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After more than a year of being closed to visitors, the Museum of Native American History in Bentonville is planning to reopen its doors Apr. 2. Guests need to reserve free, timed tickets in advance and follow COVID-19 precaution while inside the museum.

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The Cherokee and Chickasaw Nations have started providing COVID-19 vaccines to the general public. While the Quapaw Nation will host free, mass vaccination clinic open to the public on Apr. 13 at Downstream Casino and Resort in Quapaw, Oklahoma.

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The new Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, which recently opened for classes, was formally dedicated last week. The facility is the first tribally affiliated medical school in the country with a focus on educating primary care physicians who are interested in serving rural and underserved populations in Oklahoma.


The Museum of Native American History has commissioned Muscogee artist Johnnie Diacon to paint a Trail of Tears mural as part of a joint exhibition with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The mural is comprised of three large panels and the Tulsa-based artist anticipates completing the project in January.

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While other Native American tribes have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cherokee Nation has been able to control the spread of the virus among its citizens. Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin says a robust healthcare system, listening to experts, and quick action to implement measures such as a mask mandate have been key to the tribe's success.

Cherokee Nation Health Services is increasing its use of telemedicine to help reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. Each Cherokee Nation health center now uses telemedicine technology for primary care services and some specialty services including pediatrics, women’s health, behavioral health and infectious disease. The tribe also began offering teledentistry appointments this week.

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The Cherokee Nation is the first U.S. tribe to be invited to deposit their heirloom seeds in Norway's Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The so-called Doomsday Vault opened in 2008 with the goal of safeguarding the world's food supply in case of global disaster. The Cherokee Nation will be depositing nine seed types in the bank, which now holds more than a million crops.

The Cherokee Nation and Rogers State University Public TV launched their first televised Cherokee language learning course this week. The telecourse consists of 48 episodes, each about 50 minutes long. They air at 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday on RSU Public TV. The lessons are also available online.

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The new four-story, multi-million dollar Cherokee Nation outpatient health center, set to open in phases Oct. 21, is located on the W.W. Hastings Hospital campus in Tahlequah. The new faciltiy will offer critically needed health services to hundreds of thousands Cherokees and other tribal members.  

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Actor Wes Studi announced his collaboration with the nonprofit Partnership with Native Americans this weekend at the Museum of Native American History in Bentonville.