COVID-19 in Indian Country
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.

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.

The 35th annual Reservation Economic Summit (RES) will move dates in an effort to better ensure additional safe, in-person programming amid COVID-19.
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Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits 10th Anniversary Powwow will be held virtually with a week-long celebration of events from February 2-6, 2021.
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Next in the NAJA Roundtable series: Experts and reporters will discuss common pitfalls and best practices when covering the pandemic in Indian Country.
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Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, promotes a healthy New Year by providing virtual services for overall health.
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Urban Indian frontline health workers will now have the same coverage as their other health system counterparts.
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"The Hataałi are the first responders and essential, front line public health workers. We feel like we have just been forgotten."

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic hosted its annual Toy Wonderland benefiting families in need this holiday season.
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Oklahoma City Indian Clinic promotes food safety during the upcoming holiday.
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The Native American Journalists Association has set The Invisibility of Indigenous COVID-19 Data virtual roundtable and live Q&A for November 19, 2020.
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