The vaccine is already offering a sigh of relief to thousands of people. But many Native people remain wary for a variety of reasons. Health officials are looking for ways to get the message out that the vaccine is safe and effective, especially compared to the alternative. Meanwhile, tribal leaders and others are particularly worried about the toll the disease is taking on elders and what that means for tribal language and culture.
Abigail Echo-Hawk (Pawnee) – director of the Urban Indian Health Institute and chief research officer at the Seattle Indian Health Board
Dr. Donna Galbreath (Ahtna Athabascan) – senior medical director of quality assurance at the Southcentral Foundation
Larry Curley (Navajo) – executive director for the National Indian Council on Aging
Jonathan Nez (Diné) – Navajo Nation president
Break 1 music: Women’s Golden Age Traditional (song) The Drum Of St. Labre (artist) The St. Labre Indian School Drum Group (album)
Break 2 music: Believe In Yourself (Old Beat) (song) Bryden Gwiss (artist) The Forgotten T.R.U.T.H. (The.Real.Un.Told.History) (album)