COVID-19 Blog Posts

Even as Indian Country copes with the COVID-19 crisis there is evidence of our remarkable resilience and survivance. We are the postindian warriors that Anishinabe writer Gerald Visenor spoke of in his book Manifest Manners.

Stories are emerging from Indian Country demonstrating incredible generosity and courage in the face of the pandemic. From California to Connecticut, and many places in between, as tribally-owned casinos are shutting down they are donating thousands of pounds of perishable food to communities in need (Indian and non-Indian, on-reservation and off) and as we all are isolated in our homes, popular social networking sites have become hubs for sharing our tribal cultures, traditions, and...

AIPI COVID-19 News Roundup

Farmington Daily Times: Navajo Nation Council approves emergency funding for COVID-19 response (March 22, 2020) 

The Navajo Nation Council has authorized $4 million in emergency funding to cover costs associated with the COVID-19 response on the reservation. The tribe had 26 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of this weekend. That number has continued to rise, up to 29 confirmed cases at the time of publication. The money will go to the Navajo Department of Health to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to deliver essential resources and equipment to health care experts and emergency response workers. In a request sent to the...

FAQs for American Indian Students at ASU

From the Office of American Indian Initiatives & the American Indian Student Support Services 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) for American Indian Students related to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the transition to online classes at Arizona State University. The following FAQs reflect the University’s current coronavirus policies and resources (as of March 24, 2020). 

How will convocation/graduation proceed?

At this time, no decision has been made to cancel graduation ceremonies. Please know that we will be continuously assessing the circumstances arising from the presence of the COVID-19 virus in the United States and will make a determination later based upon those circumstances. We will...

Telecommuting Best Practices for Tribal Governments

Businesses and local governments around the country are being forced to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by asking their employees, when possible, to work from home. This may be unprecedented for some tribal governments. We’re here to help. Below are some best practices for tribal governments attempting to transition their work from the office to the living room. 


  1. Utilize available technology. Work from home (whether it is in project management, finance, public services, etc.) depends on reliable access to a computer from home and possibly access to a local network through a VPN (virtual private network). Make sure each of the employees on your

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Three Ways the Federal Administration is Responding to the COVID-19 Outbreak

The federal administration is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak, in part, by giving Americans more time to file and pay taxes, challenging broadband industry providers to reduce barriers to access where possible, and increasing regulatory flexibility for federal grant recipients affected by the outbreak. Details below. 

IRS Delaying Payments and Filing Dates

Tax Day has been moved back three months to July 15, 2020. The IRS previously announced that it would defer income tax payments until July 15, but initially left the filing deadline at April 15. The Secretary of the Treasury announced yesterday that the IRS will delay...

AIPI COVID-19 Update March 20, 2020

The situation around the novel coronavirus pandemic is changing rapidly. Today we bring you five stories about how Indian Country is responding and one with lessons from Singapore. Be sure to check out Indian Country Today’s COVID-19 Syllabus for the latest updates on the virus. This page is updated daily with relevant news stories from ICT, COVID-19 statistics from the WHO, CDC, and IHS, other COVID-19 related research publications, and the latest on cancellations and closings throughout Indian Country.  

See below for more stories on COVID-19’s impact across Indian Country and examples of best practices for pandemic response:

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

On March 17, 2020 the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA), the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) held a Tribal Leader Town Hall webinar to discuss the policy and human impacts of the COVID-19 virus on tribal communities and citizens.
To view a recording of the NAFOA, NCAI, NIHB
Tribal Leaders Town Hall webinar click here.

To view the PowerPoint Slides from the presentations by
NAFOA, NCAI, NIHB click here.
The webinar featured a Congressional update from Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK-4) regarding legislation to provide funding to combat the spread of COVID-19 and leadership...