COVID-19 in Indian Country
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 […]