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ANADARKO, Okla. — A judge with the Court of Indian Offenses for the Southern Plains has issued a preliminary injunction, thus temporarily blocking the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma from spending any more of its CARES Act funds. 

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. On Wednesday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 41 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and seven more deaths. The total number of deaths has reached 453 as of Wednesday. Reports indicate that 6,622 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 79,583 people have been tested for COVID-19. The total number of COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation is 8,968.

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CARMEL VALLEY, Calif. – It’s been nearly 250 years since the Esselen Tribe of Monterey County was stripped of its land, culture and language by Spanish missionaries. The tribe, which had called an area located in California’s north central coast home for thousands of years, was almost decimated by disease and death. 

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SEATTLE — Deborah Juarez (Blackfeet Nation), the first American Indian woman elected to the Seattle City Council, has become a target among protesters for her stance on defunding the city’s police department.

Peter Burnett Elementary
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LOS ANGELES  — The name of California’s first governor who endorsed genocide against California tribes has been expunged from an elementary school in Hawthorn, Calif. A circulating petition nominates “Toypurina” as the new name, after an 18th-century Kizh Nation revolutionary hero.

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Tuesday, 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 five more deaths. The reported cases represent the further flattening of the curve on the Navajo Nation that has suffered the most among all other tribes in Indian Country from COVID-19.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A federal district judge for the Western District of Oklahoma ruled on Tuesday that Oklahoma tribes’ gaming compacts with the state of Oklahoma automatically renewed on Jan. 1, 2020.

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), one of the first Native American women elected to Congress, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced a historic bill that would affirm tribal nations’ and Native Hawaiian organizations’ ownership of broadband spectrum over their lands to deploy wireless internet services.

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WASHINGTON — Illuminative, Native Organizers Alliance and the Aspen Institute's Center for Native American Youth launched the Indigenous Futures Survey to collect information and data relating to identifying tribal communities’ priorities for changing narratives about Natives and building a more equitable future, especially in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.