First Covid Vaccines for Natives bring Worry

Thousands from the Apache and Navajo tribes were given the Covid19 vaccine a week before FDA approval...

 

Forgive me ahead of time, I don't typically write potentially negative posts. But...


This morning, I read something alarming from John Hopkins' Center for American Indian Health. Thanking the Navajo and Apache for helping with the vaccine...


I asked them to elaborate on what they meant. Were these tribes testers and were they willing participants? Immediately afterwards, I read this article from the Navajo Times, stating 3,900 tribal members received the first vaccines.

 

This was all put into action and the members were vaccinated before the FDA approved the vaccine. Which is extremely concerning for me because there is a brutal history of medical abuse against Native tribes.


In 1976, the US Government admitted to the unauthorized sterilization of Native Women. 4 of the 12 Indian Health Service regions sterilized 3,406 American Indian women without their permission between 1973 and 1976.


Of the 44,000 volunteers for the vaccine in the USA... only a few were chosen. I first heard of this yesterday from a local here in Texas who stated her father is a dentist on the Dulce, NM Jicarilla Apache Nation Reservation and the vaccine was given last week. I thought she was mistaken because the FDA had not approved the vaccine yet. But then others began announcing they received the shot...


3,900 tribal members from Navajo Nation alone have already been vaccinated for Covid19... I'm very concerned this is an attempt to perfect the vaccine while using it on real human beings. And if my gut instinct is correct, this breaks my heart.


Don't get me wrong, I believe in the science behind vaccines, I just don't believe my people are expendable.


I feel like we're blindly walking into this as lambs to the slaughter without realizing that the shepherd in this case might be the enemy.


The Pfizer vaccines were given to thousands of members of the Navajo and Apache tribes last week before the FDA approved it. More tribes (Rosebud of South Dakota, Nez Perce in Idaho, Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma) were told to expect the Moderna vaccine in two weeks despite the fact the vaccine is still going though FDA process. Meanwhile entire states like Texas are being told to expect the vaccine next year. You could hope it's to save them...


You could hope it's because they are dying.


But if you're familiar with the history, you may also remember the Government approved an oil pipeline to be built under the Standing Rock Tribe's water source just in the last 4 years. You could ask why these vaccines are being rushed on Natives and look up the Government's Indian Health Services that handles health for all tribes and see their crimes against the people. Ranging from sterilizing over 3,000 women so they could never have children in 4 out of 12 regions without consent from 1973-1976, denying the SmallPox vaccine until 90% of one particular tribe was wiped out. The 1990's genetic testing of blood samples without permission.
See comments for sources. And please, don't look at this blindly. An entire people need you to care.
https://www.knau.org/post/native-people-coronavirus-vaccine-trial-raises-specter-past-traumas

"1976: Government admits unauthorized sterilization of Indian Women
A study by the U.S. General Accounting Office finds that 4 of the 12 Indian Health Service regions sterilized 3,406 American Indian women without their permission between 1973 and 1976. The GAO finds that 36 women under age 21 were sterilized during this period despite a court-ordered moratorium on sterilizations of women younger than 21.
Two years earlier, an independent study by Dr. Connie Pinkerton-Uri, Choctaw/Cherokee, found that one in four American Indian women had been sterilized without her consent. PInkerton-Uri’s research indicated that the Indian Health Service had “singled out full-blooded Indian women for sterilization procedures.”
        Federal-Tribal Relations
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https://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/timeline/543.html