2020-05-27 11:58:34

For Indigenous People, Covid-19 Has Echoes Of Colonization



Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with Jade Begay.

The Navajo Nation currently has the highest rate of per capita cases of Covid-19 infections in the US. The pandemic has hit Indian country hard as it struggles with a lack of resources and staff.

A young Navajo teenager went viral recently with his clear and devastating description of how the coronavirus was ravaging his nation within the framework of the history of colonization.

Jade Begay places the current pandemic plaguing Indian country within the framework of colonization and European germ warfare that devastated tribal nations historically.

Read her article ‘What Indian Country Remembers About Survival – The community care at the heart of Indigenous response,’ HERE.

Jade BegayDiné and Tesuque Pueblo of New Mexico. She is creative director of the NDN Collective, an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power.

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