T.A. LeBrun reports:
Concerns have arisen over a July 21 order by Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Commissioner Jan Malcolm to release the private health data of non-tribal members living on the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Reservation to tribal health authorities.
The order specifically relates to the transmission of COVID-19 and instructs local public health (LPH) to “release the names of non-tribal members who test positive for COVID-19 and live on the reservation as soon as possible to assist in the disease investigation and identify close contacts who had contact with positive COVID-19 cases and notify people who need to quarantine or isolate.” The order includes ten other federally recognized sovereign Indian Tribes in Minnesota as well.
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