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Native Americans Feel Devastated by the Virus Yet Overlooked in the Data

As the coronavirus outbreak in Washington State’s Yakima County worsened last month, Tashina Nunez recognized more and more of the patients who arrived in her hospital. They had coughs, fevers and, in some severe cases, respiratory failure. And many of them were her acquaintances and neighbors, members of the tribes that make up the Yakama Nation.

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8/12/2020

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

8/11/2020

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

8/10/2020

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

8/9/2020

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

8/8/2020

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

8/7/2020

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

8/6/2020

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

8/5/2020

article Native American tribes have been hit harder by COVID-19. Here's why.
(Montana) -- COVID-19 has ravaged minority communities worldwide, and Native American tribes in Montana have been no exception. Though tribes implemented stricter safety...
article Brazil indigenous leader Aritana dead from COVID-19
(Brazil) -- Chief Aritana Yawalapiti, one of Brazil's most influential indigenous leaders who led the people of Upper Xingu in central Brazil and helped create an...

8/4/2020

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

8/3/2020

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

8/2/2020

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

8/1/2020

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

7/31/2020

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

7/30/2020

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

7/29/2020

article Covid-19’s toll so far: Nearly 150,000 dead Americans
(USA) -- Of the nearly 150,000 Americans who have died of covid-19, more than 6,100 have died in Texas, and 302 of those deaths have occurred in Hidalgo County, along...
article Indigenous communities need to be partners in Canada’s COVID-19 recovery plan
(Canada) -- It’s easy to forget that at the beginning of the year, Canada was right in the middle of another crisis triggered by a series of protests over a...
article NAC: No single COVID-19 solution in Alaska
(Alaska) -- The number of COVID-19 cases in Alaska remains relatively low, but the high rate of infection makes it a coronavirus hotspot. While urban centers are hit...
article COVID-19 cancels Wyoming hunt amid Native American criticism
(Wyoming) -- The coronavirus has prompted cancellation of a charity antelope hunt that has drawn teams of famous, powerful men to central Wyoming for over 75 years and...

7/28/2020

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

7/27/2020

article Indigenous elder's death from COVID-19 in care home was overshadowed by racism, family and friends say
(British Columbia) -- Loved ones of Indigenous elder Carole Dawson, who died of COVID-19 at Vancouver's Holy Family Hospital, say she faced discrimination in life...
article Coronavirus crisis threatens internet opportunity for Native Americans
(New York) -- The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted a rare opportunity for Native American communities to address a lack of critical internet access, supporters and elected...
article Coronavirus crisis threatens internet opportunity for Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- The Covid-19 crisis has disrupted a rare opportunity for Native American communities to address a lack of critical internet access, supporters and...
article Nez Perce, Coeur d’Alene responses to COVID-19
(Idaho) -- The Nez Perce and Coeur d’Alene tribes have both suffered the impacts of COVID-19, along with other Idaho residents. Sticking together while staying...
article San Anselmo nurse aids virus-stricken tribes in New Mexico
(New Mexico) -- Surrounded by a small farm, a car graveyard and miles of New Mexico desert — seems a world away from the cozy San Anselmo apartment she left behind...
article Two new COVID-19 deaths tied to rural Alaska
(Alaska) -- A person who tested positive for COVID-19 in Southwest Alaska died from complications of the disease after being transferred to an Anchorage hospital over...
article 'That was the last time I heard from her': Death of young Omaha woman under investigation following COVID-19 diagnosis
(Iowa) -- Lenice Blackbird loved children and joking. She always had a smile on her face and was beloved by her friends and family. Shortly after she was diagnosed with...

7/26/2020

article U.S. deaths top 1,000 for fourth consecutive day
(USA) -- The United States edged closer to a single-day coronavirus infection record with more than 74,000 new cases Friday, approaching the mark set just one week ago,...

7/25/2020

article Bear River Casino Responds to News That An Employee Tested Positive for COVID-19
(California) -- Bear River Casino this afternoon issued a press release defending its health and safety precautions while acknowledging that an employee recently tested...
article The Amazon, Giver of Life, Unleashes the Pandemic
(South America) -- The virus swept through the region like past plagues that have traveled the river with colonizers and corporations. It spread with the dugout canoes...

