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How the coronavirus threatens Native American communities
(By: Anagha Srikanth - The Hill)

The pandemic poses some unique challenges in Indian Country.

In Navajo, the novel coronavirus is called “Dikos Ntsaaígíí-Náhást'éíts'áadah.” Naming the enemy was just the first step. 

The Navajo Nation declared a public health state of emergency on March 11, two days before President Trump announced a national state of emergency. Two members of the tribe in the southwest United States have tested positive for COVID-19. They were both from the same region of the territory stretching across parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, but had also recently traveled. 

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Native American Agriculture Fund announces

2020 Request for Applications

April 1, 2020

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF), a private charitable trust devoted to serving Native farmers and ranchers, announced its second Request for Applications (RFA) today. Grant awards will be made to 501(c)(3) organizations, educational organizations, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Native CDFIs, and state and federally recognized Tribes. Funding areas include business assistance, agricultural education, technical support, and advocacy services to existing and aspiring Native farmers and ranchers.

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CARES Act Provides Critical Assistance for Tribal Governments
March 28, 2020
WASHINGTON – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, signed into law by President Trump on Friday, provides critical relief for Indian Country to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including over $500 million in direct appropriations to Indian Affairs and an unprecedented $8 billion for Tribes.

Secretary Bernhardt's Statement on President Trump Signing the CARES Act

March, 27, 2020

Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt issued the following statement today in response to President Trump signing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law:

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Assistant Secretary Sweeney Announces BIE’s Approved Standards, Assessments and Accountability System
March 26, 2020

WASHINGTON – Today, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney announced that the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) published its Standards, Assessments and Accountability System (SAAS) Final Rule under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The SAAS Rule will provide the BIE with the ability to operate under a single unified assessment system intended to bolster professional development and student performance. This framework and consistency across the 23 states where BIE funded schools are located is critical to improving services and providing the high-quality education that BIE students and Tribes deserve. The Rule also defines “School Year” and “Agency Plan,” and clarifies requirements for comprehensive and targeted school support and improvement activities.

March, 26, 2020

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today released the following statement after the United States Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the third phase of legislation to address coronavirus response and mitigation efforts across the country, including American Indian and Alaska Native communities.


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March, 4, 2020

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today convened a legislative hearing to receive testimony on two bills:


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Washington DC Producer, Elizabeth Lorenzen, covering The White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of Interior.

LEESBURG, VA, February 12, 2020 — Robert Cohencious, NATV Washington DC Bureau Chief and Producer from The White House, US Senate, and House of Representatives, announces today the acquisition of live broadcasting into its arsenal of production offerings.  LiveU and Boxcast will be the platform that is being implemented for this state-of-the-art modality.  LiveU and Boxcast is currently in use with broadcast networks around the globe.  NATV was introduced to many options but decided on LiveU and Boxcast because of its wide appeal to networks around the world.  LiveU was in full force during coverage of the Super Bowl and will be used by NBC Sports during the coverage of the Summer Olympics.  Robert stated that NATV is so pleased to be part of that environment and looks forward to serving Indian Country. NATV will soon be providing programing to Indian Reservations throughout the US and Canada from The White House, Senate, Congress, DOI, and other related Agencies that effect or represent Native America.  NATV, since 1989, provides the Native American community direct and immediate information from The White House, US Senate, and House of Representatives.


 LiveU and Boxcast is driving the live video revolution, providing live video streaming for TV, mobile, online, and social media. NATV will be providing high-quality and flawless live video, transmitted from anywhere in the world, through the use of their patented bonding and video transport technology. LiveU creates a consistent bandwidth and a reliable connection so you can acquire, manage and distribute high quality remote live broadcasts over IP.


Additional information can be acquired by reaching out to NATV in their Leesburg, VA office.


### If you would like more information about this topic, please call Robert Cohencious or Elizabeth Lorenzen at 703-554-2815, or email

February 12, 2020

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today addressed the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) at its 2020 Executive Council Winter Session.

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Oil Production from Department of the Interior Managed Leases Surpasses 1 Billion Barrels for the First Time in History Under the Trump Administration

February 11, 2020

WASHINGTON - The Department of the Interior announced today that over one billion barrels of oil were produced in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 from leases on federal and American Indian-owned lands and offshore areas – a historic milestone. This is greater than a 29 percent increase in production compared to the end of the previous Administration, which totaled 808.7 million barrels in FY 2016, and represents a 122.5-million-barrel increase in production compared to FY 2018.

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Arizona national monument, home to sacred Native American burial sites, is being blown up for the border wall
February 7, 2020
CBS News - A national monument in Arizona, home to rare species and sacred Native American burial sites, is being blown up this week as part of construction for President Trump's border wall, Customs and Border Protection confirmed to CBS News. "Controlled blasting" inside Arizona's Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument began this week without consultation from the Native American nation whose ancestral land it affects, according to the congressman whose district includes the reservation. 

