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Nat Herz

11 January 2021

Alaska, United States

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Alaska has achieved one of the highest vaccination rates in the country due to prioritizing access to the vaccine for rural and Indigenous residents. Using a myriad of transportation efforts – including a fleet of cha...

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Hallie Golden

17 December 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Supportive housing options geared toward Native Americans specifically are rare but much-needed resources in urban areas like Seattle where up to 15% percent of the homeless population belongs to the native community....

Slate

Mary Harris

10 December 2020

Talika, Oklahoma, United States

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Leaders from the Cherokee Nation have been praised for their success in containing the coronavirus pandemic through aggressive and rapid actions. A key component to that success has been the Cherokee Nation's private ...

The Narwhal

Matt Simmons

10 December 2020

British Columbia, Canada

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The Canadian Coast Guard is building a working relationship with indigenous communities that live on the coast of British Columbia, in order to better coordinate rescue efforts. The indigenous tribes "have intimate kn...

High Country News

Anna V. Smith

30 November 2020

Lincoln County, Oregon, United States

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After a contact tracing effort spurred by an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Lincoln County, Oregon resulted in the realization that resources weren't being offered in Indigenous Mayan languages, the Oregon Health Autho...

Associated Press

Felicia Fonseca

Angeliki Kastanis

19 November 2020

Arizona, United States

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Organizations across the political spectrum increased voter turnout on Arizona’s Native American reservations. The Biden campaign targeted outreach to specific groups, such as Native women and veterans, and held Covid...

Crosscut

Manola Secaira

16 November 2020

Washington, United States

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In order to better educate students about indigenous history, in 2015, Washington passed the “Since Time Immemorial” (STI) curriculum, the law requires schools to teach a tribally developed curriculum. This has led to...

Vox

Rachel Ramirez

10 November 2020

Arizona, United States

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Voter outreach campaigns effectively boosted turnout among Native voters. The Rural Utah Project left informational flyers inside plastic bags at people’s doors (a Covid-19 tactical adjustment), held drive-through vot...

Native News Online

Valerie Vande Panne

5 November 2020

Maine, United States

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By providing a forum to the Wabanaki people to tell their truth about public policies' effects on their lives, the Maine-Wabanaki Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission prompted reforms in Maine's child wel...

Next City

Valerie Vande Panne

2 November 2020

Maine, United States

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To confront and fix Maine's practice of removing Native American children from their communities and giving them to white families for adoption, the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commissi...

70 Million

Emily Schwing

2 November 2020

Toksook Bay, Alaska, United States

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Remote Alaskan villages traditionally followed the native practice of banishing members of their communities for serious, chronic wrongdoing. Created in the absence of a functioning criminal justice system of police, ...

Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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Rob Perez

24 October 2020

Hawaii, United States

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A 100-year-old program provides virtually free land for Native Hawaiians to build their own home or buy one from a developer. Despite a $1/year land lease and low taxes, the program has failed to promptly provide affo...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Zak Podmore

18 October 2020

Utah, United States

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A legal settlement in Utah expanded access to voting on Navajo Nations and influenced similar settlements in Arizona. All registered voters receive a mail-in ballot, but counties also offer early voting and election-d...

Montana Free Press

Sarah Aronson

13 October 2020

Montana, United States

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Legal challenges have protected Native voting rights since the 1980s, when districts diluting native votes were ruled unconstitutional and redrawn. In 2012, three tribes sued to increase access to registration and pol...

70 Million

Lisa Bartfai

12 October 2020

Penobscot Indian Island Reservation, Maine, United States

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The Penobscot Nation's Healing to Wellness Court is a drug court, diverting people charged with drug offenses from possible fines and jail into therapy. But it has an added cultural element, providing traditional heal...

U.S. News & World Report

Cole Premo

8 October 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The Native American Community Clinic in Minneapolis is utilizing telehealth practices to treat both the medical and spiritual needs of the community and its patients. Although the "spiritual-meets-traditional care pro...

South Dakota News Watch

Nick Lowrey

7 October 2020

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, South Dakota, United States

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An indigenous community has tapped into new technology to provide broadband internet access which is critical for virtual learning during the coronavirus shutdown of schools. Digital radio waves were used to broadcast...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Lauren Kaljur

5 October 2020

Canada

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The First Nation–Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative is a nationwide initiative to foster positive relationships, empowering First Nation and municipal leaders to talk as equals. There have been hundre...

Wall Street Journal

Richard Schiffman

30 September 2020

United States

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The absence of an active "fire culture" in the American West has contributed greatly to the scale of catastrophic wildfires fueled by decades of aggressive fire-suppression tactics. In Florida, Australia, and pockets ...

Bitterroot

Jake Bullinger

30 September 2020

Wyoming, United States

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Massive herds of bison once roamed the American prairie, powering the "wildlife economy" and making Plains Native American tribes both rich and healthy. Now, indigenous tribes are bringing back what was once a cultura...

The Boston Globe

Julia Sklar

26 September 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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A volunteer organization is helping to address a language barrier as it pertains to COVID-19 by translating and distributing public health information in the native languages of tribes. Although this is not as simple ...

High Country News

Jessica Douglas

22 September 2020

Oregon, United States

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Indigenous communities in need of clean drinking water have turned to aid from a Black-led nonprofit in Portland. Don't Shoot Portland raised $16,000 dollars for water and other basic supplies for the Warm Springs Tri...

The Narwhal

Kelly Boutsalis

20 September 2020

Canada

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A 3-year pilot is developing a traditional fire management program for First Nation communities using cultural burns, a practice banned for over a century. Cultural burns are used to reinvigorate the landscape so that...

Native News Online

Valerie Vande Panne

22 August 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Remembering global indigenous connections allows tribes and those whose families were forced from their native lands, to strengthen their familiarity of traditions and of knowledge that was handed down for centuries. ...

Yes! Magazine

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

14 August 2020

Cherokee, North Carolina, United States

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The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians reacted to COVID-19 with aggressive measures that yielded fewer illnesses than in neighboring counties, and no deaths, all without outside help. But one of their preventive measure...

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