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NAC: Domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic

Advocates fear the coronavirus pandemic increases the risk for Native American women experiencing domestic violence. Quarantines and stay-at-home orders might make it difficult for women to get away from abusers. There are few studies that provide evidence but a survey by the United Nations reports increased calls to help lines in several cities around the globe since the start of the pandemic. A limited survey of radiologists in the U.S. shows an increase in injuries attributed to domestic violence in 2020 compared to the previous three years. We explore the factors that could contribute to the domestic violence risk and some possible solutions for those experiencing it.

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10/28/2020

article COVID-19 in Indigenous communities: new and active cases increase
(Canada) -- In the last week, 214 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on First Nations reserves, according to data from Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). The majority of...
article Goa: Game on for casinos from Nov 1 with 50% capacity
(India) -- The state cabinet on Wednesday decided to allow casinos to resume operations from November 1, but at 50% capacity. Casinos operations have been closed in the...

10/27/2020

article Burgum welcomes Dr. Deborah Birx back to North Dakota to discuss coronavirus challenges, response
(North Dakota) -- Gov. Doug Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford today welcomed White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx back to North Dakota for an...

10/26/2020

article No new COVID-19 deaths for 7th day in a row
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation health officials on Monday reported 63 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, but no additional deaths for the seventh consecutive day. The...
article White House COVID-19 doctor clashes with North Dakota governor on mask mandate
(North Dakota) -- A top doctor in the nation's fight against COVID-19 broke with North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on the controversial topic of mask mandates during a...
article How Indigenous Groups in the Amazon Are Fighting Back Against Covid-19
(South Dakota) -- As Covid-19 gained ever-firmer footing in South America, there’s no question that the Amazon’s Indigenous people were particularly hard-hit...

10/24/2020

article Ravaged Tribal Economies May Not Rebound From Covid Shock
(Minnesota) -- The Covid-19 pandemic has been especially brutal to America’s original citizens. Tribal communities and economies are getting decimated by the...
article COVID-19 Continues to Devastate Native American Population
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin’s Native American population continues to see high numbers of positive COVID-19 cases during the most recent surge of the pandemic. Oneida...
article COVID complicates college prep for Native students
(New Mexico) -- It’s a crisp late afternoon in Northern New Mexico, the kind of day that invites you to drive with your windows down or chop firewood in...

10/23/2020

article Alberta researchers fly drones to remote Indigenous communities for COVID-19, medical help
(Alberta) -- In some remote parts of Alberta, getting a COVID-19 test or personal protective equipment isn't as simple as heading to a nearby store or testing...
article COVID-19 Cases Spiking In State's Indigenous Communities
(Wisconsin) -- Coronavirus cases have tripled since the beginning of September among American Indians across Wisconsin as the state has witnessed a surge in new cases of...
article Petersburg tribe gives residents assistance during COVID
(Alaska) -- Petersburg’s tribe is helping its members pay for their housing and food in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. As KFSK’s Angela Denning reports...
article Tribal leaders urge caution as COVID-19 cases surge
(Minnesota) -- Early in the pandemic, there was a lot of fear that if the coronavirus got a foothold in tribal communities in Minnesota, it could take a devastating toll...
article ‘How long can we make this fly?’ Schools and COVID-19
(Wyoming) -- The first day of the 2020 school year was unlike any other Sheridan County School District 1 Superintendent Pete Kilbride had experienced. It wasn’t...

10/22/2020

article Coronavirus cases jump among Wisconsin's American Indians
(Wisconsin) -- Coronavirus cases among American Indians in Wisconsin have tripled since Sept. 1, far surpassing the growth rate among other races. Data from the state...

