PPE Donations and Distribution
A collective action initiative to provide protective gear and well-being support to communities in need and to vulnerable community members adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis, including elders, women, and children, as well as essential workers, healthcare workers, and first responders.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Intuitive Foundation, face shields plus cloth and N95 masks have been distributed to Native communities and community members in need in more than 49 tribes in Oklahoma, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, Mississippi, plus tribes in Arizona, and New Mexico including all 19 Pueblos plus Jicarilla Apache, Mescalero Apache, White River Apache, San Carlos Apache, Southern Ute, and Bear Mountain Ute, and multiple locations in Dinetah (Navajo Nation).
What a Team!
Honoring all of the local volunteers and community organizations that collaborated to distribute PPE including Gallup Health Collaborative, Pueblo Relief Fund, Pueblo Cultural Center, City of Santa Fe, Ke' Infoshop, Hopi Relief Fund, Hopa Mountain, LANL Foundation, LANL, Anchorum St Vincent, Operation Bandana New Mexico, MeowWolf, Mural Net, Indigenous Mutual Aid project, Navajo Nation Right Relations project, Protect Native Elders, NM COVID Collaborative, Santa Fe Indian Center, Santa Fe Indian School, TrueKids1, CLN CommUNITY Youth Ambassadors, Tewa Women United, and more.
Special Thanks to Gina Perez-Baron and Catherine Mohr, who's initial friendship was the seed of this effort, and also to Pat McCabe, Woman Stands Shining, for expanding the web, and to the many many others who stepped up to assist, including Ed Yeh plus:,
More than 289,400 face shields &
Photos below from 18-wheeler of PPE arriving at the Suquamish nation's distribution site in Washington.
Photos below from 18-wheeler of PPE arriving at the Cherokee nation's distribution site in Tallequah, Oklahoma.
"Over 60 school systems in Northeastern Oklahoma have received more than 12,000 face shields to help during these unprecedented times thanks to the efforts of the Community Learning Network. The Cherokee Nation worked diligently with reduced staff to get the face shields delivered to the school systems. Multiple programs assisted in the delivery of the face shields including the Johnson O’Malley Program which provides opportunities to Native children for achievement through student and parent involvement in academic and cultural education." Cherokee Nation Emergency Management .
PPE was also delivered to the Choctaw nation based in Philadelphia, Mississippi.