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Court allows government to proceed with execution of Native American inmate

The Supreme Court on Tuesday night declined to block the execution, scheduled for Wednesday, of Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American on federal death row. The justices, without any noted dissents, denied two emergency requests from Mitchell seeking to postpone the execution.

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10/24/2020

article Irish donations to a Navajo Nation Native American community battling COVID-19 exceed more than $1m
(Ireland) -- IRISH DONATIONS to the Navajo and Hopi Native American communities during the Covid-19 pandemic have now exceeded more than $1m (£768,000). The Indian...

10/22/2020

article Officials mark completion of Navajo water treatment plant
(New Mexico) -- Construction is complete on a water treatment plant that will help provide the Navajo Nation and surrounding areas with a clean and reliable source of...

10/21/2020

article Minneapolis parish proudly promotes Pumpkin Patch
(Minnesota) -- About 1,500 pumpkins of varying sizes and colors have taken up residence at Our Lady of Peace in south Minneapolis. They arrived from New Mexico Oct. 16...

10/20/2020

article Nation lowers flags to honor late tribal president
(Arizona) -- All flags on the Navajo Nation were flown at half-staff through Oct. 19 in honor of former tribal President Thomas Atcitty. The 86-year-old Atcitty died Oct...

10/18/2020

article COVID-19 remains the focus in bills for Navajo Nation Council fall session
(Arizona) -- Several bills listed on the proposed agenda for the Navajo Nation Council's fall session center around the coronavirus pandemic, including categorizing...
article How Google Maps Helps the Navajo Nation Get Addresses for Streets Without Names
(Arizona) -- Google Maps isn’t only the number one navigation app worldwide, but also the solution that some turn to in order to improve the way they obtain access...

10/17/2020

article After 45 years, have race relations improved in Farmington?
(New Mexico) -- In summer 1974, Farmington was engulfed in racial justice protests after teenagers murdered three Navajo men. This summer, with racial justice movements...
article Court: Mailed Navajo ballots should not get extra time to be counted
(Arizona) -- Native Americans may face barriers to voting in general, but that is not enough to require that ballots mailed from the Navajo Nation get 10 extra days to...
article Leader worked to give ‘voice to Navajo people’
(New Mexico) -- Thomas Atcitty, a former interim Navajo Nation president and longtime New Mexico state representative, has died. He was 86. Atcitty was remembered for...

10/16/2020

article Navajo Nation's COVID-19 financial relief clears another step, starting date still pending
(Arizona) -- The Budget and Finance Committee has approved the next step in the Navajo Nation's initiative to financially help enrolled tribal members affected by...

10/15/2020

article COVID-19 vaccine trials at Navajo Nation 'overwhelmingly positive'
(Arizona) -- As COVID-19 vaccine trials around the world are put on hold because of safety concerns, the trials happening at the Navajo Nation are seeing great success....
article For the Navajo Nation, ‘Everything Takes Time,’ Including Voting
(Arizona) -- Turn off the two-lane highway that runs across the Navajo Nation, just a few miles south of the Utah border, and the pavement yields instantly to the desert...
article Chi’zhii rez girl passes AZ bar exam
(Arizona) -- I had not slept at all last Thursday night having tossed and turned in high anticipation of the release of my Arizona bar exam results. I had done...

10/14/2020

article Former Navajo leader, NM state representative Thomas Atcitty dead at 86
(New Mexico) -- Thomas Atcitty, a long-term state representative who became Navajo Nation vice president then president in the 1990s, has died. Atcitty, a lifelong...

10/13/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 9 new coronavirus cases, but no deaths
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials on Tuesday reported nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19 but no deaths. The latest numbers bring the total number of cases to...
article Tupac Shakur faked his death and now lives protected by the Navajo tribe in New Mexico, claims new film
(New Mexico) -- A new low budget film titled ‘2Pac: The Great Escape From UMC’ directed by Rick Boss claims that rapper Tupac Shakur did not die after the...

10/12/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 30 new coronavirus cases and 6 deaths
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials on Monday reported 30 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and six more deaths. The latest numbers bring the total number of cases...
article Navajo Agricultural Products Industry helps tribe's general fund with $1M payment
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Agricultural Products Industry has distributed $1 million in company earnings to the Navajo Nation. NAPI board members and officials presented...
article Navajo Agricultural Products Industry helps tribe's general fund with $1M payment
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Agricultural Products Industry has distributed $1 million in company earnings to the Navajo Nation. NAPI board members and officials presented...

10/10/2020

article Navajo Division of Transportation repairs 'badly damaged' road in Gadii'ahi
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Division of Transportation recently repaved a damaged section of Navajo Route 57 in Gadii'ahi Chapter, according to a press release from...

10/9/2020

article Navajo Nation members eligible for $1,500 for virus relief
(Arizona) -- Enrolled members of the Navajo Nation will be eligible for payments of up to $1,500 as part of the tribe’s response to the coronavirus. President...

