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WASHINGTON — As of last Tuesday, 570,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, according to Indian Health Service (IHS) acting director Elizabeth Fowler (Comanche Nation). That number is set to spike, now with the newly federally approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine on the scene.

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ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday released its guidance for those who fully received the Covid-19 vaccination.

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation announced on Thursday it has moved into Phase Three of their COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

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WASHINGTON — The 2021 Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for Affordable Care Act individual health insurance plans begin Monday, February 15, 2021.

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For more than 114 days, Annie Neevee Buscemi (Inuk) has woken up in her home in the Canadian territory of Nunavut to the same routine. She sits on her bed facing the window and records an Inuit-specific reason to stay alive. 

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ROCKVILLE, Md. — The Indian Health Service (IHS) has received an additional $1 billion to continue its response to the coronavirus in Indian Country. This funding is part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act passed by Congress on Dec. 27, 2020.

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SEATTLE — A study released last Thursday by the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) says 75 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives are willing to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. The reason for the high receptance is 74 percent of those surveyed said they view getting the vaccination as their responsibility to their community.

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma State University celebrated another milestone with the official ribbon cutting ceremony at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation on Friday, Jan. 15.

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Amid the worst wave of the Covid-19 pandemic yet, the Indian Health Service has moved some medical treatment from the Acoma-Canoncito-Laguna Service Unit (ACL Hospital) in Pueblo of Acoma, N.M. to a new facility in nearby Pueblo of Laguna. 

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LAME DEER, Mont. — January is as National Stalking Awareness, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Prevention Month.