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America's mega-emitters are starting to close

When the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona shuts down later this year, it will be one of the largest carbon emitters to ever close in American history. The giant coal plant on Arizona's high desert emitted almost 135 million metric tons of carbon dioxide between 2010 and 2017, according to an E&E News review of federal figures.

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7/8/2020

article Navajo Nation COVID-19 Cases Continue To Decline
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation continues to record new cases of coronavirus but overall numbers are still declining on the reservation. The tribe reported 27 additional...

7/7/2020

article Navajo Nation Re-Issues Stay-At-Home Order
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation leaders have re-issued a stay-at-home order to help slow the spread of coronavirus. The order requires all Navajo Nation residents to...
article Utah oil field leaves a mixed legacy for members of the Navajo Nation
(Utah) -- Every other morning at dawn, just before the sun rises over Sleeping Ute Mountain, Marilyn Holly takes her eight goats out to graze. With the help of a...
article Navajo Nation, environmentalists fight rollback of U.S. water rule
(New Mexico) -- The nation’s largest Native American tribe and several environmental groups are waging a legal challenge to a revised federal rule that lifts...
article Navajo Nation president expresses concern over county jail conditions
(New Mexico) -- While New Mexico grapples with a delayed roll-out of reopening businesses and cancelled public events, some detention centers are grappling with...

7/5/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 71 more COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials have reported 71 additional cases of COVID-19 and two more known deaths. A total of 7,804 people on the vast reservation that...

7/4/2020

article Doreen Garlid sworn in as Tempe's first Native American council member
(Arizona) -- Doreen Garlid was sworn in Thursday as the first Native American member of the Tempe City Council. Garlid took the oath of office during a virtual ceremony...

7/3/2020

article Navajo Nation facing another weekend virus curfew
(Navajo Nation) -- Tribal police and the New Mexico National Guard are ready to enforce a weekend curfew on the Navajo Nation as the officials on the sprawling...

7/2/2020

article 'Alarming rise' in COVID-19 cases around Navajo Nation leads to more weekend curfews
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation on Tuesday extended its 57-hour weekend-long curfews to three more weekends in July due to an "alarming rise" in new coronavirus...
article Ilion's Remington Arms is nearing bankruptcy
(Arizona) -- Remington Arms Co., which employs about 1,000 people in the Herkimer County village of Ilion and is the nation’s oldest gun maker, is said to be close...
article Navajo Nation reports 17 additional COVID-19 cases, 1 death
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials have reported 17 additional cases of coronavirus with one additional death. That put the number of positive COVID-19 cases on...

7/1/2020

article 'We tried to be so careful': Navajo rancher and retired nurse dies from COVID-19
(Arizona) -- Kayla Pinkard clearly remembers the time when she and her grandmother Helen Nez got their truck stuck in the mud near the border of New Mexico. Pinkard'...
article Tribes battle pandemic with little help
(Navajo Nation) -- When Arvin Trujillo’s father died of COVID-19, the funeral lasted just 10 minutes. About 20 family members gathered at the burial site for a...
article BLOG: History of Navajo Turquoise
(Arizona) -- Known as the ‘stone of life,’ the turquoise stone holds great value and significance among the Navajo people, a Native American tribe from the...
article Smoke Advisory Issued For Navajo Nation Residents Near Wildfire
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials have issued a smoke advisory for communities close to a 9,000-acre wildfire near Ganado. The Wood Springs Two Fire is...

6/30/2020

article Navajo Nation Gaming Extends Casino Closures Until July 27th
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation Gaming’s Board of Directors has decided to keep all casino facilities closed until July 27th in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The...
article Navajo Nation Calls for 3 Additional Weekend Lockdowns in July to Help Flatten the Curve
(Arizona) -- Coupled with a surge of COVID-19 cases in Arizona and on the Navajo Indian Reservation, Navajo Nation officials on Tuesday have extended a state of...
article Navajos concerned with COVID-19 spikes in surrounding areas
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has extended the closure of tribal government offices and ordered residents to stay home for another three weeks as the number of...
article As Arizona coronavirus cases surge from early reopening, Indigenous nations suffer more COVID-19
(Arizona) -- In the days before Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey changed course by urging people to stay home, Scottsdale city councilman Guy Phillips donned a face covering and...
article Navajo Nation receives $714 million in federal CARES Act funding
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation received $714,189,631 June 26 from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The funds are part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and...
article Lakewood woman embarks on journey to raise awareness of COVID-19 impacts on Navajo tribe
(Washington) -- Like many people, Burlene Padilla was laid off during COVID-19. A former instructional aide at Muckleshoot Tribal School, Padilla, 38, began reading...

6/29/2020

article For Navajo Nation In Arizona, The Election Process Is Complicated And Problematic
(Arizona) -- Tonalea on the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona is the hometown of Darrell Marks. His mother and grandmother still live there. "That's about 5...
article Navajo Officials Urge Residents To Stay Home As Cases Decline
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials continue to urge residents not to travel off the reservation in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. They say positive cases on...
article Supreme Court Won’t Review Dispute over Navajo Mine, Power Plant
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court won’t take up a yearslong dispute over a New Mexico power plant and nearby coal mine, despite pleas from...
article Firearms manufacturer Remington in talks to sell to Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Gun manufacturer Remington Arms Co. is in talks with the Navajo Nation about a possible purchase of the company. News about the possible purchase of the...
article Wildfire On Navajo Nation Forces Evacuations And Road Closures
(Arizona) -- A lightning-caused wildfire near Wood Springs on the Navajo Nation has forced the evacuation of some residents in the area. Navajo Nation fire officials say...

