Monthly COVID-19 Meeting Provides Update To Winnebago Tribe

WINNEBAGO – A monthly COVID-19 update was recently held via Facebook Live in the month of May.

According to a release from the Department of Health and Human Services, CEO Dannette R Smith and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Gary Anthone briefed tribal members about statewide vaccination efforts and learned about the Winnebago Tribe’s successful vaccination program.

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is one of two federally recognized tribes of Ho-Chunk Native Americans and is one of four tribes in the state of Nebraska. Their reservation is located in northeastern Nebraska in Thurston County. Tribal Council offices are located in the town of Winnebago.

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska recently reached a truly exemplary milestone of a 71% COVID-19 vaccination rate for those 16 years and older and a 64% vaccination rate for those 12 and older. The Tribe believes in actively maintaining and improving the lives of its members and preserving its rich cultural heritage.

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The monthly update can be found on the Winnebago Tribe’s Facebook page. Participants in the monthly update included:

  • Dannette R Smith, DHHS Chief Executive Officer
  • Dr. Gary Anthone, DHHS Chief Medical Officer
  • Victoria Kitcheyan, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska Tribal Chairman
  • Mona Zuffante, Health Director, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
  • Dan Fehringer, Superintendent, Winnebago Public Schools