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COVID-19 Is Putting Essential Indigenous Casino Revenue At Risk

Nearly all open Indigenous-run casinos in the U.S. are operating at half capacity, putting essential money for healthcare and education at risk, according to tribal leaders, and tribal governments nationwide could lose $22.4 billion this year alone, more than half of their projected revenue.

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9/17/2020

article C.D.C. Testing Guidance Was Published Against Scientists’ Objections
(Washington D.C.) -- A heavily criticized recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month about who should be tested for the coronavirus...
article COVID-19 vaccine trials starting this week on Navajo
(Navajo Nation) -- Volunteer vaccine trials with Pfizer-BioNTech for COVID-19 will be starting this week on Navajo, President Jonathan Nez announced last Friday on...
article Latinx, Black and Native American households are struggling more than others during the coronavirus pandemic: poll
(USA) -- Majorities of Latinx, Black and Native American households are facing serious financial problems during the coronavirus outbreak, according to a new NPR/Robert...

9/16/2020

article COVID-19 Much More Common in Native Americans
(USA) -- Although non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people account for less than 1% of the U.S. population, a study has found that they have been...
article Coronavirus Drained Black, Latino, and Native Americans' Savings Way More Than White People's
(USA) -- More than 40% of Black, Latino, and Native American households reported in a new poll that they ran through their savings to get by during the COVID-19 pandemic...
article US unveils plan to provide free coronavirus vaccine
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration on Wednesday outlined a strategy to deliver safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses to the American people as quickly as...
article Tribal Colleges Face Multiple Challenges in Economic Wake of COVID
(Denver) -- As students return to college this fall, advocates for the nation's 37 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) are calling for increased investment and...

9/15/2020

article Coronavirus Most Likely to Kill Minority Children, CDC Says
(USA) -- Coronavirus is disproportionately killing minority children in the U.S., especially those with other underlying health conditions, according to a federal report...
article Navajo Nation Reports Five New Covid Cases, No Recent Deaths
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation health officials Monday reported five new known cases of COVID-19 and no new recent deaths from the virus. The tribe continues to see...
article Navajo Nation to participate in Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine trial
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation announces participation in Pfizer-BioTech COVID-19 vaccine trail on a patient-volunteer basis — the study will be led by the John...
article Bill to provide Tribes better access to health data
(Washington D.C.) -- As part of his ongoing efforts to ensure Montana Tribes have the resources they need to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today...
article Hispanic, Black And American Indian Children Die From The Coronavirus At Disproportionate Rates, CDC Finds
(USA) -- Hispanic, Black and Native American people under the age of 21 are disproportionately affected by Covid-19 compared to white children, according to a Centers...
article Bureau of Indian Education abruptly changes course on Navajo schooling
(Navajo Nation) -- Schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) on the Navajo Nation will be opening under a distance-learning plan next week, a surprising...
article Boyd Gaming Banks on Online Betting Offerings, Traffic Dismal
(Wall Street) -- Boyd Gaming Corporation BYD is poised to benefit from online betting offerings, FanDuel Group partnership and portfolio expansion. Also, increased focus...

9/14/2020

article ASU student works as contact tracer on Fort Apache Reservation
(Arizona) -- When the coronavirus started sweeping through the Fort Apache Reservation in Arizona, Grant Real Bird, 23, felt a calling to help his tribe. In May, the...

9/13/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 15 new COVID-19 cases, but no deaths
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation health officials have reported 15 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, but no deaths for the third time in six days. The latest numbers...
article Navajo Nation will participate in COVID-19 vaccine trials
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation officials said they will participate in the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine trials amid a steady decline in coronavirus cases. The...
article Skating on Stolen Land
(Indian Country) -- A roller skating fundraising campaign for Navajo health during the pandemic? At first I thought I had misunderstood my colleague Daisy Purdy’s...

9/12/2020

article Indigenous Services moving goalposts on First Nations PPE stockpile proposal, says chief
(Canada) -- A multi-million dollar proposal to provide personal protective equipment to First Nations across Saskatchewan and possibly the country is caught in a cycle...

9/11/2020

article Critics: Feds reopened tribal schools without asking or advising tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- Lawmakers and tribal leaders berated the Bureau of Indian Education on Thursday for a school reopening plan that prioritizes in-person learning,...
article Tribes lead on COVID-19
(Minnesota) -- Across northern Minnesota, tribal governments have shown remarkable leadership in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. As we’ve reported here,...
article Eureka County put on COVID watch list, tribal cases surge in Elko
(Nevada) -- A Nevada county that was initially listed among the lowest risk regions in the country and had zero cases of COVID-19 three months into the pandemic is now...
article “Panamanian casinos invested USD 1 M in COVID-19 adaptations”
(Panama) -- Sánchez Ortega has said it is important that casinos resume operations, especially considering that this industry generates over 10,000 direct jobs, as well...
article How COVID-19 Pandemic Awareness Could Drive Convergence In The Gaming Industry
(USA) -- What will the casino industry’s “new normal” look like? That’s very hard to say, but it’s a good bet that new digital technologies...

9/10/2020

article CDC report: dining out increases risk of contracting coronavirus more than other activities
(Washington D.C.) -- Dining out is one of the riskiest possible activities during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report issued by the Centers for Disease...

