On Monday, the Cherokee Nation hit a grim milestone in its battle against COVID-19. The Nation's ICU beds were at capacity with coronavirus patients. But the number fluctuates and they will be able to transport patients to other facilities.
A bipartisan bill to support Native American languages was proposed last week in the U.S. Senate.
Democratic Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico and Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska proposed the Durbin Feeling Language Act of 2020. Durbin Feeling was a renowned Cherokee citizen and linguist who passed away in August.
On Wednesday, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter released a letter detailing a new plan he negotiated with leaders of some of the Five Tribes that would allow them and the state to compact over matters of criminal jurisdiction. The plan would require federal legislation.
United States Attorney General William Barr visited the Cherokee Nation Capital in Tahlequah, Okla. on Wednesday to talk about some of the challenges and partnerships in the wake of the landmark McGirt v. Oklahoma decision that was handed down in July.