Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

September 3, 2020

Rising up and feeding the people -- Love and justice in the center of a pandemic and hurricane

During a pandemic and a hurricane, cooking hot meals and delivering fresh groceries isn't the easiest thing to do, but that's what these incredible volunteers are doing.

Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief raises their own funds, purchases fresh food in Phoenix and delivers by semi truckloads and volunteer airlifts to Navajo and Hopi communities. Kinlani Mutual Aid is a partner in Flagstaff, Arizona, receiving and sterilizing supplies, and providing relief supplies to Dine' healers. There is ongoing training for the volunteers at Navajo Hopi Relief, and supplies include masks from Navajo seamstresses, water and cleaning supplies. Their dedicated donors include the people of Ireland. Photos: Navajo and Hopi Relief volunteer Cassandra Begay said, "Thank you to our incredible volunteers for all of their hard work. These ladies have been doing an awesome job. Glenda and Flora are Distribution Leads of Ganado and Kinlichee. They’re working with Apache County as well. The distribution kits were put together by Brian Smallcanyon and Jose Gamez and shipped to Tsaile. Elvira Litson kept them safe for us until we dispatched the supplies to Glenda and Apache County in Sawmill."

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McKinley Mutual Aid based in Gallup, New Mexico, delivers to the surrounding Navajo and Zuni Pueblo communities, including the senior centers in the  eastern portion of the Navajo Nation. Their recent deliveries of food, water and supplies included Fort Defiance on the Navajo Nation.
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World Central Kitchen is taking hot meals to those devastated by Hurricane Laura in Lake Charles, Louisiana on the Gulf Coast, as electric poles are strewn in the streets and families are being cut out from the debris by volunteers with chainsaws.
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Meals for Relatives COVID-19 Rapid City Community Response: Hot gourmet meals cooked and delivered to those in quarantine by Lakota volunteers in Rapid City, South Dakota. Laura Schad cooked up big pans of lasagna, Italian chopped salad and baked zucchini bread, with zucchini picked fresh from her garden.
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In a one-of-its-kind food delivery to Lakotas in quarantine, volunteers are cooking daily gourmet meals and delivering these in Rapid City, South Dakota. Organized by Natalie Stites Means, Lakota, the daily meal deliveries by volunteers include supplies, like  masks, cleaning supplies and essentials.  Please consider donating to Meals for Relatives COVID-19 Rapid City Community Response. There is a sudden increase in coronavirus cases in the area:
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Yazzie the Chef in Minneapolis is preparing gourmet meals for elderly in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota.

Yazzie the Chef's culinary creation are works of art and hot meals for Native elders in the Twin Cities in Minnesota.

Native youth interns are learning from Dine' Gourmet Chef Brian Yazzie at the Gathering Cafe in Minnesota. Recent cuisine for elders included braised buffalo and special creations with Mayan Chocolate. Yazzie also raises funds for the ongoing hay and feed delivery in his hometown of Dennehotso, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation.
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