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To acknowledge today’s celebration of Irish, we take a look back at one of Indian Country Today’s more popular articles from 2020.

Friendship between Ireland, tribes lives on

More than 170 years ago, a U.S. tribe did Ireland a solid.

The European country has not forgotten it.

The Ireland Lacrosse team bowed out of an international tournament in September to open up a spot for the Iroquois Nationals.

It’s the latest in a series of gestures between the island nation and Native American tribes that date back to 1847, when Choctaw leaders gave $170 to the Irish as their country battled a potato famine that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands.

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Muscogee (Creek) Nation clinic plans vaccine clinic

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health and the federal Indian Health Service said Wednesday they will provide 4,000 coronavirus vaccinations to all Native Americans and members of their households during a two-day clinic in Tulsa.

Any member of a federally recognized tribe and members of their households, Native American or not, are eligible for an appointment to receive the vaccine, said Muscogee (Creek) Health Secretary Shawn Terry.

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Tribe opens Glacier National Park entrance

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council voted Wednesday to allow the eastern entrance to Glacier National Park, located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, to open for the 2021 tourist season.

The east entrance has been closed since last March after the tribe declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Blackfeet Tribal Business Council voted to open the east entrance of Glacier National Park on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Blackfeet Covid-19 Incident Command Facebook)

$37K reward for suspicious Mexican Gray Wolf death information

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $37,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in connection with the suspicious death of an endangered Mexican gray wolf near Eagar, Arizona.

The carcass of the wolf was found Feb. 19 in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Eagar is near the Fort Apache and San Carlos reservations in eastern Arizona.

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Shoshone-Bannock Tribes roll out ‘One and Done’ vaccine

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes is offering the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine to tribal citizens.

Shoshone-Bannock has offered the two-dose vaccine since December, with a target goal of 75 percent community vaccination by May.

“While both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are highly effective at preventing serious illness or death from COVID-19 (including variants), the ease of the single-dose ‘one and done’ vaccine will allow the community to more rapidly increase the ‘immune’ or ‘protected’ population, read a news release.

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