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Eastern Band of Cherokee

article TIME: Child Poverty Is a Moral Tragedy. This Policy Would Significantly Reduce the Number of Kids Affected (1/23/2020)
(North Carolina) -- Nearly 1 in 5 American children is officially poor. That’s roughly 15 million kids. But the number living with a significant deprivation–...
article Cherokee leader says his community’s health care, education, economy benefit from gaming (1/19/2020)
(North Carolina) -- Everyone in this tiny North Carolina mountain community seems to know Richard Sneed. Whether walking through the gleaming $128 million Cherokee...
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Macau Gaming

article All Macau casino workers ordered to wear masks (1/23/2020)
(Macau) -- Macau’s Health Bureau has ordered all casino workers to wear respiratory face masks while working. According to an announcement by Macau’s gaming...
1 Article on this Issue

Mental Health

article New suicide prevention program targets kids, tribes, farmers (1/23/2020)
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota officials are trying to get suicide prevention programs into communities across the state following an increase in suicides in recent...
article Sinema champions bipartisan bill combatting Native American suicide (1/22/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema cosponsored the bipartisan Native American Suicide Prevention Act — legislation requiring statewide...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Ontario Gaming

article City of Belleville releases casino cash spending breakdown (1/23/2020)
(Ontario) -- The City of Belleville is trying to answer some of the questions surrounding where the money goes that the city gets for hosting the Shorelines Casino.
1 Article on this Issue

Snoqualmie Tribe

article Snoqualmie Indian Tribe opens Charitable Donations for 2020 (1/23/2020)
(Washington) -- Since January 1, 2020, the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe has been accepting applications for its Charitable Donations fund. The application cycle opened Jan. 1...
1 Article on this Issue

Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA)

article What's at stake with the Indian Child Welfare Act (1/22/2020)
(New Orleans) -- The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is weighing the future of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), leaving the fate of Native American children —...
article Cherokee Nation to be present at rehearing of Brackeen case (1/21/2020)
(New Orleans) -- Though it has been litigated before, the Indian Child Welfare Act is again under legal challenge, and Cherokee Nation officials plan to show support for...
article Court takes another look at Native American adoption law (1/21/2020)
(New Orleans) -- A 1978 law giving preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving American Indian children was getting a second...
article Morongo tribe heading to 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to defend Indian Child Welfare Act (1/21/2020)
(New Orleans) -- The Morongo Band of Mission Indians is one of five tribes heading to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in Louisiana this week to defend the law that...
article Foster parents struggle against retaliation by state caseworkers (1/15/2020)
(Washington) -- In the silent crisis that is Washington’s shortage of foster homes, one problem is often discussed among foster parents but rarely documented: the...
article S.D. Attorney General to 'not take sides' in case that could determine future of ICWA (1/12/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota attorney general had decided "to not take sides" in a high-stakes federal lawsuit that could determine the future of a law...
article A 41-year-old law designed to protect Native American families is under attack. Here’s what that means for Colorado’s tribes. (1/5/2020)
(Colorado) -- Politicians, judges and social workers in Colorado are on the front lines of a brewing legal battle over a federal law that helps keep Native American...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

