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Tonalea residents to receive long-awaited chapter facility

Over 2,000 Tonalea residents will soon receive a new chapter house facility to help deliver services for the community, following a ceremony hosted by Tonalea Chapter officials Nov. 9.

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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...

6/30/2020

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

6/29/2020

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

6/28/2020

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

6/27/2020

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

6/25/2020

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

6/24/2020

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

6/23/2020

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

6/22/2020

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

6/21/2020

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

6/20/2020

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

6/19/2020

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

6/18/2020

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

6/17/2020

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

6/16/2020

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

6/15/2020

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

6/13/2020

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

6/11/2020

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

6/10/2020

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

6/9/2020

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

6/8/2020

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

6/7/2020

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

6/6/2020

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

6/5/2020

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

6/4/2020

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

6/3/2020

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

6/2/2020

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

6/1/2020

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

5/31/2020

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

5/30/2020

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

5/29/2020

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

5/28/2020

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

5/27/2020

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

5/26/2020

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

5/25/2020

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

5/24/2020

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

5/23/2020

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

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