A worker on Aug. 13 gets ready to pass out instructions on how to fill out the 2020 Census during a town hall meeting in Lithonia, Georgia. The U.S. Census Bureau on March 18 suspended field operations for two weeks, citing the health and safety of its workers and the U.S. public from the novel coronavirus. JOHN AMIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Census officials say they were monitoring all operations related to the once-a-decade head count amid the global pandemic.
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Cherokee Nation citizen Tracy Daugherty, of Tahlequah, and her children, Eli and Cheyenne Daugherty, pick up groceries on March 20 from the CN Food Distribution site in Tahlequah, adhering to the temporary changes made by the Food Distribution program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
The changes are to help slow and stop the spread of COVID-19.
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Officials say they are concerned about those most vulnerable and that the organization will continue to operate and offer services as long as possible.
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A tornado over the plains of Oklahoma. JIM KURDZO/UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA VIA OKLAHOMA WATCH
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When tornadoes and severe storms threaten communities this spring, residents may find their public storm shelters are not open.
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The Eastern Oklahoma Veterans Affairs Health Care System is limiting visitation at each of its campuses.
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A Veterans Affairs Enrollment Fair set for 10 a.m. on March 26 at the hospital has been canceled.
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Hospital benefit coordinators will assist Native American veteran patients in enrolling for Veterans Affairs health care services.
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Cherokee Nation Businesses employee volunteers Marci Gillespi and Cohle Fowler help sort, package and weigh fresh foods at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma’s Donald W. Reynolds Distribution Center in Tulsa. COURTESY
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma delivers food to the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center in Tahlequah. Cherokee Nation Businesses’ Community Impact Team, a companywide initiative dedicated to helping promote volunteerism and community engagement, supports the food bank through volunteer efforts and donations throughout the year. COURTESY
The tribally owned company is partnering with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
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It is geared toward students interested in helping their schools and communities be more prepared for emergency situations.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Native villages and other tribal entities in the state are receiving nearly $95 million in federal grants for housing improvement projects.
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Shown is an example of a School Clothing Assistance Program card given to eligible children in grades kindergarten through 12th. The summer program offers $100 for school clothes, while the winter program offers $50 for coats. COURTESY
More than 3,700 children received winter coats in 2019 thanks to a Cherokee Nation clothing assistance program offered by Human Services.
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