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Cheyenne River Sioux

article Beyond the checkpoints: How a S.D. Native American tribe is protecting its people from COVID-19 (5/24/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in north-central South Dakota has received extensive state and national press coverage in recent days after Gov. Kristi...
article How a S.D. Native American tribe is protecting its people from COVID-19 (5/20/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in north-central South Dakota has received extensive state and national press coverage in recent days after Gov. Kristi...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Chickasaw Nation

article Mental Health Awareness Month with the Chickasaw Nation (5/24/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Throughout the month of May, the Chickasaw Nation is encouraging mental health awareness and treatment. Mental health is an essential part of self-care and...
1 Article on this Issue

COVID-19

article Transients, others quarantine in Riverton COVID camp (5/24/2020)
(Wyoming) -- As of Friday afternoon, 16 people were quarantined in a man camp abutting Arapahoe School on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The camp was offered...
article Indigenous organizations in Montreal call for a delay in reopening the city (5/24/2020)
(Montreal) -- A status report published by eight organizations in Montreal that serve the city's Indigenous community says it's too soon for reopening as the...
article Covid-19: Indian Health Service increases testing, funds for tribal and urban health programs (5/23/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- In a pair of announcements in late May, the Department of Health and Human Services announced it is awarding $1.25 billion to the Indian Health...
article The Feds Gave a Former White House Official $3 Million to Supply Masks to Navajo Hospitals. Some May Not Work. (5/22/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Zach Fuentes, former deputy chief of staff to President Trump, won the contract just days after registering his company. He sold Chinese masks to...
article Tribes Desperately Need More COVID-19 Relief As The Government Idles (5/22/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Jamescita Peshlakai is an Arizona state senator. She represents more than 122,000 people in a massive district in the northeastern portion of the...
article Zuni Pueblo deals with increase in COVID-19 cases (5/22/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Conditions on Zuni Pueblo are getting worse, tribal leaders said Friday. About a month ago, KOB 4 reported that many on the pueblo feared a COVID-19...
article Sac and Fox Nation Announces COVID-19 Economic Support Program for All Enrolled Tribal Citizens (5/22/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma tribe is giving money it received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act directly to its tribal citizens. Tribal...
article 'Our prayers were answered': Volunteer suggests delivering food hampers to every home on Blood Reserve (5/22/2020)
(Alberta) -- Elder Keith Chief Moon was isolating with his wife in their home on the Blood Reserve in southern Alberta, and hadn't seen or heard from anyone in days...
article OP/ED: COVID-19 has been brutal in Indian country — just like past epidemics were (5/22/2020)
(Washington) -- The novel coronavirus is terrorizing Indian country. The Indian Health Service (IHS) reports 7,244 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Since March the Navajo...
article Tribe receives cleaning supplies to keep virus at bay (5/21/2020)
(Louisiana) -- The United Houma Nation has been delivering food and supplies to the elder members of the tribe since April, and just got some significant help in that...
article NAC: Coping with grief from a distance (5/20/2020)
(Indian Country) -- The coronavirus pandemic is putting barriers between family members and their grief over loved ones who have walked on. Families often can’t be...
article United Houma Nation: Banding together in hard times (5/20/2020)
(Louisiana) -- COVID-19 is troubling for everyone. Some groups are hit harder than others. This week the Navajo Nation surpassed the state of New York for having the...
12 Total Articles on this Issue

First Nations

article First Nations health authorities tell Commons committee they need more PPE (5/24/2020)
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous health authorities that service Western Canadian First Nations say they are experiencing problems accessing enough medical and protective...
article As deconfinement looms, Cree communities begin asymptomatic testing for COVID-19 (5/20/2020)
(North Canada) -- The Cree health board in northern Quebec has increased the number of COVID-19 tests it does and expanded the list of who can be tested to include...
press release Hundreds of non-medical masks with Indigenous flair made for First Nations communities (5/20/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Shelly Johnson is a professor at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C., and the Canada research chair in Indigenizing Higher Education, but...
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Navajo Nation

