As COVID-19 infections began to rise in Colorado in the spring of 2020, the leadership of the Ute Mountain and Southern Ute Tribes instituted safety measures to protect its members—measures like curfews and limiting travel on and off the reservation. Those measures were effective at limiting the exposure of tribal members to the coronavirus, but it also made getting food even more difficult than it already was in this food desert region of the country. In the first episode of a four-part series examining the COVID-19 response effort in Southwest Colorado, the Keystone Policy Center highlights how the Ute Mountain and Southern Ute Tribes created a food distribution system to meet the immediate food needs of its members during the COVID-19 pandemic - and the work that is being done to create a regional food distribution hub.
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