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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.

COVID-19

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Congress has passed a long-awaited bill that would address water availability issues for residents living on the Navajo Nation in Utah who lack access to running water — a problem exacerbated by the pandemic.

By Associated Press December 29, 2020
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The Hopi Tribe has issued a 20-day lockdown and curfew order, which started Dec. 23 and will last through Jan. 11 at 5 a.m.

December 24, 2020
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As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) funding to the Navajo Nation, a $3.46 million grant was awarded to Tolani Lake Enterprises through the Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources CARES budget.

December 22, 2020
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Tuba City’s front line healthcare workers receive COVID vaccine
Navajo Nation begins first phase of vaccinations

It was a day many health care workers had been waiting for, the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine that will protect them as they provide vital health care services to patients at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corp.

December 22, 2020
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As winter approaches, volunteers with Chizh for Cheii are preparing to deliver firewood to elders on the Navajo Nation reservation, where nearly 90 percent of homes rely on wood for heat.

By Kiara Quaranta and McKenzie Allen-Charmley, Cronkite News December 22, 2020
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Hopi Health Care Center (HHCC) is scheduled to receive 150 doses of the ultra-cold frozen Pfizer- BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

December 22, 2020
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Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), was selected to serve as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior for the Biden-Harris Administration.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer December 17, 2020
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Twenty-five U.S. Navy medical personnel who are part of four Rapid Rural Response Teams (RRRT), are being deployed to the Navajo Nation to provide much-needed relief and resources for health care workers fighting the spread of COVID-19.

December 17, 2020
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Nalgene Outdoor, maker of reusable water bottles and of the Nalgene Water Fund has pledged its support to the Navajo Nation with the launch of its exclusive “Tó éí iiná” (Water is Life) bottle, by Diné designer Jaden Redhair.

By Katherine Locke December 15, 2020
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On election night, Jodi Owings and her family watched the results reported live on television in their Oklahoma home.

By Felicia Fonseca and Cheyanne Mumphrey, Associated Press December 15, 2020
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The Hopi Tribe issued a bare warning about COVID-19 Dec. 9 as cases increase in the United States and show no sign of slowing as holidays and the winter season continues.

December 15, 2020
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Change Labs receives award for helping Native entrepreneurs
Championing Equity, Equality and Inclusion

Change Labs is the recipient of the Championing Equity, Equality and Inclusion category of the 2020 .ORG Impact Awards because of its entrepreneurial programs and commitment to connecting people to Native-owned business on the Navajo and Hopi reservations.

By Katherine Locke December 15, 2020
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The federal agency that provides health care to Native Americans said Dec. 11 it will receive more than enough vaccines to protect all the people working in hospitals and clinics, including doctors, nurses and support staff.

By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press December 15, 2020
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The conversation is the same among auto dealerships locally and across the country: Where do we find trained technicians?

By Larry Hendricks, Special to the Navajo-Hopi Observer December 15, 2020
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With only three weeks remaining to spend CARES Act funding, which includes the Navajo CARES Act Hardship Assistance Program ends, the Navajo Nation is working fervently to process applications with outstanding issues.

December 11, 2020
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Team Rubicon recruits medical volunteers to serve Navajo Nation
Veterans and medics help Indian Health Service as pandemic picks up steam

Team Rubicon, the disaster response organization known for mobilizing Veterans in response to tornadoes, hurricanes and other disasters, has once again begun deploying its Veteran volunteers to the Navajo Nation to provide medical relief and assistance.

By Vantage Point, A publication of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs December 8, 2020
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Navajo Nation health officials have reported 225 new COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths with intensive care unit beds at healthcare facilities now at full capacity.

By Associated Press December 8, 2020
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The Winslow Police Department and Winslow Unified School District are partnering for an annual toy drive for foster kids in the Winslow area.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer December 8, 2020
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Medical professionals serving the Navajo Nation made an urgent plea to residents Dec. 3 to stay home as coronavirus cases rise, testing the limits of health care on the vast reservation.

By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press December 8, 2020
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Hopi artist Akema Honyumptewa and his hand woven textile piece are displayed at the annual Winter Art Market at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

December 8, 2020
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As Navajo Nation medical officials state that the Nation is now in a major health crisis and pleaded with the public to stay home, the Navajo Nation president extended the stay-at-home-order and extends 57-hour lockdowns.

December 4, 2020
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Once the Federal Drug Administration approves one or multiple vaccines, a plan by Navajo Area Indian Health Service, says the Nation will coordinate the delivery of vaccine doses across the Indian Health Service system in three phases.

December 3, 2020
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With COVID-19 cases spiking on the Navajo and Hopi reservations, the Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund is sending out an urgent plea for more funds so it can continue to help families in need on both reservations.

By Katherine Locke December 1, 2020
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Chastity De Guzman and her four children have lived in a home on the Navajo Nation without power since 2015. She said they had been on a waiting list for over two years when a crew finally showed up in September to connect their home to electricity.

By Kate Groetzinger, KUER-FM December 1, 2020
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The Museum of Northern Arizona’s (MNA) Winter Market will take place in two different weekends — the first Dec. 3-6 and the second Dec. 10-13 in a COVID-19 conscious way that the museum hopes will help artists who have been impacted by the pandemic.

By Katherine Locke December 1, 2020
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While the current health and economic crisis has impacted Americans nationwide, it has disproportionately affected the Native American/Alaska Native (NA/AN) community.

By Wells Fargo December 1, 2020
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Diné College will host a virtual commencement Dec. 11, at 10 a.m. The virtual graduation takes place simultaneously with one to be held in-person.

December 1, 2020
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On Nov. 28, the Biden-Harris transition team announced that Navajo Department of Health Executive Director Dr. Jill Jim was one of three more individuals selected to serve on the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Advisory Board.

December 1, 2020
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A Navajo school district and its students fight to overcome amid COVID-19
Native American students struggle with isolation and loss

One student runs 85 feet up a hill every morning, just to get a cellphone signal so he can call in his attendance.

By Anthoney J. Wallace, Cronkite News December 1, 2020
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Activists worry that the Trump administration has fast-tracked the final environmental impact statement for the massive Resolution Copper mine, a project planned for lands near Superior that are claimed as sacred by the San Carlos Apache.

By Claire Chander, Cronkite News December 1, 2020