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Film director Rain is calling for increased vigilance in Tribal communities after Mexico’s Defense Secretary, General Luis Sandoval, issued a report confirming a possible 500 percent increase in drug cartel production of methamphetamine and fentanyl.

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The Indian Health Service (IHS) announced on Thursday the final rule on the Buy Indian Act that will strengthen its requirements to set aside contracts for Indian-owned and controlled businesses.

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IllumiNative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the visibility of Native people in American society, is launching a national Native-led campaign to overcome hesitancy in Native communities to get vaccinated for COVID-19. The campaign is being dubbed “Aunties with Antibodies” and its first public service announcement is by Congresswoman Sharice Davids (D-Kansas). 

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With the new year comes a new wave of COVID across Indian Country, and much of the country in general. Indian Health Service (IHS) Chief Medical Officer Dr. Loretta Christensen wrote to Native News Online that all 12 service areas have seen “a significant increase” of positive COVID-19 cases in the last few weeks. The positivity rate more than tripled from the day after Christmas through the new year, compared to the week leading up to the holiday, IHS data shows.

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As COVID cases rise around the country, White Mountain Apache Tribe’s positive numbers are lower today than they were less than two months ago – 353 positive cases on November 12, 2021 compared to 210 positive cases as of January 3, 2022. The tribe continues to be in a “phase 1” lockdown.

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The Navajo Nation announced on Monday the first known case of the Omicron variant was discovered on the Navajo Nation.

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NEW YORK — More Indigenous people live in New York City than nearly any other city in the United States, but those who live there face inequities in education and health outcomes when compared to their white counterparts.

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During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, tribal officials report that there is typically an upsurge in cases after tribal citizens attend holiday gatherings. This holiday season, there is greater apprehension because of the widely reported Omicron variant that is spreading rapidly away from reservations, particularly in larger metropolitan areas

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Guest Opinion. In 1492, Christopher Columbus set out, on behalf of the Spanish government, to find a nautical eastern passage to Asia. Much to the surprise of Spain and all of the European powers, Columbus instead found a land mass that had been inhabited since time immemorial. This was one of the first recorded contacts between the European and Tribal nations. Under the diplomatic norms of the 15th century, Columbus and Spain could have sought to establish diplomatic ties between the nations, which might have led to trade opportunities between the Tribes and Europe. However, the European powers had other ideas. Avoiding any pretense of diplomacy, the Catholic Church sought to legally justify settlement of the land mass, which they would later call “America.” 

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When Lydia Jennings finally finished her doctoral program in soil microbiology, a lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic made celebrating difficult.