COVID-19 in Indian Country
"The spread of COVID-19 remains a hardship on our tribal way of life and to our tribal people and employees," leaders of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation said.
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To help ensure the safety of students, teachers and tribal communities, staff and faculty at Bureau of Indian Education facilities will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
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“Our team members were on the front lines for us, working hard to keep us all safe, to keep the business running and to protect our guests,” said Chairperson Amanda Vance of the Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians.
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The Winnebago Tribe's health system will require all employees and contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 1, 2021.
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The Wind River Inter-Tribal Council – comprised of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho business councils – voted to enact additional safety measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect their citizens.
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Staff at the Indian Health Service who serve in federally-operated health care facilities and interact with, or have the potential to come into contact with, patients will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
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“No one wants to be back in the classroom with their students more than educators, and student safety is our number one priority,” said National Education Association President Becky Pringle.
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The Indian Health Service is announcing Dr. Loretta Christensen, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, as the new chief medical officer.
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Frank Holiday, a Navajo citizen, is the new acting director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs regional office that serves the Navajo Nation.
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Due to rising cases of COVID-19, the Pueblo of Laguna has closed all tribal offices.
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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 Pueblo of Laguna is battling a rise in COVID-19 cases, Governor Wilfred Herrera said in his weekly update.

Closure of the four Navajo Nation casinos since March placed an extreme financial burden on operations forcing temporary layoffs of approximately 90 percent of the team members.

The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise's four gaming operations continue to be closed at least through August 31, 2020.

A Bay Mills Resort & Casino hotel employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, is hiring new positions that provide medical and mental health care during COVID-19.

Sault Tribe government offices are open again! The tribal government is ready to serve its people with safety procedures in place for both its tribal members and team members.

Until further notice, Sault Tribe team members will no longer see the premium for health, life and long-term disability deducted from their paychecks.

Dr. Ronald J. Graham (Absentee Shawnee) is the new president of Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas.

During a broadcast on April 24, 2020, PBS NewsHour paid tribute to Karen Ketcher, a citizen and employee of the Cherokee Nation who succumbed to COVID-19.