Showing posts from May, 2020

Navajo grandmother with COVID-19 victim of neglect and assault in hospitals

An 80-year old grandmother fighting for her life with coronavirus was first denied needed oxygen at Gallup Indian Medical Center, then assaulted at UNM's Sandoval Medical Center in Albuquerque. Her granddaughter shares her story of the family's fight to save their grandmother's life. We share her story with permission.

This is my paternal grandma (nalii), 80 years young, she's been through alot in the pass couple weeks. On May 16 her test for COVID 19 came back positive. On May 19 we took her to Gallup Indian Medical Center and she was evaluated. Nalii was told her oxygen was at 86 percent. No oxygen was administered.
We decided to take nalii to Sandoval Regional UNM. I called SRUNM to let them know I'll be bringing in my nalii.

Urban Indian Directors letter to Minneapolis Police regarding George Floyd

Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors Group letter to Minneapolis Police regarding George Floyd

May 27th, 2020
To All Our Relations —

This letter has been written on behalf of the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors Group (MUID) – a collaborative of some thirty American Indian organizations operating within the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minnesota (please see the attached organizational listing). The purpose of this communication is to state our collective response to the tragic death of George Floyd on Monday, May 25th, 2020.

Sick and dying at home: Navajos with coronavirus sent home to quarantine

Each day there are heart-breaking stories as Dine' elders are sent away from hospitals with COVID-19, sent home without medicine or health care, and many have no running water. Some Dine' in quarantine, sick with pneumonia, have no way to get food or water. Others die in the nursing homes in Farmington and Gallup, New Mexico. Senicide, or geronticide, is the killing of the elderly, or their abandonment to death.

Article by Brenda Norrell Censored News French translation by Christine Prat
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Navajos with coronavirus and pneumonia are sent home from the hospitals with little medicine or information about the virus, and no one ever checks on them. At home in quarantine, sick with the coronavirus, Navajos shared their stories with Censored News.

After testing positive for coronavirus, and being sent home from hospitals, there are no health care follow-ups. There are no tribal officials bringing them food and water.

The Dine' families that we talked to in Ariz…

Federal prison should not be a death sentence: Advocates press for release of Native inmates due to COVID-19

Federal Prison ‘Should Not Be a Death Sentence’

Advocates press for the release of Native inmates due to COVID-19

by Frances Madeson
Originally published in The Progressive
Published at Censored News with permission
May 28, 2020

Double Ditch Indian Village overlooks the Missouri River in North Dakota, about an hour’s drive north from where the Dakota Access Pipeline Water Protectors formed their prayer camps in 2016 on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. It’s a historic site of a village where, from 1490 to 1785, members of the Mandan Tribe lived in earth mound dwellings that protected them from extreme temperatures and near-constant winds.

The Mandan flourished for almost three centuries—longer than the United States has been in existence. But in 1782, the smallpox scourge arrived on their homelands, leaving survivors to scatter for safety.

“We have no social distancing. We live in 7 x 7 cubes that are 63 feet by 38 feet. There are 62 men sharing 3 toilets, 1 urinal, 3 showers and 5 s…

Canada's nursing home deaths tantamount to mass murder during COVID-19

Canada's nursing home deaths tantamount to mass murder during COVID-19

By Brenda Norrell Censored News
The horrific and gruesome conditions in Ottawa nursing homes have resulted in widespread death from COVID-19. A new report now confirms the neglect and abuse where sick elderly cried for help for hours, were left in their own waste and force-fed to the point of choking them to death.

One-half of all coronavirus deaths in Canada are in nursing homes. In the United States, one-third of all deaths from the virus are in nursing homes, where neglect, abuse and unsanitary conditions prevail.

"A disturbing new report from the Canadian military paints a picture of severe neglect inside several of Ontario’s long-term care homes struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic, including observations of insect infestations, staffing shortages and patients being underfed and left in soiled diapers," Politico reports.

