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"George was the biggest gentle giant ever," Selwyn Jones said of his nephew, George Floyd, who was killed by police officers.
Public spaces around Arizona may have been closed overnight by a statewide curfew this week – but tribal casinos have stayed open.
Some tribes will lose out on millions of dollars in additional COVID-19 relief because the Trump administration is cutting them off.
COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of events everywhere. But in Indian Country, not congregating comes with added cost—and risk.
The Republican governor of South Dakota admits her opposition to tribal checkpoints is linked to the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Navajo Nation leaders have canceled this year’s Fourth of July celebrations as the tribe continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.
At least four Native candidates for Congress will advance to the general election after winning primaries in Idaho and New Mexico.
Thank goodness, spring has sprung and here in Montana and Wyoming, people are gradually getting sprung from the confines of quarantine and self-imposed social distancing and isolation.
Efforts to address the crisis of the missing and murdered in Indian Country are being undermined by Donald Trump, Native women asserted as outrage over police violence continues to sweep the nation.
Events that normally take place annually in Rapid City and the Black Hills have joined the evolving conversation of whether or not to host patrons amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Trump administration's efforts to reopen national parks are being made without COVID-19 health safety measures, tribal leaders said.
Sadly, far too many Natives have forgotten their languages and cultural teachings. Actually, the newcomer destroyed them.
From missed deadlines to a massive data breach, the Trump administration's handling of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to tribes has been one big mess.
Injustice in America is not a new reality. In fact, it predates the founding of this nation.
Leaders of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe have canceled a slew of events this summer, all due to the coronavirus.
Despite promising trends last week, the Navajo Nation reported a spike in COVID-19 cases, with new cases and additional deaths.
If Indian women are so sacred, as it is alleged in many contemporary narratives, why isn’t her sacredness inviolable?
It started in May of 1998 when bodies began to show up in Rapid City Creek. Of the eight bodies discovered six were Native Americans, and all were homeless men.
In Canada and the U.S., Native people have been attacked and died at the hands of the police, at times in the most brutal of ways.
Expanding Medicaid coverage for Cherokee citizens will dramatically strengthen the finances of our tribal health system.
After weeks of grim news as the pandemic tore through the Navajo Nation, the curve of positive COVID-19 cases has begun to flatten, President Jonathan Nez said.
The Navajo Nation has received $600 million from the CARES Act and tribal lawmakers are collecting public comments to determine the best ways to spend the money.
While there a pandemic decimating America and much of the world, Donald Trump is looking for any reason he can come up with to place the blame for his total incompetence on someone else.
Good travels my old friend. Sta-vah-sah-whooms. (I will see you again).
The killing of George Floyd by police officers has set off a firestorm in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, home to a large urban Indian community.
Did a federal judge troll the Trump administration? A court filing disclosed the troubles tribes faced in seeking the COVID-19 funds they were promised two months ago.
