‘Callous and dangerous’: Tribes see COVID-19 spitting incidents amid rise in cases

An incident at a grocery store on the Omaha Reservation in northeast Nebraska last week forced a tribally-owned corporation that owns the business to conduct an expensive deep cleaning of the facility. Lance Morgan, president and chief executive officer of Ho-Chunk, Inc. , which owns the Heritage Foodtown in Walthill , said a clerk asked four women who entered Thursday to leave the store. The clerk believed the four had been recently diagnosed with COVID-19. A view of Main Street on the Omaha Reservation in Walthill, Nebraska. Photo: The women responded by spitting on the floor and windows of the store, located on Main Street in Walthill. The clerk contacted Omaha tribal police, who are investigating the incident, Morgan said. He said the women had been involved in an earlier incident on the Omaha Reservation. He said Ho-Chunk, Inc. – an economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe – had recently spent nearly $20,000 to clean its grocery and convenience stores, including environmentally friendly cold foggings for deep cleaning and disinfecting. He said an individual fogging costs between $2,500 to $3,000. “Not only is it callous and dangerous, but it’s costly,” said Morgan, who is Winnebago. Neither Omaha tribal police nor government officials responded to requests for comment from Indianz.Com. None of the four women accused of spitting inside the grocery store responded to requests for comment made through social media either. The incident wasn’t the only one of its kind in Indian Country last week. On Friday, […]

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