The COVID pandemic challenged every tribal leader to keep their citizens safe. Any plans they may have had for economic advancements or structural reforms were quickly replaced with life-and-death decisions about public health, business shut-downs, and conflicting priorities with surrounding government leaders. Today on Native America Calling, in the first of a series of discussions with tribal leaders, Andi Murphy hears how the pandemic changed things for the foreseeable future with former White Mountain Apache Tribal chairwoman Gwendena Lee-Gatewood; Navajo Nation president Jonathan Nez; and Donald Dardar, second chairperson for the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe.
Break 1 music: Leader’s Honor Song (song) Jay Begaye (artist) Night of the Northern Lights (album)
Break 2 music: Raindrops (song) Clark Tenakhongva (artist) Su’Vu’Yo’Yungw (album)