6/28/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 94 more COVID-19 cases, 12 more deaths
(Arizona) -- Navajo Department of Health has reported 94 additional positive cases of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation with 12 more known deaths. That pushes the total...
article 'The unity in community': Indigenous-led Orenda Tribe shifts gears to support Navajo Nation during pandemic
(New Mexico) -- On a recent morning, just days after COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation eclipsed the country’s previously highest per-capita hot spots, Amy Yeung...
article Fire on Navajo Nation brings smoke to San Juan County skies
(New Mexico) -- There is the potential for smoke from the Wood Springs Two fire on the Navajo Nation to continue impacting air quality in San Juan County, as it did on...

6/27/2020

article Navajo Nation Council gives the green light for CARES Act bill
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council passed a modified version of legislation that called for using a portion of $600 million the tribe received from the federal...

6/25/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 121 new coronavirus cases and 1 death
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Department of Health on Thursday reported 121 additional positive cases of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation with one more known death. That...
article Navajo Nation, environmentalists fight rollback of U.S. water protections
(New Mexico) -- The nation’s largest Native American tribe and several environmental groups are waging a legal challenge to a revised federal rule that lifts...
article Navajo Nation honors officer who died of COVID-19
(Arizona) -- All flags on the Navajo Nation will be flown at half-staff through Thursday to honor the first officer on the tribal police force to die from the...

6/24/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 43 new coronavirus cases and 1 death
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Department of Health has reported 43 new cases of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation with one more known death. That pushes the total of positive...
article For first time, Navajo Nation officially observes Diné Pride Week
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation Council signed a proclamation for the first time this week recognizing Diné Pride Week, despite not recognizing same-sex marriage as...
article Navajo Nation President: New Mexico still failing students
(New Mexico) -- The leader of one of the largest Native American tribes in the U.S. called Wednesday for the governor of New Mexico to end efforts to fight a court...

6/23/2020

article Navajo Tribe Objects To Family Dollar Application To Sell Alcohol
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation tribal government is objecting to a notice of application to sell alcohol in a Family Dollar store in St. Michaels, Arizona. President...
article Navajo Housing Authority, NAU develop interactive web app showing Wi-Fi locations on the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) partnered with Northern Arizona University, Choice NTUA Wireless and Sacred Wind Communication to develop an interactive...
article How Running In Moccasins Empowered This Navajo Marathoner
(Arizona) -- Harold Bennally runs over the red rocks like he’s keeping a drum beat. No matter if the northern Arizona trail climbs or descends or levels out, his...
article Navajo Nation honoring police officer who died from COVID-19
(Arizona) -- All flags on the Navajo Nation will be flown at half-staff through Thursday to honor the first officer on the tribal police force to die from the...

6/22/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 27 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Department of Health has reported 27 new cases of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation and one known death. That pushes the totals to 6,990 positive...
article Diné Pride Week recognized on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council is recognizing this week as Diné Pride Week on the Navajo Nation. Speaker Seth Damon signed on June 22 a proclamation to recognize...

6/21/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 69 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Department of Health has reported 69 new cases of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation and four more known deaths. That pushes the totals to 6,963...
article In Gallup, surrounded by the Navajo Nation, a pandemic crosses paths with homelessness, hate and healers
(New Mexico) -- At the end of the Howard Johnson Hotel’s orange and white hallway, Dr. Caleb Lauber paused by a mirror as if he were lost. The mirror was an...

6/20/2020

article NTEC, Photosol US propose solar array at Navajo Mine on reclaimed land
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Transitional Energy Company and Photosol US have submitted a proposal to place a 200-megawatt solar array on reclaimed land at Navajo Mine. The...
article 'More connected than we know:' Cree musician sending masks to Navajo Nation
(Alberta) -- Jacob Faithful says he knew he had to do something when he learned a fellow member the Young Spirit music group and several of his relatives had fallen ill...

6/19/2020

article COVID-19 Cases Continue To Spike, Navajo Nation Reinstates Weekend Lockdown
(Arizona) -- Arizona's number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to surge, with more than 2,500 newly confirmed infections and 32 known deaths. The Arizona...
article Navajo Nation police force loses first officer to COVID-19
(Arizona) -- A Navajo Nation police officer has died at a Phoenix hospital, becoming the first officer on the tribal police force to die from COVID-19 in the line of...
article Bordering on desperation: Navajo Nation battles COVID-19 pandemic
(New Mexico) -- At the end of the Howard Johnson Hotel’s orange and white hallway, Dr. Caleb Lauber paused by a mirror as if he were lost. The mirror was an...
article Report: Largest coal producing mine in U.S. drained aquifer on coronavirus-ravaged Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has been one of the hardest-hit areas by the COVID-19 pandemic. A major, complicating factor has been the lack of running water in tribal...
article Strengthening the spirit of the Navajo
(Vatican City) -- On the United States reservation of the Navajo Nation it is a critical moment due to Covid-19. According to data published on 17 June by the Health...

