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

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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