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Zuni Pueblo deals with increase in COVID-19 cases

Conditions on Zuni Pueblo are getting worse, tribal leaders said Friday. About a month ago, KOB 4 reported that many on the pueblo feared a COVID-19 outbreak was coming. Now, they’re dealing with a growing number of cases and deaths. Tribal leaders are pleading with people to stay safe.

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5/25/2020

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5/24/2020

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5/23/2020

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5/22/2020

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5/21/2020

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5/20/2020

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5/19/2020

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5/18/2020

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5/17/2020

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5/16/2020

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5/15/2020

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5/14/2020

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5/13/2020

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5/12/2020

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5/11/2020

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5/10/2020

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5/9/2020

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5/8/2020

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article Concerns increase re: Whiteriver Covid cases
(Arizona) -- There is a lively conversation taking place on Facebook about the coronavirus on the White Mountain Apache Reservation. One of the most vocal is a tribal...
article 'We never forgot': Why the Irish are helping Navajo and Hopi tribes hit by pandemic
(Arizona) -- In what could be one of the ultimate cases of paying it forward, an online fundraising campaign to provide relief for Navajo and Hopi families affected by...
article Paiute Tribe to screen traffic entering tribal lands to slow COVID-19 spread
(Nevada) -- The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe will begin screening all traffic entering tribal lands near Nixon and Sutcliffe beginning Friday afternoon to slow the spread...
article With cases rising, Nevada tribal chairman turns to YouTube to implore members to stay home
(Nevada) -- Chairman Anthony Sampson of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has a simple message: Stay home. With COVID-19 infections on the rise on the tribe's...
article First Nation, Metis, Inuit leaders concerned about Indigenous COVID-19 outbreaks
(Canada) -- First Nations, Inuit and Metis leaders are raising concern about a growing number of outbreaks of COVID-19 in Indigenous communities and say it’s...
article Ronaldo Souza's positive coronavirus test hangs over controversial UFC return
(Florida) -- The controversial mixed martial arts card scheduled for Saturday in Florida will go ahead as planned despite one of the undercard fighters testing positive...
article Congresswoman Kendra Horn to host Tribal Community Virtual Town Hall
(Oklahoma) -- Congresswoman Kendra Horn will be hosting a virtual town hall to address COVID-19 challenges for Tribal Nations. The town hall is set for Tuesday, May 12,...
article Native Americans search for solutions through pandemic
(Kansas) -- Native Americans are stepping forward saying they have been largely ignored during the coronavirus. What little they have received amounts to federal scraps...
article New study says the coronavirus pandemic could result in thousands of 'deaths of despair'
(USA) -- A new report suggests that the coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating a mental health crisis in the country that could contribute to rising suicide rates and...
article ‘We Have To Protect Our Elders,’ Says First COVID-19 Case In Graham County
(North Carolina) -- Graham County is one of the most rural counties in North Carolina, with just around 9,000 residents. It’s isolation led county leaders to put...
article For Native Americans, COVID-19 is ‘the worst of both worlds at the same time’
(Indian Country) -- When the Hualapai tribe imposed a stay-at-home order and closed its Skywalk, the horseshoe-shaped, glass-bottomed walkway that extends over the south...
article True Crime in Indian Country: “Yellow Bird” Belongs on Your Quarantine Reading List
(Indian Country) -- Since Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country was published in late February, it’s been praised as a masterful...
article How A Virtual Powwow Helped Heal A Spirit Broken During The Pandemic
(North Carolina) -- It's powwow season — the time of year when across the country, Native American tribes should be getting together to celebrate their culture...
press release Casino Marketing & Technology Conference Postponed
(Las Vegas) -- Casino Marketing & Technology Conference, which was scheduled to be held July 14-16 at Caesars Palace, has been moved to November 9-12 at Bally's...