9/9/2020

article How table games at Southern California casinos are different during coronavirus
(California) -- Southern California’s casinos are back in action and for most of them, so are their table games. But before you place your bets, know that the...
article REPORT: Indian Country small businesses face strong headwinds in COVID-19 recovery
(Indian Country) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has led to economic and health hardships throughout Indian Country, affecting the many small businesses that are the backbone...
article Coronavirus is threatening their people but it hasn't held back these indigenous pageant queens from helping
(Arizona) -- As her silver crown shimmered in the sunlight, Shaandiin Parrish loaded car after car in the Navajo Nation's Huerfano chapter area with food and toilet...
article Rural Southwestern Tribal Casinos Have Worriesome Outlook for Recovery
(Indian Country) -- Tribal gaming properties in the Southwestern US, especially those in rural areas, are among the most vulnerable to continuing economic risk because...
article South Dakota governor defends Sturgis rally-goers: 'Exercised their personal freedom to attend'
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) vocalized her support Tuesday for attendees of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally last month, calling a new report on the...
article Connecticut's Tribes Haven't Closed Their Courts Despite the Pandemic. Here's How They've Done It
(Connecticut) -- While only some state and federal courts in Connecticut have been open for limited business since the outbreak of the coronavirus in March, the state...
article COVID-19 cases on reservation at lowest point since May
(Navajo Nation) -- Only one new case of COVID-19 was reported across the Navajo Nation in the previous 24 hours, the lowest number of daily cases on the reservation...
article From Turtle Island to Palestine the Apocalypse is Ongoing
(Worldwide) -- In The Future Home of the Living God (2017), Louise Erdrich (Ojibwe) writes of a dystopic future that might as easily be today. In Erdrich’s novel,...
article O’Rourke looking forward to fans back at the Spa
(New York) -- Somebody dubbed it “the Great Wall of NYRA.” It falls far short in grandeur and scope compared to the real thing, of course, but the symbolism...
article Casinos are getting creative to combat the coin shortage
(Las Vegas) -- At El Cortez Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas, the sounds of gamblers putting loose change into machines and the ka-ching sound when they hit a...

9/8/2020

article Next Generation: Grappling with loss of life and connection, Native youth transform into the leaders of tomorrow
(Arizona) -- In March, Tawny Jodie was preparing to travel to Israel for her first trip overseas. By July, she was masked and delivering food boxes in rural New Mexico...
article Did Sturgis Really Infect 250,000 People?
(South Dakota) -- The roar of Harleys announced the determination of 460,000 people to ignore public health warnings and attend the 10-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in...
article Navajo Nation, White Mountain Apaches chase down a virus
(Arizona) -- On a mild morning in April at Arizona’s Whiteriver Indian Hospital, Dr. Ryan Close tested nasal swabs from two members of an eight-person household on...
article How indigenous women in Canada heal through art
(Canada) -- In the Canadian winter of 2002, passers-by walking through Vancouver’s Downtown East Side could see Rebecca Belmore, from the Indigenous Anishinaabe...
press release Online gaming rise helps offset coronavirus closures in New Zealand
(New Zealand) -- SkyCity Entertainment, New Zealand’s biggest tourism, leisure and entertainment company, posted a 63 percent rise in reported net profit to $NZ235...

9/7/2020

article Deep cleans and disinfecting mists might not keep us from getting the virus, but they sure make us feel better
(USA) -- It is obvious, even to the least scientific minds among us, that Steve Hasegawa’s gloves do nothing to protect him or anyone else from covid-19. They are...

9/6/2020

article Native American runners journey 360 miles across Utah to offer healing
(Utah) -- Willson Atene did not run hundreds of miles across Utah this week for himself. “I ran for my family. I ran for my brothers and sisters. I ran for the...

9/5/2020

article Tribal casinos weigh balancing risks of doing business amid COVID-19
(USA) -- As the country’s economy slowly opens back up while COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise, tribal gaming finds itself caught in a bind: restoring an...
article To Test Spread of Coronavirus, These Scientists Put on a Concert
(Germany) -- The German pop singer Tim Bendzko was trying his best to energize the crowd at Quarterback Immobilien Arena here on Saturday morning. Flanked by band...
article COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts American Indian Students Significantly, Survey Finds
(California) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it an educational inequity crisis in California that has had a particularly damaging effect on American Indian...
article Coronavirus Victims: Wesley Fire Cloud Jr. Of Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
(South Dakota) -- Wesley Fire Cloud Jr. worked to protect his Crow Creek Sioux Tribe in South Dakota from the coronavirus. He died of COVID-19 in July at age 38. Big...

9/4/2020

article COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts American Indian Students Significantly, Survey Finds
(California) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it an educational inequity crisis in California that has had a particularly damaging effect on American Indian...
article BLOG: As Society Goes Cashless, Casinos Soon Could Follow
(USA) -- Cash might still be king, but it’s making fewer personal appearances these days. There used to be a time when customers took a few steps into casino and...

