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COVID-19 hinders accurate Census count in Indian Country

Tribal communities that have closed their borders to protect themselves from COVID-19 are facing a new threat: being undercounted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

'We are thrilled': Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe hails victory for sovereignty

The state of South Dakota's anti-tribal sovereignty efforts have been dealt a serious blow from the highest court in the land.

'Bring Kozee home': Vigil held for Native woman murdered on Winnebago Reservation

Tribal authorities have arrested a man in connection with the death of Kozee Decorah, a 22-year-old woman from the Ho-Chunk Nation.

'We must remain diligent and prepared': Coronavirus continues to take heavy toll on tribes

Coronavirus data from New Mexico continues to show a disproportionate impact on the first Americans.

Shane Morigeau: My roots run deep in Montana

Just as my forefathers spoke with their actions, I want to use public office to ensure people have access to the quality of life they deserve.

Native Sun News Today: A consolation prize amid the #COVID19 pandemic

Kim Daniels’ long wait for a coronavirus stimulus check has been frustrating for the 59-year-old Lakota grandmother.

Cronkite News: Treasury formula for #COVID19 funding shortchanges some tribes

Arizona tribes were among those who could get too much – or too little – COVID-19 relief from the Trump administration.

'Callous and dangerous': Tribes see #COVID19 spitting incidents amid rise in cases

A coronavirus scare at a grocery store on one reservation led to an expensive deep cleaning. Tribal officials on another reservation warned of a similar incident.

Tim Giago: 'Only God can make a tree'

"I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree," Joyce Kilmer wrote in 1914.

Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation makes strategic plan to reopen amid #COVID19

In light of the worst public health crisis in generations, we have used medical science, facts and compassion as our guide.

Native Sun News Today: Prairie Edge adapts during #COVID19 pandemic

Businesses have been changing ways of operation and avenues of income from day to day during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clara Caufield: Going to the clouds to learn the Cheyenne language

I am so happy to get on the 'cloud' and hear the wonderful sound of the Cheyenne language.

Cronkite News: San Carlos Apache Tribe aims to improve dental health with a smile

As she looked at the Disney characters decorating the walls of the San Carlos Apache Healthcare Dental Clinic and at the smiling, laughing children watching dental health demonstrations, Suzanne Haney thought back to what a trip to the dentist used to be.

#COVID19 Updates
Ho-Chunk Nation (Wisconsin)

Ho-Chunk Gaming – Madison is pleased to announce the opening of selected gaming areas in phase one of our reopening and will continue to evaluate our strategy to maintain a safe environment for all.

Winnebago Tribe (Nebraska)

The Winnebago Reservation now has had a total of sixteen positive cases of COVID-19. Of those sixteen cases, six individuals have recovered.

Tribal Governments in Action: Leveraging the CARES Act for Response and Recovery (National Congress of American Indians)

Learn the stories of how four tribal governments are using CARES Act funding to protect their communities and help them recover in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico)

The ‘Broken Promises’ report concluded that federal programs designed to support the social and economic wellbeing of tribal nations and Native peoples remain chronically underfunded and often inefficiently structured. That was before the pandemic.

Indian Health Service (Department of Health and Human Services)

The Indian Health Service has updated its coronavirus testing data, showing 9,719 COVID-19 positive cases as of May 25, 2020.

LETTER: ‘Yet another broken promise to sovereign tribal governments’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) are calling on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to investigate the impacts of COVID-19 in Indian Country.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Christian Evangelist Franklin Graham visited the Navajo Nation to offer his support for COVID-19 response efforts for the Navajo people.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 4,842 as of May 26, 2020. nearly 1,600 have recovered from the coronavirus on the largest reservation in the United States.

CARES Act Litigation

As ordered by a federal judge, the Trump administration submitted a status report about its efforts to distribute the rest of the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to tribal governments. It’s not going so well.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

New COVID-19 surge projections show the effectiveness of Public Health Emergency Orders and weekend lockdowns, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer said.

CARES Act Litigation

A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to submit another status report about its efforts to distribute the rest of the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to tribal governments.

Navajo Nation Town Hall (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

Please join the Navajo Nation for another online town hall hosted by President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer.

Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)

‘The curve is flattening on the Navajo Nation, even as we test our people aggressively,’ said President Jonathan Nez.

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Welcome to FCNL’s Native American Legislative Update! NALU is a monthly newsletter about FCNL’s Native American policy advocacy and ways for you to engage members of Congress.

Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise (Arizona)

The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise will resume gaming operations on June 5, 2020, at all four of its Desert Diamond Casinos in Arizona.

YES! Magazine: Gardening advice from Indigenous food growers

Among COVID-19’s disruptions are bare supermarket shelves and items available yesterday but nowhere to be found today. As you seek ways to replace them, you can look to Native gardens for ideas and inspiration.

Native Sun News Today: #COVID19 checkpoints on reservations to remain

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe are refusing to remove coronavirus checkpoints on their reservations amid threats from a Republican governor.

ProPublica: Former Trump aide provided faulty masks to Indian Health Service

A former White House aide won a $3 million contract to supply respirator masks to Navajo Nation hospitals. Some may not work.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Mass burials teach same lessons in era of #Coronavirua

Tribal leaders across America are at these moments of this early spring, gathering their people to talk of decisions to be made that will not be business as usual.

Republican governor takes #Coronavirus checkpoints to Trump

First Kristi Noem made a legal threat. Now she's asking Donald Trump for help in taking down coronavirus checkpoints on two reservations.

On South Dakota's Sioux reservations, checkpoints save lives

A standoff over safety and sovereignty is intensifying in South Dakota.

Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne warriors challenge tribal government

Though the Northern Cheyenne Tribe has made it through a coronavirus quarantine with no cases, actions taken during the pandemic have led to political controversy.

Cronkite News: Powwows move online to keep Indigenous communities together amid #Coronavirus

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, some Native Americans have found a way to safely host powwows.

Kaiser Health News: How a company misappropriated Native culture to sell health insurance

Do you want health insurance connected to an illegitimate tribe? O’NA HealthCare has got you covered.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: Looking ahead to the new normal amid #COVID19

Like small businesses across Indian Country, Native Sun News Today, felt, and is still feeling, the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

'You're gonna have a lot of trouble': Judge trashes Trump over changes in tribal homelands policy

The Trump administration is under fire for changing course on Indian Country homelands policy during the #COVID19 pandemic.

Native Sun News Today: Tribal lawsuits prompt release of #COVID19 money

After tribal governments sued the Treasury Department for withholding COVID-19 relief, the Trump administration announced the release of 60 percent of the $8 billion fund.

'Frustrating': Indian Country forced to wait again for coronavirus relief

Tribal nations are still jumping through bureaucratic hoops in order to secure the full $8 billion in COVID-19 relief that was promised more than seven weeks ago.

Native Sun News Today: A consolation prize amid the #COVID19 pandemic

Ronald 'Isaac' Neiss, Sicangu Lakota, figured he would not be eligible for a $1,200 stimulus check under the U.S. government’s coronavirus relief program.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: The silent crisis in our communities

We are experiencing an epidemic of violence in our tribal communities.

Rep. Tom Cole: The People's House can show up during #COVID19 pandemic

If Americans can take on the risk and serve selflessly throughout the coronavirus crisis and if the White House can continue to go to work every day, so too should Congress.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: State power runs amok during #Coronavirus crisis

I’ve not seen any evidence that Indians in this state deserve the constant tension put forth by this governor.

'Arbitrary and capricious': Study casts doubt on Trump administration's COVID-19 payments to tribes

As tribes continue to fight for the $8 billion in coronavirus relief they were promised more than seven weeks ago, new research is casting doubt on the accuracy and fairness of the Trump administration's handling of the fund.

Native Sun News Today: #Coronavirus checkpoints on reservations point of discussion

The Cheyenne River Sioux Sioux and the Oglala Sioux Tribe are refusing to bow to an order to take down coronavirus checkpoints on their reservations.

Intertribal Ag Council: The generosity of agriculture

As the #Coronavirus continues to impact meat processing plants nationwide, farmers and ranchers in Indian Country will continue asking for help with their growing backlog.

Chuck Hoskin: Essential #COVID19 relief dollars finally come to Indian Country

After much debate, media scrutiny and a national lawsuit, the Treasury Department is finally distributing coronavirus relief funds to tribal governments, but it is far from payment in full, as promised.

Tim Giago: The Wounded Knee we loved as children

There are not too many of us left who remember what a great place Wounded Knee used to be, a place of wonderful childhood memories.

Anunkasan Was'te: South Dakota flattened the #Coronavirus curve in spite of our governor

This virus has hit closer to home than I ever imagined. Two of my daughters just tested positive for COVID-19.

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Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Who influences today's political thinkers?

I was hardly in grade school when I started reading political stuff, having listened to many Dakota/Lakota politicians talk about the problems of Indian life on the reservation.

