Tri-State Urban Native Emergency COVID-19 & Mutual Aid Fund

Tri-State Urban Native Emergency COVID-19 & Mutual Aid Fund

From Great Plains Action Society

We are fundraising for our urban Native community who may not have proper PPE and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sioux City is home to many off-reservation tribal members and also a national hotspot for COVID-19

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Update #1

11 months ago

We just got our first 100 masks from Sew You Care - Native American Indigenous Outreach (Facebook Group). Our seamstress is Sophie from Sunflower for Tofu out of Houston, TX. Thank you so much!

We have also had other masks donated by Masks for the Frontline. Marcia from Clear Lake, IA reached out initially to tell us about this Facebook Group as well and even shipped Trisha some sewing machine needles for her sewing machine so she could also make masks.

We look forward to seeing more masks come in from these two groups in efforts to help protect our community.

Thank you to EACH and EVERY one that has donated and supported this fundraiser. We are hoping to keep it up! Please share and support our urban Native community here in the Tri-State!

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As we all know, nothing could have prepared us from the COVID-19 pandemic. Communities across the world have all been negatively impacted; especially BIPOC communities. Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska have been notorious for the lack of leadership in the COVID-19 response. Governors Kim Reynolds (IA), Pete Ricketts (NE), and Kristi Noem (SD) have encouraged their citizens to make their own choice to wear a mask and socially distance, not mandating safety protocols. We have seen all of these states remain high in positive COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. During the first wave, Sioux City, IA remained the second largest hotspot in the nation right behind Gallup, NM (Navajo Nation).

Sioux City, IA is also located within the tri-state area where Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota all meet. There is a high population of Indigenous, Latinx, and immigrant peoples residing within this area. Before the pandemic, these communities were already at high-risk for health disparities and social environmental factors such as diabetes, substance abuse, and houselessness. The Siouxland area is also heavily embedded with meat packing plants such as Tyson, Seaboard Triumph Foods, and Smithfield. A majority of the the meat packing plant workforce is comprised of these communities. During the first wave, there have been reported huge outbreaks at these plants. However, instead of leadership mandating plants to report numbers... they chose to conceal the information by not mandating corporations to report their numbers of positive COVID-19 cases within their plants. Workers were then placed in high-risk working environments amidst the pandemic hoping that they would not contract the COVID-19 virus. Many of these workers felt forced to work because if they missed work, they would accumulate points which then lead to termination. Most of the workers live paycheck-to-paycheck in order to provide for their families.

The Urban Native population was also affected negatively. Some of the Urban Natives worked in these plants, came home to reservations, and then spread the virus throughout reservations. Some were houseless and risked infecting others on the streets and other buildings such as shelters. There are also off-the-reservation tribal members who did not receive any assistance from their tribes because they did not reside on the reservation, did not have transportation, and financially could not make it back to their homelands to receive assistance.

Great Plains Action Society teamed up with The Urban Native Center to help create this fund to help these communities during the pandemic. We are asking for donations to help provide basic PPE, hygiene, and resources. Please visit our website to learn more about this specific cause at www.greatplainsaction.org/unecovid19.

**ZERO PERCENT OF ALL DONATIONS WILL GO TO ANY ORGANIZATION. ALL DONATIONS WILL BE FOR THE NATIVE, LATINX, AND IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC WITHIN THE SIOUXLAND AREA**

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11 months ago

Update #1

We just got our first 100 masks from Sew You Care - Native American Indigenous Outreach (Facebook Group). Our seamstress is Sophie from Sunflower for Tofu out of Houston, TX. Thank you so much!

We have also had other masks donated by Masks for the Frontline. Marcia from Clear Lake, IA reached out initially to tell us about this Facebook Group as well and even shipped Trisha some sewing machine needles for her sewing machine so she could also make masks.

We look forward to seeing more masks come in from these two groups in efforts to help protect our community.

Thank you to EACH and EVERY one that has donated and supported this fundraiser. We are hoping to keep it up! Please share and support our urban Native community here in the Tri-State!

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