5/7/2020

article Feds' Plan For Tribal COVID-19 Funding Poses Problems
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Treasury Department's move this week to send out a large portion of $8 billion in funding to combat the coronavirus pandemic is...
article Body bags instead of requested COVID-19 testing kits for Native American clinic seen as cruel metaphor
(Washington) -- A Seattle-area Native American health center in April received body bags instead of requested equipment to handle the coronavirus in what tribal...
article COVID 19 outbreak in northern Saskatchewan ‘of concern:’ top health officer
(Saskatchewan) -- Canada’s chief public health officer says a COVID-19 outbreak gripping northern Saskatchewan is an area of concern. Dr. Theresa Tam says not only...
article Food security fears after COVID-19 case closes La Loche, Sask., grocery store
(Saskatchewan) -- One of the two grocery stores in La Loche, Sask., has shut temporarily after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19, according to an...
article B.C. First Nation bans tree planting on its territory due to COVID-19 concerns
(British Columbia) -- The Nadleh Whut'en First Nation in central B.C. is banning tree planting within its territory in an effort to keep COVID-19 out of its...
article ‘Sitting duck’: Disabled woman, 27, lives in Toronto seniors home with COVID-19 outbreak
(Ontario) -- She’s 27-years-old and lives in a long-term care home. But not by choice. The disabled woman has been trying get out of the home for several years.
article ‘Cherished’ Cree elder first Indigenous person in Quebec to die from COVID-19
(Quebec) -- The COVID-19 outbreak ravaging Quebec’s long-term care facilities claimed the life of a respected Cree elder earlier this week. Emma Trapper,...
article Native Sun News Today: BIA steps on tribal sovereignty
(South Dakota) -- Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chair Harold Frazier answered a federal Bureau of Indian Affairs challenge to the tribe’s Covid-19 highway...
article Donovan White: Respect Native people, Native nations, and Indian sovereignty
(South Dakota) -- Indian nations and tribes are the original American sovereigns. Our Creator blessed us with life and liberty. Our grandfathers and grandmothers from...
article Irish return an old favor, helping Native Americans battling the coronavirus
(Ireland) -- More than 170 years ago, the Choctaw Nation sent $170 to starving Irish families during the potato famine. A sculpture in County Cork commemorates the...
article OP/ED: Trump Can’t Mask His Message to Indian Country: 'Live and Let Die'
(Indian Country) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the Diné/Navajo people hard, inflicting the highest per capita infection rate in the country after New York, New Jersey...
article 'New normal' for tribal casinos reopening
(USA) -- Some of the first tribal casinos are opening back up as many U.S. businesses remain closed, and they are undertaking some big changes, like smoking bans, mask...
article Akwesasne state of emergency will remain in place as neighboring counties prepare to let theirs expire
(New York) -- While one of Akwesasne’s neighboring communities is in the very early stages of re-opening their economy, a tribal spokesperson says the St. Regis...
article Contactless Black Jack and Social-Distance Slots
(USA) -- You can gamble again in America—at least in the few parts of the country where casinos are cautiously reopening. Casinos in Oklahoma and Montana already...
article NAC: New and expecting mothers confront COVID-19 fears
(Indian Country) -- Expecting mothers face added anxiety because of the coronavirus pandemic. They may be separated from their newborn if they test positive for the...
article OP/ED: For California Native Americans, COVID-19 is yet another existential threat to survive
(California) -- California is home to more Native Americans than any other state, with urban, rural and suburban populations. Health epidemics decimated California...
article Some tribal casinos slowly re-opening with new cleaning practices, safety measures
(Washington) -- Some tribes across the state of Washington said they can no longer afford to keep their casinos doors closed. Twenty-two tribes operate 29 casinos on...
article Tribal Casinos Are Turning to Technology to Protect Employees
(California) -- Certain things in life can be a gamble, but what about personal safety? Or, in the case of casinos, what about the safety of staff? Of course, the answer...
article Derby Lane Changes Plans, Will Not Restart Poker Next Week
(Florida) -- Derby Lane has reversed course and will not reopen its poker room on May 11. The St. Petersburg, Florida, racino posted on its Facebook page Tuesday that...
article In the Amazon, an indigenous nurse volunteers in coronavirus fight
(Brazil) -- Vicente Piratapuia, 69, of the Piratapuia tribe had a high fever and could hardly breathe, but he refused to leave his home on the outskirts of the Amazon...
article UV Slot Machine Partitions Developed to Protect Casino Players, Workers
(USA) -- A slot machine partition made from acrylic that inventors say cleans itself via ultraviolet (UV) light holds promise given concerns over worker and player...