StrongHearts Native Helpline: International Day against Homophobia commemorated

International Day Against Homophobia Commemorated

By StrongHearts Native Helpline

Censored News

Just 20 years ago on May 17, 1990, the World Health Organization took action to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. Commemorating the event, the International Lesbian, Gay Association (ILGA) designated May 17 as the International Day Against Homophobia. Since then, the movement has grown and diversified leading to renaming the organization and the day of celebration.

On May 17, 2020, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGBTIA) commemorated the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia with the theme, “Breaking the Silence.” It was a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities when tens of thousands of the LGBTQI community spoke up about a single vision: freedom and equality for all sexual, gender and bodily minorities.

U.S. Senators probe defective medical masks sent to Navajo Nation

U.S. Senators probe defective medical masks from the company of former White House aide, sent to Navajo Nation hospitals

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators wrote a poignant letter to the Indian Health Service probing reports of defective medical masks sent to Navajo Nation hospitals, that were purchased from a former White House aide.
Senators are probing the purchase of $3 million of potentially substandard respirator masks from a company founded by a former White House deputy chief of staff and then distributed without proper quality screening to Navajo Nation hospitals in New Mexico and Arizona.
“The IHS facilities serving the Tribe are in dire need of PPE to combat the virus and ensure medical personnel are protected from potential exposure,” the lawmakers wrote.
“Accordingly, we’re also concerned by reports that the federal contract to supply PPE to the Navajo IHS Service Area was awarded to a company established by a former senior official in the White Hou…

Irish Solidarity for Indigenous COVID-19 Relief: U2 Drummer Donates $100,000

Irish Solidarity for Indigenous COVID-19 Relief Con

Chief Arvol Looking Horse 'World Peace and Prayer Day: Honoring Sacred Sites June 21, 2020'

Chief Arvol Looking Horse

”Maka akantula (People of the earth),

This is our 25th year in our efforts to bring attention to the importance of the remaining Sacred Sites around the world; where we have visited Nations and honored their ancestor’s place of worship. One day I would like to see “Honoring Sacred Sites Day, June 21st” recognized all over the world, when people will finally understand their importance. My personal direction and responsibility has been to pay attention to our prophecy of White Buffalo Calf Woman. She said there would come a time when a sign would show where man’s behavior had gone too far in their destructive choices. And our Ancestors have shared from ceremony — “we warned - people would not be able to control what they have created.”

In 1994, the same year Global Warming was first announced, in Janesville Wisconsin, a white buffalo calf with black hooves, black nose and eyes was born. She was named Miracle. Many people came from th…

McKinley Mutual Aid volunteers bring relief to Dine' in Ojo Encino, New Mexico

Collaborative effort of all-volunteer grassroots effort receives $115,000 in relief funds for Dine' and Ashiwi
Our Indigenous Lifeways
Welcome, Yá'át'ééh , Hola, Keshi,
We are currently processing Rapid Response requests through the McKinley Mutual Aid, a Health and  Help network for the McKinley Community of Northwest New Mexico. Geographically our service area includes all communities of McKinley County including the Sovereign Indigenous Nations of the Navajo (Diné ) and Zuni (Ashiwi) peoples, as well as those neighboring communities on the borders, in which we share resources, relatives and our lived communal experiences.
McKinley Mutual Aid Accomplishments:
Fundraising Highlights
Raised over $85,000 in Grants and Private Donors: $10,000, Seventh Generation; $10,000, NDN Collective; 15,000 Decolonizing Wealth; $5,000 New Mexico Women; $10,000 Javier Martinez, $24,000 Paypal; $2,000 from Indigenous Lifeways; $1,000 First Born [soon to be $5k] 5,000 Private Donor, 30,000 T…

Kinlani Mutual Aid delivers relief to Black Mesa

Kinlani Mutual Aid delivers relief to Black Mesa 
Mercury Bitsuie, Dine', said, "Just would like to give a big thanks to all the relatives in the frontlines making a huge effort to support one another, whether it's making homemade masks and hand sanitizers, delivering food or water to our elders, to checking up on one another or just to be staying home and to all the support we were blessed with. Big thanks to the relatives from the Taalahooghan Infoshop for donating food and supplies so that we can transport to our relatives out in the Rocky Ridge areas. Big thanks to my uncle Andy Dann as well as his crew for distributing it out to the community and a big thanks to the relatives from Ft Collins, Colorado, for the truckload of food, I was able to get it all delivered yesterday on Memorial Day. Once again thank you all for your support and have a wonderful day!"  Photos below by Mercury Bitsuie, published with permission.

The Kinlani Mutual Aid based in Flagstaff, Ari…

Navajo and Hopi Relief on Hopiland: Photos by Hopi Lilian Hill

Lilian Hill said, "Thank you to Navajo and Hopi Families Covid-19 Relief Effort! With donations from the COVID-19 Relief fund, the Hopi Mutual Aid Team, in partnership with Village leaders and local volunteers, helped distribute food to the entire Village of Orayvi. Askwali to volunteers, the Village of Hotevilla, and those who have contributed to the fund and shared the campaign."

Emergency Mobile Pantry in Zuni, New Mexico, gears up for June!


By Zowie Banteah-Yuselew
Emergency Mobile Pantry in Zuni, New Mexico
Censored News
As we gear up for June, it's great to reflect on our journey thus far. We started on April 12th with 25 care packages and last Thursday and Friday combined was our eleventh distribution with 265 care packages! We received over 100 plus messages in one day so we know the need is great. We have a little bit over a month to continue our Facebook Charity page which we hope carries us through July. We are glad to continue to help and very fortunate to be able to. It's a lot of heart work and great learning experiences for all of us including our volunteers. Thank you donors for being super caring people for the support and all the people across the US sending donations through mail, we want to acknowledge you for your efforts. We plan to continue these efforts as long as we have donations and supplies. Elahkwa, thank you again for helping us by donating!
Raised $41,390. The goal is $50,000. Donate an…

Navajo medical masks were part of White House contracting scam and may not work

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Medical masks sent to the Navajo Nation were part of a White House contract scam. The masks were secured by a former White House aide who obtained a contract with the Indian Health Service and purchased those from China, ProPublica reports.

"A former White House aide won a $3 million federal contract to supply respirator masks to Navajo Nation hospitals in New Mexico and Arizona 11 days after he created a company to sell personal protective equipment in response to the coronavirus pandemic," ProPublica reported on Friday.
The masks provided were Chinese-made KN95s, the Chinese alternative to N95s.

U.S. regulators said the first week of April that these offer inadequate protection.
On Friday, the Navajo Nation reported a total of 4,529 cases of coronavirus. There have been 149 deaths.

Mashpee Wampanoag ask judge today to halt Trump's removal of land from trust

Mashpee Wampanoag ask a federal judge today to halt Trump's removal of land from trust

By Brenda Norrell Censored News Watch video:
Cedric Cromwell, Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Nation, said Mashpee Wampanoag are asking a federal judge today to halt the Trump administration from removing its status as a Native Nation.

Chairman Cromwell said, "Our Tribe, the same tribe that is celebrated on Thanksgiving for our historic role in the founding of this country, filed a preliminary injunction/temporary restraining order against the Department of Interior to halt its efforts to disestablish our Tribe's reservation."

StrongHearts Native Helpline Adds Online Chat Sessions with Advocates

StrongHearts Native Helpline Adds Online Chat Sessions with Advocates 

By CC Hovie, Communications Manager

Censored News

(EAGAN, Minn., May 18, 2020) — It is no coincidence that StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-762-8483) has chosen to roll out online chat advocacy amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic created the perfect storm for victim-survivors of domestic and dating violence by having to shelter-in-place with their abusive partners. This necessitated a swift response by StrongHearts administrators who explained that feature was always a planned milestone but it was reached sooner and with a sense of urgency.

