The devastating impact of COVID-19 on the Native American community has yet to be a focus of the national conversation. At the same time, the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted other ongoing tensions around sovereignty, including the federal fight over Mashpee Wampanoag reservation lands, and has created a financial crisis because of the shutdown of tribal casinos. All this occurs as indigenous communities fight for the recognition that would bring resources and other much-needed support.


Jean-Luc Pierite, president of the board of directors of the North American Indian Center of Boston and member of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana.

Darren Lone Fight, cultural studies scholar and member of the Three Affiliated Tribes in North Dakota.

Talia Landry, productions manager for MashpeeTV and the Mashpee Wampanoag Community Development Corporation board president.