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AGA: 92% of nation’s casinos have closed due to coronavirus

Like gaming operations in Nevada, nearly all other casinos in the nation are feeling pain: 910 casinos — 92 percent of the U.S. total — are closed. A spokeswoman for the American Gaming Association said Saturday that the closures affect an estimated 642,000 people, nearly all direct casino gaming employees in the country.

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4/2/2020

article AUDIO: COVID-19 Response: Tribal Concerns
(New Mexico) -- In episode 33, we learn about obstacles for tribes as they try to quell the virus' spread, including bureaucratic hurdles in accessing billions in...
article OP/ED: COVID-19 puts second season of racing at Century Mile in doubt
(Alberta) -- Catastrophic? Or opportunistic? It’s reached the point where it’s now going to be one extreme or the other for horse racing in Alberta. Edmonton...
article Gold Urinals Installed in Cambodian Casino as COVID-19 Outbreak Continues
(Cambodia) -- Gaming property owner Kang Qiang has placed gold urinals in his Sihanoukville, Cambodia gambling venue while all land-based casinos are shuttered in the...

4/1/2020

article 'We need the money right now': Tribes await billions of dollars in coronavirus relief
(Washington D.C.) -- With the number of COVID-19 cases in Indian Country continuing to rise, the Trump administration is embarking on the most consequential tribal...
article CARES Act gives aid to tribal governments
(Washington D.C.) -- The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 27 will help give critical relief...
article Get Coronavirus Relief to Indian Country, Tester Urges Administration
(Washington D.C.) -- After the Trump Administration delayed the disbursing of $80 million in critical health care funds to help Tribes combat COVID-19 for nearly two...
article Report: Tribal Nations — Highly Vulnerable to COVID-19 — Need More Federal Relief
(Washington D.C.) -- By providing $8 billion for 574 federally recognized tribes in its $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund for tribal, state, local, and territorial...
article How Can the CARES Act Help My Tribe? A Briefing on Economic Stimulus for Tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders and federal officials this week will begin the task of implementing the economic relief programs of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and...
article Calgary police investigate COVID-19 threats to Chinese restaurant, Indigenous people
(Calgary) -- Police in Calgary are looking into alleged threats connected to COVID-19. Police say a Chinese restaurant received an anonymous threat on March 14 that is...
article Put mining on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, say Yukon First Nations
(Yukon) -- Some Yukon First Nations want the territorial government to put a stop to any mining or staking in the territory during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Na-Cho Nyak...
article Casino supply company lays off 108 in Blue Springs
(Missouri) -- 108 employees of a company that supplies casinos with dice, cards, and gaming chips are now looking for other jobs. The layoff notices from Gaming Partners...
article MORON ALERT: Kent State Gun Girl mocks stimulus bill for providing relief to Native Americans
(USA) -- Kaitlin Bennett, better known as the Kent State Gun Girl, isn’t letting coronavirus interfere with her mission to be the most hated person on the internet.
article Maine tribal communities get housing boost with coronavirus emergency package
(Maine) -- Five Maine tribal communities will share $1,337,985 for housing, awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Indian Housing...
article MORON ALERT: Bristol Bay health corp. executive removed after suggesting a COVID-19 conspiracy theory
(Alaska) -- A top official at Bristol Bay Area Health Corp. sent an email to other managers this month promoting the falsehood that the coronavirus pandemic is no worse...
article Prisoner worried for fellow inmates' lives at Baffin Correctional Centre amidst COVID-19
(North Canada) -- Confined in close quarters during a pandemic, prisoners at the Baffin Correctional Centre worry for their lives amidst COVID-19, says a prisoner at the...
article Qawalangin Tribe Qualifies For Federal Funds Under $2 Trillion Economic Relief Plan
(Alaska) -- On Friday, President Donald Trump signed a $2 trillion economic relief plan into law—the largest stimulus ever passed in the United States. The package...
article Saipan casino op Imperial Pacific lost half-a-billion dollars in 2019
(Saipan) -- Saipan casino operator Imperial Pacific International (IPI) lost over half-a-billion dollars in 2019 as VIPs — particularly those that owe IPI money...
article Vietnam casinos latest COVID-19 shutdown casualties
(Vietnam) -- Vietnam’s casinos have joined the global shutdown movement sparked by the persistent spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. On Tuesday, Vietnam’s...
article Casino supply company lays off 108 in Blue Springs
(Missouri) -- 108 employees of a company that supplies casinos with dice, cards, and gaming chips are now looking for other jobs. The layoff notices from Gaming Partners...

