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President Biden Signs Major Disaster Declaration for Navajo Nation to Assist with Covid-19 Response Efforts

February 2, 2021 - 9:00pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed a long-awaited Major Disaster Declaration for the Navajo Nation. The Declaration will provide more federal resources and prompts the release of federal funds for the reimbursement of emergency funds spent to address the Covid-19 pandemic on the Navajo Nation.

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Cherokee Nation Shares COVID-19 Respond, Recover, Rebuild Spending Report

February 2, 2021 - 2:17pm

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation has received $411 million from the federal government for Coronavirus Relief assistance so far. Cherokee Nation Treasurer Tralynna Sherrill Scott on Thursday released the tribe’s COVID-19 Respond, Recover, Rebuild Spending Report showing the number of ways the tribal nation has served its citizens through job and food security, economic relief, health care, housing and connectivity during the pandemic.

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Navajo Nation President Requests Additional Covid-19 Vaccines from Biden Administration

February 1, 2021 - 11:03pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation leaders met via a teleconference on Sunday with officials from the White House and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to advocate for additional Covid-19 vaccines, testing kits, medical personnel, and other resources to help reduce the spread of the deadly virus. 

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New York State Threatens Shinnecock Nation With Removal and Fines For Tribal Billboards

February 1, 2021 - 7:11pm

NEW YORK — New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) last Friday issued the Shinnecock Indian Nation an order to stop work on a second 61-foot digital billboard along Sunrise Highway on Long Island, despite a state supreme court ruling a year earlier in favor of tribal jurisdiction for the construction of an identical billboard on the opposite side of the highway.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Reverses Parole for Convicted Killer of Oglala Woman

February 1, 2021 - 4:18pm

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — On Friday, Jan. 29, California Gov. Gavin Newsom reversed parole for Rodney Patrick McNeal, distinguishing that his ex-wife — Debra Black Crow — occurred in the context of a national epidemic of violence against Native women. McNeal was convicted of two counts of 15-years-to-life for second degree murder on May 3, 2000. His victim was a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and was nearly seven months pregnant at the time she was stabbed and strangled to death by her former husband, who was a probation officer at the time. 

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President Nez: There is Confidence of the Covid-19 on Navajo Nation

January 31, 2021 - 9:08pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez visited the Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona on Sunday where vehicles were lined up with Navajo citizens seeking the Covid-19 vaccination. The vaccination was part of the Navajo Nation's seven-days pwe week program to get vaccinations into the arms of its citizens.

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Weekend Covid-19 Vaccinations Underway on Navajo Nation

January 30, 2021 - 11:58pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.  Navajo elders received the Covid-19 vaccination on the Navajo Nation on Saturday. The Navajo Nation decided to step up the vaccinations be including weekends. 

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It's Official: Happy Nathan ‘Doggface’ Apodaca Day!

January 30, 2021 - 6:17pm

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Last Friday, the mayor of Idaho Falls officially proclaimed Jan. 22, 2021 as Nathan Apodaca Day, recognizing the TikTok sensation’s powerful and positive impact on countless people through his creative use of social media. 

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Covid-19 Cases Surpass 28,000 on Navajo Nation; Death Toll Reaches 1,011

January 29, 2021 - 11:27pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Friday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 83 new Covid-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and 11 more deaths. The total number of deaths is now 1,011 as of Friday. Reports indicate that 14,373 individuals have recovered from Covid-19, and 231,531 Covid-19 tests have been administered. The total number of positive Covid-19 cases is now 28,075, including five delayed reported cases.

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‘A Trump Set Up’: Former Mashpee Wampanoag Chairman Files Motions to Dismiss Charges

January 29, 2021 - 5:20pm

Cedric Cromwell, the Mashpee Wampanoag former tribal chairman, filed a motion to dismiss multiple charges in U.S. District Court on Jan. 19, 2021. He was indicted in federal court on Nov. 13, 2020 and charged in connection with the bribery scheme involving plans to build a resort and casino in Taunton, Mass. 

