September 20, 2020
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A powerful Republican continues to blame tribes in a bitter dispute over billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is not happy with the National Congress of American Indians.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 45,903 COVID-19 cases as of September 16, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation is 10,083 as of September 17, 2020. Reports indicate 7,226 coronavirus recoveries on the largest reservation in the United States.

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A rally to support two spirits and youth on the Pine Ridge Reservation came as a second complaint was filed in connection with embattled President Julian Bear Runner.

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Dan Ahlers wants to see better relationships between the state and federal governments and Native Americans. He believes that it starts with treaties.

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Laws in America are made up of property concerns and have had as their main agenda, the protection of property.

Bureau of Indian Affairs (Department of the Interior)

Bureau of Indian Education schools on the Navajo Nation will open for students via distance learning for the first nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year due to COVID-19.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The Navajo Nation and the Indian Health Service are working together to utilize CARES Act funds for water projects on the reservation.

Insights from Congressional and Tribal Leaders: Coronavirus Relief for American Indian Tribal Governments (Harvard University)

A diverse panel of Congressional and tribal leaders will look ahead and discuss how Congress might come together on a bipartisan basis to enhance support for Indian Country’s pandemic recovery efforts.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 45,598 COVID-19 cases as of September 15, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation is 10,059 as of September 16, 2020. Reports indicate 7,190 coronavirus recoveries on the largest reservation in the United States.

It’s "full speed ahead" for the White House Council on Native American Affairs, according to the Trump administration. But details remain scarce.

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Dakota Middle Tent’s family was relieved when they saw him in the emergency room at Monument Health with only a few broken bones.

When StrongHearts Native Helpline was formed, the organization underwent a process to choose a Native American logo that could represent the virtues of strength, resilience, empathy and protection.

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A new policy lets Arizona residents without traditional street addresses register to vote online — a big change for people living on reservations.

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Our ancestors told us to always think seven generations ahead and conduct ourselves accordingly.

U.S. Army PFC Corlton Lane Chee, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, passed away at the age of 25 while stationed at Fort Hood Army Base in Texas.

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Native Americans for Biden and Out for Biden will host a Two Spirit Roundtable to discuss issues of importance to the LGBTQ+ Indigenous Community.

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It’s been difficult to get Indian legislation through Congress but tribes are hoping to get a win with passage of a self-governance bill.

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The 2020 Tribal Unity Impact Days, a two-day event hosted by the National Congress of American Indians and partners, is going virtual this year due to COVID-19.

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A bipartisan bill ensures the Catawba Nation can move forward with a gaming development on ancestral territory in North Carolina.

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Please join the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) for an update on economic development activities in New Mexico’s biggest city.

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U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines is encouraging people to vote by mail — but only if they support President Donald Trump.

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico)

"Tribes and Tribally-owned businesses from across Indian Country have been severely impacted by the economic strains brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic," a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators are telling the Trump administration.

Winnebago Tribe (Nebraska)

The Winnebago Tribe, headquartered in northeastern Nebraska, has one new positive case of COVID-19 as of September 15, 2020.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 45,198 COVID-19 cases as of September 14, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

As of September 15, 2020, the total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,992, which includes one positive case that was previously unreported. The tribe has confirmed 7,189 coronavirus recoveries on the largest reservation in the United States.

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Despite an emotional plea from a young Lakota man, leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe failed to impeach President Julian Bear Runner on allegations of sexual misconduct.

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The tribes of the Sioux Nation are calling on the Trump administration to take treaty rights into account before issuing a decision on fracking in Wyoming.

An accurate Census count is a ‘matter of life and death’ for Indian Country, a prominent tribal leader said.

Remember being a kid when birthdays were eagerly anticipated, a golden day, occasion for a party when we got to be the center of attention?

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The 9,000 square-foot Navajo Blue Travel Plaza is located along a busy interstate in Arizona.

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Democrats and Republicans are coming together to ensure Native and rural communities get counted in the 2020 Census.

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Native Americans in Arizona were denied the right to vote until 1948, and state law continued to deny voting opportunities for Native Americans through laws, policies and practices until 1970.


romanorona

Please join Roman Orona (Yaqui/Apache) for a webinar on ‘The Business of Performance Art.’


Looking Ahead to Life After COVID-19 (International Indian Treaty Council)

Please join the International Indian Treaty Council for another COVID-19 webinar.

Oglala Sioux Tribe (South Dakota)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe has confirmed 240 COVID-19 cases on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation (Alaska)

On September 14, 2020, Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation identified four new COVID-19 cases in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta of Alaska.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 44,857 COVID-19 cases as of September 13, 2020.

Navajo Nation Town Hall (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Please join Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer for another COVID-19 response town hall.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,982 as of September 14, 2020. The tribe has confirmed 7,181 coronavirus recoveries on the largest reservation in the United States.

themysticwarrior
The theater was packed on the night ‘The Mystic Warrior’ was screened in South Dakota.

cherokeenation
Our sovereign government is making investments that will address immediate health, safety and economic needs during this crisis.

pineridgereservation
There appears to be a lot of movement leading up to the impeachment hearing of Julian Bear Runner, President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

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Schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Education on the Navajo Nation will be opening under a distance-learning plan, a stunning reversal of the agency’s plans to hold classes in person.

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The Bureau of Indian Education failed to send a witness to a hearing on reopening Indian schools in the age of COVID-19.

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In 2018, Jody Potts was the target of misconduct from then-Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. Two days later, he resigned, but the details of what happened have never been publicly told until now.

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We have some important news for South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem: the coronavirus is real.


nativeamericacalling

Stay up to date this week with Native America Calling, your electronic talking circle.


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Committed to community and individual growth: Here’s five things to know this week, courtesy NAFOA.


Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,977 as of September 13, 2020. The tribe has confirmed 7,179 coronavirus recoveries on the largest reservation in the United States.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 44,504 COVID-19 cases as of September 12, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

As of September 12, 2020, the total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation is now 9,969, which includes previously unreported cases. The tribe has confirmed 7,177 recoveries on the largest reservation in the United States.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 44,400 COVID-19 cases as of September 11, 2020.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 44,167 COVID-19 cases as of September 10, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

As of September 11, 2020, the total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation is now 9,952, which includes three previously unreported cases. The tribe has confirmed 7,176 coronavirus recoveries on the largest reservation in the United States.


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Tribal governments remain united as a federal appeals court determines the fate of more than a half-billion dollars in COVID-19 funding that’s been at the center of one of the most bitter Indian law and policy disputes in decades.

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Julian Bear Runner has been accused of inappropriate contacts with a young citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

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In a short amount of time, nearly 25 of the 80 residents of Big Bend, a community on the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation, tested positive for COVID-19.


Voters in Nebraska are being asked to authorize casino-style gaming in their state as part of an initiative backed by Ho-Chunk Inc.

Oglala Sioux Tribe (South Dakota)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe has confirmed 228 COVID-19 cases on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 43,888 COVID-19 cases as of September 9, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,933 as of September 10, 2020. The tribe has reported 7,169 coronavirus recoveries on the largest reservation in the United States.


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Judge halts plan to end Census early, as Arizona, tribal responses lag
A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Census Bureau plan to end its counting a month earlier than planned, ruling in a suit joined by the Navajo Nation and Gila River Indian Community.

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Underscore.news: Census in the age of pandemic

The Census has long failed to accurately tally populations in Indian Country. COVID-19 is hampering attempts to fix that.


