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Casino operator Donaco International says operations at its flagship Cambodian gaming venue have slowed to a crawl due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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4/6/2020

article RI Offering Rapid Coronavirus Tests With CVS
(Rhode Island) -- Rhode Island is now offering rapid testing for the new coronavirus, thanks to a partnership with CVS Health. The free tests will be given by...
press release Station Casinos donates $1M to COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
(Las Vegas) -- Stations Casinos says it has contributed $1 million to Nevada's COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. The company says the money will be used to purchase...
press release Twin River Casino Hotel In Rhode Island Serving As Drive Through Site For Rapid COVID-19 Tests
(Rhode Island) -- Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln, Rhode Island is serving as a drive-through site for the rapid COVID-19 tests. According to Marc Crisafulli,...

4/5/2020

article 'We need clarification now': Indian gaming industry being shut out of coronavirus relief program
(Washington D.C.) -- With the $33.7 billion Indian gaming industry at a standstill in the midst of the worst public health crisis in decades, tribal casino operations...
article Americans hit by economic shocks as confusion, stumbles undermine Trump’s stimulus effort
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration has stumbled in its initial push to implement the $2 trillion coronavirus aid package, with confusion and fear mounting...
article Coronavirus bailout rules preclude small casinos
(Washington D.C.) -- A clause that precludes small casinos and their employees from receiving support under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection...
article U.S. 'wasted' months before preparing for virus pandemic
(Washington D.C.) -- As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump...
article Federal rules: Tribal casinos are ineligible for payroll help
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump has been clear about the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. “The Treasury Department and Small Business...
article In a huge blow to Native artists, Santa Fe Indian Market postponed a year due to COVID pandemic
(New Mexico) -- Another major American Indian event has been postponed due to public health concerns relating to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). On Saturday, the...
article Santa Fe Indian Market called off this summer; SWAIA eyes virtual alternative
(New Mexico) -- The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts will not hold its Santa Fe Indian Market this summer because of the coronavirus outbreak, Randy Randall,...
article Santa Fe Indian Market postponed until 2021
(New Mexico) -- “It’s the right thing to do,” said David Gary Suazo, when he heard the news Saturday that the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts...
article Surgeon general: 'This is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans' lives'
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned Sunday amid the coronavirus pandemic that the week ahead would be the “hardest and the saddest...
article Native American Tribes Respond to Pandemic With Limited Resources
(South Dakota) -- Native American tribes are restricting access to reservations, while trying to increase limited supplies as the coronavirus spreads in the U.S. The...
article As tribal infections rise, Arizona's Capitol Hill delegation wants to speed up federal aid
(Arizona) -- Arizona's entire congressional delegation has urged the Trump administration to work directly with the state's Native Americans, citing an urgent...
article 'Protect your elders as they've protected you': Artists' COVID-19 posters target Indigenous communities
(Canada) -- Protecting elders. Being a true warrior. These are some of the messages behind a series of propaganda-style posters created by Indigenous comic book...
article ‘We are not prepared’: Inuit brace for coronavirus to reach remote communities
(Nunavut) -- Canada’s Inuit leaders are nervously watching the coronavirus creep closer and closer, and hoping they can keep it from reaching their communities,...
article Tlingit & Haida declares state of emergency
(Alaska) -- A Tribal Emergency Operations Center has been operating since late March to help respond to the impacts of COVID-19. Public Safety Manager Jason Wilson is...
article Curfew in place on Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe reservation during coronavirus pandemic
(Nevada) -- The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has instituted a curfew on tribal land to slow the spread of coronavirus. The curfew will be from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for...
article Parenting in a Pandemic: How this Montana family is caring for 9 kids amid coronavirus
(Montana) -- As schools and businesses close to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Cal Walks Over Ice, a member of the Crow Tribe, knew the pandemic would compound...
article Illegal border crossers still trying to enter U.S. from Canada, causing worry in Akwesasne over COVID-19
(Ontario) -- An Akwesasne woman was charged last week for allegedly smuggling three foreign nationals into the U.S., triggering concerns that the persistent trickle of...
article Santa Fe Indian Center offering care packages
(New Mexico) -- The Santa Fe Indian Center, which provides food programs, emergency financial assistance and community gatherings to the Native community in Santa Fe...
article As the country disinfects, diabetes patients can’t find rubbing alcohol
(USA) -- While the masses hunt for toilet paper, Caroline Gregory and other people with diabetes are on a different mission: scouring stores for the rubbing alcohol or...
article Coronavirus death toll: Americans are almost certainly dying of COVID-19 but being left out of the official count
(USA) -- The fast-spreading novel coronavirus is almost certainly killing Americans who are not included in the nation’s growing death toll, according to public...
article Hutterite colony mobilizing to sew face masks to stop the spread of COVID-19
(Calgary) -- Calgary-area sewers, quilters and hobbyists are flocking to a new and urgent task — creating face masks to stop the spread of COVID-19. One Facebook...
article Medicine for your heart during the pandemic - Native Power Hour
(South Dakota) -- Native Wellness Institute usually provides various on-site training for Native American communities across the U-S, but their work has been put on hold...
article Mi'kmaq community finding ways to come together and maintain tradition during COVID-19
(Prince Edward Island) -- The Mi'kmaq community in P.E.I. is finding creative ways to maintain culture and tradition during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of...
article N.W.T. Indigenous groups expand food support programs, in light of COVID-19 pandemic
(Northwest Territories) -- The Tłı̨chǫ government and the Yellowknives Dene First Nation in the Northwest Territories are ramping up their assistance to members in an...
article Virtual powwow connects dancers, drummers and vendors amid pandemic
(North America) -- A social media movement, started in the United States, is connecting powwow dancers, drummers, vendors and visitors from across North America, while...
article Thousands of fishery workers, many from outside Alaska, are headed to Bristol Bay
(Alaska) -- Later this spring, Alaska’s Bristol Bay will blossom into one of the largest annual salmon fisheries in the world. The regional population of about 6,...
press release U.S. Sen. Udall Statement On IHS Distributing $600 Million From CARES Act For Tribal Coronavirus Response
(New Mexico) -- U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement Friday after the Indian Health Service (...