First Nations

article New housing opening in northern B.C. for Indigenous patients who have to travel for medical appointments (1/21/2020)
(British Columbia) -- BC Housing and the First Nations Health Authority have partnered to provide temporary housing near medical facilities in Prince George and Fort St...
article Two cases of diphtheria confirmed in area of Onion Lake Cree Nation in Sask. (1/21/2020)
(Saskatchewan) -- Health officials say two cases of diphtheria have been diagnosed in the area of Onion Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. A medical health officer for...
article Progress on TB-elimination in Nunavut stalled due to lack of funding (1/20/2020)
(North Canada) -- Nearly two years after the federal government committed to eliminating tuberculosis among Inuit by 2030, progress is stalled and the former minister...
article Dene Nation seeks formal apology for TB treatment in 'Indian hospitals' (1/17/2020)
(North Canada) -- The Dene Nation is seeking a formal apology for the way its members were treated in medical institutions. The move comes as a class action lawsuit...
article First Nations chiefs prepare to take on Quebec over its legal challenge of new federal child welfare law (1/15/2020)
(Quebec) -- The Quebec government's decision to launch a constitutional challenge of Bill C-92, which went into effect Jan. 1, has prompted First Nations leaders in...
article Better tools needed to ease tensions between Winnipeg's immigrant, Indigenous communities, report says (1/15/2020)
(Manitoba) -- Indigenous people should have more influence when it comes to helping newcomers learn about Canadian culture, says a report released Wednesday morning that...
article NunatuKavut Community Council launches 2 new programs for medical travel and home repairs (1/14/2020)
(North Canada) -- The NunatuKavut Community Council has launched two new pilot programs, one to help with travel costs for people needing medical attention and another...
article Tenants of N.S. Indigenous housing group decry deplorable building conditions (1/14/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- The tenants of a non-profit housing association meant to benefit Indigenous people living in urban areas in Nova Scotia are speaking out about what they...
article App developed locally to connect Indigenous kids to health services is going national (1/9/2020)
(Ontario) -- A tool developed in the Manitoulin Island community of Wikwemikong to assess the health of Indigenous children is going Canada-wide thanks to a $1.5-million...
article New Chair to take a hard look at cancer outcomes for Indigenous Peoples in BC (1/9/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Dr. Nadine Caron says she hears difficult stories every day from some of her Indigenous patients in rural British Columbia facing a diagnosis of...
article Indigenous youth, RCMP officers come together for Regina workshop focused on building relationships (1/9/2020)
(Saskatchewan) -- Fourteen Grade 9 to 12 students from around Canada were in Regina this week with an RCMP mentor, hoping to foster better future relationships between...
article New UBC chair will study how cancer outcomes of Indigenous people in B.C. can be improved (1/7/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Dr. Nadine Caron, Canada's first female Indigenous general surgeon, will study the experiences and unique needs of Indigenous cancer patients,...
12 Total Articles on this Issue

IHS

article Tribal Health Clinic gets accreditation renewed (1/20/2020)
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Tribal Health Clinic’s national accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) has been renewed...
1 Article on this Issue

Lori Piestewa

article Piestewa Peak Chapter DAR visits Phoenix veterans with therapy horses (1/20/2020)
(Arizona) -- Members of the Piestewa Peak Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in Scottsdale teamed with therapy mini-horses from Tender Little...
1 Article on this Issue

Montana Gaming

article Montana is only state without public funding to help gambling addicts (1/20/2020)
(Montana) -- Montana is home to a variety of casinos. The state has more than 1,400 licensed gambling operators and locations that offer more than 16,000 video gambling...
1 Article on this Issue

Health Care

article Native American veterans struggling to get health care they were promised (1/19/2020)
(Arizona) -- Vanissa Barnes-Saucedo was 21 when military recruiters stopped her in a shopping mall, waving enlistment papers in front of her. Although she says she wasn...
article Native American veterans still struggling to get the health care they were promised (1/17/2020)
(Arizona) -- Vanissa Barnes-Saucedo was 21 when military recruiters stopped her in a shopping mall, waving enlistment papers in front of her. Although she says she wasn...
article CCMC: Native Village of Eyak may purchase hospital within 6 months (1/16/2020)
(Alaska) -- If all goes well, Native Village of Eyak may purchase Cordova Community Medical Center within the next six months, says Greg Meyer, chair of the CCMC Board...
article Medical insurance bypasses Native Americans in New Mexico (1/14/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Native Americans go without medical insurance at a much higher rate than other residents of New Mexico, a state-commissioned study has found as state...
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Isleta

article Ruling: New Mexico tribal casino employee can't claim workers' comp benefits (1/17/2020)
(New Mexico) -- A New Mexico Supreme Court decision says at least some tribal casino workers injured on the job can’t receive benefits through the state’s...
1 Article on this Issue

Penobscot Tribe

article Penobscot Nation unveils new apartment complex for tribal elders (1/16/2020)
(Maine) -- After demolishing an aging eight-unit apartment complex that housed some of the older members of the Penobscot Indian Nation, the community unveiled its...
1 Article on this Issue

