We can make this Indian country


What some are calling the fifth surge since the pandemic began nearly two years ago, the Omicron variant is causing an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases and is causing severe pressure on hospital capacity across the country. Friday, NBC News reported COVID cases are up 204% from the previous two weeks.

Mid-week, Indian Health Service (IHS) Chief Medical Officer Dr. Loretta Christensen provided Native News Online with a statement that all 12 service areas serving Indian Country have seen “significant increases”. positive cases of COVID-19 in recent years. weeks. The positivity rate more than tripled from Boxing Day to New Year’s, compared to the week before the holidays, according to IHS data.

We know that since the start of the pandemic, the Indian country has already suffered a lot. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data show that American Indians and Alaska Natives were 3.3 times more likely to be hospitalized and 2.2 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than their white counterparts.

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No place in Indian Country has suffered as much as the Navajo Nation from COVID-19, which served as the epicenter of Indian Country during the pandemic. The Navajo Nation announced Friday that the total number of positive COVID-19 cases has reached 42,622 positive COVID-19 cases since March 17, 2020. The death toll from the deadly virus is approaching 1,600.

On Wednesday, the Navajo Nation announced its first known case of the Omicron variant.

“Our frontline warriors are advocating for all of our people to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and given a booster if you are eligible. Vaccines don’t guarantee you won’t get COVID-19, but they’re very effective at preventing serious symptoms and they’re saving lives every day across the country. Data shows that the majority of those who become seriously ill and lose their lives from COVID-19 are unvaccinated people. Our health care system here on the Navajo Nation is challenged, but our frontline warriors are fighting hard for all of us. Let’s fight for them by getting vaccinated and stepping up our efforts to be safe and take extra precautions,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said Friday.

The good news for Indian Country is that tribal communities have one of the highest percentages of vaccinations among all Americans. The IHS reports more than 1.7 million COVID-19 vaccines were administered to tribal citizens, tribal health care workers and essential workers in Indian Country. In the Navajo Nation, the largest Indian reservation in the country, 70% of the population has been fully vaccinated in September, compared to 58% of the general population of the country.

Since last May, Native Roots Radio, supported by the We Can Do This campaign, has held various regional town halls bringing together tribal leaders, community advocates and health experts to discuss the #COVID-19[FEMININE pandémie dans #IndianCountry et l’innocuité et l’efficacité des vaccins.

Les mairies sont commercialisées par un slogan qui se lit comme suit : “Keeping the Circle Strong : We Can Do This Indian Country”.

Dans la culture tribale, le mot cercle est une puissante représentation symbolique de la force et de la résilience.

Alors qu’encore au début de 2022, nous savons que la résilience des Amérindiens à travers l’histoire a prévalu de génération en génération en raison de la pure détermination à survivre de nos ancêtres. Ceux d’entre nous qui restent sont toujours là à cause de leur force.

La dernière partie du marketing dit: “Nous pouvons faire ce pays indien.” Ce sont des mots d’appel à l’action. Ce ne sont pas de simples mots de volonté. Ce sont des mots qui appellent à l’action de savoir quand s’éloigner de ses proches dans un souci de bonne santé. Ce sont des mots d’action pour obtenir les vaccins et les rappels appropriés.

“We Can Do This Indian Country” sont des mots d’action pour garder nos cercles communautaires tribaux forts.

Nous pouvons faire ce pays indien en 2022 et au-delà !

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Lévi Rickert
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Levi Rickert (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation) est le fondateur, l’éditeur et le rédacteur en chef de Native News Online. Rickert a reçu le prix de la meilleure colonne 2021 Native Media Award pour la catégorie presse écrite / en ligne par la Native American Journalists Association. Il siège au conseil consultatif de la Multicultural Media Correspondents Association. Il est joignable au [email protected]


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