3/31/2020

article BLOG: American Indian Provisions in the CARES Act
(Washington D.C.) -- On March 26, the Senate approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748) by a vote of 96-0. The $2 trillion...
article SIXKILLER: Key Takeaways for Indian Country From the Coronavirus Relief Package
(Washington D.C.) -- On March 25, 2020, the Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which the House passed and President Trump signed into...
article NAC: Getting facts on coronavirus
(Indian Country) -- You can watch the local news and daily briefings from the White House, read the updates from the CDC, and scour the newspaper for the latest on the...
article The world’s indigenous peoples, with tragic history of disease, implore outsiders to keep coronavirus away
(Worldwide) -- From the Canadian Arctic to the Brazilian Amazon to the Australian coast, indigenous groups are racing to protect themselves from a familiar foe that has...
article Federal aid on way to Montana tribes; reservations ramp up response to COVID-19
(Montana) -- While most of the aid from the federal stimulus bill signed Friday hasn't yet been allocated, tribes in Montana are set to receive almost $8 million in...
article Absentee Shawnee Tribe seeking donations of medical gear
(Oklahoma) -- A local Native American tribe says it is accepting donations to help the tribal health system during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Absentee Shawnee Tribe...
article Las Vegas parking lot turned into 'homeless shelter' with social distancing markers
(Las Vegas) -- Images of homeless people sleeping in a converted parking lot in Las Vegas have sparked criticism, even as the city officials describe an “emergency...
article Minnesota’s tribal nations prepare for COVID-19
(Minnesota) -- In the best of times, the health care available to members of Minnesota’s Native American tribes is stretched thin. But as they watch the number of...
article Alaska's Remote Villages Are Cutting Themselves Off to Avoid Even 'One Single Case' of Coronavirus
(Alaska) -- With a deadly coronavirus epidemic creeping northward and the nearest hospital 230 miles away, Galen Gilbert, First Chief of Arctic Village, Alaska, knew his...
article For Cherokee family in Alaska, isolation is nothing new
(Alaska) -- McGrath, Alaska, population 342, is home to the Welch family, three of whom are members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and are completely...
article VIDEO: Casino Industry Seeks Relief From CARES Act
(USA) -- Here’s the stories that matter from Tuesday March 31st in the world of sports gambling and fantasy sports. With 650,000 employees out of work and a...
article An Alaska hospital executive downplayed the COVID-19 threat in an email to staff. She’s no longer on the job.
(Alaska) -- In a corner of Alaska where the Spanish Flu once orphaned a generation, a hospital executive is out of a job after downplaying the coronavirus threat to...
article Native American Communities And COVID-19: How Foundations Can Help
(USA) -- Buy two weeks of groceries. Work from home. Wash hands with soap and water. Many of the recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19 are difficult for...
article Congress provides tribal college aid in COVID-19 response
(Washington D.C.) -- n March 26, the U.S. Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which allocated urgently needed funding to tribal...
article Native Americans put digital spin on traditions amid virus pandemic
(Wisconsin) -- Native Americans across the U.S. are organizing online and social-distancing powwows and posting videos of dances as a way to offer hope and spiritual...
article Spain imposes Emergency restrictions on online gambling publicity as addictions soar amid Covid-19
(Spain) -- The government today passed urgent measures that now restricts publicity for online gaming, betting and gambling, across all online media and internet...

3/30/2020

article New Mexico governor warns Trump coronavirus could ‘wipe out’ tribal nations
(Washington D.C.) -- On Monday, ABC News reported that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) issued a dire warning to the Trump administration about Native American tribal...
article McSally, Daines help secure billions in coronavirus relief package for Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Martha McSally (R-AZ) announced they successfully secured federal assistance for Native American Tribes as part...
article Tribes say persistent efforts pay off in massive stimulus
(Washington D.C.) -- The sweeping bill that President Donald Trump signed will help better equip health care systems that serve Native Americans, improve the emergency...
article Casino dealer, musician dies after testing positive for COVID-19
(Las Vegas) -- For a week, the casino dealer and blues aficionado lay in his hospital bed alone, a ventilator pumping oxygen into his lungs. One by one, his organs began...
article NWT Indigenous govts receiving $2.6M for people to go out on land
(Northwest Territories) -- Ottawa will provide 10 Indigenous governments in the NWT with a total of $2.6 million to help their people get out on the land during the...
article 'We'll get through this': Tribal nations prepare for COVID-19
(Minnesota) -- In the best of times, the health care available to members of Minnesota’s Native American tribes is stretched thin. But as they watch the number of...
article SCHUETZ: Sold Out: Closing casinos down was the correct call
(USA) -- To most of you politicians, gaming regulators, gaming educators and other various gaming experts out there, I want to talk to you about something you know...
article PODCAST: Covid-19: The Financial Impact
(USA) -- In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy forced casinos in Atlantic City to shut down. But the danger passed in a few days, and life soon returned to normal. Compared...
article Tribes face COVID-19 with limited test kits, remote staff, lost revenue
(Michigan) -- Over the last couple of weeks, Michigan state officials worked to slow the spread of COVID-19, take care of citizens and stay operational. The 12 federally...
article Native American Man Dances Away Coronavirus Sickness in Milwaukee
(Wisconsin) -- Yotahalahkwatasé Flores, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, took to the sidewalks of Milwaukee to dance away the emotional “sickness...
article New dates for 2021 Tokyo Olympics confirmed
(Japan) -- The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Government of Japan, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Organizing Committee of the Games agreed on new...
article Former MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren Gives Nevada Coronavirus Update
(Las Vegas) -- Jim Murren, the former CEO of MGM Resorts who expedited his planned resignation from the casino company earlier this month to head the Nevada COVID-10...
article Eldorado, Caesars and Other Gambling Stocks Hit as Coronavirus Shuts Casino Doors
(Wall Street) -- Casino stocks fell in a rising Monday market as the coronavirus has forced them to close their facilities, destroying revenue. Eldorado Resorts (ERI) -...

