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Navajo Nation President and Cherokee Principal Chief Among Panelists for Native News Online’s Live Stream on Feb. 25

February 19, 2021 - 2:20pm

Native News Online will host a Facebook live stream, “Covid-19 Vaccines in Indian Country,” on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 at 3 p.m. EST. The informative event will examine the coronavirus’s impact, the vaccine distribution and the need to get vaccinated in Indian Country.

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Missing 8-Year-Old Girl’s Body Found on Crow Indian Reservation

February 18, 2021 - 11:11pm

BILLINGS, Mont. — An 8-year-old girl’s body was found on the Crow Indian Reservation on Thursday, according to a statement by Crow Tribal Chairman Frank White Clay. The girl’s name is Mildred Old Crow and she was last seen in March 2019. Her body was found on Wednesday. 

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More Than 100,000 Covid-19 Vaccine Doses Administered on Navajo Nation - 76% of Population

February 18, 2021 - 10:07pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation set a goal of administering 100,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses by the end of February. The goal was met on Thursday, Feb. 18.

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South Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee Unanimously Passes Bill Protecting Native American Two-Spirit

February 18, 2021 - 8:55pm

PIERRE, S.D. — Senate Bill 166 unanimously passed in the South Dakota Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday morning, making the bill the first time a state government in United States history has approved protections for Native American Two-Spirit individuals. 

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California Bill Swaps Columbus Day for Native American Day as Paid Holiday for Court Employees

February 18, 2021 - 3:42pm

Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-Highland) introduced bill AB 855 on Wednesday, which would make California Native American Day, on the fourth Friday of September, a judicial holiday. 

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A Navajo Engineer Talks About Life at NASA, and the Rover Set to Land on Mars

February 18, 2021 - 2:23pm

A NASA rover launched from Earth six months ago to collect rock core samples on Mars will make landing on a dry lakebed on the red planet this afternoon. The Perseverance Rover — the fifth robot NASA has launched since 1997 as part of a larger mission to understand whether life exists on Mars — has a name that holds significance for both the pandemic launch, and also for team members like Aaron Yazzie (Diné), one of just a handful of Native Americans working on the project.

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Navajo Nation Citizens Urged to Stay Home

February 17, 2021 - 10:20pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Even with the reduction of the number of new Covid-19 cases, public health experts continue to warn Navajo Nation tribal citizens to stay home to prevent another large surge of new cases of the deadly virus.

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Confirmation Hearing Scheduled for Interior Secretary Nominee Deb Haaland

February 17, 2021 - 6:54pm

WASHINGTON — The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has scheduled Rep. Deb Haaland’s hearing for her nomination as Interior Secretary for Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 9:30 a.m ET. The hearing will take place in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in the Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, and will be webcast live on the committee’s website.

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Venetian Blue Beads Found in Alaska Predate Arrival of Columbus

February 17, 2021 - 3:00pm

Venetian glass beads from Italy archeologists uncovered along an old trading route in the Alaskan Arctic indicate what the Alaska Native Iñupiat, who have occupied the land since time immemorial, have always known: their existence long predated Christopher Columbus’s “discovery” of America.

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Tuesday Navajo Nation Covid-19 Update: 24 News Cases - No Recent Deaths Reported

February 16, 2021 - 9:17pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Tuesday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 24 new Covid-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and no recent deaths. The total number of deaths remains 1,112 as previously reported on Monday. Reports indicate that 15,892 individuals have recovered from Covid-19, and 240,250 Covid-19 tests have been administered. The total number of positive Covid-19 cases is now 29,308, including one delayed reported case.

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Oglala Senator Introduces Bills Protecting Native American Two-Spirit in South Dakota

February 16, 2021 - 5:56pm

PIERRE, S.D. — A South Dakota state senator introduced a series of amendments on Feb. 1, 2021 that would include protections for individuals identifying as LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender) and Native American Two-Spirit in the State of South Dakota. Senate Bill 166 and 190 were introduced by State Senator Red Dawn Foster, an Oglala Lakota Democrat representing District 27, which includes Bennett, Haakon, Jackson, Pennington, and Oglala Lakota counties on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. They are the first bills sponsored by Foster, who is serving her second term as a South Dakota state senator. 

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More Native Americans Named to Key Posts in Biden Administration

February 16, 2021 - 3:47pm

In a slow rollout of appointments since taking office last month, President Joe Biden has added an additional three Native American members to various department and task force positions in February, making good on “the Biden-Harris commitment to diversity.”

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Celebrities and Activists Unite to Pressure Biden to Shutdown DAPL

February 16, 2021 - 2:18pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Support continues to grow for the shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline, as celebrities and activists bring awareness to the ongoing tribal and environmental dispute.

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Navajo Nation President Advises Caution Due to Covid-19 Variants

February 15, 2021 - 11:05pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Even with vaccinations being given on the Navajo Nation, President Jonathan Nez is advising Navajo citizens to be cautious because of Covid-19 variants hitting the United States.

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An Unlikely Publisher Celebrates 10 Years of Covering News in Indian Country

February 15, 2021 - 3:06pm

Levi Rickert was an unlikely publisher when he founded the digital publication Native News Online nearly 10 years ago. 

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US Presidents in Their Own Words Concerning American Indians

February 15, 2021 - 8:40am

Editor's Note: This article was previously published in Native News Online on prior President's Days. It was updated to include works concerning American Indians made by the current president of the United States.

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Sunday Navajo Nation Covid-19 Update: 29,269 Total Cases; Death Toll Reaches 1,111

February 14, 2021 - 10:38pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — “Covid-19 has been on the Navajo Nation for approximately 11 months now. Everyone should know what they have to do to protect themselves and their loved ones. We cannot have another large surge in new cases, so let’s stay focused and continue to take all precautions to prevent the spread of this virus,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said on Sunday.

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Navajo Nation Curfew Continues to Stop Spread of Covid-19

February 13, 2021 - 10:11pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation’s curfew remains in effect from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (MST) seven days a week. Health care facilities across the Navajo Nation continue to administer Covid-19 vaccines during drive-thru events or by appointment. 

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Federal Judge Rejects Apache Stronghold’s Request to Halt Transfer Sacred Oak Flat Because They Are Not a “Sovereign Nation”

February 13, 2021 - 6:25pm

WASHINGTON — A U.S district judge on Friday denied Apache Stronghold's request for an injunction to prevent the giveaway and destruction of sacred Oak Flat to Rio Tinto/Resolution Copper.

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Dr. Fauci to Address National Congress of American Indians Executive Council Winter Session on Tuesday

February 13, 2021 - 12:26pm

WASHINGTON — The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) announced Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will address the organization’s 2021 Executive Council Winter Session on Tuesday morning.

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