10/21/2020

article American Indian COVID-19 numbers in Wisconsin stayed low until Sept. 1. 'Then all of a sudden, boom.'
(Wisconsin) -- COVID-19 cases among American Indians in Wisconsin have tripled since Sept. 1, an increase that dwarfs the growth rate among other races, state data shows...
article Navajo Nation reports 30 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation health officials report 30 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 but no additional deaths. The latest figures released Tuesday night bring the...
article Reservation Facilities Strapped For Space As Regional Hospitals Fill
(Montana) -- As Montana sees a surge in COVID-19 cases, medical facilities, particularly within tribal nations, are being pushed to their limits. Kaci Wallette is a...
article Employee tests positive for COVID-19 at Otoe-Missouria Tribal Daycare
(Oklahoma) -- The Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians posted on their Facebook page Monday night Oct. 19, that one of the employees at the tribal daycare has tested positive...
article Lummi pulls out of COVID vaccine trial
(Washington) -- The Lummi Indian Business Council announced Oct. 15 that Lummi Nation will withdraw from the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial. Doctors at Lummi Nation...
article Ute Mountain Utes face stay-at-home order as COVID cases spike
(Colorado) -- The Ute Mountain Tribe Council has tightened community restrictions in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases on the reservation. Last week, the tribal...
article Black and Native American law school grads faced employment gap in booming pre-COVID market
(USA) -- The overall employment rate for 2019 law school graduates was the highest it had been in over a decade – but Black and Native American job candidates were much...
article COVID complicates college prep for Native students
(New Mexico) -- It’s a crisp late afternoon in Northern New Mexico, the kind of day that invites you to drive with your windows down or chop firewood in...

10/20/2020

article A third surge of coronavirus infections has now firmly taken hold across much of the United States.
(USA) -- In Ohio, more people are hospitalized with the coronavirus than at any other time during the pandemic. North Dakota, which is leading the nation in coronavirus...
article 'Still killing us': The federal government underfunded health care for Indigenous people for centuries.
(New Mexico) -- Melvina Musket stared at her dying father through the cellphone screen. His mouth hung open, his eyes were clamped shut and a beard covered his chin. She...
article ‘I thought I was immune’: OKC woman who survived COVID-19 twice warns people to take virus seriously
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma City woman said she beat COVID-19 twice and that the two experiences could not have been more different. Leslie Tanyan just turned 46 years old...
article NAC: Don’t forget about cold and flu season
(Indian Country) -- COVID-19 isn’t the only infectious disease to be concerned about as the weather gets colder. Every year millions of people contract influenza...
article Vaccine plan calls for early doses to health care responders, high risk populations
(Montana) -- When a vaccine will be ready, and how much will be available, is still a mystery, state officials said during a press conference Tuesday. The state...
article Webinar: COVID-19 and Native American Health: How Tribal Leaders Are Beating Back the Virus
(Indian Country) -- Minority communities have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and Native Americans are no exception. According to the...

10/19/2020

article Why Are Native Americans Particularly Vulnerable To The COVID-19 Pandemic?
(USA) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be particularly deadly for Native Americans. An analysis by U.S. News & World Report indicates that Native Americans...
article Navajo Nation Reports 14 New COVID-19 Cases and 1 More Death
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation health officials are confirming 14 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death. The figures released Monday night bring the total...
article MAIDA: ‘New abnormal’ is casino tech opportunity says GLI CEO
(New Jersey) -- Being a land-based casino operator or supplier of technology to the sector must be “kind of scary”, with the current downturn associated with...
article Major Resort Hotels on the Brink of Collapse Due to Covid-19
(USA) -- For the majority of 2020, COVID-19 has plagued humankind and influenced nearly every aspect of daily life. From toilet paper and hand sanitizer shortages to...
article Minnesota Had Some of the Nation’s Worst Racial Disparities. Then Came the Pandemic
(Minnesota) -- Beti Ali was doing fine at the start of this year. The 42-year-old had a stable job that provided a decent income and health insurance for herself, her 8-...

10/18/2020

article How the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have spread coronavirus across the Upper Midwest
(South Dakota) -- It had been a long ride back from Sturgis, S.D., so when he first felt an ache at the back of his throat, Kenny Cervantes figured he was just tired. He...

10/17/2020

article Lummi Nation withdraws from AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial
(Washington) -- The Lummi Nation has withdrawn from AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine trial, according to a news release from the tribe. The tribe, Washington’s...
article Pandemic brings new challenges to education system on Native American reservations in S.D.
(South Dakota) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has made providing a quality, culturally relevant education to the children on South Dakota’s nine Native American...

10/16/2020

article After San Diego casinos reopened, little known about their COVID-19 numbers
(California) -- As many businesses remained under orders to stay closed during the coronavirus pandemic, tribes in San Diego County bucked recommendations from outside...