4/4/2020

article HUD Makes $393,246 in Covid-19 Relief Funding to Help Native American Communities in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator David Tille today announced $393,246 in Indian Housing Block Grants (...
article HUD Offers $200M Of COVID-19 Relief To Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Friday it is giving $200 million in block grants to help Native American tribes and...
article Native American Reservations will be among the first in the country to get the 15-minutes tests; here’s why
(South Dakota) -- On the floor of an emergency department bathroom on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, a woman delivered her premature baby. No one was around.
article State-By-State Gambling & Legislative Impact Of Coronavirus
(USA) -- As more and more states shut down daily activities, here is where gambling stands in each state and where the General Assembly sessions are as some states...
article ‘We could get wiped out’: American Indians have the highest rates of diseases that make covid-19 more lethal
(Washington) -- They hastily piled all the dumbbells and treadmills in the back of a gym to make room for 23 extra hospital beds. The beds aren’t needed yet, but...
article Layoffs, furloughs announced for Puyallup tribal government workers after casino shutdown
(Washington) -- After an announcement earlier in the week of furloughs and layoffs involving its Emerald Queen Casino staff as a result of the coronavirus shutdown, more...
article Statement on COVID-19 from Angel Of The Winds Casino Resort
(Washington) -- These have been trying times for our region, state, and nation. We will continue to make the necessary strides to ensure the safety of our guests, Team...
article Rangers dispatched to Nunavik to prevent COVID-19 spread, Trudeau says
(North Canada) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday the Canadian Armed Forces will assist in northern Quebec to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in...
article New Mexico Congressional Delegation Urges Eligible Local Governments To Apply For Emergency Supplemental Aid
(New Mexico) -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, Deb Haaland, and Xochitl Torres Small are urging eligible...
article Tribal governments to get $8 billion from CARES Act
(Colorado) -- Tribal councils are facing unprecedented challenges in countering the spread of the coronavirus across tribal lands, but will see some financial relief...
article Trump's border wall could put rural towns at higher risk of virus infection
(USA) -- Major construction projects moving forward along the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico are raising fears the coronavirus could race through temporary work...
article Bois Forte government workers to wear masks to protect from virus
(Minnesota) -- The Bois Forte Reservation, as of Friday, has no confirmed cases of the coronavirus. It is a three-sector, 240-square-mile spread of rural land in...
article Cherokee Nation distributes food packages to 4,000 Cherokees during COVID-19 pandemic
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation has distributed more than 1,500 food packages to help more than 4,000 elderly and disabled Cherokees have plenty of food as they stay...
article Crow tribal member tests positive for coronavirus
(Montana) -- A Crow tribal member has tested positive for the coronavirus. The man in his 50s, who resides in Yellowstone County, but is a member of the tribe, tested...
article Navajo Nation Doctor Talks “Covid-19”
(Indian Country) -- A Plea from the Navajo Nation….from both Indian Health Service (IHS) and tribally run hospitals, of which there are only a handful serving an...
article Pine Ridge Reservation restricts non-residents to prevent coronavirus
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe has banned non-residents with non-essential business from the Pine Ridge Reservation in order to prevent the spread of the...
article Serving homeless relatives during the COVID-19 pandemic
(Indian Country) -- Self-isolation and handwashing are a large part of the national game plan for combatting COVID-19. But those experiencing homelessness have far fewer...
article Virtual powwow connects dancers, drummers and vendors amid pandemic
(Indian Country) -- A social media movement, started in the United States, is connecting powwow dancers, drummers, vendors and visitors from across North America, while...
article Santa Fe Indian Market called off this summer; SWAIA eyes virtual alternative
(New Mexico) -- The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts will not hold its Santa Fe Indian Market this summer because of the coronavirus outbreak, Randy Randall,...
article OP/ED: Bayanihan in the country and int’l partnerships vs COVID-19
(Philippines) -- For me and I think as for many others, COVID-19, a virus that burst into the world killing thousands, remains a mystery. It abruptly stopped our way of...
article Coronavirus Outbreak Spells Doom for Gambling/Casino Stocks
(Wall Street) -- Major stock indexes worldwide are jittery over the coronavirus outbreak. In the United States, the NYSE, NASDAQ and S&P 500 have declined 28.4%, 19....

