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Cronkite News: Navajo ‘Water Warrior’ drives miles during COVID to deliver to those in need
Cronkite News: Navajo ‘Water Warrior’ drives miles during COVID to deliver to those in need (August 3, 2020)

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.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Indian Affairs: Backward and forward
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Indian Affairs: Backward and forward (August 3, 2020)

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.


Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation Career Services provide new opportunities in a difficult time
Chuck Hoskin: Cherokee Nation Career Services provide new opportunities in a difficult time (August 3, 2020)

At Cherokee Nation, we are putting the federal CARES Act dollars to work for our citizens and our communities.


Tim Giago: Common sense instead of politics needed to stop coronavirus
Tim Giago: Common sense instead of politics needed to stop coronavirus (August 3, 2020)

How has COVID-19 changed our lives in Indian Country?


Bryan Newland: Congress should make sure pandemic relief legislation works for Indian Country
Bryan Newland: Congress should make sure pandemic relief legislation works for Indian Country (July 30, 2020)

COVID-19 relief funds were a lifeline for many tribal communities, and have provided tribal governments with tools to keep their communities safe.


Native Sun News Today: COVID-19 bares impact of federal broken promises on Indian Country
Native Sun News Today: COVID-19 bares impact of federal broken promises on Indian Country (July 28, 2020)

'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.


Montana Free Press: Bullock, Tester push back on Pendley appointment
Montana Free Press: Bullock, Tester push back on Pendley appointment (July 27, 2020)

An attorney who pushed for oil and gas drilling on sacred Blackfeet Nation territory has been overseeing America's public lands for the Trump administration.


Chuck Hoskin: New grants available for Cherokee students and families during pandemic
Chuck Hoskin: New grants available for Cherokee students and families during pandemic (July 27, 2020)

Without a doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic has put strains on Cherokee families, the economy in northeast Oklahoma and our local public schools.


'That was the last time I heard from her': Death of young Omaha woman under investigation following COVID-19 diagnosis
'That was the last time I heard from her': Death of young Omaha woman under investigation following COVID-19 diagnosis (July 27, 2020)

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.


National Congress of American Indians stands strong against efforts to erode tribal sovereignty
National Congress of American Indians stands strong against efforts to erode tribal sovereignty (July 23, 2020)

The nation's largest inter-tribal advocacy organization is vowing to oppose legislation aimed at undermining a landmark U.S. Supreme Court victory.


Clara Caufield: A 'shout out' to the Crow Agency Indian Health Service hospital
Clara Caufield: A 'shout out' to the Crow Agency Indian Health Service hospital (July 23, 2020)

There are many Indian Health Service horror stories and a great deal of frustration with this chronically under-funded agency.


Cronkite News: Navajo leaders consider phased reopening as soon as next week
Cronkite News: Navajo leaders consider phased reopening as soon as next week (July 22, 2020)

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.


Oklahoma governor stumbles into treaty rights debate
Oklahoma governor stumbles into treaty rights debate (July 21, 2020)

After being cut out of the loop by tribes and a rival Republican, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt is stumbling his way into a treaty rights debate.


Cronkite News: Congress urged to reauthorize diabetes program for Native Americans
Cronkite News: Congress urged to reauthorize diabetes program for Native Americans (July 20, 2020)

'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.


No 'surrender': Muscogee (Creek) Nation stands firm on sovereignty after historic Supreme Court win
No 'surrender': Muscogee (Creek) Nation stands firm on sovereignty after historic Supreme Court win (July 20, 2020)

'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.


Cronkite News: Former NFL standout Chris Long helps bring Navajos much needed water
Cronkite News: Former NFL standout Chris Long helps bring Navajos much needed water (July 16, 2020)

More than 30 percent of homes on the Navajo Nation lack adequate access to running water.


OST President Bear Runner suspended for 30 days
OST President Bear Runner suspended for 30 days (July 15, 2020)

Julian Bear Runner, president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, has been suspended for 30 days and put on a 14-day quarantine for actions taken during the COVID-19 crisis.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Art is politics
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Art is politics (July 13, 2020)

The truth is, America is no longer a new country, as it has often said to be. It is an old country inhabited by people who have wanted to create a new history.


Chuck Hoskin: Inter-Tribal Council utilizing technology for meeting and business
Chuck Hoskin: Inter-Tribal Council utilizing technology for meeting and business (July 13, 2020)

With technology, we are able to meet our friends and colleagues, conduct essential business and take a collective stand on issues impacting our governments.