5/6/2020

article Trump administration shelves CDC guide to reopening the country
(Washington D.C.) -- A set of detailed documents created by the nation’s top disease investigators meant to give step-by-step advice to local leaders deciding when...
article Scenes From a Pandemic: 6
(Indian Country) -- For Indigenous people there are two viruses. One has been killing us for centuries. The novel coronavirus is biological and blameless, while...
article America’s coronavirus divide is reflected in two New Mexico mayors. One asked for a lockdown. The other defied orders.
(New Mexico) -- Louie Bonaguidi had been mayor of this tiny city set among high desert buttes and Native American reservations for just a matter of hours last week when...
article Why California native tribes are cautious about ending shutdown. ‘We can’t lose a single elder’
(California) -- Sherry Scott joined the rebellion in some parts of the state against Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order at a protest with dozens of others in...
article Santee Sioux Tribe increases travel restrictions, implements road checks
(South Dakota) -- The Santee Sioux Nation has increased health directives, including travel restrictions, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The tribe has further...
article LEGAL BLOG: Can Tribal Casino’s Reopen During the COVID Shutdown?
(California) -- Unlike most other California businesses, it is not entirely clear that tribal casinos—which operate on tribal lands and are run by tribal...
article Emergency response training for the Great Plains Tribes
(South Dakota) -- In response to COVID-19, the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board has established a new Emergency Operations and Training Center to assist...
article OP/ED: 10 steps to save Native Americans from Covid-19 catastrophe
(Indian Country) -- The pandemic ravaging some Native American communities has echoes that go back centuries -- to the measles and smallpox epidemics that first...
article OP/ED: What we can learn from the First Peoples of the United States in the era of COVID-19
(Washington D.C.) -- News of how COVID-19 has struck the Navajo Nation has begun to penetrate national coverage of the pandemic. The first cases were believed to have...
article United Indian Health Services now offering COVID-19 blood test on the North Coast
(California) -- Indigenous tribes on the North Coast have expanded laboratories to include antibody testing for COVID-19, United Indian Health Services said in a press...
article Billy Walters Released, ‘Extremely Grateful’ After Feds Amend Insider Trading Sentence
(California) -- In his first public statement since being moved to home confinement late last week, Billy Walters said on Tuesday he wanted to thank those who offered...

5/5/2020

article Native American Pageant Winner Steps Up to Help Tribe and Winds Up Shipping Masks Across North America
(Arizona) -- As Miss Shoshone-Bannock, Stormie Perdash has represented her people all across the United States. Now, amid the coronavirus pandemic, she’s...
article People of color, Native Americans in Wyoming disproportionately affected by coronavirus
(Wyoming) -- The pandemic is not treating everyone in Wyoming equally. People of color and Native Americans in the state are being disproportionately impacted by the...
article MN Native communities coping, not conquering, COVID-19 outbreak
(Minnesota) -- Quick responses to the coronavirus health threat to Native Americans in both tribal and urban Minnesota communities appear to be holding the spread of...
article OP/ED: Native Americans and the Culture of Capitalism in the Time of COVID-19
(USA) -- The global pandemic is an incredibly challenging time for many. Nearlyone in every three Americans’ jobs have been affected, whether a temporary layoff, a...
article Indigenous Leadership Points the Way Out of the COVID Crisis
(Indian Country) -- The United States is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected more than 1.2 million people and claimed over 70,000 lives. President...
article For Native College Students, Online Classes Could be a Deal Breaker
(New Mexico) -- When the University of New Mexico announced March 19 that all spring semester classes would move online and all students should move out of the dorms, 21...
article Native Artists find ways to adjust during Covid-19 shutdown
(Minnesota) -- On a regular day Rafael (Rafa) Gonzalez, also known Hip-Hop artist Tufawon, wakes up in his South Minneapolis home and heads to work. The Native (Dakota)...
press release NAIHC Collaborates With Wells Fargo Foundation to Award Home Repair Grants to Tribal Communities
(Washington) -- The National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) and Wells Fargo Foundation are pleased to announce over $600,000 in grants to tribal housing...
press release Newgioco Begins Reopening Procedures in Italy
(Italy) -- Newgioco Group, Inc. (“Newgioco” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: NWGI), a global sports betting and interactive gaming technology company...

5/4/2020

article As U.S. States Ease Coronavirus Lockdowns, Some Tribes Choose to Remain Isolated
(USA) -- Tucked up against the Canadian border in northwest Montana, the Blackfeet Reservation shut itself off in March as first word of the novel coronavirus spread,...
article KHN: ‘Trying To Move Heaven And Earth’: Hard-Hit Native American Tribes Waiting For Billions In Relief Fund Sue Government
(Indian Country) -- An argument over which tribes get funds is partly to blame for the delay in delivering $8 billion allocated by stimulus legislation. Other news on...
article NAC: Different places, different COVID-19 concerns
(Indian Country) -- There is no one way to address the coronavirus threat. The state of Alaska has relatively few COVID-19 cases. But some vital modes of transportation...

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