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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Department of Health in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 97 new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation and a total of 98 deaths as of Saturday. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 2,973. A total of 18,055 COVID-19 tests have been administered with 13,576 negative test results.

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WAUSAU, Wisc. — Next Tuesday, May 12, voters will go to the polls to vote in a special election in Wisconsin’s 7th congressional district. The election’s result could produce another American Indian woman in Congress because the Democratic Party’s nominee, Tricia Zunker, is a tribal citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation.

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PIERRE, S.D. — The leaders of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Oglala Sioux Tribe received letters from South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on Friday telling them they need to remove the checkpoints onto their respective Indian reservations.

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Deaths from the COVID-19 (coronavirus) is nearing 100 on the Navajo Nation. On Friday night, the Navajo Department of Health in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported eight more deaths from the virus on Friday night as the death toll now stands at 96.

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HARRIS, Mich. — Late last week, the Island Resort and Casino, owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, announced plans to reopen on May 6.

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10-year initiative provides framework for shared conservation goals

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Interior announced on Thursday a new cooperative initiative called the Bison Conservation Initiative that will coordinate conservation strategies and approaches for the wild American bison over the next 10 years.

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Department of Health in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 103 new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation and a total of 88 deaths as of Thursday. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 2,757. A total of 17,148 COVID-19 tests have been administered with 12,806 negative test results.

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PINE RIDGE, S.D. — In effort to provide COVID-19 relief to 1,700 families, Running Strong for American Indian Youth delivered 44,200 pounds of food today to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

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Guest Opinion

By Ernest Stevens, Jr.

With more than 33 million Americans filing for unemployment, the coronavirus has triggered the worst unemployment crisis in the history of our nation, and an economic crisis that is being compared to the Great Depression.