Muckleshoot Tribe delivers COVID vaccine to its incarcerated members
Most inmates in the state correctional system have to wait until the end of the month to get a COVID-19 vaccine. But members of the Muckleshoot Tribe who are serving sentences at the Monroe Correctional Complex got their vaccines early.
That’s thanks to a donation and persistent negotiations from their government.
Seattle Indigenous rights attorney Gabe Galanda says the Muckleshoot Tribe has been a champion of Indigenous prisoner human rights in this region for many years.
“Indigenous nations and societies have not forgotten their relatives, even when they fall down and are sent away, and this just shows as the latest example of how local tribal governments and tribal communities are making sure that they will get a chance to stand on their own feet in terms of their health, their sobriety, their well-being, and ultimately reenter society with the best chance for success,” Galanda said.
Fourteen of the 17 individuals who met the criteria accepted the shots in mid-February.
The state Department of Corrections says the vaccine donation is an example of social connection with incarcerated people, that all communities could strive for.