10/8/2020

article PESCO leaders say producing water filtration technology will help the company expand focus
(New Mexico) -- After decades of weathering the booms and busts of the oil and natural gas markets, PESCO Inc. has worked to expand the products it manufactures. On Oct...
article Portugal. The Man donating $20,000 to Navajo Nation clean water project
(Arizona) -- Portugal. The Man is donating $20,000 to the Navajo Water Project in the American Southwest through the band’s charitable organization, PTM foundation...
article Long journey pays off: Navajo filmmaker’s ‘Fukry,’ eight years in the making, to screen as part of festival
(New Mexico) -- It took Blackhorse Lowe nearly eight years to get his production from script to screen. The journey had many ups and downs, yet he persevered.

10/6/2020

article Navajo drives unite two goals: COVID-19 relief and upping census participation
(Arizona) -- On a hazy weekday morning, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and about two dozen masked volunteers pulled into the parking lot of a local chapter house....

10/5/2020

article Tourist sites on Navajo Nation to remain closed through 2020
(Arizona) -- Tourist sites on the Navajo Nation, including the Four Corners Monument, will be closed through at least the rest of the year. The Navajo Parks and...

10/3/2020

article 19 trips, 13,000 miles: How you can help this Mesa restauranteur support The Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Since May, Mesa restaurant owner Marco Meraz has been working to collect money and supplies for the Navajo Nation and other native tribes that have suffered...

10/2/2020

article Proposal to financially help Navajo Nation membership under review
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council resolution that proposes providing financial assistance to enrolled tribal members affected by the coronavirus pandemic has been...

10/1/2020

article Officials cite Navajo Blue Travel Plaza as success
(Arizona) -- Taylor Miller said she sees the Navajo Nation as a blank canvas that needs to be painted. “There’s so much improvement,” said the Upper...

9/30/2020

article Navajo drives unite two goals: COVID-19 relief and upping census participation
(Arizona) -- On a hazy weekday morning, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and about two dozen masked volunteers pull into the parking lot of a local chapter house....

9/29/2020

article Nation adopts short-term resolution to continue government services through 2020
(Arizona) -- On Sept. 26, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez approved Resolution CS-77-20, to ensure that direct services and government operations are funded through...
article President Nez signs continuing resolution to keep Navajo government operating
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez signed a continuing resolution to fund the tribal government through Dec. 30. The action was announced on Sept. 28 in a...

9/27/2020

article Universities to treat water in Navajo communities
(New Mexico) -- Environmental science students at Navajo Technical University are often asked by their professors about how they want to give back to their Navajo Nation...

9/24/2020

article Fauci: Navajo a model for containing coronavirus
(Arizona) -- In a live town hall hosted by President Jonathan Nez on Monday, the country’s top infectious disease expert – Dr. Anthony Fauci –...

9/22/2020

article Judge mulls giving more time to count Navajo Nation ballots
(Arizona) -- A judge is mulling whether to order officials to count mail-in ballots up to 10 extra days after election day for Navajo Nation members who live on the...

9/21/2020

article Navajo Nation may buy property in D.C.
(Washington D.C.) -- The Navajo Nation may buy property to house the Navajo Nation Washington Office in Washington, D.C. A bill introduced earlier this month seeks to...

9/19/2020

article Executive Order Loosens Fire Ban on the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- A heightened fire ban imposed by the Navajo Nation in May has been loosened. “With devastating wildfires occurring in several states in the Southwest, we...

9/17/2020

article Funeral Services Held For Navajo Army Private Who Died At Ft. Hood
(New Mexico) -- Graveside services were held at the National Veterans Cemetery in Gallup, New Mexico. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer...

9/16/2020

article Navajo Nation Downgrades Fire Restrictions To Allow For Firewood Gathering
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has downgraded fire restrictions on the reservation to allow for the use of chainsaws to gather firewood for the coming winter. The tribe...

9/15/2020

article To Limit COVID-19, Navajo Leader Says: 'Listen To Your Public Health Professionals'
(Arizona) -- Earlier this year, the Navajo Nation Reservation was a major hot spot for coronavirus cases. Now, it's seen a day without a single positive case. It...

9/14/2020

press release Navajo Nation reports five new COVID-19 cases; plans to participate in COVID-19 trials
(Arizona) -- Monday evening, Navajo Nation reported five new COVID-19 cases, with zero new deaths. At the same time, Navajo Nation plans to participate in a COVID-19...
article Navajo Nation president orders flags to be flown at half-staff to honor deaths of members at Fort Hood
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez called for all flags on tribal land to be flown at half-staff Tuesday to honor the deaths of two tribal members...

