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Reaching Native communities in COVID-19 research

A top expert at the National Institute of Health tells us about Native people in data and research about the coronavirus. Plus, a recap of a leading Indian education convention.

David Wilson, Navajo, was named the first director of the Tribal Health Research Office at the National Institute of Health in 2017. He leads health research about Native people, and has a current research budget of $130 million. Wilson has collaborated with top experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, to ensure Native communities are including in pandemic research. He tells us more about COVID-19, vaccines and other areas of data collection. 

The National Indian Education Association held its in-person convention last weekend. About 800 people gathered in Omaha, Nebraska. Robin Butterfield, a longtime educator and ombudsman of the organization, joins us. ICT's Shirley Sneve covered the event and tells us more too. 

  • The Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee held a hearing to consider Chuck Sams as the next director of the National Parks Service. If confirmed, Sams would be the first Native person to hold the position. 
  • Administrators of a Gallup hospital announced last week it would reopen its labor and delivery unit a month after it closed.
  • The Rocky Boy reservation will have a buffalo celebration next week. It is the first one since the early 1990s.
  • Kyle Bambra recently won a Northern Territory Young Achiever award in Australia.
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