9/3/2020

article Diné Women Again Rise To Fight An Outbreak
(New Mexico) -- After leaving her job as a fashion industry designer and consultant a few years ago, Amy Yeung set out from Southern California for a new life, guided by...
article Labor Day weekend hotel bookings down 65% from 2019 due to COVID-19, industry group says
(USA) -- Even if Americans are planning to hit the road for the Labor Day weekend, far fewer of them are planning to stay at a hotel than they were a year ago. According...
article First-generation Denver college student refuses to let COVID-19 pandemic stop her academic dreams
(Colorado) -- Overcoming obstacles is part of the human experience. At 18 years old, Elizabeth Reyes has overcome more than most. Reyes’ father is serving time in...
article 'They're so vulnerable': Coronavirus hits tribes of isolated Andaman Islands
(India) -- An indigenous tribe on India’s Andaman Islands, whose population hovers just over 50 people, is now threatened by the coronavirus and experts fear...
article Nevada governor mulls church changes as court battle resumes
(Nevada) -- Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said Thursday he is pursuing the possibility of easing COVID-19 restrictions on religious gatherings as a rural church pushes...
article Why Casino Operators Caesars, MGM, and Wynn Rocketed Higher in August by as Much as 47%
(Wall Street) -- Shares of casino operator Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN) jumped a hefty 20% in the month of August according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

9/2/2020

article Navajo Nation extends nightly, weekend curfews through September to fight COVID-19 spread
(Navajo Nation) -- Ahead of Labor Day weekend, the Navajo Nation's leaders announced late Tuesday an extension of the tribe's weekend curfews through the month...
article Navajo relief group prepares for a second wave of COVID-19 cases
(Navajo Nation) -- When COVID-19 first appeared on the Navajo Nation in March, a dozen Indigenous women began bringing food and supplies to those most affected. Nearly...
article Casinos Increasingly Demand Visitors Wear Only Cloth or Surgical Masks to Curb COVID-19 Spread
(California) -- Two California gaming properties are among the latest venues which will restrict players to wear only cloth or surgical masks to cover their faces while...
press release First covid-19 death linked to Sturgis Motorcycle Rally reported in Minnesota
(Minnesota) -- A Minnesota biker who attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has died of covid-19 - the first fatality from the virus traced to the 10-day event that drew...
article Art auction to benefit local COVID-19 patients
(South Dakota) -- Black Hills area artists’ work is up for auction this week to benefit local COVID-19 patients. The Cave Collective in Rapid City is hosting a...
article Philanthropic groups support Arizona Native artists to provide 'cultural healing' amid pandemic
(Arizona) -- Faces adorn the soaring block walls of Zarco Guerrero’s Mesa studio. The lovingly handcrafted masks, many painted in bright colors and others sporting...
article COVID-19 Impacts Gambling Disorder Support
(New Mexico) -- Funds to support gambling disorder treatment and counseling have declined significantly since COVID-19. Kandace Blanchard, the founder of the New Mexico...

9/1/2020

article Collapse And Recovery: The COVID-19 Casino Shutdown In Numbers
(Las Vegas) -- There are few areas of the US economy that haven’t been touched by the COVID-19 pandemic. The brick-and-mortar casino industry has been one of the...
article Hotel-casino workers in Detroit, Massachusetts laid off by MGM, Wynn
(USA) -- The Labor Day weekend is usually a farewell to summer. At some hotels and resorts nationwide this year, it’s a farewell to fellow laborers. MGM Resorts...
article Is the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally really to blame for the rise in coronavirus cases in Meade County?
(South Dakota) -- As coronavirus cases continue to rise, people are watching Meade county’s numbers a little more closely. But is the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally...
article Why the Coronavirus More Often Strikes Children of Color
(USA) -- One of the notable features of the new coronavirus, evident early in the pandemic, was that it largely spared children. Some become severely ill, but deaths...

8/31/2020

article COVID-19 Is Putting Essential Indigenous Casino Revenue At Risk
(Oklahoma) -- Nearly all open Indigenous-run casinos in the U.S. are operating at half capacity, putting essential money for healthcare and education at risk, according...
press release The erasure of Indigenous people in U.S. COVID-19 data
(Indian Country) -- Indigenous peoples are bearing the brunt of COVID-19 infections. But in the sea of demographic, health and economic data collected by governments,...
article 'We are already at a disadvantage': Indigenous college students concerned about online learning
(Canada) -- Kyla Morris, a psychology student from Kahnawake, Que., is nervous about the fall semester being primarily online due to the coronavirus pandemic. "For...
article School on the land: Indigenous teachings get kids outside the classroom
(Canada) -- Just before her regular school year started, 18-year-old Isabella Zeller-Calihoo spent a day in late August learning to scrape a moose hide in her auntie...
article Woman Kicked Out of Bingo Hall for Refusing to Wear a Mask Over the Breathing Hole in Her Neck
(Ontario) -- An elderly woman was forced to leave her local bingo hall after failing to cover the breathing hole in her neck. Elaine Arbeau, a 67-year-old Ontario woman...

8/30/2020

article Inside Trump’s pressure campaign on federal scientists over a covid-19 treatment
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump’s accusatory tweet barreled in at 7:49 a.m. a week ago Saturday: The “deep state” at the Food and Drug...
article BLAU: Congress must act now to save the restaurant industry
(Las Vegas) -- During the Great Recession of 2008, big banks went to Washington D.C., made the argument that they were "Too Big to Fail" and received their now...
article The 6-foot rule is 'outdated': Researchers devise chart to gauge COVID risk
(Washington D.C.) -- The three etched-in-stone rules of the coronavirus pandemic are: 1) wear a mask, 2) wash your hands frequently and 3) keep at least 6 feet from...
article Whitby woman kicked out of bingo hall for not using mask to cover breathing hole in her neck
(Ontario) -- An Ontario woman battling lung cancer, who breathes through a hole in her neck, was kicked out of her local bingo hall because her breathing hole wasn't...

