spread of the coronavirus in many Native communities reflects longstanding
social, economic, and political inequalities. Lack of data and widespread mistrust
of the health care system exacerbates the problem. Tribal college educators say
their nursing and public health programs are part of the solution.
Currently, only mainstream land grant universities are eligible for funding through the Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program, which supports Cooperative Extension programs on reservations. New legislation will finally allow tribal colleges to compete. It’s a step in the right direction, Native educators say.
Would adoption of a Universal
Basic Income help America become a healthier, more equitable nation? Studying
the impact of tribal per capita payments within reservation communities could
help answer this question.
An enormous open pit gold mine—now abandoned—is poisoning water flowing into the Fort Belknap Reservation of Montana. Aaniiih Nakoda College, with support from the National Science Foundation, is establishing a research and policy center to monitor the impact and promote sound water policy.