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As COVID cases rise around the country, White Mountain Apache Tribe’s positive numbers are lower today than they were less than two months ago – 353 positive cases on November 12, 2021 compared to 210 positive cases as of January 3, 2022. The tribe continues to be in a “phase 1” lockdown.

“We’re all together here,” White Mountain Apache Tribe’s Chairwoman Gwendena Lee-Gatewood told Native News Online in November. “I think COVID-19 has taught us a lot about time… It has given us perspective on time with family, with each other,” she added. “Yes, we’re in a lockdown, but maybe it’s a time to value grandma’s presence. Write the history down. No where else is grandma’s history--it’s in the walls of your own home.”

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