COVID-19 in Indian Country
The Indian Health Service hosts a COVID-19 media event in Anadarko, Oklahoma, on November 8, 2021.
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The Cherokee Nation enrolled its 400,000th tribal citizen and continues to process a historic record number of citizenship applications.

The Cherokee Nation’s Registration Office is extending its closed in-person services another month and will reopen to the public on October 4, 2021.

“Vaccination is still the best form of protection against the COVID-19 virus and the new Delta variant,” said Cherokee Nation Health Services Executive Director Dr. R. Stephen Jones.

The Cherokee Nation continues to see a rise in COVID-19 cases, with more than 1,000 reported during the week of August 15, 2021.

Due to the rising cases of COVID-19, and at the advice of medical professionals both nationally and in the Muscogee Nation Department of Health, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Muscogee Nation Festival.

As a result of the ongoing surge of the highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant, the Cherokee Nation is shifting to virtual activities for the 69th annual Cherokee National Holiday.

Cherokee Nation Health Services recorded 784 positive cases of COVID-19 in the tribe’s health system last week, up from 600 new cases the week before.

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic provides COVID-19 vaccines at no cost to everyone, including those who are not American Indian.
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Cherokee Nation Health Services is seeing a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations, with 90 percent of new COVID cases occurring among unvaccinated patients.

The Kiowa Tribe will issue $2,200 to every adult citizen, Chairman Matthew M. Komalty said. Minors will receive $1,500, plus a $550 voucher.
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Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, promotes summer safety tips for kids.
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The Cherokee Nation is receiving $1.8 billion in COVID-19 recovery funds as part of an historic investment in Indian Country through President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act.

The Kiowa Tribe is being asked about payments made with the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.
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The Kiowa Tribe is being asked about payments made with the Coronavirus Relief Fund.
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The Citizen Potawatomi Nation celebrated an important milestone in the fight against COVID-19, with the 10,000th vaccine dose administered.

COVID-19 has disrupted the way medical practices are performed, including Oklahoma City Indian Clinic's dental department.
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The Cherokee Nation has now moved into phase three of their COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

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 Cherokee Nation is scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations for elders ages 65 and older who are eligible to receive care within Cherokee Nation Health Services.