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Suzan Harjo lecture on intellectual property

Registration is open for the Peter A. Jaszi Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property, featuring Suzan Shown Harjo, leader of trademark proceeding against the Washington professional football team.


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Native American Veterans for Biden Roundtable Discussion

Join this roundtable with Native American veterans as they discuss why they are supporting Democrat Joe Biden for president.


Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 43,578 COVID-19 cases as of September 8, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,915 as of September 9, 2020. The tribe has confirmed 7,167 coronavirus recoveries on the largest reservation in the United States.

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Examining the Bureau of Indian Education’s School Reopening Guidance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Are Bureau of Indian Education schools ready to open as COVID-19 continues to impact tribal communities?


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COVID-19 cases on reservation at lowest point since May, but Navajos urged to remain vigilant

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 since an initial spike in May.


O’odham activists arrested for protesting border wall construction

Nembers of the O’odham Anti Border Collective & Defend O’odham Jewed took direct action and halted construction of the border wall near Ajo, Arizona.


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Yurok Tribe expands food sovereignty efforts

The Yurok Agricultural Corporation recently purchased 26-acres of land that will be used to develop a culturally relevant food sovereignty program on the Yurok Reservation in northern California.


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NAFOA: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week

Sharing resources to support the advancement of tribes and tribal citizens.


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Joanne Shenandoah in concert

Music is Medicine! features Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Joanne Shenandoah, PhD, (Oneida-Iroquois), one of Native America’s most celebrated musicians.


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Native Sun News Today: Indian Country census woes mount

After a federal directive to shorten the 2020 Census outreach period jarred the nation, Indian Country organizations redoubled efforts to make sure Native communities are counted amid COVID-19.


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Navajo Nation leaders call for investigation following deaths of two citizens in U.S. Army

Two citizens of the Navajo Nation who were stationed at Fort Hood Army Base in Texas died in recent weeks.


Suicide Prevention in the Age of COVID-19 #HopeForLife

Please join a livestream where experts address resources and tactics for suicide prevention for American Indians and Alaska Natives in honor of #HopeForLife.

House Committee on Energy and Commerce Markup: Tribal Health Data Improvement Act

The Tribal Health Data Improvement Act ensure that tribes have access to the same public health data as states and local governments, addressing an obstacle that has arisen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 43,139 COVID-19 cases as of September 7, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,903 as of September 8, 2020. The tribe has confirmed 7,157 coronavirus recoveries on the largest reservation in the United States.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 42,911 COVID-19 cases as of September 6, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The Navajo Nation continues its COVID-19 relief efforts with care package distributions.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,901 as of September 7, 2020. The tribe has confirmed 7,154 coronavirus recoveries in the largest reservation in the United States.

Tim Giago: A disease that ravages Indian Country and America

I have Type 2 diabetes and I lost two sisters to the disease.


Native America Calling

Stay up to date this week with Native America Calling!

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 42,853 COVID-19 cases as of September 5, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The connection of more Navajo Nation homes to the electric grid is in the process as the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority prioritizes CARES Act projects in order to meet the December 2020 deadline to use the funds.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,900 as of September 6, 2020. The tribe has confirmed 7,148 coronavirus recoveries on the largest reservation in the United States.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 42,773 COVID-19 cases as of September 4, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,891 as of September 5, 2020. The tribe has confirmed 7,142 coronavirus recoveries on the largest reservation in the United States.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 42,627 COVID-19 cases as of September 3, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,883 as of September 4, 2020. The tribe has confirmed 7,142 coronavirus recoveries on the largest reservation in the United States.

Utah Diné Bikéyah

As we celebrate our connections to Bears Ears virtually, let us remember that we can still practice our subsistence lifeways from our own homes.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 42,411 COVID-19 cases as of September 2, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation is now 9,871 as of September 3, 2020. The tribe has confirmed over 7,100 coronavirus recoveries on the largest reservation in the United States.

Native Sun News Today: Authorities target traffickers during Sturgis rally #MMIW

A joint federal-state-county sting collared eight men during an undercover sex trafficking bust at the Sturgis motorcyle rally.


Oneida Nation case continues string of court victories for Indian Country

The Supreme Court, for the time being, is making decisions based on a rule of law that can bring a semblance of justice to this country’s Indigenous nations.


EPA unveils Western office to focus on abandoned mine tracking and cleanup

"The abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation need to be addressed at a lot faster rate than they currently are," Oliver Whaley of the tribe's environmental department said.


Clara Caufield: Enduring the #COVID19 pandemic

Here in the West, the virus continues with a vengeance, and we, especially elders with other health issues are still encouraged to stay at home, limiting our contact with others.


Bureau of Indian Education

Bureau of Indian Education-operated schools across the United States will have a uniform start date of September 16 for the 2020-2021 school year.

Federal Communications Commission

The Federal Communications Commission’s first-ever spectrum priority filing window for rural Tribes closed September 2, 2020.

Insights from Congressional and Tribal Leaders: Coronavirus Relief for American Indian Tribal Governments

A diverse panel of Congressional and tribal leaders will look ahead and discuss how Congress might come together on a bipartisan basis to enhance support for Indian Country’s pandemic recovery efforts.

NAFOA (Native American Finance Officers Association)

The Department of the Treasury Office of Inspector General has issued Coronavirus Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions Related to Reporting and Recordkeeping (OIG-CA-20-028).

Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded a total of $100 million to Tribes as part of HUD’s Indian Community Development Block Grant Imminent Threat program (ICDBG-CARES).

Looking Ahead to Life After COVID-19 (International Indian Treaty Council)

Please join the International Indian Treaty Council for another COVID-19 webinar.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 42,085 COVID-19 cases as of September 1, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation is now 9,847 as of September 2, 2020. The tribe has confirmed over 7,100 coronavirus recoveries on the largest reservation in the United States.

Native Sun News Today: 'Sovereignty is Real'

The 2020 Oceti Sakowin Gathering of treaty nations and councils is taking place at Fort Laramie in Wyoming.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: A state of war?

American Indians who fought wars for freedom and equality have never wanted anything but to live.


Native youth navigate complex, contradictory jurisdictions

Native children become lost in a jurisdictional web and a federal system that has no proper place for them.


Northern Arapaho Tribe (Wyoming)

The Northern Arapaho Business Council mourns the passing of another Tribal Member due to COVID-19.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 41,733 COVID-19 cases as of August 31, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The Navajo Nation will continue 32-hour partial weekend lockdowns and daily curfew hours through the month of September to help control and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation is now 9,830 as of September 1, 2020. The tribe has confirmed over 7,100 coronavirus recoveries on the largest reservation in the United States.

'A process of reconnecting': Young Lakota actor finds ways to stay tied to tribal culture

With her first full-length film in theaters amid the coronavirus, Blu Hunt is hoping audiences seek out the resilience and hope in Native peoples.


President of Oglala Sioux Tribe suspended ahead of impeachment hearing

Julian Bear Runner, the president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, has been suspended following allegations of sexual misconduct.


Catawba Nation continues work on controversial casino in North Carolina

The Catawba Nation is reaching into history for its forthcoming, and still controversial, gaming facility on ancestral territory.


Navajo Nation Town Hall (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Please join Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer for another COVID-19 response town hall.

Western Carolina University (North Carolina)

Please join Western Carolina University’s Culturally-Based Native Health Program for "Water and Cardiovascular Health: Metal Contaminants in Native American Communities."

National Congress of American Indians

The National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center is honored to host the 15th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum in an online, virtual setting.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 41,320 COVID-19 cases as of August 30, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation is now 9,820 as of August 31, 2020.