10/15/2020

article Lummi Nation Withdraws From AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine Trial
(Washington) -- The Lummi Nation, which made headlines in September for being among the first tribes nationwide to participate in coronavirus vaccination trials, has...
article Montana health care workers stretched thin, governor says
(Montana) -- Gov. Steve Bullock outlined more funds for local and tribal public health departments and detailed an increasing shortage for available health care workers...
article Hong Kong and Singapore reach preliminary “travel bubble” agreement
(Hong Kong) -- Hong Kong and Singapore have reached a preliminary “travel bubble” agreement that would eliminate the need for people travelling between the...

10/14/2020

article The NATIVE Project plans to expand with COVID-19 testing building
(Washington) -- Native Americans across the country are getting hit hard by COVID-19. They’re more likely than White people to get the disease and to have a...

10/13/2020

article Why Black and Indigenous Americans are skeptical of a vaccine
(USA) -- The closer scientists get to developing a coronavirus vaccine, the less people are willing to take it. And while Black and Indigenous Americans aren’t...
article South Dakota’s Tribes Defend Themselves Against the Pandemic
(South Dakota) -- As Covid-19 numbers soared across the country this spring, tribal nations began closing their reservation boundaries to non-residents. The Cheyenne...
article The business interests behind vaccine trials work against people of color
(USA) -- In the southern US, Matt Maxwell has been working for months to recruit participants for ongoing Covid-19 vaccine trials. As the chief executive officer of...
article 'An unbelievable chain of oppression': America's history of racism was a preexisting condition for COVID-19
(USA) -- A Louisiana pastor prays as his parishioners die, first from cancer and now from COVID-19. An Indigenous community in New Mexico lacks adequate health care as...
article PAE Selected to Support Navajo Nation’s Coronavirus Response Efforts; John Heller Quoted
(Navajo Nation) -- PAE has received a $50M contract to perform logistics and medical integration support to help the Navajo Department of Health respond to COVID-19 on...

10/12/2020

article White House Blocked C.D.C. From Requiring Masks on Public Transportation
(Washington D.C.) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drafted a sweeping order last month requiring all passengers and employees to wear masks on all forms...
article 'An unbelievable chain of oppression': America's history of racism was a preexisting condition for COVID-19
(USA) -- A Louisiana pastor prays as his parishioners die, first from cancer and now from COVID-19. An Indigenous community in New Mexico lacks adequate health care as...

10/11/2020

article COVID-19 devastates Native American reservations in California and across the US
(California) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has had a harmful impact on Native American reservations across much of the United States. As many tribes rely on revenue from...
article In the COVID-19 era, tribal nations want research in service of their people
(Indian Country) -- As US government scientists work to understand how COVID-19 affects the human body, tribal nations are still struggling with the impacts of the...
article To Combat COVID, Fort Lewis College Embraces Navajo Principle of Kinship
(Colorado) -- Colleges around the nation are struggling to reopen safely. Fort Lewis College in Durango has turned to Navajo students in its public health program to...

10/10/2020

article Indian Country seeks aid in amid pandemic
(Washington D.C.) -- Indian Country representatives appealed to federal lawmakers Sept. 30 for additional funding and better data reporting during a House committee...
article Navajo Nation reports 32 new COVID-19 cases, one more death
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation health officials report 32 new cases of COVID-19 with one additional death. The latest numbers released Thursday bring the total number...
article COVID-19 puts 3 Southwest Alaska villages into lockdown
(Alaska) -- At least three Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities are in lockdown after residents tested positive for COVID-19: Quinhagak, Kipnuk and Kasigluk. Quinhagak has...

10/9/2020

article COVID-19 devastates Northern Cheyenne
(Montana) -- We are all tired of hearing COVID-19 news and earlier I vowed to leave that writing to others in favor of more positive thoughts. But, the reality is there...
article Sask. Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority warns of COVID exposures at 2 mass gatherings
(Saskatchewan) -- The Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority (NITHA) is warning of COVID-19 exposures at two mass gatherings in Saskatchewan's north.
article Photos: Closed for months, malls and casinos reopen in Los Angeles County
(California) -- Over the last two weeks, a number of businesses in Los Angeles County have resumed operations for the first time in months. Breweries, wineries, card...