9/13/2020

article Navajo woman who survived COVID-19 finds joy in simple steps
(Arizona) -- An ambulance whisked Carol Todecheene from her house in late March as some of her 13 rescue dogs barked and neighbors stood in their yards wondering what...
article Family of soldier who died at Fort Hood says details of death 'don't add up'
(Arizona) -- The family of a soldier who died at Fort Hood Army Base suspects foul play may have contributed to his death and says the official version of the story...
article Navajo Nation health care workers develop innovations to control the spread of COVID-19
(Utah) -- If a patient is tested for the coronavirus on a Friday at the Navajo Mountain Community Health Center, Roxanna Yazzie works late. Yazzie, the clinic’s...
article Navajo Nation, reeling from coronavirus, focuses attention on elections
(Arizona) -- When the pandemic hit the Navajo Nation this spring, it came fast and furious — spreading “like wildfire,” according to its president...

9/12/2020

article Navajo Nation considering buying property in Washington, D.C.
(Washington D.C.) -- The Navajo Nation may buy property to house the Navajo Nation Washington Office in Washington, D.C. A bill introduced last week seeks to use...

9/11/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 18 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials on Thursday reported 18 new confirmed cases of coronavirus and three additional deaths. The latest numbers increase the total...
article ‘We get scared when we're out of water': Team delivers water, tanks across Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Gathered by the front door of their home, Bertha Lookingback and her sisters, Ruth and Loretta Keyaanie, watched as several of their empty water barrels...
article Navajo Nation, Park Service To Renegotiate Co-Management Of Rainbow Bridge
(Utah) -- Federal officials and the Navajo Nation are finalizing a one-year extension of an agreement to co-manage Glen Canyon National Recreation Area as they...

9/10/2020

article Navajo Nation Reports A Dozen New Known COVID-19 Infections
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials are reporting a dozen new coronavirus infections and no recent deaths. It comes a day after the tribe reported no new known...

9/8/2020

article Former NFL standout Chris Long helps bring Navajos much needed water
(Arizona) -- Two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long and his founda-tion are donating $100,000 to the Navajo Nation to improve access to water on the reservation. The...
article Navajo Nation demands answers in deaths of 2 tribal members at Fort Hood
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation leadership on Tuesday called for a congressional inquiry and investigation into the recent deaths of two tribal members in separate incidents...
article Navajo Nation marks first day without any new COVID-19 cases since start of pandemic
(Arizona) -- For the first time in nearly six months, the Navajo Nation reported no new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. The total number of positive cases reached 9,903 on...

9/7/2020

article Navajo woman who survived COVID-19 finds joy in simple steps
(Arizona) -- An ambulance whisked Carol Todecheene from her house in late March as some of her 13 rescue dogs barked and neighbors stood in their yards wondering what...
article Navajo Nation joins call for public accounting of Fort Hood deaths
(Texas) -- The Navajo Nation has joined calls for a public accounting of the soldier deaths at Fort Hood after one of its members became the 28th soldier from the...

9/6/2020

article Virus relief helps bring electricity to Navajo Nation homes
(Arizona) -- More than 100 homes on the Navajo Nation have been connected to the electric grid, thanks to federal coronavirus relief funding. The Navajo Nation said...
article Water Warriors United delivers water to families in the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Led by Zoel Zohnnie, Water Warriors United is delivering water to families in need all across the Navajo Nation — an area where many people don't...

9/3/2020

article Diné Women Again Rise To Fight An Outbreak
(New Mexico) -- After leaving her job as a fashion industry designer and consultant a few years ago, Amy Yeung set out from Southern California for a new life, guided by...

9/2/2020

article Federal Government Awards $45 Million To Navajo Nation Drinking Water Project
(New Mexico) -- The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has awarded more than $45 million to a Phoenix-based contractor to construct water-pumping plants on the Navajo Nation....

8/30/2020

article Jonathan Nez leads Navajo Nation members during COVID-19 pandemic
(Arizona) -- Jonathan Nez is president of the Navajo Nation, which covers the largest land area of any indigenous people in the United States, spanning more than 27,000...
article Navajo Nation Reports 9 New Coronavirus Cases, 1 More Death
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials report nine new confirmed cases of coronavirus and one additional death. The latest numbers released Saturday night brings...

8/29/2020

article Number of Navajo Nation deaths tied to COVID-19 reaches 500
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials say the confirmation of a new death brings the number of fatalities from coronavirus to 500. The Navajo Nation on Friday...
article Navajo Nation blasts federal government following execution
(Arizona) -- Shortly after the only Native American man on federal death row took his last breath, his tribe blasted the federal government and accused it of violating...

8/27/2020

article Politics and bedfellows: Nez, Lizer address Democratic, GOP conventions
(Washington D.C.) -- If anyone thought it strange that the top two elected officials in the Navajo Nation were speaking at competing political conventions, Navajo Vice...
article Appeals exhausted, Navajo double-killer executed despite tribe’s objections
(Indiana) -- Lezmond Mitchell on Wednesday became the first Native American in modern history to be executed by the federal government over the objections of a tribal...
article Navajo Nation Wants More Say Over Criminal Justice Matters
(Arizona) -- Shortly after the only Native American man on federal death row took his last breath, his tribe blasted the federal government and accused it of violating...

8/26/2020

article 'I have waited 19 years to get justice': Lezmond Mitchell executed inside federal prison in Terre Haute
(Indiana) -- Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American on death row, was executed Wednesday evening at the federal prison in Terre Haute. Mitchell, 38, was a member of...
article U.S. executes only Native American on federal death row
(Indiana) -- The United States executed the only Native American on federal death row on Wednesday over opposition from the Navajo Nation, which accuses the government...
article Navajo Nation leader promotes Donald Trump as tribal citizen is set for federal execution
(Washington D.C.) -- With the life of one of his own in the hands of Donald Trump, Vice President Myron Lizer of the Navajo Nation addressed fellow Republicans on the...
article Officials: Enrollment exceeds expectations at Diné College
(Arizona) -- Officials at Diné College are excited about enrollment numbers this fall as more students than expected have registered for classes despite challenges...

8/25/2020

article Navajo Health Officials Report 10 New COVID-19 Cases, 1 More Death
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials yesterday reported 10 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one additional death. More than 9,500 people have been infected on...
article Court allows government to proceed with execution of Native American inmate
(Washington D.C.) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday night declined to block the execution, scheduled for Wednesday, of Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American on...
article National Park Service resumes closure for three areas on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Three National Park Service locations on the Navajo Nation in Arizona are remaining closed after park officials reviewed the latest public health emergency...
article Navajo 'Water Warrior' Drives Miles During COVID-19 To Deliver To Those In Need
(Arizona) -- When the sun is up, he’s up and ready to hit the road by 8 a.m. Flatbed trucks are loaded with brimming barrels of water, and the teams take off...

8/24/2020

article Scheduled federal execution of Navajo man raises sovereignty concerns
(Arizona) -- For nearly two decades, an Arizona man has sat in prison awaiting a sentence no other Native American has faced in modern history:a federal execution. The U...
article Tribes Call On Trump To Cancel Execution Of Navajo Man
(Indian Country) -- Tribes across the country are asking President Donald Trump to cancel the execution of Navajo man Lezmond Mitchell, which is set to occur on...

8/23/2020

article Execution of Native American man stirs emotion within tribe
(Arizona) -- Late on a fall evening in 2001, Alyce Slim and her granddaughter stopped at a gas station on the Navajo Nation after searching for a traditional healer for...
article OP/ED: The only Native American on federal death row is scheduled for execution. He shouldn't be
(Arizona) -- Lezmond Mitchell, a member of the Navajo Nation, is scheduled to be executed on Aug. 26 for crimes committed on the Navajo reservation against other tribal...

8/21/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 19 new COVID-19 cases, 3 additional deaths
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Department of Health reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths Thursday. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for the...
article Tragic pandemic tests Navajo resilience
(Arizona) -- The old woman just wanted to talk — about her oxygen mask, her lingering weakness and her fear — but mostly about the lost love of her life. So...
article Victim’s family supports planned execution of Navajo on death row
(Navajo Nation) -- The family of Alyce Slim and her nine-year-old granddaughter have issued a statement through their attorney stating they support the execution of the...
article Red Feather teaches Navajo Nation communities to build hand-washing stations
(New Mexico) -- The act of washing your hands has become vital in combating the new coronavirus, but it can be difficult for some to maintain hand hygiene when up to 30...
article BOOK: 'Winter Counts,' by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
(Indian Country) -- “Winter Counts,” the debut novel by David Heska Wanbli Weiden, is not as deeply mystical or ethnographic as the novels of the late Tony...

8/19/2020

press release Bishop Wall Invites Catholics to Pray for Navajo Man Scheduled for Federal Execution
(Colorado) -- Catholics are speaking out on behalf of a Native American man on federal death row, who is set to be executed this month. The man’s tribe, the Navajo...
article Catholics pray for Navajo man scheduled for federal execution
(Indiana) -- Catholics are speaking out on behalf of a Native American man on federal death row, who is set to be executed this month. The man’s tribe, the Navajo...
article OPINION: Lezmond Mitchell’s Death Sentence Is an Affront to Navajo Sovereignty
(USA) -- On Aug. 26, the federal government plans to execute Lezmond Mitchell, 38, the only American Indian under a federal death sentence. This a profound insult to...
article Navajo Nation Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Tribal Official And Medicine Man
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff today in honor of former tribal official and medicine man Earnest Becenti...

8/18/2020

article 'This land is all we have left': Tribes on edge over dam proposal
(Arizona) -- Shortly before Lucille Daniel’s father died, he told her: “Take care of the land. Take care of the livestock.” This land, a patch of...

8/17/2020

article Navajo Nation Ends Shelter-In-Place Order But Keeps Other Restrictions In Place
(Utah) -- Navajo Nation health officials yesterday ended the tribe’s stay-at-home order replacing it with a new set of requirements. The order mandates "drive...
article Navajo Nation ends stay-at-home order, but remains closed to tourists
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation's leaders on Sunday announced that its residents were no longer required to stay home. However, tribal officials were still asking...
article COVID-19 relief team fills thousands of food boxes daily for families on the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Cardboard boxes fill half the gym floor at the Bee Hółdzil Fighting Scouts Events Center as volunteers prep an assembly line to fill thousands of food boxes...
article Popular Tourist Sites On The Navajo Nation Can Reopen Soon
(Navajo Nation) -- Popular tourist destinations on the Navajo Nation, including Canyon de Chelly, can start welcoming back tourists Monday under the tribe's...
article Navajo death row inmate seeks Supreme Court review of case
(Washington D.C.) -- Attorneys for the only Native American on federal death row are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision regarding potential racial bias...
article Nez reduces tribal council's spending of federal coronavirus relief money
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has partially vetoed the $650.9 million spending package the Navajo Nation Council approved for spending funds provided...

8/16/2020

article Navajo teen aims to graduate college with no student loans
(Arizona) -- Americans are more burdened by student loan debt than ever before. In fact, recent studies showed the average student graduates with almost $30,000 of debt...

8/15/2020

article 'It's been a blessing for everybody': Navajo Nation food distribution event serves up to 1,000 Valley families in need
(Arizona) -- Mazzie Villa felt that urban tribal members were being overlooked as it pertained to COVID-19 relief. That changed on Saturday morning, when the Phoenix...
article Popular tourist sites on the Navajo Nation reopen soon
(Arizona) -- Popular tourist destinations on the Navajo Nation, including Canyon de Chelly, can welcome back tourists Monday under the tribe's reopening plan. Much...

8/14/2020

article Miss Navajo Nation is a ‘glimmer of hope’ for her community during pandemic
(Arizona) -- After winning the title of Miss Navajo Nation in September, Shaandiin Parrish immediately got to work on the cultural preservation and advocacy efforts...
article Once a COVID-19 hotspot, Navajo Nation will begin reopening in phases Aug. 17
(Arizona) -- Following nearly two months of declining COVID-19 cases, the Navajo Nation on Thursday announced businesses could begin reopening in phases as early as next...
article Popular tourist sites on the Navajo Nation can reopen soon
(Arizona) -- Popular tourist destinations on the Navajo Nation, including Canyon de Chelly, can welcome back tourists Monday under the tribe's reopening plan. Much...
article Navajo woman sues tribal government over canceled primary
(Arizona) -- A member of the Navajo Nation is suing the tribal government to try to force a primary election that was canceled because of the coronavirus. Eloise Brown...
article Navajo Code Talker, later leader of Navajo tribe reflects on how Bacone got him going
(Arizona) -- In World War II, the United States relied on a special group of men to keep its messages safe from the enemy. Branches of the military recruited Native...

8/13/2020

article Navajo Nation Reports 38 More COVID-19 Cases, 1 More Death
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials have reported 38 more cases of COVID-19 and one additional death. That brings the total number of people infected to 9,394...
article ‘It just feels like they’re forgotten’: Navajo women mobilize to protect elders from COVID-19
(Arizona) -- Indigenous tribes have their own cultures, languages and customs, but two common threads run through them – high esteem for their elders, and the...
article As execution date nears, Nez asks for leniency
(Navajo Nation) -- In less than two weeks, Lezmond Mitchell, a Navajo convicted in 2003 for the brutal killings of Alyce Slim and her nine-year-old granddaughter, is...
article Native American man seeks further delay of federal execution
(Arizona) -- Attorneys for the only Native American on federal death row are asking a judge to delay his upcoming execution while they argue that the procedures should...
article Complaint filed against Navajo Nation over canceled primary election
(Arizona) -- A member of the Navajo Nation has filed a complaint against the tribal government over the cancellation of the tribe's primary election. Eloise Brown is...

8/12/2020

article Navajo Nation distributes safety supplies to protect people from COVID-19
(Arizona) -- President Nez and other tribal leaders were handing out information about COVID-19, masks and hand sanitizer to people at a police checkpoint in St....
article Navajo Country: COVID-19 Cases Trend Down, but Need Still High
(New Mexico) -- Everyone on the Navajo Nation reservation knows someone who has been infected with COVID-19. At least that's what it feels like to Melissa Begay, MD...
article Navajo Families Await Justice After Utah Settles Gold King Mine Spill Case
(Utah) -- The Gold King Mine spill released about three million gallons of toxic water into the San Juan River in 2015. Utah settled a lawsuit with the federal...
article Navajo Nation urges Trump to commute sentence of only Native American on federal death row
(Navajo Nation) -- The president of the Navajo Nation has urged President Donald Trump to commute the sentence of Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American on federal...