White House Council on Native American Affairs meets quick demise under Donald Trump

Barely four months after coming back to life, the White House Council on Native American Affairs is without a director.


Tim Giago: An ex-Marine and his Sicangu wife

Charlie and Helen Baca will forever be embedded in my thoughts. Two finer people I will never know.


Jenni Monet: Bureau of Indian Affairs officer on leave after fatal shooting of Brandon Laducer

Native Americans die from police violence more than any other American, a fact that is chronically overlooked.


Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation protects our elders in this difficult time

At Cherokee Nation, putting elders first is simply our way of life.


Tribes and Nevada Guard combine efforts for #COVID19 testing

From the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe to the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe, mobile sites have been key to slowing the spread of the coronavirus in Indian Country.


Rep. Tom Cole: A fake emergency at the Post Office

In recent weeks, concerns surrounding operations of the U.S. Postal Service have frequented the news cycle and been shared widely across social media.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Don’t use the Postal Service as a political pawn

Sending every adult in the United States a ballot - whether or not they asked for one - undermines the integrity of our elections and creates an environment for voter fraud to run rampant.


NDN Collective

As the world continues to endure the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, NDN Collective announces the second phase of the NDN COVID-19 Response Project.

Cheyenne River Youth Project (South Dakota)

As summer draws to a close, kids are going back to school — but school doesn’t look the same.

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Welcome to FCNL’s Native American Legislative Update! NALU is a monthly newsletter about FCNL’s Native American policy advocacy and ways for you to engage members of Congress.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer are pleased to announce that the Navajo Nation Business and Artisans Economic Relief Grant Program will begin accepting applications.

Yurok Tribe (California)

Starting on September 2, 2020, the Yurok Tribe will be offering drive-through COVID-19 tests in the Redwood Hotel Casino parking lot.

NAFOA (Native American Finance Officers Association)

Working for tribes and tribal citizens.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 41,017 COVID-19 cases as of August 29, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation is now 9,800 as of August 30, 2020.

Native America Calling

Stay up to date this week with Native America Calling!

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing results as of August 28, 2020. According to the data, 40,935…

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,789 as of August 29, 2020.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 40,742 COVID-19 cases as of August 27, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,780 as of August 28, 2020.

Northern Arapaho Tribe (Wyoming)

The Northern Arapaho Business Council is pleased to make available additional financial aid for Members who require assistance due to COVID-19.

More than 1,600 kids in detention have tested positive for #COVID19

More than 1,600 incarcerated children across the country have tested positive for COVID-19 as of mid-August.


Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 40,400 COVID-19 cases as of August 26, 2020.

Navajo Nation Town Hall (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Please join Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer for another COVID-19 response town hall.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,601 as of August 27, 2020. The tribe has confirmed more than 7,000 coronavirus recoveries on the largest reservation in the United States.

'A disgraceful insult': Joe Biden campaign calls out Navajo leader for Republican speech

The Joe Biden campaign is taking the unusual step of calling out a tribal leader, accusing Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer of making "misleading" claims about Donald Trump's record in Indian Country.


Jonathan Nez and Myron Lizer: A 'sad day' for the Navajo Nation

This is a sad day for family members, relatives, and friends of two Navajo families and for the Navajo Nation as a whole.


Doug George-Kanentiio: As long as the sun shines...

I was curious as to the origins of that phrase "as long as the sun shines and the grass grows" common in tribal treaty discussions.


Appeals exhausted, Navajo double-killer executed despite tribe's objections

Lezmond Mitchell became the first Native American in modern history to be executed by the federal government.


Alaska attorney general admits sending inappropriate messages

An Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica investigation revealed Kevin Clarkson texted a much-younger state employee hundreds of times, often using kiss emoji and commenting on her appearance.


Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 40,046 COVID-19 cases as of August 25, 2020.

Biden for President Campaign

Biden for President released a statement responding to misleading claims made by Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer at the Republican National Convention.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,597 as of August 26, 2020.

Navajo Nation leader promotes Donald Trump as tribal citizen is set for federal execution

With the life of one of his own at stake, Navajo Vice President Myron Lizer tried to portray Donald Trump as someone who cares about Indian Country.


Myron Lizer | Republican National Convention #RNC2020

Myron Lizer, the vice president of the Navajo Nation, addresses the Republican National Convention on August 25, 2020.


Russ Feingold and Keith Harper: Another broken promise by the United States

There are few things more American than baseball, apple pie, and the federal government breaking its promises to Native Americans.


Arne Vainio: My Grandmother's sewing machine

I still have more of that fabric. It's time to make one for Cecelia.


Navajo man on death row set for execution under Donald Trump's watch

Barring a last-minute appeal, the U.S. government will execute the only Native American on federal death row.


Leaders of Navajo Nation address Democratic and Republican conventions

If anyone thought it strange that the top two elected officials in the Navajo Nation were speaking at rival conventions, Vice President Myron Lizer said they have not been paying attention.


Kaiser Health News: Sisters from Navajo Nation died after helping #Coronavirus patients

Cheryl and Corrina Thinn were almost joined at the hip. The Navajo sisters fell victim to #COVID19 just weeks apart.


Diné College (Navajo Nation)

Diné College reported a Fall 2020 student enrollment of more than 1,300 and returning students were met with some big changes. The number of enrolled students represents a high amount, considering COVID-19.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 39,735 COVID-19 cases as of August 24, 2020.

Navajo Nation Town Hall (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Please join Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer for another COVID-19 response town hall.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,573 as of August 25, 2020.

Republicans open presidential convention with familiar anti-tribal messages from Donald Trump

The Republican Party kicked off its national convention with no visible Native presence, opening a week of events that stand in marked contrast to the Democrats trying to unseat Donald Trump from office.


Indianz.Com Live with Dr. Yolanda Alanis and Orion Resting Hawk

Dr. Yolanda Alanis and Orion Resting Hawk, two Native Americans living in Kenosha, Wisconsin, joined Indianz.Com for a live interview.


The Lost State of Sequoyah: The Five Tribes' fight against Oklahoma statehood

The recent Supreme Court decision is movement in the right direction to begin the correction of long endured wrongs against this country’s Indigenous peoples.


Gaming initiatives backed by tribal corporation faces uncertain future

Gaming initiatives backed by Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic development corporation of the Winnebago Tribe, can't appear on the November ballot, Nebraska Secretary of State Robert B. Evnen announced.


NAFOA (Native American Finance Officers Association)

Everyone needs a great support network that will positively impact your financial mind-set. NAFOA and The American Indian College Fund have invited two CPA’s to answer questions and discuss meaningful habits and actions for smart financial choices this fall.

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (Minnesota)

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College announced the graduation of 27 students who successfully completed program requirements in the Law Enforcement Skills Training Program during Summer Session 2020.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 39,274 COVID-19 cases as of August 23, 2020.

New Mexico Native Census Coalition

More than half of the residents of the Pueblos of Cochiti, Kewa and Jemez have all responded to the 2020 Census, surpassing the self-response rate of the entire state of New Mexico.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The Navajo Education Incentive, formerly known as the Navajo School Clothing Program, is accepting applications.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 10 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and one more death.

'No amount of money is ever going to bring him back': City settles lawsuit for death of Native man beaten by police officers

Zachary Bear Heels, Lakota and Kiowa, died after being shocked 12 times and punched 13 times in the head by police officers in Nebraska.


Chuck Hoskin: Commemorating a tumultuous and resolute first year in office

It is a tremendous responsibility to lead the largest tribal government in the country, but together, we are working to make Cherokee communities, families and culture stronger.


