Category Archives: COVID-19

How Andrew Jackson used the smallpox vaccine against Native Americans: A cautionary tale of politics and disease

In 1832, smallpox raged along the Mississippi River. After years of bitter debate, the Indian Removal Act had just been signed by President Andrew Jackson. A sharply divided white nation prepared for widespread Indian removal to west of the river; … Continue reading

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Navajo Nation now has one of the highest COVID rates in the world: May 3 update

COVID-19 cases in Navajo Nation continue to rise at high rates across in all regions. Both confirmed cases and deaths grew on average 6% per day over the last week, implying doubling of cases and deaths every 12 days. CLICK … Continue reading

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Navajo Nation COVID outbreak still spiraling: Apr 10 update

Navajo Nation has been hit with some of the highest per capita rates of infection anywhere in the world. The current number of cases are increasing 12% daily, doubling every 6 days. Detailed information and emergency orders can be found … Continue reading

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White noise in the time of coronavirus: The chaotic California Fish & Game Commission telemeeting

When the California Fish & Game Commission attempted to hold a telemeeting on April 9, it quickly devolved into chaos and was cancelled within minutes. It was an illustration of white rage, white privilege, and white noise making other voices … Continue reading

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COVID-19 outbreak at Navajo Nation: Apr 4 summary

See my first update on Apr 1 for relevant background and links to Navajo Nation press releases. Here is the summary for Apr 4. There have now been 13 deaths. CLICK TO ENLARGE The COVID-19 epidemic in Navajo Nation was … Continue reading

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COVID-19 outbreak at Navajo Nation: Apr 1 summary

UPDATE AS OF APRIL 1, 2020 Navajo Nation is currently experiencing one of the largest outbreaks of COVID-19 among any Native community in North America. Navajo Nation press releases document the spread, which I summarize here. The outbreak began on … Continue reading

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