#COVID19 UpdatesYurok Tribe (California)
The Yurok Tribal Council recently authorized the distribution of $2 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) funding to help the many Yurok business owners and entrepreneurs that have experienced devastating losses due to the global COVID-19 crisis.Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)
The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 5,661 as of June 3, 2020. More than 2,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.New Mexico Department of Information Technology
The state of New Mexico awarded the Pueblo of Cochiti nearly $2.9 million in emergency funding to bring high-speed Internet to the pueblo to promote social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)
The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus testing data, showing 11,475 COVID-19 positive cases as of June 1, 2020.Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise (Arizona)
Extensive new safety precautions will be in place when Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment welcomes guests back to all four of its properties on June 5, 2020Northern Arapaho Tribe (Wyoming)
The Northern Arapaho Business Council is pleased to announce the receipt of critical federal dollars to modernize critical water infrastructure and help combat the spread of COVID-19 on the Wind River Reservation.Navajo Nation Town Hall (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)
Please join the Navajo Nation on June 3, 2020, for another online town hall hosted by President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer.Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)
The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 5,533 as of June 2, 2020. Nearly 2,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.CARES Act Litigation
The Trump administration will be delaying payments from the second round of the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund that was promised to tribes more than two months ago.Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)
The Indian Health Service is forming a Critical Care Response Team of expert physicians, registered nurses, and other healthcare professionals on an as needed basis to provide urgent lifesaving medical care to COVID-19 patients admitted to IHS or tribal hospitals.Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)
The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus testing data, showing 11,220 COVID-19 positive cases as of May 31, 2020.Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians (California)
On Monday, June 1, 2020, at 12 p.m., Pechanga Resort Casino, located just outside of Temecula, California, reopened to the public.Winnebago Tribe (Nebraska)
The Winnebago Reservation now has had a total of forty positive cases of COVID-19. Of those forty, eight individuals have recovered.Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)
The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 5,479 as of June 1, 2020. More than 1,900 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.Cherokee Nation (Oklahoma)
The Cherokee Nation announced a $332 million spending plan to use the tribe’s first portion of an $8 billion set aside in CARES Act funding.
The Trump administration's missing and murdered task force got off to a rocky start in the age of COVID-19, leaving a number of Native women silenced amid technical and logistical challenges.
Today, the role of red is being used to call attention to the invisible — the missing and murdered in Indian Country.
Tribal communities that have closed their borders to protect themselves from COVID-19 are facing a new threat: being undercounted by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The state of South Dakota's anti-tribal sovereignty efforts have been dealt a serious blow from the highest court in the land.
Tribal authorities have arrested a man in connection with the death of Kozee Decorah, a 22-year-old woman from the Ho-Chunk Nation.
Coronavirus data from New Mexico continues to show a disproportionate impact on the first Americans.
Just as my forefathers spoke with their actions, I want to use public office to ensure people have access to the quality of life they deserve.
Kim Daniels' long wait for a coronavirus stimulus check has been frustrating for the 59-year-old Lakota grandmother.
Arizona tribes were among those who could get too much – or too little – COVID-19 relief from the Trump administration.
A coronavirus scare at a grocery store on one reservation led to an expensive deep cleaning. Tribal officials on another reservation warned of a similar incident.
"I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree," Joyce Kilmer wrote in 1914.
In light of the worst public health crisis in generations, we have used medical science, facts and compassion as our guide.
Businesses have been changing ways of operation and avenues of income from day to day during the COVID-19 pandemic.
I am so happy to get on the 'cloud' and hear the wonderful sound of the Cheyenne language.
As she looked at the Disney characters decorating the walls of the San Carlos Apache Healthcare Dental Clinic and at the smiling, laughing children watching dental health demonstrations, Suzanne Haney thought back to what a trip to the dentist used to be.
Among COVID-19’s disruptions are bare supermarket shelves and items available yesterday but nowhere to be found today. As you seek ways to replace them, you can look to Native gardens for ideas and inspiration.
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe are refusing to remove coronavirus checkpoints on their reservations amid threats from a Republican governor.
A former White House aide won a $3 million contract to supply respirator masks to Navajo Nation hospitals. Some may not work.
Tribal leaders across America are at these moments of this early spring, gathering their people to talk of decisions to be made that will not be business as usual.
First Kristi Noem made a legal threat. Now she's asking Donald Trump for help in taking down coronavirus checkpoints on two reservations.
A standoff over safety and sovereignty is intensifying in South Dakota.
Though the Northern Cheyenne Tribe has made it through a coronavirus quarantine with no cases, actions taken during the pandemic have led to political controversy.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some Native Americans have found a way to safely host powwows.
Do you want health insurance connected to an illegitimate tribe? O’NA HealthCare has got you covered.
Like small businesses across Indian Country, Native Sun News Today, felt, and is still feeling, the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
The Trump administration is under fire for changing course on Indian Country homelands policy during the #COVID19 pandemic.
