New Yorker: The Rural Alaskan Towns Leading the Country in Vaccine Distribution

New Yorker: The Rural Alaskan Towns Leading the Country in Vaccine Distribution. “In Sitka, the small Alaskan town where I live, fifteen hundred people—out of a total population of eight thousand—have already received second doses. We’re on track to complete vaccinations this spring. In many rural towns throughout the state, it is the tribal health organizations, not the state government, that are in charge of vaccine distribution.”

Mother Jones: COVID-19 Has Killed 1 in 475 Native Americans

Mother Jones: COVID-19 Has Killed 1 in 475 Native Americans. “Nationwide one in every 475 Native Americans has died from Covid since the start of the pandemic, compared with one in every 825 white Americans and one in every 645 Black Americans. Native Americans have suffered 211 deaths per 100,000 people, compared with 121 white Americans per 100,000.”

Daily Star: Fenimore museum places collections online

Daily Star: Fenimore museum places collections online. “Fenimore Art Museum has announced the launch of a digital database showcasing the museum’s collections of fine art, folk art and The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. The site ‘dramatically improves online access and representation of the Museum’s holdings consisting of more than 2,000 objects and works of art,’ presenters said in a media release.”

Nature: How to include Indigenous researchers and their knowledge

Nature: How to include Indigenous researchers and their knowledge. “Although racial-justice initiatives around the world have sparked a renewed focus on the need to recruit and retain more people from minority ethnic groups in STEM, Indigenous researchers — and Indigenous knowledge — remain at risk of being overlooked. Nature spoke to four Indigenous academic scientists about the challenges these early-career researchers face, and how scientists can respectfully and effectively bring together traditional knowledge and Western science.”

ABC News: Washington, Oregon, 29 tribes sue over plan to move archives

ABC News: Washington, Oregon, 29 tribes sue over plan to move archives. “Washington, Oregon, more than two dozen Native American and Alaska Native tribes and cultural groups from the Northwest are suing the federal government to stop the sale of the National Archives building in Seattle, a plan that would force the relocation of millions of invaluable historical records to California and Missouri.”

Muskogee Phoenix: Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Library and Archives receives grant

Muskogee Phoenix: Muscogee (Creek) Nation National Library and Archives receives grant. “The project will include 40 oral history interviews from Muscogee citizens and community members concerning their experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant will also aid in the purchase of oral history recording equipment and supplies, the creation of a digital archive and Oral History Research Station, located in the MCN National Library and Archives, and the creation of a library website.”

Alaska Native News: Alutiiq Museum to Create Online Database of Ancestral Collections

Alaska Native News: Alutiiq Museum to Create Online Database of Ancestral Collections. “With a $32,578 grant from the US Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak and the Alutiiq Museum are collaborating on a tool that will help people locate, view, and study Alutiiq objects in the world’s museums. The Amutat project, which started this month, will begin developing a database of ancestral Alutiiq objects linked to the museum’s website. Visitors to the page will be able to search and study a wide range of Alutiiq tools, clothes, and ceremonial pieces assembled in one place.”

Los Angeles Times: They know the sick. On Navajo Nation, contact tracers work to control coronavirus on vast lands

Los Angeles Times: They know the sick. On Navajo Nation, contact tracers work to control coronavirus on vast lands. “More than a third of COVID-19 deaths in New Mexico are among Native Americans, who make up 11% of the state’s population. To date, 17,700 Navajo, out of nearly 175,000 who live on the reservation, have contracted the virus and nearly 700 on the reservation have died from complications. Navajo Nation government officials have said in recent days that intensive care unit beds are at 100% capacity.”

Mother Jones: Indian Country Has Entered a Devastating New Phase of the Pandemic

Mother Jones: Indian Country Has Entered a Devastating New Phase of the Pandemic. “The Mississippi Choctaw, the Navajo and other southwestern tribes struggled early on, but most of rural Indian Country was largely unscathed until the pandemic’s most recent surge. Now, cases have spiked for the Blackfeet and Crow tribes in Montana, where overworked tribal hospital employees are tending to relatives and neighbors. In Wisconsin, cases among Native Americans have risen nearly sevenfold in three months, while Lakota tribes’ efforts to protect their reservations in North and South Dakota finally crumbled in the face of state leaders’ inaction. The virus is even raging through remote Alaska Native villages with little to no health infrastructure.”

New York Times: Listen to Indigenous People

New York Times: Listen to Indigenous People. “The Indigenous people of the land now called North America are often only brought up in the past tense in primary school classrooms. The fact is they are a growing population, an increasing demographic in the country and in Congress, yet most Americans are woefully uninformed about their histories and present-day struggles. Podcasts can help fill in the gaps, and there are plenty of shows made by Indigenous people. Don’t know where to start? Native podcast-makers recommend their favorites.”

AZ Central: Navajo Nation’s Jill Jim named to President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board

AZ Central: Navajo Nation’s Jill Jim named to President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board. “Dr. Jill Jim, executive director of the Navajo Department of Health, has been selected as a member of President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board, according to the Biden transition team. For the past 18 years, Jim has served in nonprofit, state and federal agencies, the Biden team said in a news release. Jim became a Cabinet member in the Navajo Nation in 2019.”

National Archives News: New Finding Aid Improves Search for Native American Photos

National Archives News: New Finding Aid Improves Search for Native American Photos. “It is now easier than ever to search through more than 18,000 digitized photos from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, thanks to a new finding aid from the National Archives and Records Administration. Released on November 19, 2020, the finding aid presents more than a century of archived photographs of Native American communities from the National Archives Catalog in a researcher-friendly format, searchable by Tribal Nation, topic, or state.”

Wall Street Journal: Covid Upends a Rural Hospital, Where Staff Know All the Patients

Wall Street Journal: Covid Upends a Rural Hospital, Where Staff Know All the Patients. “The Crow reservation, home to about 7,200 people in southern Montana, has been struck by one of the nation’s worst outbreaks in recent weeks. That has created a situation at this 24-bed hospital, operated by the U.S. Indian Health Service, unlike almost any other medical facility in the country: The people helping combat the disease know many of the sick.”