4/3/2020

article Native American Reservations will be among the first in the country to get the 15-minutes tests; here’s why
(South Dakota) -- On the floor of an emergency department bathroom on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, a woman delivered her premature baby. No one was around. The doctor...
article IHS receives more than $1B for coronavirus response
(Washington D.C.) -- The Indian Health Service has received more than $1 billion in additional resources to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic...
article Historic Injustices Against Native People Put Them at Greater Risk of COVID-19
(Indian Country) -- As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the U.S., Indigenous people are particularly vulnerable to this virus. On March 24, Indian Country Today...
article How to Support Indigenous Organizers Fighting Coronavirus in Native American Communities
(Indian Country) -- As the global pandemic continues, indigenous communities are working to mitigate the health and economic impact of the novel coronavirus. As of April...
article Native Americans fear govt 'attack' on tribal land amid coronavirus
(Washington) -- Native Americans slammed a decision by the U.S. government to revoke a tribe's reservation status, which they warned would leave them without control...
article Washington state tribes, allies mobilize to gather medical protection needed in coronavirus fight
(Washington) -- Nooksack artist and entrepreneur Louie Gong in eight days did what the federal government couldn’t manage since the first death from coronavirus was...
article As tribal infections rise, Arizona's Capitol Hill delegation wants to speed up federal aid
(Arizona) -- Arizona's entire congressional delegation has urged the Trump administration to work directly with the state's Native Americans, citing an urgent...
article Indian Country faces higher risks, lack of resources in COVID-19 fight
(Arizona) -- As the death toll from coronavirus rises in Navajo nation, experts closest to the crisis are tragically finding themselves the least surprised. More and...
article Tribal communities hit hard by COVID-19 not seeing promised federal aid
(New Mexico) -- Tribal communities are being hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and the U.S. federal government is bound by treaties to help them. "We're the first...
article Indigenous Communities Are Organizing to Fight Coronavirus
(Indian Country) -- As the global pandemic continues, indigenous communities are working to mitigate the health and economic impact of the novel coronavirus. As of April...
article Illegal border crossers still trying to enter U.S. from Canada, causing worry in Akwesasne over COVID-19
(New York) -- An Akwesasne woman was charged last week for allegedly smuggling three foreign nationals into the U.S., triggering concerns that the persistent trickle of...
article Cantwell Announces Washington State Tribes to Receive More than $12 Million in Affordable Housing Funds from COVID-19 Funding Package
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced that Washington state’s 29 federally recognized Tribes will receive a combined total of...
article Mashpee, Aquinnah tribes awarded federal housing funds
(Massachusetts) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will give almost $250,000 to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe for COVID-19 relief. Regional...
article MN Indian Country not immune to COVID-19 or economic fallout
(Minnesota) -- Every Minnesotan – Native and Non-Native – is affected by the COVID-19 strain of the global coronavirus pandemic that is spreading from city...
article 'Protect your elders as they've protected you': Artists' COVID-19 posters target Indigenous communities
(New Mexico) -- Protecting elders. Being a true warrior. These are some of the messages behind a series of propaganda-style posters created by Indigenous comic book...
article Britain’s Grand National Goes Virtual to Keep Gamblers Engaged
(UK) -- Britain’s highest-profile horse race over fences -- one that used to be a TV highlight for households across the land and made heroes of horses such as Red...
article Marina Bay Sands to Suspend All Integrated Resort Services Operations from April 7
(Singapore) -- Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands (MBS) will be suspending all Integrated Resort services and operations with effect from Apr 7 until May 4. This is...
article STUTZ: If you have to bet on ‘Tiger King,’ you have a gambling problem
(Las Vegas) -- The expansion of regulated sports betting in the U.S. over the past two years was considered a knife through the heart of the multi-billion-dollar illegal...
article Nevada Guard emphasizes activation is not `martial law'
(Nevada) -- State and federal officials are finalizing details of the role Nevada's National Guard will play in the statewide response to the coronavirus, but they...
article Coronavirus Outbreak Spells Doom for Gambling/Casino Stocks
(Wall Street) -- Major stock indexes worldwide are jittery over the coronavirus outbreak. In the United States, the NYSE, NASDAQ and S&P 500 have declined 28.4%, 19....
article Coronavirus forces cancellation of April shows at MGM Springfield, Connecticut casinos
(New England) -- Add John Fogerty to the list of major concert draws who will be social distancing from fans for the foreseeable future. Cancellations and postponements...