8/11/2020

article Navajo Nation Reports 19 More COVID-19 Cases, but No Deaths
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials have reported 19 more cases of COVID-19 but no additional deaths. That brings the total number of people infected to 9,334...
article Navajo Nation Asks Trump To Commute Death Sentence Of Native Man Facing Execution
(Arizona) -- As the U.S. government prepares to execute Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American man on federal death row, the leaders of the Navajo Nation have asked...
article Candidates file for Navajo Nation general election
(Arizona) -- Rodger Martinez stood in line to have his photograph taken as a requirement to file his candidacy paperwork for the Nov. 3 general election ballot for the...
article Navajo lawmakers pass massive virus relief spending bill
(Arizona) -- Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation have approved a massive spending bill to respond to the coronavirus pandemic that includes money for water projects, power...

8/10/2020

article As many face pandemic without running water, Navajo urged to ‘lift each other up’
(Arizona) -- By now, you’ve probably heard it more times than you can count: One of the simplest ways to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection is to wash your...
article Navajo Nation reporting 15 new COVID-19 cases
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials have reported 15 more cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths on August 9, raising the total number of people infected to...
article Navajo ‘Water Warrior’ drives miles during COVID to deliver to those in need
(Arizona) -- When the sun is up, he’s up and ready to hit the road by 8. Flatbed trucks are loaded with brimming barrels of water, and the teams take off —...
article McSally offers bipartisan bill to fund more electricity for Navajo Nation
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) on Aug. 6 offered bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Navajo electrification demonstration program. “The...

8/9/2020

article Navajo 'water warrior' drives miles on pandemic aid mission
(Arizona) -- When the sun is up, he’s up and ready to hit the road by 8. Flatbed trucks are loaded with brimming barrels of water, and the teams take off –...
article Navajo Nation reports 36 more COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials have reported 36 more cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths. That brings the total number of people infected to 9,293...

8/8/2020

article Navajo Nation enacts inaugural Pride Week
(Arizona) -- When Alray Nelson thinks back to his childhood on the Navajo Nation, he recalls hauling water and filling out college applications under a dimly lit...
article Gold King mine spill left linger troubles on Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- Duane “Chili” Yazzie wears a “Water is Life” shirt as he walks the rows of his farm. He speaks of the river and earth as sacred...

8/7/2020

article Navajo Nation president vetoes amending language in tribal law for line-item veto
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez vetoed a tribal council resolution that sought to amend the wording in tribal law for the line-item veto. In December...

8/6/2020

article Dine' Woman To Become Kansas' Youngest Sitting Legislator
(Kansas) -- A 26-year-old Dine’ woman will become Kansas’ youngest sitting legislator. Christina Haswood is a member of the Navajo Nation. The first-time...
article 96-Year-Old Navajo Grandmother Goes Viral on TikTok for Her Beadwork
(Arizona) -- Beadwork is an aesthetically beautiful form of art, but it also represents so much more than what's on the surface. The practice of beading is tethered...

8/5/2020

article As many Navajos face pandemic without running water, tribal members urged to ‘lift each other up’
(Arizona) -- By now, you’ve probably heard it more times than you can count: One of the simplest ways to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection is to wash your...
article Navajo Nation reports 39 more COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials have reported 39 more cases of COVID-19 and four additional deaths. That brings the total number of people infected to 9,195...
article Navajo Nation backs away from buying Remington
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation has ended its pursuit to buy a centuries-old manufacturer of firearms and ammunition. The tribe had been in talks to acquire Remington...
article Navajo Nation moves toward virtual learning
(Navajo Nation) -- Even with case rates slowing on the Navajo Nation, schools are likely to implement virtual learning for the fall semester, with funding support from...

8/4/2020

article Los Alamos Community Funds Scholarships For Two Navajo Women
(New Mexico) -- Jonnie Woodie is a junior at New Mexico Tech and is doing biomedical research with one of her professors on treating type 2 diabetes. Marcella Kee is a...

8/3/2020

article 'Hit us at our core': Vulnerable Navajo Nation fears a second COVID-19 wave
(Navajo Nation) -- When the largest Indian reservation in the U.S. was hit by a surge of COVID-19 cases in April and May, it took weeks for federal aid to arrive. By the...
article Navajo Nation reports 35 more COVID-19 cases, 1 death
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials have reported 35 more cases of COVID-19 and one additional death. That brings the total number of people infected to 9,103...
article Navajo ‘Water Warrior’ brings resource to those in need amid pandemic
(Arizona) -- When the sun is up, he’s up and ready to hit the road by 8 a.m. Flatbed trucks are loaded with brimming barrels of water, and the teams take off up...

8/2/2020

article Navajo Nation issues opposition letter to Little Colorado confluence dam project
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation, along with a committee of sheep and cattle ranchers in the Western Navajo Agency, issued formal letters opposing the latest proposal by a...
article Navajo Nation reports 13 more COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials have reported 13 more cases of COVID-19 and four additional deaths. That brings the total number of people infected to 9,068...

