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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.

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DALLAS — Beauty company Mary Kay Inc. announced it has donated more than 75,000 units of hand sanitizer to the Indian Health Service (IHS), including a donation to one of the busiest IHS facilities in the country.  

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WASHINGTON — New bipartisan legislation aims to provide “culturally competent” mental healthcare for Native American veterans, according to U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla), who co-sponsored the bill with two Democrats.  

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CRYSTAL FALLS, Mich. — Gathering her fringed fancy dance shawl around her, Ojibwe fitness instructor Michelle Reed gracefully tiptoes while showing her sneak-up, a powwow dance that simulates taking your enemies by surprise. 

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ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new information last Wednesday on how COVID-19 has impacted Indian Country.

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MENOMINEE INDIAN RESERVATION — With the increase in reported COVID-19 cases on the Menominee Indian Reservation in central Wisconsin, the Menominee Tribe has closed its tribal government offices and facilities for two weeks.