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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Even with the high rates of vaccinations taking place among Navajo and Hopi citizens, the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund (Relief Fund) is still stressing the importance of the usage of personal protective equipment (PPE).

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Betty’s home stands on the edge of a striking red cliff. Her family built the home from materials in their environment generations ago and passed it along from mothers to daughters. But it is cold, and the home is small with few windows. Insufficiently ventilated homes in these areas can have high levels of particulate matter, dust, mold and radon, a naturally occurring gas that can cause lung cancer.

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The Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) gave more $583,561 last week to nine urban Native organizations across the U.S. to battle chronic disease in Indian Country. 

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REDDING, Calif. — After vaccinating the vast majority of Native Americans in the area, the Redding Rancheria Tribal Health System in Northern California is opening up its vaccine allotment to all adults in Shasha County this Sunday.

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PHOENIX, Ariz. — Breastfeeding is a biological right, with innumerable benefits for babies including reduced rates of heart conditions, diabetes, food sensitivity and obesity — but Native mothers don’t have the same access to lactation consultancy as their white counterparts. 

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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.