Cronkite News: Tribes say delayed release of COVID-19 funds hurt coronavirus relief, other efforts
Cronkite News: Tribes say delayed release of COVID-19 funds hurt coronavirus relief, other efforts (July 10, 2020)

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.


'We do need additional dollars': Tribes won't let up in fight over COVID-19 relief
'We do need additional dollars': Tribes won't let up in fight over COVID-19 relief (July 8, 2020)

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.


N. Bird Runningwater: Enduring Indigenous values
N. Bird Runningwater: Enduring Indigenous values (July 8, 2020)

The Covid-19 pandemic has swept across the planet and has left none of us untouched.


Ben Fate Velaise: Alaska Native Tribes must act fast to close digital divide
Ben Fate Velaise: Alaska Native Tribes must act fast to close digital divide (July 8, 2020)

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the inequity of the digital divide between rural Indigenous communities and the rest of America.


Clara Caufield: COVID update from Crow and Cheyenne Country
Clara Caufield: COVID update from Crow and Cheyenne Country (July 7, 2020)

This is somewhat of an update on what’s going on in Cheyenne and Crow country regarding the dreaded coronavirus.


Cronkite News: Mutual aid groups band together to help those in need during COVID-19
Cronkite News: Mutual aid groups band together to help those in need during COVID-19 (July 6, 2020)

'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.


Indian Health Service takes down 'racist' poster but disavows link to coronavirus
Indian Health Service takes down 'racist' poster but disavows link to coronavirus (July 6, 2020)

A visitor to an Indian Health Service hospital found something upsetting on the wall: a poster with a racist term used by Donald Trump.


Chuck Hoskin: New grants assist Cherokee community organizations
Chuck Hoskin: New grants assist Cherokee community organizations (July 6, 2020)

COVID-19 remains a threat, and local community organizations are on the front lines.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Mount Rushmore fireworks and ignorant politicians
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Mount Rushmore fireworks and ignorant politicians (July 3, 2020)

Donald Trump and Kristi Noem are using the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore to publicize their political ambitions.


Montana Free Press: As COVID spikes, Blackfeet leaders close eastern entrances to Glacier for summer
Montana Free Press: As COVID spikes, Blackfeet leaders close eastern entrances to Glacier for summer (June 30, 2020)

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.


Native Sun News Today: Native women star in film
Native Sun News Today: Native women star in film (June 29, 2020)

'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.


Chuck Hoskin: Stay safe and vote in June 30 election
Chuck Hoskin: Stay safe and vote in June 30 election (June 29, 2020)

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.


Rusty Pickens and Geoffrey Roth: Rural Oklahoma needs Medicaid now
Rusty Pickens and Geoffrey Roth: Rural Oklahoma needs Medicaid now (June 29, 2020)

Indian tribes have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and expansion of Medicaid will help pay for costs associated with care.


'Wear your mask, do your part': Tribal citizens in New Mexico bear brunt of coronavirus
'Wear your mask, do your part': Tribal citizens in New Mexico bear brunt of coronavirus (June 26, 2020)

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.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes obtain another court order for delayed pandemic relief
Native Sun News Today: Tribes obtain another court order for delayed pandemic relief (June 26, 2020)

It took over 80 days for the Trump administration to deliver the full COVID-19 relief promised to tribal governments.


Native Sun News Today: Black Hills Powwow cancelled until 2021
Native Sun News Today: Black Hills Powwow cancelled until 2021 (June 25, 2020)

Planning is taking place for the next He Sapa Wacipi Na Oskate in 2021.


'The Elizabeth Warren of the sci-fi set': Author faces criticism for repeated use of tribal traditions
'The Elizabeth Warren of the sci-fi set': Author faces criticism for repeated use of tribal traditions (June 24, 2020)

A popular author is facing renewed accusations of cultural appropriation after repeatedly using tribal stories and traditions without consent.


Native Sun News Today: Santa Fe Indian Market will go online
Native Sun News Today: Santa Fe Indian Market will go online (June 23, 2020)

Santa Fe Indian Market, billed as the one of the best, largest and oldest market of its kind, will take place online this year.


Supreme Court winds down unusual term with tribal sovereignty case on docket
Supreme Court winds down unusual term with tribal sovereignty case on docket (June 23, 2020)

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.


