“We have to keep doing what we’re doing by wearing protective masks, complying with the weekend lockdowns, staying home, and practicing social distancing. Now is not the time to let up our guard," Jonathan Nez, president of the Navajo Nation.
The virus arrived on the reservation in early March, when late winter winds were still blowing off the mesas and temperatures at dawn were often barely above freezing.
The Nez-Lizer Administration distribute food, bottled water, cleaning products and other essential supplies to Navajo families.
Approximately 13.2 percent percent of Navajo Nation residents have been tested for COVID-19.
The 13 Native-led small businesses and non-profit ventures selected from a pool of nearly 50 applications for the competitive Change Labs 2020 Business Incubator Cohort share a passion for their work, a hunger to learn, and a drive to make things better for their families, their communities and their people.
Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise will remain closed through June 7 after Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced an executive order extending closures on the reservation because of COVID-19.
“(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."
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.
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.
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.
President Nez said Tappan's comments have far-reaching implications and urged him to be more respectful of the relationship between Navajos and the city of Page.
Sisters and public servants of the Navajo Nation, Corrina and Cheryl Thinn passed away this month after battling the coronavirus.
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer are calling on the city of Page Mayor Levi Tappen to work together with the Navajo Nation to unite efforts to fight COVID-19 following stereotypical and insensitive comments that were posted on social media by Tappen regarding alcoholism in the city of Page, along with a photograph of what appeared to be a group of Native Americans standing along a street.
For the past week, the Navajo Division of Transportation (Navajo DOT) has supported the Office of the President and Vice President (OPVP) in providing relief to rural Navajo communities through food and wood distribution events.
An appeals court April 30 upheld the death sentence for Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American on federal death row, and one of five inmates targeted last year for execution under a revived federal death penalty policy.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham notified the Navajo Nation Office of the Speaker May 3 that the City of Gallup will continue to be closed through May 7 under a state of emergency.