8/27/2020

article The Navajo Nation and White Mountain Apache Tribe chase down a virus
(Arizona) -- On a mild morning in April at Arizona’s Whiteriver Indian Hospital, Dr. Ryan Close tested nasal swabs from two members of an eight-person household on...
article Northwest Arctic Borough pushes for restricting outside hunters over COVID-19 concerns
(Alaska) -- On Tuesday, the Northwest Arctic Borough passed a resolution pushing for restrictions on outside hunters, guides, and transports on their lands. It comes in...

8/26/2020

article Controversial change in guidelines about coronavirus testing directed by the White House coronavirus task force
(Washington D.C.) -- An abrupt shift this week in government testing guidelines for Americans exposed to the novel coronavirus was directed by the White House’s...
article Indigenous communities in Alaska harder hit by COVID-19
(Alaska) -- Alaska state health data indicate Pacific Islanders and Alaska Natives are more likely to contract COVID-19 and be hospitalized with the illness. Beyond...

8/25/2020

article COVID-19 'increasing rapidly' in Indian Country; concern for Indigenous inmates, panel told
(Montana) -- The State-Tribal Relations Committee of the Montana Legislature on Monday discussed the rise of COVID-19 cases in Indian Country, how Native people who are...
article Alaska Natives and Pacific Islanders are harder hit by COVID-19 in Alaska. The reasons are complex.
(Alaska) -- Pacific Islanders and Alaska Natives in Alaska are more likely to get the coronavirus and more likely to be hospitalized if they do, according to state...
article What medicine should be all about
(Indian Country) -- A Newscast for Tuesday, August 25, 2020 with guests Jasmine Curry and Tomoko Wilson, plus freelancer Sandra Hale Schulman has the latest on arts and...
article Brazil’s Indigenous communities suffer grave losses from coronavirus
(Brazil) -- Chief Aritana Yawalapiti led his people for five decades. During his life, he fiercely defended his people’s traditions and land. He was instrumental...

8/24/2020

article Why German researchers held a large indoor concert during the pandemic
(Germany) -- One of Germany’s largest venues roared back to life over the weekend, after nearly half a year of pandemic-induced hibernation. Room-shaking bass...
article Native colleges take mixed approach to fall semester
(Indian Country) -- Much like the nation itself, Native American colleges and universities across the country have a mixed approach as they open the fall semester amid...
article Pandemic and Persecution: The Double Threat Facing Brazil’s Indigenous
(Brazil) -- The 26-year-old Paulo Paulino Guajajara was a “guardian of the forest.” His sole occupation was to protect the Brazilian Amazon and his tribes...

8/22/2020

article Federal Investigation Finds Hospital Violated Patients’ Rights by Profiling, Separating Native Mothers and Newborns
(New Mexico) -- A prominent women’s hospital here violated patients’ rights by singling out pregnant Native American women for COVID-19 testing and...
article Federal investigation finds hospital violated patients’ rights by profiling, separating Native mothers and newborns
(New Mexico) -- A prominent women’s hospital here violated patients’ rights by singling out pregnant Native American women for COVID-19 testing and...
article Covid-19 incidence more than triple among Native Americans, new CDC report says
(USA) -- The coronavirus pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on Native American communities. The incidence of Covid-19 cases among American Indians and Alaska...
article Despite effort, enrollment of minorities for coronavirus vaccine trial is lagging
(USA) -- Moderna, the first company to launch large-scale clinical trials for a coronavirus vaccine, has enrolled minorities at levels more than three times lower than...

8/21/2020

article More than 2 dozen cases of coronavirus in 3 states linked to Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
(South Dakota) -- At least 26 cases of coronavirus in three states are being linked to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Minnesota reporteds 15 confirmed cases of Covid-19...
article COVID-19 strikes Vermilion Reservation and area restaurants
(Minnesota) -- Three residents of the Vermilion Reservation are in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, and three area restaurants have closed temporarily...
article Fresno American Indian Health Project Reports Increased Demand For Services During COVID-19
(California) -- While reports show that the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affects communities of color, gaps in data have made it difficult to quantify the impact...
article Tribes, county, National Guard partner to host testing event in Nespelem, Aug. 19
(Washington) -- In a response to the increase of COVID-19 in Okanogan County, Washington Governor Jay Inslee activated the National Guard to test across the county...

8/20/2020

article Coronavirus US: Native Americans 3.5 times more at risk
(Indian Country) -- Native Americans make up a larger percentage of novel coronavirus cases than compared to their share of the US population, a new report finds.
article Data shows disproportionate impact of COVID-19 among Native Americans
(Indian Country) -- A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that COVID-19 is taking a disproportionate toll on American Indians and...
article In a Native American community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, COVID-19 has been felt in unexpected ways
(Michigan) -- On the shore of Lake Superior, in the far reaches of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, it’s possible — for one still moment — to forget...
article Tribes, Nevada Guard combine efforts for COVID-19 testing
(Nevada) -- Nevada Army Guard Spc. Jermaine Longmire usually says “hello” when people drive through a Nevada National Guard-run COVID-19 test site.
article Shawnee Tribe Denied CARES Act Funding by D.C. Judge
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request by the Shawnee Tribe that would have forced the Treasury Department to hold onto $12 million in relief...

