COVID-19 in Indian Country
Diné College endeavors to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all on the College campus by continuing to enforce mask mandate and has instituted the requirement for the COVID-19 vaccination.
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Diné College has accepted President Joe Biden’s challenge to get more students and community members vaccinated by July 4, 2021.
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“This much-needed financial support will aid our ability to help the Tribal communities we serve recover more quickly from the pandemic’s wide-ranging impact on them,” said Bryan Newland, who has been nominated to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs in the Biden administration.

The American Rescue Plan invests $1.75 billion in American Indian and Alaska Native programs administered through the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior.

The first cohort of a new medical assistant certificate program at Diné College is on pace to graduate this year – a major milestone during COVID-19.

Navajo Nation Department of Health Executive Director Dr. Jill Jim will serve as the Winter Commencement speaker for Diné College on December 11, 2020.

Diné College reported a Fall 2020 student enrollment of more than 1,300 and returning students were met with some big changes. The number of enrolled students represents a high amount, considering COVID-19.

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College announced the graduation of 27 students who successfully completed program requirements in the Law Enforcement Skills Training Program during Summer Session 2020.

Rapidly transitioning from an in-person program to one entirely online was a challenge, but public health students with Diné College’s Summer Research Enhancement Program completed their work, focusing on the impacts of COVID-19 in their community.

Two-term U.S. Poet Laureate and IAIA Alumna Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation) '68 has been selected to give the Institute of American Indian Arts' 2020 commencement address at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 22, 2020.  

Dine College will offer 358 courses this fall with all but 10 courses to be offered online. Staff are getting ready for the return of students by instituting campus-wide safety and other measure.

A research paper authored by two Diné College science professors about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact upon Native Americans provides clarification of the transmission and virulence of the virus, the professors say.

Dr. Ronald J. Graham (Absentee Shawnee) is the new president of Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing requirements, and martial law on the reservation, spring commencement at Red Lake Nation College will still go on as scheduled on May 21, 2020, drive-in theater style.

A tribal college enterprise in Michigan is producing and distributing personal protective equipment face shields.

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