NWAL COVID Working Group launches “Facts Not Fear” website; Provides accurate information about the COVID19 vaccine

The Native Waters on Arid Lands (NWAL) COVID19 Working Group has launched an information campaign called “Facts Not Fear” to help supply accurate information and educational resources about the new COVID19 vaccines for Tribal members and extension experts located across Indian Country.

The need for accurate information about the COVID19 vaccines was identified during weekly calls organized by the COVID19 working group, which gathers federal agency sponsors, tribal partners, and extension experts to identify urgent issues and recommend actions to help lessen the effects of the pandemic on Native communities.

By answering questions and dispelling rumors around the COVID19 vaccines, the NWAL team is working to equip individuals across Indian Country with the information that they need to make decisions based on facts, not fear.

NWAL’s COVID Working Group organizes successful donation drive for Alaskan Villages

In December, members of the Native Waters on Arid Lands (NWAL) COVID-19 Working Group organized a donation drive for several Alaskan Native communities that have been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, supplying them with essential non-food items such as cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, and winter clothing for children.

The need for these supplies was brought to the attention of the COVID-19 Working Group by Clarence Daniel, who joined one of NWAL’s weekly Zoom calls in December. Daniel described the situation faced by several villages in his region, which are located off-road in very remote areas outside of Bethel in southwestern Alaska. These villages were experiencing COVID-19 positivity rates of over 50% with villages in lockdown and schools and jobs closed. Emergency food supplies were being provided by the Food Bank of Alaska, but families from the villages were in need of a number of non-food items, and members of the COVID-19 Working Group immediately activated their personal and professional networks to help.

We would like to thank everyone who donated, including:
• Desert Research Institute scientists (Reno and Las Vegas)
• Rotary Clubs from Tahoe, Park City, Utah, North Dakota, Maine, and others from around the country
• Corcoran Global Living real estate agents
• League of Women Voters of Harvard, MA
• Friends and family members of Maureen McCarthy

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Donations sent to Alaskan villages during NWAL's December donation drive.

Donations sent to Alaskan villages during NWAL’s December donation drive.

Donations sent to Alaskan villages during NWAL's December donation drive.

Donations sent to Alaskan villages during NWAL’s December donation drive.

Donations sent to Alaskan villages during NWAL's December donation drive.

Donations sent to Alaskan villages during NWAL’s December donation drive.

Donations sent to Alaskan villages during NWAL's December donation drive.

Donations sent to Alaskan villages during NWAL’s December donation drive.

Dr. Karletta Chief wins AGU Ambassador Award

Karletta Chief wins AGU Ambassador Award

CONGRATULATIONS, DR. CHIEF!

The Native Waters on Arid Lands team congratulates our team member Dr. Karletta Chief (Diné) on receiving the 2020 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Ambassador Award. This award honors individuals whose achievements extend beyond those recognized by traditional scientific discipline awards. Dr. Chief is one of 36 individuals recieving the highest honors bestowed by AGU for their excellence in scientific research, education, communication, and outreach. She will be formally recognized at the virtual conference on December 9, 2020.

Read the full announcement here: https://eos.org/agu-news/announcing-the-2020-agu-union-medal-award-and-prize-recipients

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