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American Indians and Alaska Natives have disproportionately higher rates of CVD

Type 2 diabetes (T2D) affects American Indians and Alaska Natives at approximately three times the rate of white Americans and is closely linked to the disproportionately high rates of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes, according to the American Heart Association Scientific Statement "Cardiovascular Health in American Indians and Alaska Natives," published today in the Association's flagship journal Circulation.

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7/10/2020

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7/9/2020

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7/8/2020

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article P.E.I.'s poet laureate shares 100 daily posts during pandemic
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7/7/2020

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7/6/2020

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7/5/2020

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7/4/2020

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7/3/2020

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7/2/2020

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7/1/2020

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6/30/2020

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6/29/2020

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6/28/2020

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6/27/2020

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article Mass COVID-19 Testing to Occur at Lapwai Nimiipuu Health on Monday, June 29
(Washington) -- The Nimiipuu Health (NMPH) Lapwai Clinic ( located at 111 Bever Grade) will be conducting mass testing for COVID-19 on Monday, June 29, beginning at 9:00...
article As coronavirus ravaged Indian Country, the federal government failed its schools
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6/26/2020

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article OP/ED: Tribes are suffering 2 blows from COVID-19. Here's how you can help ... from afar
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article VIDEO: Global PPE Is Helping Native Americans Communities Combat COVID-19
(Arizona) -- Global-PPE and Partnership with Native Americans are working together to distribute PPE to Native American tribes.

6/25/2020

article Republicans are choosing rosy assessments of coronavirus that do not match reality
(Washington D.C.) -- There are any number of ways to pick through the data on the coronavirus to tell a story about what’s happening right now. Key members of the...
article How Arizona ‘lost control of the epidemic’
(Arizona) -- A drive-up testing site equipped for several hundred people in West Phoenix was swarmed on Saturday by about 1,000 people, leaving some baking in their cars...
article Montana Tribal Communities Offer Free Mass Testing To Contain The Coronavirus
(Montana) -- The coronavirus has exposed disparities in healthcare among people of color, and tribal communities are among the hardest hit. Montana is trying to change...
article South Dakota tribe sues feds to keep COVID 19 checkpoints
(South Dakota) -- The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe alleges in a lawsuit that the federal government has been trying to coerce and threaten the tribe ever since South...
article Addressing COVID-19 challenges in Tribal communities
(New Mexico) -- COVID-19 continues to ravage Native American communities in the Southwest, taking lives at rates 19 percent higher than other racial or ethnic groups. In...
article NAC: Keeping elders safe and engaged
(Indian Country) -- As businesses and public gatherings start opening up, elders face a unique dilemma. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people 65...
article Cocopah Tribe mourns tribal Vice-Chairman J. Deal Begay Jr., who died of COVID-19
(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...

6/24/2020

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(Nevada) -- Nevada’s 27 tribal nations say they were left behind for two crucial months as the coronavirus crept into every corner of the state. Amid a national...
article Native nations are fighting COVID-19 on many levels
(Arizona) -- COVID-19 has exacerbated infrastructure vulnerabilities in Indian Country and has brought attention to myriad issues that advocacy hasn’t been able to,...
article Tracking down COVID-19 in Tribal Nations
(Montana) -- The four days of COVID-19 testing on the Flathead Indian Reservation completed the State of Montana’s effort to test citizens of the eight Tribal...
article COVID-19: Around Vancouver Island, tourism prompts tensions
(British Columbia) -- Even though the B.C. government hasn’t give the green light to non-essential travel yet — it could happen this week — people are...
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(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 (...

6/23/2020

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(New Mexico) -- The findings of a recent survey at a women’s hospital in New Mexico are in the process of being referred to the U.S. Department of Health and Human...
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(Nevada) -- A Nevada church has asked the Ninth Circuit for emergency injunctive relief, asking to be allowed to hold religious assemblies at half its building’s...
article Americares sends coronavirus supplies to Native American communities
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article Alaska tribes facing food supply restrictions during pandemic seek to hunt out of season
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native tribal governments and other communities have submitted emergency requests to hunt out of season as the coronavirus pandemic causes food supply...

