Our response to COVID-19

Native Governance Center is actively monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic in our region. We’re taking a series of steps to prioritize the health and safety of our staff, Rebuilders, Tribal partners, and event attendees. Because our knowledge of this threat is both incomplete and ever-changing, we are choosing to err on the side of caution to protect our most vulnerable community members. If you have any questions about our programming or our policies, please reach out to us: hello@nativegov.org.

Steps we’re taking as an organization:

  • We are requiring all of our staff to work remotely for the foreseeable future and practice social distancing.
  • During this period of remote operations, we’ll be maintaining regular working hours. Our staff are available via phone or email. We’d love to hear from you: (651) 571-0826 or hello@nativegov.org.
  • We are prepared to reschedule our upcoming events, if necessary, and will be communicating directly with our various audiences regarding updates.
  • We are utilizing technology and shifting all of our meetings to video/phone calls. If we have a meeting set up with you in the near future, we will get in touch with details on how to join the meeting remotely.
  • We are monitoring official advice and updates related to the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in our region and taking action accordingly. We’re relying on up-to-date, fact-based information from entities such as Tribal health departments, peer organizations, and governments (Tribal, local, state, and federal).

COVID-19 and Indian Country: 

We commend the Tribal governments in our region for demonstrating leadership around the response to COVID-19. They’re setting an example on a local, state, and national level for thoughtful, evidence-based, and community-centered pandemic response protocols. For example, they’re leveraging their sovereignty to implement travel bans, limitations on outside visitors, and social programs to support their citizens during this difficult time. Our Tribal partners are demonstrating their generosity by donating money and supplies, opening their homes to those in need, and being good relatives to one another.

When talking about COVID-19, it’s important to acknowledge the impact of historical trauma on the health of our communities. Many Indigenous people have underlying health conditions and compromised immune systems; research demonstrates the serious impacts that historical trauma, colonization, and oppression have on immune system health. On top of this, the federal government has failed to meet its obligations to provide adequate healthcare services for Native nations. As we think about precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we must acknowledge that individual communities experience this threat differently based on their current realities. In solidarity with our Tribal partners and the Indigenous leaders in our network, we are exercising an abundance of caution in our response to COVID-19.

The situation is changing rapidly. We will do our best to keep this information updated to reflect the current reality and to keep our various constituencies informed.