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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shortened its recommended quarantine guidelines for people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus. The CDC, which had recommended a 14-day quarantine since the start of the pandemic earlier this year, now recommends that people who have been potentially exposed to Covid-19 should quarantine for 10 or seven days, depending on test results and symptoms. 

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ATLANTA — Community is a word that looms large culturally among American Indians and Alaska Natives. With the surge of Covid-19 cases in the United States once again, everyone should be taking precautions to protect the health and safety of one’s self, family, friends and community.

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. —  On Wednesday, the Navajo Department of Health issued a Health Advisory Notice to warn residents of the “uncontrolled spread” of COVID-19 in 34 communities on the Navajo Nation. 

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Jody was close to achieving her dream of becoming a writer. A member of the Muckleshoot Tribe, she had gone from living on the streets of nearby Seattle as a teen to nearly finishing a creative writing degree, and had plans to get her master’s degree at New York University. But debilitating back pain caused by an injury she sustained as a teenager forced her to drop out of school, just a handful of credits shy of her bachelor’s degree.

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The Lummi Public Health Department has submitted an application to participate in a Novavax Covid-19 vaccine trial, a move that is the first step in determining whether the tribe will enroll in the trial. 

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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 47 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and three more deaths. The total number of deaths remains 584 as of Monday. Reports indicate that 7,568 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, and 126,331 COVID-19 tests have been administered. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 11,875.

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The Lummi Nation, which made headlines in September for being among the first tribes nationwide to participate in coronavirus vaccination trials, has pulled out of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine trial. The announcement was made by the Lummi Indian Business Council.  

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, flu vaccinations are being encouraged by health experts. The Cherokee Nation is making the process easier this year by offering free flu vaccinations through the month of December to prepare for the upcoming flu season. 

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Jase Roe, a citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, struggled with addiction for more than 20 years. Roe, who identifies as Two Spirit and uses they/he pronouns, said they tried at least 12 treatment centers, but after a few months or a year, they always relapsed.

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WASHINGTON — Tribal leaders will have the opportunity to discuss Covid-19 vaccination planning for distribution and allocation during several conference calls beginning next week in the federal government’s attempt to provide tribal consultation to Indian Country leaders.