COVID-19 in Indian Country
“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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New health and safety measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be observed including timed-entry passes, limiting attendance, social distancing, mandatory use of face coverings, and enhanced cleaning.
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Judge Amit P. Mehta is holding a hearing in Shawnee Tribe v. Yellen, an ongoing CARES Act lawsuit, at 2pm Eastern on April 22, 2021.
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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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A federal judge will hold a status conference in Shawnee Tribe v. Yellen, formerly known as Shawnee Tribe v. Mnuchin, on February 25, 2021.

The U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis will hold a video briefing with public health experts to examine the steps that must be taken to ensure coronavirus vaccinations are administered equitably.
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A federal judge will hold a status conference in Shawnee Tribe v. Yellen, formerly known as Shawnee Tribe v. Mnuchin, on February 17, 2021.

The Trump administration official who oversees the department with the most trust and treaty responsibilities has tested positive for COVID-19.
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Due to rising regional and national COVID-19 cases, all Smithsonian museums, including the National Museum of the American Indian, will temporarily close to the public.
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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will host a virtual event November 11, 2020, to mark the completion of the National Native American Veterans Memorial.

A dispute over $8 billion in COVID-19 relief continues, with tribes pursuing an appeal in hopes of preventing Alaska Native corporations from gaining shares of the fund.

The National Congress of American Indians continues to believe that Congress intended for Title V CARES Act funding to be distributed to Indian tribal governments.

'Alaska has a unique history of tribal self-governance and Native self-determination,' said Alaska Federation of Natives President Julie Kitka.

'The ANCSA Regional Association and Alaska Native Village Corporation Association applaud the D.C. District Court’s Decision to uphold the Alaska Native Regional and Village Corporation’s right to receive much-needed funding from Title V of the CARES Act.'

A federal judge on June 26, 2020, sided with the Trump administration, holding that Alaska Native corporations are eligible for shares of the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund.

The Trump administration on June 17, 2020, filed a notice in Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Mnuchin, announcing distribution of an additional $679 million from the coronavirus relief fund.

'I want the members to know that I will do all that I can to make sure the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation gets what is due, including this next distribution,' says Chairman Joseph Rupnick.

The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation on June 15, 2020, filed a notice of appeal in its CARES Act lawsuit against the Trump administration.

A federal judge on June 15, 2020, ordered the Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin to distribute the remainder of the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund to tribes

A federal judge will hold a hearing in Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Mnuchin at 9:30am Eastern on June 15, 2020.