“(We) hoped that when the Grand Canyon closed on April 1, the park would remain closed until our positive COVID-19 numbers have flattened,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.
The U.S. Treasury Department is tasked with disbursing $8 billion to tribes that was included in a relief package approved in late March.
A stay-at-home order for residents on the vast reservation also remains in place.
Grand Canyon National Park has announced it is increasing visitor access to some viewpoints on the South Rim starting May 15.
The most basic measures to fight the virus' spread — handwashing and isolation — can be difficult.
"This is not a green light to speed," Ducey said. "This is a green light to proceed, and we're going to proceed with caution."
“We were praying for food,” Helen Yazzie said.
The Navajo Nation president and vice president have partnered with #ProtectTheSacred, actor Mark Ruffalo, Allie Young, and many others to launch the #NavajoStrong campaign to call for medical volunteers and donations to help fight COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation.
The $170 donated by Choctaw leaders in 1847 — or “Black ’47,” as the Irish who survived the rampant starvation, disease and exposure remembered it — would today have amounted to over $5,000, historians estimate.
When the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund started receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars recently, everyone was surprised, except perhaps the Choctaw Nation, whose original gift to the Irish people 173 years ago, inspired an outpouring of support.
Since we first learned of the serious threat the coronavirus poses to our communities, I have been concerned with the lack of attention the Navajo Nation has received from federal agencies responsible for COVID-19 response efforts.
May 6 – 10 has been proclaimed “Navajo Nation Nurses Appreciation Week."
On behalf of Little Colorado Medical Center (“LCMC”), we offer the following in comment up-on the article which ran on April 28, 2020.
Angel Flight West and With Love, From Strangers are collaborating to provide critical medical supplies — sanitizer, gowns, masks, gloves, face shields, and PAPRs — to hospitals on the Navajo and Hopi reservations.
As Miss Shoshone-Bannock, Stormie Perdash has represented her people all across the United States. Now, amid the coronavirus pandemic, she’s representing them in a different way.
Legislation to lay the groundwork for the Navajo Nation’s expenditure of more than $600 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding was introduced into the Navajo Nation Council’s legislative process May 7.
An end to the lockdown in Gallup would likely mean stricter restrictions at Zuni.
Tourists with reservations during the time of the suspension will be contacted and will have the opportunity to reschedule their reservation for dates within the 2021 season.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Nez and Lizer have visited with nurses and other health care workers in several hospitals on the Navajo Nation to thank them and encourage them to remain strong and resilient.
The $2.2 trillion federal rescue package approved in late March set aside $8 billion for tribal governments.