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SAN FRANCISCO — Banks nationwide struggled to meet the surging demand from small businesses trying to apply for loans and grants under the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  

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CALGARY, Alberta and HOUSTON — The Canadian energy firm behind the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline announced today that it will move forward with the long-delayed project, even as environmental groups and tribal nations continue to fight its construction amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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WASHINGTON — When Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Chairman Cedric Cromwell took a call from the Bureau of Indian Affairs regional office late last Friday afternoon, he figured they were just checking in on how the tribe was dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SANTA FE, N.M. — Keri Ataumbi, owner of Ataumbi Metals, is one of the many countless entrepreneurs who’s swiftly recalibrating her life and business as the world hunkers down in hopes of flattening the COVID-19 curve. The metalsmith runs her jewelry and wearable-art business out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, a vibrant city known for its booming art scene.

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — If the country is in need of anything right now, it’s more medical supplies.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — As businesses throughout Indian Country close to help stem the spread of COVID-19, Native American casinos are donating food from their shuttered restaurants to  food pantries, shelters, schools and nonprofits in their neighboring communities.

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A group of Native American-owned businesses have launched a survey and companion Facebook page to help Native Businesses survive and grow in spite of the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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WASHINGTON — As a growing number of Native American casinos choose to voluntarily close in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Indian Gaming Association has asked for $18 billion in federal aid to help soften the impact on Indian Country. 

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Updated March 18, 2020 - This story has been updated with a list of Indian Country gaming facilities that have announced temporary closures of their facilities.  For more on casino closures and event cancellations, please check this story