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Lummi Nation

article Bill James, hereditary chief at Lummi, master weaver, dies at age 75 (6/4/2020)
(Washington) -- Bill Tsi’li’xw James, hereditary chief of the Lummi people, was a teacher of culture, language and art who passed on teachings until his last...
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Card Clubs

article Co-owner of a California casino with Utah polygamous sect ties dies from COVID-19 (5/27/2020)
(California) -- Joseph Ortell Kingston, whose ownership stake in a California casino was a point of contention with regulators there, died early Sunday at Murray’s...
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Navajo Nation

press release Navajos Lose Their Wisdom Keepers (5/27/2020)
(Navajo Nation) -- The Navajo don’t usually talk about death. They believe to talk about it is to bring it upon them. But since the tribe’s coronavirus...
article Marie Pino, Navajo Teacher Who Educated Generations, Dies at 67 (5/19/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Marie Pino, a teacher who educated generations of children in a remote part of the Navajo Nation, knew how deadly Covid-19 could be. Just weeks ago, the...
article Navajo Nation reports 41 new coronavirus cases, 1 more death (5/13/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation’s health department is reporting 41 new cases of coronavirus and one more death on the vast reservation. Tribal officials said there...
article 'It's heartbreaking': Navajo Nation family loses parents, brother due to coronavirus (5/9/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Marvin Walters and two siblings entered the month of May still grieving from the loss of their parents and their brother, who all died due to the...
article She dreamed of leading the Navajo Nation ‘with respect and dignity.’ Then she caught covid-19. (5/9/2020)
(Arizona) -- An administrative assistant for the Navajo Nation’s Dennehotso chapter, Valentina Blackhorse dreamed of someday leading the entire tribe. Blackhorse,...
article Two Sisters On The Navajo Nation Die Days Apart From COVID-19 (5/1/2020)
(Arizona) -- Two sisters on the Navajo Nation died days apart from each other from the coronavirus last month. Each had worked for years in public service to the tribe....
article Valentina Blackhorse, Navajo pageant winner with dreams, dies of coronavirus at 28 (5/1/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Valentina Blackhorse, the winner of one pageant after another in the Navajo Nation, was known for helping others. When the coronavirus began tearing...
article Navajo Nation mourns death of former pageant titleholder and tribal employee to COVID-19 (4/27/2020)
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation is mourning the loss of former Miss Western Navajo and tribal employee, Valentina Blackhorse, who passed away Thursday at the young age of 28...
article Behind those COVID-19 numbers (4/26/2020)
(Arizona) -- The numbers are stark. Navajo Nation health officials reported six new deaths Friday and 180 new cases of COVID-19. That adds up to 1,590 known coronavirus...
article 1,321 total cases; curve may be flattening (4/20/2020)
(Arizona) -- As of Monday there are 1,321 positive COVID-19 cases and 43 deaths on the Navajo Nation, and two deaths in border town cases. A total of 4,589 tests have...
article Despite calls for help, Navajo Mountain mother, son can't be saved (4/17/2020)
(Utah) -- Holly DeJolie was getting worried. She hadn’t heard from her mother and brother for a week, despite calling them several times a day. The two lived...
11 Total Articles on this Issue

Macau Gaming

article Macao casino owner Stanley Ho dies at 98 (5/26/2020)
(Macau) -- Casino tycoon Stanley Ho, whose business empire dominated the Portuguese gambling enclave of Macao for decades, has died in Hong Kong at age 98. Considered...
article Macau’s last governor recalls Stanley Ho as a “friend of Portugal and of the Portuguese” (5/26/2020)
(Macau) -- Macau’s last governor before the 1999 handover, Vasco Rocha Vieira, said today (Tuesday) that the world lost, with the death of businessman Stanley Ho,...
article Stanley Ho, flamboyant ‘godfather’ of Macau casinos, dies aged 98 (5/26/2020)
(Hong Kong) -- Stanley Ho, the flamboyant and charismatic godfather of gambling in Macau, who steered gaming in the autonomous Chinese region to eclipse Las Vegas, has...
article Stanley Ho, patriarch of Asia’s largest casino empire, dies at 98 (5/25/2020)
(Hong Kong) -- Stanley Ho Hung-sun, the patriarch of Asia’s largest casino empire for half a century and a man whose very name is synonymous with Macau’s...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Pokagon Band

