Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

April 30, 2020

Grassroots Navajo Hopi Relief arrives in Pinon: After training, truck load of relief delieverd


By Cassandra Begay
Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief
Censored News

Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief has been hard at work strategizing on how to reach our most rural communities across Navajo and Hopi Nations while keeping everyone safe. This week we had our first distribution to the Pinon community! A total of 110 boxes of food and water were unloaded, sanitized, packages and delivered by volunteers from the Pinon Community and Chapter.

Volunteers received the required safety training that we conduct before any distribution can begin that falls in line with the Navajo Nation safety protocols. After their training was complete they sanitized, packaged and delivered 110 boxes of food for the elders and struggling families in Pinon area.
Relief includes water from Native Hawaiian actor Jason Momoa known as Aquaman in movies. 

Pinon volunteers and chapter staff were incredible and easy to work with! Thank you so much to them for making this happen. Thank you to Jonathan Allen (Pinon Community Lead), Vanessa Tullie, Jessica Stago for working so well together to bring essential water and food to elders and struggling families.

Navajo Hopi COVID 19 Relief has raised more than $1 million for direct relief for Navajo and Hopi
elderly and immune-compromised. Donate here

Coronavirus continues rapid spread across Navajo Nation: Now 1,977 cases and 62 deaths, relief efforts underway

Valentina Blackhorse

Valerie Tsosie

Coronavirus rapid spread continues on Navajo Nation

Kayenta families mourn two mothers who died from the virus

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Coronavirus cases on the Navajo Nation continue to increase rapidly, with 104 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 1,977 with 62 deaths.

McKinley County in New Mexico has the highest number of cases now, surpassing the initial area of the outbreak in northern Arizona near the Utah border.

In the hard-hit area of Kayenta in northeastern Arizona on the Navajo Nation, families shared the stories of two Navajo mothers who died last Thursday.

Following the rally of the Nazarene Church in Chilchinbeto, the virus spread from there to employees of the Kayenta police and detention center and to their families.

Miss Western Navajo Nation Valentina Blackhorse, 28, the mother of infant daughter Poet, died after caring for her boyfriend, a Kayenta detention officer who appears to have contracted it at work.

Valentina worked as an administrative assistant at Dennehotso Chapter. Read more about Valentina who loved her culture and aspired to serve her people at Arizona Central.

Kayenta police dispatcher Valerie Tsosie, the mother of eight children from Rough Rock, died on April 23. Donate to family at:

The Navajo Police Department said 17 officers and staff have tested positive for the virus. The largest number are in Kayenta. The department has 11 known COVID-19 cases among its detention officers: eight in Kayenta, two in Chinle and two in Tuba City. In total, seven inmates tested positive for COVID-19. The new arrestees are in isolation.

The coronavirus has spread to the nursing homes in the bordertowns of Farmington, N.M. and Gallup, N.M.

Nursing homes in Farmington account for more than half the deaths in these facilities in New Mexico.

There have been 25 deaths at Life Care in Farmington, and at least three deaths at Cedar Ridge Inn. There have been nearly 50 deaths from coronavirus in New Mexico at nursing homes.

On the Navajo Nation, Navajo President Jonathan Nez led a team to deliver relief to Black Falls and Dilkon areas on Tuesday, including the elders shown below.

On Wednesday, the Navajo President's Office, officials and volunteers distributed food, water, firewood, masks, and cleaning and hygiene items to 222 families in the communities of Pueblo Pintado and Torreon, N.M. Items were also delivered to elderly and high-risk residents who were unable to pick-up the items on their own.

The Navajo President's Office said there will be another 57-hour weekend curfew ‪beginning on Friday, May 1 at 8:00 p.m. until Monday, May 4 at 5:00 a.m., which will be enforced by the Navajo Police Department’s road checkpoints in communities across the Navajo Nation.

“Ultimately, the choice to stay home or go out into public remains in the hands of each individual, but we’re going to do our very best to enforce the curfew and send people home if we have to. Please take it upon yourselves to inform your family members, your friends, coworkers, and others and tell them to stay home to save lives. We’ve lost 62 lives so far, and we don’t want to lose anymore. Think of the families who are grieving for their loved ones before you decide to go out into public,” said Navajo  Vice President Myron Lizer.

As of Wednesday, the 1,873 confirmed positive cases on the Navajo Nation include the following counties: Navajo County, Arizona: 468; Apache County, Ariz.: 450; Coconino County, Ariz: 274;  McKinley County, NM: 504; San Juan County, NM: 202; Cibola County, NM: 17;  San Juan County, UT: 22;  Socorro County, NM: 21 and Sandoval County, NM: 19.A total of 11,404 COVID-19 tests have been administered with 8,239 negative test results.  

