COVID-19 & Race Series: Native Communities & COVID – Reflections of the Past & Outlooks for the Future

COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting Native communities across the United States. While these communities are not new to devastation from disease, trauma, and broken treaties, this latest public health crisis reveals deep roots of systemic injustices that have spanned hundreds of years.

Part IV of the series features Native professionals who will shed light on how the pandemic is impacting the communities that they are connected to and serve. Panelists will offer their perspectives on the disproportionate effects on Native people, what it means for our nation, and how we work together to create a healthy, equitable future for the next generation.


Carol Colmenero (Navajo)| Family Advocacy Director, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Sonya Tetnowski (Makah) | Chief Executive Officer, Indian Healthcare Center of Santa Clara Valley

Robert McGhee (Poarch Band of Creek Indians) | Vice Chairman, Creek Indian Tribal Council

Jenifer Van Schuyver (Citizen Band Potawatomi) | Research Assistant, Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies