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The Navajo Nation issued a proclamation recognizing March 17, 2022 as “Navajo Nation Day of Prayer” in honor and memory of all lives lost to COVID-19. To commemorate the day, Navajo Nation leaders gathered for a prayer service Thursday morning to remember those who have died and ask for blessings for their communities and frontline health care workers. The date marks two years since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed on the Navajo Nation.  

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The Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation’s cancer treatment center on the Navajo Nation is receiving $8 million in federal funding. The money will be used to expand the cancer treatment center and help develop skilled nursing services and long-term care for Navajo elders, according to a Navajo Nation press release on Monday. This funding is part of a $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill signed into law Friday to fund the federal government through the rest of the fiscal year.

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On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed a $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill, a package that provides funding for federal agencies through the rest of the fiscal year. The 2,741-page bill includes $6.6 billion for the Indian Health Service (IHS) for FY2022, a 6.3% increase from last year’s enacted funding, according to a policy alert by the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH). 

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This month StrongHearts Native Helpline, a 24/7, 365-day culturally-appropriate domestic, dating and sexual violence helpline for Native Americans, observes five years of successful operation this month. 

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First Lady Jill Biden, along with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, will visit the San Xavier Health Center in the San Xavier District of the Tohono O'odham Nation on Tuesday, March 7, 2022.

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The First Nations Development Institute, a national nonprofit working to improve economic conditions for Native Americans, announced Thursday it received a  $1.5 million grant from the Colorado Health Foundation. The two-year grant will be used to develop the Native American Fund for Health Equity aimed at increasing philanthropic investment to Native-led community organizations and tribes in Colorado. 

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The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) and the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organization (AAPCHO) will be convening a virtual listening session on March 1, 2022, on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC’s) COVID-19 mask guidance. This listening session provides an opportunity for American Indian (AI), Alaska Native (AN), Asian American (AA), and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (NH/PI) communities to ask questions about the CDC’s COVID-19 mask guidance and learn how to receive free COVID-19 rapid kits and masks. 

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The federal government has long stood between Indigenous women and their reproductive rights.

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Hundreds are expected to gather on Sunday, Feb. 20, for a Red Tipi Healing Ceremony in Chula Vista, Calif. in San Diego County for songs, dancing and blessings. The event is planned to honor missing and murdered Native Americans.

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Dr. Denise Gabaldon-Thronas, born and raised at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo in Northern New Mexico, approaches her practice of medicine as though she’s an archeologist, digging to find the root cause of an ailment.