3/29/2020

article American Indians Can't Combat the Coronavirus Pandemic
(USA) -- The coronavirus is hitting American Indians and Alaska Natives hard. Tribal citizens are dying, Indian nations have closed casinos to protect the public, and...
article With stay-at-home orders and fundraising, Indian Country combats COVID-19
(Arizona) -- Native Americans are seeking more help from the federal government to fight COVID-19, even as the Navajo Nation and other tribes take steps to combat the...
article Marijuana deliveries skyrocket in Las Vegas during coronavirus crisis
(Las Vegas) -- Before the coronavirus outbreak, Thrive Cannabis Marketplace in North Las Vegas was making about three dozen deliveries a day. But with dispensaries only...
article Inslee gives guidance for funerals, real estate, tribes
(Washington) -- In a trio of letters written Friday and Saturday, Gov. Jay Inslee has offered additional guidance for what his stay-at-home order means for funeral...
article North Dakota, Minnesota tribes set curfews, stay-at-home orders amid coronavirus outbreak
(North Dakota) -- Most reservations in Minnesota and North Dakota are imposing nighttime curfews or stay-at-home orders to try to curb coronavirus cases, although North...
article How Riverside County tribes are taking care of their elders in the wake of COVID-19
(California) -- Typically, Erica Schenk spends her days organizing get-togethers for the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians elders — trips to play bingo or to see...
article Stores offer elder shopping hours for tribal communities amid COVID-19 precautions
(California) -- Some stores on the North Coast are offering special shopping hours for seniors and at-risk individuals, and below is a breakdown of which places are...
article Oneida of the Thames First Nation closing to non-residents amid COVID-19 pandemic
(Ontario) -- The Oneida Nation of the Thames will be closed to the public beginning Monday amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Indigenious territory southwest of London is...
article On BC’s Coast, Indigenous Communities Are Locking Down
(British Columbia) -- When Vern Brown and his partner Santana Edgar welcome a new baby girl into these novel times in the next few weeks, one worry is when they’ll...
article 'There isn't consistency': COVID-19 response varies for children in care
(Manitoba) -- Phones have been ringing continuously at the office of the First Nations family advocate in Manitoba as parents, children and social workers look for...
article VIDEO: Arctic char donated to Inuit as demand at restaurants declines
(Canada) -- With COVID-19 keeping diners at home, luxury fish originally intended for Winnipeg restaurants is being donated to local Inuit people.
article Amazon Indians’ Doctor with Coronavirus Brings Fear of an Extermination
(Brazil) -- A doctor working with the largest tribe in the Amazon has tested positive for the coronavirus, Brazil’s Health Ministry said on Friday, ringing alarm...
article First known patient to die in Alaska of COVID-19 had not traveled, was social distancing, family says
(Alaska) -- Relatives of the woman who died from COVID-19 in Anchorage are asking others to stay home and practice social distancing to stop the spread of the virus. It...

3/28/2020

article Inside Trump’s risky push to reopen the country amid the coronavirus crisis
(Washington D.C.) -- When Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) called President Trump last Sunday, he delivered a blunt message: If you reopen the nation’s economy too...
article CARES Act provides critical assistance for tribal governments
(Washington D.C.) -- The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, signed into law by President Trump on Friday, provides critical relief for...
article Tribes say persistent efforts pay off in massive stimulus
(Washington D.C.) -- The sweeping bill that President Donald Trump signed will help better equip health care systems that serve Native Americans, improve the emergency...
article Where coronavirus could find a refuge: Native American reservations
(Indian Country) -- The federal health agency that serves more than 2.5 million Native Americans has only limited ability to monitor and investigate coronavirus cases...
article The coronavirus may hit rural America later — and harder
(Alaska) -- Early this week, Kodiak Island, part of an archipelago in southwest Alaska, issued a “hunker down” proclamation, asking residents to stay at home...
article Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribes issue stay-at-home orders
(Montana) -- The Crow Indian Reservation and the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation have both issued stay-at-home orders in an effort to slow the spread of the novel...
article Third COVID-19 Relief Bill Becomes Law
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress passed and the President signed into law H.R. 748, a national stimulus package designed to address the far-reaching impacts of the...
article Largest First Nation in Sask postpones elections over COVID-19 crisis
(Saskatchewan) -- The Lac La Ronge Indian Band announced it is postponing council elections in an unprecedented move to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The council’s...
article Emergency food service delivers hot meals, food boxes across Mohawk community
(Canada) -- Staff at Kahnawake's health and social services department don't want their community members to worry about groceries and meals amid self-isolation...
article Funerals may proceed under Gov. Inslee’s stay-at-home order with certain precautions
(Washington) -- Governor Jay Inslee is providing more guidance for funeral homes, real estate agents, and Washinton state tribal leaders following his "Stay Home,...
article Indigenous communities introducing curfews, fines to limit spread of COVID-19
(Canada) -- Mandatory curfews have been implemented in Fort McKay, an Indigenous community in northeastern Alberta, and residents are being warned that member benefits...
article Manitoba chiefs organization wants Cuban doctor aid on COVID-19
(Manitoba) -- A Manitoba chiefs organization wants the federal government to allow Cuban doctors into Canada to help First Nations deal with the COVID-19 pandemic....
article With stay-at-home orders and fundraising, Indian Country combats COVID-19
(Arizona) -- Native Americans are seeking more help from the federal government to fight COVID-19, even as the Navajo Nation and other tribes take steps to combat the...
article IAG CEO addresses Asian gaming industry on COVID-19 crisis, launches free online innovation and solutions platform
(Asia) -- Inside Asian Gaming has announced the launch of a brand new online innovation and solutions platform, GAME, in response to the challenges posed to the Asian...
article Online gambling sites begin taking bets on how the coronavirus will spread
(Russia) -- As most major professional sporting organizations have shut down or suspended their seasons because of the COVID-19 pandemic, online gambling companies have...