6/18/2020

article Navajo nation reinstates lockdown as Covid-19 cases surge near reservation
(Arizona) -- The Navajo nation has been forced to reinstate lockdowns to shield its people from major coronavirus outbreaks outside the reservation, especially in...
article Bordering on Desperation
(New Mexico) -- At the end of the Howard Johnson Hotel’s orange and white hallway, Dr. Caleb Lauber paused by a mirror as if he were lost. The mirror was an...

6/17/2020

article Facing Arizona surge, Navajos reimpose virus curfew
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has reimposed 57-hour weekend curfews to protect citizens from a surge in coronavirus cases in neighboring Arizona after the largest...
article Navajo resumes weekend lockdowns as Arizona virus cases rise
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is resuming lockdowns for at least the next two weekends as the number of coronavirus cases off the reservation increases, most notably in...
article Virus-Ravaged Navajo Say Coal Mines Sapped Their Drinking Water
(Arizona) -- To “do this hand-washing thing that’s recommended by the health people,” Navajo Nation member Percy Deal drives his pickup truck once a...

6/16/2020

article OP/ED: Why this Irishman is helping the Navajo fight COVID
(Ireland) -- This month, tens of thousands of Irish people are donating to a $5 million fund-raising campaign to help the Navajo and Hopi tribes battling the coronavirus...

6/15/2020

article The Latino Rep fighting for Navajo Nation survival amid COVID-19
(Arizona) -- As the attention of the nation stays squarely on the Black Lives Matter protests following the murders of George Floyd and now Rayshard Brooks, the Navajo...
article Navajo Nation president's office distributes food, supply donations to community in Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- The chapters of Gadii'ahi, Shiprock and Tsé Daa K'aan were the latest to receive food and supply donations to the Navajo Nation to address the...
article Navajo Nation resumes training at its police academy after COVID-19 delay
(Arizona) -- More than two dozen recruits are expected to begin training Monday at the Navajo Nation's police academy, a program that was postponed for months...

6/13/2020

article Navajo Nation nonprofit, Durango church partner on supply drive
(Colorado) -- A stream of vehicles rolled into the Unitarian Universalist Church in Durango on Saturday, loaded with supplies for Navajo and Hopi tribal members in need...

6/11/2020

article Hundreds of Navajo Nation homes might finally get running water
(Navajo Nation) -- When Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez held a town hall in May to discuss the coronavirus pandemic’s impacts on the Navajo Nation and the...
article Navajo Nation President: Stay-Home Order, Mask Rules Are Working
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has been one of the hardest hit places in the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. But even as it's seen its case numbers and death...
article 'The Picture Is Bleak': Navajo Nation Businesses Struggle Due To Coronavirus
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has been a hotspot for COVID-19 cases. Though some restrictions like curfews have slowly eased up, other precautions are still in place,...
article Navajo Lawmaker Concerned With Tribal Representation In Arizona's COVID-19 Discussion
(Arizona) -- On June 5, Gov. Doug Ducey tweeted a photo of a meeting he held with a group of state lawmakers to discuss the state’s response to the pandemic. His...

6/10/2020

article COVID-19 in Arizona: Navajo leaders lay out plan to spend relief funds, shield elderly from ‘this monster’
(Arizona) -- Federal funding has reached the Navajo Nation, and President Jonathan Nez is urging tribal leaders to move quickly to approve the distribution of $50...
article A Doctor Treating the Hard-Hit Navajo Nation Seethes Over Structural Racism
(New Mexico) -- As an internal medicine physician at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, Dr. Eileen Barrett has witnessed firsthand the devastating...
article The Navajo Wanted To Go Green, Then This Surprise Deal Made Them America’s 3rd Largest Coal Miner
(Navajo Nation) -- After relying for generations on coal for jobs and cash, the Navajo tribe was looking for a change. Instead — thanks to NTEC Chairman Tim...
article Legislation To Secure Water And Funding For Navajo Nation Is Close To Finish Line
(Washington D.C.) -- The Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act passed the U.S. Senate on June 4, bringing thousands of Navajo families one step closer to getting...
article FirstNet deploys mobile cell sites supporting Navajo Nation COVID-19 response
(Navajo Nation) -- First responders on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in the hard-hit and vast territory of the Navajo Nation are receiving a boost in wireless...

6/9/2020

article COVID-19 Ravages the Navajo Nation
(Navajo Nation) -- The U.S. center hardest hit by COVID-19 isn't headline-grabbing New York City; it's the Navajo Nation in the American southwest. About the...
article U.S. Senate Passes Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act
(Washington D.C.) -- Leaders of the Navajo Nation are applauding the passage by the U.S. Senate of the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act. If enacted into law, it...
article Graduate Jayne Sandoval: Gold Axe winner, Fulbright Scholar plans to use degree to improve life on Navajo reservation
(Arizona) -- Jayne Sandoval grew up in Ute Pass Valley, a small area of the Navajo reservation in northern Arizona that had been passed down in her family for...

6/8/2020

press release Navajo Nation reports 110 new coronavirus cases and 5 deaths
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Department of Health has reported 110 new cases of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation and five more known deaths. That pushes the numbers to 5,918...
article Three Deaths Reported On Navajo Nation As Daily Curfew Goes Into Effect
(Arizona) -- Health authorities on the Navajo Nation reported three more deaths late Sunday night as tribal members instituted a daily curfew to slow the spread of COVID...

