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Navajo Generating Station, mine face years of breakdown, cleanup

They've turned out the lights, but the party’s not over at the Navajo Generating Station and its affiliated Kayenta coal mine. The owners of both facilities face several years of decommissioning and cleanup as well as the possibility of decades of environmental monitoring of the sites, which closed down for good this fall after a two-year fight over their futures.

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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 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 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...
article Tribe receives $600 million in CARES funding
(Arizona) -- Legislation to lay the groundwork for the Navajo Nation’s expenditure of more than $600 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic...
article Coronavirus has been devastating to the Navajo Nation, and help for a complex fight has been slow
(New Mexico) -- A group of more than a dozen tribe members filled dozens of dust-covered cars with diapers, flour, rice and water, the bare staples that are sustaining...
article Doctors Without Borders arrives in New Mexico to help Native American communities battle the coronavirus
(New Mexico) -- Two teams from Doctors Without Borders are working with Native American communities in New Mexico to help with the coronavirus outbreak in the region....
article Sun Devil Nation shows up for the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- ASU alumni organize essential-needs drive for tribal communities affected by COVID-19 With less than three weeks to organize and gather sponsor support, a...

5/10/2020

article Navajo nation under curfew as coronavirus rips through community
(Arizona) -- Valentina Blackhorse was a much-loved pageant winner and public servant who dreamed of leading the Navajo nation until she became a victim of what the tribe...
article San Juan College still seeking donations for Navajo Nation amid COVID-19 crisis
(New Mexico) -- A donation drive seeking household goods, groceries and pet food for people on the Navajo Nation who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19...

5/9/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 119 new coronavirus cases
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation’s health department is reporting 119 new cases of COVID-19 and a total of 96 deaths as of Friday. The tribe says there have been 2,...
article Navajo Nation residents face coronavirus without running water
(Arizona) -- Margie Barton unfolded a map of Dilkon in Navajo Nation and pointed to the clusters of households representing 90% of its residents living without running...
article Navajo officials weigh plans for federal aid to help deal with the pandemic
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials talked Friday about how they may spend the first 60% of federal aid that U.S. tribes have been waiting to receive the past several...
article 'It's heartbreaking': Navajo Nation family loses parents, brother due to coronavirus
(New Mexico) -- Marvin Walters and two siblings entered the month of May still grieving from the loss of their parents and their brother, who all died due to the...
article College on Navajo has record number of bachelor's degrees
(Arizona) -- A college on the Navajo Nation has a record number of students receiving bachelor's degrees. Diné College holds one graduation ceremony each year in the...
article She dreamed of leading the Navajo Nation ‘with respect and dignity.’ Then she caught covid-19.
(Arizona) -- An administrative assistant for the Navajo Nation’s Dennehotso chapter, Valentina Blackhorse dreamed of someday leading the entire tribe. Blackhorse,...

5/8/2020

article Navajo Nation reels under weight of coronavirus – and history of broken promises
(Arizona) -- Every day the president of the Navajo nation provides a coronavirus update, and every day there’s more bad news. The Native American tribe now has the...
article Navajo Nation residents face coronavirus without running water
(Arizona) -- Margie Barton unfolded a map of Dilkon in Navajo Nation and pointed to the clusters of households representing 90% of its residents living without running...
article Navajo Nations Receives $600 Million; Tribal Leaders Say More Is Needed To Fight COVID-19
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation on Wednesday received more than $600 million from the federal coronavirus relief package. Now they have to figure out how to spend it...
article Doctors Without Borders comes to NM to aid tribes
(New Mexico) -- Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors Without Borders, has a long and storied history of sending teams of medical professionals to far-flung areas of the...
article Health center targets Albuquerque Native population for COVID testing
(New Mexico) -- A toddler in his father’s lap struggled to keep his arm still while Amber Awelagate took his blood pressure. “Stay still or it will get...
article National Guard locks down New Mexico city
(New Mexico) -- Like clockwork, payday arrives and tens of thousands of people from the Navajo reservation and other rural stretches along the New Mexico-Arizona border...

5/7/2020

article Navajo Nation (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Department of Health in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 103 new cases of...
article 57-hour curfew planned for Navajo Nation during Mother's Day weekend
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is set to begin its fifth 57-hour weekend curfew on Friday evening in an attempt to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. As of...
article Mark Ruffalo, Ellen DeGeneres call attention to medical needs on Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- Celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, Marisa Tomei and Ellen DeGeneres are appearing in a campaign to bring attention to the need for personal protective...
article 50 Years Ago: Judge orders Diné off disputed land
(Arizona) -- As Raymond Nakai continued campaigning for re-election as tribal chairman and claiming he had been the most effective leader in the tribe’s history, a...

