TECs in the Media

TECs in the Media

COVID-19 data on Native Americans is ‘a national disgrace.’ This scientist is fighting to be counted

TECs in the Media

Science – News

Abigail Echo-Hawk can’t even count how many times she’s been called a troublemaker. It’s happened at conferences, workshops, and even after she testified before Congress—all places where she has advocated for the full and ethical inclusion of American Indians and Alaska Natives in public health data. “I didn’t used to know what to say,” she says. “Now, my answer is, ‘Is calling for justice making trouble?’”

By Lizzie Wade
September 24, 2020

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COVID-19 data on Native Americans is ‘a national disgrace.’ This scientist is fighting to be counted

Photo:“If you eliminate us in the data, we no longer exist,” says Abigail Echo-Hawk, a citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and director of the Urban Indian Health Institute. Credit: Katty Huertas

COVID-19 Among American Indian and Alaska Native Persons — 23 States, January 31–July 3, 2020

TECs in the Media

CDC – Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) persons appear to be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; however, limited data are available to quantify the disparity in COVID-19 incidence, severity, and outcomes among AI/AN persons compared with those among other racial/ethnic groups.

Early Release
August 19, 2020

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Donald Warne: We Need More Indigenous Doctors, Stat. Here’s How to Do It.

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Mother Jones – Politics

“It’s going to require a generation of good policy to make up for generations of bad policy.”

A member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, Dr. Donald Warne had an early interest in medical work—he comes from a long line of traditional healers.

Delilah Friedler
August 17, 2020

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Donald Warne: We Need More Indigenous Doctors, Stat. Here’s How to Do It.
Photo: Mother Jones illustration
Credit: Courtesy of the University of North Dakota.

Bipartisan Bill Tears Down Health Data Barrier for Native Americans

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E&C – Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Committee members Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT), Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), and Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA) released the following statement on H.R. 7948, the Tribal Health Data Improvement Act of 2020, a bill that would reaffirm that Tribal public health authorities are entitled to access public health data.

August 7, 2020

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Indigenous Nations Battle to Secure Borders, Funds Amid Pandemic

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Foreign Policy – Report

Health inequalities and government indifference are hitting communities hard.

It was in 1832 that the U.S. government first began delivering health care to Indigenous communities. Congress allocated $12,000 to vaccinate those living in nations near white frontier settlements against smallpox.

Justin Ling
August 6, 2020

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Indigenous Nations Battle to Secure Borders, Funds Amid Pandemic
Photo: Miss Navajo Nation Shaandiin P. Parrish grabs a box filled with food and other supplies to distribute to Navajo families in Counselor on the Navajo Nation Reservation, New Mexico, on May 27.
Credit: Sharon Chischilly / Getty Images