Jenni Monet: Indian Country's ANWR

Almost 20 years ago, Tara Sweeney came to Washington to lobby for drilling on her people's homelands. Her efforts have been rewarded by the Trump administration.


'Keeping the culture alive': Native dance goes digital during #COVID19

Singing, dancing, socializing, sharing food – the elements that make powwows an essential part of preserving Native cultures are the same ones that make them a coronavirus risk.


New Mexico In Depth: Hospital violated rights of Native mothers amid #COVID19

A prominent women’s hospital violated patients’ rights by singling out pregnant Native American women for COVID-19 testing and separating them from their newborns without adequate consent, according to a federal investigation.


Statues topple and a Catholic church burns as California reckons with its Spanish colonial past

For some, Junipero Serra is a saint – literally: He was canonized by the Catholic Church in 2015. For others, he represents genocide.


Native Wellness Institute

The Native Youth Wellness Warrior Camp East Coast will be online this year!

National Film Board of Canada

Filmmaker/activist Melaw Nakehk’o has spent the pandemic with her family at a remote land camp in the Northwest Territories, ‘getting wood, listening to the wind, staying warm and dry, and watching the sun move across the sky.’

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 39,051 COVID-19 cases as of August 22, 2020.

NAFOA (Native American Finance Officers Association

The NAFOA Community is stronger with and because of you and our partners.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,547 as of August 23, 2020. The tribe has confirmed more than 7,000 coronavirus recoveries on the largest reservation in the United States.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer are requesting the support of the Navajo people for Legislation No. 0209-20, which will provide $177 million of the tribe’s remaining CARES Act funding.

Native America Calling

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Tule River Tribe (California)

Guests of Eagle Mountain Casino, owned and operated by the Tule River Tribe, can now enjoy their favorite table games and slot machines.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 38,982 COVID-19 cases as of August 21, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,545 as of August 22, 2020. The tribe has confirmed about 7,000 coronavirus recoveries on the largest reservation in the United States.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 38,512 COVID-19 cases as of August 20, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,531 as of August 21, 2020. The tribe has confirmed about 7,000 recoveries on the largest reservation in the United States.

Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Arizona, New Mexico)

Closure of the four Navajo Nation casinos since March placed an extreme financial burden on operations forcing temporary layoffs of approximately 90 percent of the team members.

Cheyenne River Youth Project (South Dakota)

The Cheyenne River Youth Project’s 6th annual RedCan invitational graffiti jam was groundbreaking for more than one reason.

'Voting is sacred': Democratic convention ends with calls for Indian Country to vote for Joe Biden

The Democratic Party wrapped up its convention with a prime-time speech from Deb Haaland and calls for Indian Country to get out the vote.


'I'm a symbol of our resilience': Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) #DemConvention

Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) addresses the Democratic National Convention on August 20, 2020.


Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation (Alaska)

It is with deep sadness that YKHC reports that late in the day on August 19, a YK Delta resident in their 50’s died due to complications of COVID-19.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 38,512 COVID-19 cases as of August 19, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,519 as of August 20, 2020. Nearly 7,000 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development

The Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development will receive $60 million in tribal CARES Act funding.

Data shows disproportionate impact of #COVID19 among Native Americans

Systemic racism and underfunding of the trust and treaty responsibility are tied to the heavy toll of COVID-19 on the first Americans.


Jenni Monet: Meet the Indigenous women who fought for the vote

It took the better part of a century to pass a law saying American women had the right to vote. It took even longer to deliver this right to Indigenous women.


J. Eric Reed: A roadmap for protecting tribal lands and sovereignty

McGirt is not a gift, the ruling simply provides complete and undeniable clarity about lawful territorial jurisdiction for tribes.


StrongHearts Native Helpline: Mental health effects of historical trauma

With additional mental drain resulting from the spread of #Coronavirus, it’s important now more than ever to support our relatives by understanding various effects on our mental health.


Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 38,215 COVID-19 cases as of August 18, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,500 as of August 19, 2020. Nearly 7,000 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Kewa Pueblo (New Mexico)

No new COVID-19 cases have been detected at Kewa Pueblo in New Mexico, according to the tribe’s health corporation.

'We are all related': Indian Country turns out for another day of Democratic convention

The first Americans stole the stage before a captive audience as they presented delegate votes for their party's presidential ticket during the Democratic National Convention.


Native American Roll Call #DemConvention #DNC #NativeVote20

Four Native American delegates presented their state delegate totals at the Democratic National Convention on August 18, 2020.


Cronkite News: Navajo president speaks at convention as one of Democrat's 'rising stars'

"It is an opportunity also to remind the US citizens throughout this country that tribal nations have contributed greatly to the freedoms of this country," Jonathan Nez said of his #DemConvention appearance.


Native Sun News Today: Crow and Northern Cheyenne under #Coronavirus lockdowns

Members of both the Crow Tribe and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe are under curfews and lockdowns in response to rising COVID-19 cases.


Norma Dunning: May my grandchildren never hear the E-word again

It’s a good day in Edmonton. It's a good day in Canada. It's a good day for Inuit.


'It's not OK. It's not OK': Native Hawaiian remains removed from luxury beachfront property

After Native Hawaiian remains were found on the multimillion-dollar oceanfront lot being developed by the chair of the Obama Foundation, a state official decided to relocate the remains.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In 23 selected states, the cumulative incidence of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases among American Indians and Alaska Natives was 3.5 times that of non-Hispanic whites.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The 10th annual Running for a Stronger and Healthier Navajo Nation event will be a virtual run, beginning on September 7 to November 14, and themed as Rise to Resilience, Rise to Strength and Rise to Beauty.

NAFOA

The Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee Subcommittee on General Welfare Exclusion will host a virtual forum on August 26, 2020.

National Congress of American Indians

Despite widespread requests to extend the 2.5 GHz tribal priority filing window by 180 days, the Federal Communications Commission announced only a 30-day extension.

NAFOA

Due to the pandemic, the FCC will extend the 2.5 GHz Tribal Priority Window deadline by 30 days to 6:00PM EDT on September 2, 2020.

Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico)

Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) led a bicameral group of lawmakers in calling out the Federal Communications Commission for shortchanging Tribes on the Tribal broadband application deadline.

National Indian Gaming Commission

The National Indian Gaming Commission invites you to join the next COVID-19 Outreach Guidance Call on August 20, 2020.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 37,923 COVID-19 cases as of August 17, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,486 as of August 18, 2020. Nearly 7,000 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

'We need Indian Country to step up': Democrats rally behind Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Indian Country leaders are standing up for Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as they seek to defeat Republican Donald Trump and Mike Pence at the polls.


Rep. Deb Haaland | Native Americans for Biden | Democratic National Convention

"I know that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will continue to work to empower Indian Country, and I want you to join me," Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) told Native voters.


Rep. Sharice Davids | Native Americans for Biden | Democratic National Convention

"He’s going to ensure the federal government upholds promises and obligations, treaty obligations to Indian Country," Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) said of Joe Biden.


Native Sun News Today: Native women lead 70-mile ride for #MMIW #MMIWG #MMI2S

About 100 people took part in the Sturgis Medicine Wheel Ride to raise awareness about the crisis of missing and murdered women, children and Two Spirit relatives.


School-to-prison pipeline has deep roots in tangled history of tribal schools

The U.S. government sanctioned, and sometimes operated and financed, hundreds of boarding schools for Native American children that relied on military and carceral practices to forcibly assimilate them into Western culture.


