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Welcome to Native News Online’s weekly column highlighting arts, entertainment and cultural events taking place all across Indian Country. Every Thursday morning, we deliver a round-up of festivities you might want to check out, if they’re happening in your area or if you’re traveling.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Mark Charles (Navajo), who is running for president of the United States as an independent, will make two campaign stop in West Michigan on Thursday, March 5.

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Tuesday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer issued a travel advisory for all Navajo Nation Executive Branch employees and continued to caution members of the Navajo Nation in response to growing concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus in several states and countries around the world.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico filed a lawsuit against a New Mexico State Police (NMSP) officer and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, alleging that NMSP officer Sondre Loberg used excessive force against Dametrio Maldonado, 57, who is Native American and a member of Acoma Pueblo, during a routine traffic incident in May 2019.

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LAS VEGAS With the temporary closing the Wildhorse Resort & Casino, the first Indian-gaming facility to close because of the coronavirus, National Indian Gaming Association Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. issued the following statement from Las Vegas on Tuesday:

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WASHINGTON — The following statement was released by the Biden for President on Tuesday, March 3, 2020:

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SALT LAKE CITY —The University of Utah and the Ute Indian Tribe have renewed their memorandum of understanding allowing the university’s sports teams to continue using the name “Utes.” The university has used the name with the full support of the tribe since 1972.

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WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 2:30 PM EST, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a committee legislative hearing to receive testimony on S. 2610, the Tribal Energy Reauthorization Act, and S. 2891, the Tribal Wildlife Corridors Act of 2019.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who is running for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination, held a small rally to roll out his Native American plan last Thursday in Oklahoma City.