On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing how COVID-19 is affecting Indian Country. There are nearly 1,900 confirmed cases across the Navajo Nation and 60 reported deaths.
Community doctors say the crisis has been exacerbated by an understaffed and underfunded health care system, underlying health conditions, and a lack of access to running water. According to the Navajo Water Project, one in three Navajo still don't have a sink or a toilet. This is directly connected to broken treaties and US obligations. What will it take to ensure indigenous communities get the resources they need?
Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Washington editor at Indian Country News
Emma Robbins, director of DigDeep's Navajo Water Project
NBC News, Chiara Sottile and Erik Ortiz: Coronavirus hits Indian Country hard, exposing infrastructure disparities
Indian Country Today, Jourdan Bennett-Begaye: Behind those COVID-19 numbers
Indian Country Today: 'We are being born Indian and dying white'
The New Republic, Nick Martin: Coronavirus Emergency Aid Has Become Its Own Disaster in Indian Country