Newscast with guest Shelly Diaz

Indian Country Today

Thursday, April 9: Newscast posted weekdays at 4 p.m. Eastern Time with in-depth coverage on COVID-19

The newscast is produced to inform tribal nations about the pandemic and how the novel coronavirus is impacting Native people. We will also cover other stories that arise during this crisis.

Our guest today is Shelly Diaz, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and the HUB Coordinator for the Minnesota Tribal Coalition for 2020 Census. The HUB is coordinating census participation for 11 tribes. Diaz talks about how the pandemic is affecting the count and why it's still important to fill out your census form. 

Jourdan Bennett-Begaye is our Washington editor. In addition to giving the latest COVID-19 numbers in Indian Country, she also covers the 2020 Census.  

There are three ways to answer the 2020 Census: online, by phone or by paper. 

(Previous story: The Census is Indian Country’s 2020 'selfie')

Find our tracker, COVID-19 coverage, opinion pieces, list of events cancelled or postponed and more at the Indian Country Today's COVID-19 Syllabus.

There are two ways to report cases in your tribe: this Google Form or you can email: washingtoneditor@indiancountrytoday.com.

(Read more: A sense of urgency in COVID-19 coverage ... and we need your help)

We also hope to hear from family members who had a love one die from COVID-19. This is called: Portraits from the Pandemic. Indian Country Today publishes obituaries at no cost. Send the obituary and a photo (more is welcomed) to: obituary@indiancountrytoday.com.

The first obituary is posted. It’s the story of Gloria Jane Merculief, Deg Hit’an Athabaskan, “A beautiful soul, accepting, peaceful, calm.”

Please continue to send news releases and op eds. 

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