5/6/2020

article Trump Pledges Help and Touts Border Wall in Arizona Meeting With Native Leaders
(Arizona) -- As part of his whirlwind trip to Arizona, President Donald Trump held a roundtable meeting with select state and tribal leaders on Tuesday, talking up...
article CARES Act funding received by tribe, official says
(Arizona) -- The wait is finally over. The U.S. Treasury announced Tuesday that a portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act would be distributed...
article Navajo Nation Reports Additional COVID-19 Deaths
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials report six additional deaths from COVID-19, raising the total on the tribe’s reservation to at least 79 as of Tuesday. Tribal...
article ‘We’re vulnerable’: On the Navajo Nation, a rush to curb the coronavirus
(Arizona) -- Road closures, mask mandates and weekend curfews have not stopped a troubling upward trajectory of coronavirus-related deaths on the Navajo Nation, a high...
article Music, Prayer and Action: Klee Benally leads mutual aid projects to help Navajo Nation during pandemic
(Arizona) -- In the United States the coronavirus is disproportionately affecting poor communities and people of color. Among the hardest hit have been Native Americans...
article Police issue 274 citations during fourth 57-hour curfew weekend on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Police Department issued 274 citations during the Navajo Nation 57-hour weekend curfew. The citations were issued during the fourth 57-...
article Building a just and renewable future on the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- When the smokestacks of the Navajo Generating Station wheezed their final puffs and the coal plant at last closed its doors in 2019, more than 400 workers...
article Building a just and renewable future on the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- When the smokestacks of the Navajo Generating Station wheezed their final puffs and the coal plant at last closed its doors in 2019, more than 400 workers...

5/5/2020

article Trump says Navajo Nation will get more than $600 million in COVID-19 aid
(Arizona) -- Arizona tribes soon will receive "the single largest investment in Indian country in our history" to battle the effects of COVID-19, President...
article Navajo Nation to get $600M from CARES Act
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation government will soon receive more than $600 million of the $8 billion allocated for tribes in the CARES Act, President Donald Trump said...
article Navajo Leaders: A Surge Of Coronavirus Cases In Gallup, New Mexico, Highlights Problems
(New Mexico) -- In Gallup, New Mexico, Genevieve Jackson, says Monday has become the new Friday. When the curfew lifts on the Navajo Nation, people come out in droves to...
article Navajo Nation fights COVID-19 with limited resources
(New Mexico) -- COVID-19 is surging through the Navajo community, which is suffering one of the highest infection rates per capita in the country. And the peak is still...

5/4/2020

article Former Miss Western Navajo Nation’s sister speaks about her passing from COVID-19
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation resident Valentina Blackhorse won one pageant after another. From being Miss Western Navajo and Miss Monument Valley High School to Miss Dine...
article Navajo leader urges unity after mayor's alcoholism comment
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez called on elected officials in reservation border towns to work with the tribe to combat the coronavirus after one...
article Navajo Nation Expands COVID Tests, Keeps Lockdown
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is struggling to manage a COVID-19 outbreak on its reservation that appears to have started at a large religious gathering last month. The...
article President Jonathan Nez discusses COVID-19 testing on the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- The increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation has prompted its officials to search for ways to prevent further spread of the virus....
article New Mexico Invokes Riot Law to Control Virus Near Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- All the roads into this city on the edge of the Navajo Nation are closed. The soldiers at the checkpoints have their orders: outsiders must turn around...
article ‘We just want to see if we can make a difference’
(New Mexico) -- Around 3 p.m. Monday, the mayor of Gallup received a call from a bank manager saying an armored truck delivering money to the branch was stopped at the...
article Court upholds death penalty for only Native American on U.S. death row
(Washington D.C.) -- An appeals court last Thursday upheld the death sentence for Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American on federal death row, and one of five...
article Appeals Court Questions Federal Use of Death Penalty Against Navajo Prisoner, But Turns Down Appeal
(Arizona) -- In a federal capital case with implications relating to tribal sovereignty, a federal appeals court has denied a Native-American prisoner’s appeal...
article Local group sends help to Navajo Reservation
(Montana) -- For years now I have been told about the generosity and tremendous support that Blackfoot residents are and give to special projects. It recently became...
article Navajo Families Without Internet Struggle To Home-School During COVID-19 Pandemic
(Utah) -- Monument Valley, Utah, is the desert backdrop for many famous old Western movies. And even today, kids in the valley are doing their homework the way they did...
article Suspect Arrested In Assault On Federal Official On Navajo Nation
(Utah) -- Authorities say they have arrested Cecil Vijil, Jr., who was wanted in connection with an assault on a federal officer on the Navajo Nation. The FBI says he...

