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article Brazil indigenous leader Aritana dead from COVID-19 (8/5/2020)
(Brazil) -- Chief Aritana Yawalapiti, one of Brazil's most influential indigenous leaders who led the people of Upper Xingu in central Brazil and helped create an...
article Covid-19’s toll so far: Nearly 150,000 dead Americans (7/29/2020)
(USA) -- Of the nearly 150,000 Americans who have died of covid-19, more than 6,100 have died in Texas, and 302 of those deaths have occurred in Hidalgo County, along...
article 'That was the last time I heard from her': Death of young Omaha woman under investigation following COVID-19 diagnosis (7/27/2020)
(Iowa) -- Lenice Blackbird loved children and joking. She always had a smile on her face and was beloved by her friends and family. Shortly after she was diagnosed with...
article U.S. deaths top 1,000 for fourth consecutive day (7/26/2020)
(USA) -- The United States edged closer to a single-day coronavirus infection record with more than 74,000 new cases Friday, approaching the mark set just one week ago,...
article Native American artist/activist dies after contracting COVID-19 (7/20/2020)
(Arizona) -- One of the latest victims of COVID-19 in the Valley is a Native American man. He is now being honored for a life devoted to standing up for his culture, the...
article Culinary Union requests special session bill in honor of casino worker who died of COVID-19 (7/2/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- The Culinary Union 226 has sent a letter Thursday to Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak asking for a bill enforcing casino COVID-19 safety policies ahead of the...
article Cocopah Tribe mourns tribal Vice-Chairman J. Deal Begay Jr., who died of COVID-19 (6/25/2020)
(Arizona) -- A leader of the Cocopah Indian Tribe has died of COVID-19. Cocopah Tribal Vice Chairman J. Deal Begay Jr. died of COVID-19 on June 21 at the Yuma Regional...
article Elder Carole Dawson, champion of Indigenous health, dies from COVID-19 in Vancouver (6/24/2020)
(British Columbia) -- Carole Dawson, a longtime champion of Indigenous health and rights in B.C., has died from COVID-19, according to the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (...
article Three Members of Navajo Family, Two of Them Educators, Die From COVID-19 (6/17/2020)
(Navajo Nation) -- Marie Pino fondly referred to the students she taught as “shí yázhí,” a Navajo phrase that means “my children.” She didn’t just know their names, she...
article Kayapó Chief Dies From COVID-19 in Brazil, Led Protest Against Amazon Dam (6/17/2020)
(Brazil) -- Brazil's indigenous people lost one of their pioneering leaders to COVID-19 on Wednesday with the death of Paulinho Payakan, a Kayapó chief who led...
article Beloved father dies from coronavirus just weeks after returning to work at Arizona casino (6/16/2020)
(Arizona) -- A family is sharing their grief and outrage a week after their father's death from a coronavirus infection. One of Robert Washington's daughters...
11 Total Articles on this Issue

Northern Arapaho

article Northern Arapaho mourn passing of tribal elder who died after testing positive for COVID-19 (8/3/2020)
(Wyoming) -- The Northern Arapaho Business Council said on Sunday, Aug. 2 that a member of the tribe had died after contracting COVID-19. The Wyoming Department of...
1 Article on this Issue

Warm Springs Tribe

article Warm Springs COVID-19 victim identified as Shirley Stayhi Heath (7/25/2020)
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs member who died Thursday from COVID-19 was identified as Shirley Stayhi Heath, wife of Warm Springs Chief Delvis...
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...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Hopi Tribe

article Marlene Sekaquaptewa, Hopi Tribal Leader and Quiltmaker, Dies at 79 (7/24/2020)
(Arizona) -- Marlene Sekaquaptewa was the matriarch of a large distinguished family, a master quiltmaker and a political leader who played a major role in the Hopi...
article Marlene Sekaquaptewa, Hopi Tribal Leader and Quiltmaker, Dies at 79 (7/24/2020)
(Arizona) -- Marlene Sekaquaptewa was the matriarch of a large distinguished family, a master quiltmaker and a political leader who played a major role in the Hopi...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Las Vegas Gaming

article VIDEO: Las Vegas police discuss possible drowning at Bellagio fountains (7/24/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- Las Vegas police were investigating a possible drowning Friday morning at the Bellagio fountains on the Strip. Clark County Fire Department Deputy Fire...
article Influential Las Vegas developer Irwin Molasky dies at 93 (7/6/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- Irwin Molasky, one of Las Vegas’ most influential developers outside the Strip, with projects ranging from condo towers and office buildings to...
article Las Vegas casino employee dies after testing positive for coronavirus (6/29/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- An employee that worked at a casino owned by Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas died after testing positive for COVID-19 according to a statement released...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Labor & Unions

article Vegas casino union reports 22 deaths of workers, relatives (7/18/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- A union representing workers in Las Vegas casinos has reported 22 deaths and 352 hospitalizations of its members or their family members since March. The...
1 Article on this Issue