Trump administration's coronavirus efforts in Indian Country plagued by lack of accurate data

The Trump administration's coronavirus testing efforts in Indian Country are being dealt a serious setback with warnings about the accuracy of the machine provided to tribal communities across the nation.

Kurt BlueDog passes on after dedicating life to Indian Country

Kurt BlueDog, Sisseton-Wahpeton, fought for the rights of tribes across the nation. He was 70 years old.

Alexander Mallory: Tribes have full legal authority to use checkpoints to safeguard health

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem should commend the checkpoints implemented by tribes to protect their nations from a COVID-19 outbreak, not condemn them with threats of legal action.

Ronson Chee: COVID-19 pandemic exposes long-standing issues on Navajo Nation

The disproportionate high rates of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation has made headlines and has brought to light the lack of in-home sanitation facilities and lack of potable water infrastructure coverage.

Sean McCabe: How should Native Nations spend COVID-19 funds?

Tribal nations need to look out for the health and protection of their residents, especially the elderly, and implement measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Montana Free Press: Tribes go to court to defend protections for Yellowstone grizzlies

The future of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is now in the hands of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

'It’s really scary for us': Oglala Sioux Tribe orders lockdown after COVID-19 hits reservation

The Oglala Sioux Tribe ordered a reservation-wide shutdown after learning of the first COVID-19 cases among its citizens.

'We waited for weeks': Tribal governments in line for additional coronavirus relief

As tribal nations continue to fight for the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to them more than a month ago, Democrats in Congress are making good on pledges to provide more resources to the first Americans.

Native Sun News Today: 'It was all about the 'Redskins'

After being punished by the Department of Energy for speaking out against racist mascots, Jody Tallbear has reached a settlement in her case.

Clara Caufield: Montana to begin phased 're-opening' amid #COVID19 pandemic

Tribal leaders across the country have responded well and deserve credit for their concern about public safety.

'I'm protecting my people': Tribal citizens defend coronavirus checkpoints amid threat from state

With coronavirus cases rising all around their communities, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Oglala Sioux Tribe are standing their sovereign ground.

Supreme Court takes up sovereignty case amid coronavirus crisis in Indian Country

Despite recent improvements in government-to-government relations, Indian nations are still finding themselves at odds with states and even their own trustee amid the worst public health crisis to hit their communities in decades.

Marcella LeBeau: Vulnerable Native Americans need protection from COVID-19

As a retired World War II army nurse and former Indian Health Service Director of Nursing, I know how fragile and precious life is.

Tim Giago: Overcoming the ignorance of South Dakota's governors

Kristi Noem knows absolutely nothing about the history of the Indian people residing in the state she governs.

Chuck Hoskin: By sharing, we multiply our blessings

For many first responders, securing protective masks has been difficult due to low supplies and high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump's transparency? Coronavirus relief formula subject of intense discussion in Indian Country

Ever since the Trump administration began consultation on the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund, one of the biggest questions has been the distribution formula.

Native Sun News Today: Keystone XL construction continues even after loss in court

Even after a federal judge revoked permission for the Keystone XL Pipeline construction across unceded treaty territory, the Canadian builder was still proceeding with work.

Will the Supreme Court return eastern Oklahoma to the Five Tribes?

The legal duty and moral obligation of the Supreme Court is crystal clear: Return eastern Oklahoma to the Five Civilized Tribes.

Native American communities hit hard by COVID-19

The state of New Mexico reports that Native Americans account for nearly 50 percent of COVID-19 cases, and there is no telling what that number could be by the time you read this.

Coronavirus relief funds finally going out to Indian Country after long wait

The U.S. has sent about $3.4 billion to tribal nations, more than a month after a delay placed the Trump administration at the center of yet another COVID-19 controversy.

Donovan White: Respect Native people, Native nations, and Indian sovereignty

Indian nations and tribes are the original American sovereigns. Our Creator blessed us with life and liberty.

Native Sun News Today: BIA steps on tribal sovereignty

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier answered a Bureau of Indian Affairs challenge to COVID-19 checkpoints on the reservation with one of his own.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Modern history and ancient Native cultures are not important anymore

The majority of citizens in this country need a cattle prod to jolt their memories.

'A slap in the face for Indian Country': Tribes decry Trump administration's delay in $8 billion in coronavirus relief

Under fire in Indian Country, Congress and the courts, the Trump administration is finally releasing $8 billion in coronavirus relief funds promised to tribal governments over a month ago.