6/7/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 110 new coronavirus cases and 5 deaths
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Department of Health has reported 110 new cases of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation and five more known deaths. That pushes the numbers to 5,918...
article Flagstaff police investigating alleged beating of homeless Diné
(Arizona) -- Flagstaff city police responded to a social media post about a homeless Navajo man allegedly beaten by four white people. The police said on Saturday night...
article Planting hope amid a plague: New generation turns to older teachings to survive in Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- Four miles down Farm Road, just off U.S. Highway 491 in northern Navajo, a group of young Diné used what was left of daylight in early May to plant...

6/6/2020

article Navajo community health reps play key role in contact tracing
(Navajo Nation) -- Two pickup trucks barrel down an unnamed dirt road off one of the main highways crossing the Navajo Nation northwest of Window Rock, Arizona. A...
article Navajo Department of Health OKs "drive-in gatherings"
(Navajo Nation) -- A new public health emergency order by the Navajo Department of Health authorizes "drive-in gatherings" for activities and events on the...
article Navajo artists and vendors struggle to earn income during pandemic
(Arizona) -- Navajo artists and vendors struggle to earn an income during the COVID-19 pandemic.
article BIA Navajo Region fire crew responding to wildfire near Tohatchi
(New Mexico) -- Crew members from the Bureau of Indian Affairs Navajo Region Wildland Fire and Aviation Management are responding to a wildfire on Ch'ooshgai...

6/5/2020

article U.S. Senate passes plan to deliver drinking water to Utah Navajos
(Washington D.C.) -- Utah members of the Navajo Nation, one of the areas hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak, would no longer have to haul water to their homes under...

6/4/2020

article Navajo Nation cancels July 4 celebrations, ends weekend curfew
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo leaders on Wednesday canceled this year’s Fourth of July celebrations in Window Rock as the tribe continues to grapple with the COVID-19...
article NGM distributes food to tribes
(Nevada) -- Thousands of pounds of food have been distributed to Native American reservations and colonies this spring in a Nevada Gold Mines effort to help those...
article Hotel In Monument Valley Invites Tourists To Visit Reservation, Drawing Criticism From Community
(Utah) -- The Navajo Nation has taken drastic steps to fight COVID-19, which has already taken more than 250 tribal members’ lives. Hotels on the Navajo Nation are...
press release 50 Years Ago: Tribe wins lawsuit over lands lost
(Navajo Nation) -- The Navajo Tribe won a major court battle against the federal government for stealing lands that should belong to the tribe. The Indian Claims...

6/3/2020

article She's patrolled the Navajo Nation for nearly 20 years. Nothing prepared her for the COVID-19 outbreak
(Navajo Nation) -- The Navajo Nation patrol car pulled up to the jail near the center of town and Officer Carolyn Tallsalt stepped out. She adjusted her surgical mask,...
article The Navajo Nation and Coronavirus: Planting Hope Amid a Plague
(Arizona) -- Four miles down Farm Road, just off U.S. Route 491 in northern Navajo, a group of young Diné used what was left of daylight in early May to plant onions and...
article VIDEO: AZNG Supports ACF on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Members of the Arizona National Guard provides support in Chinle Arizona on Navajo Nation at an alternate care facility. The facility cares for patients...
article The Navajo Nation and Coronavirus: Planting Hope Amid a Plague
(New Mexico) -- Four miles down Farm Road, just off U.S. Route 491 in northern Navajo, a group of young Diné used what was left of daylight in early May to plant onions...
article Company's Bid to Build Dams on Tribal Land a Step Closer
(Arizona) -- Federal regulators have accepted a Phoenix-based company's application for a preliminary permit to look further into building hydro-powered dams on...
article Dozens of volunteer pilots help deliver 19,000 lbs of essential supplies to Navajo Nation
(Utah) -- It may not be Christmas, but it sure looked like it Wednesday morning as dozens of volunteer pilots with Backcountry Santa made a special delivery of more than...
press release COVID-19’s impact on Navajo Nation students, schools
(Arizona) -- When COVID-19 hit the Navajo Nation, it limited students’ educational opportunities after schools closed, eliminated essential school services,...
article Gary Platt donates hundreds of masks to Native American communities in New Mexico
(Navajo Nation) -- In April, Reno-based Gary Platt Manufacturing, the world’s leading provider of casino seating, retooled a section of its factory to create face...

6/2/2020

article COVID-19 in Arizona: Navajo Nation sees a spike in cases
(Arizona) -- Despite promising trends last week, the Navajo Department of Health reported a spike in COVID-19 cases Monday, with 98 new cases and five additional deaths.

6/1/2020

article Nez line-item vetoes establishing management plan for CARES Act funding amid pandemic
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez struck down a measure by the Navajo Nation Council to create the management plan for money the tribe received from the...
article The Navajo Nation Hit the Highest COVID-19 Infection Rate in the Country. What Does That Mean for Its Tribal College?
(South Dakota) -- The Navajo Nation now has the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rate in the country, surpassing New York and New Jersey, with 5,250 cases and 241...

5/31/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 105 new COVID-19 cases, 10 more deaths
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Department of Health has reported 105 new cases of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation and 10 more known deaths. That pushes the numbers to 5,250...
article Navajo Nation Loses Elders And Tradition To COVID-19
(Arizona) -- In Navajo culture to speak of death is taboo. But since the tribe's coronavirus infection rate has become the highest in the country, they can't...

