Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

August 6, 2020

Navajo and Hopi volunteers never give up as the sixth month of the pandemic approaches

Mercury Bitsuie, joined by his Uncle Andy Dann was in Sanders, Arizona, delivering relief to his community. "Delivering food and supplies in my community today. Have a wonderful day," Mercury said, after getting his vehicle running again and back on the road. Mercury and Uncle Andy Dann are among the Dine' volunteers raising their own funds and delivering to their families, relatives and communities.

Kinlani Mutual Aid in Flagstaff, Arizona
Shannonlynn Chester, Klee Benally and the hard-working crew in Flagstaff, Arizona, receive and sterilize donations arriving for the Navajo Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief, prepare meals and share donations with those without homes in the community, and deliver relief packages to Dineh Healers.

Hopi Volunteers with Navajo Hopi COVID-19 Families Relief

Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture Institute

Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture Institute "Our team has been busy leading and assisting with relief efforts for the Hopi Community via the Navajo-Hopi Families Covid-19 Relief Effort. We’re also working with Hopi farmers to ensure that traditional cornfields are cared for, and completing garden projects with local community members to ensure that our people have the support that they need during this pandemic. Take good care of each other and we will continue to provide updates as we move forward. Learn more and support at!"

Navajo Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief on the Navajo Nation
Ganado and Kinlichee photos by Glenda Tsosie Wheeler

Glenda Tsosie Wheeler said, "Thank you to Ganado Apache County District 2 for assisting with distribution for the Navajo Hopi Families Covid19 Relief for the community members of Ganado/ Kinlichee Chapter. It's a very much needed support to the entire community.  We help serve families that apply on-line requesting for assistance. And we assisted with giving information and handing out fliers. Next time please assist in helping a family member, Mom, Dad, Uncle, Chei, Grandma, Grandpa, Friend or a neighbor in applying online to get assistance. Website is Thank you to Flora Nez, Alton Joe Shepherd, Gabe Freeland and your entire staff for assisting and making this possible. Lunch for volunteers was provided. Thank you again."

Navajo Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief on the Navajo Nation
Ganado and Kinlichee photos by Glenda Tsosie Wheeler

Navajo Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief on the Navajo Nation. Ganado and Kinlichee photos by Glenda Tsosie Wheeler

Glenda Tsosie Wheeler said, "Thank you Apache County Yard District 2 for hosting Navajo Hopi Families COVID 19 Relief for the families and community of Kinlichee/ Ganado Chapter.  It was a lot of work. Thank you to the volunteers, WilmaShorty, LeAnderson Leonard, and Apache County District #2 Supervisor Alton Joe Shepherd, Gabriel Freeland, Flora Nez, Tyler Bia Warren Thoma, Heather, Lonnie, Art, Ray, and a big 'thank you' to Craig for providing the volunteers an awesome lunch yesterday. We had a great time and safety was very well-practiced. We also worked well in providing for the sanitation of the shipment very well. Thank you very much for hosting and housing the team and me, and having the time to assist in providing what is very important to the Navajo Hopi Families Covid-19 Relief. Ms. Vanessa Tullie will appreciate it very much. She wants our Navajo People to be served as much as possible. So please have your communities apply online for Navajo Hopi COVID-19 Relief for assistance."

With love from Ireland
Masks for the Navajo Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief
Western Navajo Seamstresses United COVID-19

Theresa Hatathlie-Delmar said,"Thank you to Donna O'Neil from Galway, Ireland for the deliveries of masks! It is humbling to know we have people we have never met cheering for us and helping us fight the good fight! Thank you! Western Navajo Seamstresses United COVID-19 Dooda."
Navajo Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief
Western Navajo Seamstresses sew their own and welcome donations. Masks and scrub caps sewn by Dina Yazzie, Red Dawn George, Pamela Cooke Meade, Kammy Harding-Crumbo and Cathy Miller.

Bitahnii Wilson, Dine' volunteer, has been delivering water and water barrels to Navajo
and Hopi families, and made one relief delivery to White Mountain Apache.

McKinley Mutual Aid
Serving Gallup, New Mexico, eastern Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo

"Deliveries to Breadsprings Senior Center and Zuni Senior Center! Thank you Cynthia and Karen for advocating for their community and elders. Thank you to Strengthening Nations Inc. and Gallup Story Garden for volunteering their time to deliver MMA community Care Packages." -- McKinley Mutual Aid. Read more and donate:

"McKinley Mutual Aid will be receiving 800 First Aid kits from New Mexico Social Justice Equity Institute! Thank you for your continued support. Anna Rondon New Mexico Social Justice Equity Institute." -- McKinley Mutual Aid

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