After tribal governments sued the Treasury Department for withholding COVID-19 relief, the Trump administration announced the release of 60 percent of the $8 billion fund.
Tribal nations are still jumping through bureaucratic hoops in order to secure the full $8 billion in COVID-19 relief that was promised more than seven weeks ago.
Ronald 'Isaac' Neiss, Sicangu Lakota, figured he would not be eligible for a $1,200 stimulus check under the U.S. government’s coronavirus relief program.
We are experiencing an epidemic of violence in our tribal communities.
If Americans can take on the risk and serve selflessly throughout the coronavirus crisis and if the White House can continue to go to work every day, so too should Congress.
I’ve not seen any evidence that Indians in this state deserve the constant tension put forth by this governor.
As tribes continue to fight for the $8 billion in coronavirus relief they were promised more than seven weeks ago, new research is casting doubt on the accuracy and fairness of the Trump administration's handling of the fund.
The Cheyenne River Sioux Sioux and the Oglala Sioux Tribe are refusing to bow to an order to take down coronavirus checkpoints on their reservations.
As the #Coronavirus continues to impact meat processing plants nationwide, farmers and ranchers in Indian Country will continue asking for help with their growing backlog.
After much debate, media scrutiny and a national lawsuit, the Treasury Department is finally distributing coronavirus relief funds to tribal governments, but it is far from payment in full, as promised.
There are not too many of us left who remember what a great place Wounded Knee used to be, a place of wonderful childhood memories.
This virus has hit closer to home than I ever imagined. Two of my daughters just tested positive for COVID-19.
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I was hardly in grade school when I started reading political stuff, having listened to many Dakota/Lakota politicians talk about the problems of Indian life on the reservation.
The Trump administration's coronavirus testing efforts in Indian Country are being dealt a serious setback with warnings about the accuracy of the machine provided to tribal communities across the nation.
Kurt BlueDog, Sisseton-Wahpeton, fought for the rights of tribes across the nation. He was 70 years old.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem should commend the checkpoints implemented by tribes to protect their nations from a COVID-19 outbreak, not condemn them with threats of legal action.
The disproportionate high rates of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation has made headlines and has brought to light the lack of in-home sanitation facilities and lack of potable water infrastructure coverage.
Tribal nations need to look out for the health and protection of their residents, especially the elderly, and implement measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The future of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is now in the hands of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe ordered a reservation-wide shutdown after learning of the first COVID-19 cases among its citizens.
As tribal nations continue to fight for the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to them more than a month ago, Democrats in Congress are making good on pledges to provide more resources to the first Americans.
After being punished by the Department of Energy for speaking out against racist mascots, Jody Tallbear has reached a settlement in her case.
Tribal leaders across the country have responded well and deserve credit for their concern about public safety.
With coronavirus cases rising all around their communities, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe are standing their sovereign ground.
Despite recent improvements in government-to-government relations, Indian nations are still finding themselves at odds with states and even their own trustee amid the worst public health crisis to hit their communities in decades.
As a retired World War II army nurse and former Indian Health Service Director of Nursing, I know how fragile and precious life is.
Kristi Noem knows absolutely nothing about the history of the Indian people residing in the state she governs.
For many first responders, securing protective masks has been difficult due to low supplies and high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ever since the Trump administration began consultation on the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund, one of the biggest questions has been the distribution formula.
Even after a federal judge revoked permission for the Keystone XL Pipeline construction across unceded treaty territory, the Canadian builder was still proceeding with work.
The legal duty and moral obligation of the Supreme Court is crystal clear: Return eastern Oklahoma to the Five Civilized Tribes.
The state of New Mexico reports that Native Americans account for nearly 50 percent of COVID-19 cases, and there is no telling what that number could be by the time you read this.
The U.S. has sent about $3.4 billion to tribal nations, more than a month after a delay placed the Trump administration at the center of yet another COVID-19 controversy.