Interior Announces More Than $170 Million in Conservation Funding for States and Tribes to Reclaim and Repurpose Abandoned Coal Mines
February 6, 2020

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation grants through the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). A total of $170.9 million in grants will be provided this year for states and tribes to reclaim and repurpose abandoned coal lands.

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Trump Administration Launches Presidential Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives

January 29, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior, the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services today held the first meeting of a White House task force to address the incidence of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Chairman Simermeyer announces bulletin and advisory group at the New Mexico Tribal Gaming Symposium
January 29, 2020

THE PUEBLO OF SANTA ANA, N.M., Jan. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Indian Gaming Commission Chairman E. Sequoyah Simermeyer addressed Tribal Regulators in New Mexico, announced new NIGC Bulletin on Sports Books, and forecasts plans for a public facing advisory group on Agency bulletins.

Thirteen Native students receive scholarships from Shakopee Mdewakanton tribe, University of Minnesota

December 12, 2019

Prior Lake, Minn. – The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) and the University of Minnesota today announced the newest class of scholarship recipients for the SMSC Endowed Scholarship program. Theyinclude 13 Native American students from 11 different tribes.

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Allows Tribes more options to streamline job training programs


WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced today the completion of a historic interagency memorandum of agreement (MOA) between 12 federal agencies for expanded participation by federal agencies in the 477-Demonstration Project (“477-initiative”). The MOA is a key requirement identified in amendments provided under the Indian Employment, Training, and Related Services Consolidation Act of 2017, Public Law 115-93, as signed by President Donald Trump on December 18, 2017. The 477-initiative was initially created by Public Law 102-477, the Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Demonstration Act of 1992, 25 U.S.C. section 3401 et seq., which allows federally recognized Tribes to integrate employment and training-related, formula-funded federal grants into a single plan with a single budget and single reporting system to improve effectiveness of those services, reduce joblessness in Indian communities, while reducing administrative, reporting, and accounting costs.  


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Newest and largest Native philanthropic organization launched website today, seeks public input on priorities


FAYETTEVILLE, AR. – The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) launched its website today and is soliciting public feedback to inform NAAF’s priorities and future funding activities. NAAF plans to begin its first round of grantmaking in 2019. To view the survey and find additional information about NAAF, please visit


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Company to significantly increase annual philanthropic giving to American Indian/Alaska Native communities over five years, launches company-wide initiative to better serve Indian Country


SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today announced a five-year, $50 million commitment to American Indian/Alaska Native communities to help address their unique economic, social and environmental needs. The company will expand philanthropy programs, work to improve products and services to meet the financial and banking requirements of the American Indian/Alaska Native community, and help create a greater awareness of American Indian/Alaska Native culture, history and contributions.


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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior and retired U.S. Navy SEAL Commander Ryan Zinke participated in the Reading of the Names and the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The secretary read 60 names. The event marks the 35th anniversary of The Wall. It spans 3 days and features over a thousand volunteers reading every name of the fallen who are enshrined on The Wall.


Media use B-roll of the scene and the Secretary reading names can be downloaded here.

WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke issued the following statement today which was read during the 26th Annual Indian Country Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service at the United States Indian Police Academy in Artesia, N.M. The ceremony formally announced the names of three fallen law enforcement officers from the Navajo and Chickasaw Nations as new inscriptions to the Indian Country Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument.


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WASHINGTON – Ring in spring with a visit to a national park during National Park Week, April 15 through 23. Throughout the country, hundreds of programs and events will encourage visitors to explore new places and enjoy new experiences. More information is available at


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Eureka Productions tag along as a couple supporters from outside the protest visit and report what they saw and heard in early November at Standing Rock during the demonstrations against the Dakota Access Pipeline.


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PAGE, Ariz. – The U.S. Department of the Interior today released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for a Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan (LTEMP) for Glen Canyon Dam operations. The LTEMP will provide a framework for adaptively managing Glen Canyon Dam over the next 20 years with the goal of creating certainty and predictability for water and power users while protecting environmental and cultural resources in Grand Canyon National Park and the Colorado River ecosystem.


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The White House Summit on The United State of Women

Maggie Dunne, Founder and CEO of Lakota Children's Enrichment, was a Solutions Seminar Speaker during The White House Summit on The United State of Women.


Lakota Children's Enrichment, Inc. is a for purpose nonprofit that empowers youth on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota through opportunities in the arts, education, sports, leadership and mentorship.