3/27/2020

article CARES Act Offers Billions in Financial Aid to Tribes with Shuttered Casinos
(Washington D.C.) -- Financial help is on the way for tribal casinos and, by extension, tribal governments that rely on gaming to finance many essential services...
article Coronavirus relief package to send $8 billion to tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- The $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package that passed the House Friday would give $8 billion to tribal governments, and $2 billion worth of emergency...
article COVID-19 Relief Package Includes $8 Billion For Tribal Assistance
(Washington D.C.) -- A quarter of the relief dollars will provide emergency supplemental funding for tribal governments, communities and urban Indian health programs....
article Protecting Native Elders in a Pandemic
(USA) -- The coronavirus has reached every state in the country, and the impact on Indian Country is no different as the virus has spread quickly through tribal nations...
article Tribal leaders face great need and don’t have enough resources to respond to the coronavirus pandemic
(USA) -- The coronavirus is hitting American Indians and Alaska Natives hard. Tribal citizens are dying, Indian nations have closed casinos to protect the public, and...
article Las Vegas casino operators relieved after stimulus bill signed
(Las Vegas) -- Most Las Vegas casino operators said Friday the $2 trillion stimulus bill provides needed relief for the battered hospitality industry. Gov. Steve Sisolak...
article Tribes face COVID-19 with limited test kits, remote staff, lost revenue
(Michigan) -- Over the last couple of weeks, Michigan officials worked to slow the spread of COVID-19, take care of citizens and stay operational. The twelve federally-...
article Indigenous leaders manage to keep COVID-19 at bay, but ‘disappointed’ with federal response
(Calgary) -- As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Calgary zone, some Indigenous communities in the area continue to ramp up measures to protect their members, and...
article COVID-19 stimulus package offers $10 billion for tribes, including funds for Montana tribes
(Montana) -- Responding to the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump on Friday signed the biggest economic stimulus package in American history,...
article Senate rescue bill to help AK
(Alaska) -- Alaska’s U.S. senators told the Alaska news media on Thursday that a $2 trillion package passed by the Senate on Wednesday would significantly help the...
article Tribes across Carolinas hunker down to endure coronavirus pandemic
(North Carolina) -- Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina tribal Chairman Harvey Godwin Jr. is self-quarantined as he awaits results of his test for COVID-19, the new...

