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Rows of patient beds are shown at a military field hospital, Sunday, April 5, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. Officials said the facility, which will be used for people with medical issues that are not related to the new coronavirus outbreak, has more than 200 beds and is ready now to receive patients. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Tribal casinos in WA closing due to coronavirus

Apr. 6, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A look at coronavirus-related developments in Washington: TRIBAL CASINOS CLOSING Numerous Indian tribes around the state are temporarily closing their casinos because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Kalispel Tribe of Indians announced this week that it’s Northern Quest casino in the...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019 file photo, opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada demonstrate in sub-freezing temperatures in Billings, Mont. Alberta is investing $1.1 billion in the disputed Keystone XL pipeline, a project that Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says is crucial for the province's economy. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Work starts in Montana on disputed Canada-US oil pipeline

Apr. 6, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian company said Monday that it's started construction on the long-stalled Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border despite calls from tribal leaders and environmentalists to delay the $8 billion project amid the coronavirus pandemic. A spokesman for TC...

Mormon leader: World will conquer the coronavirus

Apr. 5, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A high-ranking member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Sunday that the world will conquer the coronavirus. “Even as we speak, we are waging an ‘all hands on deck’ war with COVID-19, a solemn reminder that a virus 1,000 times smaller than a...

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2018, file photo, members of the Nevada National Guard stand at a roadblock on a road leading to the Las Vegas Strip during a New Year's celebration in Las Vegas. State and federal officials are finalizing details of the role Nevada's National Guard will play in the statewide response to the coronavirus, but they're emphasizing the mission won't include enforcing martial law. The governor has activated the National Guard each New Year's Eve since the 9/11 terrorist attacks to help patrol the Las Vegas Strip. Nevada's Guard regularly is deployed overseas, but the most recent non-New Year's activation within the state was March 2017 when 140 troops responded to flooding north of Reno and President Trump approved federal disaster funding, similar to what's expected to occur now, said 1st Lt. Emerson Marcus, the Nevada Guard's historian. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

US approves major disaster declaration requested by Nevada

Apr. 4, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. government has approved Nevada's request to declare a major disaster declaration for the state, a move that will unlock additional federal assistance for residents affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Steve Sisolak said Saturday. Sisolak said he was grateful to...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo, the first panels of levee border wall are seen at a construction site along the U.S.-Mexico border, in Donna, Texas. Major construction projects moving forward along the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico amid the coronavirus pandemic are raising fears workers could spread the sickness within nearby communities. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

With US border work on track, rural towns fear virus spread

Apr. 2, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Major construction projects moving forward along the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico are raising fears the coronavirus could race through temporary work camps and spread to rural communities unable to handle an outbreak. Despite a clampdown on people’s movements in much of...

Plans for Navajo Medicaid entity stall in leadership dispute

Mar. 30, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Plans for a Navajo Nation entity to manage Medicaid on the New Mexico portion of the reservation have stalled over disagreements between the tribal president and lawmakers. The Naat'aanii Development Corp. has been touting a plan that would incorporate traditional healing, customer...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 1996, file photo, tourists cast their shadows on the ancient Anasazi ruins of Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. Lawmakers from the country's largest American Indian reservation may have thrown a wrinkle into efforts aimed at establishing a permanent buffer around the national park as New Mexico's congressional delegation, environmentalists and other tribes try to keep oil and gas development from getting closer to the World Heritage site. Navajo Nation delegates voted Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, to support a buffer only half the size of the one proposed in legislation pending in Congress. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)

Groups: More time needed to weigh New Mexico drilling plan

Mar. 30, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Archaeologists, historians and environmentalists are joining New Mexico's congressional delegation and a coalition of Native American tribes in asking federal land managers to grant more time for the public to comment on a contested plan that will guide oil and gas development near...

A medical worker screens people arriving at a special COVID-19 testing site in Boston, Saturday, March 28, 2020. The drive-thru testing site is only open to qualified first responders who meet the state criteria for testing. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Massachusetts' cases jump by more than 1,000

Mar. 28, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A look at developments related to the new coronavirus around New England: MASSACHUSETTS The number of cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts jumped by more than 1,000 to a total of 4,257, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said Saturday. The state also had nine more deaths...

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Chairman Matt Morgan speaks during a news conference outside the state in Oklahoma City. Morgan is rejecting Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's latest casino gambling offer and accused the governor of trying to take advantage of the tribes during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Tribal gaming official rejects Oklahoma governor's offer

Mar. 27, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state's top Native American gaming official rejected Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's latest casino gambling offer on Friday and accused the governor of trying to take advantage of the tribes during the coronavirus pandemic. Matthew Morgan, the chairman of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming...

State senators keep their social distance in the gallery, other meeting rooms and the Senate chamber floor as the Minnesota State Senate met Thursday, March 26, 2020 at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. to take up bills related to the coronavirus in the state. Due to social distancing, the gallery and other rooms were used for the lawmakers with the Senate floor limited to members. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota Legislature passes $330 million COVID-19 aid bill

Mar. 26, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature passed a $330 million financial aid package Thursday to help soften the economic impact and help public agencies and the state's health system kick into high gear to fight the coronavirus pandemic that has sickened more than 300 people and killed two in the...