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Posted: April 9, 2020

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The District of Columbia continues to report a small but rising number of COVID-19 cases among self-identified Native Americans.

As of April 8, 2020, 6 American Indians and Alaska Natives in the nation’s capital have tested positive, according to the latest data. That’s an increase of 5 from the first case reported earlier in the week.

The cases account for 0.4 percent of the entire COVID-19 caseload in D.C., according to the data.

Additionally, 1 person of Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander ancestry has tested positive, the data shows.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 1,900 people in the District of Columbia identify as American Indian or Alaska Native. Many are employees of the federal government — the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the National Indian Gaming Commission are headquartered in D.C. Others are employed in the legal field and with several inter-tribal organizations.

The District of Columbia is located in the homelands of the Nacotchtank and the Piscataway peoples.

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