At 4pm on Friday, March 27th, just at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and national shut-downs, the chairman of the of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe got a phone call from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
But instead of the offer of help he was expecting, he was told the Department of the Interior was taking their land out of trust.
Despite the pandemic, despite the stay-at-home orders, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency wants to go ahead with a series of "telephone town hall meetings" about the approval/disapproval of some permits for the Line 3 tar sands pipeline.
Native people in America are facing the same situation the rest of the country finds itself in - but with a few significant differences.
Testing supplies and personal protection equipment are in short supply, as they are everywhere else, but among Native people, there is a disproportionate level of infectious disease, with 1 to 3 times the mortality of the overall population.
There is a higher level of lung disease and diabetes, many Native communities lack safe water and a quarter of the people are uninsured.
The American Indian Community Housing Organization's Dabinoo'Igan Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter provides ten beds and is open 24/7, and Executive Director Michelle LeBeau says every day, they have to turn people away for lack of space.
The Permanent Supportive Housing program has 32 adults and 42 kids.
But all those adults and kids are staying put now, which means AICHO has more people consuming meals and other resources.