6/22/2020

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6/21/2020

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6/20/2020

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(Las Vegas) -- Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar, located in the Linq Hotel, has closed once again after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
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(Las Vegas) -- A Las Vegas Strip restaurant has closed after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19. Caesars Entertainment released a statement Saturday...
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6/19/2020

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6/18/2020

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6/17/2020

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6/16/2020

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6/15/2020

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6/14/2020

article State investigating hospital with coronavirus policy that profiled pregnant Native American mothers and separated them from newborns
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Twitter Saturday that state officials would investigate allegations of racial profiling of pregnant...
article Study: 100% face mask use could crush second, third COVID-19 wave
(UK) -- We've all heard it many times: Wear a face covering — indoors, outdoors, on trains and buses. At work, in the supermarket and at church. But now a new...
article Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council calls for protection of health, safety of its members
(British Columbia) -- As tourism slowly starts to reopen in B.C., the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC) is calling for the health and safety of its people to be...
article As coronavirus kills indigenous people in the Amazon, Brazil's government goes missing
(Brazil) -- The first to die was his aunt. Then his cousin. Then another cousin, and his uncle, and his 83-year-old grandfather, who lived his final hours waiting for a...

6/13/2020

article Albuquerque Hospital’s Secret Policy Separated Native American Newborns From Their Mothers
(New Mexico) -- A prominent women’s hospital here has separated some Native American women from their newly born babies, the result of a practice designed to stop...
article Native Americans Need More Funding to Battle COVID-19, Lawmakers Told
(Washington D.C.) -- More needs to be done to serve the needs of Native American tribes battling COVID-19, speakers told a House committee on Thursday. "Native...
article Deadliest virus week in Doña Ana County comes to a close with 12 new cases
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico Department of Health reports 12 additional COVID-19 cases in Doña Ana County, Saturday. The total number of cases in the county is now 645....
article EDITORIAL: Tribes need more help in fighting COVID
(Nebraska) -- As the number of new COVID-19 cases in Nebraska declines, and the state starts to “open up” after months of restrictions on businesses and...
article Young Anishinaabe woman quarantined in Amsterdam during global pandemic — and enjoying it
(Netherlands) -- For Courtney Recollet, 2020 was a year full of promise, after moving to Amsterdam in mid-February to work for a year. Then the global pandemic hit and,...

6/12/2020

article CDC Denies Native American Tribes’ Requests For Coronavirus Data That Is Freely Available To States
(Washington D.C.) -- Native Americans have been particularly hard hit by COVID-19, yet tribal leaders say that federal and state governments are blocking their efforts...
article CDC posts long-awaited tips for minimizing everyday risk
(Washington D.C.) -- Take the stairs, not the elevator, down from your hotel room. Encourage people to bring their own food and drinks to your cookout. Use hand...
article Tribes denied coronavirus data
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American tribes and organizations have been seeking coronavirus data ever since the spring — only to face barriers and difficulties...
article 'Patently unfair': Judge won't let Trump administration delay COVID-19 relief again
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribes will finally see the rest of their payments from the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund after the Trump administration attempted to delay the...
article IlumiNative founder describes the challenges COVID-19 poses for Native American communities
(Indian Country) -- Crystal Echo Hawk, founder and executive director of the nonprofit IllumiNative, said on Hill.TV's "Rising" Friday that Native...
article Why COVID-19 is decimating some Native American communities
(Indian Country) -- Native American populations face many of the same challenges as the larger U.S. population during the COVID-19 pandemic, including lack of ready...
article COVID-19 in Arizona: Native American communities hit harder than some states, research finds
(Arizona) -- The disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on minorities underscores the longstanding failure of federal officials to respond to the needs of Native...
article Drought fears take hold in Four Corners region already hit hard by the coronavirus
(New Mexico) -- The vintage train was chug-chug-chugging its usual route out of Durango, Colo., that sunny morning as tourists marveled at the postcard-pretty canyon....
article Coronavirus mass testing begins at Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
(Nevada) -- A massive amount of testing for COVID-19 is happening within the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony. With help from the Nevada National Guard and the State Public...
article Is the coronavirus jeopardizing the buffet as we know it?
(Michigan) -- Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the all-you-can-eat taco bar at Mi Pueblo Mexican Restaurant in Kalamazoo was a fan favorite. The Friday-through-Sunday...
article Oregon Gov. Kate Brown hits pause on lifting coronavirus restrictions with infections on the rise
(Oregon) -- Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday evening that she has put all applications for further reopening across the state on hold for at least seven days after...
article Colorado Non-Profit Flying Much Needed PPE To Native American Communities
(Colorado) -- An Aspen-based nonprofit is helping deliver personal protective equipment to Native American communities in the Southwest. EcoFlight recently delivered a...
article The Coronavirus Is Spreading Through Indigenous Amazon Communities
(South America) -- With nearly 40,000 deaths, Brazil has registered the world's third-highest COVID-19 death toll and the second-highest confirmed caseload. Its...
article Disaster looms for indigenous Amazon tribes as COVID-19 cases multiply
(South America) -- With the coronavirus spreading into remote territories across the Brazilian Amazon, indigenous leaders and rights officials are pleading with the...
article Disaster looms for indigenous Amazon tribes as COVID-19 cases multiply
(Brazil) -- With the coronavirus spreading into remote territories across the Brazilian Amazon, indigenous leaders and rights officials are pleading with the government...