10/8/2020

article Bullock says no new statewide mandates as case tally rises
(Montana) -- Montana health officials reported 733 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, again shattering the record for daily cases. The previous record, set on Tuesday,...
article NAC: Surviving the ‘dumpster fire’
(Indian Country) -- A global pandemic, devastating forest fires, record unemployment, a historic recession, racial unrest and a contentious election are all piling up to...
article A Native American Clinic Gives Doses of Cultural Healing During COVID-19
(Minnesota) -- Every morning, around 30 staff members with the Native American Community Clinic get together in an online virtual huddle. Before the day's duties are...
article Rural South Dakota Hospitals Dealing with COVID Crunch
(South Dakota) -- Coronavirus cases have continued to soar in South Dakota. The situation comes as rural health-care systems in the U-S struggle to survive. Among...
article French reveal drinking, smoking and gambling habits during lockdown
(France) -- Ten percent of French people drank more alcohol during the country’s coronavirus lockdown as a result of stress and boredom, figures from the national...

10/7/2020

article COVID-19’s Tragic Effect on American Indians, by State
(Indian Country) -- In the United States, people of color have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and Native Americans are no exception....
article Bill pressures CDC to give Native Americans better access to federal health data
(Washington D.C.) -- A measure passed by the U.S. House aims to remove barriers that Native Americans face in accessing public health data – something advocates...
article Indigenous data sovereignty shakes up research
(Washington D.C.) -- As U.S. government scientists work to understand how COVID-19 affects the human body, tribal nations are still struggling with the impacts of the...
article Native Americans in Minnesota Keep COVID-19 at Bay
(Minnesota) -- After the COVID-19 pandemic made its jarring entrance onto U.S. soil earlier this year, leaders of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa watched...
article Indigenous Victorians being unfairly targeted in COVID-19 policing
(Australia) -- The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (NATSILS) have raised concerns of...
article COVID brings new challenges for Native American reservations
(South Dakota) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has made providing a quality, culturally relevant education to the children on South Dakota’s nine Native American...
article NAC: Long-lasting effects of COVID-19
(Indian Country) -- People who get COVID-19 face many more potential outcomes than either death or full recovery. The Mayo Clinic says many long-term effects of the...
article Rare, But COVID-19 Deaths Still a Risk for Youth
(USA) -- Although COVID-19 is often less severe in children, a CDC study shows that younger people remain at risk for severe illness and death.
article ‘If we lose the elders, it's like a library burning down.’ Native Americans in Minnesota Tackle COVID-19
(Minnesota) -- After the COVID-19 pandemic made its jarring entrance onto U.S. soil earlier this year, leaders of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa watched...

10/6/2020

article White House to distribute 100 million on-site, rapid COVID-19 tests
(Washington D.C.) -- Congressman Roger Marshall is approving the rollout of on-site rapid testing throughout the United States. Congressman Roger Marshall says the...
article How the pandemic has complicated voting access for millions of Native Americans
(Indian Country) -- For many Native Americans living on tribal reservations, a home address is not a standard number and street name, like 735 Bleeker Street. Instead,...
article ‘There are no words’: As coronavirus kills Indigenous elders, endangered languages face extinction
(Brazil) -- The old man knew he was dying. The disease he'd been warning of for weeks had taken hold, and it wouldn't be long now. He looked to his son, who...

10/5/2020

article ND tribal communities have consistently low COVID-19 case numbers
(North Dakota) -- Tribes across the U.S. are struggling to acquire enough resources amidst the pandemic. But tribal communities in North Dakota are holding steady, with...
article Innovating and Adapting: Tribal Colleges in the Pandemic
(Indian Country) -- Charles M. Roessel, the president of Diné College, was worried in June. Summer enrollment at the tribal college in Arizona was down 60 percent. Fall...
article Brazil military fly doctors to test Amazon tribe for COVID-19
(Brazil) -- The Brazilian military wrapped up on Monday a three-week operation that provided medical care to the Amazon’s Guajajara tribe hit by COVID-19, in...
article The Covid Economy Carves Deep Divide Between -2-
(USA) -- So, casinos and theaters saw business evaporate, the air-travel industry slashed spending by two-thirds, restaurants cut their spending by half and gas stations...