8/19/2020

article CDC data show disproportionate COVID-19 impact in American Indian/Alaska Native populations
(USA) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new study that specifically examines how COVID-19 is affecting American Indians and Alaska...
article Indigenous Americans hit harder by COVID-19: CDC report
(USA) -- Native Americans and Alaska Natives have been hit harder by COVID-19 than the US white population and have been more likely to become infected by the novel...
article As providers turn to telehealth during COVID-19, calls rise for more resources in Indian Country
(Navajo Nation) -- Before COVID-19, Joshuaa Allison-Burbank spent his days traversing the Navajo Nation, stopping at homes, libraries and schools to provide speech...

8/18/2020

article Cellphone Data Shows How Las Vegas Is “Gambling With Lives” Across the Country
(Las Vegas) -- When it comes to COVID-19, what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas. Las Vegas casinos reopened June 4, and they have become a likely hotbed for...
article K'ima:w Medical Center reports 1 new positive COVID-19 case Tuesday
(California) -- The K'ima:w Medical Center in Hoopa identified one new case of COVID-19 on Monday. Forty-three cases have now been confirmed through testing at the...
article Three Ketchikan Indian Community clinic employees test positive for COVID-19
(Alaska) -- Three staff members at the Ketchikan Indian Community health clinic have tested positive for COVID-19. That’s according to a joint statement from local...
article Coronavirus gets dangerously close to isolated ‘Arrow People’ in Amazon
(Brazil) -- Amid rising alarm that the novel coronavirus has reached deep into the Amazon rainforest, threatening isolated tribes, Brazil’s Supreme Court this...

8/17/2020

article Resilience in a time of COVID-19: Mr. Bannock gets creative
(Canada) -- Paul Natrall knows what it’s like to be poor. Very poor. So when the novel coronavirus threatened his young family’s economic existence, he knew...
article We Need More Indigenous Doctors, Stat. This Physician Has a Plan.
(Indian Country) -- As the world grapples with the devastation of the coronavirus, one thing is clear: The United States simply wasn’t prepared. Despite repeated...
article Returning to School in Indian Country during the Pandemic
(Indian Country) -- As schools across the United States begin the new school year amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Native people face steeper obstacles than many other...
article Fallout: 25 Arizona high schools have canceled fall sports due to pandemic
(Arizona) -- Twenty-five Arizona Interscholastic Association high schools so far have canceled fall sports in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with another canceling...

8/16/2020

article Navajo women mobilize to protect elders from COVID-19
(Arizona) -- Indigenous tribes have their own cultures, languages and customs, but two common threads run through them – high esteem for their elders, and the...
article New data shows virus hitting tribal communities hard
(Montana) -- The Montana Department of Health and Human Services (MTDPHHS) released new data on Wednesday breaking down how the novel coronavirus is impacting Montanans...

8/15/2020

article A Rural School Adjusts to Serve Its Students During COVID-19
(South Dakota) -- USDA Rural Development provides opportunities to enhance education in rural communities. We can see these investments throughout the state and I’...
article Disproportionately hit by COVID-19, Native families unenroll from RCAS to homeschool or learn in other districts
(South Dakota) -- As more than 650 parents in the district responded to a survey that they don’t want their kids in school buildings this fall during the COVID-19...
article ICYMI: Multiple Native American schools opt to cancel or suspend fall sports; All Nations pushed to spring
(South Dakota) -- In accordance with Oglala Sioux Tribe ordinances, the five high schools on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation — Pine Ridge, Red Cloud, Little...
article New data shows virus hitting tribal communities hard
(Montana) -- The Montana Department of Health and Human Services (MTDPHHS) released new data on Wednesday breaking down how the novel coronavirus is impacting Montanans...
article Call Auntie hotline for Indigenous people in the GTA offers support during pandemic
(Toronto) -- A hotline for Indigenous people living in the Greater Toronto Area is offering a wide range of support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "The idea...
article Comparing vaccination coverage of American Indian children with White children in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to compare immunization rates of American Indian (AI) and White children in North Dakota and identify...
article Forty percent of U.S. Covid-19 tests come back too late to be clinically meaningful, data show
(USA) -- In early July, Shannon Mayer started to feel a sudden tightness in her chest. “The next day it was really hard to breathe,” the 31-year-old Chicago...
article Hard-hit Gallup bracing for another wave of infections
(New Mexico) -- Vince Mariano was at home eating dinner with his family when the phone rang. It was news that his wife had tested positive for the novel coronavirus....
article How social impact bonds could spark prosperity for Indian Country in a pandemic recovery
(Indian Country) -- Across the U.S., Native American communities have experienced the public health and economic consequences of the pandemic at disproportionate rates....
article Star Blanket Cree Nation balances pandemic pressures to open new health services centre
(Saskatchewan) -- Star Blanket Cree Nation has spent the past few months working against the coronavirus pandemic to get a new health centre up and running — all...
article Returning to School in Indian Country during the Pandemic
(Indian Country) -- As schools across the United States begin the new school year amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Native people face steeper obstacles than many other...

