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By  Rear Adm. Michael D. Weahkee, Principal Deputy Director, Indian Health ServiceAgency to begin distributing $134 million in new funds to respond to COVID-19

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While PowWows all across Indian Country have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis, PowWows.com, a go-to source for events, has brought together a stacked lineup of artists for its first ever Pow Wow Nations Spotlight on Saturday.

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NEW YORK — TIME magazine has named Tara Houska, an Ojibwe from the Couchiching First Nation, as one of its 27 individuals who are “bridging divides across America.”

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By now, most are feeling the onset of cabin fever, but luckily people and organizations are getting creative and figuring out ways to stay social. As reported earlier this week by Native News Online, those looking to link up with people from across the map are invited to join the Association on American Indian Affairs’ live stream today. The #SHAREHEALING stream, which welcomes all, encourages everyone to “come together—from our homes or a quiet place with physical distance from others—to share 20 minutes in prayer, good thoughts and unity of spirit.”

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Accessing relief funds will be a “scramble” as national organizations sort through details

WASHINGTON — Financial help is on the way for tribal casinos and, by extension, tribal governments that rely on gaming to finance many essential services throughout Indian Country.

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WASHINGTON — More than $10 billion appears to be headed to Indian Country with the passage of a bipartisan COVID-19 emergency relief package by the Senate last night. 

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Within the past two weeks, virtually all tribal casinos have voluntarily closed their doors to help reduce the spread of the deadly COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Tribal leaders cited the closures were for the well-being of their staffs, tribal community citizens and the general public. 

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation released an update late Wednesday night of 20 additional cases of Navajo Nation citizens testing positive for COVID-19, which means the total numbers of cases on the nation’s largest American Indian reservation has risen to 69.

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WASHINGTON — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe earned a “significant legal win” today when a federal court judge struck down a permit for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, ordering an environmental impact study and calling for legal arguments about an interim shutdown of the pipeline.