COVID-19 in Indian Country
The Indian Health Service is announcing the availability of COVID-19 vaccines for children six months through 5 years of age at federal, tribal and urban Indian sites.
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“The pandemic has caused mental health crises for many children,” said Misty Gillespie, Director of Behavioral Health at Oklahoma City Indian Clinic.
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“We have to get the remaining funds allocated so we can move forward with the long-term improvements, the projects that will improve the quality of life for many of our people and for future generations,” said President Jonathan Nez.
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We’re all hopeful that the end of this pandemic comes to us sooner rather than later, but until then, we still need to be diligent in protecting ourselves and others from COVID-19.
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The Indian Health Service hosts a COVID-19 media event in Anadarko, Oklahoma, on November 8, 2021.
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Governor Martin Kowemy Jr. of the Pueblo of Laguna provides an update on COVID-19 in the New Mexico tribal community.
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The elementary school and middle school at the Pueblo of Laguna has been closed in response to two possible cases of COVID-19.
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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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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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“Safety is the number one priority of the Akwesasne Boys & Girls Clubs and we are doing everything possible to keep children and our staff protected from the COVID-19 virus,” said Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Jessica Jock.
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“We are in this fight against COVID-19 together and we need the cooperation and partnership of all schools to help safely reopen schools,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.
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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 pandemic has brought on many challenges and financial burden for many of our Navajo families and the Child Tax Credit will provide some financial relief,” said President Jonathan Nez of the Navajo Nation.
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The White House invites you to join a briefing on June 29, 2021, to learn how the Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan Act will help Native families.
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The Cheyenne River Youth Project announced that its award-winning RedCan invitational graffiti jam will be back as a live, in-person event this summer.
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“This much-needed financial support will aid our ability to help the Tribal communities we serve recover more quickly from the pandemic’s wide-ranging impact on them,” said Bryan Newland, who has been nominated to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs in the Biden administration.
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Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-New Mexico) is seeking targeted funding for the behavioral health needs of nation’s children in the next COVID-19 relief package.
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“Our kids have been remote learning for a long time, and they’ve really missed school,” said Jerica Widow of the Cheyenne River Youth Project.
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Oklahoma City Indian Clinic hosted its annual Toy Wonderland benefiting families in need this holiday season.
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As a unique school community that transports students in and out of the Pueblos daily, the responsible course of action for the Santa Fe Indian School is to reduce student movement between multiple communities in New Mexico.