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US, State Health Officials Reportedly Refusing To Provide Native American Tribes With Coronavirus Data

  • June 12, 2020

Politico (6/11, Tahir, Cancryn) reports “federal and state health agencies are refusing to give Native American tribes and organizations representing them access to data showing how the coronavirus is spreading around their lands, potentially widening health disparities and frustrating tribal leaders already ill-equipped to contain the pandemic.” The CDC “has turned down tribal epidemiologists’ requests for data that it’s making freely available to states.” Officials in Massachusetts and Michigan “since early spring have also resisted handing over information on testing and confirmed cases, citing privacy concerns, and refused to strike agreements with tribes on contact tracing or other surveillance, eight tribal leaders and health experts told POLITICO.”