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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

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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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Agriculture 

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.