3/26/2020

article 'We were asking for a lot more': Lawmakers fought hard for Indian Country coronavirus relief funds
(Washington D.C.) -- As the coronavirus increasingly makes its presence known in tribal communities across the country, a leading Democrat took the Trump administration...
article U.S. Lawsuit Wants China to Pay for Business Income Losses from Coronavirus
(Las Vegas) -- “They engaged in falsehoods, misinformation, cover-ups and destruction of evidence,” the attorney said. Eglet represented about 2,500 people...
article With stay-at-home orders and fundraising, Indian Country combats COVID-19
(Arizona) -- Native Americans are seeking more help from the federal government to fight COVID-19, even as the Navajo Nation and other tribes take steps to combat the...
article Q&A: Native News Online Talks to Tribal Casino Authority on Impact of Closures
(California) -- Within the past two weeks, virtually all tribal casinos have voluntarily closed their doors to help reduce the spread of the deadly COVID-19 (novel...
article US Casino Operators Could Face Bankruptcy, Available Cash Tight, Experts Say
(USA) -- Gaming operators could eventually seek bankruptcy protection if they continue to burn through their limited money after shuttering operations because of the...
article Tribes in Nevada brace for coronavirus
(Nevada) -- Amid the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak, tribal nations in Nevada are bracing themselves for the arrival of the new coronavirus within their borders. As...
article 'A huge health risk': First Nations pressured to hold elections amid COVID-19 pandemic, say experts
(Saskatchewan) -- First Nations are being pressured by the federal government to hold elections in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, say legal experts and band...
article Ontario Regional Chief encourages First Nation communities to close borders
(Ontario) -- The Ontario Regional Chief is encouraging everyone to stay home to help slow the spread of COVID-19 — and would like to see First Nations limit access...
article Cree police called in to action as Waswanipi tightens community access
(Quebec) -- Cree police in northern Quebec are being called into service to help residents get the message about the need to follow guidelines regarding social...
article Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Resources for those impacted by COVID-19
(Washington D.C.) -- Coronavirus is impacting everyone and changing our everyday lives. This is a difficult time, but together we will get through this. I wanted to take...
article Rep. Tom Cole: Fighting an invisible enemy
(Washington D.C.) -- Unlike the traditional enemies our nation has faced throughout history, COVID-19 is one that can dangerously hide in plain sight and threaten the...
article Casino Gambles on Coronavirus Business Interruption Lawsuit Against Lloyd’s, AIG, XL
(USA) -- A Native American tribe on Tuesday sued a group of insurance companies, asking a court to declare that losses it is incurring from shutting down its casinos...
article After the crisis, what kind of world do we want? Post-apocalyptic novels hold lessons — and warnings
(Ontario) -- I had planned to write a totally different column this month. I had the idea, the books. I'd started doing the research. Due to COVID-19 forcing me and...
article ‘Blood Quantum’ an eerily timely film on ‘what a pandemic does to people’
(Ontario) -- Picture it: A plague has broken out, resulting in border closures, xenophobia, paranoia and denial of facts. Only in this case it’s a zombie outbreak...
article COVID-19 crisis tells world what Indigenous Peoples have been saying for thousands of years
(New York) -- COVID-19 and other health endemics are directly connected to climate change and deforestation, according to Indigenous leaders from around the world who...
article After Smallpox and Malaria, Brazil's Tribes Fear Coronavirus Is Next Lethal Import
(Brazil) -- When Europeans first arrived in the Amazon rainforest, their smallpox decimated local tribes. Then rubber tappers, gold miners and settlers brought malaria,...
article How perilous is COVID-19 on Aboriginal arts communities?
(Australia) -- In an urgent plea, The Aboriginal Art Association of Australia (AAAA) has presented a letter to the Federal Government calling for greater clarity around...
article Horsemen still coping with racing shutdown
(New Mexico) -- Although live horse racing has ceased at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino due to the COVID-19 virus, trainers and jockeys are still working in the...
article Track suspends racing, sets up test site
(New York) -- Horse racing has been suspended at Aqueduct Race Track adding to the long list of spectator sports which have ceased operations in the past weeks in an...
article Coronavirus leads to massive increase in online gambling
(Israel) -- Since COVID-19 struck China and other countries such as Italy and Israel, and has since reached the status of a pandemic, more and more people have taken up...
article 888 Holdings Says Online Offerings Making Up For Sports Bet Losses
(Worldwide) -- Most gambling operators across the world are going through a tough time now with the global shutdown due to COVID-19 restrictions. One operator that is...
article Australian tourist confirmed as Macau’s 30th case of COVID-19
(Macau) -- The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 reached 30 in Macau on Wednesday after an Australian tourist tested positive. The patient is a 52-year-old man from...
article Stimulus includes $300 million for fisheries and aquaculture
(Washington D.C.) -- A $300 million earmark in the Senate’s $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill passed late Wednesday, March 25, is slated for fisheries and...
article Coronavirus Rocks the Luxury Hotel Industry
(Worldwide) -- The ever-expanding fallout surrounding the coronavirus pandemic has shocked the hotel industry, forcing dozens of the world’s most famous hotels to...
article Coronavirus concerns see Everi boss Rumbolz cut pay to zero to limit payroll expenses
(Las Vegas) -- Everi Holdings Inc President and CEO Michael Rumbolz has cut his pay to zero and the remainder of the executive team by 70% in a bid to drastically reduce...
press release HOEVEN: US Senate Passes Historic Levels of Funding For Indian Country In Phase III Coronavirus Response
(Washington D.C.) -- Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today released the following statement after the United States...

3/25/2020

article NAGLE: The US Has Neglected Indian Country for Years. Now Comes a Pandemic
(Washington D.C.) -- On Monday a video emerged on social media of police in a store parking lot telling shoppers by loudspeaker to go home and stay there because of the...
article Tribal leaders face great need and don't have enough resources to respond to the coronavirus pandemic
(Washington D.C.) -- The coronavirus is hitting American Indians and Alaska Natives hard. Tribal citizens are dying , Indian nations have closed casinos to protect the...
article The coronavirus is exacerbating vulnerabilities Native communities already face
(Arizona) -- In Kayenta, Arizona — the northwest corner of the Navajo Nation — the streets are eerily quiet. Famous landmarks like Antelope Canyon and...
article Montana's Tribal Nations Say They're Short On Medical Supplies
(Montana) -- Montana’s tribal nations say their first responders and medical professionals are short on equipment needed to protect health care workers from the...
article Villages across Alaska go on lockdown
(Alaska) -- Several Alaska villages have introduced temporary policies restricting travel in and out in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The Minto Village...
article Indigenous pandemic needs grow as federal funds prepare to flow
(Canada) -- Gloves, masks and sanitizer are hard to come by in Grassy Narrows First Nation, according to Chief Rudy Turtle. He said store shelves 88 kilometres southwest...
article Pandemic impact puts First Nation businesses at risk
(Ontario) -- First Nation business owners are taking the brunt of the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, and a Thunder Bay-based business advocacy group is calling...
article Statement on COVID-19 from Angel Of The Winds Casino Resort
(Washington) -- Given the seriousness of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, Angel Of The Winds Casino Resort and the Stillaguamish Tribe, out of an abundance of caution,...
article LEGAL BLOG: Tribal Emergency Response to COVID-19
(USA) -- Indian tribal governments have the inherent power to declare states of emergency on tribal lands to protect the health and welfare of tribal members, and a...
article COVID-19 Leaves Shawnee Woman Homeless
(Oklahoma) -- As unemployment claims in the U.S. skyrocket due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tiffany Barnett, a Shawnee resident, is personally feeling the effects.
article Girl's Native American healing dance goes offers comfort during COVID-19 outbreak
(South Carolina) -- A 7-year-old from Anderson County is using her dance moves to spread a message of peace and healing during the COVID-19 outbreak.
article Casino workers end protest
(Cambodia) -- Preah Sihanouk provincial Department of Labour and Vocational Training director Yov Khemara said on Wednesday that 170 workers at the Hao Cheng Casino in...
article Donaco’s Star Vegas casino suffering from viral slowdown
(Cambodia) -- Casino operator Donaco International says operations at its flagship Cambodian gaming venue have slowed to a crawl due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
article Coronavirus brings a new set of troubles for problem gamblers
(Pennsylvania) -- Just because casinos are closed during the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t mean the folks who deal with problem gambling don’t have concerns....
article “It was a matter of time”: North American Indigenous Games postponed for one year
(Nova Scotia) -- Add another log to the fire, if you will, because there’s another Games which won’t be happening this year. But unlike the Arctic Winter...

