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Tribes Hit Harder By Pandemic

FILE: Yurok fishers near the mouth of the Klamath River. Because of low fish stocks, this year's Yurok tribal salmon festival will not serve the fish to eat. The tribe has closed the commercial fishery every year since 2015 to preserve fish runs.
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FILE: Yurok fishers near the mouth of the Klamath River. Because of low fish stocks, this year's Yurok tribal salmon festival will not serve the fish to eat. The tribe has closed the commercial fishery every year since 2015 to preserve fish runs.

It's a fact of life in America: less wealthy means less healthy. COVID-19 is just the latest issue to point up disparities in health, affecting poorer and darker people more than wealthier and lighter ones. The virus is causing more trouble among Native Americans, especially in parts of the country where infrastructure is primitive at best. We reach out for perspective from tribes in our region: the Klamathand the Yurok. Klamath Tribes Chair Don Gentry visits, with Yurok Tribe Chair Joe James.

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