Covid is ravaging the very heart of tribal communities. This is not only an emergency of health, but of cultural survival. Elders are dying at an alarming rate and with them the keys to ancient language and connections to the past. When the elders die, important cultural knowledge is lost forever.
Problems in tribal communities have been exacerbated by Covid-19 especially in places like the Navajo Nation. Native Americans have suffered the greatest losses of any group in the country and the mortality rate is accelerating rapidly. Prior to Covid -19, Native Americans experienced the poorest health, education, and socioeconomic status of any racial or ethnic group in our country. In rural communities with unpaved roads, multigenerational families share substandard housing without running water. With alarming rates of illness and death, the lasting effects of Covid-19 have yet to be realized.
Lack of reliable transportation and technology is a major obstacle to providing health services and supplies. Your donation will help to mobilize a well-skilled Johns Hopkins trained Native American workforce and resources to support families to stay safe sphysically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually by allowing workers to do life-saving outreach. Native Americans live all throughout the United States, this project sponsored by the RTTC will focus primarily on rural tribal areas of the southwest.
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