press release Cecelia Miller, Fry Bread House founder and James Beard Award winner, has died (5/26/2020)
(Arizona) -- In 1992, Cecelia Miller left her job in real estate and introduced her hand-stretched, made-to-order fry bread to Phoenix's culinary scene. Twenty years...
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Warm Springs Tribe

article Warm Springs leader Ken Smith dies at 85 (5/20/2020)
(Oregon) -- Kenneth L. Smith, a former tribal elder with the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, is being remembered by his community as a humble individual who never gave...
article Long-time Warm Springs tribal leader passes away (5/15/2020)
(Oregon) -- A long-time tribal leader on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation who also served in a top Interior Department position has died of natural causes, officials...
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Buffalo & Bison

article Two Elderly American Bison Die at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (5/14/2020)
(Virginia) -- Ungulate keepers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) are mourning the loss of two elderly American Bison, a male named Ten Bears and a...
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First Nations

article Remembering Eddie Dillon, Inuvialuit leader from Tuktoyaktuk (5/12/2020)
(North Canada) -- Inuvialuit and others across the N.W.T. are mourning the loss of a long-time leader and community builder, Eddie Dillon. His death was announced on the...
article Velma Orvis, Ojibway and Cree elder who died Friday, remembered for 'unconditional love' (4/27/2020)
(Manitoba) -- Velma Orvis was medicine. That's how one of her co-workers at a North End drop-in centre for at-risk women described the 79-year-old Winnipeg elder who...
article B.C. First Nation extends state of emergency after elder dies from coronavirus (4/25/2020)
(British Columbia) -- The ‘Namgis First Nation on a small island just north of Vancouver Island has extended its state of emergency after an elder became the first...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

COVID-19

article ‘Cherished’ Cree elder first Indigenous person in Quebec to die from COVID-19 (5/7/2020)
(Quebec) -- The COVID-19 outbreak ravaging Quebec’s long-term care facilities claimed the life of a respected Cree elder earlier this week. Emma Trapper,...
article Nimiipuu Health Confirms the Clinic's First Cases of Coronavirus on Friday (5/2/2020)
(Idaho) -- On Friday, two patients at Nimiipuu Health, the tribal clinic on the Nez Perce Reservation, tested positive for the novel coronavirus. To date, Nimiipuu...
article 77 year old may be first Native American in Florida to die of COVID-19 (5/2/2020)
(Florida) -- A 77-year-old man who grew up on the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation is believed to be the first Native American in Florida to die of coronavirus. Don...
article NW tribal fisheries leader dies from COVID-19 (4/25/2020)
(Oregon) -- A Yakama tribal member and leader of Celilo Village, a fishing community on the Columbia River, died Friday night from COVID-19 complications, officials...
article How N.W.T Indigenous communities are adapting funeral practices during pandemic (4/22/2020)
(Northwest Territories) -- Fred Simba's life would be celebrated by everyone in Kakisa, N.W.T, if it wasn't for the coronavirus. Simba, who died in early April,...
article Grieving for Indian colony's 'Auntie Jen' complicated by COVID-19 crisis (4/18/2020)
(Nevada) -- Doctors told Velda Lowery she shouldn't have a baby. They told her she wouldn't survive to see her daughter graduate or meet her grandchildren....
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Seminole Tribe

article Seminole Tribe of Florida Fire Dept. honors chief who died of COVID-19 with escort to cemetery (5/7/2020)
(Florida) -- Members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida Fire Department gave a somber salute to honor one of their own who lost his life to COVID-19. Fire service members...
article Seminole Tribe of Florida fire chief dies from the coronavirus. It’s believed he caught it in Tampa. (5/5/2020)
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida is mourning the loss of its fire chief after he died Thursday night from the novel coronavirus. Donald DiPetrillo, 70, has...
article Fire Chief for FL Tribe Dies from COVID-19 (5/2/2020)
(Florida) -- For seven weeks, a veteran firefighter battled complications caused by the new coronavirus. Don DiPetrillo, the fire chief for the Seminole Tribe of Florida...
article Coronavirus claims first Native American in South Florida (5/1/2020)
(Florida) -- To his family, he was unflappable, never raising his voice or a hand to those who crossed him. Life for this deeply spiritual and highly decorated Native...
article A tragedy for the Seminole Tribe of Florida as fire chief dies from the coronavirus (5/1/2020)
(Florida) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida is mourning the loss of its fire chief after he died Thursday night from the novel coronavirus. Donald DiPetrillo, 70, has...
article Vietnam veteran, possibly first Florida Native American to die of COVID-19, Seminoles say (4/30/2020)
(Florida) -- Don Osceola, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and member of the Seminole Tribe, died Wednesday night from COVID-19. He may be the first Native American in...
article Former Seminole police chief: ‘He was a survivor, but sadly he couldn’t survive the coronavirus’ (4/19/2020)
(Florida) -- As a younger man, Calvin Harrison defied the odds. Nine days after taking a bullet to the right temple at point blank range by the rapist he was searching...
article Retired Seminole Police Officer Dies of COVID-19 at 76 (4/18/2020)
(Florida) -- A recently retired Seminole Police Officer has died after testing positive for COVID-19 and spending several weeks hospitalized. Calvin “Cal”...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

