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President Biden’s Voting Rights Executive Order Includes Creation of Steering Group on Native American Voting Rights

March 7, 2021 - 9:15pm

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Sunday signed an Executive Order on Promoting Access to Voting that aims to protect voting rights for all eligible Americans. The president signed the executive order on the 56th annivesary of Bloody Sunday, a day when police beat Black marchers as they marched to gain the right to vote.


Native American Groups Expect Xavier Becerra to Take on Opioid Crisis as Head of HHS

March 6, 2021 - 7:54pm

HHS nominee Calif. Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra

Native Americans and Alaska Natives among Americans Hit hardest by the Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON – With Indian Country being hit hard by the opioid crisis, Native American organizations are counting on California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to confront the issue head-on. Becerra, President Biden’s nominee to become the secretary of the U.S. Dept, of Health and Human Services (HHS), has proven track record for dealing with the opioid crisis.


Senate Passes $1.9 Trillion Relief Package on Saturday; Bill Goes Back to the House

March 6, 2021 - 12:46pm

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate passed on Saturday President Joe Bidens $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, known as the American Rescue Plan Act, after a marathon session. The bill will go back to the U.S. House of Representatives for a final vote next week. Once the House passes the legilsation it will be sent to President Biden for his signature to turn it into law. 


American Indian Groups Urge Senate to Show Bipartisan Support for HHS Nominee Xaveir Becerra

March 5, 2021 - 10:48pm

Becerra Will Take Aim at the Crumbling Rural Healthcare System Plagued by Hospital-Closings Serving Indian Country: The Response that Led to the COVID-19  Epic ‘Fail’

WASHINGTON — Facing pushback from Republican senators, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, President Biden’s nominee to become the next Health and Human Services secretary, only garnered a 14-14 tie coming out of Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday.


Navajo Area IHS Reports that 141,568 Vaccine Doses Have Been Administered

March 4, 2021 - 9:14pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — A report from the Navajo Area Indian Health Service on Thursday indicates that 187,560 total vaccine doses have been received, 141,568 administered on the Navajo Nation, which represents nearly 76 percent so far. 51,508 individuals have received a first and second dose of the vaccines.


Former Alaska Native Health Executive Missing After Helicopter Disappears; Coast Guard Ends Search

March 4, 2021 - 5:00pm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — On Tuesday, the former leader of Alaska’s largest tribal health organization, Andy Teuber (Tangirnaq Native Village), disappeared hours after a story broke pinning his resignation the week prior to an accusation of a coerced sexual relationship made by his younger assistant.


South Dakota House Passes Resolution Acknowledging Boarding Schools

March 4, 2021 - 3:36pm

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota State House of Representatives passed a resolution on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, acknowledging and honoring the survivors of American Indian boarding schools. House Concurrent Resolution 6014 was introduced and sponsored by State Rep. Peri Pourier (D—Pine Ridge), who is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. 


Senate Panel Votes to Support Deb Haaland for Interior Secretary

March 4, 2021 - 2:12pm

WASHINGTON — In the first week of Women’s History Month, New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland has found a niche way to be celebrated, paving the way to become the first Native American woman to serve as a Cabinet member in the United States government. 


FEMA to Hold Consultation on Covid-19 Funeral Expenses Funding to Tribes

March 3, 2021 - 10:42pm

WASHINGTON — FEMA sent a letter to tribal leaders on Feb. 26 to announce a virtual tribal consultation session set for Thursday, March 4 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. – EST to seek information on tribal policies set in place to assist burial expenses of tribal citizens who have died from Covid-19.


Wednesday Navajo Nation Covid-19 Cases: 20 New Cases and Three More Deaths

March 3, 2021 - 10:02pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Wednesday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 20 new Covid-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and three more deaths. The total number of deaths is now 1,187 as of Wednesday. Reports indicate that 16,124 individuals have recovered from Covid-19, and 245,372 Covid-19 tests have been administered. The total number of positive Covid-19 cases is now 29,794. 


Bill Protecting Native American Two-Spirit Individuals Fails in South Dakota State Senate

March 3, 2021 - 11:14am

PIERRE, S.D.— South Dakota State Sen. Red Dawn Foster introduced Senate Bill 166 with a series of amendments to the South Dakota state senate on Feb. 1 that included protections for individuals identifying as LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender) and Native American Two-Spirit in the State of South Dakota. The bill is one of the first sponsored by Sen. Foster, an Oglala Lakota Democrat representing District 27, which includes Bennett, Haakon, Jackson, Pennington, and Oglala Lakota counties.


Over 90% of Covid-19 Vaccine Received Has Been Administered on Navajo Nation

March 2, 2021 - 11:23pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — As of Tuesday, the Navajo Area Indian Health Service reported that 146,980 total vaccine doses have been received, 135,161 administered, which represents nearly 92-percent so far.


Deb Haaland's Next Senate Meeting Scheduled for Thursday

March 2, 2021 - 7:58pm

WASHINGTON — The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a business meeting at 10 a.m. this Thursday, March 4, to consider the nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) to Secretary of the Interior Department. 


Navajo Nation President Nez Warns of Covid-19 Variants

March 1, 2021 - 10:52pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky stated on Monday that the country may be at risk of increasing Covid-19 infections due to the spread of Covid-19 variants and reports of some states easing public health measures that help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.


Covid-19 Impact and Vaccination Explored in Native News Online's Live Stream

March 1, 2021 - 10:01pm

On Feb. 25, Native News Online hosted an online forum on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Indian Country, aimed at raising vaccine awareness and addressing vaccine hesitancy throughout tribal nations.


USDA Pauses Land Transfer of Oak Flat Pending Further Review

March 1, 2021 - 9:03pm

WASHINGTON — Citing the Presidential Memorandum signed by President Joe Biden on Jan. 26 on tribal consultation and strengthening nation to nation relationships, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has put on hold the transfer of 5,439 acres of high-value conservation land in Arizona to Resolution Copper.


Protesting Pipelines Through Street Murals: “The Paint Does All the Talking”

February 28, 2021 - 9:20pm

OAKLAND, Calif. — Several Native American groups, and other allies, took to a downtown Oakland, Calif street in front of the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building on Saturday, Feb. 27, to protest oil pipelines and bring attention to the West Berkeley Shellmound that descendants of the Ohlone Tribe want returned to them as the original keepers of the land.


President Biden to NCAI: “I'm committed to working with you to write a new and better chapter”

February 28, 2021 - 3:37pm

WASINGTON — With just over one month into his term, President Joe Biden addressed the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 2021 Winter Session virtually last week. Because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, NCAI decided to hold its annual winter session remotely this year. Typically, hundreds of tribal leaders would have gathered in Washington, D.C. for the conference that allows for interaction between tribal leaders and administration and members of Congress.


With New Covid-19 Cases Are on Decline on Navajo Nation, President Nez Still Pushes Caution

February 28, 2021 - 2:52am

 WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — There is encouraging news on the Navajo Nation: New Covid-19 cases are trending downward. For almost two weeks, daily reports of new cases have been less than 50 per day.


GOP Senator Offers Lame Apology for Calling Rep. Deb Haaland “A Neo-socialist, Left-of-Lenin Whack Job”

February 27, 2021 - 10:34am

WASHINGTON — Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), President Joe Biden’s nominee to become the next secretary of the U.S. Dept. of the Interior, faced tough questioning during two days of questioning before the Senate Committee of Energy and Natural Resources. Haaland, a Pueblo of Laguna tribal citizens, who when confirmed will become the first American Indian to ever serve in a presidential cabinet.