COVID-19 in Indian Country
The Klamath Tribes announced a closure of the “majority” of its offices and the suspension of “non-essential services” from March 23-31, 2020. “Due to the dangers of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and to reduce the exposure risk to employees, Tribal Members and the community at-large, The Klamath Tribes is closing the majority of the Tribal offices and […]

“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.  

How does the Indian Health Service test patients for the coronavirus? It’s a question on the minds of many in Indian Country. Efforts by the Navajo Area of the IHS offer some guidance. According to Dr. Loretta Christensen, the Chief Medical Officer for the region, the IHS has been utilizing “commercial labs” to conduct testing. […]

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez offers a Navajo language and an English language update on coronavirus efforts on the largest reservation in the United States. The Navajo language term for COVID-19 is “Dikos Ntsaaígíí-19” which can be translated in a few ways, including “cough that kills,” a sign of the potentially dangerous nature of the […]

MESSAGE FROM CHAIRMAN LADD EDMO OF THE FORT HALL BUSINESS COUNCIL March 22, 2020 As the Chairman of the Fort Hall Business Council, I am addressing the tribal membership directly to ensure you all that the Tribal Government is taking the necessary measures regarding the COVID-19. We are entering into challenging and difficult times. This […]

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has tested positive for the coronavirus. He is the first member of the U.S. Senate, and the third member of the U.S. Congress, to report testing COVID-19 positive. “Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out […]

Lyle Gerard (Blackfeet) has created a map showing the locations of tribal nations and their proximity to confirmed coronavirus cases in Montana. The map shows confirmed cases on the Flathead Reservation, home to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.  According to the state of Montana, there are 2 cases in Flathead County, as of the morning […]

 The number of #Coronavirus cases on the Navajo Nation continues to grow by the day. The embedded map helps visualize the reach of the disease on the reservation, which is the largest in the United States. According to Navajo leaders, the #COVID19 patients come from four particular Indian Health Service units on the reservation. […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2020 Total confirmed COVID-19 cases reach 26 as Navajo Nation’s “Stay at Home Order” goes into effect  WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. —Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer were informed by the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service on Saturday, that the number of positive tests […]

For Immediate Release                                                                 March 21, 2020 Northern Arapaho member tests positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Woman is in stable condition and receiving medical treatment The Northern Arapaho Business Council (NABC) confirms a woman in her 70s from the Ethete area has tested positive for Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. This is the first documented case […]

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 […]

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus and what to do if symptoms are present? The Fort Defiance Indian Hospital Board, Inc. translated a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention video into the Navajo language.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 20, 2020 HHS announces upcoming action to provide funding to tribes for COVID-19 response Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing upcoming action by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide $80 million in funding to tribes, tribal organizations, and Urban Indian Organizations for […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2020 How Oklahoma City Indian Clinic joined together during a public health crisis OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, has stepped up to protect the well-being of Oklahomans and reduce the risk of […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 20, 2020 President Nez and Vice President Lizer sign $4 million appropriation to help fight the spread of COVID-19 WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Friday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer took quick action to sign Resolution CMA-06-20, approving a $4 million appropriation that will be directed to the […]

Joseph L. James-Yurok Tribe Chairman, Address to Membership, employees and community regarding the current COVID-19 Pandemic. Chairman James declared a state of Emergency on March 13, 2020. The Yurok Tribe has since then established a Pandemic Task Force to work together and respond appropriately to the current COVID-19 Pandemic.

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. […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 20, 2020 Navajo Nation issues “Stay at Home Order” for all  residents of the Navajo Nation to fight the spread of COVID-19 WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Friday, the Navajo Nation Health Command Operations Center issued a Public Health Emergency “Stay at Home Order” requiring all residents of the Navajo Nation to […]

March 20, 2020 Chair Grijalva, Natural Resources Committee Launch New Coronavirus Resource Center, Seek Impact Information from Indian Country Washington, D.C. – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and the majority staff of the House Natural Resources Committee are seeking information from Native American communities impacted by coronavirus on the level of governmental response they’ve seen, […]

Note: Seneca Nation President Rickey L. Armstrong Sr.  has been updating his people on the tribe’s #Coronavirus response. On March 19, 2020, he said a tribal health employee, a non-citizen who lives off Seneca lands, tested #COVID19 positive. President Armstrong’s update for 3/20/20 regarding many important issues facing the Seneca Nation’s health system, workforce, and […]