How has COVID-19 affected Native American communities, people? View the entire 'Indigenous Impacts' project here
"Indigenous Impacts: How Native American communities are responding to COVID-19" takes a deep dive into the effects of the coronavirus on Native American communities and individuals, and looks at how they are battling against the pandemic and the unique problems it poses to their people.
Numerous Native American contributors teamed up with Forum Communications to share their stories and provide perspective on the impacts of COVID-19.
The project includes essays, a poem, original song and video interviews by Native American contributors, and original reporting by Forum Communications journalists and freelance writers. Find links to the project's content below.
The "Voices" portion of the "Indigenous Impacts" project features essays, poetry, video and more by members of Native American communities in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
" An original poem: 'We Carry the Last Century'
- Poem by Denise K. Lajimodiere
An original essay: What do I worry about first?
- Essay by Christopher Bordeaux
An original essay: We need to create equity
- Essay by Sage Davis
An original essay: The travels of Moose Meat Pete
- Essay by Phoebe Smith-Davis
An original song: ‘Legacy’ featuring Gene Thin Elk
- Song by Tanner Drappeau
An original essay: Amidst dark times, resilience
- Essay by Curtis E. Rogers
An original essay: Turning inward in isolation
- Essay by Michele Hakala-Beeksma
An original essay: COVID-19 has changed my life in many ways
- Essay by Beth Roy
An original essay: The Sitting Bull Plan
- Essay by Winona LaDuke
An original essay: Friend’s death from coronavirus ‘a wakeup call’
- Essay by Eddie Chuculate
An original essay: Deep concern in Ojibwe country
- Essay by Anton Treuer
An original essay: The Unconquered and Unconquerable - Essay by Cherokee Durant
An original essay: 'Homesick for Red Lake'
- Essay by Byron Graves
An original essay: ‘What if everything about this life disappears?’
- Essay by Shandelle Friedman
An original essay: Pandemic ‘another layer of pressure and worry’
- Essay by Serena J. Graves
Several Native American contributors interviewed members of their communities for a video, and Tanner Drappeau produced a song.
This project also includes stories on a range of issues related to Native American communities and the coronavirus.
Across the region
An interactive map shows the reservations in the tri-state area and the tribal affiliation and demographics of each. Tens of thousands of residents live on and off the reservations.