3/24/2020

article Federal officials provide $80 million to tribes for COVID-19 response
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal officials announced upcoming action to provide $80 million in funding to tribes, tribal organizations, and Urban Indian Organizations for...
article Senate, White House reach $2 trillion stimulus deal to blunt coronavirus fallout
(Washington D.C.) -- Senate leaders and the Trump administration reached agreement early Wednesday on a $2 trillion stimulus package to rescue the economy from the...
article As a coronavirus pandemic sweeps the world, American Indian communities turn to one another, teachings
(Washington) -- Tribal communities know death by pandemic. As history threatens to repeat itself with the menace of the novel coronavirus, tribal communities are turning...
article Rocky Boy implements checkpoints to slow coronavirus
(Montana) -- More restrictions have been announced due to the coronavirus 2019 pandemic, including checkpoints and screenings at Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation.
article Indian Country already has some of the highest rates of illness in the nation. Can it withstand COVID-19?
(New Mexico) -- Indian Country in America has long been described, despairingly, as a “developing nation” — a place not unlike remote parts of Africa...
article Supplies arrive in Pueblo
(New Mexico) -- A shipment of supplies from the the nation’s largest supply of potentially life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies arrived in Pueblo...
article Here’s an alphabetical list of Y-K villages restricting travel to stop the coronavirus
(Alaska) -- Villages across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are figuring out how they can protect their communities from the spread of COVID-19. The state has not restricted...
article Tribal Colleges Need Immediate Funding to Confront COVID-19 Challenges
(Washington D.C.) -- The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) is calling on all of us to phone and email our representatives and senators to request...
article The Spanish flu devastated Alaska. This time with coronavirus, villages aren't taking any chances.
(Alaska) -- Statewide quarantines to help control the coronavirus outbreak are raising heartbreaking memories for many Alaska Natives whose families were devastated by...
press release Coushatta Tribe and Vivera Pharmaceuticals Join Forces in Fight Against COVID-19
(California) -- Vivera Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a California based pharmaceutical company, and the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana today announce a new relationship in the...
press release Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation Responds to COVID-19 Crisis
(California) -- The Tolowa Dee-ni Nation is working creatively to ensure Tribal citizens continue to have access to government services during the global COVID-19 crisis.

3/23/2020

article 'We've been here forever. We'll be here forever': Indian Country takes action to address coronavirus pandemic
(Indian Country) -- As coronavirus cases across America continue to surge, tribal leaders are taking dramatic steps to ensure the safety of their people and those they...
article Tribal Programs That Prepare For Public Health Crises Readying For Coronavirus
(Washington) -- The Shoalwater Bay Reservation in southwest Washington is right on the Pacific Ocean. It's small and isolated, with about 100 residents, one gas...
article Tribes Look To States, Federal Government For Coronavirus Assistance
(Oregon) -- When it comes to detecting and controlling coronavirus, Native American communities are often at a disadvantage. Now state funds are being sent to Oregon...
article COVID-19 prompts First Nation to consider shutting access road
(Ontario) -- The chief of a First Nation in northern Ontario says she will meet with band council Monday evening to discuss the possibility of closing the main access...
article RICKERT: Mislabeling the Coronavirus the Chinese Virus is Racist and Xenophobic; Just Ask the Navajo
(USA) -- Lacking the ability to hop on Air Force One and fly out into the country to hold one of his political rallies, President Donald Trump has turned the White House...
article Coronavirus is Affecting Tribes
(North Dakota) -- As health centers across the nation run low on supplies, local tribes are doing what they can in the fight against the Coronavirus. Fifty tribal...
article Q&A: Why are Indian casinos out of the shutdown rule?
(Minnesota) -- Why are Indian casinos out of the shutdown rule? Think about the ease of disease spreading, coins, machines, cards, consistent people movement? Indian...
article NAC: Talking to kids about crisis
(Indian Country) -- It’s important to put thought into how you explain the current uncertainty and confusion to your kids. Adults play an important role in making...
article Native Americans put digital spin on traditions amid virus
(USA) -- Native Americans across the U.S. are organizing online and social-distancing powwows and posting videos of dances as a way to offer hope and spiritual support...
article Coronavirus: Could a lack of live sport lead to problem gambling?
(UK) -- We’re all now well into this period of social distancing and virtually no live sport when a Paddy Power tweet pops up on the timeline. “The...

