Amada Lang, is a graduate student at HSU, working on finishing her thesis at our ENC program. she also has been a youth advocate for a local native health service, Two Feathers Family Services, and in doing so, offered an illuminating perspective into the day-to-day lives of many of our local Humboldt tribes. Russell Attebery is the chairman for the Karuk Tribe north of Humboldt country, in Happy Camp. His proximity and work in the administrative sector of tribal relations enabled him to show a glimpse into being responsible for upwards of a hundred people, and in the close knit native communities of the North Coast, his point of view is meaningful for this project. Collin Rocha, a senior in the History program at HSU, interviewed these subjects as he plans on specializing in indigenous-settler relationships in his career moving forward. Additionally, he wants to use that specialty to pursue higher education and work in overlooked communities.
COVID had an immeasurable affect on businesses and life as we know it. That is no surprise, however, studies about COVID have focused far too long on the long-term economic and cultural impact that this pandemic has wrought upon the world. The human impact is far greater, and in the bubble of Humboldt country, the local population has felt that impact to a great degree, no more than the local native populations in and around Humboldt County, like the Karuk of Happy Camp, CA.
I spoke to tribal chairman Buster Attebery, in order to discover how experiences of the Karuk people and the lives of other local native populations have changed drastically through the COVID-19 pandemic.
I also spoke with youth advocate at Two Feathers and HSU Grad student, Amada Lang, in order to ascertain how native health and family services reacted to the pandemic, as well as how they are attempting to return to normalcy