Online Gaming

article Famed online gambling businessman killed in plane crash, son injured (5/2/2020)
(Israel) -- A light aircraft crashed on Saturday near Yakum, just south of Netanya, causing the death of a 52-year-old man who was found unconscious and trapped within...
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Alabama-Coushatta Tribe

article VIDEO: Family mourns veteran who died due to Covid-19; Alabama Coushatta Tribe to honor him (4/29/2020)
(Texas) -- A family is mourning the loss of a beloved grandfather who died due to Covid-19. KFDM/Fox 4's Rocio de la Fe reports how the Alabama–Coushatta Tribe...
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Cheyenne River Sioux

article Pregnant woman from Eagle Butte is first female federal prisoner to die of COVID-19 (4/28/2020)
(South Dakota) -- A pregnant woman transferred from South Dakota to Texas during the coronavirus pandemic is the first female federal inmate to die of the virus. Andrea...
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White Mountain Apache

article White Mountain Apache Tribe announces first COVID-19 death (4/27/2020)
(Arizona) -- White Mountain Apache officials announced Sunday the first death of a Fort Apache Indian Reservation resident related to COVID-19. The tribal member was a...
article White Mountain Apache Indian Tribe announces first COVID-19 death (4/27/2020)
(Arizona) -- Officials with the White Mountain Apache Tribe have confirmed their first known death related to the coronavirus. The death was confirmed to be related to...
article WMAT confirms first COVID-19 death (4/26/2020)
(Arizona) -- Today, the White Mountain Apache Tribe (“WMAT”) received confirmation of the first death on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation due to COVID-19,...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Yakama Nation

article Yakama elder, leader and cultural champion dies at age 86 (4/25/2020)
(Washington) -- When Johnson Meninick walked the traditional lands of the Yakama, he could read them in ways others could not. He recognized the sacred sites and...
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Poarch Creek

article Wind Creek Bethlehem casino employee, 31, dies after four-week battle with coronavirus, sister says (4/22/2020)
(Pennsylvania) -- Usually St. Luke’s would call around midday or later with updates on her brother’s condition. But Wednesday, the call came to Hope Shen...
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Northern Arapaho

article Deaths of 4 tribal members boosts Wyoming COVID-19 toll to 6 (4/21/2020)
(Wyoming) -- The deaths of four Northern Arapaho tribal members has raised the number of people killed by the coronavirus in Wyoming to six. Three of the four recent...
article Northern Arapaho Tribe Reports Four COVID-19 Deaths (4/21/2020)
(Wyoming) -- The Chairman of the Northern Arapaho Tribe said Tuesday that four tribal members died from COVID-19 on Monday. "It is with great sadness and a heavy...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Spokane Tribe

article Expert in preserving Spokane Salish language dies at 93 (4/20/2020)
(Washington) -- Members of the Spokane Tribe of Indians are mourning the death of an elder who played a key role in preserving the tribe’s Salish dialect and...
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Cherokee Nation

article Cherokee speaker, longtime employee dies to COVID-19 (4/17/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- Faye Deason, a 25-year Cherokee Nation employee who worked at the Wilma P. Mankiller Health Center in Stilwell, died April 13 from coronavirus, according...
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Other News

