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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The federal agency that oversees schools that educate some Native Americans in nearly two dozen states has issued an employee vaccine mandate.

The mandate, announced Thursday, covers faculty and staff at schools and dormitories operated directly by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education.

More than 180 schools operate under the agency’s umbrella. But about two-thirds are run by tribes under contract with the federal government or through grants, including most on the Navajo Nation.

Schools in North Dakota operated by the BIE include Turtle Mountain Elementary, Turtle Mountain Community Middle and Ojibwa Indian School in Belcourt and Dunseith Indian Day School in Dunseith.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland says employees must be vaccinated no later than Oct. 15 or they could face disciplinary action.

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