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New Research on COVID-19 Infection Rates in Indian Country

April 25, 2020
"This interdisciplinary team includes social demographer Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear, health services researcher Nicolás E.Barceló, economist Randall Akee, and public health researcher Stephanie R. Carroll. Merging the ICT data with the 2018 American Community Survey 5-Year records, they conducted multivariate analyses to identify relationships between the rates of COVID-19 cases per 1000 population and average reservation (or homelands) characteristics. "

Joe Kalt on the challenges that COVID-19 poses for Indian Country

April 22, 2020

"I think that what the federal government needs to be focused on is on supporting tribes in their roles as local governments. In other words, tribes, as I’ve said, have the rights, responsibilities, and powers that are very akin to other state and local governments in the United States.

The current CARES Act sets aside about $8 billion for tribes and tribal governments. It is key that those monies be allocated in a way that reflects the size of tribes and their economic impact, both on their own reservations, but more broadly in their regions. The second thing that the federal government needs to take into account, which reflects decades of research by the Harvard Project, is that this policy of self-determination through self-governance, actually is working."... Read more about Joe Kalt on the challenges that COVID-19 poses for Indian Country

Tribes and nearby communities take huge hits from COVID-19 casino shutdowns

April 18, 2020

"Across the country, Harvard researchers said $15.9 billion in federal tax revenue and $9.4 billion in annual state and local tax revenue are in jeopardy with the COVID-19 closings. It stressed that federal officials should recognize self-determination from sovereign self-governance when developing financial assistance to tribes."... Read more about Tribes and nearby communities take huge hits from COVID-19 casino shutdowns

US job losses mount as economic pain deepens

April 17, 2020
"The Harvard Project found in its study, released this week, that COVID-19 will affect 1.1 million jobs in tribal governments and economies. This impacts 211,000 Native people and 915,000 non-Native people who hold these jobs in tribal gaming and non-gaming enterprises and tribal governments."

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