmoking casino and hotel. It’s the first Las Vegas...
article Las Vegas Strip will see its first smoke-free casino when Park MGM reopens at the end of September (9/14/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- The butts stop here. MGM Resorts announced Monday that when Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas reopen at the end of the month, the hotels will comprise the...
article Park MGM will be smoke-free when it reopens (9/14/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- One of the last Las Vegas Strip resorts to reopen after coronavirus closures will be the first to be smoke-free, MGM Resorts International announced...
article A "smoke free" casino with an outdoor smoking patio is coming (9/12/2020)
(Indiana) -- You would not normally find John Gerth at a slot machine, for one main reason. "Me, I'm a non-smoker so if there would be anything that would drive...
11 Total Articles on this Issue

UK Gambling

article Casinos in London offer to shut their bars after 10pm in bid to avoid thousands of curfew job losses (9/21/2020)
(London) -- London’s casinos have offered to close their bars if plans for a Covid curfew in the capital go ahead amid warnings the shutdown could cost thousands...
1 Article on this Issue

Las Vegas Gaming

article Exposure Locations Data Point to Strip Casino Properties (9/20/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- Southern Nevada disease investigation analyses for June, July and August outlined casino-type properties as top locations of possible exposure to COVID-19...
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St. Croix Chippewa

article County officials warn of possible COVID-19 exposure at western Wisconsin casino (9/20/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- Health officials in Barron County, Wisconsin are warning people who visited a casino this week to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms. The health...
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Mental Health

article Why are suicide rates so high amongst Native American youths? (9/19/2020)
(Indian Country) -- Elizabeth Rule breaks down the reasons for high suicide rates amongst Native Americans teens. Why are suicide rates so high amongst Native American...
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Wynn Resorts

article Almost 550 Wynn Las Vegas employees test positive for coronavirus (9/18/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- Of the resort’s 15,051 COVID-19 employees’ tests so far, 3.6% have tested positive, and only six guests have tested positive. Wynn Resorts of...
article Wynn reveals 548 positive COVID-19 cases from its Las Vegas workforce out of more than 15,000 tests (9/17/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- Wynn Resorts said it has seen 548 positive cases of COVID-19 from its Las Vegas workforce out of 15,051 tests – a positivity test rate of 3.6%, well...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Cheyenne River Sioux

article How one Native American tribe is protecting itself from the coronavirus amid legal threats and funding delays from the US government (9/17/2020)
(South Dakota) -- A Republican governor's clash with an Indigenous tribe trying to keep the coronavirus off its reservation ignited what some say is the latest...
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Forest County Potawatomi

article Forest County has soared in recent weeks to have highest COVID infection rate in Wisconsin (9/17/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- Cases of COVID-19 have more than tripled in recent weeks in Forest County, resulting in the highest case rate per capita of all counties in the state as...
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Law Enforcement Incidents

article The alleged hysterectomies of ICE detainees add to the U.S. legacy of forced sterilizations (9/17/2020)
(USA) -- In 2003, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was created with the mission to "protect" the United States from "illegal immigration that...
1 Article on this Issue

Red Lake Tribe

article Red Lake Nation to open borders, lift curfew (9/17/2020)
(Minnesota) -- For the first time since April 1, Red Lake Nation will remove border security enforcement, beginning on Oct. 3. As of Sept. 14, residents of Red Lake...
1 Article on this Issue

Menominee Tribe

article Menominee government initiates new shutdown of bars and the casino (9/16/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin incident command issued a new order today affecting the operations of tribal government and the community due to...
1 Article on this Issue

Pennsylvania Gaming

article Workers at Rivers Casino Philadelphia complain of coronavirus secrecy and lax safety (9/16/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- When Rivers Casino Philadelphia reopened its doors in July after months of coronavirus-related shutdowns, its returning employees had to make some...
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BIA

article Bureau of Indian Education abruptly changes course on Navajo schooling (9/15/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) on the Navajo Nation will be opening under a distance-learning plan next week, a surprising...
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Cherokee Nation

article Cherokee Nation among plaintiffs challenging AFCARS reporting (9/15/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Claiming that the Trump administration has illegally removed requirements that allow relevant agencies to identify tribal and LGBT youths in foster...
article CNB casinos open under strict safety protocols (9/13/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Though the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impose the need for restrictions, Cherokee Nation Businesses has its casino doors open with social distancing and...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Canada Gaming

article Casino Nova Scotia reopening in October after 6-month closure due to COVID-19 (9/14/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- Great Canadian Gaming Corporation announced Monday that its Casino Nova Scotia properties in Sydney and Halifax will be reopening on Oct. 5. Both...
1 Article on this Issue

