As COVID-19 continues to spread across the state of Oklahoma,
we have seen an increase of positive cases across our Cheyenne and Arapaho Nation.
We find it necessary to reduce the hours of operations at tribal facilities in an effort to stop the
spread of the virus amongst our employees and our tribal members visiting the facilities.
Though we must limit access to our physical buildings,
we will continue to answer phones and strive to provide essential services
dedicated to helping tribal members through this extraordinary situation.
Please bear with us as we struggle and learn to live with COVID-19.
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Offices will adhere to the following schedule until further notice:
The Lucky Star Casinos will follow guidelines and standards that other casinos use across the country to protect patrons and employees. Significant social distancing efforts will include but not limited to, reduced and distanced seating at all restaurants and every other gaming machine will be powered off to ensure physical distance between patrons. Plexiglas barriers may be installed in key locations across the different casino properties. Face masks or face coverings will be highly encouraged for everyone on the casino property and will be available for all patrons.
Casino hours of operations will be adjusted from weekend to weekdays until data supports casinos being opened 24 hours a day. Ongoing enhanced cleaning measures will be implemented for deep cleaning. Also, the casinos will be working with Indian Health Service to screen all employees returning to work.
On the tribal government side, essential staff will tentatively report back to work on Tuesday, May 26 at 8 a.m. and the remaining employees will tentatively report back to work on Monday, June 1 at 8 a.m.
“The health and safety of our community and employees is always our highest priority and through this pandemic, we have relied on facts from the CDC and health experts to guide our decisions,” said Gov. Reggie Wassana.
The guidelines for reopening are based on local COVID-19 trends and data. The plan is also consistent with guidelines released by the federal and state government. Local data and trends will be regularly reviewed and we will provide recommendations as the situation continues to change.
We look forward to opening our tribal properties and providing much needed services and programs to our tribal and community members. Hohóú / Né-á’eše!
- 7/30/2020 Executive Branch Amended Executive Order 2020-04
- 7/16/2020 Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes received a total of $63.4 million in COVID-19 relief funds
- 6/30/2020 Third Amended Executive Order 2020-02
- 5/28/2020 Judicial Branch’s Updated Response to COVID-19 and Phased Reopening
- 5/27/2020 Executive Branch Amended Executive Order 2020-02
- 5/15/2020 Office of the Governor Announcement Regarding CARES Act
- April 2020 Elders Newsletter
- 4/3/2020 Executive Branch Amended Executive Order 2020-01
- 4/2/2020 CA Tribes IHS COVID Annoucement
- 3/27/2020 Return-to-Work Update Letter from Governor Wassana
- 3/24/2020 Letter to Tribal Members from Governor Wassana
- Executive Order_3-19-2020
- CA Tribes Governors COVID-19 Press Release
Helpful Information about COVID-19
Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer
Making your own hand sanitizer is easy to do and only requires a few ingredients:
- Rubbing Alcohol (99% alcohol volume)
- Aloe Vera Gel
- Essential oil, such as tea tree, lavender, or use lemon juice
- The key to making an effective, germ-busting hand sanitizer is to stick to a 2:1 proportion of alcohol to aloe vera. This keeps the alcohol content around 60 percent. This is the minimum amount needed to kill most germs, according to the CDC Trusted Source.
- Resources for Indian Country (National Congress of American Indians) http://www.ncai.org/initiatives/partnerships-initiatives/resources-for-indian-country-coronavirus
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Live Updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- Print Resources about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/factsheets.html
- Travel Health Notices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
- Stop the Spread of Germs Downloadable Sign (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs.pdf
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes are continuously monitoring the ongoing and evolving changes regarding the COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus. We are taking precautionary measures and doing our part in containing the virus. Unprecedented safety measures are being taken nation-wide due to the Coronavirus.
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes leadership’s decisions in part are based off recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and also the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes employees and tribal citizens are highly encouraged to utilize the following safety precautions:
- Practice social distancing. Stay home and keep visitors to a minimum. Do not participate in shopping or other outside activities that are not necessary.
- If you are sick, call your doctor ahead of time and explain your symptoms to them.
- Wash our hands as often as possible and avoid facial contact.
The virus can be spread person-to-person, likely via coughing and sneezing, handshaking, or other close contact with an infected person. Common symptoms of illness will include fever, cough and shortness of breath. While the primary risk factor has been travel history, or being in close contact with a confirmed patient, there has been transmission of the virus not related to these causes.
We want to reassure our communities that precautionary planning is underway in the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.
Cancellations and Closings
- All tribal sponsored events and activities are cancelled or postponed until further notice.
- All tribal properties and casinos are closed to the public beginning March 20, 2020 until further notice.
- Concho and Hammon Travel Plazas will have limited services. For Concho, call (405) 422-6565 for more information. For Hammon, call (580) 473-2010 for more information.
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