Passamaquoddy Tribe

article Molly Neptune Parker, Basket Maker and Tribal Elder, Dies at 81 (7/15/2020)
(Maine) -- There were years when Molly Neptune Parker would work the night shift at a wool factory, after having put in a full day making baskets, and still be home in...
article Molly Neptune Parker, famed Passamaquoddy basket maker, dies at 81 (6/14/2020)
(Maine) -- Molly Neptune Parker, the matriarch of four generations of Passamaquoddy basket makers who made it her life’s work to teach family members the tradition...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Macau Gaming

article Death of Macau's Casino King Comes as Gambling Hub Faces New Era (7/10/2020)
(Macau) -- Hong Kong's highest-profile officials and business people paid their respects on Friday to Macau's gambling king, Stanley Ho, who built a business...
article Macau and Hong Kong elite to pay respects at funeral service of Dr Stanley Ho (7/9/2020)
(Macau) -- The funeral service of Dr Stanley Ho will be held this afternoon, with key figures of politics and business from both Macau and Hong Kong set to take part...
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...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Station Casinos

article Nevada casino company president dies in jet ski crash near Harbor Springs (7/6/2020)
(Michigan) -- The head of a casino company died in a watercraft accident while vacationing in Michigan, the company announced. Richard J. Haskins is the president of Red...
article More details released in crash that killed Station Casinos’ Haskins (7/5/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- Red Rock Resorts Inc. and Station Casinos President Richard Haskins was riding a personal watercraft in Lake Michigan on Independence Day when he collided...
article Station Casinos executive dies in watercraft accident (7/4/2020)
(Michigan) -- Station Casinos President Richard Haskins was killed today in a “watercraft accident” in Michigan while on vacation, the company announced this...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

North Fork Rancheria

article Mono Casino Partner’s President Killed in Boating Accident (7/5/2020)
(California) -- Red Rock Resorts, a partner with North Fork’s Mono Indian tribe in a proposed casino/resort project in Madera, announced Sunday that Richard J....
1 Article on this Issue

Colorado River Indian Tribes

article Former CRIT Vice Chairman Booth dies (7/2/2020)
(Arizona) -- Former Colorado River Indian Tribes Vice Chairman Elliot Booth died on June 27, 2020. During his time in that and other Tribal public service positions, he...
1 Article on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article 'We tried to be so careful': Navajo rancher and retired nurse dies from COVID-19 (7/1/2020)
(Arizona) -- Kayla Pinkard clearly remembers the time when she and her grandmother Helen Nez got their truck stuck in the mud near the border of New Mexico. Pinkard'...
article Navajo Nation police force loses first officer to COVID-19 (6/19/2020)
(Arizona) -- A Navajo Nation police officer has died at a Phoenix hospital, becoming the first officer on the tribal police force to die from COVID-19 in the line of...
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...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Crow Tribe

article FBI investigating homicide in Crow Agency (6/29/2020)
(Montana) -- The FBI confirmed Monday morning it is investigating a homicide that occurred Sunday in Crow Agency. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is also involved in the...
1 Article on this Issue

Arizona Gaming

article Cocopah Indian Tribe Vice Chairman J. Deal Begay, Jr. Passes Away from COVID-19 (6/24/2020)
(Arizona) -- The Cocopah Indian Tribe is mourning the loss of Vice Chairman J. Deal Begay, Jr., who passed away in the early hours of Sunday, June 21, at the Yuma...
1 Article on this Issue

Lummi Nation

article Remembering Lummi hereditary chief Bill James (6/17/2020)
(Washington) -- The hereditary chief of the Lummi People Bill Tsi’li’xw James died on June 1 of hereditary liver disease. He was 75. “He was a teacher...
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...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Gila River

article Chandler casino security guard dies from COVID-19 weeks after going back to work (6/16/2020)
(Arizona) -- A family is mourning the loss of their dad and husband after he died from COVID-19 last week. Robert Washington was working as a security guard at a Gila...
1 Article on this Issue

First Nations

article Roy Little Chief, Siksika politician and advocate for Indigenous rights, dead at 81 (6/15/2020)
(Alberta) -- Roy Little Chief, a former chief of the Siksika First Nation and prominent voice for Indigenous rights, is dead at age 81. For more than 60 years, Little...
1 Article on this Issue

Blood Tribe

article Blood Tribe elder and residential school survivor dies of COVID-19 (6/13/2020)
(Alberta) -- A Blood Tribe elder who survived one of Canada's residential schools has died of COVID-19. Derrick Fox, CEO of the Blood Tribe's health department,...
1 Article on this Issue

Mississippi Band of Choctaw

article Lena John Denson, former First Lady of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, passes away due to COVID-19 (6/12/2020)
(Mississippi) -- Lena John Denson, former First Lady of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, passed away Thursday due to complications from COVID-19. She was 70. Mrs...
1 Article on this Issue

