COVID-19 in Indian Country
An Otoe-Missouria Tribal Council Member was diagnosed Tuesday with COVID-19 after struggling for more than two weeks to get a test done. Myra Pickering shared her story on the tribe’s website on Wednesday: EDITOR’S NOTE: After several weeks of trying to get tested for COVID-19, Tribal Council Member Myra Pickering finally got her diagnosis. She […]

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, hosted a COVID-19 town hall on March 24, 2020.

Press Release March 25, 2020   Cole to Host Telephone Town Hall on COVID-19 Pandemic Moore, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) announced today that he will host a constituent telephone town hall focused on the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During Thursday’s telephone event, Cole will provide updates on the steps taken by […]

In a video message on March 24, 2020, Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton announced the closure of the tribe’s administrative offices to the public. The decision comes after the tribe already closed its casinos, wellness centers, community centers and Head Start sites in Oklahoma. “We’ll reopen buildings and programs as soon as we can,” Batton […]

Join the National Indian Education Association and outspoken citizens from the tribe at the center of the best-selling book, Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. We will be discussing the upcoming movie, historical trauma, books by Native authors on the same subject, and Hollywood and Native history and portrayal. Featuring: Jim Gray, Former […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 23, 2020 OIGA CONFIRMS ALL OKLAHOMA TRIBAL CASINOS ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO COMBAT COVID-19 SPREAD Oklahoma City – Officials with Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association confirmed on Monday that all of its tribal members have closed their casinos temporarily. Each tribe is a unique, independent sovereign nation, and they are united under […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2020 How Oklahoma City Indian Clinic joined together during a public health crisis OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, has stepped up to protect the well-being of Oklahomans and reduce the risk of […]

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 […]

Note: To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal members, employees and casino guests, Lucky Star Casinos will close all locations in Oklahoma tonight through April 2, 2020. The tribe is also paying all employees, tribal government and casino employees their regular salary for two weeks. All essential […]

In a column written before he went into self-quarantine, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, discussed efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the United States: “… the reality is that each of us have a part to play in saving and protecting lives during this pandemic.”  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, March 19, 2020 U.S. Attorney Trent Shores Warns of Coronavirus Scams TULSA, Okla. – As the United States Attorney’s Office continues its public safety mission, U.S. Attorney Trent Shores cautions the public to be aware of fraud schemes seeking to exploit the evolving COVID-19 public health crisis.   “The U.S. Attorney’s […]

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and one of four tribal citizens in the U.S. House of Representatives, is placing himself on coronavirus self-quarantine until March 27, 2020. His decision comes after being in “extended contact” with Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Florida), who was the first member of Congress to report testing […]

Second Chief Del Beaver of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation addresses citizens on the closure of the tribe’s casinos in Oklahoma. The facilities are closed through March 31, 2020. ### March 16, 2020 Muscogee (Creek) Nation announces temporary closure of River Spirit Casino Resort and 8 regional casinos until March 31 Nation commits to maintaining payroll […]

Note: The Quapaw Nation has closed both of its Indian gaming facilities. Both news alerts are posted below. NEWS ALERT March 17, 2020 Quapaw Nation’s Two Oklahoma Casinos to Close During Key COVID-19 Period QUAPAW, Okla. (March 17, 2020) — Downstream Casino Resort, and Quapaw Casino will cease all operations beginning at midnight tonight and […]

An update from Chairman Matthew L. Morgan of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association:

MARCH 16, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OKLAHOMA INDIAN GAMING ASSOCIATION CHAIRMAN MATTHEW L. MORGAN RESPONDS TO ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM TRIBES EVALUATING, MODIFYING OR SUSPENDING CASINO OPERATIONS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 “The leadership of Oklahoma’s tribal gaming community remains in constant communication with local, state, and national officials and each other to monitor developments. Each sovereign Tribal […]