The Trump administration and the Indian Health Service must also stop telling tribal leaders that test kits are “readily available” at our health centers. They aren’t. As of last Friday, my tribe had the ability to administer five tests. This is wholly inadequate. Other tribal leaders I’ve spoken to have even fewer. The federal government must make test kits as accessible to indigenous Americans as they are to National Basketball Association franchises, some of which have been able to test players and staff.
Our communal way of life can be dangerous in today’s circumstances — but keeping our distance from each other over time will become untenable. Indigenous Americans must not once again pay the price for the mistakes of others.