5/30/2020

article KRISTOF: The Top U.S. Coronavirus Hot Spots Are All Indian Lands
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is a vast, awe-inspiring land of desert crags and canyons, the largest reservation in the country, but today it reverberates with grief...
article California Sends Dozens of Healthcare Workers to Navajo Nation to Assist in Pandemic
(California) -- Healthcare workers from around California, including 35 doctors and nurses from UCSF, are caring for patients in border towns surrounding the Navajo...

5/29/2020

article Director of Indian Health Service Visits the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- On the Navajo Nation, the COVID curve is flattening. Efforts to trace the spread of the disease are working. But challenges remain. Federal native health...
article Reps. Ruben Gallego, Tom O'Halleran blast deal that led to improper masks being sent to Navajo Nation
(Washington D.C.) -- Several of Arizona's congressional Democrats are denouncing a $3 million contract given to a former Trump administration official who has...
article COVID-19 'Shining Light On Lack Of Infrastructure' In Navajo Nation
(Utah) -- “I'm sure all of you have seen data from Navajo Nation and they have among the highest rates of infection nationally, and among the highest rates of...

5/28/2020

article Navajo COVID curve flattens, but leaders fear post-holiday spike in cases
(Arizona) -- After weeks of grim news as the pandemic tore through the Navajo Nation, the curve of positive COVID-19 cases has begun to flatten, President Jonathan Nez...
article Utah officials battle coronavirus outbreaks at a Salt Lake City veterans home and on the Navajo Nation
(Utah) -- Of the 72 residents of the William E. Christoffersen Salt Lake Veterans Home, more than half — 41 — have tested positive for COVID-19, according to...
article AMA urges HHS to address funding for Navajo COVID-19 hot spot
(Washington D.C.) -- The Navajo Reservation, where 350,000 people live, has become one of the “worst of the worst” COVID-19 hotspots with 4,700 confirmed...
article Letters: ‘Starving’ people are abusing donations
(Arizona) -- Big fancy new trucks and cars wait in mile-long queues at chapter houses/distribution centers, waiting their turn to get a box of food. “Oh, there are...

5/27/2020

article Navajo Nation struggling to cope with worst-in-the-country outbreak
(Arizona) -- NBC News' Vaughn Hillyard reports from inside the Navajo Nation American Indian Reservation, where 1 in 42 residents have tested positive for the...
press release Navajos Lose Their Wisdom Keepers
(Navajo Nation) -- The Navajo don’t usually talk about death. They believe to talk about it is to bring it upon them. But since the tribe’s coronavirus...
article Arizona Memory Project Preserves Navajo Times' Beginnings
(Arizona) -- MARK BRODIE: The Navajo Times newspaper is publishing news right now in the midst of a crisis for its people, as the Navajo Nation has seen some of the...

5/26/2020

article Navajo Nation has 105 new cases of coronavirus, 1 more death
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said Tuesday that recent data indicates the coronavirus peak for hospitalizations on the vast reservation occurred from...
article Navajo Nation passed peak demand on COVID-19 health care resources in April, president says
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation, one of the hardest-hit areas of the country in terms of per-capita COVID-19 cases, passed peak demand on its health care system earlier...
article VIDEO: Navajo Nation's president says they're flattening the curve
(Arizona) -- President Jonathan Nez says 15% of the Navajo Nation has been tested for coronavirus. Team 12's Matt Yurus has the latest.
article Arizona Irish Center ships donations to Navajo Nation, gets help from National Guard
(Arizona) -- The Arizona Irish Center got some help from the National Guard when they began loading up and shipping out donations for the Navajo Nation on Tuesday. The...
article Inside Navajo Nation's Fight Against Coronavirus
(Arizona) -- Native American communities have been hit hard by the pandemic. We hear how they’re responding.
article Navajo Nation Receives 10,000 Diapers and 500 Masks from Richardson Navajo Fund
(New Mexico) -- As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases grew to more than 4,200 last week on the Navajo Nation, Navajo Council Delegate Edmund Yazzie reached out to...
article Native American 'Auntie Project' sends $10,000 to Navajo Nation for COVID-19 relief
(Oklahoma) -- Norman-based nonprofit, The Auntie Project: Native Women of Service sent $10,000 to the Navajo Nation’s Department of Family Services today—...

5/25/2020

article As Covid-19 tears through Navajo Nation, young people step up to protect their elders
(Arizona) -- Michelle Tom stared into the screen. The Navajo doctor had just finished a grueling shift at the Winslow Indian Health Care Center urgent care facility in...
article Navajo Nation has 156 coronavirus deaths, 56 new cases
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials report 56 new cases of COVID-19 with three more deaths from the coronavirus outbreak. The Navajo Nation has been hit hard from the...

5/24/2020

article I'm a member of the Navajo Nation, and my people are dying from the coronavirus.
(Arizona) -- My name is Tyrone Whitehorse, and I am a member of the Diné Nation, or Navajo Nation from Lechee, Arizona. As is tradition among my people, I would like to...
article Navajo Nation has 104 new coronavirus cases, 4 more deaths
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials report 104 new cases of the coronavirus with four more deaths from the pandemic. The Navajo Nation has been hit hard from the...
article Navajo Nation orders community lockdown as Native Americans struggle amid COVID-19 outbreak
(Arizona) -- The Coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately impacted people of color. Native American communities have been hit hard, as relied upon businesses like...
article Coronavirus could cancel fair season on Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- Fair season on the Navajo Nation draws hundreds to amusement rides, rodeos, parades, livestock shows and musical performances, but lingering uncertainty...
article Irish-American woman donates water tank to Navajo Nation to repay gift given to her Irish immigrant grandparents
(Colorado) -- AN IRISH-AMERICAN woman has found a way to say thank you to the Native Americans of the Navajo Nation who once came to the rescue of her Irish ancestors in...
article Oklahoma nonprofit fundraising for Navajo Nation COVID-19 response
(Oklahoma) -- A local nonprofit is seeking community support for a fundraiser benefiting Navajo Nation families and children who have been particularly hard hit by the...
article Navajo Technical University to develop environmental engineering program
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Technical University will use a grant from the National Science Foundation to begin work on a bachelor's degree program in environmental...

