COVID-19 in Indian Country
We're bringing you the latest COVID-19 updates affecting Indian Country and more.

In today’s podcast we sit down with Jack Hedrick-Lightfoot and focus on the topic of Planning for the Unexpected Part 1 Preparing for Times of Crisis.

Often, wisdom comes from children. We are all truly One!

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes $8 billion stabilization fund set-aside for Tribes in response to COVID-19, as well as $100 million in funding for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).

Domestic violence victims/survivors are more isolated than ever and feel trapped with their abusers.

A statement from the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association about efforts to force Class III gaming compact negotiation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As state and federal directives for ‘social distancing’ continue, Pueblo communities are seeing the onset of a high influx in visitors.

With number of positive COVID-19 cases rising in tribal communities, Indian Country will finally see billions of dollars in relief from a major coronavirus package almost over the finish line on Capitol Hill.

NAFOA is coordinating with several national organizations to convene a second Tribal Leader Town Hall tomorrow, March 26, to discuss the third phase of COVID-19 stimulus legislation that the Senate is expected to pass today. Tribal Leader Town Hall: COVID-19 Phase 3 Legislation  March 26, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Eastern Click for Webinar […]

Join the National Indian Education Association and outspoken citizens from the tribe at the center of the best-selling book, Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. We will be discussing the upcoming movie, historical trauma, books by Native authors on the same subject, and Hollywood and Native history and portrayal. Featuring: Jim Gray, Former […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 23, 2020 OIGA CONFIRMS ALL OKLAHOMA TRIBAL CASINOS ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO COMBAT COVID-19 SPREAD Oklahoma City – Officials with Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association confirmed on Monday that all of its tribal members have closed their casinos temporarily. Each tribe is a unique, independent sovereign nation, and they are united under […]

For Immediate Release March 23, 2020 Seven Congressional Leaders Join 450+ Progressive Organizations to Demand People’s Bailout in Response to Coronavirus Crisis   Dear Colleague letter to Congressional leaders calls for “down payment” on green economy   WASHINGTON D.C — Indigenous Environmental Network is participating in a large coalition that is developing the “Five Principles […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2020 Court postpones hearing on Yazzie/Martinez lawsuit  Plaintiffs and defendants jointly asked for delay due to COVID-19 pandemic SANTA FE—The First Judicial District Court has postponed the hearing, set for this Friday, to hold the state in compliance with the court order on the Yazzie/Martinez v. State of New Mexico […]

  I hope this e-Newsletter finds you well.   Indigenous Language Institute (ILI) is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, and with the most recent official declaration of this status as a “national emergency”, we have postponed two of our major national training workshops that were scheduled for March and April 2020 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. […]

Association on American Indian Affairs PLEASE JOIN US TO #SHAREHEALING Friday, March 27 at 5:00 pm EST   Dear Friends, This is a challenging time, and it may be difficult or impossible to come together in person to celebrate life and pray for our continued health and healing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Association on […]

COVID-19 note from Mark Trahant, Editor March 22, 2020 Hello,   I wish everyone could see our team in action. Folks are working as hard as possible on the most important story ever. Every reporter, editor and producer is demonstrating so much passion, thoughtfulness and commitment to serving Indian Country.   This is what journalism […]

“This isolation is temporary for most, but for many elders what you are now experiencing is the norm”: A message from living legend Saginaw Grant, an actor, elder and veteran from the Sac and Fox Nation.  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 14 DAYS AFTER THE SUPPLEMENTAL BILL WAS ENACTED, HHS ANNOUNCED ACTION TO DISBURSE FUNDS. Washington, DC (March 20, 2020) – On March 20, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced action to disburse of $8 million for urban Indian health for emergency response to COVID-19 as part of the first […]

The so-called “Phase 3” #Coronavirus relief package circulating on Capitol Hill leaves Indian Country behind. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act doesn’t mention tribes, American Indians or Alaska Natives. Not once in 274 pages. Here’s what Kevin Allis, Chief Executive Officer of the National Congress of American Indians, said about the CARES Act. […]

With Indian Country increasingly staying at home what better way to self isolate than with some great Native music! The Native American Music Awards has lined up great list of performers to help keep everyone entertained and connected amid the coronavirus crisis. On Friday, March 20, Ryan Little Eagle ( will perform at 7pm Eastern. […]