3/22/2020

article Inside the COVID-Denialist Internet Bubble
(Washington D.C.) -- For nearly two months, President Donald Trump downplayed the looming coronavirus threat before finally acknowledging the crisis at hand. But by the...
article Senate falls far short of votes needed to advance coronavirus bill as clash between Republicans and Democrats intensifies
(Washington D.C.) -- Senate Democrats blocked a massive coronavirus stimulus bill from moving forward Sunday as partisan disputes raged over the legislation that’s...
article Why this Nobel laureate predicts a quicker coronavirus recovery: ‘We’re going to be fine’
(California) -- Michael Levitt, a Nobel laureate and Stanford biophysicist, began analyzing the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide in January and correctly calculated...
article Gaming Industry Partners with Other Tourism Companies as Part of ‘Broad Coalition’ in Seeking Relief from COVID-19
(USA) -- Businesses across the country are calling on Congress to provide relief as America deals with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and the shutdowns local...
article Tribes take measures to slow spread of new coronavirus
(Arizona) -- Native American tribes across the country are pressing the federal government for more resources to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
article Practice good 'skoden' to keep COVID-19 at bay, Wikwemikong police say
(Ontario) -- Having trouble remembering the rules around keeping COVID-19 at bay? Wikwemikong Tribal Police say it's easy– just keep washing your hands and...
article ‘Are we a top priority?’: How Indigenous communities are bracing for coronavirus
(Ontario) -- A week after the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic, Constance Lake First Nation, located about 600 kilometres northwest of...
article FSIN wants Saskatchewan borders closed
(Saskatchewan) -- The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations wants Saskatchewan to close its provincial borders. In a media release on Saturday, the FSIN announced...
article Coronavirus Hits Native American Groups Already Struggling With Poor Health Care [sub]
(Indian Country) -- The new coronavirus has found its way to Chilchinbeto, Ariz., a remote Navajo hamlet of about 500 in the high desert, a sign of the startling reach...
article Coronavirus will devastate Aboriginal communities if we don’t act now
(Australia) -- As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we need to ensure the most vulnerable people in our communities aren’t left behind. This includes Aboriginal and...
article More iwi consider closing tribal borders amid Covid-19 outbreak
(New Zealand) -- More iwi are planning to close their tribal borders in the fight against Covid-19, despite warnings from police doing so is illegal. In an extraordinary...
article MORON ALERT: Cape party-goers ignoring call to self-isolate despite coronavirus
(South Africa) -- People are ignoring the call to quarantine and continue to party and gamble despite the rapid spread of Covid-19. Pay day is coming and police are...
article A homeless Toronto man dies and amid coronavirus fears, his large funeral proceeds like this
(Toronto) -- Aindrea Kiss, a registered nurse, stood outside Sanctuary Toronto’s church doors and gently placed a hand-held thermometer into the left ear of...

3/21/2020

article 616,000 out of work across America’s casinos; 206,000 in Nevada
(Washington D.C.) -- The American Gaming Association says the coronavirus has put an estimated 616,000 gaming employees out of work nationwide. AGA President Bill Miller...
article AGA estimates $43.5 billion loss for economy if casinos endure two-month shutdown due to coronavirus
(Washington D.C.) -- Faced with 95% of commercial casinos closing and 76% of tribal casinos closing due to COVID-19 shutdowns, the American Gaming Association estimated...
article AGA: 92% of nation’s casinos have closed due to coronavirus
(Washington D.C.) -- Like gaming operations in Nevada, nearly all other casinos in the nation are feeling pain: 910 casinos — 92 percent of the U.S. total —...
article Coronavirus Could Be A 'Disaster' For Some Tribes In Rocky Mountains, Great Plains
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Congress of American Indians warned reporters in a press conference Friday that COVID-19 is a “recipe for a disaster” for...
article Tribes Expect Little Help in Fight to Protect Elders From Coronavirus
(Washington) -- When a resident of the Tulalip Tribe here in western Washington tested positive for coronavirus, Chairwoman Teri Gobin quickly let her people know the...
article On the abandoned Las Vegas Strip, people come for a glimpse of the party town the pandemic paused
(Las Vegas) -- Norm Ayala points his phone camera into the emptiness and records. Fountains suspended. Windows boarded. Escalators dead. This is the Las Vegas Strip two...
article Alaska villages to ban, restrict air travel amid coronavirus
(Alaska) -- Multiple Alaska villages have proposed banning or restricting passenger air travel in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Local air carrier Wright Air...
article How an Alaska village grave led to a Spanish Flu breakthrough
(Alaska) -- One hundred and two years ago, a strain of influenza virus spread across the globe, eventually reaching Brevig Mission in Alaska. Five days after the flu hit...
article To bet or not to bet? Casinos, gamblers weigh virus concerns
(Atlantic City) -- Gamblers and vacationers, who had planned to visit U.S. casinos, expressed a mixture of disappointment and relief over a wave of closings in at least...
article Indigenous communities close their borders in hopes of preventing COVID-19 spread
(Canada) -- Several Indigenous communities in Canada, already grappling with overcrowding and poor healthcare facilities, are closing their land borders to limit...
article Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation declares state of emergency
(Manitoba) -- Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN) declared a state of emergency encompassing all NCN lands that took effect March 20 at 6 p.m., “to minimize the...
article Hit on Tucson economy from coronavirus outbreak will last months
(Arizona) -- Alan Miklofsky opened one of his independent shoe stores on East Speedway just after the 9/11 terrorist attacks but managed to stay open. But last week...
article Families turned away, as social distancing cuts space in Winnipeg domestic violence shelters
(Winnipeg) -- Winnipeg's two emergency domestic violence shelters are turning away women and children fleeing violence, because social-distancing protocols have...
article Pause sweat lodges and pipe ceremonies, restrict contact to stop COVID-19, say Indigenous doctors
(British Columbia) -- As the number of people with novel coronavirus in Canada grows, Indigenous doctors are warning community members to temporarily halt ceremonies...
article Blackfeet work together to feed kids in time of coronavirus
(Montana) -- The sound of school bus horns carried on the wind through the neighborhoods in and around this small rural town on the eastern edge of Glacier National Park...
article Coronavirus update: Bloomfield school district battles treacherous conditions to feed kids
(New Mexico) -- Efforts by Bloomfield School District staff to keep students fed during the coronavirus-caused shutdown were challenged by a recent round of wet weather...
article Delivering meals and familiar faces: Minnesota tribal school feeds students despite closure
(Minnesota) -- During a time of uncertainty, community banded together in Red Lake, delivering meals, familiar faces and a sense of normalcy to local students. The Red...
article Regina girl prays for the world through social media jingle dress dance
(Saskatchewan) -- Eight year-old Mimikwas Healy from the Cowesses First Nation, along with her mother, Rebecca Agecoutay have been staying at home in Regina and watching...
article Las Vegas Sands, MGM, Wynn, Others Tagged With Negative Credit Outlooks by Standard & Poor’s
(Wall Street) -- Las Vegas Sands, MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts are among the operators vulnerable to credit downgrades as the coronavirus imperils the...

