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The Impact of COVID-19 on Tribal Communities



Although many Tribal Nations were quicker than most states and the U.S. Federal Government to take action to protect citizens, the statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show infection and death from COVID-19 is higher among American Indians/Alaska Natives than among non-Hispanic Whites. And based on data from 14 participating states, age-adjusted COVID-19 associated mortality among native people was 1.8 times that among non-Hispanic Whites. Today we talk about the social, emotional and economic toll of the pandemic on Indigenous People. What are some of the reasons Native People are disproportionately impacted? And how are tribal communities responding?

With us: Jennifer Weston, Lakota citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Director of the Wampanoag Language Reclamation Project 

Nelson Andrews Jr, Department Director of Emergency Management for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Brian Weeden, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Councilman

Here's a link to the Lakota Well-Being Website with more information

And a link to the FEMA article "One Tribal Nation Winning Against Covid"

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI. After starting her broadcasting career as a midday DJ at WARE in Ware, Massachusetts, she quickly advanced to host of the morning drive show, which in 1981, made her one of the few women in broadcasting to anchor her own morning show. Her career has covered nearly all aspects of broadcasting. She has been a radio disc jockey, a traffic reporter, a television news anchor and reporter, a program director, talk show host, and even a ski reporter. Her television work brought her to White River Junction, VT, Portland, ME, Indianapolis, IN and Nashville, TN. Mindy also worked at radio stations in West Palm Beach, FL, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA and Lebanon, NH. She has received numerous awards, most recently her 5th National PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) award for best Call-in program and best Interview.