5/23/2020

article Navajo Nation enters strict 57-hour lockdown as virus death toll rises
(Arizona) -- As states across the country are reopening, the Navajo Nation is entering a strict 57-hour lockdown in another attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus....
article Navajo police issue 134 citations during sixth 57-hour curfew weekend
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Police Department issued 134 citations during the Navajo Nation's sixth weekend lockdown from May 16-18. The nation is in it's seventh...
article Parts of Navajo water pipeline near completion amid virus
(New Mexico) -- Growing up without running water or electricity in rural New Mexico on the Eastern Agency of the Navajo Nation in the 1950s, Daniel Tso contracted...
article Facing concerns about damming Little Colorado River, company plans dams in another canyon
(Arizona) -- When a Phoenix company floated a proposal last year to build two hydroelectric dams on the Little Colorado River, it faced an outpouring of opposition....
article DESCHENE: With the Navajo Generating Station gone, we need help luring renewable energy investment to our land
(Arizona) -- The world is changing right before our eyes. I will be 49 this summer, about the same age as our remote community of LeChee, Navajo Nation near Page,...
article Utah-based distillery donates hand sanitizer to Navajo Nation
(Utah) -- Reports about the novel coronavirus outbreak on the Navajo Nation caused a Utah-based distillery to donate and deliver 485 gallons of hand sanitizer. Ogden...
article 96-year-old Navajo woman becomes an internet hit
(Arizona) -- When Annette Bilagody was growing up in the 1930s on the Navajo Nation, her job in her family was to repair broken necklaces. This was her first...

5/22/2020

article Native American communities are struggling during the pandemic. Here's how to help.
(Arizona) -- As of May 18, the Navajo Nation has the highest per capita coronavirus infection rate in the U.S., surpassing New York and New Jersey. Unlike other regions...
article New map gives detailed picture of coronavirus outbreak on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- The Arizona Department of Health Services has suppressed the number of coronavirus cases on tribal land in its daily updates that detail coronavirus...
article The Navajo Nation's Lack of Clean Water Has Fueled a COVID-19 Crisis
(Arizona) -- Washing your hands with warm, soapy water is a directive heard countless times since the COVID-19 coronavirus began spreading around the world. It’s...
article The Navajo teenager who went viral reporting on coronavirus: 'I just want us to be seen'
(Indian Country) -- Larry Jackson, 16, would not describe himself as “political”. Last night he was celebrating the end of his junior year exams by eating...

5/21/2020

article Every Corner of the Navajo Nation Has Been Hit By COVID-19
(Arizona) -- Lucinda Charleston’s children reminded her that she wasn’t young anymore. But despite their worry, she assembled an emergency public health team...
article Trump Bungled Pandemic Response In Navajo Nation: Leader
(Washington D.C.) -- Weeks of delays in delivering vital coronavirus aid to Native American tribes exacerbated the outbreak, the president of the hard-hit Navajo Nation...
article COVID-19 Further Strains Care Disparities Among Native Americans
(Utah) -- Each weekday, Terrell Benally wakes up early to drive an hour to the nearest Walmart in Cortez, Colorado, 60 miles away from his home on the Navajo reservation...
article Live Mic: Navajo Nation takes on coronavirus onslaught
(Utah) -- As coronavirus alters our world, Indian Country has been hit especially hard — and nowhere more so than Navajo Nation. The pandemic has forced tribal...
article Local woman, who has blindness, makes masks for Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- Sacheen Smith was born and raised in Albuquerque. Growing up, much of her family, including her two grandmothers, lived on the Navajo Nation. Today, her...
article UCSF Sends Second Wave of Health Workers to Navajo Nation
(California) -- As cases of COVID-19 continue to mount in Navajo Nation, UC San Francisco is sending a second team of health care workers – 13 nurses and six...

5/20/2020

article 'Ogden's Own Distillery' delivering 485 gallons of hand sanitizer to Navajo Nation
(Utah) -- "Ogden's Own Distillery" is hand-delivering 485 gallons of hand sanitizer to the Navajo Nation Wednesday. The tribal lands, which lie in the four...
press release How Orenda Tribe Is Supporting Hard-Hit Navajo Nation During the Coronavirus
(New Mexico) -- When Amy Yeung decided to leave her work as a design executive in Los Angeles, she knew there was only one place to go: New Mexico. The entrepreneur and...
article Navajo Nation casinos remain closed amid COVID-19 pandemic
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation’s casinos will stay closed into next month, a decision that is in line with the tribe’s partial government closure and a...
article The Navajo Nation’s Diné College Faces the Worst Coronavirus Outbreak in the Country
(Arizona) -- The coronavirus pandemic is a calamity for untold numbers of college students across the country. However, it is hard to imagine a college where students...