3/20/2020

article Exclusive: Emergency coronavirus funds for American Indian health stalled
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration has held up $40 million in emergency aid Congress approved earlier this month to help American Indians combat the...
press release Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) and Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana)
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Steve Daines (R-MT) sent a letter today to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) requesting that emergency...
article ‘Timing is critical’: Native Americans warn virus may overwhelm underfunded health services
(USA) -- Native American health leaders are urging the US government to distribute urgently needed equipment and funding to help contain the spread of coronavirus among...
article Homeless. Vulnerable. And no option for 'self isolation'
(USA) -- Every major city has a virtual suburb for the homeless. Homes consisting of tents, scrap wood, shopping baskets and cardboard boxes. In shelters, a family...
article A week of hell (or business as usual?)
(USA) -- The Seminole Tribe of Florida is closing its six casinos statewide Friday night. The casinos generate billions annually and employ 14,000 people.
press release Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico)
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement on priorities for Indian...
press release California Valley Miwok Tribe (California)
(California) -- The California Valley Miwok Tribe’s Chairwoman Silvia Burley issued a statement today on the devastating impacts her Tribe is facing with COVID-19...
article No Indigenous community will be 'left behind' in COVID-19 response, says minister
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous communities will get the supplies and resources they need to prepare for local COVID-19 outbreaks and teams are now ready to deploy to those...
article Northern Ontario hospital prepares should COVID-19 hit First Nations
(Ontario) -- One of the regional hospitals that will play a key front-line role if COVID-19 hits remote northern First Nations is freeing up beds and ordering additional...
article COVID-19 in western Canada prompts testing, states of emergency
(Saskatchewan) -- Nine people are isolated in a northern Saskatchewan First Nation after having direct contact with a person infected with the novel coronavirus, says...
article Saskatchewan First Nations see COVID-19 cases
(Saskatchewan) -- Saskatchewan First Nation has one – and possibly two cases – of COVID-19 after test results returned from the federal virology laboratory...
article Some tourists ignore Haida Nation pleas to stay away during Covid-19 pandemic
(British Columbia) -- Tourists continue to visit Haida Gwaii despite pleas for them to stop. Haida Gwaii has long been a tourism hotspot in Canada but the Haida Nation...
article K'atl'odeeche First Nation declares state of emergency over COVID-19
(Northwest Territories) -- The K'atl'odeeche First Nation near Hay River, N.W.T, has declared a state of emergency until further notice in response to the COVID-...
article Tsiigehtchic elders ask N.W.T. premier for a full-time nurse
(Northwest Territories) -- As the Northwest Territories and the rest of Canada continue to practise social distancing to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus or...
article Tension, fear rising inside Dorm 3 of Ottawa jail over COVID-19
(Ottawa) -- Prisoners in a provincial jail in Ottawa say they are not receiving proper medical care for flu-like symptoms sweeping through the facility during the COVID-...
article Doctor tests positive for COVID-19 in Kahnawake Mohawk territory
(Quebec) -- The first known case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in an Indigenous community in Canada. The result was announced Thursday in Kahnawake Mohawk territory,...
article Providing health care while respecting patients' cultural beliefs and traditions
(Oregon) -- Three years ago, Dr. Shilo Tippett was wheeled into a St. Charles operating room, where she was scheduled to have a hysterectomy. “Everyone,” her...
article Evangelical Group to Contact Indigenous Peoples in Amazon Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
(Brazil) -- ETHNOS360, AN EVANGELICAL Christian missionary group, is embarking on a controversial new project, just as the coronavirus begins spreading widely in Brazil.
article Australia Locks Down Isolated Indigenous Areas Over Coronavirus Fears
(Australia) -- Amid coronavirus outbreak, Australia has lockdown isolated indigenous areas on March 20 in a bid to protect Aboriginal communities, who are already...

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