CNA Staff, May 14, 2020 / 17:31 pm
The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating health disparities and long-standing social inequalities facing Native and Indigenous communities, the bishops of the United States said this week.
They called on government officials to work with tribal leaders to ensure strong support and ample resources to protect these communities.
"We hold in prayer our brothers and sisters who are suffering and grieving in these communities, and we stand with them in calling for a robust response to the pandemic in their lands," the bishops wrote in a May 13 statement.
Recent reports have shown that COVID-19 infection rates in the Navajo Nation, which spans across the northeast corner of Arizona and parts of Utah and New Mexico, are among the highest in the world.