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Self-isolation and handwashing are a large part of the national game plan for combatting COVID-19. But those experiencing homelessness have far fewer options when it comes to heeding health experts’ basic recommendations. Urban Native homeless resource centers like the Chief Seattle Club and Central Arizona Shelter Services are continuing to offer health, nutrition and shelter services to those in need. But complying with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 guidelines is difficult with already limited space and resources. We’ll check in with those who are helping vulnerable Native Americans.
Autumn Dillie (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) – homeless street outreach worker for the American Indian Community Development Corporation
Colleen Echohawk (Pawnee and Athabascan) – executive director of the Chief Seattle Club
Klee Benally (Diné) – coordinator Protect The Peaks and works with Clean Up the Mines and Haul No!
Robert Lilligren (White Earth Ojibwe Nation) – chair of the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors
Mentioned on the show today:
Address to send socks, underwear, hand sanitizer and other hygiene items
Chief Seattle Club
410 2nd Ave. Extension S
Seattle, WA, 98104
DIY Emergency Hand washing Station Instructions Zine
American Indian Community Development Corporation
Break Music: The Dance (2007 Studio Version) (song) Robert Mirabal (artist) In the Blood (album)
Break 2 music: Harmony Nights (song) Cheevers Toppah & Alex Smith (artist) Harmony Nights: Native American Vocal Harmony (album)