COVID-19 in Indian Country
The Cherokee Nation enrolled its 400,000th tribal citizen and continues to process a historic record number of citizenship applications.

The Cherokee Nation’s Registration Office is extending its closed in-person services another month and will reopen to the public on October 4, 2021.

“Vaccination is still the best form of protection against the COVID-19 virus and the new Delta variant,” said Cherokee Nation Health Services Executive Director Dr. R. Stephen Jones.

The Cherokee Nation continues to see a rise in COVID-19 cases, with more than 1,000 reported during the week of August 15, 2021.

As a result of the ongoing surge of the highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant, the Cherokee Nation is shifting to virtual activities for the 69th annual Cherokee National Holiday.

Cherokee Nation Health Services recorded 784 positive cases of COVID-19 in the tribe’s health system last week, up from 600 new cases the week before.

Cherokee Nation Health Services is seeing a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations, with 90 percent of new COVID cases occurring among unvaccinated patients.

The Cherokee Nation is receiving $1.8 billion in COVID-19 recovery funds as part of an historic investment in Indian Country through President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act.

The Cherokee Nation has now moved into phase three of their COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

The Cherokee Nation is scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations for elders ages 65 and older who are eligible to receive care within Cherokee Nation Health Services.

The Cherokee Nation is set to receive its first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine directly from the Indian Health Service starting next week.

Cherokee Nation received 6,000 rapid test kits from the Indian Health Service to enhance how the tribe tests for COVID-19 within its school system and among its most vulnerable citizens.

The Cherokee Nation mourns the loss of one of its fluent Cherokee speakers and elders to COVID-19. Edna "Dolly" Raper passed away on July 4, 2020.

Join the National Congress of American Indians and the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. and Rainbow PUSH Coalition for a special town hall titled 'The Untold Story of America,' where we will discuss the true history of the nation from the American Indian and African American perspectives.

Tribes in a lawsuit against the Trump administration are once again calling for the distribution of the money remaining in the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund by an "immediate and definitive date."

The Cherokee Nation announced a $332 million spending plan to use the tribe’s first portion of an $8 billion set aside in CARES Act funding.

'Responsible Hospitality': Cherokee Nation Businesses announced a planned approach to providing a safe environment for guests and employees at its entertainment properties.

The Cherokee Nation will reopen its government offices in a phased plan that incorporates social distancing and has employees returning on staggered shifts starting June 1, 2020.

The plaintiffs in Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Mnuchin have filed a motion for a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction and emergency writ of mandamus.

'Federally recognized tribal governments, across the United States including in Alaska, work daily to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic," Cherokee Nation Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr said in connection with an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund.