Native American tribes across the U.S. are celebrating a vaccination success story in the battle against COVID-19. Despite being among the hardest hit, about 70 percent of the country’s 574 tribes have been fully vaccinated. Tribal leaders say that’s in large part thanks to tribal sovereignty and cultural values prioritizing the elderly.
It’s come as a surprise to many public health officials who had worried the Native American community would be vaccine-resistant. But deep-rooted and long-term inequalities still dominate the day-to-day reality for Native Americans.