5/3/2020

article MORON ALERT: Page Mayor Levi Tappan under fire for offensive comments toward Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- After appearing to make a comment about alcoholism in the Navajo Nation, the city of Page Mayor Levi Tappan is under fire from Navajo people, Page residents...
article Page mayor apologizes for alcohol comment
(Arizona) -- The Page mayor is apologizing to the Diné after posting a photo and making comments on social media in which he said he wished the Navajo Nation president...
article Navajo Nation has 2,292 coronavirus cases, 73 known deaths
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer have finalized another agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that will allow...
article City of Gallup, which borders Navajo Nation, extends lockdown order
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has extended an emergency order locking down the city of Gallup in an attempt to slow the spread of the new...
article ‘Left behind’: NM tribes await federal relief money
(New Mexico) -- When COVID-19 came to Indian Country, it spread quickly. The Navajo Nation now has the third-highest rate of cases in the United States, behind New York...
article COVID-19 medical care site opens at Northwest High School in Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- A location to house and provide medical services to individuals confirmed to have COVID-19, but with less severe symptoms, has opened inside a high...

5/2/2020

article Navajo Nation Sees Spike In COVID-19 Cases After Curve Had Started To Flatten
(Arizona) -- Public health officials with the Navajo Nation announced 166 new cases of COVID-19 and a total of 73 deaths Friday, in a spike that came after the disease...
article Farina King: Diné heroes facing monsters through generations
(Utah) -- My father practices medicine in Monument Valley, Utah. I used to joke that he would work until he died, but now I fear that every day since the monstrosity of...
article New Mexico blocks all roads into Gallup, a 'frightful' hot spot where virus runs 'amok'
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico blocked roads into the city of Gallup, with the state's governor saying tougher measures were needed in a county where "the virus is...
article New Mexico blocks all roads into Gallup, a 'frightful' hot spot where virus runs 'amok'
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico blocked roads into the city of Gallup, with the state's governor saying tougher measures were needed in a county where "the virus is...
article Navajo death row inmate loses appeal to probe racial bias
(Arizona) -- The only Native American on federal death row lost a bid Thursday to look into potential racial bias in his case. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

5/1/2020

article Lujan Grisham OKs lockdown in Gallup
(New Mexico) -- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has authorized a lockdown in Gallup, her office announced Friday. By noon Friday, all roads into the city were closed, and...
article New Mexico blocks roads into Gallup as virus cases surge
(New Mexico) -- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham invoked the state’s Riot Control Act on Friday as she sealed off all roads to nonessential traffic in one of the...
article Fundraising drive for Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- A massive community effort is taking place to get donations from the Valley to the Navajo Nation. It involves dozens of businesses from all over the Phoenix...
article Penn, Homeland Security join COVID fight on rez
(Arizona) -- Add Sean Penn to the list of celebrities helping the Navajo Nation in its fight against COVID-19. The actor, representing his disaster relief non-profit...
article Two Sisters On The Navajo Nation Die Days Apart From COVID-19
(Arizona) -- Two sisters on the Navajo Nation died days apart from each other from the coronavirus last month. Each had worked for years in public service to the tribe....
article Valentina Blackhorse, Navajo pageant winner with dreams, dies of coronavirus at 28
(New Mexico) -- Valentina Blackhorse, the winner of one pageant after another in the Navajo Nation, was known for helping others. When the coronavirus began tearing...

4/30/2020

article Navajo Nation Continues Weekend Lockdown Due To Coronavirus
(Arizona) -- Residents on the Navajo Nation will be under another lockdown this weekend as the tribe seeks to keep the coronavirus from spreading even further into...
article VIDEO: Native American leaders describe challenges in controlling spread of COVID-19
(Arizona) -- The Native American community has been one segment of Arizona's population most significantly impacted by COVID-19 -- the Navajo Nation alone has seen...
article Hundreds line up for food, water and supplies in Navajo community
(New Mexico) -- In the remote Navajo community of Nageezi, more than 100 vehicles lined up Thursday morning for a 'no-contact' assembly line for food, water and...
article Navajo infections surge as Trump prepares to visit southwest
(New Mexico) -- U.S. health officials say coronavirus infections are beginning a renewed surge across the Navajo Nation and bordering areas that may peak in mid-May...
article Court upholds death penalty for only Native American on U.S. death row
(Arizona) -- An appeals court Thursday upheld the death sentence for Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American on federal death row, and one of five inmates targeted...
article Navajo death row inmate loses appeal to probe racial bias
(Arizona) -- The only Native American on federal death row lost a bid Thursday to look into potential racial bias in his case. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

4/29/2020

article Navajo Nation asks people to not travel beyond tribe's border
(New Mexico) -- As the Navajo Nation prepares for another weekend curfew, tribal members are being asked not to travel outside the nation's borders. "Our goal...

