In American Indian communities, questions about COVID-19 test access remain
September 24, 2020
Expanded testing capacity, partnerships between states and tribes and perhaps a little bit of luck helped Native American communities around the region avoid coronavirus outbreaks that have rocked tribal nations in other parts of the country.
But more needs to be done to ensure Native American and Indigenous people can access tests and are being assessed at rates comparable to other demographic groups, tribal health officials said.
The Forum News Service reviewed national and state data and spoke with health and tribal leaders Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota as part of a special series highlighting the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous communities.