blog posts Systemic Inequities in Indigenous Data Governance 5. Natives in the News Images Seattle Indian Health Board and our research division, Urban Indian Health Institute, are committed to understanding the impacts of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in urban American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Tribal Epidemiology Centers should have access to Health and Human Services (HHS) data as a public health authority, yet institutional barriers in accessing public health data persist. A failure to grant data access perpetuates systemic health inequities in Native communities as Tribal and urban Indian communities plan for both current and future surges of COVID-19 cases. Native communities must be equipped with the right information to implement data-driven decision-making. We hope this policy resource and recommendations support our tribal, community, and government partners, as we collectively address the immediate and long-term impacts of COVID-19 in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.