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Tribes are racing ahead of vaccination curve


February 11, 2021

How is the Indian health system doing on vaccine distribution? “We're doing better than most states and counties in the country,” said Abigail Echo-Hawk, director of the Urban Indian Health Institute in Seattle.

At the start of the pandemic, tribes closed casinos before those in Las Vegas, Nevada, and implemented public health precautions, like road checkpoints and wearing masks, before many states. Several communities and pueblos completely shut down access to people from outside the communities.

“We have a system in place and as public health communities, I keep telling all of my friends in the state and federal levels like you should have asked an Indian. I had to do this a long time ago,” she said.


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