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The Daily Dose 5-19-20

May 19, 2020

When it comes to COVID-19 statistics, the Native American community is funneled into the category of ‘other.’ What does that mean for accessing proportionate resources? Plus: A medical systems CEO reckons with the bitter irony of empty emergency rooms and staff furloughs, all in the midst of a pandemic.

all photos by Wendel Patrick

Our collaboration with Arlo Iron Cloud & KILI Radio continues this episode, as we travel through the Pine Ridge Reservation and visit with an Oglala Sioux Tribal Vice President, an historian at Oglala Lakota College, a pair of Pine Ridge Highway Safety Officers, a man who reflects on the trauma of the Wounded Knee Occupation, and an embittered son who returned to the reservation to reconcile with his father. We also get to spend some time hanging out with Arlo’s family: his dad, Richard, his wife, Lisa, and his son, LeRoy.