Jamestown S’Klallam

article Jamestown Tribe files MAT clinic application with city (1/15/2020)
(Washington) -- The application for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s medication-assisted treatment (MAT) clinic is now with the City of Sequim’s...
article Jamestown Tribe submits Permit Application for MAT clinic (1/10/2020)
(Washington) -- The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe submitted their Permit Application to the City of Sequim to build their proposed 15,000 square foot Medical Assisted...
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Mining & Drilling

article The gift of coal for Hopi and Navajo families (1/14/2020)
(Arizona) -- Imagine actually wanting to get coal in your stocking this holiday season. Or rather a truck load of coal over cologne, perfume, jewelry or whatever it was...
1 Article on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article Cherokee Nation experiencing Tramadol shortage (1/13/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- During the Jan. 13 meeting of the Tribal Council’s Health Committee, councilors were told of a medication shortage that could have far-reaching...
article CN gives nearly $30K to domestic violence, child abuse programs (1/5/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation officials on Dec. 30 donated nearly $30,000 to domestic violence and child abuse advocacy programs serving communities in the Rogers,...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

MGM Springfield

article Springfield Health Workers To Address Problem Gambling (1/13/2020)
(Massachusetts) -- The public health department in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts – home to one of the state’s resort casinos – is going to...
1 Article on this Issue

Winnebago Tribe

article St. Augustine portrait dedication celebrates 14 years at Encounter Center (1/12/2020)
(Nebraska) -- "The Children of St. Augustine Indian Mission," an exhibit featuring portraits by award-winning photographer Father Don Doll, will be at 1 p.m....
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Opioid Crisis

article No Easy Answers Forthcoming on Opioid Crisis, Experts Say (1/11/2020)
(USA) -- According to the NPR article, over 400,000 Americans have died of opioid-related causes since the epidemic began in the 1990s. “Thousands of states, local...
1 Article on this Issue

Fort Peck

article Fort Peck homeless shelters close for meth contamination (1/10/2020)
(Montana) -- The only two homeless shelters on the Fort Peck reservation have been closed for months under order of Tribal Chairman Floyd Azure, who said they were...
1 Article on this Issue

LGBTQ

article Walking in two worlds: Canada's 'two-spirit' doctor guiding trans teenagers (1/8/2020)
(Alberta) -- Sitting on the floor of a teepee, in a circle of patients, friends and relatives, doctor James Makokis cried as he remembered his father struggling to...
1 Article on this Issue

Oglala Sioux

article Oglala president seeking federal help in dealing with meth (1/8/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe is asking for federal help in dealing with methamphetamine use on the reservation that he says has contributed...
1 Article on this Issue

Tule River

article Tule River Housing Authority breaks ground on affordable housing in Porterville (1/8/2020)
(California) -- Forty Tule River Tribe families will have a new home in Porterville in early 2021 if all goes to plan. The Tule River Indian Housing Authority and Self-...
1 Article on this Issue

Food Sovereignty

article Native Voices Convene for Food Tank Summit on Indigenous Foods (1/6/2020)
(Arizona) -- Food Tank and Arizona State University’s (ASU) “The Wisdom of Indigenous Foodways” Summit on January 22, 2020, is convening native voices...
1 Article on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Navajo request federal funding to hire coroners (1/6/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council said it's working with Congress to fund a medical examiners department. If successful, the tribe will be the first in the...
1 Article on this Issue

