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COVID-19 has taken much from Jerrel Singer, but the Native artist looks toward the future with hope

It’s been a hard few months for Jerrel Singer — he lost his sister to COVID-19 at the end of October and then in short order his aunt and uncle. By the Christmas holiday, Singer had become sick and was hospitalized himself.

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It’s been a hard few months for Jerrel Singer — he lost his sister to COVID-19 at the end of October and then in short order his aunt and uncle. By the Christmas holiday, Singer had become sick and was hospitalized himself.

By Katherine Locke January 19, 2021
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Tolani Lake Enterprises marked accomplishments of its Cares Act initiative Jan. 15 at Cameron Old Farm, near Cameron, Arizona, one of six new well sites developed under the innovative and unique Cares grant from Navajo Nation Water Resources Department.

January 19, 2021
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Hardship Assistance payments begin Jan. 18
More than 282,000 applications received and 230,000 processed

Hardship Assistance payments from the Navajo Nation Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Fund were scheduled to begin the week of Jan. 18, according to the Navajo Nation.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer January 19, 2021
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Winslow Junior High School Student Council members completed a clean-up on Colorado street in Winslow Jan. 14.

January 19, 2021
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Coconino County sees high demand for COVID-19 vaccine
Priority populations within Phase 1b continue to receive vaccinations through Coconino County

The community continues to demonstrate a high level of interest in getting vaccinated; however, the available supply of COVID-19 vaccine remains limited.

January 14, 2021
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After much backlash from the public and feedback from schools, the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) reversed its decision to cancel winter high school sports. The season has been reinstated with modifications.

By Wendy Howell January 13, 2021
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The virtual forum takes place from 1-5 p.m. and will be livestreamed via the Navajo Nation Council’s Vimeo, YouTube and Facebook pages.

January 13, 2021
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Military care packages to more than 80 deployed members of the U.S. Armed Services were mailed last week from the Navajo Nation.

January 13, 2021
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Hopi High cancels winter sports seasons
Arizona AIA cancels high school athletics because of hospital capacity

Hopi Jr/Sr High School Athletic Director Ricky Greer said canceling winter sports is particularly tough on student athletes because sports is a part of their daily routine.

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Navajo CARES Act funding to continue through 2021
Hardship Assistance funding estimated at $322-$324 million

The Navajo Nation Office of the Controller said the Navajo Cares Act Hardship Assistance Program is currently 90 percent funded, and the federal extension has not modified its expenditure strategy.

By Katherine Locke January 12, 2021
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U.S. Democratic Rep. Tom O'Halleran, (CD-1), who represents constituants of the Navajo and Hopi reservations, witnessed the incident in the nation's Capitol Jan. 6 and said it was terrifying.

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What started out as a special day for the Navajo Nation — a peaceful inauguration for chapter and other local officials to carry out duties and service for the Navajo people — was overshadowed by violence that occurred in Washington D.C. Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer January 12, 2021
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A new generation of officers graduate the Navajo Police Training Academy
Navajo Police Department commissions eight officers

Despite the onset of challenges in the midst of a global pandemic, Class 55 of the Navajo Police Training Academy persevered to become the newest generation of police officers with the Navajo Police Department.

By Loretta McKenney January 12, 2021
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New research out of Northern Arizona University (NAU) shows that despite their critical importance to communities, community health representatives (CHRs) lack the support needed to do their work effectively.

By NAU Communications January 12, 2021
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According to the Navajo Nation, the Nation will only use COVID-19 vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), these COVID-19 vaccines include the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

January 12, 2021
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The vaccine will be administered at the Pavilion parking lot at Tuba City High School to patients 75-years-old and older within their service area from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 15.

January 8, 2021
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According to the tribe, the checkpoints are in place as part of an overall response to the community spread of coronavirus across villages on the reservation.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer January 8, 2021
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One month ago, RN Terri Whitson was mucking out hurricane-damaged houses in Lake Charles, LA. On Dec. 15, she was at the Navajo Nation vaccinating frontline workers against COVID-19.

By Julie H. Case, Team Rubicon, Special to the Navajo-Hopi Observer January 5, 2021
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The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (NNGE) laid off 1,120 employees, 776 of whom are Navajo, Jan. 1 because of the prolonged impact of COVID-19; the layoffs include employees at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort.

January 5, 2021
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The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) exceeded expectations with 713 homes connected to electric grid using CARES Act funds; the authority had only expected to connect 510 homes.

January 5, 2021
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The news came during a hopeful time on the largest Native American reservation.

By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press January 5, 2021
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Hone’ Wo’keed: FBI seeks to reach Navajo language speakers through cold case posters
First of their kind FBI cold case posters in Navajo language seek to solve crimes by translating, distributing posters on reservation

By law, the FBI is responsible for investigating the most serious crimes within Indian Country—homicide, child sexual assault, kidnapping and violence against women among them.

By Loretta McKenney January 5, 2021
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Hopi Jr./Sr. High School announced Jan. 4 that it is cancelling its 2020-2021 winter athletic season out of an abundance of caution and based on the current surge of COVID-19 cases within the state and on the Hopi and Navajo Nations.

January 4, 2021
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The new, mutated version was first identified in Britain. The variant has also been found in several other countries.

By By Patty Nieberg, Associated Press December 30, 2020
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Americans will ring in the New Year this week with more hope on the horizon in the nation’s battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

By Wendy Howell December 29, 2020
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As Monica Harvey watched, crowds flocked to a Sam’s Club in northern Arizona where she works, picking shelves clean of toilet paper and canned goods. Native American seniors couldn’t move fast enough, and Harvey saw their faces fall when they reached empty shelves.

By Christine Fernanado, Associated Press December 29, 2020
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25% of Navajo applicants at risk of not receiving Cares Act funds
Missing records, information puts Navajo Nation in frenzy to process applications

The Navajo Nation Office of the Controller reports 30,000 applicants for the Navajo CARES Act Hardship Assistance Program may potentially be excluded due to missing records.

December 29, 2020
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Navajo Nation re-implements lockdown order through Jan. 11
Nation announces community spread of COVID-19 in 64 communities

On Dec. 24, the Navajo Nation extended its lockdown order for those living on the reservation through Jan. 11.

December 29, 2020
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Ever since he got serious about filmmaking five years ago, Shiprock native Kody Dayish has hardly paused to catch his breath, creating a series of feature films, shots, music videos and public-service spots with his siblings Kolette and Kolin under the auspices of their company, Kody Dayish Productions.

By Mike Easterling, Associated Press December 29, 2020
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O’Halleran says $900 billion relief bill will benefit tribal lands
Bill approved by Senate and House, Trump signed bill Sunday

U.S. Rep. Tom O’ Halleran voted to approve funding for the $900 billion coronavirus aid bill. The measure passed the House of Representatives and Senate, and President Donald Trump signed the bill Dec. 27.

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