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Posted: April 29, 2020


Tune-in this Thursday, April 30th at 8PM ET for the Native Americans & Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall co-hosted by the Black Eyed Peas’ TabooIllumiNativeNDN Collective and Indian Country Today as part of IllumiNative’s #WarriorUp campaign.  Moderated by Indian Country Today’s Mark Trahant, this live virtual event will include important discussions of the impact of COVID-19 on Native communities and tribal governments. 


Panelists include:

  • Billy Ray Cyrus, Country Music Hall of Fame singer-songwriter 

  • Piper Perabo, Actress and director

  • Notah Begay III, PGA award winning golfer and announcer 

  • Minnesota Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan

  • Congresswoman Debra Haaland (NM-1st District)

  • Congresswoman Sharice Davids (KS-3rd District)

  • Monica Ramirez, Civil rights activist and co-founder of the Latinx House 

  • Crystal Echo Hawk, IllumiNative Executive Director 

  • President Nez, Navajo Nation

  • Abigail Echo-Hawk, Urban Indian Health Institute

  • Donald Warne, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion & Indians Into Medicine, University of North Dakota

  • Dr. Dakotah Lane, Lummi Tribe

  • Chief Richard Sneed, Eastern Band Cherokee

  • Fawn Sharp, President, National Congress of American Indians

  • Dwayne Proctor, Senior Program Advisor & Advisor to the President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

  • Nick Tilsen, CEO, NDN Collective

  • Allie Young, Protecting the Sacred

  • Judith LeBlanc, Native Organizers Alliance

  • Jodi Archambault, Wend Collective

  • Nick Tilsen, NDN Collective

The Town Hall will livestream on Taboo’s YouTube channel  as well as on each of the partners’ respective Facebook pages to unite Indian Country and allies against COVID-19. Spotlighting economic and healthcare issues, Native leaders, legislators, influencers, and advocates will explore how the pandemic is exacerbating disparities and inequalities affecting not only Native Americans but all communities of color. Under these unprecedented circumstances, this town hall brings together Native voices and allies to overcome these disparities and showcase the resiliency of a unified community. Studies show that 78% of Americans know little to nothing about Native peoples, which is critical when these numbers are translated directly into emergency funding during times of crises like the current pandemic.

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