While the US flounders in its response to the coronavirus, another nation – one within its own borders – is faring much better. The Cherokee Nation implemented a mask mandate in the spring, offers free drive-through testing, has hospitals well-stocked with PPE and has a small army of public health officers fully supported by their chief. With these measures, the Cherokee Nation has been able to curtail its Covid-19 case and death rates even as those numbers surge in surrounding Oklahoma, where the White House coronavirus task force says the spread is unyielding. “It’s very impressive. It’s a reminder of how much leadership matters and how even under difficult circumstances with limited resources, you can make a huge difference,” said Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University's School of Public Health.

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