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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