[The Guardian] Exclusive: indigenous Americans dying from Covid at twice the rate of white Americans

Assistant Professor Desi Lonebear Rodriguez quoted in the article— Covid is killing Native Americans at a faster rate than any other community in the United States, shocking new figures reveal. American Indians and Alaskan Natives are dying at almost twice the rate of white Americans, according to analysis by APM Research Lab shared exclusively with … Read more

[Newsday] Why are so many Native Americans dying of Covid?

More than one million people around the world have now died from Covid-related illnesses. The United States has recorded the greatest number of deaths – with more than 200,000 recorded – but within the US, Native Americans have suffered far more deaths than other communities. Dr Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear is a Northern Cheyenne tribal citizen, and … Read more

[The Guardian] Why Native Americans took Covid-19 seriously: ‘It’s our reality’

Faculty member, Professor Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear quoted in the article— In the first few weeks of 2020, as president Donald Trump dismissed and mocked warnings about a novel virus killing people faraway in China, Native American leaders were taking the deadly threat seriously. And they were right. The infection rate among the Navajo Nation has now … Read more

[The Guardian] Native Americans being left out of US coronavirus data and labelled as ‘other’

Native Americans are being left out of demographic data on the impact of the coronavirus across the US, raising fears of hidden health emergencies in one of the country’s most vulnerable populations. A Guardian analysis found that about 80% of state health departments have released some racial demographic data, which has already revealed stark disparities … Read more