Stoodis Sisters: Protecting Great Basin Communities during the Pandemic


Christina Thomas & Sara Paschall



Community (affiliation):

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Reno-Sparks urban community, Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe, Walker River Paiute Tribe, Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe, Lovelock Paiute Tribe, Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, and Battle Mountain Band Council

About this story: Stoodis Sisters was created in April 2020, when two friends wanted to do something to help protect elders and their community when the COVID-19 pandemic first began. Christina Thomas and Sara Paschall partnered together to gather elder medicine care packages to distribute to local communities. Thanks to a generous donation and fundraising efforts Stoodis Sisters was able to expand beyond Personal Protective Equipment and traditional medicines reaching to date over 9 different reservations in Northern Nevada during the pandemic. Stoodis Sisters have also provided backpacks and back to school supplies for Native youth K-12.

Watch a video to learn more about Stoodis Sisters:

If you would like further information or would like to donate or partner with Stoodis Sisters on our next community distribution please contact Christina for more information.

Photo Credits: Christina Thomas

Video Editing: Judy Martin