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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.


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.


'David and Goliath': Arizona leaders applaud name change of NFL Washington team
'David and Goliath': Arizona leaders applaud name change of NFL Washington team (July 14, 2020)

Washington’s NFL team on Monday officially dropped its name, a derogatory term for Native Americans that the team has held since 1933.


'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.


Cronkite News: Navajo will not ease restrictions, despite improving numbers
Cronkite News: Navajo will not ease restrictions, despite improving numbers (July 1, 2020)

The number of new COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation is on a downward trend, but tribal leaders said that does not mean they are ready to ease up on health restrictions.


'Left out and left behind': Trump administration faces questions about COVID-19 in Indian Country
'Left out and left behind': Trump administration faces questions about COVID-19 in Indian Country (July 1, 2020)

The Trump administration's COVID-19 response efforts in Indian Country are back in the spotlight again on Capitol Hill.


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.


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.


'We got these monies late': Trump administration makes tribes wait more than 80 days for full COVID-19 relief
'We got these monies late': Trump administration makes tribes wait more than 80 days for full COVID-19 relief (June 17, 2020)

It's taken over 80 days, numerous lawsuits and public pressure for the Trump administration to pay tribal nations the COVID-19 relief they were promised by the federal government.


Cronkite News: Navajo leaders lay out plan to spend relief funds, shield elderly from ‘this monster’
Cronkite News: Navajo leaders lay out plan to spend relief funds, shield elderly from ‘this monster’ (June 10, 2020)

Federal funding has reached the Navajo Nation, and President Jonathan Nez is urging tribal leaders to move quickly to approve the distribution of $50 million in funds from the CARES Act.


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.


Cronkite News: Preliminary OK for Little Colorado dam proposals worries plan’s critics
Cronkite News: Preliminary OK for Little Colorado dam proposals worries plan’s critics (June 8, 2020)

Concerns about sacred sites, endangered species and lack of tribal consultation weren't enough to derail a hydropower study on the Little Colorado River


Cronkite News: Navajo Nation cancels July 4 celebrations, ends weekend curfew
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation cancels July 4 celebrations, ends weekend curfew (June 4, 2020)

Navajo Nation leaders have canceled this year’s Fourth of July celebrations as the tribe continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.


Cronkite News: Tribal leaders, advocates question reopening at Grand Canyon, other parks
Cronkite News: Tribal leaders, advocates question reopening at Grand Canyon, other parks (June 3, 2020)

The Trump administration's efforts to reopen national parks are being made without COVID-19 health safety measures, tribal leaders said.


Navajo COVID curve flattens, but leaders fear post-holiday spike in cases
Navajo COVID curve flattens, but leaders fear post-holiday spike in cases (June 1, 2020)

After weeks of grim news as the pandemic tore through the Navajo Nation, the curve of positive COVID-19 cases has begun to flatten, President Jonathan Nez said.


Native Sun News Today:  Navajo would use CARES Act money to create water system
Native Sun News Today: Navajo would use CARES Act money to create water system (June 1, 2020)

The Navajo Nation has received $600 million from the CARES Act and tribal lawmakers are collecting public comments to determine the best ways to spend the money.


'We must remain diligent and prepared': Coronavirus continues to take heavy toll on tribes
'We must remain diligent and prepared': Coronavirus continues to take heavy toll on tribes (May 26, 2020)

Coronavirus data from New Mexico continues to show a disproportionate impact on the first Americans, whose cultural, political and social contributions are a point of pride in a state with nearly two dozen tribes.


Report: Treasury formula for COVID-19 funding shortchanges some tribes
Report: Treasury formula for COVID-19 funding shortchanges some tribes (May 26, 2020)

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


'Frustrating': Indian Country forced to wait again for coronavirus relief
'Frustrating': Indian Country forced to wait again for coronavirus relief (May 19, 2020)

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.


Trump administration's coronavirus efforts in Indian Country plagued by lack of accurate data
Trump administration's coronavirus efforts in Indian Country plagued by lack of accurate data (May 14, 2020)

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.


'We waited for weeks': Tribal governments in line for additional coronavirus relief
'We waited for weeks': Tribal governments in line for additional coronavirus relief (May 12, 2020)

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.


Coronavirus relief funds finally going out to Indian Country after long wait
Coronavirus relief funds finally going out to Indian Country after long wait (May 7, 2020)

The federal government has so far distributed about $3.4 billion in long-awaited coronavirus relief funds to tribal nations, more than a month after delays placed the Trump administration at the center of yet another COVID-19 controversy.


'A slap in the face for Indian Country': Tribes decry Trump administration's delay in $8 billion in coronavirus relief
'A slap in the face for Indian Country': Tribes decry Trump administration's delay in $8 billion in coronavirus relief (May 6, 2020)

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.


