Mono Lake
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MONO LAKE, Calif. — With support from the neighboring tribes, community and their local U.S. representative, the Mono Lake Kutzadika’a Paiute Tribe, with its 88 tribal citizens, is seeking federal recognition through legislation. 

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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 42 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and no recent deaths. The total number of deaths remains 551, as previously reported on Thursday. Reports indicate that 7,242 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and 103,959 COVID-19 tests have been administered. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 10,212.

National Museum of the American Indian
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Need weekend plans? Here’s a few events starting this weekend across Indian Country.  

Anthony Prairiebear
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LAME DEER, Mont. — The Northern Cheyenne Tribe is mourning the loss of one of their chiefs, Anthony “Tony” Prairebear, who died on Sept. 16 from nartural causes. Prairiebear, whose Indian name was Maa’heonee’veke’ese HolyBird, was 62.

Chief David Hill
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NEW YORK — TIME magazine on Tuesday revealed its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Among those named in the 17th annual list is Principal Chief David Hill of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Cherokee Nation reservation on Google Maps
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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Google Maps took notice of the McGirt v. Oklahoma decision on July 9, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Congress never “disestablished” the 1866 boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, whose territory encompasses three million acres and includes most of the city of Tulsa.

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Tuesday, with the advice of health care experts the Navajo Nation re-issued a Stay-At-Home Order and stricter daily and weekend lockdown hours due to new reports of increases in COVID-19 cases in the Sage Memorial Hospital service area in Arizona and in satellite chapters in the Eastern Navajo Agency in New Mexico, which are directly related to travel off the Navajo Nation and family gatherings where social distancing and the wearing of face masks were not enforced.

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WASHINGTON — According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), less than half of households on tribal lands have access to fixed broadband service. This represents a nearly 27-point gap compared to non-tribal rural areas. This gap only widens when compared to the country-wide average. In 2018, the FCC estimated that 35 percent of Americans living on tribal lands lacked access to broadband services, compared to eight percent of all Americans.  

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OMAK & INCHELIUM — As of this print, the five fires that started during a wind event over the long Labor Day Weekend have destroyed over 80 homes and burned over 200,000 acres on the Colville Indian Reservation.