4/28/2020

article Gilbert group offers helping hand to Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- A group based in Gilbert is working to lend a helping hand to tribes in the Navajo Nation during this pandemic. The organization "Helping Hands for the...
article How the Pandemic Is Affecting the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- As Sharon Nelson and I clicked elbows goodbye on the Navajo (Diné) Nation on March 10, what we thought then was a heightened precaution was unfolding as the...
article Navajo Nation orders another 57-hour weekend curfew; has issued 250+ curfew citations
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation announced Tuesday it would implement another 57-hour curfew over the weekend as its number of known cases of the new coronavirus continued...
article Cherokee Nation Donates 5,000 Masks To Help With Navajo Nation's 'Dire Need' For Virus Aid
(Oklahoma) -- In a donation spurred by what he called a "dire need of assistance," Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. ordered 5,000 protective...

4/27/2020

article Navajo Nation mourns death of former pageant titleholder and tribal employee to COVID-19
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation is mourning the loss of former Miss Western Navajo and tribal employee, Valentina Blackhorse, who passed away Thursday at the young age of 28...
article One percent of reservation residents test positive for COVID
(Arizona) -- As of Monday evening, there are 1,769 positive COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation, more than one percent of the residents on the reservation. This includes...
article ENC Navajo Tribe members talk about COVID-19 outbreak in their community
(North Carolina) -- One Native American tribe in the U.S. has more coronavirus cases and deaths than all other reservations and multiple states. Navajo Nation, a tribe...

4/26/2020

article Navajo Nation now has 1,637 coronavirus cases, and 59 deaths
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has 97 new cases of coronavirus and another death, according to health officials. The Navajo Department of Health said there are 1,637...
article Navajo Nation Sees High Rate Of COVID-19 And Contact Tracing Is A Challenge
(Arizona) -- After New York and New Jersey, the place with the highest coronavirus infection rate in the U.S. is the Navajo Nation. Dr. Deborah Birx of the national...
article UCSF Medical Team Travels To Navajo Nation For Month-Long Fight Against COVID-19
(Arizona) -- A team of doctors and nurses from UCSF is on the ground in the Navajo Nation, to help Native American physicians deal with one of the country’s worst...
article Navajo Nation weekend curfew quiets activity in Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- For the third time this month, the Navajo Nation was under a weekend curfew to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The weekend curfews last 57 hours,...
article Behind those COVID-19 numbers
(Arizona) -- The numbers are stark. Navajo Nation health officials reported six new deaths Friday and 180 new cases of COVID-19. That adds up to 1,590 known coronavirus...

4/25/2020

article Inside the newsroom: The power of a story and iconic photos from the West
(Utah) -- The year 2019 closed quietly, yet ominously with news out of China on Dec. 31 that dozens of residents of Wuhan were suffering from pneumonia. Days later this...

4/24/2020

article FEMA field hospitals expand Navajo Nation's COVID-19 response
(Arizona) -- Expecting the cases of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation to peak in mid-May, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Emergency Management Agency are...
article How the Pandemic Is Affecting the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- As Sharon Nelson and I clicked elbows goodbye on the Navajo (Diné) Nation on March 10, what we thought then was a heightened precaution was unfolding as the...
article Navajo Mobilize to Contain COVID-19 Outbreak
(Arizona) -- “Among Indigenous groups in the United States, the Navajo Nation…has been the hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak, with 45 deaths and 1,321...
article Navajo Nation reports 6 deaths, 180 new COVID-19 cases
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation health officials on Friday reported six new deaths and 180 new cases of COVID-19. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said the big increase...
article Navajo Nation Sees High Rate Of COVID-19 And Contact Tracing Is A Challenge
(Arizona) -- After New York and New Jersey, the place with the highest coronavirus infection rate in the U.S. is the Navajo Nation. Dr. Deborah Birx of the national task...
article Navajo Nation, hit hard by COVID-19, comes together to protect its most vulnerable
(Arizona) -- COVID-19 is ripping through the Navajo Nation, infecting and killing people at rates that are above U.S. averages. Located across three states, the Navajo...
article Gallup alternative health care site opens to assist with overflow of patients in rural areas, Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- An alternative health care site in Gallup, New Mexico is opening on Saturday to house the overflow of patients in rural areas. In just two weeks, the...
article Navajo Nation donates supplies to Gallup children's home
(New Mexico) -- While the Navajo Nation is being hit hard by COVID-19, the nation is also trying to give back during this time. Friday Navajo Nation President Jonathan...

4/23/2020

article For one man in a remote part of the Navajo Nation, COVID-19 seemed unreal until he got it
(Arizona) -- A 37-year-old Navajo man hospitalized nearly two weeks because of the new coronavirus is urging tribal members to stay home during the pandemic. Nelvin...

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