'We need to do more for our tribes': $8 billion in coronavirus relief missing in action
'We need to do more for our tribes': $8 billion in coronavirus relief missing in action (April 30, 2020)

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.


Judge sides with tribal governments in first round of $8 billion coronavirus dispute
Judge sides with tribal governments in first round of $8 billion coronavirus dispute (April 28, 2020)

Tribal leaders and their advocates are celebrating after securing an initial victory against the Trump administration over its handling of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to their governments.


Indian Country set for historic showdown in fight for $8 billion in COVID-19 relief
Indian Country set for historic showdown in fight for $8 billion in COVID-19 relief (April 23, 2020)

With the coronavirus continuing to exact a heavy toll on the first Americans, a historic showdown is taking place in federal court as Indian Country fights over the future of an $8 billion COVID-19 relief fund promised to tribal governments.


Tribal leaders struggle against 'very slow' allocation of COVID-19 aid
Tribal leaders struggle against 'very slow' allocation of COVID-19 aid (April 20, 2020)

The Navajo Nation has the country’s third-highest rate of COVID-19 infections, but it has had to watch as funds go to less hard-hit areas in a 'very slow' federal aid process, President Jonathan Nez said.


Alaska Native corporations outpace tribes in race for $8 billion in coronavirus relief
Alaska Native corporations outpace tribes in race for $8 billion in coronavirus relief (April 17, 2020)

Alaska Native corporations were among the first in line for an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund, preliminary data obtained by Indianz.Com shows, confirming fears of tribes in the lower 48 about for-profit entities receiving a share of money promised to their governments.


'A robbery happening in broad daylight': Indian Country in revolt over $8 billion coronavirus fund
'A robbery happening in broad daylight': Indian Country in revolt over $8 billion coronavirus fund (April 16, 2020)

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.'


Coronavirus takes higher toll on Native Americans in hard hit region
Coronavirus takes higher toll on Native Americans in hard hit region (April 15, 2020)

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.


Alaska Native corporations in line for billions in coronavirus relief promised to tribes
Alaska Native corporations in line for billions in coronavirus relief promised to tribes (April 14, 2020)

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.


'At this rate, the entire tribe will be extinct': Zuni Pueblo sees COVID-19 cases double as first death is confirmed
'At this rate, the entire tribe will be extinct': Zuni Pueblo sees COVID-19 cases double as first death is confirmed (April 8, 2020)

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 coronavirus tests finally coming to Indian Country as cases continue to rise (April 7, 2020)

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.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention faulted for delay in Indian Country coronavirus funds
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention faulted for delay in Indian Country coronavirus funds (March 31, 2020)

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


Indian Health Service works to distribute more coronavirus funding to tribes as cases continue to grow
Indian Health Service works to distribute more coronavirus funding to tribes as cases continue to grow (March 24, 2020)

With additional federal funds on the table, tribes continue to press the Trump administration to ensure their communities aren't left out of relief efforts as the coronavirus spreads among their people.


Trump administration moves slowly on coronavirus funding for Indian Country
Trump administration moves slowly on coronavirus funding for Indian Country (March 23, 2020)

The Trump administration finally announced plans to distribute much-needed funding to Indian Country as the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow in communities that have long been underserved by the federal government.


Indian Country plunges into uncertainty as coronavirus reaches their communities
Indian Country plunges into uncertainty as coronavirus reaches their communities (March 18, 2020)

The coronavirus continues to wreak social and economic havoc in Indian County, with tribes curtailing their operations as the first cases are confirmed in their communities.


Reality check: Risk from virus remains 'very low' at this point
Reality check: Risk from virus remains 'very low' at this point (January 29, 2020)

The Indian Health Service's Phoenix Indian Medical Center has been taking the initiative to prepare for the respiratory illness known as the Novel Coronavirus.


Damming Little Colorado River for power projects is opposed by tribes, environmentalists
Damming Little Colorado River for power projects is opposed by tribes, environmentalists (January 8, 2020)

An Arizona company wants to build two massive hydroelectric projects on the Little Colorado River, threatening sacred tribal lands.


Navajo Generating Station, coal mine face years of breakdown, cleanup
Navajo Generating Station, coal mine face years of breakdown, cleanup (January 6, 2020)

They may have turned out the lights, but the party’s not over at the Navajo Generating Station and its affiliated Kayenta coal mine.


Navajo Nation pays tribute to Korean War veteran Oliver Leo Kirk
Navajo Nation pays tribute to Korean War veteran Oliver Leo Kirk (December 2, 2019)

Flags are flying at half-staff in honor of Oliver Leo Kirk, a veteran and tribal police officer who passed away at the age of 88.


