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Tribal Leader Roundtable

Stephen Cope

Stephen W. Cope, Chairman, San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians

This crisis has impacted our tribe considerably. About 140 of our members are elders, and many of them rely on the income generated from our gaming enterprise.
Keith Anderson

Keith B. Anderson, Chairman, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

At the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), we have been fortunate to have an incredible team helping us navigate the uncertainties of the pandemic. The past year has required a lot of flexibility, creativity and perseverance.
Amanda Vance

Amanda Vance, Tribal Chairperson, Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians

We’ve incurred financial losses in the millions of dollars; we’ve had to furlough and lay off hundreds of tribal government and business employees; we’ve had team members and customers who have lost loved ones; and we’ve been forced to conduct operations in a whole new way throughout our organization, etc.
Joseph T. Byrd

Joseph T. Byrd, Chairman, Quapaw Nation

As positive test cases and mortality rates sharply decline, there is a better sense of public health and safety from our tribal members. Our government offices have shifted back to being fully opened to the public and our business entities have relaxed pandemic protocols that were put in place over a year ago.
Cyrus Ben

Cyrus Ben, Tribal Chief, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Our tribe is a close-knit community and we have all known someone or we ourselves have been affected by COVID-19. It takes a mental toll on our tribal members as we face this health crisis, but I feel we have come together to care for each other and keep our spirits strong during this time.
Lloyd Mathiesen

Lloyd Mathiesen, Chairman, Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of CA

Initially, we closed down our casino for two and a half months, and after we reopened, we moved forward with tough restrictions. Prior to COVID-19, our legal occupancy was just under 800, and since we’ve reopened, we are only allowing 425 people in the casino at a time.
Marcellus W. Osceola

Marcellus W. Osceola, Jr., Chairman, Seminole Tribe of Florida

Through a combination of official orders, broadcast briefings and personal appeals, the Seminole Tribe has been relentless in educating its members about the importance of staying home, social distancing, wearing face coverings, washing their hands and reporting the first COVID-19 symptoms.
Bernadine Burnette

Bernadine Burnette, President, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

We have had to navigate the impacts of the pandemic for the past 18 months, and unfortunately, it is not over yet. Our first priority has been to ensure the health and safety of our tribal members, guests and employees.
Chuck Hoskin

Chuck Hoskin, Jr., Principal Chief, Cherokee Nation

Cherokee Nation has remained steadfast in its efforts to prioritize the health and safety of its tribal citizens, team members and guests above all else. We’re working with our partners at the state and federal levels to help the communities within our reservation and build back the local economy.
W. Ron Allen

W. Ron Allen, Chairman/CEO, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

Tribes are making difficult and dramatic choices to protect our communities, tribal citizens and employees’ health and safety from the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.
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