8/1/2020

article Thousands of Navajo Nation homes without plumbing amid virus
(New Mexico) -- Seventy- six-year-old Louise Johnson made a plea for help in her cellphone voicemail message. “My name is Louise Johnson. I live in the Superman...
article Navajo lawmakers pass massive virus relief spending bill
(Arizona) -- Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation have approved a massive spending bill to respond to the coronavirus pandemic that includes money for water projects, power...

7/31/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 51 more COVID-19 cases, 1 more death
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials have reported 51 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one additional death. The total number of people infected on the...
article Navajo Nation To Use COVID-19 Relief Funds For Schools
(Navajo Nation) -- The Navajo Nation government has presented a proposal to use COVID-19 relief funds for tribal schools. Portions of the tribe’s CARES Act funding...

7/30/2020

article With Navajo Nation hit hard by Covid-19, this CNN Hero’s mission to help vulnerable elders has a new urgency
(Navajo Nation) -- Before Covid-19 hit, elders living on the Navajo Nation were already among the most vulnerable. As the virus spread, their situation became even more...
article Execution date set for only Native American on death row, despite controversy
(Indiana) -- The only Native American on federal death row is scheduled to be executed on Aug. 26 by lethal injection, the Department of Justice announced Thursday....
article Execution scheduled for Arizona man, who is the only Native American on federal death row
(Indiana) -- An Arizona man, who is the only Native American on federal death row, is scheduled to be executed next month, although appeals court judges asked the U.S....

7/29/2020

article Navajo Nation fights coronavirus-related problems with traditional knowledge
(Navajo Nation) -- At one point during the coronavirus pandemic, the Navajo Nation was under lockdown with the highest COVID-19 infection rate per capita in the country...
article Thinking Zinc: Mitigating Uranium Exposure on Navajo Land
(Navajo Nation) -- After World War II, the U.S. government announced it would purchase all uranium ore mined in the United States. This announcement fueled a mining boom...
article Execution Date Set For Only Native American on Death Row
(Indiana) -- The only Native American on federal death row is scheduled to be executed in late August, the U.S. government announced Wednesday. Lezmond Mitchell, who is...
article This college student from the Navajo Nation now wants to become the chief of police for her reservation
(Oregon) -- Three years ago, Devonna Begay left her Navajo tribe in Arizona to start a new journey at the University of Portland. It was as milestone: She would be the...

7/28/2020

article Navajo Nation Reports 15 New COVID-19 Cases, 5 More Deaths
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation health officials on Tuesday night reported 15 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths. The total number of people...
article The Navajo Nation president on how his tribe slowed one of the worst Covid-19 outbreaks
(Navajo Nation) -- When the Navajo Nation reported its first Covid-19 case on March 17, tribal officials quickly declared a public health emergency and a shelter-in-...
article Navajo Nation Council Allocates $1 Million To Residential Electricity Project
(Navajo Nation) -- The Navajo Nation Council has allocated $1 million to provide electricity to 300 homes on the reservation. The Light Up Navajo II project will receive...

7/27/2020

article Arizona woman roller skating across America to raise awareness for Navajo Nation community
(Arizona) -- Daisy Purdy is roller skating from the Navajo Nation to the Eastern Band of Cherokee reservation near North Carolina to raise awareness and funds for Navajo...
article Navajo State Senator's Act of Compassion in an Arid Land
(Arizona) -- Jamescita Peshlakai is the first and only Navajo woman state senator in Arizona. Her district, encompassing the Navajo Nation, is the largest state...
article Filing period for Navajo Nation general election opens Tuesday
(Navajo Nation) -- The filing period for candidates seeking to run for chapter government offices and board seats in the Navajo Nation general election can submit their...
article Navajo Tribal Utility Authority's Office Blends Tubelite Systems with Culturally Inspired Design
(Navajo Nation) -- The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority was established in 1959 to address the absence of utilities on the 27,000-square-mile Navajo Nation, which extends...

7/26/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 69 new COVID-19 cases, but no deaths
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation health officials report 69 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 but no additional deaths. The total number of people infected on the...

7/25/2020

article ICYMI: Navajo casino employees might stop receiving paychecks
(Navajo Nation) -- More than 1,000 people who work for the Navajo Nation’s gambling enterprise have been told to prepare for the possibility they will not receive...
article Delegates support chapter government operations, proclamation for Diné Pride Week
(Arizona) -- Before ending the summer session this week, the Navajo Nation Council voted in favor of authorizing chapter governments to continue holding meetings by...
article Navajo Nation primary election canceled as council overrides president's veto
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council approved an override of tribal President Jonathan Nez's veto to cancel the primary election for the Navajo Nation. This year...
article Navajo story inspires designer
(New Mexico) -- Orlando Dugi conjures the night sky in shimmering silk sparkling with beadwork. The first dress the Diné designer entered into the Santa Fe Indian Market...