8/14/2020

article CDC backtracks guidance on three-month window of immunity
(Washington D.C.) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) backtracked guidance it issued earlier this month, maintaining that people are not immune to...
article Gov. Kristi Noem declines meeting with State-Tribal Relations Committee
(South Dakota) -- Gov. Kristi Noem has declined an invitation to meet with the Legislature's State-Tribal Relations Committee to have a broader discussion about...
article How social impact bonds could spark prosperity for Indian Country in a pandemic recovery
(Indian Country) -- APM's Marketplace visits with Patrice Kunesh to discuss some opportunities for tribes to bounce bank in the age of COVID. It’s also the case that...
article Reopening Indian Country Schools Seen Risky While Broadband Lags
(Indian Country) -- The federal government’s September timeline for reopening 53 American Indian schools for in-person classes is premature and may be politically...
article COVID-19 put powwow season on hold, and online
(Minnesota) -- When Labor Day weekend rolls around this year, Brenda Child will miss an event that's been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. She...

8/13/2020

article Navajo and Hopi families lack running water; self-contained handwashing stations can help
(Arizona) -- Up to a third of the households on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations lack access to clean running water. This can be a particular problem for maintaining...
article COVID-19 Settlement by Culinary Union, MGM Resorts Was Predictable, Legal Expert Says
(Las Vegas) -- The recent withdrawal of a coronavirus safety lawsuit by the Culinary Union against MGM Resorts International was standard procedure, according to a UNLV...
article Wisconsin tribal casinos using UV light to 'kill' coronavirus, tech could work in schools
(Wisconsin) -- As tribal casinos reopen amid the ongoing pandemic, some are utilizing ultra-violet light systems in their ventilation ducts to help neutralize the...
article Health secretary lauds Alaska Native communities for pandemic response
(Alaska) -- Despite the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Alaska, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar sees a lot of success in the state. “The...
article North Dakota leaders clear the air after “vaccine testing on Native Americans” rumor circulated online
(North Dakota) -- Centers for Disease Control has chosen North Dakota as one of four states to be used as a pilot for COVID-19 vaccine planning. But uproar online in the...

8/12/2020

article MapLab: An Actionable Map of Covid Risk
(USA) -- Wherever Covid-19 continues to spread, the prudence of social gatherings weighs on quarantine-weary people. With more than 20 million global recorded cases, the...
article Quinault Indian Nation, and Shoalwater Bay Among 17 Tribes to Receive Arcora Foundation Grants to Address Coronavirus Impacts
(Washington) -- With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to have a major impact in many areas of the state, especially in communities of color, Arcora Foundation has...
article ‘Keeping the culture alive’: Native dance goes digital during pandemic
(Arizona) -- Singing, dancing, socializing, sharing food – the elements that make powwows an essential part of preserving Indigenous culture are the same ones that...

8/11/2020

article Red Feather Development Group distributes sanitary washing stations to Native communities
(Arizona) -- Despite its significance in Hopi culture, the Village of Oraibi, the unofficial capital and historic heart of the Hopi Nation, which is believed to be the...
article Calls rise for more resources in Indian Country during pandemic
(Arizona) -- Before COVID-19, Joshuaa Allison-Burbank spent his days traversing the Navajo Nation, stopping at homes, libraries and schools to provide speech therapy and...
article Lawmakers Seek Waiver of COVID Cost-Sharing For Tribes
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation are reiterating their request that he direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency to waive...
article Letter: Tribe lacking precautions for COVID-19 and case information
(Nevada) -- I am sending this letter, as I am greatly concerned about the events over the past few months regarding the coronavirus epidemic on Tribal lands,...
article NAC: Telehealth goes mainstream
(Indian Country) -- Telemedicine has been a big help for rural patients who would otherwise have to travel long distances to see a doctor in person. Now, urban residents...
article South Dakota health officials watch for the coronavirus as motorcyclists descend
(South Dakota) -- A crowd of hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts, in which the ratio of leather jackets to masks worn was astronomical, gathered Sunday in front of the...
article Hard Decisions for Native American Educators on Reopening Schools
(South Dakota) -- Native American educators say they're in a tough bind in preparing for classes this fall. Their communities are more vulnerable to COVID-19, and...
article ‘Keeping the culture alive’: Native dance goes digital during pandemic
(Arizona) -- Singing, dancing, socializing, sharing food – the elements that make powwows an essential part of preserving Indigenous culture are the same ones that...
press release 'Indefinite' Northern Territory border closure to Australian Covid-19 hot spots
(Australia) -- The Northern Territory will keep its border closed to people from Victoria and other Covid-19 hotspots within Australia for at least 18 months, and is...

8/10/2020

article Gambling Could Make Comeback Post COVID
(Nevada) -- Could it be back to the future for the casino industry? Gaming operators are going back to basics during the pandemic, with more of a focus on the gambling...
article As providers turn to telehealth during COVID-19, calls rise for more resources in Indian Country
(Arizona) -- Before COVID-19, Joshuaa Allison-Burbank spent his days traversing the Navajo Nation, stopping at homes, libraries and schools to provide speech therapy and...
press release Weighing education against increasing COVID-19 risks
(Indian Country) -- Schools across the country are struggling to come up with plans to adequately educate students while also protecting them from the coronavirus. As...
article Indigenous Activists Are Reimagining Language Preservation Under Quarantine
(Washington) -- When Virginia Beavert received her Ph.D. in linguistics at the age of 90, it was the culmination of almost eight decades of work preserving the...
article A new report shows pokie gambling in New Zealand pubs and clubs, is costing the retail sector more than 400-million dollars a year
(New Zealand) -- The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research report was commissioned by The Salvation Army and the Problem Gambling Foundation. NZIER principal...

