The coronavirus pandemic hit Native Americans especially hard. But as the spotlight turned to larger communities like the Navajo Nation, the much smaller White Mountain Apache Tribe quietly battled to save its people. Last year, the community of 15,000 in eastern Arizona was considered a hotspot. By Sept. 1, five months after its first recorded COVID case, the tribe had 2,400 cases and had lost 39 people. Over the next six months, there were 1,500 new cases and just 10 additional deaths. The tribe slowed the spread of the disease and helped curb death rates through a combination of intense contact tracing, surveillance of high-risk individuals, and vaccinations.