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FEATURED COVID-19 UPDATES

CDC approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster for certain populations

On Sept. 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) approved a single booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (Comirnaty) in certain populations who have received the first two doses of Pfizer vaccine.

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Hopi High School held its graduation ceremony for its 36 graduates June 15 at the football field with Miss Native American Lexie James, a graduate of Hopi High who won state awards for her media work, serving as keynote speaker.

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Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership names Ethel Branch Woman of the Year
Barbara Poley receives lifetime achievement award in advocating for Hopi people

Ethel Branch (Diné) was named Woman of the Year during the 2021 Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards after co-founding the Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund last March.

By Katherine Locke June 22, 2021
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Native American writers Louise Erdrich and Natalie Diaz were named winners of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in the categories of fiction and poetry — also included was Marty Two Bulls Sr. who was named a finalist in editorial cartooning June 11.

By Aliyah Chavez, Indian Country Today June 22, 2021
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The Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Health Command Operations Center, and Community Health Representatives continue to coordinate efforts to deliver water to elders in remote areas.

June 22, 2021
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Following final approval from the Office of the President and Vice President, eight tribal parks will be allowed to reopen.

June 15, 2021
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Navajo ranchers impacted by the pandemic and ongoing drought may soon qualify for assistance to supplement their livestock with hay and grain.

By Vida Volkert, Associated Press June 15, 2021
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The directors met to provide updates and plan for the upcoming week.

June 15, 2021
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On June 12, the Navajo Nation reported nine new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and six more deaths. The total number of deaths is now 1,340 as of June 12.

June 15, 2021
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As of June 9, the Hopi Tribe reported zero new active cases of COVID-19, while cases of COVID-19 among Hopi Tribal members increased to 1,281. An active case is defined as a positive test result or symptom onset in the last two weeks.

June 15, 2021
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On June 11, 325 Navajo Nation retirees were recognized and congratulated for their dedication and service.

June 15, 2021
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Permit and food handler’s card are required to be displayed during operation.

June 1, 2021
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Navajo delegates, president and chapters discuss priorities for American Rescue Plan Act
Act to provide $20 billion to tribes to help recover from COVID-19 pandemic

In April, the Nez-Lizer Administration hosted virtual meetings with each of the five Navajo agencies to layout the process of submitting feasible/construction ready projects to be considered for funding through the American Rescue Plan Act.

June 1, 2021
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Unlike their peers across the Navajo Nation, Tuba City High School hosted a drive thru graduation ceremony May 29.

By By Gilbert Honanie, Special to the Navajo-Hopi Observer June 1, 2021
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Tuba City Regional Health Care warns of possible third wave of COVID-19 cases
Hospital reports increase in cases over the last month; asks public to remain vigilent

Tuba City Regional Health Care Corp. recently reported an increase in new COVID-19 cases in the last month after a major decline in cases over the last few months.

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Hopi Health Care Center (HHCC) continues to provide COVID-19 testing on a daily basis, vaccination clinics at least once every week and Community Vaccination Events (CVE) in several Hopi villages to increase vaccination rates.

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The Hopi Tribe has issued an executive order announcing its Phase Three reopening.

May 25, 2021
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In partnership with SpaceX, Coconino County is delivering reliable high-speed internet to 45 rural households with the launch of state-of-the-art satellites seen throughout Arizona’s night sky recently.

May 25, 2021
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The COVID-19 pandemic hit Native Americans especially hard. But as the spotlight turned to larger communities, including the Navajo Nation, the White Mountain Apache Tribe quietly battled to save its 15,000 members.

By Alberto Mariani, Cronkite News May 25, 2021
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On May 20, the Navajo Nation appointed Elizabeth Begay, former Navajo Nation auditor general, to serve as the acting controller until a new controller is appointed and confirmed.

May 25, 2021
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Seniors at Winslow High School visited Bonnie Brennan Elementary School May 19 for a grad walk.

May 25, 2021
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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez attended the 29th Navajo Preparatory School graduation ceremony May 22, to offer his support and encouragement for the 59 graduates and their families.

May 25, 2021
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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and First Lady Phefelia Nez attend the Valley High School graduation ceremony May 21 in Sanders, Arizona.

May 25, 2021
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The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the Navajo Nation in the past year and the only remedy to defeat this “enemy” is by getting the vaccine according to Peter MacDonald Sr., former tribal chairman and Navajo Code Talker.

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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said the Nation’s mask mandate remains in effect, despite the CDC guidance allowing vaccinated people who are two weeks after their second shot to go mask free.

May 18, 2021
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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is releasing the third installment of its online exhibition series “Developing Stories: Native Photographers in the Field” May 18.

May 18, 2021
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Winslow High School students learn how to make solar ovens.

May 18, 2021
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A virtual commencement celebration recognizing Northland Pioneer College’s (NPC’s), class of 2021 was held May 13-May 19.

May 18, 2021
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Historic Two Guns glamping project denied
Coconino Board of Supervisors votes unanimously against rezoning for luxury glamping development

The Coconino Board of Supervisors unanimously turned down a request for a zone change that would have made a luxury glamping resort at Two Guns, Arizona a possibility finding that the project didn’t meet the criteria for the change.

By Katherine Locke May 18, 2021
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Some Native American tribes will receive more money from a federal virus relief package approved last year after the U.S. Treasury Department revised its methodology that tribal nations contend was badly skewed.

By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press May 11, 2021
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On April 16, the Navajo Police Department attended a leadership meeting with the Utah Highway Patrol and the San Juan County Utah Sheriff’s Office in Bluff, Utah to resume discussions regarding mutual aid agreements.

May 11, 2021