7/24/2020

article Bear River Casino employee tests positive for COVID-19; casino remains open
(California) -- At least four employees at Bear River Casino Resort have quarantined after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, but the casino remains open for...
article 'They say wash your hands but the nearest water source is 25 miles away': America's hidden virus victim
(Indian Country) -- While Trump downplays the rates of Covid deaths, it’s indigenous Americans who are paying the heaviest price. Native Americans are dying at a...
article Pandemic accelerates adoption of self-service tech in resorts
(Las Vegas) -- The robots are coming. It sounds like a line straight out of a sci-fi movie, but it could hold true in Las Vegas. Hotel-casino operators across the valley...
article S.D. agencies working on plan to advise Sturgis rally visitors about tribal traffic checkpoints
(South Dakota) -- Several state government departments are assembling information about tribal traffic checkpoints for people traveling across South Dakota to the...

7/23/2020

article OP/ED: Support responsible businesses
(North Carolina) -- The health of our community – socially, physically, economically – is at least partially dependent on the business community.
article Some Lower Yukon villages are going on lockdown to stop spread of COVID-19
(Alaska) -- As the coronavirus pandemic makes its way to the remote lower Yukon villages, some of them are banding together to lock down their communities to stop the...

7/22/2020

article How to Make a Deadly Pandemic in Indian Country
(Indian Country) -- In 1868, four years after the Navajo Nation was forcibly removed from its homelands in what is known as the Long Walk, the nation signed a treaty...
article Tribes in Oklahoma Take More Steps to Stop Spread of COVID-19
(Oklahoma) -- Two east-central Oklahoma tribes are taking additional steps to address the spread of COVID-19 in their communities. Citing the continued rise in local...
article Navajo Nation government to remain closed due to rise in new coronavirus cases in states
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez will sign a new executive order to keep a portion of the tribal government closed through Aug. 16, due to the...
article South Dakota lawmakers criticize Kristi Noem on tribal checkpoints
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota lawmakers on Tuesday called for formal consultation processes between tribal and state governments following Gov. Kristi Noem’s...
article Crested Butte community members distribute donated supplies to Navajo Nation
(Navajo Nation) -- In an effort to assist the Diné people of the Navajo Nation struggling with hardships related to COVID-19, members of the Crested Butte community...
article Some Lower Yukon Villages Lock Down To Protect Each Other From Coronavirus
(Alaska) -- The coastal community of Kotlik first shut down for two weeks when they heard that the coronavirus had reached Mountain Village. Then, it announced another...
article Tribes impacted by COVID-19
(Washington) -- Like communities across Washington, treaty Indian tribes are coping with what we all hope are the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted...

7/21/2020

article Feds chip in $8.4M to urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations in Manitoba
(Manitoba) -- Off-reserve and urban Indigenous organizations in Manitoba will be getting a funding boost of $8.4 million the federal government announced on Tuesday.

7/20/2020

article Wisconsin's tribes have weathered COVID-19 better than tribes in other states. How did they do it?
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin’s Native American tribes have taken aggressive steps to combat the coronavirus pandemic since January and recent data show they have fared...
article Petition calling on feds improve COVID-19 help for Indigenous communities reaches milestone
(Canada) -- A petition launched by former Ontario chief Isadore Day in April and sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, several of his ministers and health advisors...
article Yukon flooded with mushroom pickers ignoring COVID-19 restrictions
(Yukon) -- Despite limits on entry, harvesters from outside the territory are congregating on the First Nation of Na-cho Nyäk Dun’s lands — without...
article Tribal businesses face hurdles for aid in North Dakota as they struggle to survive pandemic
(North Dakota) -- Lisa Rogers has helped raise dozens of children through her child care center that's just yards from where she herself grew up as a girl.
article Wisconsin's tribes have weathered COVID-19 better than tribes in other states. How did they do it?
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin’s Native American tribes have taken aggressive steps to combat the coronavirus pandemic since January and recent data show they have fared...
article Native American artist/activist dies after contracting COVID-19
(Arizona) -- One of the latest victims of COVID-19 in the Valley is a Native American man. He is now being honored for a life devoted to standing up for his culture, the...
press release Hong Kong Jockey Club employee tests positive to COVID-19
(Hong Kong) -- An employee working at the Happy Valley headquarters of Hong Kong Jockey Club has tested positive to COVID-19.
article Native American artist/activist dies after contracting COVID-19
(Arizona) -- One of the latest victims of COVID-19 in the Valley is a Native American man. He is now being honored for a life devoted to standing up for his culture, the...

