When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived on the Navajo Nation, Zoel Zohnnie saw families and elders sheltering in place – and no one helping them to haul water they desperately needed.
It is only with just laws, and the memory of tribal good sense in times of danger that we can look to a future with hope.
At Cherokee Nation, we are putting the federal CARES Act dollars to work for our citizens and our communities.
How has COVID-19 changed our lives in Indian Country?
COVID-19 relief funds were a lifeline for many tribal communities, and have provided tribal governments with tools to keep their communities safe.
'The indigenous experience with COVID-19 affirms that colonization continues to function according to its design,' says William Smith of the National Indian Health Board.
Without a doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic has put strains on Cherokee families, the economy in northeast Oklahoma and our local public schools.
Family and friends are demanding justice for Lenice Blackbird, who went missing and died after being placed in COVID-19 isolation by the Omaha Tribe.
The nation's largest inter-tribal advocacy organization is vowing to oppose legislation aimed at undermining a landmark U.S. Supreme Court victory.
There are many Indian Health Service horror stories and a great deal of frustration with this chronically under-funded agency.
Navajo Nation leaders said the tribe could begin moving toward the phased reopening of the reservation as early as next week, but they continued to urge members to take precautions to keep the number of COVID-19 cases trending downward.
'The Special Diabetes Program for Indians is critical in our fight against diabetes and viruses such as COVID-19,' Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said.
'Now is the time to exercise our sovereignty, not voluntarily surrender it,' Chief David Hill of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation says in asserting the tribe's position of strength following a victory for treaty rights.
More than 30 percent of homes on the Navajo Nation lack adequate access to running water.
With technology, we are able to meet our friends and colleagues, conduct essential business and take a collective stand on issues impacting our governments.
At a time when some Native American communities continue to struggle with the most basic needs, tribal leaders called it 'an outrage' that tribes had to wait months for coronavirus relief funds.
Alaska Native corporations will continue to wait for more than a half-billion dollars in COVID-19 relief as tribal nations press the U.S. to fulfill its trust and treaty responsibilities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the inequity of the digital divide between rural Indigenous communities and the rest of America.
This is somewhat of an update on what’s going on in Cheyenne and Crow country regarding the dreaded coronavirus.
'We developed our collective in hopes of providing a system of support for one another,' says Harrenson Gorman, a co-founder of the Desert Indigenous Collective.
A visitor to an Indian Health Service hospital found something upsetting on the wall: a poster with a racist term used by Donald Trump.
COVID-19 remains a threat, and local community organizations are on the front lines.
Donald Trump and Kristi Noem are using the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore to publicize their political ambitions.
Blackfeet Nation leaders, citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, have decided to keep the eastern entrances to Glacier National Park closed for the rest of the tourism season.
'The climate crisis is not paused while we battle Covid-19; we must support and learn from those at the front line of the struggle for climate justice,' Esperanza Project founder Tracy Barnett says ahead of an online premiere of a new film.
With government leaders at all levels making life-and-death decisions about how to respond to COVID-19, and with State Question 802 potentially bringing home billions in federal tax dollars to care for Oklahomans, this election will be one of the most important we have seen.
Indian tribes have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and expansion of Medicaid will help pay for costs associated with care.
Tribal citizens continue to feel disproportionate effects of the coronavirus in New Mexico, more than three months into a pandemic that continues to spread throughout Indian Country.
Planning is taking place for the next He Sapa Wacipi Na Oskate in 2021.
A popular author is facing renewed accusations of cultural appropriation after repeatedly using tribal stories and traditions without consent.
Santa Fe Indian Market, billed as the one of the best, largest and oldest market of its kind, will take place online this year.
As Indian Country continues to wait for a decision in a closely-watched sovereignty case, the nation's highest court is turning away long-running challenges to tribal treaty and land rights.
Over the past two months, Suzan Shown Harjo has tested positive not just once, but twice, for the disease caused by the coronavirus.
With COVID-19 taking an especially heavy toll on Native Americans, tribal leaders and mental health experts have stepped up efforts to address the emotional suffering brought on by ongoing lockdowns and so much loss.
The Indian Health Service has brought a troubled hospital back from the brink as the Trump administration challenges a ruling in a treaty rights case.
Our young people deserve the truth. We should tell them that history is not something to escape.
An employee who raised concerns about moldy personal protective equipment was fired by the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board.
Experts can cite any number of historical and logistical reasons why Native Americans have relatively low response rates to the Census, but Arbin Mitchell points to a very new, and very specific challenge this year – COVID-19.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona are on the rise, following the state's decision to life stay-at-home orders.
While I agree that the United States hasn’t been the absolute best in the world in terms of coronavirus response, our nation has certainly fared better than most advanced countries.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham cited 'significant, awful allegations' in a ProPublica and New Mexico In Depth story on a hospital where clinicians said pregnant Native women were singled out for COVID-19 testing and separated from newborns after delivery.
Response rates to the 2020 Census are lagging in Indian Country, raising alarms about an accurate count in tribal and rural communities.
Our South Dakota governor is just a Republican sycophant knows almost nothing about Sioux political and legal history, and consults with Donald Trump's White House at every opportunity.
With over 40 COVID-19 cases, the Pine Ridge Reservation has one of the highest numbers of infections for reservations in the state of South Dakota.
Congress is slowly but surely getting back to work after COVID-19 derailed Indian Country's legislative agenda ahead of one of the most critical elections in America's history.
Some residents of Indian Country are still waiting on coronavirus stimulus checks promised by the federal government.
Indian Country is declaring victory after a federal judge blasted the Trump administration for threatening the sovereignty of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and breaking its promises to the People of the First Light.
We find ourselves in a perfect storm. People have been pent up for months and this tragedy has exposed issues we still struggle with as a country.
The United States recently surpassed more than 100,000 precious lives lost to COVID-19.
The U.S. Census Bureau has missed 2020 operation targets on all but one of South Dakota’s nine reservations, illustrating the nationwide threat of an alarming Native American population undercount amid the COVID-19 pandemic.