10/4/2020

article Indigenous knowledge should inform COVID-19 recovery strategy, say Yukoners in top science journal
(Yukon) -- A team of Yukoners have published a letter in the prestigious academic journal Science, arguing that Indigenous principles and knowledge should inform a...
article Tribe announces free drive-thru COVID-19, flu shot dates
(New York) -- Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has announced the availability of a free flu shot and COVID-19 test clinic for all Akwesasne residents and non-member employees of...

10/3/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 17 new cases, no deaths
(Navajo Nation) -- The Navajo Nation, which sprawls across Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, reported 17 new coronavirus cases and no new deaths Saturday. The total number...

10/2/2020

article Navajo Nation Has No COVID-19 Deaths For 3rd Time This Week
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation health officials reported 13 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus Thursday with no additional deaths for the third time this week. The...
article ASU receives grant to bring COVID-19 testing to underserved communities
(Arizona) -- Arizona State University researchers received a grant to help bring coronavirus testing to underserved communities, the university announced Thursday. The $...

10/1/2020

article Nearly 3 in 10 Native American women work a front-line job, but they're far from receiving equal pay
(Indian Country) -- Native American women are on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis, with nearly 3 in 10 working a job that is considered essential during today...
article Native American tribes ‘very close to reaching a breaking point’ in COVID-19 response
(Michigan) -- Native American tribes are facing a dire situation from the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing some of them to a breaking point, American Indian health leaders...
article FDA warns of methanol-tainted hand sanitizer — but can't force companies to recall it
(Navajo Nation) -- A 44-year-old man in the Southwest, seeking medical treatment after his vision suddenly deteriorated in late spring, admitted that he had been...
article NAC: The race for a coronavirus vaccine
(Indian Country) -- The federal government is pouring billions of dollars into the effort to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus. At least four pharmaceutical...

9/30/2020

article Navajo Nation extends curfew amid increase in new coronavirus cases
(Navajo Nation) -- The indigenous Navajo Nation has elected to extend its mandatory curfew and added stricter weekend curfews in a bid to curb the continued spread of...
article Birx 'deeply concerned' about Montana, encourages action now
(Montana) -- In a one-one-one interview with NBC Montana, Dr. Deborah Birx, the coronavirus response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said she...
article 42 Percent Of All Native American COVID-19 Cases In State Were Reported In September
(Wisconsin) -- State health data shows over 40 percent of all COVID-19 cases among Native Americans in Wisconsin have been reported in September, as the state continues...
article Oklahoma remains nation's 3rd highest rate for COVID test positivity, new report says
(Oklahoma) -- According to the latest report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Oklahoma still has the nation’s third highest rate for coronavirus test...

9/29/2020

article COVID Relief Helps Tribes Bring Broadband To Some Montana Reservations
(Montana) -- About three quarters of Montanans have broadband access. But that access is less prevalent in rural parts of Montana, which are home to the state’s...
article Positive COVID-19 case closes Polson Health Center
(Montana) -- A confirmed positive COVID-19 test of an employee has prompted the Tribal Health Polson Health Center to close immediately for deep cleaning and sanitation...
article Minnesota tribes continue to cautiously prepare for COVID-19
(Minnesota) -- Six months since Minnesota registered its first case of COVID-19, the serious effects of the virus are still hitting Indigenous residents hard despite...
article Walker River Paiute Tribe extends reservation closure to visitors
(Nevada) -- The Walker River Paiute Tribe will keep its reservation closed to non-residents until at least Oct. 5, and the Weber Reservoir will be closed until the end...
press release Lottery cash helps save museum after lockdown
(New York) -- The National Lottery has helped secure the future of the Yorkshire Air Museum near York after a 'catastrophic' loss of income during the lockdown. The...
article Brave New World: The Gaming Industry, After Covid-19
(USA) -- According to Michael Soll, president of The Innovation Group, the Covid-19 pandemic may be this era’s 9/11, World War II or Great Depression. Post-...
article University of Georgia Study Finds Neck Gaiters As Good As Masks in Reducing Droplet Spread
(Georgia) -- University of Georgia researchers have demonstrated that neck gaiters can provide a level of protection equivalent to masks when used as a face-covering.

