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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.

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After almost a year and half of the COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Country and the rest of the nation are more than ready for a return to normalcy. At the same time, recent surges of new cases fueled by the Delta variant have led to calls to resume mask-wearing and event cancelations. 

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — More than 65,200 Covid-19 vaccines have administered by Cherokee Nation Health Services since December 2020. On Friday, Cherokee Nation Health Services announced 70 percent of active Cherokee Nation government employees have been fully vaccinated for the deadly disease.

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TULSA, Okla. — The Muscogee Nation signed a contract on June 14 to purchase the former Cancer Treatment Centers of America facility in Tulsa, Okla. The tribal nation’s new public hospital will increase treatment capacity in the area for high-demand situations like the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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ROCKVILLE, Md. — Indian Health Service (IHS) will received an additional $1.8 billion from the American Rescue Plan to combat Covid-19 in Indian Country. The funds announced on Wednesday are in addition to an investment of more than $4 billion that was announced in April 2021 .

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Last week, Native youth from New Mexico’s 23 Native nations, tribes, and pueblos provided ideas for future government initiatives and received strategies to improve their mental health at the virtual 2021 Indigenous Youth Wellness Summit. 

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ROCKVILLE, Md. — The Indian Health Service (IHS) announced it has approved the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for adolescents who are 12 and above and said the vaccination is available at IHS facilities throughout Indian Country. 

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Sexual violence within teen dating relationships is very real. Oftentimes teens are made to feel as if sexual contact is “no big deal” or is “a part of being in a relationship/dating” by their perpetrators. This couldn't be farther from the truth.

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WASHINGTON — The National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) has teamed with American LifeLines Baltimore to get more urban Native Americans to Covid-19 vaccination sites in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia (DMV). This unique partnership will provide 2,000 free or deeply discounted Uber rides to ensure vaccine equity.