Talk explores pandemic’s impact on Indian Country

The pandemic has had profound effects across Native communities as they strive to keep their people safe. On Saturday, Phillip Allen will talk about the impacts of COVID-19 both personally and in much of Indian Country. The presentation starts at 11 a.m. at Nez Perce National Historical Park’s Spalding Visitor Center.

Native American families generally live in multi-generational homes and have close-knit families. Gathering is a large part of the culture. Communities come together for ceremonies, fishing, sports and more. The effects of social distancing are felt severely by many Native Americans.

Allen is a Nez Perce tribal member working on a doctorate degree at Washington State University. He has taught at Washington State University and the University of Idaho and served as the tribe's chairman for the Lewis and Clark bicentennial committee.

The free event is part of Nez Perce National Historical Park’s annual summer speaker and demonstrator series. The center is 12 miles east of Lewiston at 39063 U.S. Highway 95.

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