9/28/2020

article The CDC Doesn't Know Enough About Coronavirus In Tribal Nations
(Indian Country) -- A recent CDC report estimates Native Americans and Alaskan Natives are 3.5 times more likely to get COVID-19 than white people, and those under 18...
article Six months in, tribal nations cautiously optimistic about COVID-19 response
(Minnesota) -- In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, there was great concern about the potential impact the virus might have on Native American tribes in...
article COVID-19 hitting Native American population hard in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota is following some national trends when it comes to COVID-19 and Native Americans. The age-adjusted hospitalization rate for non-Hispanic...
article Wyoming Indigenous face coronavirus treatment discrimination
(Wyoming) -- There is a hotbed of controversy raging about the treatment of Tribal members of the Wind River Indian Reservation by a local hospital and inflammatory...
article From urban campuses to reservations, Native American students feel COVID-19’s reach
(Montana) -- Johnny Talawyma was ready to stride across the stage to receive his bachelors degree diploma last spring. It’s been a long journey for the 38-year-old...
article Creative Pivots Provide Safe Bets for Groups at East Coast Gaming Destinations
(USA) -- With revenue up 3.7% to $43.6 billion in 2019, the U.S. gaming industry was on a five-year hot streak before the COVID-19 freeze. East Coast properties were...
article Minnesota Tribes Continue to Cautiously Prepare for COVID-19
(Minnesota) -- Six months since Minnesota registered its first case of COVID-19, the serious effects of the virus are still hitting Indigenous residents hard despite...
article Native American tribe pushes through lack of resources, education to fight COVID-19
(North Carolina) -- Leaders of the Waccamaw Siouan tribe believe they had started a revival before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived. But the efforts to spread the word of...
article Organizations awarded $25.7 million in coronavirus relief fund cultural support
(Oregon) -- Coronavirus Relief Fund Cultural Support grant awards totaling $25.7 million will be distributed to 621 cultural organizations across Oregon through a...
article Wyoming Indigenous face coronavirus treatment discrimination
(Wyoming) -- There is a hotbed of controversy raging about the treatment of Tribal members of the Wind River Indian Reservation by a local hospital and inflammatory...

9/27/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 32 new coronavirus cases
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation health officials report 32 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, but no additional deaths. The latest figures released Saturday night...
article Active cases and hospitalizations continue to climb across state
(South Dakota) -- The 412 new coronavirus cases reported Sunday by the South Dakota Department of Health completes a record-setting week with 2,849 new positive tests in...
article From urban campuses to reservations, Native American students feel COVID-19's reach
(Indian Country) -- Johnny Talawyma was ready to stride across the stage to receive his bachelors degree diploma last spring. It's been a long journey for the 38-...
article Native Americans feel double pain of COVID and fires ‘gobbling up the ground’
(Indian Country) -- When the first fire of the season broke out on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in Northern California in July, Greg Moon faced a dilemma. As Hoopa...

9/26/2020

article BENNETT: Former Hautean helps group supply Native Americans with crucial handwashing stations
(Indiana) -- The harsh realities of COVID-19 have illuminated difficulties that Native Americans have faced for decades. Coronavirus hits hardest in people with diabetes...
article Grappling with loss of life and connection, Native youth become 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 How The Pandemic Is Impacting The Arizona Arts Community
(Arizona) -- Mike Pfister is a well-known Valley drummer and ASU instructor who was used to playing at popular venues in Phoenix prior to the pandemic. Six months in, he...
article Sokaogon Chippewa Community Announces Death of Tribal Elder, First COVID-19 within the Community
(Wisconsin) -- A Tribal Elder from the Sokaogon Chippewa Community has died from COVID-19. SCC said this is the first COVID-19 death in the community. The person lived...

9/25/2020

press release Tribes innovate to fight off, face COVID-19 pandemic
(South Dakota) -- It might be just a Netflix subscription, but to those tribe members given one to help them stay quarantined, it could be a ticket to keeping their...
article South Dakota women's prison reports more coronavirus cases
(South Dakota) -- The coronavirus is infecting more women in South Dakota's prison system in Pierre, despite efforts to control an outbreak, with the Department of...
article Tests for tribes -- one way Mayo makes amends with Native Americans
(Minnesota) -- In late March as COVID-19 was making its first imprint across the United States, its weight fell especially hard on Native American communities, which...
article Abandoned in the Amazon: how indigenous Brazilians fought covid-19
(Brazil) -- After a tribal community in Manaus was abandoned by the authorities, the group’s resourcefulness and solidarity saw it through.
article For Native Americans, fighting this year’s wildfires comes with the cost of exposure to coronavirus
(Oregon) -- When the first fire of the season broke out on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in Northern California in July, Greg Moon faced a dilemma. As Hoopa’s fire...