Michigan Gaming

article Two Michigan Casinos Tighten Up Mask Rules (9/14/2020)
(Michigan) -- The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe owns two casinos in Michigan. The popular Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, and its lesser-known Saganing Eagles...
article Two mid-Michigan casinos prohibit use of certain masks (9/13/2020)
(Michigan) -- A pair of mid-Michigan casinos will soon prohibit the use of certain types of masks being used by its guests. Beginning Monday, Sept. 14, the Soaring Eagle...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

press release Navajo Nation reports five new COVID-19 cases; plans to participate in COVID-19 trials (9/14/2020)
(Arizona) -- Monday evening, Navajo Nation reported five new COVID-19 cases, with zero new deaths. At the same time, Navajo Nation plans to participate in a COVID-19...
article Navajo Nation health care workers develop innovations to control the spread of COVID-19 (9/13/2020)
(Utah) -- If a patient is tested for the coronavirus on a Friday at the Navajo Mountain Community Health Center, Roxanna Yazzie works late. Yazzie, the clinic’s...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Wind River

press release Northern Arapaho chair says tribal members were turned away from ER at pandemic's start (9/14/2020)
(Wyoming) -- Emergency room staff at the SageWest hospital in Riverton allegedly turned away potential COVID-19 patients from the Wind River Indian Reservation at the...
1 Article on this Issue

Colorado River Indian Tribes

article BlueWater reopens this week (9/13/2020)
(Colorado) -- After being closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, The BlueWater Resort & Casino is reopening on a limited basis this week. The official...
1 Article on this Issue

Hard Rock

article Terre Haute casino will be smoke-free (9/13/2020)
(Indiana) -- Citing Vigo County and Terre Haute's strict non-smoking ordinances and poor health metrics, Spectacle Jack LLC announced Friday it will make its Terre...
1 Article on this Issue

San Carlos Apache

article Nnee Bich’o Nii Apache Transit Services rides again (9/13/2020)
(Arizona) -- For nearly five and a half months, the Apache Transit fleet sat dormant, void of passengers due to the State of Emergency ordered by the San Carlos Apache...
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Saginaw Chippewa

article Soaring Eagle Casino guests must wear proper face masks, not bandanas or gaiters (9/12/2020)
(Michigan) -- Soaring Eagle Casino will no longer allow guests to wear particular types of masks and face coverings. According to an email alert, the casino is banning...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Health department: ‘No health threat to the public’ at Island Casino, in Hannahville community (9/4/2020)
(Michigan) -- Many questions have been asked regarding possible coronavirus exposure recently at the Island Resort & Casino and in the Hannahville Indian Community....
article Alaska villagers use vehicles to light runway for medevac carrying child (9/2/2020)
(Alaska) -- Residents of a remote Alaska village scrambled just before midnight Friday to help save the life of a child, jumping into their vehicles to light up a pitch-...
article Poor governance to bring new toxicity to the ‘Arsenic Triangle’ (8/25/2020)
(Minnesota) -- In the heart of Minneapolis’ Southside Green Zone, in an area nicknamed the “Arsenic Triangle,” East Phillips community members have...
article Mole Lake tribe worries Crandon races could spike COVID-19 cases (8/24/2020)
(Michigan) -- The annual Crandon off-road races are set for Labor day weekend and the Brush Run during the last weekend in September. The event brings in over 60,000...
article 'Nothing will ever replace the feeling of sitting in that arena': COVID-19 puts powwow season on pause — and online (8/11/2020)
(Minnesota) -- When Labor Day weekend rolls around this year, Brenda Child will miss an event that's been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. She...
article Meadows Restricts Spectators in Attempt to Enforce Track Safety Protocols (8/11/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Mark Loewe, the chief operating officer for Meadows Casino Racetrack near Pittsburgh, made a disturbing report about virus safety protocols during an...
article 4 Dead, 11 Hospitalized After Ingesting Hand Sanitizer With Methanol (8/6/2020)
(Indian Country) -- The CDC is warning the public not to consume or ingest hand sanitizer. According to the agency, 15 adults in the U.S. have been hospitalized for...
article The Long Con: Brett Abarbanel discusses UNLV gambling study findings (8/3/2020)
(Nevada) -- What are customers prioritizing as the Covid-19 pandemic drags on? With casinos now mostly reopen in the U.S., we can observe and get anecdotal stories, but...

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