5/19/2020

press release COVID-19 impacts every corner of the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Lucinda Charleston’s children reminded her that she wasn’t young anymore. But despite their worry, she assembled an emergency public health team...
article Navajo Nation reports highest per-capita COVID-19 infection rate in US
(Arizona) -- With more confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths than any other part of the country, New York has been thought of as the epicenter of the novel coronavirus...
article Navajo Nation under strict lockdown with highest coronavirus infection rate in the country
(Arizona) -- With only a fraction of the population, the Navajo Nation is now reporting more coronavirus cases per capita than New York, one of the initial epicenters of...
article Will Navajo people, ravaged by COVID-19, also be disenfranchised?
(Arizona) -- There is probably no better time to disenfranchise an entire group of people than during a pandemic. We’re all preoccupied. We live daily with new...
article Outbreak on edge of Navajo Nation overwhelms rural hospital
(New Mexico) -- On the eve of New Mexico's shutdown of bars and restaurants to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the city of Gallup came alive for one last night...
article Utah-based group aims to help Navajo Nation deal with the COVID-19 pandemic
(Utah) -- The Navajo Nation has the highest rate of COVID-19 infections per capita in the United States. Now one Utah-based group is trying to help the tribe overcome...
article Navajo Tech hosts a virtual commencement in place of postponed graduation
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Technical University (NTU) hosted a virtual commencement celebration May 15 in celebration of its spring graduate candidates. The commencement...
article Marie Pino, Navajo Teacher Who Educated Generations, Dies at 67
(New Mexico) -- Marie Pino, a teacher who educated generations of children in a remote part of the Navajo Nation, knew how deadly Covid-19 could be. Just weeks ago, the...

5/18/2020

article As the Navajo Nation battles a COVID-19 onslaught, some Utah leaders cry conspiracy
(Utah) -- The day before Charlaine Tso joined Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez to distribute food to communities along the Arizona-Utah border, she attended three...
article Navajo Nation surpasses New York state for the highest Covid-19 infection rate in the US
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has surpassed New York and New Jersey for the highest per-capita coronavirus infection rate in the US -- another sign of Covid-19's...
press release SEN HATCH: From COVID to RECA: Seeking justice for the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Over the course of our nation’s history, Native Americans have suffered a long string of injustices. Among the most egregious, however, was the...
article WashU Expert: Navajo Nation needs support
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation now has the highest rates of coronavirus infection per capita in the U.S. The people need assistance, says Wynette Whitegoat, assistant...
article Chef José Andrés Continues to Demonstrate Solidarity, Setting Up Kitchen in the Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- Chef José Andrés is once again walking the walk and talking the talk, making an appearance where he is needed most. Last Friday, the Spanish celebrity...
article Navajo Nation Faces 'Enormous Devastation' From Coronavirus, Says Former N.M. Governor Richardson
(New Mexico) -- Even as some states begin the process of reopening their economies, Native American tribes are dealing with disproportionate challenges during the...
article Navajo Gaming Extends Closure and Continues Care of Team Members
(Arizona) -- The Board of Directors of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Navajo Gaming) approved the extended closure of all Navajo Gaming operations consistent with...
article Filmmaker Hosts Virtual Screening Benefitting The Navajo Nation
(Oklahoma) -- After premiering at the ImagiNATIVE film festival in Toronto, Blackhorse Lowe’s latest film FUKRY was slated for another round of screenings,...

5/17/2020

article 544 People On The Navajo Nation Have Recovered From COVID-19
(Arizona) -- During the coronavirus pandemic, the Navajo Nation has been one of the hardest hit areas. But this weekend, the tribe shared some good news — it's...
article Navajo Nation has 172 more coronavirus cases, 13 more deaths
(Arizona) -- Health officials have reported 13 more deaths from the coronavirus on the Navajo Nation along with 172 new cases of COVID-19. According to the Navajo...
article Utah lawyers rally help for hard-hit Navajo Nation
(Utah) -- At first look, it makes no sense. Why should the spread of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation rival that of New York City? The Navajo Nation Reservation is...

5/16/2020

article Navajo Nation residents to be under strictest lockdown yet
(Arizona) -- Residents of the Navajo Nation will be under the strictest weekend lockdown yet, with grocery stores and gas stations closed, and even essential workers...
article Actor Sean Penn & Celebrity Chef José Andrés Join Navajo Nation Pres. Nez at Food Distribution
(New Mexico) -- There was some rare good news on the Navajo Nation coronavirus front on Friday. New cases were down by more than half, nobody died, and four more people...
article College's donation drive for Navajo Nation residents ends with a bang
(New Mexico) -- San Juan College English professor Danielle Sullivan tried to keep her expectations reasonable when she began organizing a donation drive for Navajo...
article Effort to collect supplies for Navajo Nation helped by Utah volunteers
(Utah) -- It was Tuesday, May 12, when Salt Lake City resident Moroni Benally received a call from a friend from the Navajo Nation Reservation, asking if he could help...
article A pandemic, injury and unreliable internet are 3 of the obstacles a Navajo woman cleared to earn 3 degrees from ASU
(Arizona) -- Jessica Antonio didn’t want anything grand to celebrate her college graduation, just quality time with family and maybe some pizza. During the novel...

