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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

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The board of directors of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise announced on Tuesday afternoon that it had closed all gaming operations for three weeks, effective earlier today. 

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Native Public Media (NPM) announced on Tuesday it has cancelled the 2020 Native Broadcast Summit that was scheduled for April 27-30 because of growing public health concern regarding COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus.

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The Oglala Sioux Tribe will vote this week on an initiative to legalize medical and recreational marijuana on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation, according to a report by the Associated Press.

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Fairbanks, AK - Wells Fargo released an update to its environmental policy on arctic drilling that includes no direct finance of oil and gas projects in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. 

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LAS VEGAS — Over two thousand are expected to attend the 34th National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES) starting Monday in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation’s plan to grow industrial hemp was approved by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, according to a post on the Nation’s website. 

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