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Clara Caufield: Masking up to protect our people from COVID-19
COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise, with tribal people on reservations in Montana and Wyoming seemingly among the hardest hit.
Tonya Ortiz-Louis: Tribal health in the age of COVID-19
As COVID-19 progressed, the Pueblo of Acoma adopted novel strategies to protect the tribal community and its most vulnerable members.
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Chuck Hoskin: Protecting Oklahoma from the spread of COVID-19
Since the COVID-19 pandemic first reached Cherokee Nation, our people have worked together to protect Cherokees.
Chris James and Derrick Watchman: Economic development in Indian Country
In 2020, we are grateful for the contributions of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians make to our country – from business to politics and everything in between.
NAFOA: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week
NAFOA is proud to serve and advocate for tribes.
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Cronkite News: Navajo Nation copes with widespread impacts of COVID-19
Across the Navajo Nation, victims of COVD-19 include parents and grandparents, sole guardians and providers, mentors and teachers. Without them, some students have lost their way or, quite literally, fallen off the map.
Native America Calling: COVID-19 rates on the rise
Infection rates all over the country are spiking and tribes are reissuing strict shutdown orders aiming to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.
Crushing Colonialism: Healthcare access and disability justice
Healthcare access and disability justice are crucial to ending the genocide of Indigenous peoples, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Business Meeting to consider S.790, S.3264, S.4079 & S.4556
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approved four bills addressing tribal lands, broadband in tribal communities and a youth treatment center.
Native America Calling: Addiction during the pandemic
The National Institutes of Health warns that stress and isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic can exacerbate the triggers for those vulnerable to addiction.
Tribes await action on priorities as Congress returns to work
Lawmakers are getting back to work after a long recess and a divisive election as time runs out to advance Indian Country’s legislative agenda.
Cronkite News: Native people fall behind in cancer screening and treatment
In almost every category, minority patients are worse off when it comes to early diagnosis, treatment after diagnosis and surgical treatment of lung cancer.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds post-election business meeting
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is convening for the first time since the 2020 election and for the first time in nearly two months.
Cronkite News: Indian health care law in hands of nation’s highest court
Native leaders are keeping close watch on the Supreme Court battle over whether to repeal all or parts of the Affordable Care Act, a move many say could devastate health care in Indian Country.
Officials criticize reduction of services at Indian Health Service facility
Officials from New Mexico are upset about the reduction in services at a hospital serving Pueblo and Navajo citizens.
Native Sun News Today: Deadline extended for COVID-19 stimulus
Indian Country still has time to claim a $1,200 stimulus payment from the federal government. The deadline to apply is November 21.
Native America Calling: Understanding epilepsy
Of the nearly 3.5 million people in the United States who have epilepsy, the Epilepsy Foundation estimates about 51,000 are Native Americans.
Native America Calling: Are holiday get-togethers safe?
Coronavirus infection rates continue to climb just as families are planning holiday gatherings.
Kaiser Health News: Tribes confront rise in COVID-19 cases
Despite lacking jurisdiction over non-Indians, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are hoping the public will abide by coronavirus protection measures.
Cronkite News: COVID-19 puts focus on healing and medicine on Navajo Nation
Traditional healers, who once played critical roles in governance and health care, are dwindling in number and influence, even as the deadly coronavirus impacts the Navajo Nation.
‘They want to see change’: Voters of Oglala Sioux Tribe elect new leaders
Kevin Killer, a former state lawmaker, and Alicia Mousseau, an expert in health and wellness issues, will be leading the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
Supreme Court hears arguments in Affordable Care Act case
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that could undo the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.
Native America Calling: Staying fit during the pandemic
Native America calling talk with health experts about how to get motivated to stay fit during these challenging times.
Native America Calling: Personal stories of traditional food connections
The makers of the new film “Gather” assert that Native food rights are human rights and food helps keep Native people connected to culture.
State of Alaska backs Native corporations in COVID-19 dispute
The state of Alaska is siding with Native corporations over tribal governments in a closely-watched COVID-19 case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Choctaw Nation congratulates citizen Amanda Harrell on nursing award
When Amanda Harrell was growing up in McAlester, Oklahoma, she was unsure what type of education would be available to her or what her family could afford.
COVID-19 funding dispute heads to Trump’s Supreme Court
With the nation’s highest court stacked with even more conservative justices, tribes are once again paying close attention to a COVID-19 funding dispute they thought was over.
Montana Free Press: Blackfeet Nation finally lands more ballot boxes
Residents of the Blackfeet Nation complained about the limited number of ballot drop-off sites.
Rep. Haaland statement on Native American Heritage Month
“Native Americans have overcome many hardships since the onset of colonization — genocide, forced relocation and assimilation — but we’re still here,” said Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico).
Tim Giago: Republican governor fiddles while South Dakota burns
Kristi Noem has allowed COVID-19 to make South Dakota number one in the nation by not practicing the simple guidelines that tribes are following.
Native America Calling: Tribes confront new COVID-19 surge
Most states are seeing a rise in COVID-19 infections. In response, tribes are reinstating curfews and monitoring borders to keep infections numbers down.
Indian Country Today: Indian Health Service shuts down birthing center at urban hospital
The Phoenix Indian Medical Center shut down inpatient obstetrics services without public notice or comment.
Montana Free Press: Senate race is just too close to call
Voter turnout in Indian Country has steadily increased in Montana. Will it make a difference in one of the most closely watched races in the nation?
Native Sun News Today: Tribes take steps to bridge digital divide
“We’ll see in the coming years how this is going to change our communities,” said Ernest Weston Jr. of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Planning Office.
Operation Lady Justice comments due by end of week
Operation Lady Justice, the Trump administration’s initiative to address missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, is accepting comments through October 31, 2020.
Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation addresses food security amid COVID-19
Food security is always an issue for our citizenry and it has only been magnified during the COVID-19 crisis.
Natives for Biden gather for final presidential debate
Native supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden are hosting a pre-watch party for the final debate of the 2020 campaign.
Native volunteers set up tipi camp to help address homelessness
Native people are trying to address homelessness in their community. A former cop who now serves as mayor is standing in their way.
Clara Caufield: Calling the Cheyenne people back home
Due to the high number of deaths of elders in recent weeks and months among the Northern Cheyenne, the matter of funerals and grieving is a common topic of discussion.
Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board continues to expand operations
The Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board will be providing services at a temporary location while construction of the $100 million Oyate Health Center is underway.