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Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Dist. 1 Tribal Councilor Rex Jordan tour one of the Cherokee Nation’s new income-based efficiency homes for elders in the Shade Addition in Hulbert. COURTESY
One of eight new efficiency homes in the Shade Addition for Cherokee elders. COURTESY
The homes cover 720 square feet with a bedroom, living area, kitchen and bathroom.
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Staff wearing protective gear work at an eastern Oklahoma nursing home. COURTESY
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Facility managers and industry advocates point to complications with testing and a shortage of protective equipment as signals that Oklahoma isn’t ready to reopen.
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The Cherokee Nation annually provides clothing assistance to school-aged children.
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Help Heal Veterans, a nonprofit founded during the Vietnam War, has gone into overdrive, shipping more than 90,000 free craft kits since the beginning of the pandemic and creating a newly designed kit to help veterans make the masks they need to stay healthy and safe. STATEPOINT
With the additional challenge of social isolation, finding ways to combat depression, anxiety and loneliness is critical.
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TULSA – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eastern Oklahoma Veterans Affairs Health Care System will temporarily suspend Saturday outpatient services in Tulsa and Muskogee effective May 16.
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To help inspire tribal citizens to participate in the 2020 Census, the Cherokee Nation created an informational campaign called #CherokeeNationCounts. COURTESY
Cherokee Nation citizens can respond to 2020 Census online, by phone or mail until end of October.
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On May 7 Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Deputy Chief Bryan Warner, District 7 Tribal Councilor Canaan Duncan and District 8 Tribal Councilor Shawn Crittenden distributed hundreds of food packages to elderly and disabled Cherokees in Stilwell and surrounding areas to help keep cupboards stocked during the COVID-19 pandemic. COURTESY
The tribe is also meeting needs for elders with emergency funding.
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The Cherokee Nation’s burial assistance program continues helping citizens via email during pandemic.
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Cherokee Nation employee volunteers distribute boxes of food to elders as part of the tribe’s effort to help Cherokee elders fight food insecurities during the COVID-19 pandemic. COURTESY
The Cherokee Nation will distribute additional food packages to elders who have not previously received one during its COVID-19 response.
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This April 5 photo shows a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. The U.S. Census Bureau needs more time to wrap up the once-a-decade count because of the coronavirus, opening the possibility of delays in drawing new legislative districts that could help determine what political party is in power, what laws pass or fail and whether communities of color get a voice in their states. PAUL SANCYA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
A phased start to the resumption of field operations begins June 1.
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Experts on the noon EST call will address questions and concerns related to juggling work, life and caring for family and loved ones during the pandemic.
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