The Fight for Survival in South Dakota

Laura E. Vasilion
The Pandemic Project
6 min readOct 22, 2020

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In a Place Hard Hit by the Pandemic, A Native Woman Fights for Her People’s Survival and Her Own

The View From Ruth’s Window

Her name is Cankudutawin, Scarlet Way. Her English name is Ruth. She lives with her family on Dakota Treaty lands on the Lake Traverse Reservation in northeastern South Dakota, a state that never issued a shelter in place order. Her Tribe…

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Laura E. Vasilion
The Pandemic Project

Editor of Present Tense and Talking to the World. Author, blogger, novelist. Would rather be living in Iceland. Also known as Laura E. Melull and Laura E. Hill.