6/11/2020

article American Indian tribes thwarted in efforts to get coronavirus data
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal and state health agencies are refusing to give Native American tribes and organizations representing them access to data showing how the...
article Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council refusing to reopen territory until specific COVID-19 protocols in place
(British Columbia) -- A Vancouver Island First Nation has issued an order aimed at protecting its members from COVID-19, just as the B.C. government is making plans to...
article Native American faith community joins to support those suffering from COVID-19
(South Dakota) -- Lakota songs of healing joined together Wednesday with the heartbeat of the drum and jingle dancers to bring comfort and solidarity to those fighting...

6/10/2020

article Coronavirus: 8 things we got wrong — at first — about the deadly pandemic
(USA) -- A lot of our early assumptions about the new coronavirus have flip-flopped. This is normal. That’s how science works — it’s a process of being...
article Southern Ute Indian Tribe conducts sweeping communitywide COVID testing
(Colorado) -- The Southern Ute Indian Tribe embarked on a multi-day COVID-19 testing event this week in an effort to better understand any transmission of the...
article Presbyterians reach out to Native American communities during pandemic
(Kentucky) -- Hardly a day goes by without the Rev. Brad Munroe receiving a call from someone wanting to make a donation to help Native Americans in the southwestern...

6/9/2020

article Native American Tribes’ Pandemic Response Is Hamstrung by Many Inequities
(USA) -- The SARS-CoV-2 virus is novel, but pandemic threats to indigenous peoples are anything but new. Diseases like measles, smallpox and the Spanish flu have...
article Rocky Boy COVID-19 tests come back negative
(Montana) -- All of the results from the COVID-19 tests from samples collected at a drive-through testing clinic Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation held a week ago,...
article Fitch: Gaming sector facing up to 60% ‘revenue destruction’ due to pandemic
(Wall Street) -- Fitch Ratings said Tuesday that the nation’s leisure business sector – which includes gaming, tourism, lodging, and restaurants – is...
article M’Chigeeng taking down ‘wellness checkpoints’
(Sudbury) -- What M’Chigeeng First Nation called “wellness checkpoints” that restricted access to the community’s territory are coming down, it...
article NAC: On the COVID-19 front lines
(Indian Country) -- As public spaces begin re-opening, doctors, nurses, and emergency medical technicians remain on the front lines of fighting the coronavirus pandemic...
article Southern Ute Tribe Offers Viral COVID-19 Drive Through Testing For Tribal Membership
(Colorado) -- Beginning today, June 9, 2020, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe will offer voluntary COVID-19 viral testing for its tribal membership from 8:00 a.m. until 5:...
article Diné College researchers believe more reasons behind high Covid-19 Cases on Navajo
(Arizona) -- A research paper authored by two Diné College science professors about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact upon Native Americans provides...
article Providing health care to tribal communities in the face of COVID-19
(Minnesota) -- Long before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe, tribal nations suffered from higher mortality rates from infectious diseases than the general...
article Manaus indigenous struggle for care amid pandemic
(Brazil) -- They left their tribal lands in the Amazon for the city, many seeking a better life. But in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic they have neither the...
article ‘Every time an elder dies, a library is burnt’: Amazon COVID-19 toll grows
(Brazil) -- COVID-19 kills the elderly, those with underlying health conditions, the poor and vulnerable. It is now doing so in the Brazilian Amazon where the virus...

