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During three mobile test drives, the Spirit Lake Tribe has conducted 326 coronavirus tests on the tribe’s residents, including the April 21 surveillance testing at the tribal health center with the North Dakota Department of Health and North Dakota Army National Guard. On site for that testing was North Dakota State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte. At last report, there had been had no positive cases.
North Dakota state agencies assisted in mass testing for the coronavirus May 20 at the Trenton Indian Service Area (TISA), which encompasses six counties along both sides of the North Dakota-Montana border.
The MHA-Nation has been planning and preparing proactively to fight the virus since February. Chairman Mark N. Fox says three tribal members who contracted coronavirus off the reservation also died off the reservation. Two of the three were brought back to be buried. No tribal members have died on the reservation.
A total of 482 residents and essential workers were tested May 9 in Fort Yates, ND. This included citizens from both North and South Dakota. “We don't have boundaries here at Standing Rock, it's all one,” said Tribal Chairman Mike Faith.
The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa tested 591 tribal members in about six hours on April 30, a benchmark for one-day tribal testing. According to Turtle Mountain Chairman Jamie Azure, all of the samples collected during the drive-through testing at Turtle Mountain Community Schools came back negative. One test was rejected because the person had also tested at another site.
On April 21, 2020, the SRST Tribal Council voted to enact a reservation wide curfew for all residents. As of May 14, 2020 they voted to exted this curfew until May 31, 2020.
The joint testing efforts from Saturday May 9th proved to be a successful operation with a total of 482 essential workers and residents being tested.
As anticipated, COVID-19 is quietly but quickly spreading across our reservation. Last week, two of our Oyate at Sisseton Housing tested positive and three at Enemy Swim District. This weekend, the count jumped to five positive cases in Sisseton Housing and seven at Enemy Swim. Two of these most recent members infected had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Official Tribal Statement will be out tomorrow, but I can now 'Officially Verify' last Thursdays 'Sample Target Testing' with multiple organizations such as IHS and the National Guard.
HOEVEN: TREASURY ANNOUNCES INITIAL ALLOCATION FROM $8 BILLION OF HISTORIC CARES ACT FUNDS TO INDIAN COUNTRY
Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), today issued the following statement on the announcement by the U.S. Department of the Treasury that it will allocate 60 percent of the $8 billion from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist tribes with COVID-19 relief efforts.
As a safety measure, the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission has canceled the 2020 North Dakota Indian Youth Leadership Academy.
Caution over assembling large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic has led to cancellation of the 2020 North Dakota Native American Hall of Honor Ceremony.
The tribe will conduct a targeted testing operation Thursday, April 30 in the parking lot of the Turtle Mountain Middle School in Belcourt North Dakota. Testing begins at 10 a.m. and will continue until 3 p.m. or until the supply of test kits is depleted. The Sky Dancer Casino parking lot is an alternate location.
Government to Government at its Best! Today we held our Tribal State Taxation Committee meeting.