7/18/2020

article Data: Native people disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in county, state
(South Dakota) -- “My family’s experience with this sickness right now … it’s a nightmare,” Carrie MiddleTent said. “We knew this...
article FLETCHER: Why Tribes Should Have the Power to Enforce Strict Coronavirus Policies
(Indian Country) -- American Indians face a grave ordeal in the COVID-19 pandemic. With awful poverty, dire rates of preexisting health conditions, and an already-broken...
article Pandemic devastates Mississippi Choctaw Native Americans
(Mississippi) -- Drive down Highway 16 near Philadelphia and you can’t miss the giant moon towering above the Pearl River Resort, welcoming visitors to the games...
article $5.7 Million in COVID-19 Response Grants for Washington State Tribes
(Washington) -- Friday, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced that five Washington state Tribes will receive $5,694,484 in federal COVID-19 response grants. The...

7/17/2020

article OP/ED: COVID-19 has ravaged Indian Country and financial relief is crucial
(Indian Country) -- As the Trump administration and Congress negotiate another coronavirus relief package, a constituency requiring urgent support is American Indian...
article 10% of Arizona reservation has COVID-19, and many have no drinking water
(Arizona) -- About 1 in 10 residents of the White Mountain Apache Tribe have tested positive for the new coronavirus, with about 1 in 3 tests coming back positive,...
article Guadalupe: A town hit hard by COVID-19
(Arizona) -- July 6, 2020, was full of a mix of emotions for Sally Ann Gonzales. It's the day her nephew Luis, who has diabetes, came home from the hospital after...
article After facing supply shortages, Southern California tribes work to expand COVID-19 testing
(California) -- In a remote patch of desert near the Salton Sea, the Torres MartinezDesert Cahuilla Indians run a small health clinic from a triple-widetrailer on their...
article Arizona delegation looks for changes to Native aid in next relief package
(Arizona) -- Arizona’s Native American tribes are among the worst-hit jurisdictions in the world by COVID-19. As Congress pursues another federal aid package...
article One Abenaki Tribe During COVID-19
(Vermont) -- A conversation with Don Stevens, chief of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation. Plus: COVID-19 numbers, voting by mail, and Burlington declares...
article Native schools in Minneapolis prepare to open during pandemic, bemoan online learning hassle
(Minnesota) -- Although American Indian schools in Minneapolis are awaiting a state mandate on reopening this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, a consensus is that...
article Coronavirus’ impact on Indigenous communities puts new focus on protecting elders, preserving language and culture
(Utah) -- In early 2019, as an editorial committee began working on a new Lakota translation of the Book of Common Prayer, two of its members died “right off the...
article In a Siberian village, the lockdown is extreme. Trenches have sealed it off.
(Russia) -- In a shamanic ritual last month in the Siberian hamlet of Shuluta, fermented milk was sprinkled on a fire, a sheep was killed and boiled to make a rich broth...

7/16/2020

article COVID-19 Hits South Dakota Communities Of Color At Higher Rate
(South Dakota) -- Carrie Middle Tent still has side effects from a bout with COVID-19, which she caught more than two months ago. She still can’t taste or smell...
article Chief Don Stevens On How One Abenaki Tribe Is Finding Community, Apart
(Vermont) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected racial and ethnic minority groups around the country, including American Indian populations. So how...
article Coronavirus data has already disappeared after Trump administration shifted control from CDC
(Washington D.C.) -- Previously public data has already disappeared from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website after the Trump administration...
article Johns Hopkins: ‘This virus is not going away’
(Arizona) -- Despite reports of daily diminishing numbers of coronavirus cases overall on the Navajo Nation, that does not mean the virus is not still with us Laura...
article SBC Digital: Indian casinos stress safety to stay open and help tribes
(Washington) -- Tribal casinos set a high standard for how gaming facilities can reopen safely from their coronavirus closures, panelists said Thursday at an SBC Digital...