President of Oglala Sioux Tribe faces legal crisis amid coronavirus pandemic

President Julian Bear Runner is being accused of driving while intoxicated and verbal assault as he continues to lead COVID-19 response efforts for the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Cronkite News: Tribal pageant winner ships homemade masks across Indian Country

As Miss Shoshone-Bannock, Stormie Perdash has represented her people all across the United States. Now, amid the coronavirus pandemic, she's representing them in a different way.

Trump heads to Native American roundtable amid heat on $8 billion in #Coronavirus relief

President Donald Trump is preparing to take credit for releasing the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund that his own administration has held up for more than a month.

Indian Country Today: Uniting online for missing Native women and girls #MMIW #MMIWG

May 5 is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.

'We are a forgotten people': Native candidate struggles to be heard amid #COVID19 pandemic

With just a month left before voters go to the polls, Karen Bedonie is looking for ways to boost her struggling Congressional campaign during the worst public health crisis in decades.

President of Oglala Sioux Tribe admits arrest during #Coronavirus crisis

President Julian Bear Runner admitted to being arrested this weekend, though he declined to say what charges he is facing as he continues to lead COVID-19 response efforts for the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Chuck Hoskin: Even during social distancing, Cherokee culture connects us

One of the greatest sources of strength Cherokee people have right now is our culture and heritage.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: 'Katy Bar the Door!'

It took a major pandemic for the total incompetence of Donald Trump to surface.

YES! Magazine: Indigenous horse histories are being preserved

Horse sanctuaries along the Native American Horse Trail are working to save America’s last Indigenous horses and rewrite official histories that claim they don’t exist.

Cronkite News: Court upholds capital punishment for only Native American on federal death row

An appeals court upheld the death sentence for the only Native American on federal death row even though some judges questioned the necessity of the punishment.

Montana Free Press: Court strikes down oil and gas leases over failure to address water and climate impacts

A federal judge vacated 287 oil and gas leases in Montana, ruling that the Bureau of Land Management did not properly assess the leases' threat to groundwater and impacts on climate change.

'We need to do more for our tribes': $8 billion in #Coronavirus relief missing in action

With yet another deadline looming, concerns are growing in Indian Country and on Capitol Hill about the fate of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to tribal governments.

New study shows decrease in diabetes prevalence for American Indian and Alaska Native adults

The Indian Health Service will continue to include type 2 diabetes prevention and diabetes treatment among our highest priorities.

Bristol Bay Tribes grateful for solidarity as our fight continues against Pebble Mine

The days we stand together with fellow tribes are a bright moment of hope for our region’s future.

'He got demoted': Trump administration moves Indian Country official out of White House

Tribal leaders are once again questioning the Trump administration's commitment, with the official who has been working on Indian County issues being moved out of the White House in the middle of a pandemic.

Judge sides with tribal governments in first round of $8 billion #Coronavirus dispute

Tribal leaders and their advocates are celebrating after securing an initial victory against the Trump administration. But where's the $8 billion promised to their governments?

Social Distance Powwow founders apologize for 'Smoke Signals' broadcast with unexpected guest

A Native author who was the subject of sexual harassment allegations reappeared on the very popular Social Distance Powwow group.

Tim Giago: Will things ever be the same?

Never, in our worst nightmare, did we expect a deadly virus to come along, a coronavirus that is particularly lethal to members of the Greatest and Boomer generations.

Chuck Hoskin: Helping Cherokee small businesses survive

Many of our Cherokee-owned businesses are struggling to stay afloat amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donovan White: Standing up for Native Americans and Native American jobs

Through our gaming, hotels and restaurants, and convenience store, Sisseton-Wahpeton has created hundreds of jobs in North Dakota and South Dakota.

Robert Starbard: Fear and Hope - The view From Hoonah, Alaska

Historically, Indigenous peoples of the United States have been by far the most at-risk race to deadly flu-like diseases.

Tribes sue Trump administration after being excluded from #Coronavirus relief program

Two Indian nations whose businesses were excluded from the first round of the Paycheck Protection Program say they were denied millions of dollars in coronavirus relief.

Cronkite News: Basketball star Michelle Tom helps her people fight #Coronavirus

Michelle Tom, a basketball standout from the Navajo Nation, is treating coronavirus patients in an underfunded community hospital on the reservation.

Montana Free Press: Court blocks Keystone XL Pipeline water crossings

Tribes continue the fight against the Keystone XL Pipeline amid fears that it will exacerbate the threat posed to their communities by the coronavirus.

