Tribes

Native Vaccination Success with Dr. Anthony Fauci

Mar 5, 2021
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As vaccinations roll out across the country, tribal nations are doing particularly well. Antonia Gonzales with New Mexico PBS recently spoke with Dr. Anthony Fauci about efforts in Indian Country and what lessons the rest of the country might learn.


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After COVID-19 hit, federal officials initially gave extra time to Census collectors to count every person living in the United States. But then they decided to end the survey a month early, increasing the risk of an undercount that could cause New Mexico to lose out on hundreds of millions of dollars for housing, food assistance, childcare, transportation and more. Native Americans living in rural areas are historically undercounted, and the pandemic has made data collection even harder. Reporter Shaun Griswold, who publishes at New Mexico In Depth for Report for America, has been keeping an eye on how the Census is reaching Native populations in the state and he gave KUNM an update on that process.

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For the past 140 years, the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes have both called the Wind River Valley home.

They didn't choose to share this reservation - and it's no secret that the two tribal governments don't always agree. But since the start of the pandemic, they've been on the same page about one thing.

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The Healthy Soil Act was signed into law earlier this year and it created a grant of $175,000 for farmers and ranchers to maintain soil health by doing things like: keeping the soil covered, maximizing biodiversity, and integrating animals into land management.

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After thousands protested for months on the North Dakota prairie, the Dakota Access Pipeline is moving forward under President Trump.  But the battle over this controversial project continues in court.

A new documentary looks at multiple instances of tribal resistance to energy development called Beyond Standing Rock.  It's produced by Inside Energy, a public media project focused on America's energy issues. 

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The government has changed land leasing rules to make it easier for tribes to build houses and businesses. The move comes as President Obama met with Native American leaders Friday in Washington. Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk .

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It happens every 10 years.  First, the census.  Then squabbles over drawing new lines for Congressional districts. The big debate is usually over whether to carve out a minority district or spread the minorities out amongst districts, making their political agenda more widely heard. In northeastern Arizona it’s surprisingly less of a squabble.

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