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The Pulse
H E A D L I N E S

close quarters. These factors-
Family Services, who told her data is on race and
combined with the fact that
ethnicity are being collected in Denver, but Native
supplies such as sanitizer, soap,
Americans are not included.
and PPE are often many miles
The the good news is a revolution is taking
away-mean Native American
place, which could reverse these trends. In an efcommunities are some of the
fort to coordinate aid, the Colorado Commission
Arapaho
hardest hit.
of Indian Affairs is working with the Denver
representative
A representative of the CDC
Indian Resource Center, Four Winds American
Sarah Ortegon
speaks to a
informed residents of the Pine
Indian Council, and the Denver Emergency
crowd at a
Ridge/Oglala Reservation that
Food Network to get food, PPE, and COVID-19
climate rally in
if
they
did
not
lock
their
comtests to urban and reservation relatives in
Denver.
the community, also according to Bissonette.
munity down, they had the po"There's been weekly phone calls between the
tential for the worst outbreak in
lieutenant governor's office ... and all the main
the world. However, when they shut their borders,
serving Native organizations ... the Colorado
the governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, tried
Tk caption
Commission of Indian Affairs ... but that has
to force the tribe and neighboring
reservations
here soon and
been something unprecedented," she says.
to open back up. When an urban
it health
will gocenter
here.
The pandemic is devastating
serving the Native communities of Seattle asked
Native Americans aren't just the first peoples of
Native American communities on
the state, federal, and county health agencies for
this country; they're people. And they deserve to
reservations and in urban comCOVID-19 tests, instead, they received body bags.
have their communities included in basic demomunities-but a few dedicated
When it comes to Native Americans and the
graphics and their basic needs met. If you want
groups are working to bring relief.
effects of the coronavirus, it's also important to
to donate to the American Indian Community in
look at urban Indian communities. In Denver,
Denver, click here; to the White Mountain Apache
By Erika T. Wurth
for example, the presence of Native people has
Nation, click here; to the Navajo Nation, click here;
often been completely overlooked, potentially
to the Rosebud Lakota Nation, click here; and to
DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE NAVAJO RESharming its Indian population. In fact, accordthe Oglala Lakota Nation, click here.
ervation/Din├ętah at one point had surpassed New
York State for the highest infection rate in the
ing to Terri Bissonette (a local woman who is
United States for COVID-19, for far too long, there
starting the American Indian Academy of Denver
Erika T. Wurth's publications include two novels,
was little to no coverage in mainstream media
middle school), data isn't even being collected on
two collections of poetry, and a collection of short
in general about what was, and is, happening in
Native people in the Denver area. She spoke with
stories. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee and
Indian country during the current pandemic. And,
Adrianne Maddox of Denver Indian Health and
was raised outside of Denver.
in fact, the Navajo Nation isn't even No. 1 in infection rates among tribal nations (White Mountain
Apache is first; the second, now Pueblo of Zia;
the third, Pueblo of San Felipe). Luckily, due to
A SEIRUS MASK
internal efforts the Navajo Nation has been able
A virus-killing version is due out in the fall.
to start beating the virus back. However, given
this devastation, it's puzzling that the most recent
As the pandemic only increases in severity in the U.S., efarticle by The New York Times on the effects of
fective face masks are becoming more and more essential
COVID on various demographics excludes Native
in order to contain the spread of COVID-19. No surprise,
Americans completely.
the outdoor industry is busy crafting better PPE. Technical
One reason COVID-19 is so widespread and
accessory brand Seirus Innovation is upping the game this
devastating in reservation communities has to
fall, when it will release its EVO Arc Masque. This update of
do with the fact that homes often lack running
the currently available BIO Arc Masque will be made with
water-an obvious necessity if one needs to wash
HeiQ Viroblock, a new Swiss textile technology, tested to
their hands multiple times a day. Additionally, in
be 99.99% effective in 30 minutes against SARS-CoV-2,
BIO Arc Masque
many houses, multiple generations live together in
the COVID-19-causing virus. -Doug Schnitzspahn

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