COVID-19 in Indian Country
The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians has released a comprehensive list of procedures and safeguards being taken for the reopening of the Rolling Hills Casino and Resort.

Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman of the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations, issued a statement in connection with the Department of the Treasury's handling of the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund.

A letter has been sent on behalf of every tribal government in California regarding the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund being distributed by the Trump administration under the CARES Act. The four-page letter was sent to Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin on May 12, 2020. It was submitted by the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign […]

The Log Cabin Diner discontinued its dine-in service after receiving letters from the Yurok Tribe and the county ordering the business to immediately address the public health concern.

The Yurok Tribal Police Department, in coordination with the Yurok Tribe’s Incident Command team and Public Health Officer, delivered a cease and desist letter advising the owners of the Log Cabin Diner to immediately discontinue a dine-in service.

At a special meeting on May 2, 2020, the Yurok Tribal Council engaged in a detailed dialogue about a local restaurant that opened its doors to sit-down customers.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians hosted three blood drives to support public health efforts in partnership with The American Red Cross and LifeStream Blood Bank. These three blood drives resulted in the collection of more than 130 units of blood.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has decided to extend the closure of San Manuel Casino at least through May 31, 2020.

Coronavirus outbreaks on tribal lands are largely ignored by the federal government, mainstream media, and case tracking web sites.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians recently donated more than 40,000 pounds of food and supplies to Feeding America Riverside|San Bernardino.

As part of a coordinated effort to protect local residents from the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Yurok Tribal Council voted to close the Yurok Reservation to non-essential personnel. 

To help protect the health and safety of our community, and consistent with expert guidance, we have decided to extend the closure of San Manuel Casino through April 30, 2020.

The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians today donated 3,000 N95 masks to three local hospitals in southern California.

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians will extend the temporary closure of the Chumash Casino Resort, Hotel Corque, Root 246, Hadsten House, and Kitá tasting room for at least another 30 days.

Statement Regarding San Manuel Casino Temporary Closure March 23, 2020 “To help protect the health and safety of our community, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians have decided to extend the closure of San Manuel Casino through April 11. The Tribe will continue to pay all team members, including benefits, during this time. The […]

Yurok Tribe Implements Closure on Tribal Lands March 23, 2020 Effective immediately, all Yurok Tribal lands, parks, preserves, beaches and boat launches, including all camping and overnight stays, are closed to NON-residents. By eliminating additional visitors, we are limiting the exposure to our Tribal members and community. This decision has been made due 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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 20, 2020 Ongoing Interference by Senator Dianne Feinstein in the Tribe’s membership and Governance now Threatens Economy and Health of Tribal Members in Wake of Pandemic La Grange, CA— The California Valley Miwok Tribe’s Chairwoman Silvia Burley issued a statement today on the devastating impacts her Tribe is facing with COVID-19, […]

SHERWOOD VALLEY BAND OF POMO INDIANS Sherwood Valley Casino Will Temporarily Suspend Operations to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 18, 2020 WILLITS, CA – Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians announced today that in an abundance of precaution they have made the difficult decision to suspend all operations through the end […]

March 17, 2020 Agua Caliente Tribe declares State of Emergency Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians closes all non-essential enterprises AGUA CALIENTE INDIAN RESERVATION – During the regularly scheduled Tribal Council Meeting of Tuesday March 17, 2020, Tribal leaders declared a Reservation-wide State of Emergency consistent with similar declarations by the state of California and […]