8/9/2020

article Federal lawmakers push to waive COVID-19 cost-sharing for tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- Members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation have sent another letter to President Donald Trump asking that he direct the Federal Emergency...

8/8/2020

article Potential COVID-19 exposure at two popular events puts Indigenous communities on alert
(Montreal) -- Some Indigenous leaders are asking community members to get tested for COVID-19 if they participated in either the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupé pilgrimage, or the...

8/7/2020

article Crow, Northern Cheyenne tribes order curfews, lockdowns
(Montana) -- The Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribes have both issued curfews and are on "lockdown" on their reservations amid rapidly rising COVID-19 cases in...
article Tribal Casino Leaders Want More COVID-19 Funds, Confident on Safety
(Washington) -- Tribal chairs and top executives at tribal gaming operations overwhelmingly believe more federal coronavirus relief funds are needed, according to a...
article First post-COVID exhibition at INTEX Osaka attracts almost 14,000 visitors
(Japan) -- Organizers of the 12th Kansai Hotel-Restaurant Show, held at INTEX Osaka from 29 to 31 July, have revealed that almost 14,000 people visited the show, touted...
article Local worker ratio up after RWS job cuts: govt
(Singapore) -- Three out of every four workers remaining at casino complex Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) after a round of job cutting is a Singapore local, confirmed the...
article Gambling addiction on the rise during pandemic
(Kentucky) -- Gambling may become more of a problem because of the pandemic. Just last year, the World Health Organization added “gaming disorders” as...

8/6/2020

article Indigenous Nations Battle to Secure Borders, Funds Amid Pandemic
(Washington D.C.) -- It was in 1832 that the U.S. government first began delivering health care to Indigenous communities. Congress allocated $12,000 to vaccinate those...
article Forest, Tribal Partnership Supplies Firewood To Hopi And Navajo
(Arizona) -- A unique partnership is addressing a home heating crisis on the Navajo and Hopi Nations, by supplying hundreds of cords of firewood from forest restoration...
article MORON ALERT: Shutdown skeptic faces pushback at regional COVID response meeting
(Oregon) -- A Good Shepherd Health Care System doctor questioned the need for the latest COVID-19 shutdown, and linked the spread of the virus to Umatilla County’s...
press release Sturgis motorcycle rally officials dismiss coronavirus spread worries
(South Dakota) -- Officials inside and outside South Dakota are expressing concern about the potential spread of the coronavirus during an annual motorcycle rally that...
article Elk Valley Rancheria Closes Bowling Alley Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
(California) -- Tsunami Lanes, a beloved tribal-owned bowling alley in tsunami-prone Del Norte County in Northern California, has closed its doors permanently as a...
article CDC: More American Indian, Alaska Natives in Fair, Poor Health
(USA) -- American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) adults are more likely to be in fair or poor health than all U.S. adults, according to an August data brief published...
article Food, forums, frustration: How Phoenix’s urban Indian centers changed with COVID-19
(Arizona) -- Geronimo Martinez slouched comfortably in a chair, his long white beard flowing from underneath his mask. A white ponytail hung down the back of his blue t-...
article Health Disparities Transcend Geography for American Indians, Alaska Natives
(Indian Country) -- Indigenous adults in the U.S. face significant health disparities regardless of whether they live in rural or urban areas, a new analysis shows. From...
article Coronavirus pandemic leaves Amazon more vulnerable than ever
(Brazil) -- The indigenous peoples of the Amazon have already seen their homelands ravaged by illegal deforestation, industrial farming, mining, oil exploration and...
article Chinese workers and gamblers illegally stream into Laos to avoid quarantine
(Cambodia) -- Most of the illegal border crossers are tourists bound for casinos in north-western Bokeo province’s Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone. The...
article Native American Casino Owners Reflect on COVID Crisis and Share Strategies For Reopening
(Washington) -- Troy Wyatt, founder of Seattle Entertainment Group, recently conducted a survey to understand how Native American casino owners are handling reopening...

8/5/2020

article Native American tribes have been hit harder by COVID-19. Here's why.
(Montana) -- COVID-19 has ravaged minority communities worldwide, and Native American tribes in Montana have been no exception. Though tribes implemented stricter safety...
article Brazil indigenous leader Aritana dead from COVID-19
(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...

8/4/2020

article Native Americans dying at much higher rate from COVID-19
(New Mexico) -- The mortality and hospitalization rates for Native Americans diagnosed with COVID-19 remain far above other racial and ethnic groups in New Mexico, even...

8/3/2020

article How the Pandemic Defeated America
(Washington D.C.) -- How did it come to this? A virus a thousand times smaller than a dust mote has humbled and humiliated the planet’s most powerful nation....
article NAC: Understanding health care for elders
(Indian Country) -- Native Americans who receive health care through the Indian Health Service might think signing up for federal Medicare programs might seem redundant...
article These Vancouver hotels help pay for social programs. COVID-19 is threatening to put an end to that
(British Columbia) -- By all appearances, the YWCA Hotel Vancouver seems like any other hotel offering travellers on a budget a clean and comfortable place to stay.

