COVID-19 in Indian Country
The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Covid-19 DARE Response Team received a mass donation of hand sanitizer from Walmart.
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“The impacts of COVID-19 will be with our Native communities for a long time to come,” said Sonya Tetnowski, president-elect of the National Council of Urban Indian Health.
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The Department of the Treasury announced a 2-week extension for tribal governments to request payments from $20 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funds.

The Department of the Treasury is hosting an additional session on the distribution of $20 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funds to tribal governments.
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On May 13, 2021, the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation reports seven new COVID-19 cases in the YK Delta of Alaska.
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“Since last fall, NCUIH and Native American LifeLines have pushed for the inclusion of the 65,000 Natives in the DMV as Natives are dying from COVID-19 at the highest rates worldwide,” said NCUIH CEO Francys Crevier.
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NAFOA will continue to monitor developments related to the distribution of the $20 billion to Tribal governments and will work to keep our community informed as new information becomes available.
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The Cheyenne River Youth Project announced that its award-winning RedCan invitational graffiti jam will be back as a live, in-person event this summer.
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For Navajo Marine Colin Tsosie, helping lead the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund’s Chinle distribution team was a way he could help protect his elders and those affected by the pandemic.
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The National Council of Urban Indian Health and Native American LifeLines are pleased to announce COVID-19 vaccinations for urban Indians in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia metropolitan area.
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The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has awarded more than $300,000 to Native Public Media and to KTSU-FM to coordinate COVID-19 public outreach in Native and Black communities.
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The Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund remains diligent in reinforcing the usage of personal protective equipment by providing PPE distributions across the Navajo and Hopi nations.
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The American Rescue Plan, signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, includes over $31 billion for Indian tribes to continue responding and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is hosting a COVID-19 vaccination event and food drive on Saturday, March 20, 2021.
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The Department of the Treasury is hosting two consultations to discuss what to do with the leftover funds promised to tribal governments through the CARES Act.
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The American Rescue Plan Act includes $84 million for urban Indian health providers and addresses critical Medicaid coverage.
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COVID-19 has disrupted the way medical practices are performed, including Oklahoma City Indian Clinic's dental department.
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“Our kids have been remote learning for a long time, and they’ve really missed school,” said Jerica Widow of the Cheyenne River Youth Project.
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“This is a data genocide on Native people,” said Abigail Echo-Hawk of the Urban Indian Health Institute. “American Indians and Alaska Natives are dying at disproportionate rates and decision makers don’t even have accurate data to ensure we are properly funded and resourced.”
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NAFOA is coordinating with several national organizations to convene a Tribal Leader Town Hall to discuss the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.