Indian nations and tribes are the original American sovereigns. Our Creator blessed us with life and liberty.
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier answered a Bureau of Indian Affairs challenge to COVID-19 checkpoints on the reservation with one of his own.
The majority of citizens in this country need a cattle prod to jolt their memories.
Under fire in Indian Country, Congress and the courts, the Trump administration is finally releasing $8 billion in coronavirus relief funds promised to tribal governments over a month ago.
President Julian Bear Runner is being accused of driving while intoxicated and verbal assault as he continues to lead COVID-19 response efforts for the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
As Miss Shoshone-Bannock, Stormie Perdash has represented her people all across the United States. Now, amid the coronavirus pandemic, she's representing them in a different way.
President Donald Trump is preparing to take credit for releasing the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund that his own administration has held up for more than a month.
May 5 is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.
With just a month left before voters go to the polls, Karen Bedonie is looking for ways to boost her struggling Congressional campaign during the worst public health crisis in decades.
President Julian Bear Runner admitted to being arrested this weekend, though he declined to say what charges he is facing as he continues to lead COVID-19 response efforts for the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
One of the greatest sources of strength Cherokee people have right now is our culture and heritage.
It took a major pandemic for the total incompetence of Donald Trump to surface.
Horse sanctuaries along the Native American Horse Trail are working to save America’s last Indigenous horses and rewrite official histories that claim they don’t exist.
An appeals court upheld the death sentence for the only Native American on federal death row even though some judges questioned the necessity of the punishment.
A federal judge vacated 287 oil and gas leases in Montana, ruling that the Bureau of Land Management did not properly assess the leases' threat to groundwater and impacts on climate change.
With yet another deadline looming, concerns are growing in Indian Country and on Capitol Hill about the fate of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to tribal governments.
The Indian Health Service will continue to include type 2 diabetes prevention and diabetes treatment among our highest priorities.
The days we stand together with fellow tribes are a bright moment of hope for our region’s future.
Tribal leaders are once again questioning the Trump administration's commitment, with the official who has been working on Indian County issues being moved out of the White House in the middle of a pandemic.
Tribal leaders and their advocates are celebrating after securing an initial victory against the Trump administration. But where's the $8 billion promised to their governments?
A Native author who was the subject of sexual harassment allegations reappeared on the very popular Social Distance Powwow group.
Never, in our worst nightmare, did we expect a deadly virus to come along, a coronavirus that is particularly lethal to members of the Greatest and Boomer generations.
Many of our Cherokee-owned businesses are struggling to stay afloat amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through our gaming, hotels and restaurants, and convenience store, Sisseton-Wahpeton has created hundreds of jobs in North Dakota and South Dakota.
Historically, Indigenous peoples of the United States have been by far the most at-risk race to deadly flu-like diseases.
Two Indian nations whose businesses were excluded from the first round of the Paycheck Protection Program say they were denied millions of dollars in coronavirus relief.
Michelle Tom, a basketball standout from the Navajo Nation, is treating coronavirus patients in an underfunded community hospital on the reservation.
Tribes continue the fight against the Keystone XL Pipeline amid fears that it will exacerbate the threat posed to their communities by the coronavirus.
Three police officers connected to the death of Zachary Bear Heels will get their jobs back.
As Indian Country continues to fight for its share of coronavirus resources, tribes are finally seeing some good news.
With the coronavirus continuing to exact a heavy toll on the first Americans, Indian Country awaits word on $8 billion promised to tribal governments.
The risk of transmission of the coronavirus in the Bristol Bay fishery of Alaska is not just high -- it is certain.
When officials identified Oregon's third known victim of COVID-19 as a casino employee, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation jumped into action.
With just days left before an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund is supposed to be released, the Trump administration has yet to determine how to distribute the money.
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4 Native Sun News Today: Noem calls on Trump to end road blocks
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3 Tribes sue Trump administration after being excluded from coronavirus relief program
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