8/2/2020

article Birx says COVID-19 outbreak not under control because 'people are on the move'
(Washington D.C.) -- Deborah Birx said Sunday that the COVID-19 outbreak is not under control in the U.S. because Americans "are on the move." When asked about...
article Tribal Nations Took Early COVID-19 Precautions
(Wisconsin) -- Here & Now reporter Marisa Wojcik spoke with the Tribal Nations about their response to coronavirus. Tribal Nations took action before the State of...
article Watertown Legislator Critical Of Both Sides Of Tribal Checkpoint Dispute
(South Dakota) -- The COVID-19 pandemic raised a dispute between Governor Noem and two Indian tribes in South Dakota—a dispute that remains unresolved. The...
article COVID-19: once again, Indigenous communities are failed by North American governments
(Montreal) -- Indigenous tribal nations in the United States waited more than 90 days to receive emergency federal COVID-19 funding. Even with the release of some funds...
article Donations for the Nations brings in 20,000+ pounds of nonperishable items
(Arizona) -- Since R Entertainment North, the operating manager of Pepsi Amphitheater, spearheaded an ongoing donation drive with help from local partners beginning June...
article Why COVID-19 is killing US diabetes patients at alarming rates
(USA) -- Devon Brumfield could hear her father gasping for breath on the phone. Darrell Cager Sr., 64, had diabetes. So his youngest daughter urged him to seek care. The...

8/1/2020

article Coronavirus crisis threatens internet opportunity for Native Americans
(New York) -- The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted a rare opportunity for Native American communities to address a lack of critical internet access, supporters and elected...
article Does a plastic face shield protect you and others as well as a mask?
(California) -- Science is clear on the efficacy of face masks — it's proven to slow the spread of COVID-19. But what of face shields? You’ve probably...
article KIC Tribal Council approves COVID-19 assistance for members
(Alaska) -- On July 30, the Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Council approved by unanimous consent COVID-19 relief fund allocations for KIC members that live on...

7/31/2020

article Native Americans feel devastated by the virus yet overlooked in the data
(USA) -- As the coronavirus outbreak in Washington state’s Yakima County worsened last month, Tashina Nunez recognized more and more of the patients who arrived in...
article Pandemic’s weight falls on Hispanics and Native Americans, as deaths pass 150,000
(USA) -- It’s a milestone the country was never supposed to reach. First, there were the reassurances: “Like a miracle, it will disappear,” the president promised months...
article 'Don't want my brother to die': Regina woman worried about incarcerated brother's mental health
(Saskatchewan) -- The thought of her brother dying weighs on Prairie Crowe's mind. Nicholas Dinardo is behind bars. The 28-year-old Indigenous man has attempted...
article Yuma County tribes use messaging, testing to beat back COVID-19 amid surge
(Arizona) -- The coronavirus pandemic poses a devastating threat to smaller tribes. That very real possibility is on minds of tribal and state leadership across the...

7/30/2020

press release Native Americans Feel Devastated by the Virus Yet Overlooked in the Data
(Washington) -- As the coronavirus outbreak in Washington State’s Yakima County worsened last month, Tashina Nunez recognized more and more of the patients who arrived...
article The fluid reality of an ongoing pandemic
(USA) -- Since the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States in mid-March, Americans have grappled with tension and uncertainty, and the nation has been divided on when...
article Colombia authorises pilot programmes to reopen casinos
(Colombia) -- Colombia’s Ministry of Health has published a decree allowing local districts and municipalities to authorise the reopening of casino and bingo...

7/29/2020

article Covid-19’s toll so far: Nearly 150,000 dead Americans
(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 Indigenous communities need to be partners in Canada’s COVID-19 recovery plan
(Canada) -- It’s easy to forget that at the beginning of the year, Canada was right in the middle of another crisis triggered by a series of protests over a...
article NAC: No single COVID-19 solution in Alaska
(Alaska) -- The number of COVID-19 cases in Alaska remains relatively low, but the high rate of infection makes it a coronavirus hotspot. While urban centers are hit...
article COVID-19 cancels Wyoming hunt amid Native American criticism
(Wyoming) -- The coronavirus has prompted cancellation of a charity antelope hunt that has drawn teams of famous, powerful men to central Wyoming for over 75 years and...

7/28/2020

article COLUMN: Don’t let COVID-19 strip Indian Country of chance to connect
(New Mexico) -- By every measure, Indian Country lags far behind national access to high-speed internet, and in some cases, lacks internet access altogether. This is a...
article In Remote Villages, Domestic Violence Kills More Than COVID-19
(Alaska) -- COVID-19 has largely spared the isolated villages of Western Alaska. Yet it has been a summer of burials. On June 22, troopers say a woman stabbed and killed...
article High positive test numbers and village outbreaks signal COVID spread in Interior Alaska
(Alaska) -- The positivity rate for COVID-19 isn’t something that is usually reported in COVID-19 updates. But Fairbanks’ high rate recently caught the...
article Shoalwater Bay Tribe helps address covid-19 hunger
(Washington) -- A newly formed program delivering hot meals to people in North Pacific County was given a boost this month after the Shoalwater Bay Tribe donated $2,500...
article Casino sues insurers over COVID-19 losses
(Florida) -- As similar disputes play out across the country, a Miami casino has filed a lawsuit arguing that insurers should cover financial losses stemming from the...

7/27/2020

article Indigenous elder's death from COVID-19 in care home was overshadowed by racism, family and friends say
(British Columbia) -- Loved ones of Indigenous elder Carole Dawson, who died of COVID-19 at Vancouver's Holy Family Hospital, say she faced discrimination in life...
article Coronavirus crisis threatens internet opportunity for Native Americans
(New York) -- The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted a rare opportunity for Native American communities to address a lack of critical internet access, supporters and elected...

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