CEO Dannette R Smith, CMO Dr. Gary Anthone Give Update at Winnebago Tribe Monthly COVID-19 Meeting

News Release
For Immediate Release: 5/24/2021

Jeff Powell, (402) 471-6223, Jeff.Powell@Nebraska.Gov 

Lincoln, Neb. – DHHS CEO Dannette R Smith and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Gary Anthone took part in the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska's Monthly COVID-19 Facebook Live Update. CEO Smith and Dr. Anthone briefed tribal members about statewide vaccination efforts and learned about the Winnebago Tribe's successful vaccination program.

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is one of two federally recognized tribes of Ho-Chunk Native Americans and is one of four tribes in the state of Nebraska. Their reservation is located in Northeastern Nebraska in Thurston County. Tribal Council offices are located in the town of Winnebago.

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska recently reached a truly exemplary milestone: a 71% COVID-19 vaccination rate for those 16 years and older and a 64% vaccination rate for those 12 and older. The Tribe believes in actively maintaining and improving the lives of its members and preserving its rich cultural heritage.

“I appreciate Tribal leaders allowing myself and Dr. Anthone to participate in their monthly COVID-19 update to tribal members," said CEO Dannette R Smith. The Winnebago Tribe has done an exemplary job vaccinating their residents and serve as a valuable model for outreach and care."

The monthly update can be found on the Winnebago Tribe's Facebook page. Participants in the monthly update included:

  • Dannette R Smith, DHHS Chief Executive Officer
  • Dr. Gary Anthone, DHHS Chief Medical Officer
  • Victoria Kitcheyan, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska Tribal Chairman
  • Mona Zuffante, Health Director, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
  • Dan Fehringer, Superintendent, Winnebago Public Schools


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