The Shiprock High School gym has been converted into an alternative site for coronavirus patients if needed, 
by the Army Corps of Engineers. Alternative sites were also established in Chinle, Ariz., and Gallup, N.M.

The Navajo President's Office thanked the following individuals and groups that have donated masks:
Margaret Tyler
Anh Doan
Sandy Raynor
Pat Newport
Gena Newton
Pam Logan
D. Rupp
Denis Rennis
Joan Drexler
Teresa Homes
D. Billard
Patties Watson
Frank Viviano
Laureen Rusek
Just Serve
Heather Yazzie
Laura Auxillary Group
Radium Gadgets
Terry Teitelbaum
Sandra Millin
Aimee Ault
Melissa Faulkner
Mary Pratt
Joy Kutaka-Kennedy
Tammie and Christopher Billey
Susan Wade
Zenaida Acosta
Church of Latter-Day Saints
Tammy Burbank
RSM Face Mask Volunteers 
Rachel Smith

April 27, 2020

Chili Yazzie: 'Remembering and honoring the lifeways intended by Creator in this time of coronavirus'

By Duane 'Chili' Yazzie
Dineh, Shiprock, New Mexico
Special to Censored News
French translation by Christine Prat

The COVID19 virus invades unsuspecting human bodies destroying lives, families, futures. It gives no exemption for economic status, physical strength, or color of skin. It seeks life to give death. It is alive with death. It brings down the famous and powerful. The disadvantaged are easy prey. There is little refuge from the killer virus.

This enemy of life exposes the vulnerabilities of the ‘greatest’ country on the planet. It cripples the best of western science and medicine. Our frontlines to repel this enemy are becoming defenseless, they are tired, they look for relief that may not come. We thank them and pray them peace and strength.

The faithful and the faithless asks why God allows this to happen, we seek for answers, we ponder, we try to find reason. This must be a message that we have drifted too far from the teachings of life we were set on this earth with. Mankind teeters on the brink of self-annihilation with the damage caused the Earth Mother, perhaps the virus is the discipline whip of the earth. God cleanses his creation in times of great disorder, perhaps it is that time.

We want things to come back to normal, but things have not been normal for Indigenous peoples. We are the most vulnerable with our diabetes due to junk foods and government commodities. We have heart and respiratory issues because of carbon pollution, uranium cancers and poisoned waters. Our hospitals are underfunded, we live in overcrowded housing with poverty conditions.

There is a great imbalance in this modern-day, violence is perpetrated upon the earth and her children who live to live the Original Instructions. The Creator gave us a certain way to live, to have certain beliefs; we were blessed with these teachings on how to live life for happiness. The Original Instructions prescribe a life of K’é, a family relation with all life, all of creation. It requires ajoobah (compassion), truth, humility, respect, honor and courage. The one hope we have is to remember and honor the lifeways the Creator originally intended for us.

April 26, 2020

Navajo and Hopi Nations: Coronavirus claims lives of young and old, as virus spreads to Navajo police and area nursing homes

Former Miss Western Navajo Nation Valentina Blackhorse died from coronavirus on April 23, 2020.

With 97 new cases in the past 24 hours, there are 1,637 cases with 59 deaths from coronavirus on the Navajo Nation. On the Hopi Nation, there are 35 cases with 2 deaths. As the Navajo Nation mourns the loss of Miss Western Navajo, the coronavirus spreads through the Navajo police department and New Mexico bordertown nursing homes.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

The Navajo Nation mourns the loss of former Miss Western Navajo Nation Valentina Blackhorse, as the coronavirus spreads through bordertown nursing homes in New Mexico claiming the lives of elderly and eleven Navajo police tested positive for the virus. On the Hopi Nation, there are 35 cases and two deaths.

The Navajo Nation mourns the loss of Miss Western Navajo Nation 2015-2016 Valentina Blackhorse from Kayenta, Arizona.

"On behalf of the Navajo people, they offer their sincerest condolences and prayers to the family, colleagues, and friends of Valentina Blackhorse," Navajo President Jonathan Nez said.

President Nez stated that Valentina was a loving person who gave so much to her Nation and her Diné people. "Our Nation’s leaders were very saddened to learn that Valentina passed away on April 23rd due to COVID-19. At the time of her passing, she was employed with the Division of Community Development (DCD), and devoted much of her time to helping the Nation’s 110 chapters. DCD Executive Director Dr. Pearl Yellowman remembered Valentina as a loving person who was very compassionate about helping others," President Nez said.

In the past 24 hours, there were 97 new cases and one more death related to COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation. The total deaths are 59 and 1,637 cases. There is a total of 7,393 negative test results. The total COVID-19 tests administered is 9,660, with some test results pending, the Navajo President's Office reported.