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A Small Wisconsin County Embodies the Indian Country Experience Amid Covid-19 and the Trump Presidency

January 29, 2021 - 2:53pm

On Nov. 9, 2020 the Washington Post published an article “It’s time to recognize the forgotten Americans who helped elect Joe Biden” by Katrina Phillips. In her article, Phillips argues that Native American voters may have swung the pendulum in President-elect Joe Biden’s favor in a number of states, and therefore cemented Biden’s victory nationally. This was probably true in Wisconsin, a state that Biden won by less than 21,000 votes. But while Native American voters were casting ballots, they were also facing an unprecedented health emergency due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

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Biden Signs Efforts to Address Climate Change

January 29, 2021 - 12:52pm

Washington — President Biden signed a series of executive orders on Wednesday aimed at addressing climate change, continuing to set the tone for the new administration that was applauded by both conservationists and tribes alike. 

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Navajo Nation Reaches 1,000 Covid-19 Related Deaths on Thursday

January 28, 2021 - 9:24pm

 WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation, the country’s largest Indian reservation, reached 1,000 deaths related to Covid-19 on Thursday when 11 additional deaths were reported.

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Rep. Sharice Davids Named Vice Chair of House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure

January 28, 2021 - 8:08pm

WASHINGTON — Rep. Sharice Davids (KS-03) has been named vice chair of the full House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The new leadership role will allow Davids to help shape infrastructure policy in Kansas and across Indian Country that will create jobs, improve public safety, tackle the climate crisis, and build the American economy.

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How Trump Will Be Remembered in Indian Country, According to Native Historians

January 28, 2021 - 5:08pm

On his first day in the Oval Office, President Joe Biden replaced the former administration’s portrait of President Andrew Jackson — known throughout Indian Country as the “removal president” and the “Indian Killer” because he signed the Indian Removal Act that stole millions of acres of lands from tribes — with one of Benjamin Franklin, marking a symbolic shift for Indian Country. The tumultuous presidential tenure of Donald Trump, who hung the Jackson portrait in the nation’s highest office in 2017, had come to an end. 

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Covid-19 Cases Still on the Rise on Navajo Nation

January 27, 2021 - 10:52pm

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 152 new Covid-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and four more deaths. The total number of deaths is now 989 as of Wednesday. Reports indicate that 14,266 individuals have recovered from Covid-19, and 230,323 Covid-19 tests have been administered. The total number of positive Covid-19 cases is now 27,887, including 70 delayed reported cases.

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Lumbee Tribe Mourns Passing of Former Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks

January 27, 2021 - 2:40pm

PEMBROKE, N.C. —  The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is mourning the passing of its former Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks, who served as chairman from 2011 to 2016. Brooks passed away on Saturday night. He died from complicaitions with pneumonia after recently recovering from Covid-19. He was 81.

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Biden Reaffirms Tribal Sovereignty

January 27, 2021 - 12:12pm

WASHINGTON — As part of his racial and equality initiative, President Joe Biden on Monday signed a Presidential Memorandum that reaffirms tribal sovereignty through tribal consultation.

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Tuesday Navajo Nation Covid-19 Update: 87 New Cases and 8 More Deaths

January 26, 2021 - 10:41pm

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 87 new Covid-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and eight more deaths. The total number of deaths is now 985 as of Tuesday. Reports indicate that 14,196 individuals have recovered from Covid-19, and 229,782 Covid-19 tests have been administered. The total number of positive Covid-19 cases is now 27,665, including five delayed reported cases.

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Joe Biden Adds Several Native Americans to Administration

January 26, 2021 - 7:25pm

In his first week in office, President Joe Biden appointed three Indigenous members to his roster, including attorneys Robert Anderson (Boise Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe) and Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska) to the Interior Department, and Wahleah Johns (Navajo) to head the U.S. Office of Indian Energy Programs and Policy.

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