7/24/2020

article Responding to Covid-19 in the Navajo Nation: A Front Line Perspective
(Navajo Nation) -- In the Navajo Nation — a sovereign territory spanning 27,000 square miles — responding to Covid-19 comes with unique challenges. A third...
article Delegates support chapter government operations, proclamation for Diné Pride Week
(New Mexico) -- Before ending the summer session this week, the Navajo Nation Council voted in favor of authorizing chapter governments to continue holding meetings by...

7/23/2020

article Executive order extends closures of Navajo Nation government offices
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has signed an executive order to keep a portion of the tribal government closed through August 16, 2020. Navajo...
article Navajo Nation may soon require 14-day quarantine for residents who travel to 'hot spots'
(Navajo Nation) -- The Navajo Nation may soon require residents who travel to COVID-19 "hot spots" to quarantine for 14 days upon returning to tribal lands,...

7/22/2020

article Navajo Nation extends closure of government offices
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez signed an executive order Wednesday to keep parts of the tribal government closed through mid-August, citing...
article Navajo Nation reports 22 more COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials report 22 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three additional known deaths. The total of infected tribal members on the...
article Waiting for water: On the Navajo Nation, long lines, scarce resources, but few solutions
(Arizona) -- The line forms at the water spigot before dawn. In Chevrolets, Fords and Toyotas, men and women of all ages pull up, the beds of their pickups holding...

7/21/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 22 more COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials on Tuesday reported 22 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three additional known deaths. The total of infected tribal...
article Navajo Nation and tribes struggle to meet deadline to spend virus relief aid
(Arizona) -- As the coronavirus ripped through the Navajo Nation, it spotlighted longstanding inequities on the reservation where thousands of tribal members travel long...

7/20/2020

article Navajo lawmakers to take up coronavirus-related bills
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation lawmakers are considering overturning a presidential veto of a bill that cancels the tribe’s primary election in early August over...

7/18/2020

article Navajo Nation Council to attempt override on primary election
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council will attempt to override a veto from tribal President Jonathan Nez on the primary election for chapter governments. Nez vetoed the...
article 'We get to celebrate in a different way': Sanostee honors grads, student promotions
(New Mexico) -- Headlights flashed on Navajo Route 34 as a parade to celebrate high school and college graduates and student promotions from the community moved toward...

7/17/2020

article Bowing to Pressure from Navajo Nation, Family Dollar Withdraws Liquor License Application
(Arizona) -- After the Navajo Nation showed its opposition late last month to Family Dollar’s application for a liquor license to sell liquor at its store on the...

7/16/2020

article Navajo leader urges residents to stay home ahead of lockdown
(Arizona) -- Officials on the Navajo Nation are urging residents to refrain from traveling off the reservation ahead of a weekend lockdown meant to help slow the spread...

7/15/2020

article Former NFL standout Chris Long helps bring Navajos much needed water
(Arizona) -- Two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long and his foundation are donating $100,000 to the Navajo Nation to improve access to water on the reservation. The...

7/14/2020

article ‘A lot of questions’ in potential Remington Arms sale to Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation seemed to be the answer to Remington Arms' legal problems. The venerable arms maker is over 200 years old but has been struggling...

7/13/2020

article How Influenza Devastated the Navajo Community in 1918
(Navajo Nation) -- As COVID-19 spread across the United States, Native American reservations bore much of the brunt. As of June 30, the Navajo Nation had seen 7,549...
article Navajo Nation Coronavirus Death Toll Now More Than 400
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation officials say the total known deaths from COVID-19 on the reservation have surpassed 400 since the outbreak began. Yesterday the tribe...
article Nez backs tribal council in cancelling fairs on Navajo Nation
(Navajo Nation) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez supported the Navajo Nation Council's decision to cancel fairs, rodeos and roping competitions held on tribal...
article No additional virus deaths reported Monday on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is reporting 56 additional COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths related to the virus on the tribe’s sprawling reservation,...

7/12/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 44 more COVID-19 cases, no new deaths
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials are reporting 44 more coronavirus cases on the tribe’s sprawling reservation but no additional deaths. That pushes the total...

7/11/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 10 additional deaths from COVID-19
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials reported 10 additional deaths from COVID-19 as the tribe's sprawling reservation remained under the latest weekend lockdown...

7/10/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 61 more COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials have reported 61 more coronavirus cases and four additional known deaths. Tribal Department of Health officials say 8,042...

7/9/2020

article Navajo Nation Reports 40 More COVID-19 Cases, 3 More Deaths
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials have reported 40 more coronavirus cases and three additional known deaths. Tribal Department of Health officials said 7,981...
article Navajo Nation leaders approve first expenditures of $714 million in federal COVID-19 aid
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation's leaders over the weekend approved the tribe's first expenditures of more than $60 million in federal COVID-19 aid, about two...

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...

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