Tribal leaders share statements about White House signing ceremony
Tribal leaders share statements about White House signing ceremony (November 27, 2019)

Appearing in public with President Donald Trump can be toxic. How did it go for the tribal leaders who met with him at the White House?


Navajo Nation withdraws bond backing for Spring Creek Mine
Navajo Nation withdraws bond backing for Spring Creek Mine (November 18, 2019)

Calling the purchase of coal mines 'disrespectful' to the Navajo Nation, President Jonathan Nez is pulling the tribe's financial backing.


Navajo pull backing for tribal energy company over coal mine purchases
Navajo pull backing for tribal energy company over coal mine purchases (November 14, 2019)

'It’s going to take a long time for the harmony between us as people and Mother Earth to be completely restored, but this is a beginning.'


Navajo Nation rips support of coal company
Navajo Nation rips support of coal company (November 13, 2019)

Leaders of the Navajo Nation say they weren't informed about the purchase of three coal mines far from tribal territory.


SRP confirms that last day for Navajo Generating Station just days away
SRP confirms that last day for Navajo Generating Station just days away (November 11, 2019)

An aging power plant that has provided jobs and revenues to the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation is finally shutting down for good.


The election is today (and national races are just a year away)
The election is today (and national races are just a year away) (November 5, 2019)

At least 10 Native candidates are running for U.S. Congress in 2020.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs examines nuclear legacy in Indian Country
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs examines nuclear legacy in Indian Country (October 7, 2019)

Tribal leaders, federal officials and advocates will testify about the effects of radiation in Indian Country at a field hearing in New Mexico.


Navajo, Hopi will have objects, human remains repatriated by Finland
Navajo, Hopi will have objects, human remains repatriated by Finland (October 7, 2019)

The Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation are among 26 tribes that will see the return of ancestral remains from Finland, where the items have been held in a museum after being taken from Colorado almost 130 years ago.


Restrictive election laws, lack of polls hamper Native American voters, leaders say
Restrictive election laws, lack of polls hamper Native American voters, leaders say (October 2, 2019)

The voting rights of Native Americans are routinely suppressed by a slew of requirements and practices, such as photo ID laws and a scarcity of polling places, tribal leaders said.


Cronkite News: Navajo Nation settles Wells Fargo lawsuit for $6.5 million
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation settles Wells Fargo lawsuit for $6.5 million (August 27, 2019)

Wells Fargo will pay $6.5 million to the Navajo Nation to settle the tribe’s 2017 suit that alleged a history of 'unfair, deceptive, fraudulent and illegal practices' aimed at elders and Dine language speakers.


Navajo Nation pays tribute to warriors on Code Talker Day
Navajo Nation pays tribute to warriors on Code Talker Day (August 14, 2019)

Five surviving Navajo Code Talkers, including Thomas H. Begay, John Kinsel, Peter MacDonald, and Joe Vandever, were honored by the Navajo Nation.


Indian Child Welfare Act survives legal attack but obstacles remain
Indian Child Welfare Act survives legal attack but obstacles remain (August 12, 2019)

Tribal leaders and advocates celebrated after an appeals court rebuffed opponents of the Indian Child Welfare Act in one of the most contentious cases in recent history.


Cronkite News: Tribal leaders push for water rights settlements on Capitol Hill
Cronkite News: Tribal leaders push for water rights settlements on Capitol Hill (June 27, 2019)

Tribal leaders are seeking support for bills that would guarantee water to their people in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.


Trump administration offers another concession to tribes after loss in court
Trump administration offers another concession to tribes after loss in court (May 29, 2019)

The Trump administration's 'energy dominance' agenda is once again facing a reckoning in Indian Country.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at meeting (May 13, 2019)

Bills affecting Indian education, treaty rights and water rights are moving forward on Capitol Hill.


Cronkite News: Largest oil field in Arizona sits on Navajo Nation
Cronkite News: Largest oil field in Arizona sits on Navajo Nation (April 29, 2019)

Arizona isn’t known as a big oil producing state, like Texas and North Dakota, but what oil is produced here is on Navajo land.


'Enough is enough': Tribes endorse bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump
'Enough is enough': Tribes endorse bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump (April 9, 2019)

With backing from one of the first Native women in Congress, tribes are calling for a permanent ban on energy development on ancestral territory.


Navajo Nation in mourning after body of 4-year-old missing girl is found
Navajo Nation in mourning after body of 4-year-old missing girl is found (April 4, 2019)

Anndine Jones, 4, was last seen on March 14 on the Utah portion of the Navajo Nation.