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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. On Christmas day and Saturday combined, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 307 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and five more deaths. 150 new cases were reported on Friday and 157 new cases were reported on Saturday.

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This year will go down in history as one of the most memorable because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Its disproportionate impact on Indian Country has gained the attention of the media worldwide. When the deadly virus first arrived in the United States, no one estimated how it would change lives.

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This Day in History: Dec. 26, 1862

On the day after Christmas, on Dec. 26, 1862, 38 Dakota men were hanged in the largest mass-hanging in U.S. history. The executions were ordered by President Abraham Lincoln. In a separate historic order, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which granted his administration to free the slaves, went into effect six days later on Jan. 1, 1863.

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WASHINGTON —  Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), President-elect Joe Biden's choice to be the next secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, received the Covid-19 vaccination on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee National History Museum is sharing the story of the first Cherokee Christmas in a new exhibit at the Cherokee National History Museum until Jan. 2, 2021.

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.  — On Thursday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 272 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and seven more deaths.

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Known to the world as “Doggface”, Nathan Apodaca (Northern Arapaho and Mexican) recently tested positive for Covid-19. 

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The president of the Navajo Nation is asking Navajo citizens on the nation’s largest Indian reservation to stay home over the Christmas holiday to stop the further spread of Covid-19.  

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KYLE, SD — The Oglala Sioux Tribe, based on the Pine Ridge Reservation, is mourning the passing of Tom Poor Bear, the tribal nation’s former vice president, who passed away on Sunday, Dec. 13 from Covid-19. Poor Bear was 66.