Oklahoma tribes step up to protect their own
February 1, 2021
Tribes that have had their ancestral lands stolen, their reservations annulled, their culture trampled, say the COVID-19 pandemic was the breaking point.
“It just came down to, if it was going to happen we had to do it ourselves,” said Dr. Adam Vascellaro, chief medical officer for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, located in Shawnee, about 45 miles east of Oklahoma City.
“So, a lot of us here just rolled up our sleeves and started working. Just chopping wood, carrying water every day and getting it done,” he said.