As the prevalence of coronavirus in the United States grows, Indian Country faces unique challenges in dealing with the pandemic.

Indian Country reports that coronavirus has reached several Native American reservations and territories. This new development poses unprecedented public health and economic challenges to Native communities. For example, some of these Native communities lack the resources needed to combat the disease. As with many parts of the country, Native American communities lack access to testing kits, which makes it difficult to diagnose the disease and quarantine those afflicted. Some communities lack access to even the most basic resources, including food and water.

In addition to public health challenges, certain tribal governments face economic repercussions in the form of casino closures. For some tribal governments, casinos are the primary source of revenue. As the gaming industry slows down, these governments are left looking for financial support.

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