Mescalero Apache Tribe (New Mexico)

"We are a small community and every death hurts," President Gabe Aguilar said after the passing of an elderly resident of the reservation. "Our prayers are with the family."

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic

August 19 is Oklahoma City Indian Clinic Day in Oklahoma City!

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Arizona)

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington), Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) and 18 Senate colleagues are urging the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Census Bureau to ensure an accurate count for Indian Country and the Native Hawaiian community.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer approved over $475 million in CARES Act projects to help the Navajo people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 37,690 COVID-19 cases as of August 16, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases is 9,469 and negative tests total 74,699 as of August 17, 2020. Nearly 7,000 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Trump administration puts tribes at center of another energy development debate

With the nation's future at stake, Donald Trump is returning to a familiar place: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


Tim Giago: The laws that impacted the lives of South Dakota Indians

Voting rights has never been something that the men and women of the Sioux Nation took lightly.


Chuck Hoskin: Protecting our sovereign rights to govern the Cherokee Nation reservation

This moment is too important for Cherokee Nation to sit by while others make decisions on our behalf.


Rep. Tom Cole: Vaccines save lives

To slow the spread of coronavirus, the development of a vaccine to treat COVID-19 is crucial, and I am proud this is being taken seriously in our country.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Teachers help shape our future

It is often said it takes a village to raise a child. The saying could not be truer and I firmly believe our country’s teachers are an important part of that village.


Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe cites 'inexcusable neglect' of BIA

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe is blaming the Bureau of Indian Affairs for lawlessness on its homelands in Montana.


Miss Navajo Nation is a 'glimmer of hope' for her community during #COVID19

After winning the title of Miss Navajo Nation, Shaandiin Parrish got to work on cultural preservation and advocacy efforts. #COVID19 changed everything.


John Taylor: Sturgis, UTVs and anachronisms…

He Sapa is a sacred place, a cathedral of immense natural beauty. Is the Sturgis motorcycle rally killing it?


Montana Free Press: Blackfeet Nation businesses seek help amid #COVID19

Tourism-dependent businesses say their location on the Blackfeet Nation makes them uniquely vulnerable to the economic impacts of the coronavirus.


Native American Journalists Association

Please join the Native American Journalists Association for a virtual roundtable about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma.

Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Arizona, New Mexico)

The Navajo Nation's four gaming operations will remain closed at least through August 31, 2020.

Looking Ahead to Life After COVID-19 (International Indian Treaty Council)

Please join the International Indian Treaty Council for another COVID-19 webinar.

NAFOA (Native American Finance Officers Association)

Supporting our community by sharing the opportunities and good news (yes, there’s still good news).

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 37,428 COVID-19 cases as of August 15, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases is 9,447 and negative tests total 74,260 as of August 16, 2020. More than 6,900 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Native America Calling

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Office of Inspector General (Department of the Interior)

To date, the CARES Act has provided the Department of the Interior with $909.7 million, which includes direct apportionments of $756 million and a $153.7 million transfer from the Department of Education to the Bureau of Indian Education.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 37,315 COVID-19 cases as of August 14, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases is 9,423 and negative tests total 73,994 as of August 15, 2020. Nearly 7,000 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

National Congress of American Indians and National Indian Education Association

The National Congress of American Indians and the National Indian Education Association express deep concern regarding reopening plans for Bureau of Indian Education schools and the safety and health of all students, teachers, administrators, and community members.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 37,103 COVID-19 cases as of August 13, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases is 9,412 and negative tests total 73,735 as of August 14, 2020. More than 6,900 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Native Sun News Today: They call her the Rosa Parks of Indian Country

Charlene Teters began her protests against racism in sports with a simple sign: 'Indians are Human Beings Not Mascots.'


Cronkite News: Navajo women mobilize to protect elders from #COVID19

Tribes have their own cultures, languages and customs, but two common threads run through them – high esteem for their elders, and the heavy impact COVID-19 has had on their communities.


Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 36,761 COVID-19 cases as of August 12, 2020.

Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development

The Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development launched a PPE Manufacturing project to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 on the largest reservation in the United States.

Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico)

Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) discussed the impact of emergency small business loans and the Paycheck Protection Program on Community Development Financial Institutions in New Mexico during a virtual forum.

Navajo Code Talker Day (Navajo Nation)

The Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President invite you to a virtual tribute in honor of Navajo Code Talker Day.

Navajo Code Talker Day (Navajo Nation)

The Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President invite you to a virtual tribute in honor of Navajo Code Talker Day.

Navajo Nation Town Hall (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Please join Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer for another COVID-19 response town hall.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer are urging all schools on the Navajo Nation to utilize online/virtual learning for the remainder of the current semester to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases is 9,394 and negative tests total 73,147 as of August 14, 2020. More than 6,900 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Indian Country slams efforts to 'abrogate' sovereignty in wake of historic Supreme Court ruling

In a major show of unity, nearly every Indian Country organization is warning of efforts to "abrogate" tribal sovereignty following a historic win at the nation's highest court.


Who will play an Osage woman in a film about the Osage people?

Osage women are often referred to as the backbone of our community, not just as mothers and wives but keepers of our traditions, our songs, and performed the essential work in maintaining the Osage way of life.


Native Sun News Today: Where are the eagle feathers for the #Lakota57?

The 57 Lakota youth who were mistreated at a hockey game have yet to receive the eagle feathers gifted to them.


Kayla Hilario: Let's not forget Tribal history as we complete the Census

It's important for all our communities to be counted – especially Indian Country – to ensure we bring back resources and representation that is rightfully ours.


Cronkite News: Calls rise for more resources in Indian Country amid #COVID19

As the coronavirus pandemic wears on, medical providers are moving to telehealth – prompting calls for more funding for infrastructure and technology in Indian Country to remedy disparities that can make long-distance care impossible.


New Mexico Indian Affairs Department

‘We will persevere if we protect our community, families, & ourselves’: A coloring book for youth features artwork from renowned Kewa Pueblo cartoonist Ricardo Caté.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The Navajo Nation Reopening Plan will serve as a guide to safely and gradually reopen business on the Navajo Nation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cherrah Giles: AG’s agreement doesn’t address Native domestic violence victims

The last thing Native women in Oklahoma need right now is legislation. Instead, we need to respect the sovereignty of my Nation, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, which the Supreme Court just affirmed.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 36,380 COVID-19 cases as of August 11, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases is 9,356 and negative tests total 72,605 as of August 12, 2020. More than 6,900 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association

The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association has announced the keynote lineup for its annual American Indian Tourism Conference, which is scheduled for September 14-18, 2020.

'Shame on you': Authorities warn criminals not to make false claims about Indian status

Lying about your tribal identity could land you in trouble in the post-McGirt era in Oklahoma.


Native Sun News Today: Court reversal lets Dakota Access oil flow

"We look forward to showing why the Dakota Access Pipeline is too dangerous to operate," Chairman Mike Faith of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said.


Tim Giago: Re-living our childhood Soap Box Derby days

Back in the day, there used to be a Soap Box Derby Race held in Rapid City, and the winner usually got a small cash award.


StrongHearts Native Helpline: Supreme Court ruling helps tribes hold perpetrators accountable

'This ruling is critical in the prosecution of domestic violence crimes against Native women,' says StrongHearts Native Helpline Director Lori Jump.


Clara Caufield: Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes

Even though some don’t believe it, the Northern Cheyenne were once traditionally gardeners.


Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 36,010 COVID-19 cases as of August 10, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases is 9,334 and negative tests total 72,270 as of August 10, 2020. Nearly 6,900 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

'She was not good for Indian Country': Kamala Harris back in spotlight as Democratic vice presidential pick

A prominent U.S. Senator has made history as the running mate of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.


Native Sun News Today: Oyate serves pipelines with ‘eviction notice’

'We evict KXL and DAPL from our Lakota lands,' a declaration against two pipeline operators reads.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Murders of Lakota men remain unsolved

Are the deaths of Lakota men going to be investigated by Operation Lady Justice? The Trump administration won't say.


Cronkite News: Louis Tewanima Footrace goes virtual in age of #COVID19

Every year for 46 years, hundreds of runners have ben in honor of Louis Tewanima, a Hopi man who won a silver medal in the Olympics in 1912.


Oklahoma City Indian Clinic

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic promotes the benefits of staying current with your yearly vaccinations.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief David Hill has announced the appointment of an expansive group of experts, professionals and authorities to serve on the Mvskoke Reservation Protection Commission.

U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Oklahoma

U.S. Attorney Trent Shores will host a media ’roundtable’ discussion in partnership with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Attorney General’s Office, Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office, and Tulsa Police Department.

Pueblo of Zuni (New Mexico)

With ‘no end in sight’ to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pueblo of Zuni is taking strong measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus on the tribe’s reservation in New Mexico.

Kewa Pueblo (New Mexico)

Kewa Pueblo continues to see progress in the fight against COVID-19, according to data shared by the tribe’s health corporation.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 35,631 COVID-19 cases as of August 9, 2020.

Navajo Nation Town Hall (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Please join Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer for another COVID-19 response town hall.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases is 9,315 and negative tests total 71,972 as of August 10, 2020. Nearly 6,900 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Chuck Hoskin: Renewed gaming compacts ensure a brighter future for Oklahoma

Tribal contributions to this state are strong, and with renewal of our gaming confirmed, they will stay that way.


Native Sun News Today: Pipeline companies face new court challenges

Opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline continues to grow while the owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline deal with ongoing challenges.


Navajo Nation endures #COVID19 pandemic without reliable water

Nearly one in three households on the Navajo Nation lack indoor plumbing, making it more difficult to reduce the risk of the #Coronavirus.


Lessons Lost: Indian students have been shortchanged for generations

The Bureau of Indian Education has repeatedly neglected warnings that it is not providing a quality education for 46,000 Native students.


Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 35,355 COVID-19 cases as of August 8, 2020.

NAFOA (Native American Finance Officers Association)

Let’s make our NAFOA community stronger by helping each other.

Native America Calling

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Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,308 as of August 9, 2020. Nearly 6,900 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 35,071 COVID-19 cases as of August 7, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases fo the Navajo Nation is 9,293 as of August 8, 2020. More than 6,800 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 34,894 COVID-19 cases as of August 6, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,257 as of August 7, 2020. More than 6,800 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Brian Lightfoot Brown: Oldest recorded powwow in North America meets #COVID19

For the first time in recorded history, the Narragansett Tribe's annual feast of green corn is going online.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes jump on census bandwagon amid #COVID19

The Choctaw Nation missed out on many millions of dollars in #Coronavirus relief due to an undercount of tribal citizens in the U.S. Census.


Clara Caufield: Discouragement

Although my goal is to write positive columns, sometimes that is not always possible, especially with a constant stream of discouraging news from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.


Oklahoma City Indian Clinic

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, a nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, received a $50,000 grant to help support lean initiatives.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The Navajo Nation is implementing a partial weekend curfew as the tribe continues to battle the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona)

Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) are introducing legislation to authorize a one-time $89 million infusion of funds to provide electricity to homes on the Navajo Nation.

Northern Arapaho Tribe (Wyoming)

In response to local progress made in the fight against COVID-19, the Wind River Inter-Tribal Council has voted to modify its stay-at-home order.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 34,556 COVID-19 cases as of August 5, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,223 as of August 6, 2020. More than 6,700 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

'He would be proud': Frank LaMere's legacy lives on at sober living home

The late Winnebago activist Frank LaMere continues to help people find hope and healing.


Chuck Hoskin: New Cherokee language department connects us to who we are as a people

Preserving the Cherokee language and growing the number of Cherokee speakers are critical to our tribe’s future.


Native Sun News Today: Despite pandemic Pine Ridge solar project progesses

Lookout Solar Project has experienced some pitfalls from the COVID-19 pandemic, but progress is being made to bring jobs to the Pine Ridge Reservation.


NativeWellness.Life: #COVID19 death toll tops Hiroshima atomic bomb count

COVID-19 is a selective atomic bomb. It's killing more Native people when proportionately compared to other populations.


Northern Arapaho Tribe (Wyoming)

The Northern Arapaho Tribe is deeply saddened that COVID-19 has touched our people once again.

Native American Casino Owners Reflect on COVID Crisis and Share Strategies For Reopening (Seattle Entertainment Group)

On a normal day pre-COVID, there is a shortage of safe drinking water, healthy food, power, stores, and housing in remote tribal reservations. During COVID, those kinds of problems are amplified and cause a ripple effect.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 33,898 COVID-19 cases as of August 4, 2020.

Navajo Nation Town Hall (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer invite you to join a live online town hall for COVID-19 updates.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,195 as of August 5, 2020. More than 6,700 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Native Sun News Today: Lawlessness and violence at Northern Cheyenne

Four unsolved murders, several home invasions and the rise of bold drug operations in broad daylight have heightened alarms.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: 'Hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil' in the GOP

We suppose that most of us are pretty sick and tired of South Dakota's duly elected national representatives bowing down to everything that is bad about Donald Trump.


Democratic National Convention

After ongoing consultation with public health officials and experts—who underscored the worsening coronavirus pandemic—the Democratic National Convention Committee announced today speakers for the 2020 Democratic National Convention will no longer travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Understanding Coronavirus Relief Fund Reporting Requirements

On August 5, 2020, at 1:00 PM EDT, the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of the Inspector General will provide an overview of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) reporting requirements.

Help Me Understand: Coming Together To Heal In 2020

Please join Ernie Tsosie (Navajo), Mama Bird The Comedian (Osage) and a surprise co-host for a special comedy event on August 8, 2020.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 33,417 COVID-19 cases as of August 3, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,156 as of August 4, 2020. More than 6,700 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-New Mexico)

Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-New Mexico), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, participated in a conversation about the importance of increasing access to broadband in Tribal communities.

Cronkite News: Food insecurity amid #COVID19 prompts Native Americans to return to their roots

From a traditional hogan in a remote area on the Utah-Arizona line, Cynthia Wilson spent much of her spring sourcing drought-resistant seeds, packing them in small manila envelopes and labeling them to ship to families across the Four Corners.


Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 32,955 COVID-19 cases as of August 2, 2020.

National Museum of the American Indian

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will host a virtual event November 11, 2020, to mark the completion of the National Native American Veterans Memorial.

Red Lake Nation (Minnesota)

The Red Lake Nation has established a COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Relief Program to help citizens during the pandemic.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer presented a comprehensive proposal to use portions of the Navajo Nation’s CARES Act funds for student relief and to assist schools.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

‘I strongly believe that the health and well-being of all of our Navajo people is always the top priority,’ says President Jonathan Nez.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,139 as of August 3, 2020. More than 6,700 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Diné College (Navajo Nation)

Rapidly transitioning from an in-person program to one entirely online was a challenge, but public health students with Diné College’s Summer Research Enhancement Program completed their work, focusing on the impacts of COVID-19 in their community.

