Reporters' roundtable with Shannon Shaw Duty and Dalton Walker

Indian Country Today

Duty is the editor of Osage News and Walker is a national correspondent for Indian Country Today. Update: The name of the college mentioned has been corrected

In late March the Osage Nation in Oklahoma had its first two positive tests for COVID-19. Duty and her staff are covering the news of the pandemic for the Osage people. 

Duty reports Osage people are following stay at home orders and keeping the number of positive tests low. She's interviewed health care workers and Osage women who are sewing face coverings for those workers.

Walker attended a journalism conference in early March where another attendee later tested positive for the novel coronavirus. He was advised to self quarantine as a precaution. He wrote about his experience and you can read his story here. 

Walker is also covering non-COVID-19 stories such as the signing of the Milan Schimmel  to the University of Cincinnati. 

Walker also talked to the family of Patrick DesJarlait, Red Lake Ojibwe, who helped design the Indian maiden that appeared on the Land-O-Lakes butter labels for nearly a century.  

Also on the daily newscast, Washington Editor Jourdan Bennett-Begaye reports updated COVID-19 numbers in Indian Country.

The host of the program is Patty Talahongva, executive producer of Indian Country Today.