Unrecognized Tribes Struggle Without Federal Aid During Pandemic

Tony Johnson is chair of the Chinook Indian Nation, a federally unrecognized tribe. He stands on a Willapa Bay, Wash. beach, where he got married and not far from where his ancestors lived.

Many federally recognized tribes throughout the U.S. have had great success vaccinating their members against COVID-19. But those without federal recognition say they have a very different story.

(Image credit: Eilis O’Neill/KUOW)

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