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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Thursday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 15 new Covid-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and one more death. The total number of deaths is now 1,260 as of Thursday. Reports indicate that 16,430 individuals have recovered from Covid-19, and 257,162 Covid-19 tests have been administered. The total number of positive Covid-19 cases is now 30,213, including one delayed reported case.

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The U.S. Forest Service law enforcement is investigating the defacing of pre-European contact petroglyphs done in Track Rock Gap, located in Chattahoochee National Forest in northern Georgia.

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WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior announced Wednesday that Robert Anderson (Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe) has been formally nominated as Solicitor of the Interior Department. He has served as Interior’s Principal Deputy Solicitor since Jan. 20, 2021.

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HAMPTON, Va. — On March 12, the United States Space Force (USSF) welcomed its first female American Indian Intelligence Officer: Captain Haida StarEagle, member of the Matinecock Tribe. Her father, Chief Samuel Little Fox, led the invocation during the induction ceremony.

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At the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, most of us did not realize the long journey we had just embarked on. I remember conversations with tribal leaders who expressed their uncertainty about how long to keep tribal offices and casinos closed. There is no question that the pandemic has had a devastating impact in Indian Country. There have been too many cases and far too many deaths.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Today, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland attended a listening session with the All Pueblo Council of Governors in Albuquerque, N.M. to hear about their expeiences leading during Covid-19 pandemic. Also in attendance were New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico congressional delegation.  Haaland also spoke about President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, according to another press release from the Interior Department. 

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BILLINGS, Mont. — On Friday, a former board member of Montana Native Women’s Coalition was convicted by a federal jury of crimes related to unapproved spending of federal grant funds.

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has been monitoring the number of Covid-19 for over a year now. Even as more Navajo citizens get vaccinated, Nez says it is important for the Navajo Naiton to stay the course and keep taking all the precautions to stay safe. 

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has nominated Allie Young, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, to receive the Service Act Award through the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.