Launching today, Monday, May 18 at 8 a.m. CDT, chat advocacy at StrongHearts Native Helpline enables victim-survivors, friends and relatives to connect with an advocate using an online chat service. Users can connect with a highly-trained advocate in a free, anonymous and confidential one-on-one chat session. There is no need to download an …

The New Smallpox Blanket: The Defective Coronavirus Test

The FDA issued an alert about the rapid coronavirus tests that Trump brought to the Navajo Nation at the Native Roundtable. The Indian Health Service has been using the Abbott tests since early April, which are delivering false results, resulting in the spread of the virus.

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News Updated May 20, 2020
The FDA issued a warning about the Abbott rapid coronavirus tests issuing false results, which results in people believing they do not have the virus when they do. These false tests increase the spread of the virus.

For those who took the Abbott rapid coronavirus test and received a negative result, and are having symptoms, then the CDC recommends you retest. The test has an up to a 50 percent fail rate. This will help decrease the spread.

Coronavirus on Navajo Nation: 174 cases in 24 hours, now 140 deaths, May 17, 2020

172 new cases of COVID-19, 13 more deaths, and 544 recoveries reported as Navajo Nation continues to test aggressively

By Navajo President Jonathan Nez
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 172 new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation. The total number of deaths has reached 140 as of Saturday. Preliminary reports from a few health care facilities indicate that approximately 544 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, with more reports still pending.

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 3,912. A total of 23,791 COVID-19 tests have been administered with 17,409 negative results. In March, health care experts projected that the Navajo Nation would see its peak in new cases in mid-May.

Big Mountain Dineh (Navajos) 'Hopi Partitioned Lands' -- Essential Water by Sheep Dog Nation Rocks

Big Mountain Dineh (Navajos) "Hopi Partitioned Lands" --  Essential Water

By NaBahe SheepDog Keediniihii May 15, 2020
Sheep Dog Nation Rocks

Good Greetings, Yaa'at'eeh.
President and First Lady, Jonathan and Phefelia Nez
Vice President and Second Lady Myron and Dottie Lizer
Navajo Tribal Council, Counsel, and Chapter Leaders

I was born at Big Mountain and I grew up on those pristine lands. Since I was very young I live the sheepherding and farming cultures, and nearly 85% of our subsistence was land-based like natural farming, raising meat, weaving, hunting, building from local lumber - reused or fresh, and harvesting water and maintaining natural springs. There were also the old health care systems of herbalists and chanter healers. Eventually, at the age of nine, my parents were forced to give me up to the BIA boarding school. Upon graduating from high school, I took advantage of higher education, but the U.S. law of partitioning of our lands came about and I return…

Navajo Nation: 108 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, weekend lockdown underway May 16, 2020

Navajo Nation: 108 new cases of COVID-19, no additional deaths reported as 57-hour weekend lockdown set to take effect

By Navajo President Jonathan Nez
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 108 new cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation. The total number of deaths remains at 127 as previously reported on Thursday. Preliminary reports from a few health care facilities indicate that approximately 519 individuals have recovered from COVID-19, with more reports still pending. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 3,740.

Seamstresses Unite to Fight COVID-19 on Navajo and Hopi Nations


By Cassandra Begay
Censored News May 15, 2020
TÓ NANEESDIZÍ, DINÉTAH, (TUBA CITY, NAVAJO NATION) — Diné (Navajo) seamstresses have organized to fight COVID-19 with resourcefulness, creativity, and sewing machines having created and distributed over 18,000 masks to date.  .
As confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation climb to 3,392 with 119 deaths, the all-volunteer subsidiaries to the Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund (Relief Fund), "Western Navajo Seamstresses COVID 19 Dooda" and "Eastern Navajo Seamstresses United COVID 19 Dooda" are rapidly sewing masks and other PPE for community members, first responders, and healthcare providers. Next week the Relief Fund will be including masks with their food boxes.  So far the Relief Fund has served over 4,300 households in over 50 communities on Navajo Nation and in 5 of the 12 Hopi Villages. In addition, our GoFundMe for this effort has surpas…