CGTN: CGTN's Toby Muse on Covering COVID-19's Impact on Native Americans

March 30, 2021 2:27 PM EDT

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WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Native Americans have been hit hard by COVID-19. They’ve been twice as likely to die of the virus compared to white Americans. The virus has triggered a cultural crisis, targeting some of the last speakers of the Native American languages – the elders. But the reservation is fighting back to save their languages and keep people safe. They’re also vaccinating people at a quicker pace than the rest of the United States.

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CGTN Correspondent Toby Muse recently traveled to the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota to cover how the community has been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Episode 1: Fighting COVID on a Native American reservation

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The coronavirus has been a hardship for Native American communities, particularly the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. But the tribe has undertaken a number of measures and successfully brought its infection rate down.

Episode 2: The loss of Native American languages

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Language loss is accelerating around the world. It’s especially true among Native Americans, in part because of bigotry and many schools forbidding their instruction. The COVID-19 pandemic has only made things worse with the deaths of some of the elderly who can’t pass on the language.

Episode 3: Native American communities see rapid rollout of vaccine, but still struggle

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Across the United States, Native American reservations have been some of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. But now, the vaccines have arrived and they’re inoculating people faster than the rest of the country – but it has its challenges.

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