Cierra was nominated through public submissions to attend The White House Summit on The United State of Women. Cierra has witnessed firsthand the power of overcoming struggle to bring about change and help others in her community, especially in the Cherokee Nation. A 17-year-old advocate, Cierra has traveled across Indian Country to educate youth, especially other Native American young women, about sexual assault and address solutions that will empower youth and improve enforcement, transparency, and accountability. As a melanoma cancer survivor, Cierra has also dedicated her time to helping tribal health facilities, and in 2013, was honored as a White House "Champion of Change" for her extraordinary work to promote healthy lifestyles to reduce the risk of cancer in native communities. This year, Cierra will host the Charles Head Memorial Native Youth Summit on efforts to put an end to sexual assault, a conversation she brought to the table in her participation at the United State of Women Summit.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, June 14, the White Houseconvened the first-ever United State of Women Summit to mark the progress made by and for women and girls domestically and internationally over the course of this Administration and to discuss solutions to the challenges they still face.

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NATV had the opportunity to cover a Bernie Sanders Rally held in DC. Here is a clip from the event.

“Access to a job in the summer and beyond can make all the difference to a young person – especially those who don’t have access to many resources and opportunities.”

- President Barack Obama


A young person’s first job brings more than just a steady paycheck – the experience teaches young people life and work skills that serve them long after the job is done.  Summer is a critical time for young people to get access to first jobs that can provide important skills, experiences and networks for their future. At the same time, summer opportunities have been shown to divert youth from criminal involvement and reduce overall violence in communities.  That is why, in February, the White House launched the Summer Opportunity Project to increase the number of young Americans participating in evidence-based summer opportunity programs, decrease the percentage of youth experiencing violence over the summer, and—more broadly—make sure that young Americans have the support they need to get their first job. This work builds on the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force recommendation strengthening the case for summer youth employment and launching a cross-sector campaign to reduce summer learning loss and increase the number of job and internship opportunities for all young people.


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 “ABC News Special: President Obama’s State of the Union Address and the Republican Response” 
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The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice are hosting teams of superintendents, principals, and teachers from across the country today for “Rethink Discipline,” a day-long conference at the White House on creating positive school climates and implementing effective discipline practices. The conference seeks to advance the national conversation about reducing the overuse of unnecessary out of school suspensions and expulsions and replacing these practices with positive alternatives that keep students in school and engaged in learning, but also ensure accountability.


“Creating and sustaining safe, supportive schools is absolutely essential to ensuring students can engage in the rich learning experiences they need for success in college, work and life –that’s why rethinking school discipline is critical to boosting student achievement and improving school outcomes. Today’s conference shows that there are leaders across the country who are committed to doing this work. We are proud to stand as partners with these educators to say that we have to continue to do better for all of our students,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

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The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Kansas and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of May 4 to June 21, 2015.

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WASHINGTON – Following extensive environmental and economic analyses and robust tribal and public outreach, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor today approved the Four Corners Power Plant (FCPP) and Navajo Mine Energy Project in northwestern New Mexico, under a plan that would minimize and mitigate the project’s projected environmental impacts while maintaining the substantial economic benefits of coal mining and energy production for the Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe and local communities. 

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"And Michelle and I believe we’ve got a special obligation to make sure that tribal youth have every opportunity to achieve their potential not just for the benefit of themselves and their communities, but for our entire nation; that all of you young people have a chance to succeed not by leaving your communities, but by coming back and investing in your communities, and that you have a whole range of options that can lift us all up.  And so we are really excited about what you’re doing, and we’re really excited about some of the work that’s going to be done not just here but all across the country.  That’s why I’m here today."

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NATV Is Awaiting Remarks From President Obama Where He Will Announce ConnectHome: Coming Together to Ensure Digital Opportunity for All American at Chocktaw Nation.

Paris Burris is awaiting the Presidents remarks on the Connect Home Initiative at Choctaw Nation.

Paris was one of the student fellows at the Native American Journalists Association conference this past weekend. She is the special projects editor of the University of Oklahoma newspaper, The Oklahoma Daily. Burris hopes to become a traveling journalist.

"NATV is so proud and excited to have her working with us.", says NATV Executive Producer Robert Cohencious.

WASHINGTON – The First Lady will deliver remarks at the first-ever Tribal Youth Gathering.  The event will take place at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC. This event – cohosted by UNITY Inc., the largest Native youth organization in the country – focuses on creating a national dialogue around wellness, education, and opportunity for tribal youth. In her remarks, Mrs. Obama will speak to American Indian and Alaska Native youth from across the country about her Reach Higher initiative, the value of education, and the importance of pursuing their dreams.


As part of the President’s Generation Indigenous Initiative, the First Lady participated in a convening on Creating Opportunity for Native Youth. Additionally, as part of her effort to help build a healthier future for our next generation, Let’s Move! in Indian Countryhas partnered with 421 partners that represent community and tribal programs.