Wind River

article Fremont County woman was ninth Northern Arapaho coronavirus victim (6/11/2020)
(Wyoming) -- Like the previous eight, the ninth coronavirus death confirmed in Fremont County was a Northern Arapaho Tribal member. “The Northern Arapaho Business...
1 Article on this Issue

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...
1 Article 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...
1 Article on this Issue

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...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Boulder artist who created Niwot sculptures dies at 62 after experiencing coronavirus-like symptoms (8/7/2020)
(Colorado) -- Eddie Running Wolf said the excitement in art was always the next piece. Wolf, a Boulder artist, liked seeing the potential in “the blank canvas, the...
article Bernaldina José Pedro, Repository of Indigenous Culture, Dies at 75 (8/3/2020)
(Brazil) -- Bernaldina José Pedro possessed a wealth of knowledge about the songs, dances, crafts, medicines and prayers of the Macuxi Indigenous people who live in...
article Louisiana compulsive gambling association co-founder Reece Middleton dies (7/26/2020)
(Louisiana) -- A leader in the field of gambling addition recovery has died. Reece Middleton, co-founder and retired executive director of the Louisiana Association on...
article 'An icon in Indian Country': Noted radio host and journalist Harlan McKosato passes on (7/22/2020)
(New Mexico) -- A man who spent 12 years as the host and producer of the nationally broadcast radio show Native America Calling and was once considered the “voice...
article Journalist addressed Native issues in columns, radio shows (7/22/2020)
(New Mexico) -- For some two decades, Harlan McKosato’s columns and radio news shows spotlighted both the challenges and success stories within Native American...
article Nakotah LaRance, Acclaimed Native American Hoop Dancer, Dies at 30 (7/19/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Nakotah LaRance, a nationally acclaimed Hopi-Tewa hoop dancer who performed with Cirque du Soleil, died on July 12 near the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo in New...
article Black Hills Powwow Co-Founder Randy Ross dies at 63 (7/18/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Randy Ross cofounded the He Sapa Wacipi, what thousands across the world know as the Black Hills Pow Wow. This event is one of the top cultural events...
article World-class hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance dies (7/15/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Champion hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance, who travelled the world performing with Cirque du Soleil then returned to New Mexico to coach youth dancers, has...
article 'He made people smile in awe': Celebrated hoop dance champion Nakotah LaRance passes on (7/14/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Tributes are pouring in from Indian Country following the passing of Nakotah LaRance, a champion Pueblo, Hopi, Navajo and Assiniboine hoop dancer whose...
article Louis Colavecchio, Master Counterfeiter of Slot Machine Coins, Dies at 78 (7/13/2020)
(New York) -- In 1996, just after Louis Colavecchio was arrested by Secret Service agents and New Jersey gaming troopers at Caesars Palace in Atlantic City, he laughed....
article Louis Colavecchio, Master Counterfeiter of Slot Machine Coins, Dies at 78 (7/13/2020)
(New York) -- In 1996, just after Louis Colavecchio was arrested by Secret Service agents and New Jersey gaming troopers at Caesars Palace in Atlantic City, he laughed....
article Roger Whiteside, photographer for National Museum of the American Indian, dies of covid-19 (7/2/2020)
(Indian Country) -- Roger Whiteside had a passion and talent for photography. In a career that stretched more than 40 years, he worked as a freelancer and spent 14 years...
article Honoring the Warrior: Jim Northrup 1943 - 2016 (7/1/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Not everyone born on an Indian reservation who was sent to reform school and Vietnam ends up a renown, international writer, but Jim Northrup did. It...
article Cocopah Tribal Council Vice-Chairman passes away (6/23/2020)
(Arizona) -- Vice-Chair of the Cocopah Indian Tribal Council J Deal Begay Jr. passed away at Yuma Regional Medical Center on Sunday, June 21, 2020, according to the...
article Noted American Indian attorney from Waubay area dies (6/17/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Noted American Indian attorney and northeast South Dakota native Kurt Bluedog died May 12 as the result of cancer-related complications, according to...
article Roy Little Chief, Siksika politician and advocate for Indigenous rights, dead at 81 (6/14/2020)
(California) -- Roy Little Chief, a former chief of the Siksika First Nation and prominent voice for Indigenous rights, is dead at age 81. For more than 60 years, Little...
article American Indian leader and lawyer Kurt BlueDog dies at 70 (6/11/2020)
(Minnesota) -- In his first year as a lawyer, Kurt BlueDog assisted in drafting legislation that became the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, which ensured that...
article David Dennis, a founder of the West Coast Warrior Society, remembered as voice for Indigenous rights (6/6/2020)
(British Columbia) -- On his first day on the waters off Esgenoopetitj, N.B., during the 2000 conflict known as the Burnt Church Crisis, David Dennis lunged with a knife...
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...

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