7/15/2020

article Local tribes emphasize masks to curb spread of COVID-19
(Wisconsin) -- The Stockbridge-Munsee and Menominee Indian tribes this past week issued statements in support of wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus....
article Casinos, Insurers Gear Up for Virus-Linked Coverage Fight
(Las Vegas) -- Casinos are starting to sue their insurers over coverage for pandemic-linked losses, setting the stage for what could be a high-profile legal battle....
article Tribal nations partner with Arizona National Guard for mass COVID-19 testing
(Arizona) -- Service members of the Arizona National Guard are partnering with the White Mountain Apache Tribe in the hopes of testing at least 1,000 tribal members for...
article Governments Worldwide Are Failing Indigenous Peoples During the Pandemic
(Worldwide) -- Vanessa Dundon has spent 16 weeks supporting her fellow Navajo Nation members as they continue to grapple with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the United...
article Fort Belknap and Fort Peck Reservations fight to maintain low COVID numbers
(Montana) -- On the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, tribal officials aren’t taking any chances with COVID-19. In late June, the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes ordered...
article Governments Worldwide Are Failing Indigenous Peoples During the Pandemic
(Worldwide) -- Vanessa Dundon has spent 16 weeks supporting her fellow Navajo Nation members as they continue to grapple with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the United...
article Boyd Gaming, owner of 5 Louisiana casinos, laying off workers in 10 states
(Louisiana) -- A U.S. casino company with 29 properties in 10 states is laying off thousands of employees, citing a slow restart to business following closures due to...
press release Inter-Tribal Council to host free coronavirus testing in Sparks
(Nevada) -- The Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada said it is hosting a free COVID-19 testing event for urban Indians and the general public in Sparks. The event will be...
article Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health Sending COVID Care Packages to Northland Tribal Communities
(Minnesota) -- As the pandemic continues to rip through communities throughout the Northland, the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health Great Lakes Hub in...
article Local tribes emphasize masks to curb spread of COVID-19
(Wisconsin) -- The Stockbridge-Munsee and Menominee Indian tribes this past week issued statements in support of wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
article What I learned when I trained to be a coronavirus contact tracer
(USA) -- When the coronavirus lockdown hit my home state of North Carolina in March, I had more free time than most Americans. I am a single woman and long retired from...

7/14/2020

article Coronavirus Outbreak At Blanding Nursing Home Raises Questions About Facility's Mask Policy
(Utah) -- Dalene Redhorse lost her dad and her grandfather over the weekend. Both lived at the Four Corners Regional Care Center in Blanding and tested positive for...
article Fort Belknap and Fort Peck Reservations fight to maintain low COVID numbers
(Montana) -- On the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, tribal officials aren’t taking any chances with COVID-19. In late June, the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes ordered...

7/13/2020

article Pandemic Complicates Tribes' Quest For Data Sovereignty
(New Mexico) -- Imagine if your state health department put out a press release specifically naming your family, and listing the number of your family members with COVID...
article Checks and checkpoints: Crow and Northern Cheyenne fighting COVID
(Montana) -- The multipurpose building at Crow Agency, a social hub for the reservation, drew crowds in the days leading up to the Fourth of July because of an error...
article Duluth’s Johns Hopkins Hub donates to tribal communities during pandemic
(Minnesota) -- One of the nation's most prestigious hospital systems is giving back to the Northland's indigenous communities during the coronavirus pandemic....
article Marina Bay Sands casino, Seletar Mall among places visited by Covid-19 cases while infectious
(Singapore) -- The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (July 13) added more locations — among them the Marina Bay Sands Casino — to a list of public places...
article Guest column: Covid Impacts tribal natural resources management, traditions
(Washington) -- Like communities across Washington, treaty Indian tribes are coping with what we all hope are the worst days of the covid-19 pandemic that has disrupted...

7/12/2020

article Employers find testing employees for COVID-19 more trouble than it's worth
(USA) -- From nursing homes in New York and a landfill in Utah to Disney World and the Las Vegas Strip, employers are wrestling with workplace safety in the age of COVID...

7/11/2020

article Coronavirus Fears Stem the Flow at Atomic Liquors, Las Vegas’s Oldest Bar
(Las Vegas) -- At midnight on Friday, bars across Las Vegas and Reno shut down for a second time in six months. With the coronavirus surging, the governor of Nevada had...
article Fauci is sidelined by the White House as he steps up blunt talk on pandemic
(Washington D.C.) -- For months, Anthony S. Fauci has played a lead role in America’s coronavirus pandemic, as a diminutive, Brooklyn-accented narrator who has...
article Montreal Lake Cree Nation goes into 'total lockdown' after positive COVID-19 test
(Saskatchewan) -- The Montreal Lake Cree Nation, located about 100 kilometres north of Prince Albert, has locked itself down after a person there tested positive for...

