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Flu Outbreak - Native Americans Not Spared

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Native Americans living on reservations, like this home in Reno, also fell victim to the outbreak of flu.  Since the Bureau of Indian Affairs played a role in the lives of Native Americans, in 1918, the government was able to gather information about how the flu was impacting people.  According to the National Archives:

Because of the Federal government's role in administering Indian reservations, the effect of the flu on Indian populations is well documented. At the Reno (Nevada) Agency, an agent took photographs and compiled detailed notes: "In this shack I found four people laying on the dirt floor wrapped in rags apparently all suffering from influenza."


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Photo and description online, courtesy U.S. National Archives.

 

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