COVID-19 in Indian Country
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer are saddened to learn of the passing of retired Navajo Nation Supreme Court Associate Justice Lorene B. Ferguson, who passed away due to complications from COVID-19.

With heartfelt sadness, the Quechan Tribe announces the passing of council member Claudette C. White to COVID-19.

The Cherokee Nation mourns the loss of one of its fluent Cherokee speakers and elders to COVID-19. Edna "Dolly" Raper passed away on July 4, 2020.

The Seneca Nation is mourning the loss of five community members to COVID-19. Three of them are from the same family of Seneca matriarchs.

Norma Kennedy, a beloved elder from the Seneca Nation, passed away due to COVID-19. She was 92 years old.

Two sisters from the Navajo Nation who dedicated their lives to their people died of COVID-19.

Valerie Tsosie, a dedicated mother whose work on the Navajo Nation brought her close to the frontlines of the fight against the coronavirus, succumbed to COVID-19 on April 23, 2020.

Valentina Blackhorse, a young and vibrant mother from the Navajo Nation, died on April 23, 2020.

Marcus Pino, Sr., a well-liked coach from the Navajo Nation, died on April 16, 2020. He was 42 years old.

Stan Lucero, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and former Pueblo of Laguna council member, passed away on April 5, 2020.

Larry C. Welch, a citizen of the Navajo Nation and a veteran of the U.S. armed forces, died of coronavirus on March 31, 2020.

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan of Minnesota announced the passing of her older brother, Ron, to the coronavirus on Sunday, March 22, 2020. In a post on social media, she said he was the second COVID-19 death in Tennessee, and was more than just a “statistic.” “I’ll remember a loving, older brother, uncle, father, and husband,” […]

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr offered the following statement in response to the passing of Merle Dry, a 55-year-old Cherokee citizen who died after contracting the coronavirus: “For months, we watched this virus from afar, and now with the passing of a Cherokee Nation citizen in Tulsa County, we hope people understand this […]