9/24/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 42 new coronavirus cases and no deaths
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation health officials on Thursday reported 42 new confirmed cases of coronavirus but no additional deaths. The Navajo Department of Health...
article COVID-19 data on Native Americans is ‘a national disgrace.’ This scientist is fighting to be counted
(Indian Country) -- Abigail Echo-Hawk can’t even count how many times she’s been called a troublemaker. It’s happened at conferences, workshops, and...
article ACA meets COVID in Indian Country
(Indian Country) -- As COVID-19 continues to disproportionately affect Montana’s Indigenous population, and as tribal governments continue to enact strict measures...
article Virtual Learning Is Helping Indigenous Languages Fight Off Extinction
(Washington) -- At 8 a.m. on a recent Tuesday, I log into a remote Anishinaabemowin class from my home on Duwamish, Salish, and Stillaguamish territory in Seattle,...
article Native Americans feeling the double pain of COVID-19 and fires ‘gobbling up the ground’
(Washington) -- When the first fire of the season broke out on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in Northern California in July, Greg Moon faced a dilemma. As Hoopa’s...

9/23/2020

article In American Indian communities, questions about COVID-19 test access remain
(South Dakota) -- Testing shortages early on in the COVID-19 pandemic could’ve proven a dire setback as the illness started spreading across the country. But...
article South Dakota COVID-19 checkpoints highlight fractures, strength in tribal relations
(South Dakota) -- Since April, several South Dakota Indigenous tribes have enforced more than a handful of checkpoints on roads leading into their reservations, fighting...
article COVID-19 in Indigenous communities: What you need to know this week
(Canada) -- There are currently 120 active cases of COVID-19 on First Nations reserves across Canada, according to data from Indigenous Services Canada. New cases since...
article COVID-19 causes Native helpline to expand services
(USA) -- The Radiological Society of North America reported recently that lockdowns during the pandemic have contributed to increased rates of domestic violence across...
article How COVID-19 Affects Indigenous Communities
(Indian Country) -- The damaging exclusions that Indigenous peoples suffer from national governments, including exclusions from healthcare, protection and land rights,...
article In American Indian communities, questions about COVID-19 test access remain
(North Dakota) -- Expanded testing capacity, partnerships between states and tribes and perhaps a little bit of luck helped Native American communities around the region...
article OP/ED: COVID-19 reveals deficiencies in IHS funding
(North Dakota) -- I am an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. I am fortunate to have grown up in a family with...
article Tests for tribes -- one way Mayo makes amends with Native Americans
(Minnesota) -- In late March as COVID-19 was making its first imprint across the United States, its weight fell especially hard on Native American communities, which...
article Online Classes Pose Challenges For Native American Students Living On Reservations
(Arizona) -- Students in the Flagstaff Unified School District are doing their coursework entirely online at least through October 9th because of the pandemic. KNAU...
article 'We brought the disease': Will the pandemic shift Australia's historical imagination?
(Australia) -- The year began in haze. We felt relatively safe where we were on the New South Wales south coast, despite the blanket of smoke. The Currowan blaze had...
article Native Americans feel double pain in season of COVID and fires
(Indian Country) -- When the first fire of the season broke out on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in Northern California in July, Greg Moon faced a dilemma. As Hoopa...

