COVID-19 in Indian Country
The Indian Health Service announces the appointment of Michelle Boylan, RN, MA, MBA, CPHQ, as the new deputy director for quality healthcare and enterprise risk management.
Michelle Boylan

President Joe Biden is threatening to veto a Republican bill that removes a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health care providers.
Joe Biden

The National Indian Health Board is pleased to announce the promotion of A.C. Locklear to the new position of Federal Relations Director.

The Indian Health Service announced Darrell LaRoche as the new deputy director for management operations and Capt. Marcus Martinez as the new director for the IHS Portland Area.

The National Indian Health Board will convene a virtual discussion session on June 22, 2022, on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 Staffing Guidance.

The Navajo Nation is seeking applicants for several positions as the tribe prepares to distribute millions of dollars in American Rescue Plan Act funds.
Window Rock Arizona Navajo Nation

The 24th Navajo Nation Council has passed Legislation No. 0178-21 which requires COVID-19 vaccinations for all Navajo Nation government employees.

"The spread of COVID-19 remains a hardship on our tribal way of life and to our tribal people and employees," leaders of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation said.
umatilla CTUIR

To help ensure the safety of students, teachers and tribal communities, staff and faculty at Bureau of Indian Education facilities will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Our team members were on the front lines for us, working hard to keep us all safe, to keep the business running and to protect our guests,” said Chairperson Amanda Vance of the Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians.

The Winnebago Tribe's health system will require all employees and contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 1, 2021.

The Wind River Inter-Tribal Council – comprised of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho business councils – voted to enact additional safety measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect their citizens.
Wind River Reservation

Staff at the Indian Health Service who serve in federally-operated health care facilities and interact with, or have the potential to come into contact with, patients will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“No one wants to be back in the classroom with their students more than educators, and student safety is our number one priority,” said National Education Association President Becky Pringle.

The Indian Health Service is announcing Dr. Loretta Christensen, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, as the new chief medical officer.

Frank Holiday, a Navajo citizen, is the new acting director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs regional office that serves the Navajo Nation.

Due to rising cases of COVID-19, the Pueblo of Laguna has closed all tribal offices.

Urban Indian frontline health workers will now have the same coverage as their other health system counterparts.

The Pueblo of Laguna is battling a rise in COVID-19 cases, Governor Wilfred Herrera said in his weekly update.

Closure of the four Navajo Nation casinos since March placed an extreme financial burden on operations forcing temporary layoffs of approximately 90 percent of the team members.