article I'm a member of the Navajo Nation, and my people are dying from the coronavirus. (5/24/2020)
(Arizona) -- My name is Tyrone Whitehorse, and I am a member of the Diné Nation, or Navajo Nation from Lechee, Arizona. As is tradition among my people, I would like to...
article Oklahoma nonprofit fundraising for Navajo Nation COVID-19 response (5/24/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- A local nonprofit is seeking community support for a fundraiser benefiting Navajo Nation families and children who have been particularly hard hit by the...
article Parts of Navajo water pipeline near completion amid virus (5/23/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Growing up without running water or electricity in rural New Mexico on the Eastern Agency of the Navajo Nation in the 1950s, Daniel Tso contracted...
article Native American communities are struggling during the pandemic. Here's how to help. (5/22/2020)
(Arizona) -- As of May 18, the Navajo Nation has the highest per capita coronavirus infection rate in the U.S., surpassing New York and New Jersey. Unlike other regions...
article New map gives detailed picture of coronavirus outbreak on Navajo Nation (5/22/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Arizona Department of Health Services has suppressed the number of coronavirus cases on tribal land in its daily updates that detail coronavirus...
article The Navajo Nation's Lack of Clean Water Has Fueled a COVID-19 Crisis (5/22/2020)
(Arizona) -- Washing your hands with warm, soapy water is a directive heard countless times since the COVID-19 coronavirus began spreading around the world. It’s...
article Trump Bungled Pandemic Response In Navajo Nation: Leader (5/21/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Weeks of delays in delivering vital coronavirus aid to Native American tribes exacerbated the outbreak, the president of the hard-hit Navajo Nation...
article 'Ogden's Own Distillery' delivering 485 gallons of hand sanitizer to Navajo Nation (5/20/2020)
(Utah) -- "Ogden's Own Distillery" is hand-delivering 485 gallons of hand sanitizer to the Navajo Nation Wednesday. The tribal lands, which lie in the four...
press release How Orenda Tribe Is Supporting Hard-Hit Navajo Nation During the Coronavirus (5/20/2020)
(New Mexico) -- When Amy Yeung decided to leave her work as a design executive in Los Angeles, she knew there was only one place to go: New Mexico. The entrepreneur and...
9 Total Articles on this Issue

Blood Tribe

article Blood Tribe uses lessons learned during the opioid crisis to tackle COVID-19 (5/23/2020)
(Alberta) -- Coun. Lance Tailfeathers of the Blood Tribe says lessons learned from the opioid epidemic are helping the community respond to a COVID-19 outbreak that has...
article 'Our prayers were answered': Volunteer suggests delivering food hampers to every home on Blood Reserve (5/23/2020)
(Alberta) -- The groceries were needed but it was the gesture that meant the most to Keith Chief Moon. Chief Moon, an elder also known as a traditional knowledge keeper...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Census

article Rural areas, tribal lands hit hardest by census interruption (5/23/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Even though they're neighbors, two New Mexico counties couldn't be further apart in the rate of people answering the 2020 census. Los Alamos...
1 Article on this Issue

Mescalero Apache

article Mescalero declares emergency, orders residents to stay-at-home order (5/23/2020)
(New Mexico) -- The Mescalero Apache Tribe declared a state of emergency in the wake of two positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus on the reservation. The Mescalero...
1 Article on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article CHIEF HOSKIN: Wado to Cherokee foster parents (5/22/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- May is Foster Care Awareness Month, an opportunity to thank all Cherokee foster parents for the selfless time and love they give for our Cherokee children...
article Chief Hoskin to visit Claremore Friday for elder food distribution event (5/20/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation citizens are encouraged to come by Christ United Methodist Church in Claremore Friday take part in the Cherokee Nation’s emergency...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Colville Tribe

article The Colville Tribes Announces Receipt of COVID-19 Relief Funding (5/22/2020)
(Washington) -- The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation announces it has received funding intended to provide relief from the impact of COVID-19, including $...
1 Article on this Issue

Election 2020

article Presumptive Democratic Nominee Joe Biden Tells Arizona Republic He Would Increase Funding for Indian Health (5/22/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee, said he will increase funding for the Indian Health Service...
1 Article on this Issue

IHS

article HHS distributes $500 million to tribal hospitals, clinics, and urban health centers (5/22/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced it would distribute $500 million to the Indian Health Service and tribal hospitals...
1 Article on this Issue

Little Shell Tribe

article Little Shell Tribe leaders prepare to use $25 million in relief funding to create urgent care facility (5/22/2020)
(Montana) -- The Little Shell Tribe leaders say they want to use $25 million they received in federal coronavirus relief funding for an urgent care clinic in Great Falls...
1 Article on this Issue

Mississippi Band of Choctaw

article Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians declares state of public health emergency (5/22/2020)
(Mississippi) -- Amid growing concerns about the rise in COVID-19 cases, The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians on Thursday declared a state of public health emergency...
1 Article on this Issue

Standing Rock Sioux

article DOT issues photo IDs on Standing Rock reservation (5/22/2020)
(North Dakota) -- The North Dakota Department of Transportation is working with Indian Affairs to insure Native Americans have access to mail-in voting. With the primary...
1 Article on this Issue

Wind River

article Transients, others quarantine in Riverton COVID camp (5/22/2020)
(Wyoming) -- As of Friday afternoon, 16 people were quarantined in a man camp abutting Arapahoe School on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The camp was offered...
1 Article on this Issue

Leech Lake Band

article Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Stay at Home Order Extended to June 1, 2020 (5/21/2020)
(Minnesota) -- The Leech Lake Tribal Council has extended the “Stay at Home Order” for Leech Lake Reservation residents until June 1st, 2020. As many know,...
1 Article on this Issue

Blackfeet Nation

press release Blackfeet Tribe tests over 500 for COVID-19 (5/20/2020)
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Tribe reached a landmark last week as personnel from the Southern Piegan Health Center and the Tribal Health Improvement Program set up a...
1 Article on this Issue

Blue Lake Rancheria

article Blue Lake Rancheria donates 500 sheet sets to help homeless amid pandemic (5/20/2020)
(California) -- To help the homeless quarantined during the COVID-19 crisis, the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe said they donated 500 sheet sets and 70 pillows to the...
1 Article on this Issue

CARES act

article Wyoming tribes receive millions in coronavirus relief money from federal government (5/20/2020)
(Wyoming) -- The two Wyoming tribes have said they’ve received a combined $19 million in coronavirus relief funding from the federal government to help them as...
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Cultural Appropriation

article How A Company Misappropriated Native American Culture To Sell Health Insurance (5/20/2020)
(USA) -- Jill Goodridge was shopping for affordable health insurance when a friend told her about O’NA HealthCare, a low-cost alternative to commercial insurance....
1 Article on this Issue

Jamestown S’Klallam

article City approves tribe’s MAT clinic application (5/20/2020)
(Washington) -- After months of public discussions and rallies for and against, City of Sequim staff announced last Friday that they approved the proposed medication-...
1 Article on this Issue

Lac du Flambeau

article First COVID-19 case on reservation in Lac du Flambeau confirmed (5/20/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians Tribal President, Joseph Wildcat Sr., confirmed Wednesday evening that a person on their...
1 Article on this Issue

Las Vegas Gaming

article Las Vegas Gaming Industry to Offer Testing for Employees Prior to Return to Work (5/20/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- In a broad collaborative plan created by business and community leaders, Las Vegas gaming and resort properties will partner with University Medical...
1 Article on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

press release Mining companies rush to shield indigenous communities from COVID-19 (5/20/2020)
(Australia) -- Big mining companies that rely on indigenous workforces or operate near remote communities have acted fast to curb the spread of the coronavirus and avoid...
1 Article on this Issue

