Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Is Prioritizing COVID-19 Vaccines for Those Who Speak Native Languages

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(FORT YATES, N.D.) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota is prioritizing the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to those who speak Dakota and Lakota languages.

Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Mike Faith tells KXMB-TV it’s about keeping customs alive.

“It’s something we have to pass on to our loved ones, our history, our culture our language. We don’t have it in black and white, we tell stories. That’s why it’s so important,” Faith said.

The Standing Rock reservation straddles the North Dakota and South Dakota border and is home to about 8,000 people, more than half of whom live in North Dakota.

Faith said only about 300 people on the reservation are fluent in the language.

Frontline health care workers already have begun receiving he vaccine at the Fort Yates hospital, but starting next week priority will be for those who speak their native language.

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skysoleno on January 5th, 2021 at 13:50 UTC »

Here's a much better article -

Giving background on the challenges the tribe is facing.

joeyo1423 on January 5th, 2021 at 12:55 UTC »

I can't stand news articles. They always phrase things in a way to get people riled up. They are obviously going to protect the few hundred elderly members who speak their native language.

Zeeformp on January 5th, 2021 at 12:16 UTC »

Really controversial way of saying 'tribe prioritizing elderly tribal members numbering roughly 300 total' there isn't it; most of the people fluent in Native languages are not exactly young.