7/10/2020

article Analysis: Native Americans infected with COVID-19 at higher rates in Arizona
(Arizona) -- A New York Times analysis of Center for Disease Control and Prevention data shows that Arizona counties with available race-based data stand out as having...
article U.S. House hearing shines light on needs of North Dakota tribal communities
(Washington D.C.) -- A hearing in the U.S. House Wednesday discussed needs of the country’s tribal communities. “Day after day, our nation’s tribal...
article ASU alumni deliver COVID-19 relief for Native American communities
(Arizona) -- The First Peoples' COVID-19 Resource Drive is an initiative to supply much needed supplies to tribal communities struggling with the impact of the...
article Indigenous mothers in Brazil mourning their children's deaths seek closure
(Brazil) -- Two young mothers stand with a group of fellow Indigenous Brazilians in a park in Boa Vista in northern Brazil. One of them, speaking in her native Sanöma...

7/9/2020

article CDC feels pressure from Trump as rift grows over coronavirus response
(Washington D.C.) -- The June 28 email to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was ominous: A senior adviser to a top Health and Human Services...
article Mobile Mammography Unit to return to Hannahville Indian Community
(Michigan) -- If you are in need of your annual mammogram, a Mobile Mammography event is to take place in September for the Hannahville Indian Community in partnership...
article Virus causes uncertainty for state lotteries
(Massachusetts) -- The coronavirus pandemic has been a rollercoaster for state lotteries across the country, with some getting a boost from the economic downturn and...

7/8/2020

article Coronavirus pandemic puts Alaska’s epidemiologists front and center
(Alaska) -- Before COVID-19 arrived in the U.S., you might not have thought much about the role of epidemiology in your life. But behind the scenes, Alaska’s...
article Nevada Guard helps Shoshone Tribe in fight against COVID-19
(Nevada) -- Members of the Nevada National Guard traveled north to assist the Shoshone Health District (SHD) with COVID-19 testing July 1 in Duckwater. The Shoshone are...
article P.E.I.'s poet laureate shares 100 daily posts during pandemic
(Prince Edward Island) -- P.E.I.'s poet laureate found inspiration in the COVID-19 pandemic. Julie Pellissier-Lush shared a poem, story or song online daily,...
article MORON ALERT: Judge orders man who refused to wear mask in Stateline casino to follow state directives
(Nevada) -- A Douglas County, Nevada, man — who tested a Stateline casino’s resolve to require masks — was ordered to wear one after he was taken into...

7/7/2020

press release Nevada Guard helps Shoshone Tribe in fight against COVID-19
(Nevada) -- Nevada Guardsmen traveled north last week to assist the Shoshone Health District with COVID-19 community-based collections, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in...
article OP/ED: The rally in Casino Stocks since March will soon end
(Wall Street) -- We have entered the economic twilight zone. The real economy continues to crash at an all time record pace, while financial asset values appear to be...

7/6/2020

article NAC: Arizona tribes lock down to keep coronavirus at bay
(Indian Country) -- The state of Arizona is struggling to gain control of record-breaking increases of coronavirus infections that threaten to overwhelm health care...
article Native American tribes blocked from receiving data on spread of coronavirus that is freely given to states
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American tribes have been refused access to coronavirus data that has been made readily available to states by the Centres for Disease...
article How COVID-19 is accelerating the shift to a cashless society
(USA) -- Tom Ivory, the founder of the Baker Street Bread Co. in Chestnut Hill, fought a valiant effort for years to rein in bank fees by imposing a minimum credit card...
article Nevada tribal emergency coordinator named amid pandemic
(Nevada) -- A member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has been named as the state’s new tribal emergency response coordinator, amid a report that coronavirus...

7/5/2020

article Coronavirus: Some US casinos close back down; employees test positive
(USA) -- Several casinos in the US have either reclosed or been ordered to shut down for a set period. According to Fantini’s daily report, properties across the...

7/4/2020

article 239 Experts With 1 Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne
(Worldwide) -- The coronavirus is finding new victims worldwide, in bars and restaurants, offices, markets and casinos, giving rise to frightening clusters of infection...
article Nevada Tribal Emergency Coordinator Named Amid Pandemic
(Nevada) -- A member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has been named as the state’s new tribal emergency response coordinator, amid a report that coronavirus...
article Scientists say WHO ignores the risk that coronavirus floats in air as aerosol
(Worldwide) -- Six months into a pandemic that has killed over half a million people, more than 200 scientists from around the world are challenging the official view of...

