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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation sounded the alarm on Monday citing a 200 percent increase of COVID-19 cases in a 30-day period. Positive cases climbed from 219 to 684 between June 27 and July 27.

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WASHINGTON — A federal judge last Friday ruled that royalties from oil and gas will not be paid until a conflict decision is issued between the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation (MHA Nation), also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes, and the state of North Dakota over mineral rights beneath the riverbed of the Missouri River on the Fort Berthold Reservation.

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Federal criminal charges outline a bribery kickback scheme on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation that allegedly funneled more than hundreds of thousands of dollars to two current tribal government officials and a former official of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, or MHA Nation. 

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CARNEGIE, Okla. — Impeachment proceedings are at a standstill for the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma after a judge issued a temporary restraining order Thursday afternoon.

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WASHINGTON—The Department of the Treasury’s CARES Act distribution formula determined 25 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Native tribal entities had zero population.  

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Monday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 36 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and one more death. The total number of deaths has reached 462 as of Monday. Reports indicate that 6,743 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 82,148 people have been tested for COVID-19. The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 9,139.

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MIAMI — When it came time to distribute $8 billion in CARES Act funding set aside for tribal governments, the U.S. Department of Treasury determined the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida essentially did not exist. 

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COLEMAN, Fla. — Citing health issues, Leonard Peltier (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians) has taken his name off the Party for Socialism and Liberation. Even though he has been incarcerated for the past 44 years, Peltier, 75, was on the party’s presidential ticket as the vice-presidential candidate.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — With the COVID-19 pandemic changing normalcy across the country, those seeking to attend powwows have had to settle for virtual dancing and drumming. While virtually watching powwow dancers dressed in their colorful regalia satisfies cultural exchange for some, a popular Michigan powwow food vendor realized there are those who have been missing American Indian food fare.