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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.


Judge deals major blow to tribes in dispute over delayed COVID-19 relief
Judge deals major blow to tribes in dispute over delayed COVID-19 relief (June 29, 2020)

A federal judge has handed the Trump administration a much-needed victory for its coronavirus response efforts, ruling that Alaska Native corporations are entitled to shares of an $8 billion COVID-19 relief fund.


'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.


'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.


'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.


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: Native American communities hit harder than some states, research finds
Cronkite News: Native American communities hit harder than some states, research finds (June 15, 2020)

The disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on minorities underscores the longstanding failure of federal officials to respond to the needs of Native Americans, a key lawmaker said.


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.


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.


Cronkite News: Plan to ‘revive’ uranium mining called unneeded, unwanted by advocates
Cronkite News: Plan to ‘revive’ uranium mining called unneeded, unwanted by advocates (June 9, 2020)

The Trump administration wants to 'revive and strengthen' the uranium mining industry despite its toxic legacy in Indian Country.


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.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Navajo Nation sees a spike in cases
COVID-19 in Arizona: Navajo Nation sees a spike in cases (June 2, 2020)

Despite promising trends last week, the Navajo Nation reported a spike in COVID-19 cases, with new cases and additional deaths.


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.


COVID-19 hinders accurate Census count in Indian Country
COVID-19 hinders accurate Census count in Indian Country (May 27, 2020)

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 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.


ProPublica: Former Trump aide provided faulty masks to Indian Health Service
ProPublica: Former Trump aide provided faulty masks to Indian Health Service (May 22, 2020)

A former White House aide won a $3 million contract to supply respirator masks to Navajo Nation hospitals, just 11 days after he created a company to sell personal protective equipment in response to the coronavirus pandemic.


'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.


Ronson Chee: COVID-19 pandemic exposes long-standing issues on Navajo Nation
Ronson Chee: COVID-19 pandemic exposes long-standing issues on Navajo Nation (May 13, 2020)

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


'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.


Chuck Hoskin: By sharing, we multiply our blessings
Chuck Hoskin: By sharing, we multiply our blessings (May 11, 2020)

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


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.


Trump heads to Native American roundtable amid heat on $8 billion in coronavirus relief
Trump heads to Native American roundtable amid heat on $8 billion in coronavirus relief (May 5, 2020)

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, helping a vulnerable Republican along the way.


Court upholds death penalty for only Native American on U.S. death row
Court upholds death penalty for only Native American on U.S. death row (May 4, 2020)

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.


'We are a forgotten people': Native candidate struggles to be heard amid COVID-19 pandemic
'We are a forgotten people': Native candidate struggles to be heard amid COVID-19 pandemic (May 4, 2020)

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.


'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.


'He got demoted': Trump administration moves Indian Country official out of White House
'He got demoted': Trump administration moves Indian Country official out of White House (April 29, 2020)

Tribal leaders are once again questioning the Trump administration's commitment to their people, with the official who has been working on Indian Country 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
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.


Former ASU basketball player Michelle Tom helping Navajo Nation fight coronavirus
Former ASU basketball player Michelle Tom helping Navajo Nation fight coronavirus (April 27, 2020)

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


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.


Indian Country awaits decision on $8 billion in coronavirus relief money
Indian Country awaits decision on $8 billion in coronavirus relief money (April 21, 2020)

With just days left before an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund is supposed to go out to Indian Country, the Trump administration has yet to decide how to distribute the much-needed money.


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.'


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.


Down for the count: Tribes' Census response lags far behind state, U.S.
Down for the count: Tribes' Census response lags far behind state, U.S. (April 6, 2020)

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


Officials call for Grand Canyon closure to help stem coronavirus spread
Officials call for Grand Canyon closure to help stem coronavirus spread (April 1, 2020)

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
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.


Trump signs $2 trillion relief bill hours after House rushes it through
Trump signs $2 trillion relief bill hours after House rushes it through (March 30, 2020)

Lawmakers said tribal communities will receive much needed funding from the CARES Act to fight COVID-19.


Coronavirus relief coming to Indian Country with passage of bipartisan legislation
Coronavirus relief coming to Indian Country with passage of bipartisan legislation (March 26, 2020)

With number of positive COVID-19 cases rising in tribal communities, Indian Country will finally see billions of dollars from a coronavirus package almost over the finish line on Capitol Hill.


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.


'Lives are at risk': Coronavirus cases continue to grow in Indian Country as tribes push for action in Washington
'Lives are at risk': Coronavirus cases continue to grow in Indian Country as tribes push for action in Washington (March 19, 2020)

With the number of coronavirus cases in Indian Country growing by the day, tribes are pressing the federal government to live up to its treaty and trust responsibilities and ensure their communities aren't left out of relief efforts.


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.


Clean energy produced on Navajo land could help power Los Angeles
Clean energy produced on Navajo land could help power Los Angeles (March 5, 2020)

'Right now, throughout the world, we’re not taking care of our lands,' Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said.


Ready or not? Warnings for tribes as COVID-19 epidemic spreads
Ready or not? Warnings for tribes as COVID-19 epidemic spreads (March 3, 2020)

'Tribes are not prepared for the coronavirus,' one health expert told Indian Country Today.


Tribal officials press for more, and more predictable, federal funding
Tribal officials press for more, and more predictable, federal funding (February 20, 2020)

Tribal officials raised issues ranging from polluted water to underfunded police but there was one message they all had for lawmakers – the government needs to be a more reliable partner on critical projects.


‘What’s old is new again’: Advocates say tribal voting hurdles remain
‘What’s old is new again’: Advocates say tribal voting hurdles remain (February 19, 2020)

Voting barriers for Native Americans have always existed, but polling cutbacks, discriminatory voter ID laws and lack of funding for elections are making things worse.


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.