Respectful Tribal Partnership: What Philanthropy Can Learn From the Navajo Nation’s Collaborative Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

Nancy Petersen, Karletta Chief, Toni M. Massaro, Nikki Tulley, Crystal Tulley-Cordova, Jonelle Vold

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The gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic and its disparately harsh impact on Indigenous peoples, including the stark reality of a historical lack of access to essential services and health care, are now well known. COVID-19 death rates, aggregated through May 4, 2022, and normalized by population, show there have been far more Native American than white American deaths: 454 per 100,000 versus 327 per 100,000, respectively (APM Research Lab, 2022).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-103
Number of pages11
JournalFoundation Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2022


  • Collaborative philanthropy
  • Covid-19
  • Navajo nation
  • Tribal consultation
  • Tribal water access

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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