'I feel fine': Legendary activist Suzan Shown Harjo on living with COVID-19
'I feel fine': Legendary activist Suzan Shown Harjo on living with COVID-19 (June 22, 2020)

Over the past two months, Suzan Shown Harjo has tested positive not just once, but twice, for the disease caused by the coronavirus.


Cronkite News: Native American groups address mental and behavioral health as COVID-19 wears on
Cronkite News: Native American groups address mental and behavioral health as COVID-19 wears on (June 22, 2020)

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.


Indian Health Service cites strides in era of COVID-19 as challenges linger
Indian Health Service cites strides in era of COVID-19 as challenges linger (June 22, 2020)

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.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: The Indian world is uncomfortable
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: The Indian world is uncomfortable (June 19, 2020)

Our young people deserve the truth. We should tell them that history is not something to escape.


Native Sun News Today: Moldy PPE reportedly used at Oyate Health Center
Native Sun News Today: Moldy PPE reportedly used at Oyate Health Center (June 19, 2020)

An employee who raised concerns about moldy personal protective equipment was fired by the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board.


Cronkite News: Census field workers back on Navajo Nation, with work cut out for them
Cronkite News: Census field workers back on Navajo Nation, with work cut out for them (June 19, 2020)

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.


Cronkite News: Case numbers shatter daily record set four days earlier
Cronkite News: Case numbers shatter daily record set four days earlier (June 18, 2020)

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona are on the rise, following the state's decision to life stay-at-home orders.


Rep. Tom Cole: America and the global pandemic response
Rep. Tom Cole: America and the global pandemic response (June 16, 2020)

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.


New Mexico In Depth: Hospital separated newborns from Native mothers
New Mexico In Depth: Hospital separated newborns from Native mothers (June 15, 2020)

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.


Montana Free Press: Lagging rural census response could cost Montana second U.S. House seat
Montana Free Press: Lagging rural census response could cost Montana second U.S. House seat (June 11, 2020)

Response rates to the 2020 Census are lagging in Indian Country, raising alarms about an accurate count in tribal and rural communities.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Abusing power through ignorance
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Abusing power through ignorance (June 11, 2020)

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.


Native Sun News Today: Wanblee -- Quarantined without food
Native Sun News Today: Wanblee -- Quarantined without food (June 11, 2020)

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 returns to Indian Country's agenda in age of COVID-19
Congress returns to Indian Country's agenda in age of COVID-19 (June 9, 2020)

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.


Wim Laven: Why did the chicken cross the road?
Wim Laven: Why did the chicken cross the road? (June 9, 2020)

Doctors Without Borders was deployed to help the Navajo Nation in the US, the richest country in the world, yet somehow unwilling to help indigenous people, Native citizens. Shameful.


Native Sun News Today: Pandemic consolation prize: View from Indian Country
Native Sun News Today: Pandemic consolation prize: View from Indian Country (June 9, 2020)

Some residents of Indian Country are still waiting on coronavirus stimulus checks promised by the federal government.


Trump administration lands in trouble for threatening tribe's sovereignty
Trump administration lands in trouble for threatening tribe's sovereignty (June 8, 2020)

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.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Together, we will get through this
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Together, we will get through this (June 8, 2020)

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.


Rep. Tom Cole: Communist China’s coronavirus cover-up
Rep. Tom Cole: Communist China’s coronavirus cover-up (June 8, 2020)

The United States recently surpassed more than 100,000 precious lives lost to COVID-19.


Native Sun News Today: Pandemic protocols portend census undercount on tribal lands
Native Sun News Today: Pandemic protocols portend census undercount on tribal lands (June 8, 2020)

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.


Arne Vainio: Black lives matter
Arne Vainio: Black lives matter (June 8, 2020)

We’re better than this. We have to be. Four hundred years of oppression is too long.


'An utter disaster': Trump administration threatens to deny COVID-19 funds to tribes
'An utter disaster': Trump administration threatens to deny COVID-19 funds to tribes (June 4, 2020)

Some tribes will lose out on millions of dollars in additional COVID-19 relief because the Trump administration is cutting them off.


Underscore.news: Torn apart
Underscore.news: Torn apart (June 4, 2020)

COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of events everywhere. But in Indian Country, not congregating comes with added cost—and risk.