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PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION — The Oglala Sioux Tribe, located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, has issued a quarantine order for all K-12 schools on the reservation due to rising numbers of Covid-19 cases. 

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EAGAN, Minn. — A new report that tracked contacts to the StrongHearts Native Helpline for one year revealed that 90 percent of those seeking help to deal with sexual violence were American Indian and Alaska Native females.

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LOS ANGELES — Dressed in a traditional jingle dress, Erica Skynn, a tribal citizen of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, was joined at the Daytime Beauty Awards in Hollywood on Sunday afternoon by the leader of her tribe, Ogema Larry Romanelli. The two were on the red carpet because Skynn won The Innovation Award at the ceremony held at the Taglyan Complex.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) on Tuesday launched a national campaign to address the issue of social isolation and loneliness among American Indian and Alaska Natives. The campaign aims to educate Native families about the health concern and recommend available resources.

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WASHINGTON — The National Indian Health Board released the following statement from its CEO, Stacy A. Bohlen (Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa) on Friday afternoon.

There has been a flurry of Covid-19 updates in recent weeks, but this one is essential. The highly contagious Delta variant continues to surge, and we must keep the Nation’s Tribes and communities safe, healthy, and protected. Please consider the following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) and National Indian Health Board(NIHB) recommendations and resources to protect yourself and others from Covid-19. 

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CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX RESERVATION — The Covid-19 Delta variant is surging among the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, based in Eagle Butte, S.D. on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation.

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AKWESASNE, N.Y, — Concerned about the presence of the Delta variant and only 46.9 percent of eligible members vaccinated, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has decided to use federal funds to provide incentives for tribal citizens to receive their Covid-19 vaccine.

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WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. It is the first Covid-19 vaccine to receive the designation from the FDA.

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WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday announced that the third Covid-19 vaccine shot, commonly referred to as the Covid-19 booster shot, will be available as early as September 20.

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On Native News Online’s live-streamed event “Overcoming Opioid Abuse in Indian Country,” four panelists from across Indian Country provided insights into the problem that afflicts Indian Country and beyond.