The U.S. Senate confirmed Deb Haaland, a member of New Mexico’s Laguna Pueblo, to the interior secretary position. The confirmation marks the first Cabinet level position held by a Native American.
A National Geographic article explores Indigenous traditions of controlled burns. Tribes such as the Karuk from Northern California have engaged in the practice for hundreds of years
Native American Tribes who seek data analytics on the COVID-19 spread have repeatedly seen their requests denied by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Other states have free access to the same data.
Local activists joined with Arizona’s Tohono O’odham Tribe members to protest the destruction of a Tribal burial site. The protestors claimed that the sites were destroyed during the state’s border wall construction.
The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted communities large and small around the world. But the pandemic has hit Tribal communities especially hard. According to the Daily Yonder, on the Navajo Reservation as of May 27, 2020, 4,944 people out of a population of 173,000 had tested positive for Covid-19, and 159 had died.