6/8/2020

article Asymptomatic spread of coronavirus is ‘very rare,’ WHO says
(Worldwide) -- Coronavirus patients without symptoms aren’t driving the spread of the virus, World Health Organization officials said Monday, casting doubt on...
article Tribe Sues Treasury Over 'Flawed' Metric For Virus Funds
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury drew on a "flawed" population metric to apportion $8 billion in coronavirus relief funds to tribes,...
article NM coronavirus death toll hits 400
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico’s coronavirus death toll has hit 400, after four additional deaths were reported Monday. The four deceased all lived in the state’...
article Inventor of casino chip-cleaning machine sees orders sky-rocket in coronavirus era
(Las Vegas) -- If you've been inside a casino post-quarantine there is one thing you can't help but notice. "There are people cleaning non-stop,"...
article Casinos Have a Plan to Reopen Post Coronavirus
(USA) -- For anyone who's missed the thrill of gambling, whether it be at a Native American casino near your or one in one of the major destination gambling cities like...
article Tribes identify priorities for spending COVID-19 relief funds
(Idaho) -- The U.S. Treasury has allocated $13.7 million to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Fort Hall through the CARES Act, which is intended to be used for COVID-19...

6/6/2020

article Who's not getting COVID-19 aid? Native American entrepreneurs who may need it most
(Arizona) -- Sophia Sayles was excited to get her business back on track in January after taking time off to have a baby, now 2. Sayles, a citizen of the Fort McDowell...

6/5/2020

article Health Officials Warn Of Potential Coronavirus Exposure At Colusa Casino
(California) -- Health officials issued a notice on Friday warning of potential exposure to the coronavirus at the Colusa Casino Resort. County officials said any person...
article 100 cords of firewood provided to Navajos and Hopis
(Arizona) -- The closure of the Black Mesa coal mine in 2019 has increased the demand for firewood for the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe. More than 100 cords of wood were...
article HSD secretary: Herd immunity strategy proves unsuccessful
(New Mexico) -- One of New Mexico’s top health officials said Friday that combating the spread of COVID-19 by allowing “herd immunity” to build in the...
article Montana’s tribal nations preserve COVID restrictions to preserve their cultures
(Montana) -- As Montana plows forward with its reopening, including throwing open the doors to tourism on June 1, the outlook is starkly different for members of the...
article COVID-19 Infection Rates, Tribal Casino Shutdowns, And Reservation Land Legal Battles
(Indian Country) -- The devastating impact of COVID-19 on the Native American community has yet to be a focus of the national conversation. At the same time, the...
article How are casinos planning on cleaning gambling chips? It depends on who you ask.
(Florida) -- Do they use a dishwasher? A straightforward hand-washing method? Perhaps an ultrasonic cleaner? It’s an issue that’s likely been overlooked by...
article Group offers pandemic meals to Native American reservation located near the Hamptons
(New York) -- Marit Molin, director of Hamptons Art Camp and Outreach, is providing communities in need in the wealthy town during the pandemic.
article VIDEO: Deaths jump in Brazil's indigenous tribes as virus spreads
(Brazil) -- Coronavirus is spreading fast through Brazil's indigenous peoples, with deaths rising five-fold in the past month. It was hoped remote locations would...

6/4/2020

article ‘I have a goal that nobody here dies alone, ever.’ Chaplain offers comfort to hard-hit Navajo Nation.
(Navajo Nation) -- The Rev. Kris Pikaart chose a contemplative career path. As a chaplain for Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, a nonprofit medical...
article Indigenous populations: left behind in the COVID-19 response
(USA) -- Scholar Annie Belcourt described Native American populations in the USA as having lives that are “challenging and short”. Globally, across countries...
article Lake County opens to phase 2
(Montana) -- At the beginning of this week Montana welcomed phase two in the reopening plan following COVID-19 closures, and Lake County is starting to see an increasing...
article NAC: One health system’s response to COVID-19
(Indian Country) -- Relationships are they key to keeping people healthy. That’s an idea that informs a health care system serving 65,000 Alaska Native and...
article Coronavirus could 'wipe out' thousands of people from indigenous tribes in the Amazon
(Brazil) -- Thousands of people belonging to indigenous Amazonian tribes are at risk of being “wiped out” by coronavirus - leading them to call for help from...

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