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Dala Kelley, cultural art coordinator for Cherokee Nation Businesses, helped her team save more than 50 plants traditionally known within Cherokee culture to provide medicinal benefits. COURTESY
The tribe’s cultural art staff helps recover plants for the upcoming medical school.
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Construction, seen Oct. 14, continues inside and outside at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation building in Tahlequah. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Natasha Bray, associate dean at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, speaks to CN leaders in a cadaver storage room on Oct. 14 during a tour of the building. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Councilor Mary Baker Shaw listen to Natasha Bray, associate dean at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, inside a lecture hall on Oct. 14 in Tahlequah. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Construction is expected to wrap up later this year.
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A closed pharmacy entrance at the W.W. Hastings Outpatient Health Center in Tahlequah is seen in March. Tribal officials said there is no indication that conditions have improved locally regarding containing COVID-19. CHAD HUNTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 within Health Services nears 2,500.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone wear a cloth mask when out in public, especially in areas where physical distancing is a challenge, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. COURTESY
A cloth face covering, such as a reusable mask, may help protect others from the wearer.
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A nurse on July 27 prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, New York. The Food and Drug Administration laid out updated safety standards on Oct. 6 for makers of COVID-19 vaccines after the White House blocked their formal release, the latest political tug-of-war between the Trump administration and the government’s public health scientists. HANS PENNINK/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Vaccine makers should follow trial participants for at least two months to rule out safety issues before seeking emergency approval.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of people hospitalized in Oklahoma due to the coronavirus surged to a record one-day high of 749 on Friday, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. 
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National Congress of American Indians CEO Kevin J. Allis on Sept. 30 addresses the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies about Indian Country getting additional funding and better data amid the pandemic. COURTESY
U.S. House testimony points out poor data, lack of enough – and timely – federal funding.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number hospitalizations in Oklahoma due to the illness caused by the coronavirus surged above 700 on Wednesday to a new record one-day high.
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Officials say the credits are the latest relief action to help lessen the financial hardships Oklahomans may be experiencing.
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The Cherokee Nation is offering free flu vaccinations into December to prepare for the upcoming flu season. COURTESY
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging early flu shots.
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October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month, and the Oklahoma State Department of Health wants all parents of new babies to know that there are steps they can take to protect their children from the risk posed by SIDS. COURTESY
Skin-to-skin contact is among tips to avoid sleep-related infant deaths.
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