article ‘A Funny, Brilliant Writer’: The Life of Mark Anthony Rolo (6/4/2020)
(Indian Country) -- The top of the Facebook page of author, journalist, and playwright Mark Anthony Rolo features a colorful photograph of two smiling, elderly Native...
article Stanley Ho, Who Turned Macau Into a Global Gambling Hub, Dies at 98 (5/25/2020)
(Hong Kong) -- Stanley Ho, the opportunistic casino tycoon who led the transformation of the tiny territory of Macau off the coast of China into the world’s most...
article Obituary: Norm DesRosiers, tireless proponent of Native gaming (5/18/2020)
(California) -- Norman H. DesRosiers of Highland, California, passed away on March 15, 2020, following a short illness. A Purple Heart recipient, Vietnam veteran and...
article Kurt BlueDog passes on after dedicating life to Indian Country (5/16/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Kurt BlueDog passed away due to cancer related complications. He was born to Jerena BlueDog on February 25, 1950, and delivered at home by his...
article Kurt BlueDog passes on after dedicating life to Indian Country (5/15/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Kurt BlueDog passed away due to cancer related complications. He was born to Jerena BlueDog on February 25, 1950, and delivered at home by his...
article State of Alaska Mourns Loss of Former Lt. Governor Bryon Mallott (Tlingit) (5/11/2020)
(Alaska) -- The state of Alaska is mourning the passing of Bryon Mallott, a tribal citizen of the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, who served...
article Cecelia Miller, Activist and Founder of Fry Bread House, Has Died (5/11/2020)
(Arizona) -- Cecelia Miller, who founded Fry Bread House in 1992 and ran it until the mid-2010s, died last week after a long, non-COVID-related illness. She was 81. For...
article Byron Mallott, former Alaska lieutenant governor, dies at age 77 (5/10/2020)
(Alaska) -- Former Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has died at age 77. Mallott was known as known as Dux̱ da neiḵ, K’oo del ta’ in Tlingit, or “a person...
article Ginoogaming First Nation Chief Celia Echum Passes Away (5/10/2020)
(Thunder Bay) -- Chief Celia Echum the Chief of Ginoogaming passed away unexpectedly on Saturday. The news has saddened and shocked people across the region. Chief Echum...
article Pen in Hand: Janice Williams: a Nuwä Indian elder and leading advocate of her Native culture (5/4/2020)
(California) -- Last week the Tehachapi area lost a unique, interesting and unforgettable woman with the passing of Nuwä elder Janice Williams, 70, on April 28. The...
article R.D. Hubbard, former part owner of Hollywood Park and Los Alamitos Race Course, dies at 84 (4/30/2020)
(California) -- Randall Dee Hubbard, who once owned part of Hollywood Park and Los Alamitos Race Course, died on Wednesday at his home in Palm Desert. No cause of death...
article Longtime Duluth Native American leader Dr. Robert Powless dies (4/28/2020)
(Minnesota) -- A longtime leader in Duluth's Native American community has passed away. Dr. Robert Powless died Saturday. He worked as an educator, mentor, and...
article Thomas Moses Wolf Head (Wilson) (4/22/2020)
(Washington) -- On Thursday April 2, 2020, the sun rose above the Nespelem Valley as Thomas Moses Wolf Head (Wilson) La-pit-he-sham-tusesh (Two Moons) started his...
article Mi'kmaw communities in Nova Scotia pay tribute to victims of mass shooting, RCMP (4/21/2020)
(Nova Scotia) -- Mi'kmaw communities across Nova Scotia, also known as the ancestral territory of Mi'kma'ki, are showing their support for the victims of a...
article Markoosie Patsauq, first Inuit novelist, lived the history of his people (4/19/2020)
(Quebec) -- The man who wrote what is considered the first published Inuit novel, and whose life exemplified both the tragedy and resilience of his people, has died....
article Indigenous rights activist, award winning author Neil Sterritt dead at 79 (4/14/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Neil Sterritt, Indignenous rights activist and author, died from cancer on April 9 — his 79th birthday. Sterritt was born and raised in...
article Mary Jane Fate, who strove to improve life for Alaska Natives, dies (4/14/2020)
(Alaska) -- Mary Jane Fate, an Athabascan elder who dedicated her life to advocating for the health and equity of Alaska Natives, died Friday at the Denali Center at age...
article Margaret Seelye Treuer, Minnesota's first Ojibwe judge, dies at 76 (4/9/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Margaret Seelye Treuer was resolute. Her determination helped her go from humble beginnings on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation to become the first...
article Longtime Flamingo executive Horst Dzuira remembered as pioneer, mentor (4/4/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- A longtime executive of the Flamingo who paved the way for nongaming amenities becoming profit centers has died, family members said Saturday.
article Sol Kerzner, South African Casino Tycoon, Is Dead at 84 (3/27/2020)
(South Africa) -- Sol Kerzner, a sharp-elbowed tycoon and developer of luxurious hotels, casinos and resorts, who used the splintered geography of ethnic division in his...

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