In a state with a vaccination rate of just 44 percent, the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma reports a tribal employee rate of more than 70 percent. More than 90 percent of eligible tribal members in Virginia have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In states with low vaccination rates and high COVID resurgence numbers, many tribes are far outpacing their non-tribal neighbors and adhering to safety guidelines. We’ll hear from health experts and tribal leaders about the messages that are connecting with tribal citizens.
Dr. Mary Owen (Tlingit) – director of the Center of American Indian and Minority Health at the University of Minnesota and the current president of the Association of American Indian Physicians
Capt. Matthew Clark – Indian Health Service COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force Safety and Monitoring Team lead
Brian Hail (citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) – deputy executive director for Cherokee Nation Health Services
Dean Seneca (Seneca) – CEO and founder of Seneca Scientific Solutions+ and an adjunct professor at the University of Buffalo teaching on Indigenous health disparities
Break 1 Music: Rainbow Dance Song (song) Fernando Cellicion, Alton Nastacio, Florentine Johnson (artist) Music of New Mexico: Native American Traditions (album)
Break 2 music: Bruning Flame (song) Jan Michael Looking Wolf Band (artist) Breaking Free (album)