The Navajo Nation also reported that 17 police officers and staff have tested positive for coronavirus, raising alarm to Navajo people because Navajo police are manning the roadblocks as curfews are enforced. Currently, the third 57-hour weekend curfew is underway, with nightly weekday curfews also enforced.

As of April 24, the Navajo Police Department said it has 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The total cases thus far include 11 police officers and six civilian personnel, all are currently in quarantine, the Navajo Police Department said.

The State of New Mexico reported three deaths at Cedar Ridge Inn nursing home in Farmington, one in a McKinley County facility, and two at Uptown Genesis health facility in Albuquerque. Farmington is a bordertown to the Navajo Nation. Gallup and Red Rock facilities are located in McKinley Country, bordering the Navajo Nation. There are now coronavirus cases in nursing homes and acute care facilities in Farmington, Santa Fe, Gallup and Albuquerque, reports the State of New Mexico.

In San Juan County, New Mexico, in Farmington and Aztec, five nursing homes and assisted living homes have staff and residents that have tested positive for COVID-19. Those facilities are: Aztec Healthcare, BeeHive Homes of Farmington, Cedar Ridge Inn, Life Care Center of Farmington and Welbrook Rehabilitation Center.

One Native survivor of coronavirus says to those who want to open businesses: 'You can reopen, but you can not get family members back." He and his wife tested positive, and his wife's mother died from coronavirus. He also describes how difficult it was for him to get tested. Watch video.

In Tuba City, Rita Bilagody tells of fighting a new monster.

Rita Bilagody, a Tuba City area resident, led the fight against Phoenix developers, who proposed to develop a tourist resort at Grand Canyon East Rim, in an effort to save the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers. Rita often referred to the development proposal as “The Monster.” The Navajo Nation Council killed the idea in 2017.

This is Bilagody’s description of the powerful infection, as she speaks from the Tuba City medical center.

"I want to be very clear on one thing: I unknowingly caught this virus from another who didn’t know they had it either. I was not out traipsing around, violating curfew. (If you know me at all, you know I dislike going into Tuba City anyway!)

"This virus is very vicious and deadly and it’s silent until it wraps your body in its unrelenting grasp and it won’t let go. I remember that when I was fighting the escalade, I used to call it a Monster. Now we have a much larger, invisible, and deadly Monster in our midst. You have NO idea who has been exposed and that person can be standing right next to you or talking to you." Read more at Save the Confluence:

Meanwhile, as aid begins to arrive on the Navajo Nation from grassroots groups and the State of New Mexico, Dineh say the distribution of aid to those in greatest need has become one of the problems since many chapter houses are closed during the tribal government shutdown. 

On social media, Dineh are pleading for help for elderly parents, and doctors and nurses at Navajo area hospitals are pleading for masks and gowns.

The grassroots volunteers with Navajo Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief: April 23rd Shamrock Delivery to Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) compound in Ft. Defiance, Arizona. The $20,000 load was split with Northern Agency and Far Eastern Agency Teams. Kim Smith is Northern Agency Lead and Far Eastern team is led by Mario Artencio. Photographer: Janene Yazzie

The grassroots Navajo Hopi Families COV-19 Relief organized by former Attorney General Ethel Branch has received $1 million in donations and is currently distributing food, water and supplies to the elderly and immune-compromised. The grassroots group is struggling to provide help during the limited hours when there is not a curfew. Donate here.

Ramah, Navajo Nation, N.M. April 24th Shamrock food delivery, which included masks, thermometers and supplies. Ramah team led by Ramah Incident Command Darnell Maria. Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief.

Navajo Hopi COVID 19 Relief photo by Janene Yazzie.


Doctors and nurses arrive on the Navajo Nation from the University of California San Francisco.

A medical team from the University of California San Francisco arrived on the Navajo Nation. The team of 14 nurses and seven doctors traveled to the Navajo Nation to provide critical health-care support in the COVID-19 pandemic. Providers will be working at three hospitals in Arizona and New Mexico for the next month.

High rate of death in San Juan County, New Mexico, as virus spreads through bordertown nursing homes

New Mexico State reports the high death rate for San Juan County, which includes the Shiprock area on the Navajo Nation and the Farmington area. Nursing homes in Farmington are reporting deaths. Deaths are also reported in Sandoval and Bernalillo Counties, which includes numerous Pueblos in New Mexico.

The Hopi Nation has 35 cases of coronavirus, and two deaths, reports Arizona Family television news.

Monument Valley, Utah

Read about Utah State's coronavirus testing in Monument Valley and how Dineh are struggling in this hard hit area along the Arizona and Utah border. 

Dineh elderly died from the coronavirus at Navajo Mountain, Utah, after attending a rally of the Nazarene Church in Chilchinbeto, Arizona, where the first cases were reported on the Navajo Nation.

