More Choctaws have died of COVID than those who died of the disease in Hawaii. Or Alaska. Or Wyoming.
September 10, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has hit the Mississippi Choctaw Band of Indians harder than any major city in the nation — and 10 times harder than the rest of Mississippi.
Of the 10,000 Choctaws served by the tribe, one in 10 — 1,092 — have tested positive for COVID-19.
“That’s worse than what we’re seeing in New York City or anywhere else in the U.S.,” said the 42-year-old Chief Cyrus Ben, who has battled the disease himself, suffering fever and chills.