How COVID-19 Hurts Tribal Budgets, Why Cases Are Spiking

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Health investigator teaches contact tracing
In this Tuesday, May 19, 2020, photo, Salt Lake County Health Department health investigator Mackenzie Bray points to a board showing a hypothetical case that serves as a training tool to teach new contact tracers how to track all the people they need to reach out to after a person tests positive for COVID-19. Rick Bowmer/AP Photo

The President of the Ho-Chunk Nation tells us how the loss of casino revenue during the pandemic has affected the tribal government’s bottom line. Then, we look into why there’s been a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin and across the country in recent weeks.

Featured in this Show

  • Lost Casino Revenue Affects Tribal Nation Budgets

    The coronavirus pandemic temporarily shut down Wisconsin’s casinos, many run by the state’s 11 Tribal Nations. Gaming revenue can make up a sizable portion of tribal government budgets. We speak with a representative of the Ho-Chunk Nation about the impacts of the deficit.

  • State Health Official On New Spike In COVID-19 Cases

    COVID-19 cases are spiking in Wisconsin and across the country. We check in with the head of the state health department about why cases are increasing and what can be done to quell them.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Jana Rose Schleis Producer
  • Steven Potter Producer
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director
  • Matthew Mann Guest
  • Andrea Palm Guest