Choctaw Nation

The two winter storms and the plunging temperatures have put a strain on Oklahoma's power grid and natural gas supply. Tribal Nations across the state are responding by closing businesses, rescheduling vaccine appointments and delivering firewood to residents for fuel. 

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The Choctaw Nation is partnering with the Oklahoma State Health Department to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Choctaw Nation has more than 400 COVID-19 vaccinations under their belt and are ready to begin phase two.

Beginning Monday, patients qualifying for Choctaw Nation Health Services that are citizens aged 60 years or older, have a CDIB card (Certified Degree of Indian Blood) and live within the Choctaw Nation's jurisdiction can receive the vaccine.

During last month's election, Indigenous voters were key to President-Elect Joe Biden winning counties in Arizona, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Although they represent a smaller portion of the electorate, Indigenous voters can wield a lot of power.

Citizen Potawatomi Nation

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.

Leaders of three of the Five Tribes released a statement on Thursday opposing legislation in response to the McGirt v. Oklahoma decision.

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The Choctaw Nation is now powering some of its homes with solar energy.

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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.

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Two recent court decisions say the reservations of the Choctaw Nation and Chickasaw Nation were never disestablished.

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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.

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