'We have been vindicated': Oneida Nation celebrates victory in long-running sovereignty case

The U.S. Supreme Court's historic #HonorTheTreaties ruling is having immediate impacts in Indian Country, with the Oneida Nation benefiting from the changing legal landscape.


Tim Giago: Common sense instead of politics needed to stop #Coronavirus

How has #COVID19 changed our lives in Indian Country?


Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation provides new opportunities in a difficult time

At Cherokee Nation, we are putting the federal CARES Act dollars to work for our citizens and our communities.


Native Sun News Today: Foes to sue feds for undermining environmental protections

President Donald Trump is rolling back a landmark environmental law that tribes and tribal citizens have used to protect their homelands from unwanted development.


Cronkite News: Navajo 'Water Warrior' drives miles during #COVID19 to deliver to those in need

When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived on the Navajo Nation, Zoel Zohnnie saw families and elders sheltering in place – and no one helping them to haul water they desperately needed.


Montana Free Press: CSKT water compact bill clears first hurdle in U.S. Senate

A bill to settle the water rights of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and restore land to their control is inching forward in the 116th Congress.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Indian affairs going backward and forward

It is only with just laws, and the memory of tribal good sense in times of danger that we can look to a future with hope.


Ana Cecilia Pérez: As non-Black POC, we need to address anti-Blackness

While Indigenous and other people of color traditionally lack the power to enact racism toward other marginalized groups, we can and do exercise clear racial prejudice against Black people.


Muscogee (Creek) Nation

Principal Chief David Hill of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation issued a statement regarding an August 3, 2020, press conference by Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter (R)

Attorney General Mike Hunter plans to file a brief with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals that seeking guidance on cases affected by the U.S. Supreme Court’s McGirt ruling.

Northern Arapaho Tribe (Wyoming)

The Northern Arapaho Business Council regrets to announce the passing of another one of our tribal Members due to COVID-19.

NAFOA (Native American Finance Officers Association)

Helping tribes stay informed and make the most of opportunities.

Webinar: Main Street Lending Program – Applicability for Tribal Businesses

On August 4, 2020, at 2:00 PM EDT, the Federal Reserve will provide an overview of the Main Street Lending Program’s applicability for Tribal Businesses.

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Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 32,525 COVID-19 cases as of August 1, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,103 as of August 2, 2020. More than 6,700 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 32,406 COVID-19 cases as of July 31, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,068 as of August 1, 2020. Nearly 6,700 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 32,126 COVID-19 cases as of July 30, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,055 as of July 31, 2020. More than 6,600 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York)

‘It is unacceptable that the coronavirus relief package put forward by Senate Republicans sidelines the needs of Tribal governments and Native communities,’ two leading Democrats said.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 31,782 COVID-19 cases as of July 29, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,019 of July 30, 2020. More than 6,600 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Bay Mills Indian Community (Michigan)

A Bay Mills Resort & Casino hotel employee tested positive for COVID-19.

David Hill: We can't stand with Mvskoke people if we are sitting down

For all of us, this victory was hard fought. It was not just the result of our own resilience, but the day also belonged to those who came before us.


Bryan Newland: Congress should make sure #Coronavirus legislation works for Indian Country

COVID-19 relief funds were a lifeline for many tribal communities, and have provided tribal governments with tools to keep their communities safe.


Native Sun News Today: Tribal activists cheer court victory to protect from pollution

"The court's ruling is a victory for people who are bearing the brunt of federal and tribal oil and gas development," says Lisa DeVille of Fort Berthold Protectors of Water and Earth Rights.


Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: New business carries on tribal bison tradition

The Black Prairie Bison Company will provide premium, fresh bison cuts and jerky products nationwide, drawing on the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes' deep cultural connection to bison.


National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED)

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development has developed a comprehensive guide and accompanying website for tribes and tribal entities that need to purchase personal protective equipment during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Keith Harper: McGirt is a chance for greater tribal-state cooperation

Keith Harper, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and former U.S. Ambassador, offer his take on efforts to address the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 31,431 COVID-19 cases as of July 28, 2020.

Navajo Nation Town Hall (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Please join Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer for a COVID-19 virtual town hall on July 30, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,968 as of July 29, 2020. More than 6,600 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Native Sun News Today: Two nations at odds over Missouri riverbed rights

The Trump administration has rescinded yet another pro-tribal legal opinion, forcing the Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation to go to court to protect its trust and treaty rights.


Clara Caufield: Bead working is such a blessing

Beadwork requires concentration, great attention to detail, and some occasional ripping and tearing to fix mistakes.


Muscogee (Creek) Nation

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief David Hill announced an Executive Order establishing the Mvskoke Reservation Protection Commission.

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico)

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, will press Trump administration witnesses on the Bureau of Indian Education response to the COVID-19 pandemic in tribal schools.

Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton

Chief Gary Batton of the Choctaw Nation said ‘there is no reason to rush’ legislation to address the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 30,987 COVID-19 cases as of July 27, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,927 as of July 28, 2020. More than 6,500 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Republican governor suffers another setback in dealings with tribes in Oklahoma

From contracting COVID-19 to being cut out of talks with tribes, Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) has endured a rough month in Oklahoma.


Native Sun News Today: #COVID19 bares impact of federal broken promises on Indian Country

"The indigenous experience with COVID-19 affirms that colonization continues to function according to its design," says William Smith of the National Indian Health Board.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: It is time for the elected Tribal Councils to get off of the dime

A plan needs to be formulated so that the Sioux Nation can act in unison to discuss the future of the Black Hills settlement.


Cronkite News: Confederate monuments removed in Arizona amid nationwide movement

The United Daughters of the Confederacy removed two monuments from state property in Arizona amid growing opposition to offensive memorials and statues.


Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez is presenting a $652 million CARES Act funding proposal to the 24th Navajo Nation Council.

Menominee Indian Tribe (Wisconsin)

Citing the continued rise in tribal and local community COVID-19 cases, the Menominee Indian Tribe is temporarily closing its tribal government offices and facilities for a 2 week period, starting Tuesday, July 28 until Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing (116th Congress)

On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 2:30 PM EDT, immediately following a business meeting, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing titled “Preparing to Head Back to Class: Addressing How to Safely Reopen Bureau of Indian Education Schools.”

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Business Meeting (116th Congress)

On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 2:30pm Eastern, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a business meeting to consider a dozen bills.

House Committee on Natural Resources Markup (116th Congress)

On Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 10am Eastern, the House Committee on Natural Resources is scheduled to hold a markup on more than a dozen bills.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 30,419 COVID-19 cases as of July 26, 2020.

Navajo Nation Council (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Rules and procedures that allow local Navajo Nation chapter government officials to hold remote chapter meetings and to conduct official business during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic were extended by the 24th Navajo Nation Council.

Navajo Nation Town Hall (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Please join Navajo nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer for a COVID-19 virtual town hall on July 28, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,912 as of July 27, 2020. More than 6,500 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Navajo Nation Council (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

A continuing budget resolution was approved by the 24th Navajo Nation Council at its 2020 Summer Session that authorizes operational funding for the Navajo Nation government through March 30, 2021.

'That was the last time I heard from her': Death of young Omaha woman under investigation following #COVID19 diagnosis
Family and friends are demanding justice for Lenice Blackbird, who went missing and died after being placed in COVID-19 isolation by the Omaha Tribe.
• VIDEO: #JusticeForLenice Vigil

Tim Giago: Would there be a Native American Journalists Association without Bill Dulaney?

Bill Dulaney's role in forming the Native American Journalists Association is here for all to read.


