Today, Village Earth’s Native Lands Advocacy Project launched a data dashboard that aggregates COVID-19 data for American Indian Lands in the Continental US, Alaska and Hawaii. This dashboard utilizes the data from John Hopkins University which is updated each day. To date, there has been no comprehensive resource for Native American Tribes to assess and monitor the impact of the COVID-19 for their communities. While there is still no national public data source available that quantifies COVID-19 cases and deaths at the community level, this dashboard aggregates the county-level data for counties that are within or overlapped by American Indian lands. These lands are defined in this dashboard by the 2019 Census Tiger Boundary data which includes American Indian Lands and American Indian Statistical Areas.
The dashboard can be filtered by specific Reservation and by case type.
Limitations and Disclaimer
It should be noted that the JHU data is aggregated at the county level and that American Indian areas often do not correspond to county boundaries. Because of this lack of correspondence the data will be inaccurate in areas where counties are not completely within reservation boundaries. It is also possible data could be duplicated when two reservations overlap the same county. With this in mind, the data in this dashboard may be inaccurate and thus should only be used a general reference and not used for planning or public policy. Additionally, the JHU data does not contain information about race for each case and so this dashboard only contains the total number of cases and deaths and does not distinguish by race.