Native American State Senator Says Spread of COVID Is ‘A Matter Of Life And Death On A Reservation’

Native American State Senator Says Spread of COVID Is ‘A Matter Of Life And Death On A Reservation’ 1


South Dakota State Senator Red Dawn Foster discusses the pandemic’s devastating effects on Native American populations and their fight to keep COVID-19 checkpoints running despite resistance from the governor. She tells Ali Velshi, “Our sovereignty supersedes the state’s existence… We have the right to have these checkpoints.”» Subscribe to MSNBC:

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Native American State Senator Says Spread of COVID Is ‘A Matter Of Life And Death On A Reservation’

35 Comments on "Native American State Senator Says Spread of COVID Is ‘A Matter Of Life And Death On A Reservation’"

  1. Make Racists Afraid Again | November 29, 2020 at 3:39 PM | Reply

    Native American Independence

  2. Just imagine trying to save the life of an arrogant, misinformed fool who is cursing and hollering at you because they refuse to see the facts! These Dr’s and nurses deserve gratitude not abuse!

  3. This is blatant racism. From this administration, what else is new.

  4. Keep the checkpoints up. Thank you for this reporting.

  5. That governor should be held accountable for the blood on her hands. She is criminally ignorant 🙄

  6. It’s disgusting that she not only chooses to do anything to protect people but to then take action to defeat protection measures people are doing for themselves is criminal.

    • GLEE Branham: Sorry to nitpick, but I think you meant, “It’s disgusting that she choses to *not* do anything to protect people … “.

  7. 😏 you know if everyone sues the federal government for trumps administration abuse 😛 federal government will be sure to get rid of him

  8. Native Americans know better than anybody that you can’t believe anything our government says.

    • So true.


    • Rowan Dubin-Masuck | November 29, 2020 at 5:46 PM | Reply

      “Let’s make a treaty, and here are some blankets.” The man who gave those blankets, Jeffrey Amherst, Is the man my college and town is named after..

    • @Rowan Dubin-Masuck Do they mention what was on those blankets? Do that many people know anymore.

    • @Eva Sartorius wasn’t it the Pontiac Native Americans and the blankets were covered in smallpoxs? I think thats what i read at the museum.

    • @Jamie Neace Yes, it was. I wondered if they were teaching that in school now. I phoned my sons principal years ago when he brought home some homework that said the natives were happy to go to the reservations. Of course they weren’t. It was go there or die, and many did die anyway.
      Good for you dear.

  9. brilliantly said, ty sen foster and mr velshi. it is the equivalent of the smallpox blankets.

  10. Caroline Mcclain | November 29, 2020 at 4:16 PM | Reply

    That Governor deserves to be arrested and charged for the deaths of all those dying and contracting Covid-19.

    • And she’s not the only one. Nobody would have ever thought that the US could have been devastated by a virus in the 21st century. The lack of a national response is shameful.

  11. Would appreciate more what she has to say if dude didnt always talk over while she makes her point 😑

  12. Katrice Offord Abdallah | November 29, 2020 at 4:18 PM | Reply

    Loving that a community is protecting their citizens even as the trump administration doesn’t.

  13. 3 elders who spoke fluent native language died last week. Oral history is passed down amongst clans and that is their culture. They just lost 3 of them with more knowledge than any youth could provide. Can the Governor guarantee that no more Native Americans die from Covid? If not, charge her with negligent homicide. America has already committed genocide amongst all the Native Americans , and they still can’t provide these people with running water? They can’t provide them with protection from these natives from going extinct? The last Ute died years ago, when do we stop all of these Native Americans becoming like the story the Last Mohican?

  14. Gabriel Fernando | November 29, 2020 at 4:23 PM | Reply

    Georgia VOTE FOR DEMOCRAT Jan 5 2021!

  15. They have a right to protect the people just like the State Governors do by any means state Governors do.

  16. Fabricator Factory | November 29, 2020 at 5:16 PM | Reply

    Smart people. Respect the people who want to avoid the pandemic and want to keep everyone safe. Good job.

  17. Great job, senator … keep it up, don’t let your blatantly racist governor tell you what to do.

  18. Just add this to the Standing Rock attrocities and the history of systemic racism and genocide. SHAME

  19. Rowan Dubin-Masuck | November 29, 2020 at 5:44 PM | Reply

    I want to hear from more native americans!

  20. Mark Bertholomey | November 29, 2020 at 6:22 PM | Reply

    The only: “true”peoples of this land!

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