Who We Serve
While data on coronavirus in indigenous communities is inaccurate, Native Americans are disproportionately affected. In New Mexico, for example, Native Americans make up less than 10% of the population but over one-third of coronavirus cases.
Protect Native Elders’ distribution began in the Southwestern nations of Navajo, Zuni, and Apache, and we have since expanded our reach to Pacific Northwest groups like the Spokane Tribe of Indians, the Sioux nations in the Dakotas, and Ramapough Lenape in New York and New Jersey.
- Lack of running water or heavy pollution of the water table
- Lack of infrastructure such as roads, electricity, phone and internet
- Multigenerational households, preventing the ability to self-isolate
- Food deserts requiring long distance travel for re-supply
- High prevalence of health risk factors, such as diabetes and poor nutrition