9/22/2020

article Coronavirus aid: Too many strings, not enough relief for tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders are struggling to spend the $8 billion in COVID-19 relief allocated earlier this year by Congress, as changing federal rules and...
article COVID-19 has disproportionately depleted finances of Latino, Black, Native American households: Survey
(Massachusetts) -- Most Latino, Black and Native American households have experienced serious financial problems during the coronavirus outbreak — and Latinos have...
article Tribe rushes to beat use-or-lose deadline on COVID-19 relief funds
(Washington D.C.) -- Spending $177 million may not seem like a problem, but it is a challenge for Navajo Nation leaders who could lose those funds if they don’t...
article Native Americans Feel Double Pain of COVID and Fires ‘Gobbling Up the Ground’
(California) -- When the first fire of the season broke out on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in Northern California in July, Greg Moon faced a dilemma.
article Hotel owner says Métis Nation—Sask. president dismissed repeated warnings to follow COVID-19 rules
(Saskatchewan) -- Métis Nation—Saskatchewan (MN-S) president Glen McCallum ignored pleas to follow COVID-19 protocols during a two-day meeting at a Waskesiu hotel...
article Sho-Ban student tests positive for COVID-19
(Idaho) -- A student who last attended Shoshone-Bannock Jr/Sr High School on Thursday, September 17, 2020 was recently diagnosed with COVID-19. The student is currently...
article SkyCity eases casino restrictions outside Auckland
(New Zealand) -- New Zealand casino operator SkyCity Group is to ease certain novel coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions at its Hamilton and Queenstown properties, but...
article Bogotá Allows 515 Casinos and 7,000 People to Return to Work
(Colombia) -- Colombia’s capital is restarting the brick-and-mortar gaming sector amid fears that a second novel coronavirus wave may hit South America.
article Colombia: casino and bingo establishments allowed to reopen in Bogotá
(Colombia) -- Local trade association Fecoljuegos announced yesterday that "thanks to an efficient administration together with great joint efforts carried out with...

9/21/2020

article CDC reverses itself and says guidelines it posted on coronavirus airborne transmission were wrong
(Washington D.C.) -- On Monday morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention edited its Web page describing how the novel coronavirus spreads, removing...
article Fauci: Navajo Nation's reversal in new coronavirus infections could be example for the US
(Navajo Nation) -- When it comes to following health experts' recommendations for reducing the spread of the coronavirus, the Navajo Nation could serve as a model,...
article Why does Alaska have the country’s lowest COVID-19 death rate? Doctors explain.
(Alaska) -- Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Alaska in March, 45 residents have died from the disease. That makes Alaska the state with the lowest number of COVID-19...
article NAC: Domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic
(Indian Country) -- Advocates fear the coronavirus pandemic increases the risk for Native American women experiencing domestic violence. Quarantines and stay-at-home...
article Bar Maid Corporation Revolutionizing Casino Industry with High-Speed Casino Chip Cleaning System
(Florida) -- Florida-based Bar Maid Corporation released the CHIP CHAMPIONtm Casino Chip Cleaning System, addressing one of the casino industry's biggest challenges...

9/20/2020

article Navajo Nation report 17 new coronavirus cases, 4 more deaths
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation health officials report 17 new confirmed cases of coronavirus with four additional deaths. The Navajo Department of Health says there...
article Despite low numbers, leaders concerned about Covid’s impact on indigenous communities
(Vermont) -- The number of reported cases of Covid-19 among Native Americans in Vermont remains low, but Abenaki tribal leaders are concerned their members remain at...
article More Navajo Nation schools could reopen as virus wanes
(Navajo Nation) -- Colton Holian’s dog didn’t eat his homework, the Wi-Fi did. “Half of my assignments go but the other half don’t,” said...

9/19/2020

article CDC: Coronavirus Seldom Kills Children But Minorities at Higher Risk
(USA) -- Children in general aren’t likely to die from the novel coronavirus, but the mortality risk is still relatively high for children and teens from minority...

9/18/2020

article Navajo Nation rushes to beat use-or-lose deadline on COVID-19 relief funds
(Navajo Nation) -- Spending $177 million may not seem like a problem, but it is a challenge for Navajo Nation leaders who could lose those funds if they don’t find...
article Sokaogon Chippewa Community Health Clinic Closed Friday for Deep Clean
(Wisconsin) -- The Sokaogon Chippewa Community Health Clinic is closed Friday for a deep clean. A health clinic staff member tested positive for COVID-19.The Sokaogon...
article Vaccine Trial Underway On Navajo Nation And In Salt Lake City
(Utah) -- Doctors are currently recruiting volunteers in the Navajo Nation and Salt Lake City to take part in a trial for a COVID-19 vaccine, which is being tested for...
article Rural, Native American schools seek more in-person learning
(New Mexico) -- Colton Holian’s dog didn’t eat his homework, the Wi-Fi did. “Half of my assignments go but the other half don’t,” says...

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...

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