Nez Perce Tribe

article Nez Perce Tribal Police Say "Mexican Oxy" Cause of Recent Overdose Situation (5/20/2020)
(Idaho) -- On the evening of Monday, May 18, Nez Perce Tribal Police Department (NPTPD) officers were dispatched to respond to reports of a potential overdose situation...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Indigenous families given new lease on life as pandemic opens up housing options (5/25/2020)
(Ottawa) -- Last fall, Mary Jean Hookimaw decided to leave what she describes as a violent household. She soon discovered being a single mother in Ottawa with four young...
article Tribe aims to improve dental health by bringing smiles to the dental visit (5/25/2020)
(Arizona) -- As she looked at the Disney characters decorating the walls of the San Carlos Apache Healthcare Dental Clinic and at the smiling, laughing children watching...
article Advocates call for moratorium on $1,500 fines to homeless who aren't physically distancing (5/23/2020)
(Canada) -- One April evening, Lyn Black, an Anishinaabe outreach worker in Montreal, headed out with her business cards and baggies containing masks, looking for her...
article ‘To Walk in the Beauty Way’: Treating Opioid Use Disorder in Native Communities (5/23/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Successful treatment for opioid use disorder addresses the whole person. Nowhere is this approach more important than among American Indian and Alaska...
article ‘Unserviced’: Why some Western Alaska villages lack basic sanitation infrastructure (5/19/2020)
(Alaska) -- Some communities in Western Alaska rely on crumbling infrastructure to meet their daily sanitation needs. Others depend on untrained water operators....
press release StrongHearts Native Helpline Adds Online Chat Sessions with Advocates (5/18/2020)
(Indian Country) -- It is no coincidence that StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-762-8483) has chosen to roll out online chat advocacy amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The...
article Celilo Wyam activist delivers relief to Indigenous villages of Columbia River (5/17/2020)
(Washington) -- On the banks along a stretch of the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington, Lana Jack brings supplies to Underwood, Lyle and Lone Pine. These are...
article Q&A: Allie Young, founder of Protect the Sacred and the #NavajoStrong movement (5/17/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Activist Allie Young was living in Los Angeles two months ago, working in the entertainment business, when she felt the call to return to her hometown of...
article S. Korea to Provide 10,000 Masks to Native American Veterans (5/17/2020)
(South Korea) -- South Korea will provide 10,000 masks and other health protective items to Native Americans who fought in the 1950-53 Korean War to help them combat the...
article Sitka Faces Choices On CARES Act Fund (5/15/2020)
(Alaska) -- City hall has been receiving dozens of suggestions a day since word came down that Sitka may get some $14 million in CARES Act funds. City Administrator John...
article Small tribes seal borders, push testing to keep out virus (5/14/2020)
(New Mexico) -- On a dusty plaza in a Native American village that dates back nearly a millennium, a steady trickle of vehicles inched through a pop-up coronavirus...
article Nanticoke Indian Association helps its own (5/14/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- As a sign of solidarity with its members, the Nanticoke Indian Association tribal council hosted a drive-thru giveaway of bagged essentials May 9 at...
article Indigenous Innovation Initiative will award up to $250K to projects for gender equality (5/13/2020)
(North Canada) -- The newly launched Indigenous Innovation Initiative is seeking project proposals that advance gender equality in Indigenous communities, and can award...
article On Indigenous Nurses Day, meet 2 women bringing First Nations perspectives to health care (5/13/2020)
(Canada) -- A newly graduated Cree nurse is hoping to work in her home community of Norway House and inspire others to get involved in the Indigenous mental health field...
article Big River First Nation builds tiny homes to fight homelessness (5/11/2020)
(Saskatchewan) -- Homelessness among single members of the Big River First Nation has prompted the community to invest high hopes in tiny homes. The First Nation’s...
article Some counties could have reopen plans OK'd by Tuesday; Ruiz pushes for tribal health care funding (5/11/2020)
(California) -- More than two dozen California counties have asked for permission to loosen their stay-at-home plans beyond what the state allows, Gov. Gavin Newsom...
article ‘Unserviced’ communities: Why some Western Alaska villages lack basic sanitation infrastructure (5/11/2020)
(Alaska) -- Some communities in Western Alaska rely on crumbling infrastructure to meet their daily sanitation needs. Others depend on untrained water operators....
article Winnipeg group gives free bikes to Indigenous students in need of transportation (5/10/2020)
(Winnipeg) -- A new program is giving bicycles to Indigenous youth who move to Winnipeg for school to help them get around the city as they pursue their studies. The...
article 10 steps to save Native Americans from Covid-19 catastrophe (5/7/2020)
(USA) -- The pandemic ravaging some Native American communities has echoes that go back centuries -- to the measles and smallpox epidemics that first decimated the...
article With limited resources, Chicagoland Native American groups step up to help their own (5/7/2020)
(Illinois) -- As the coronavirus disproportionately affects Native American communities across the country, the Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative works to...

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