'They murdered my son': Native mother in pain as officers linked to son's death get jobs back

Three police officers connected to the death of Zachary Bear Heels will get their jobs back.

'Finally': Tribal gaming in line for coronavirus relief amid stiff competition for resources

As Indian Country continues to fight for its share of coronavirus resources, tribes are finally seeing some good news.

Indian Country set for historic showdown in fight for $8 billion in COVID-19 relief

With the coronavirus continuing to exact a heavy toll on the first Americans, Indian Country awaits word on $8 billion promised to tribal governments.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 Bristol Bay fishing season

The risk of transmission of the coronavirus in the Bristol Bay fishery of Alaska is not just high -- it is certain.

Oregon tribes' primary engines – casinos – stalled by COVID-19

When officials identified Oregon's third known victim of COVID-19 as a casino employee, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation jumped into action.

Indian Country awaits decision on $8 billion in coronavirus relief money

With just days left before an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund is supposed to be released, the Trump administration has yet to determine how to distribute the money.

NABI cancellation means much more to Native American community than just loss of basketball

The cancellation of the Native American Basketball Invitational means more to that community than simply taking a summer off from playing ball.

'Broken promises': Tribes decry leak of private data from $8 billion coronavirus relief fund

An investigation by Indianz.Com shows the White House was one of the first recipients of sensitive information on nearly 700 tribes and Native entities.

Physicians and Healers: A traditional perspective on COVID-19 (Corona Virus)

Indian people are resilient, and together we will get beyond this.

Donovan White: Alaska Native villages are Indian tribes. ANC Corporations are Not.

The Seven Council Fires—Oceti Sakowin—of our Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota nations always stand up for our lands and treaties.

Indian Country Today: 8 billion #CoronavirusReliefFund questions

The $8 billion tribal relief fund could be gone soon. Based on the leaking of sensitive information, it’s clear the pool will be far short of what’s needed.

Cronkite News: Tribal leaders struggle against 'very slow' #Coronavirus aid

The Navajo Nation has the third-highest rate of COVID-19 infections but President Jonathan Nez said federal resources aren't coming fast enough.

Brian Lightfoot Brown: The time is now to #StandWithMashpee

Over the past 11 years, Indian Country has made several attempts to gain a clean Carcieri fix. So it is at this point, I come to Indian Country yet again.

Alaska Native corporations outpace tribes in race for $8 billion in coronavirus relief

Alaska Native corporations were among the first in line for an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund, preliminary data obtained by Indianz.Com shows.

StrongHearts Native Helpline: Sexual violence in Indian Country

Around the world, Indigenous peoples have been and still are being victimized by predominant civilizations.

'A robbery happening in broad daylight': Indian Country in revolt over $8 billion coronavirus fund

Furor is growing among Indian nations in the lower 48 as the Trump administration refuses to change course on what one prominent leader calls a 'robbery happening in broad daylight.'

Family holds onto hope while mother fights for her life after being diagnosed with COVID-19

"My mom is not a statistic of COVID-19. She has a name. And her name is Shineesta Emily Bushyhead Adams, and she is a warrior."

Mashpee Wampanoag Termination: Time to expose federal Indian law

We have long known that federal Indian law "trust doctrine" is not trustworthy.

Coronavirus takes higher toll on Native Americans in hard hit region

The coronavirus is taking a disproportionate toll on the first Americans, whose health care is promised by the federal government yet often falls far short of the need.

Mark Charles: Donald Trump and Joe Biden are peddling nostalgia and that's a problem

In a nation built on racism, sexism and white supremacy, the past is only nostalgic for white, land-owning men.

Alaska Native corporations in line for billions in coronavirus relief promised to tribes

With a major assist from the Trump administration, Alaska Native corporations are poised to claim a large share of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund despite not being tribal governments.

'We keep getting left out': Tribal gaming remains locked out of $349 billion coronavirus relief program

With some Indian Country businesses still locked out of a $349 billion coronavirus relief fund, the Trump administration is finally consulting tribes about it.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: Publishing during a time of a pandemic

We apologize to our readers for not publishing for 2 weeks, but we have several employees with diabetes and other illnesses that make them very vulnerable to the coronavirus.

Tribes celebrate victory against Dakota Access Pipeline even as oil continues to flow

Will oil continue to flow ad infinitum across tribal lands in violation of all morality and law?

Tribes rush to respond to new coronavirus emergency created by Trump administration

As tribes work day and night to protect vulnerable communities from the deadly coronavirus, a new crisis has emerged from the Trump administration.

