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Pandemic has forced the cancellation of events everywhere. But in Indian Country, not congregating comes with added cost—and risk. By Kevin Abourezk Every spring, inside the Celilo Longhouse at Celilo Village on the edge of the Columbia River, traditional elders, food gatherers, and members of the public prepare to feast on the first Chinook salmon of the season. Ahead of the annual celebration, the sound of traditional songs and drums fills the air, as celebrants...

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Native American dancing celebrates life at a distance by Kevin Abourezk, Underscore.news Zak Hoops, 6, couldn’t understand why the powwows he typically attends and where he performs the grass dance were canceled. His mother, Toma Campbell, tried to explain coronavirus and why it was important to cancel those events. But she told him about another opportunity for him to share his talents. She had recently discovered a Facebook group called the Social Distance Powwow, where people...

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Coronavirus numbers for Native Americans begin to climb. By Kevin Abourezk, Underscore.news As the coronavirus increasingly makes its presence known in tribal communities across the country, a leading Senate Democrat took the Trump administration to task Friday for skimping on help for tribes. Sen. Tom Udall, New Mexico—senior Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies—said the landmark legislation approved by Congress would infuse $10 billion into the coffers of...