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As “May the 4th Be With You” memes spread across social media today, it was announced that Academy Award winner Taika Waititi (Māori) will direct and co-write a new Star Wars feature film for theatrical release.

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For many first responders, securing protective masks has been difficult due to low supplies and high demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses mobilized to address those needs. Today we are proud to be supplying personal protection equipment to emergency personnel, medical professionals and first responders across northeast Oklahoma. It’s part of Cherokee Nation’s effort to fight back against COVID-19 in local communities.

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In traditional American Indian teachings, our elders instruct us to find balance in life so that we may live in harmony. They teach us we should find balance between our natural environment and the fulfillment of our sustainable needs—so that we can leave enough behind for the next seven generations. Our elders teach us that we should seek balance between pragmatism and spirituality.

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GALLUP, N.M. — On Sunday, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham extended the lockdown under a state of emergency for the City of Gallup to Thursday, May 7 at noon. The lockdown was scheduled to be lifted today at noon.

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WASHINGTON — The House Committee on Natural Resources on Friday sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Inspector General Mark Greeblatt to request an investigation of Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney.

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Editor's Note: This article was first published in the Navajo Times. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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RAPID CITY, S.D. — The NDN Collective, Inc. (NDN) on Friday released a Request for Information (RFI) to identify contractors and other technical assistance providers who can provide support to Indigenous communities bracing from economic impacts, stresses to public services due to COVID-19. 

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Saturday, the Navajo Nation reported 81 new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 2,292 cases. There were no additional deaths reported, which keeps the death toll at 73 as reported on Friday evening.

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Guest Opinion

On Thursday April 30, 2020, on his last full day in office Gallup City Mayor Jackie McKinney sent a letter to New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham requesting that she invoke the state's Riot Control Act to restrict travel in and out of Gallup in an effort to "mitigate the uninhibited spread of COVID-19 in that city."