7/3/2020

article Western Alaska village complains of stigma following COVID tests
(Alaska) -- An official at one Alaska village says residents have been humiliated and discriminated against after the regional health corporation announced two people...
article Coronavirus: Cases climb past 100 at Idaho prison; mass testing for Nez Perce Tribe
(Idaho) -- The coronavirus pandemic is hitting Idaho’s prison system, but the good news is that most inmates who have tested positive are asymptomatic, Idaho...

7/2/2020

article County working with tribes on COVID cases linked to casinos
(California) -- County health officials last week confirmed they were working with local casinos that could include casinos operated by the Rincon Tribe and San Pasqual...
article As Arizona COVID Cases Surge From Reopening, Indigenous Nations Suffer
(Arizona) -- In the days before Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey changed course by urging people to stay home, Scottsdale city councilman Guy Phillips donned a face covering and...
article Culinary Union requests special session bill in honor of casino worker who died of COVID-19
(Las Vegas) -- The Culinary Union 226 has sent a letter Thursday to Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak asking for a bill enforcing casino COVID-19 safety policies ahead of the...
article Tribal educators talk e-learning curve, prepare for fall pandemic learning
(Wisconsin) -- The transition to e-learning for students in the state the past school year wasn’t always a smooth one, especially for low-income students, but...
article Tribes enter key wildfire time with coronavirus looming large
(Oregon) -- When Colby Drake hears mention of COVID-19, he doesn’t just think of face masks or physical distancing at the supermarket. He sees forests burning. As...

7/1/2020

article 'Left out and left behind': Trump administration faces questions about COVID-19 in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration's COVID-19 response efforts in Indian Country are back in the spotlight again. Key lawmakers are hearing from two...
article NAC: Federal coronavirus aid offers relief and frustrations
(Indian Country) -- After lawsuits and numerous delays, the Trump Administration distributed billions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief money to tribes. But there...
article Paiute Tribe extends Pyramid Lake restrictions, highway closures to combat coronavirus
(Nevada) -- The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has extended road closures, highway screenings and lake recreation restrictions to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.The...
article Napaskiak Says Residents Are Facing Discrimination After Announcement Of Likely Community Spread
(Yukon) -- On June 25, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced that there was likely "community spread" of COVID-19 in Napaskiak. The announcement...
article Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe extends closure over COVID-19
(Nevada) -- The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe is extending its closure order to protect the health of tribal members and reduce the spread of COVID-19. The closure order...
article Here’s What Recovery From Covid-19 Looks Like for Many Survivors
(New York) -- Hundreds of thousands of seriously ill coronavirus patients who survive and leave the hospital are facing a new and difficult challenge: recovery. Many are...
article Two Native Orgs doing their part by providing Covid-19 tests to Tribal Nations
(Minnesota) -- As of June 28th, 30.4. million Covid-19 tests have been given across the country. Labs all over the U.S. are backlogged trying to get results to worried...
article Higley football player leads pandemic relief effort for Native Americans in northern Arizona
(Arizona) -- Gilbert Higley defensive end Stephen Louis couldn't watch the news coming out of northern Arizona and not do something. His mother is Navajo and...

6/30/2020

article Fauci worries U.S. covid-19 cases could climb to 100,000 daily
(Washington D.C.) -- Anthony S. Fauci, the government’s top infectious-disease specialist, warned Tuesday that the United States could soon have 100,000 new...
article Tribes extend ‘stay-at-home’ order to July 31
(Arizona) -- The Colorado River Indian Tribes has extended their ‘stay-at-home’ order through July 31. This comes as the Tribes are seeing an increasing...
article Bullock Warns COVID-19 Could ‘Get Out of Hand’ if Montanans Aren’t Vigilant
(Montana) -- Health officials on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation reported evidence of possible COVID-19 community spread days after the tribal council announced the...
article Native Americans Account For 13 Percent Of Montana COVID-19 Cases
(Montana) -- Last weekend, Montana saw its biggest spike yet in COVID-19 cases. YPR reports how the disease is impacting Native Americans across the state. As of Jun. 29...
article Fauci, CDC chief raise concerns about full airline flights
(Washington D.C.) -- The government’s top experts in infectious diseases on Tuesday criticized American Airlines' decision to pack flights full while the...
article Workers are getting laid off for a second time, as the virus’s surge puts reopenings on hold
(USA) -- When she was first furloughed in March, Randee Heitzmann knew how to make ends meet. She deferred payments on her new Honda Civic, spent $3,000 in stimulus...
article Regina salon owner gives back to community with day of free haircuts
(Saskatchewan) -- Stylists at a First Nations-owned hair salon in Regina spent Sunday providing free haircuts to clients facing financial pressure during the pandemic....
article Indigenous peoples of South America face 'genocide' as coronavirus pandemic exposes historic inequalities
(South America) -- Berlin Diques oversees the well-being of some of the most vulnerable peoples in the world. As a regional president of the Interethnic Association for...