Arne Vainio: Zoongide'iwin is the Ojibwe word for courage

This is the time for courage. This is the time to stay strong. The virus is depending on you to bring it to others and we cannot let that happen if we can help it.

Rep. Tom Cole: Oklahomans will overcome the #Coronavirus

The scale of the coronavirus crisis is much bigger. We will face a loss of life many times greater than the Oklahoma City bombing.

Cronkite News: Businesses running out of time with #Coronavirus relief program

While Congress and the White House are promising to add billions to the Paycheck Protection Program, some small businesses say they are just trying to hang on long enough to get the money there now.

Montana Free Press: Study examines ecological impact of Yellowstone bison

Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley has been called the American Serengeti, a landscape where people can see bison, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, moose, wolves, coyotes, grizzly bears, black bears, otters and beavers.

'The radio station means so much': Beloved institution survives fire on Pine Ridge Reservation

Ruth Cedar Face was getting ready to make dinner when one of her children came into the house and said there was a fire. It was at the KILI radio station.

Tim Giago: How long before the digital media replaces print newspapers?

Guess what: In eight years my Native newspaper grew to be the largest weekly newspaper in the state of South Dakota.

COVID-19 and American Racism: A Mohawk Perspective

The magnitude of this epidemic is yet to be fully realized but what it does is to further expose the naked reality of entrenched racism in the U.S. and this most rotten core of the national experience.

VIDEO: Interview with Jonathan Nez of Navajo Nation and Chuck Hoskin Jr. of Cherokee Nation

The leaders of the two largest tribes participated in an unprecedented #Coronavirus conversation.

'At this rate, the entire tribe will be extinct': Zuni Pueblo sees COVID-19 cases double as first death is confirmed

Pueblo and Navajo citizens are struggling with COVID-19 outbreaks in their communities, with fears growing about even deadlier consequences.

Rapid coronavirus tests finally coming to Indian Country as cases continue to rise

Rapid testing for the coronavirus will finally be arriving in Indian Country, days after the Trump administration first said the Indian Health Service was going to be given priority.

Arne Vainio: 'A great sickness has been visited upon us as human beings'

Stay safe everyone. Wash your hands. Keep our elders and our most vulnerable safe. Don’t gather. Call an elder.

Montana Free Press: Governor OKs Keystone XL construction despite #Coronavirus threat

Gov. Steve Bullock (D) is allowing a Canadian pipeline company to begin construction this month of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Cronkite News: Tribal response to 2020 Census lags far behind rest of nation amid #COVID19

Tribal response to the 2020 Census badly trails state and national rates, with the already-challenging task complicated by the arrival of COVID-19.

Cronkite News: 'Overwhelming' demand on first day of $349 billion #Coronavirus program

Banks and small businesses reported an overwhelming volume of calls and some confusion as the Small Business Administration launched a COVID-19 stimulus program.

'We need clarification now': Indian gaming industry being shut out of coronavirus relief program

With the $33 billion Indian gaming industry at a standstill in the midst of the worst public health crisis in decades, tribal casino operations are in danger.

Cronkite News: Trump administration finally closes Grand Canyon after weeks of #COVID19 complaints

The National Park Service abruptly closed Grand Canyon National Park, bowing to weeks of pressure after health officials expressed 'extreme concern' about the potential for spread of COVID-19 in the park.

'We need the money right now': Tribes await billions of dollars in coronavirus relief

With the number of COVID-19 cases in Indian Country continuing to rise, the Trump administration is embarking on the most consequential tribal consultation in recent history.

Chuck Hoskin: In times of need, the Cherokee Nation does not stand down

During times of great uncertainty and hardship, the Cherokee people have never shied away from standing on the front lines.

Rep. Tom Cole: More #Coronavirus help is coming to Indian Country

I worked very hard to ensure tribal nations are equipped to face and fight the unknown challenges ahead with this coronavirus – just like any other state or local authority.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin: The CARES Act brings #Coronavirus relief for tribes

Our small businesses, our farmers and ranchers, our teachers, our tribal governments, our health care workers and first responders on the front lines -- we are all hurting right now.

Cronkite News: Lawmakers join Navajo Nation in seeking closure of Grand Canyon due to #Coronavirus

Lawmakers joined local and tribal officials in calling on the Trump administration to reverse its "reckless" decision to keep Grand Canyon National Park open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention faulted for delay in Indian Country coronavirus funds

As tribes look to the government to uphold its trust and treaty responsibilities during the worst public health crisis in decades, one agency is receiving failing grades.

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