Chuck Hoskin: New grants available for Cherokee students and families during pandemic

Without a doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic has put strains on Cherokee families, the economy in northeast Oklahoma and our local public schools.


StrongHearts Native Helpline: Domestic and dating violence

StrongHearts Native Helpline unravels some of the myths surrounding domestic violence and sheds light into the darkness of intimate partner violence.


Native Sun News Today: Tunkasila Sakpe -- Mt. Rushmore

Tu?kášila Šákpe is the Lakota name for The Six Grandfathers. It's known as Mount Rushmore to the people who stole it from the Sioux Nation.


Montana Free Press: Tribal sovereignty foe faces opposition from Democrats

An attorney who pushed for oil and gas drilling on sacred Blackfeet Nation territory has been overseeing America's public lands for the Trump administration.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Democracies don't last long

The 'norms' sustaining our political system have never favored American Indians because they have been based to a large degree on racial exclusion.


Rep. Tom Cole: Get counted

Beyond determining representation, accurate population data helps ensure federal funding is properly allocated and disbursed to states to support public services like infrastructure, law enforcement, education, health care and numerous other federal programs.


Cheyenne River Youth Project (South Dakota)

The Cheyenne River Youth Project is back up and running after all staff members tested negative for COVID-19.

United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY)
Native American youth from urban and rural communities across the nation gathered for United National Indian Tribal Youth’s (UNITY) first-ever virtual national conference.

NAFOA (Native American Finance Officers Association)
Supporting our partners and community while (still) social distancing.

Pueblo of Laguna (New Mexico)
As of July 26, 2020, the Pueblo of Laguna has confirmed a total of 29 positive COVID-19 cases within the Pueblo boundaries.

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Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)
The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 29,855 COVID-19 cases as of July 25, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)
The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,891 as of July 26, 2020. More than 6,500 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Zac Russell: Cherokee Nation won't surrender its sovereignty

Citizens of the Five "Civilized" Tribes have been on a roller coaster ride this week.


Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)
The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 29,697 COVID-19 positive cases as of July 24, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)
The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,837 as of July 25, 2020. More than 6,500 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)
The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,768 as of July 24, 2020. More than 6,500 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)
The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 29,420 COVID-19 positive cases as of July 23, 2020.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)
The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 28,987 COVID-19 cases as of July 22, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)
The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,734 as of July 23, 2020. Nearly 6,500 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

National Congress of American Indians stands strong against efforts to erode tribal sovereignty

The nation's largest inter-tribal advocacy organization is vowing to oppose legislation aimed at undermining a landmark U.S. Supreme Court victory.


VIDEO: First Lady Melania Trump on Protecting Native American Children

First Lady Melania Trump provides opening remarks at a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native American Children in the Indian Health Service System.


AUDIO: Task Force Briefing on Protecting Native American Children

First Lady of the United States Melania Trump hears from the Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native American Children in the Indian Health Service System.


Native Sun News Today: Building trust though diversity in a border town

Realizing the full potential of Rapid City's trade area requires involvement of Native Americans and the maximization of their purchasing power.


Clara Caufield: A 'shout out' to the Crow Agency Indian Health Service hospital

There are many Indian Health Service horror stories and a great deal of frustration with this chronically under-funded agency.


Crow Indian Health Service Unit (Montana)

The Indian Health Service has suspended most COVID-19 testing on the Crow Reservation in Montana.

Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan)

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians will distribute payments to those affected by the COVID-10 pandemic.

Kewa Pueblo (New Mexico)

Kewa Pueblo is seeing progress in the fight against COVID-19, according to data shared by the New Mexico tribe’s health corporation.

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine

The Indian Health Service and The University of New Mexico School of Medicine have partnered to create a family medicine residency program at the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico.

Yurok Tribe (California)

The Yurok Tribal Council recently approved a $2.1 million project that will significantly boost Yurok Connect’s data transmission speeds and expand its coverage to many family homes that have never had access to the internet.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 28,638 COVID-19 cases as of July 21, 2020.

Diné College (Navajo Nation)

Diné College, the first tribally-controlled institution of higher learning in the U.S., recently enacted a 50 percent tuition discount for students — new, returning, continuing, and transferring — who enroll for the Fall 2020 semester.

Healing Indigenous Lives Native Youth Town Halls Series (UNITY)

The Healing Indigenous Lives Initiative is hosting four virtual sessions to support and enhance Native youth engagement, coordination, and action related to public safety issues, with a focus on juvenile justice and delinquency prevention in Indian country.

United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY)

Since late last month, United National Indian Youth, Inc. (UNITY) has connected with Native American and Alaska Native youth in a way no one imagined.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,684 as of July 22, 2020. More than 6,400 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

'An icon in Indian Country': Noted radio host and journalist Harlan McKosato passes on

Harlan McKosato, once known as the Voice of Indian Country, interviewed everyone from Wilma Mankiller to Bill Clinton.


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States Legislative Hearing

Lawmakers are taking testimony on bills affecting tribal jurisdiction, Native veterans, urban Indians and Native health care.


Cronkite News: Navajo Nation weighs phased reopening as #COVID19 cases ease up

Tribal leaders continuedto urge residents of the Navajo Nation to take precautions to keep the number of COVID-19 cases trending downward.


Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Based on the recommendations of health care experts and data showing increases in COVID-19 cases in states and nearby cities, the Navajo Nation’s state of emergency and closure of government offices and entities has been extended.

Northern Arapaho Tribe (Wyoming)

The Wind River Inter-Tribal Council has decided to keep its existing stay-at-home order temporarily in place due to coronavirus concerns and rising case counts in Wyoming.

National Council of Urban Indian Health

Robyn Sunday-Allen, National Council of Urban Indian Health Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, will testify before the House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 27,907 COVID-19 cases as of July 20, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,639 as of July 21, 2020. More than 6,400 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

Oklahoma governor stumbles into #McGirt treaty rights debate

After being cut out of the loop by tribes and a rival Republican, Governor Kevin Stitt is trying to find relevance in Oklahoma.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes freeze Alaska Native corporation #COVID-19 funds again

Tribal nations succeeded in barring the release of COVID-19 relief money to Alaska Native Corporations for a second time while they pursue an appeal in the case.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Wrestling among the Mohawks and George Floyd

Choke holds are extremely dangerous as they cut off blood-and thereby air-to the brain which can result in cardiac arrest, strokes and seizures.


StrongHearts Native Helpline: Stacking up the numbers

Answering the call to action, StrongHearts Native Helpline has become a trusted resource for Native Americans impacted by domestic violence.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Trump's niece paints a horrible picture of Uncle Donald

Things were bad enough after three years of Donald Trump and many of us thought it couldn’t get worse.


National Tribal Broadband Summit (Bureau of Indian Affairs)

The National Tribal Broadband Summit is going virtual this year due to COVID-19.

National American Indian Court Judges Association

The National American Indian Court Judges Association is taking its annual National Tribal Judicial and Court Personnel Conference to a virtual platform on October 20-23, 2020.

Winnebago Tribe (Nebraska)

The Winnebago Tribe reported another COVID-19 positive case after going two weeks without new cases.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus data, showing 27,233 COVID-19 cases as of July 19, 2020.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,617 as of July 20, 2020. Nearly 6,400 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

No 'surrender': Muscogee (Creek) Nation stands firm on sovereignty after historic Supreme Court win

"Now is the time to exercise our sovereignty, not voluntarily surrender it," Chief David Hill of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation says of the treaty rights victory.


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