6/29/2020

article The Failed U.S. Reopening Has Served Up a Feast for the Coronavirus
(Washington D.C.) -- As of Sunday, the U.S. has set single-day records for new coronavirus cases for at least five consecutive days, and the total number of nationwide...
press release NAC: Tribes reinforce protections as states confront COVID-19 surge
(Indian Country) -- Numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show new surges of COVID-19 cases in Arizona, Texas, Florida and other states. Many...
article 'End of an era’: American Indian Services closes after 49 years
(Detroit) -- Detroit’s Teresa Pardo has been an “urban Native American” for her whole life. In the spring of 1965, her Choctaw-Coahuilan family moved...
article Celebrating the Indigenous health-care workers among your friends and family
(Indian Country) -- Through the month of June we've been sharing the stories of some of the many Indigenous health-care workers across the country working to keep...

6/28/2020

article Four new COVID-19 cases reported in Lake County
(Montana) -- Lake County Public Health reported Saturday four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lake County. All cases have been notified, and contact tracing has been...
article The data is in: Fox News may have kept millions from taking the coronavirus threat seriously
(New York) -- It’s another one of those Trump Era realities best described as unsurprising but nevertheless shocking. Three serious research efforts have put...
article Asymptomatic COVID-19 findings dim hopes for 'herd immunity' and 'immunity passports'
(China) -- A closer look at people who tested positive for COVID-19 but never developed symptoms has found that such asymptomatic carriers have few to no detectable...
article Nevada’s 27 tribal nations say they were left behind amid pandemic
(Nevada) -- Nevada’s 27 tribal nations say they were left behind for two crucial months as the coronavirus crept into every corner of the state. Amid a national...
article Why simple cloth masks without valves are better at fighting the spread of covid-19
(Washington D.C.) -- Those face masks you see with coin-sized valves on the front may look intriguing but they are not as good at preventing the spread of the novel...
article Masking in Glory: Alaska Native Artists Make Museum-Worthy Masks that Reflect, Protect their Culture
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native artists have been mask-making like mad since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of their ingeniously indigenized masks have already...
article Salish and Blackfeet Montana rapper joins a youth challenge made to inform about COVID-19
(Montana) -- One Salish and Blackfeet musical artist is joining the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribe in their campaign to create awareness about COVID-19 for Flathead...

6/27/2020

article Tribal health board: Native Americans hit hard by COVID-19
(South Dakota) -- Native American people are being disproportionately affected by the coronavirus, accounting for over half of the confirmed cases in one South Dakota...
article 'Wear your mask, do your part': Tribal citizens in New Mexico bear brunt of coronavirus
(New Mexico) -- Tribal citizens continue to feel disproportionate effects of the coronavirus in New Mexico, more than three months into a pandemic that continues to...
article Saskatchewan's First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs minister denies flunking file
(Saskatchewan) -- Faced with accusations she failed in her response to the pandemic, Saskatchewan's First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs minister defended...
article First Nations people have fared better than B.C. average in COVID-19 pandemic: report
(British Columbia) -- B.C.'s First Nations Health Authority says First Nations people have fared better than the provincial average when it comes to the spread of...
article Hard-hit Maricopa County isn't following CDC guidelines for COVID-19 contact tracing
(Arizona) -- Maricopa County public health officials aren't conducting COVID-19 case investigations or contact tracing that meet federal guidelines, as cases in the...
article Health board: Native Americans more than half of Pennington County’s COVID-19 cases
(South Dakota) -- Data shows that Native Americans are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 in Pennington County, according to a news release from the Great...
article Indigenous leaders say they should have been consulted before B.C. government eased pandemic restrictions
(British Columbia) -- Indigenous leaders say the B.C. government did not consult them before easing COVID-19 restrictions earlier this week, despite the province having...

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