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  • Native American groups address mental and behavioral health as COVID-19 wears on

    Deagan Urbatsch and Jacqueline Robledo, Cronkite News|Updated Aug 6, 2020

    PHOENIX-With COVID-19 taking an especially heavy toll on Native Americans, tribal leaders and mental health experts have stepped up efforts to address the emotional suffering brought on by ongoing lockdowns and so much loss. "Please stay connected with relatives and neighbors by phone or video chat and remind them that they have support," Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer said recently, imploring Navajos to take care of their mental well-being as well as their physical...

  • As deadline looms, Congress urged to reauthorize diabetes program for Native Americans

    Deagan Urbatsch, Cronkite News|Updated Aug 6, 2020

    PHOENIX-Arizona's U.S. senators are pushing legislation to renew a federal program that fights diabetes in Indian Country-an initiative tribal leaders say is vital amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "The Special Diabetes Program for Indians is critical in our fight against diabetes and viruses such as COVID-19," Navajo President Jonathan Nez said in a statement. "If we want our people to be stronger and able to prevent and fight off viruses, then we need our people to eat healthy...

  • Native American leaders determined to prevent repeat of last census undercount

    Deagan Urbatsch, Cronkite News|Updated Apr 10, 2020

    PHOENIX, Ariz.-Time, distance and technology limitations are among the reasons Native Americans may be the most difficult demographic to count in the 2020 census, the Census Bureau says. But lack of trust is the biggest reason, said Patty Hibbeler, chief executive of the Phoenix Indian Center, which provides workforce and youth development, drug and alcohol prevention and language and culture revitalization. "It comes from a very long and very negative history with the...