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COVID-19

Tribes welcome COVID-19 relief funds, say deep-rooted problems remain

Advocates said the billions in aid slated for Native Americans under the latest COVID-19 relief bill is welcome, but they told a House committee Tuesday that a one-shot infusion will not solve all the challenges facing tribes. “While the American Rescue Plan provides much-needed support to Indian Country’s ongoing requests, the pandemic is far from

COVID-19

Navajo health director named to Biden’s advisory board on COVID-19

President-elect Joe Biden has said dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic will be one of the first orders of business for his administration, and the head of the Navajo Health Department will be there to advise him on it. Biden’s transition team added Dr. Jill Jim over the weekend to the panel of health and policy

State

Groups mount ‘all hands’ push to count people with Census cut short

Arizona advocacy groups mounted an “all hands on deck” push to boost last-minute census response rates after the Census Bureau announced plans to end the 2020 census count Thursday, two weeks earlier than expected. The announcement came just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned lower courts that had ordered the bureau to

Legal Beat

Supreme Court’s Census ruling a ‘bitter pill’ to tribes, advocates

The Supreme Court Tuesday said the Census Bureau can stop its count of the population, a blow to tribal leaders and local advocates for underrepresented communities in Arizona who said they would be hit hardest by an undercount. The court blocked lower courts that had ordered the bureau to continue counting until Oct. 31 and

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