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COVID-19 and its Impact in Indian Country

September 24, 2020 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

A Wallace Stegner Center Green Bag

12:00 p.m., Webinar link opens, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Event start, Zoom webinar link »
COVID-19 has ravaged certain Tribal communities. American Indians suffer high rates of various underlying health conditions (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, and obesity) that increase the risk of severe complications from COVID-19. Tribal communities also face other challenges that make it difficult to combat COVID-19, such as food and water insecurity. The Navajo Nation has been particularly impacted with 8,639 positive cases and 425 confirmed deaths (as of 7/21/20). In this talk, Heather Tanana will discuss the federal policies that have created the dire conditions most Tribal communities face, how Tribal communities have responded to COVID-19, and what action can be taken to protect Tribal members from another pandemic in the future.

1-hour CLE credit (pending). Free and open to the public.
Due to COVID-19, all Stegner Center events will be virtual during the Fall 2020 semester.


Heather J. Tanana, Assistant Professor of Law (Research) & Wallace Stegner Center Fellow, S.J. Quinney College of Law – University of Utah; Associate Faculty, Center for American Indian Health – Johns Hopkins University

Heather Tanana is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. She is a graduate of the S.J. Quinney College of Law and holds an MPH from the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. Heather is experienced in state, federal, and tribal courts and clerked for Judge Nuffer at the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. She is an active member and founder of the Indian Law Section of the Utah State Bar Association where she currently chairs the Indian Child Welfare committee. As part of this committee, Heather led formation of the Utah Tribal Covid-19 Relief to provide assistance to Utah’s Tribal communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also serves as Vice Chair on the board for the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake. Heather joined the Stenger Center in 2019. Her research interests include exploring the overlay between environmental and health policy, promoting better practices in Indian child welfare, and criminal justice in Indian Country. She is also Associate Faculty at the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, where she works with the Center’s Training team and collaborates on health policy related work.


For questions about this event contact Chrystal (801) 213-1317.

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September 24, 2020
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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