5/15/2020

article Inside Navajo Nation’s Battle Against Coronavirus
(Arizona) -- As Arizona’s bars, shops and restaurants open up, the residents of Navajo Nation in the state’s northeastern corner are living under the...
article Navajo president urges National Park Service to keep Grand Canyon closed
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez expressed his disappointment after Grand Canyon National Park announced a phased re-opening starting May 15. The Navajo...
article Food boxes delivered to Navajo lands in NM
(New Mexico) -- This week, those who live on Navajo Nation land in New Mexico, primarily in McKinley and San Juan counties, but also on tribal lands in other counties,...
article Penn, Andrés join Nez at Mexican Springs distribution
(New Mexico) -- There was some rare good news on the Navajo Nation coronavirus front today. New cases were down by more than half, nobody died, and four more people...
article HATCH: From COVID to RECA: Seeking justice for the Navajo Nation
(Washington D.C.) -- Over the course of our nation’s history, Native Americans have suffered a long string of injustices. Among the most egregious, however, was...
article Navajo Nation unhappy about Grand Canyon reopening due to COVID-19 risk
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation leadership isn’t happy with the National Forest Service’s decision to start reopening Grand Canyon National Park. Tribal President Jonathan...

5/14/2020

article Navajo Nation president: Still not safe to go out in public
(Arizona) -- Additional deaths and COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation's sprawling reservation indicate it's still not safe for residents to go out in public,...
article Navajo Nation records over 100 coronavirus-related deaths
(Arizona) -- More than 100 coronavirus related deaths have occurred in the Navajo Nation as cases continue to rise among the tribe already hit hard by the pandemic....
article The Latest: Navajo president says reservation still not safe
(Arizona) -- The president of the Navajo Nation says additional deaths and more COVID-19 cases reported on the tribe’s sprawling reservation indicate it’s...
article Denver group delivers 500 homemade masks to Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- A couple from Colorado has traveled to Arizona to deliver 500 homemade face masks to the Navajo Nation intended to help prevent the spread of the...

5/13/2020

article #NavajoStrong: Celebs Line Up to Support Navajo Nation Hit by Pandemic
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation —an American Indian territory occupying portions of Alabama, Utah and Mexico— is experiencing a massive public health crisis as...
article Coronavirus has gotten so bad in the US, Doctors Without Borders sent a team here
(Arizona) -- Most of the time, when you read about doctors associated with the medical humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, it involves their work in conflict...
article Navajo Nation reports 41 new coronavirus cases, 1 more death
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation’s health department is reporting 41 new cases of coronavirus and one more death on the vast reservation. Tribal officials said there...
article NPR: Navajo Nation Reports Rapid Spread Of COVID-19
(Arizona) -- The coronavirus spread rapidly throughout crowded cities in this country, but one rural area has more COVID cases per capita than nearly any other place in...
article VIDEO: Family forced to wait to bury their loved ones on the Navajo Nation as COVID-19 pandemic continues
(Arizona) -- FOX 10's Steve Nielsen spoke with a family affected by the pandemic, in a tragic way.
article How Artists Might Shape the Future of the Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- As of May 11, the Navajo Nation is reporting over 3,200 cases of COVID-19 — a higher per-capita rate than any state in the US. The Navajo Nation,...
article WAHLEAH JOHNS: A Life on and Off the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- I was born in the Navajo Nation and raised half on and half off the reservation. Shuttling between my grandmother’s ranch in Black Mesa, Ariz., and...
article Federal government dishonors Navajo with death penalty
(Arizona) -- Amidst the coronavirus devastation, it’s important not to overlook the fact that, at the end of April, two federal appellate judges called out the U.S...
article How Artists Might Shape the Future of the Navajo Nation
(USA) -- As of May 11, the Navajo Nation is reporting over 3,200 cases of COVID-19 — a higher per-capita rate than any state in the US. The Navajo Nation, which is...

5/12/2020

article Clean water is key for Navajo Nation, other tribes, to avoid next pandemic
(Arizona) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the deep inequities that run through our country, and nowhere is that more stark than on the Navajo Nation. The...
article Doctors Without Borders, UC San Francisco send health care workers to Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Teams of health care workers have been sent to assist the Navajo Nation in its battle against the new coronavirus. The Navajo Nation — which spans three...
article Navajo Nation Update: 41 More COVID-19 Cases – Death Toll at 103
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Department of Health in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 41 new cases of...
article Williams group helps with food delivery to Navajo Nation as COVID cases at 2,757
(Arizona) -- “We were praying for food,” Helen Yazzie said. This resident of the Tuba City area watched in awe as generous donations of groceries, dog food,...
article Utah teen hosts Navajo Nation supply drive
(Utah) -- Maddy Godfrey, a 17-year-old from Holladay, Utah, is partnering with Dr. Liz Harris and Intermountain Holladay Pediatrics in helping the Navajo Nation through...

5/11/2020

article 100 Dead in Navajo Nation as Coronavirus Spreading at 'Alarming Rate,' Says President of Native American Territory
(Arizona) -- The novel coronavirus has killed 100 of the more than 3,100 confirmed patients in the Navajo Nation, a Native American territory spanning 27,000 square...
article Coronavirus Infections Continue To Rise On Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- If the Navajo Nation were a state it would have the highest rate of coronavirus cases per capita after New York. At least 100 people have died from the...
article Navajo Nation Now Reporting More COVID-19 Cases Per Capita Than Any U.S. State
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has now recorded more COVID-19 cases per capita than any of the 50 U.S. states. 149 cases of the virus were reported by the Navajo Nation...

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