4/2/2020

article Coronavirus Exposes Public Health Inequities in Indigenous Communities
(USA) -- The coronavirus has been exposing and deepening systems of inequality all across the country. Low-wage workers without sick leave have limited options for...
article COVID-19 lands in several Indigenous communities in Quebec
(Quebec) -- There are now more than a dozen cases of COVID-19 in Indigenous communities in Quebec with the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory so far being the hardest hit. As of...
article COVID-19 not the first pandemic Indigenous Peoples have quarantined from
(Canada) -- COVID-19 isn't the first foreign disease that Indigenous people have had to seek refuge from. Five generations ago, on the west coast of what is today...
article Dene-speaking health line open as Sask. gov't encourages use of mental health resources
(Saskatchewan) -- The provincial government wants people to know that there are places to go and people to call in case they are having anxiety or need mental health...
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 NAC: Coronavirus’ toll on Native business
(Indian Country) -- The response to the coronavirus is threatening the survival of big and small Native businesses. Worries about the economy are on everyone’s...
article NAC: Serving homeless relatives during the COVID-19 pandemic
(Indian Country) -- Self-isolation and handwashing are a large part of the national game plan for combatting COVID-19. But those experiencing homelessness have far fewer...
article Reporting methods explain variances
(Oklahoma) -- Differences in how area medical facilities report confirmed cases of COVID-19 may explain discrepancies between those figures and numbers provided daily by...
article Why are Fresno-area Native American clinics sending staff home during coronavirus pandemic?
(California) -- Health care clinics serving Native Americans in the Fresno-area are grappling with the same testing and supply shortages faced by other hospitals, but...
article YNMG & COVID: 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 Testament’s Chuck Billy on Getting Coronavirus: ‘Things Changed Overnight Really Quick’
(California) -- It was just one day after Testament returned home from a five-week European tour earlier this month that the thrash-metal band’s frontman, Chuck...
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 Almost all bets are off: Casino capitals Macau, Las Vegas hit by Covid-19
(Macau) -- The vast, glitzy gaming halls of Macau are open, but thousands of baccarat tables are empty. The world's biggest gambling hub has barred entry to most...

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...

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