White Earth

article EDITORIAL: A boost for nutrition and White Earth Nation (1/6/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Hello Fresh, Blue Apron and other “meal kit” services have helped time-stressed families choose home-cooked meals over fast food and pizza...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Some Onion Lake residents say info about diphtheria not coming fast enough after 2 cases confirmed (1/23/2020)
(Saskatchewan) -- People in the community of Onion Lake are feeling uneasy after two cases of a rare infection were found in the area, but health officials say there's...
article Growing up in a 'bank desert' has major costs (1/22/2020)
(Colorado) -- People who are exposed to banks and other financial institutions as kids are more likely to be financially stable later in life, new research from CU...
press release First Nations Announces the Inaugural Cohort for the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship (1/22/2020)
(Colorado) -- First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) and The Henry Luce Foundation (Luce) are pleased to announce the selection of ten fellows for the Luce...
article This South Seattle treatment center has been helping Native people beat substance use disorders for more than 30 years. So why is it closing? (1/21/2020)
(Washington) -- Roxanne White was in a “very desperate and very broken place” when she first came to Thunderbird Treatment Center in 2002. White, who is Nez...
article Part II: Native Americans fight historical discrimination to lower diabetes (1/21/2020)
(Arizona) -- Alex Alejandre lost 75 pounds in a year. His wife, Mary, lost 40. They want to set a good example for their 17-year-old son, Nathan, and take a personal...
article Montreal Lake Cree Nation increasing both treatment and security in battle against crystal meth (1/19/2020)
(Saskatchewan) -- A central Saskatchewan Cree nation is taking a multi-pronged approach to dealing with a crystal meth issue in its communities. The Montreal Lake Cree...
article Partnership encourages Native American students to pursue health care careers (1/18/2020)
(California) -- The UC Davis School of Medicine has joined with two other universities and a regional health board in a collaborative effort to increase the number of...
article Care home resident Frederick McKay was found dead in the cold. His sister wants answers, and accountability (1/17/2020)
(Saskatchewan) -- After McKay's December 2017 disappearance and death, the Saskatchewan RCMP is now "requiring officers to attend all missing persons complaints...
article Effort Begins To Reduce Risk Of Death Of SD Mothers During Childbirth (1/17/2020)
(South Dakota) -- New or expectant mothers in South Dakota — and across the United States — are dying during or after childbirth at higher rates than in nearly every...
article New Mexico back to 49th in nation in child poverty (1/17/2020)
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico’s child poverty rate rose slightly and continues to rank near the bottom nationally despite improvements in the state’s economy, a child-...
article Proposed bill aims to help Native veterans access better healthcare (1/17/2020)
(Arizona) -- Vanissa Barnes-Saucedo was 21 when military recruiters stopped her in a shopping mall, waving enlistment papers in front of her. Although she says she wasn...
article Homelessness services are working to keep Alaskans sheltered as statewide cold snap continues (1/16/2020)
(Alaska) -- Alaska can be a harsh environment, especially for those who are homeless. The recent, severe cold weather has turned difficult conditions into life...
press release Eve’s Fund president to speak about ThinkFirst Navajo at national injury prevention webinar (1/16/2020)
(Indian Country) -- Barbara Crowell Roy, co-founder and president of Eve’s Fund for Native American Health Initiatives, will speak about ThinkFirst Navajo at a...
article Northern Ontario Indigenous community concerned over closure of Dease Pool (1/15/2020)
(Ontario) -- A northern Ontario Indigenous Community is asking for the City of Thunder Bay to back off its plans to demolish Dease Pool, so the future of the facility...
article Nevada Urban Indians Clinic taking new patients (1/14/2020)
(Nevada) -- Tucked away in the Quail Complex on South McCarran Boulevard among the other doctor's offices, is the Nevada Urban Indians Clinic. Many people who walk or...
article Sharing Wisdom, Sharing Hope: Strategies Used by Native American Cancer Survivors to Restore Quality of Life (1/13/2020)
(Indian Country) -- Native Americans have the poorest 5-year relative survival for all cancers combined (60%) and are more likely to die of their cancer than patients...
article Alcohol-related deaths double, women at increased risk (1/11/2020)
(Indian Country) -- Alcohol-related deaths are increasing at an alarming rate in the U.S., according to a new study. Alcohol-related deaths in the U.S. have increased...
article Funding the Fight Against Indian Reservation’s Opioid Epidemic (1/11/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- On Dec. 13, the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs announced awards totaling more than $333 million to combat the national opioid...
article Why Shelterhouse chose new build over renovating (1/11/2020)
(Michigan) -- This is part of a weekly series focused on educating the community about Shelterhouse of Midland and Gladwin Counties. It’s part of a local impact...
article Sask. First Nations asking federal government to transfer $360M per year to take over child welfare (1/10/2020)
(Saskatchewan) -- New federal legislation now allows First Nations to take control of their own child welfare. But Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby...

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