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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.

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Interior announced this morning it has approved the probate code of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, located in Palm Springs, Calif. 

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — For the second day in a row were six more deaths reported that were related to the COVID-19 on the Navajo Nations, which means 12 have died in a two-day period. The Navajo Department of Health in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service announced  the six additional deaths on Wednesday evening, which brings the death toll to 85 on the Navajo Nation.

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A dramatic voice over, spoken by the actor who portrayed the legendary Luke Skywalker, declares: “The force is strong with the Navajo.” The voice over by Star Wars actor Mark Hamil is part of a new public service announcement (PSA) made to support Navajo Nation in its fight against COVID-19.  

 

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Urban Indian Health Institute releases best practices to address problem

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PHOENIX — What was billed on Tuesday as a Native American town hall with the President of the United States turned out to be a 21-minute discussion between leaders from two Arizona tribes, President Donald Trump and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.

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Only $4.8 billion of the original $8 billion will be released.

WASHINGTON – In a joint new release issued this morning, the Treasury Department and the Department of Interior announced plans to distribute a portion of the $8 billion in emergency relief funds set aside for tribal governments as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

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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 85 new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation and a total of 79 deaths as of Tuesday. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 2,559. A total of 15,651 COVID-19 tests have been administered with 11,609 negative test results.