Photos by Kristin Murphy, Deseret News.

Arizona coronavirus cases and deaths increase on Navajo Nation and in southern Arizona

Indian Country Nationwide

The Indian Health Service reports nationwide cases throughout Indian Country, with new cases in Navajo, Albuquerque, Oklahoma, Phoenix, California, Great Plains and other service areas. April 26, 2020

April 25, 2020

Mohawk Nation News 'The Final Warning'



Mohawk Nation News

MNN. Apr. 26, 2020. COVID19 has become part of the 95% depopulation of the world according to UN Agenda 21 and 30.


In 1974 the UN informed the world that the state has no use for ‘useless eaters’. The masters of the settler colonists set up a system on who would live or die. The invaders spread viruses among us. 150 million natives of turtle island were exterminated. The invaders made laws to give themselves the unlawful right to murder us without being charged with homicide. We were declared to be non-persons. The immigrants were given permits to extinguished us and steal our land. They started with the viruses they brought here, then bounties for heads, scalping and so on. Now COVID19 virus has come, will fade and come again.

The settler colonists are conditioned to obey their masters who keep them in a hypnotic state. Their white uneducated medicine man even suggests they inject themselves with household cleaners to kill the virus. Everyone is quarantined in their homes, must stand 6 ft. apart, wear masks, wash their hands and don’t go to their cottages. They’re jobless. Penniless. Businesses are closed down. Oil goes bust to minus $0 a barrel. Old people are dying like flies. Now their master is suggesting they play Russian roulette by going back to work and taking their chances on dying from the virus.

The government controls the fork and so the population.


More see how useless their existence is. They do the dirty work for their masters. They want to get back to what they call “normal”, which is to continue to destroy nature worldwide.

Their routine is the couple gets up in the morning and goes their separate ways. Now they are together all the time. Relationships are collapsing. Crimes brought from Europe like incest, pedophilia and child abuse are rearing their ugly heads here more than ever.

Changing their routine has caused massive confusion. Their education system conditions them to do the same thing every day at the same time. Turn off the lights. Sleep. Get up. Sit at the desk. Go to the factory. Obey their masters.

They are focused on their pay and jealousy of each other over materialistic existence. The American dream has become a nightmare. The entertainment industry can’t reinforce their monetary based life. They are told lies and deceit like we were for 500 years. They’re terrified of job, food and money shortages.


The basis of their life is unnatural and they don’t know what to do or too lazy to do it.

onkwehonweh are programmed by creation based on nature. We are nurtured to never put money first. Do your job to the best of your ability and your needs will be met.

The virus intensified their frustration, stress and paranoia. Fear, loss and an unknown future are dominating their lives. The oil industry was shut down because nobody is buying. Trucks are being made that operate without drivers. No skilled immigrants are being brought in to do the work.

Nobody’s driving, planes aren’t flying, factories are closed, nobody’s working, every business is closed indefinitely.

Their psychopathic masters want them to go back to work and “take your chances”.

okwehonweh are not listening to these foreign dictators. Our ancestors warned us to not trust the white man. Those who can are hoarding food while the infrastructure falls apart.

The white race needs masters who give orders. They will obey and return to work because they are desperate. The consumer society is losing customers who shop for products they don’t need.

Killing Joke has been incubating this song for 5 years and is now striking: “I am the virus. Death to misery & tears. Calculated waves of fear. Drawn up by think tanks. There’s a darkness in the west. Oil swilling guzzling corporate. Central banking mine f…..g omnipotence” .


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April 24, 2020

Navajo coronavirus cases increase to 1,360 with 52 deaths

Photo: Supplies distributed to Jeddito, one of 110 chapters on the Navajo Nation,
located in the states of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

78 new cases and three more deaths related to COVID-19 reported

By Navajo President's Office
Censored News

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Department of Health in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 78 new cases of COVID-19 and a total of 52 deaths for the Navajo Nation as of Thursday. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 1,360, which includes 642 men and 718 women with an average age of 48-years-old. There is a total of 6,473 negative test results.

The 1,360 confirmed positive cases on the Navajo Nation include the following counties: Navajo County, AZ: 350; Apache County, AZ: 287; Coconino County, AZ: 229; McKinley County, NM: 296; San Juan County, NM: 135; Cibola County, NM: 14; San Juan County, UT: 19; Socorro County, NM: 17; Sandoval County, NM: 13.

Nez-Lizer lead food and care package distribution to rural community members

On Thursday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer led a massive distribution of care packages, food supplies, and fire wood to approximately 250 members of the Navajo Nation who reside in the remote area Jeddito, Ariz., to help families and high-risk residents with essential items during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.