August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Mohawk Nation News 'Welcome to the Reservation!'

Mohawk Nation News 'Welcome to the Reservation!'
MNN. March, 21, 2020. COVID19 is another cleansing of turtle island by our mother to rid herself of another disease brought here by the invaders.  Numerous diseases brought here were smallpox, bubonic plague, chickenpox, cholera, the common cold, diphtheria, influenza, malaria, measles, scarlet fever, sexually transmitted diseases, typhoid, typhus, tuberculosis, influenza, polio, meningitis and pertussis, among others.

From 1616 onward we onkwehonweh indigenous have suffered fatal diseases, such as small pox infested blankets, the favorite method by the invaders.

Sweet Journey my Friend Bessie Taylor McKay, Dineh

Photo: Bessie at the Indigenous World Uranium Summit in Window Rock in 2006 by Brenda Norrell.
Sweet Journey My Friend

By Brenda Norrell
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My friend Bessie Taylor McKay, who I often lived with in Crystal in the Chuska Mountains on the Navajo Nation, passed to the Spirit World on Monday night following an injury from a fall.

Bessie traveled the world in her lifetime, traveling through China and hitchhiking on trucks to Tibet, riding camels in Saudi Arabia and living in Kenya. Together we traveled by truck to be with the Tarahumara in Copper Canyon in Mexico.

I'm remembering her now, watering the corn down by Lake Assayi in summer in the Chuska Mountains, where there are eagles and wild turkey. She was always there when the snow piled up around my log cabin when I lived across the road. In good weather, she was picking pinyons and wild plants. We welcomed many friends, including our friend Inuit Maynard Eaken who came down from Alaska. We taught him to build a fire with wood in winter.

StrongHearts Native Helpline for Domestic Violence: Ready to Listen

StrongHearts Native Helpline Will Continue to Offer Services During COVID-19 Pandemic

StrongHearts Native Helpline


EAGAN, Minn., March 19, 2020 — StrongHearts Native Helpline acknowledges that this is a very difficult time for all Native people. We are very concerned about those most vulnerable including those who may be in unhealthy or abusive relationships; therefore, we will continue to operate and offer our services as long as possible.

At the StrongHearts office, we are taking the directed social distancing protocols very seriously. As such, callers may experience longer call wait times. Callers may press one at any time to be transferred to The National Domestic Violence Hotline, a non-Native Hotline. The Hotline is also responding to the directed protocols so callers may experience extended call wait times.

Please note that the StrongHearts website and social media sites are not equipped for support services.

We hope that this situation is temporary. Again, we will continue to operate and offer our services daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Daylight Time. We apologize for any disruptions in service and thank all of our Native communities for your patience and understanding.

We are here. We are ready to listen.

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Navajo Nation issues 'Stay at Home Order' for all residents to fight spread of coronavirus

Navajo Nation issues stay at home order, after 14 cases of coronavirus in Chilchinbeto and Kayenta area, with Dine' treated in Kayenta and Chinle in Arizona, and Shiprock in New Mexico. In other news, area coronavirus cases were also reported in Flagstaff and Page in Ariz. A man in his 30s tested positive in McKinley County, NM. 

Navajo Nation issues “Stay at Home Order” for all residents of the Navajo Nation to fight the spread of COVID-19

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer
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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Friday, the Navajo Nation Health Command Operations Center issued a Public Health Emergency “Stay at Home Order” requiring all residents of the Navajo Nation to remain home and isolated and all non-essential businesses to close to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The previous shelter-in-place order for the community of Chilchinbeto in now expanded to the entire Navajo Nation.

“We are getting many reports of people still being out in public and putting elders and everyone at risk. This is a very serious situation and if need be, we will take steps to enforce the “Stay at Home Order” even more. The more people go out in public, the greater the risk is for a massive health crisis on the Navajo Nation. We are telling our people to stay home to protect themselves and others, which will help our health professional take care of those who need medical attention,” said President Nez.

In a short period of time, COVID-19 has arrived on the Navajo Nation and the number of cases remains at 14 as of Friday. The degree of contact of contagious individuals and the subsequent degree of exposure is unknown and continued person-to-person spread throughout the Navajo Nation thereby poses an extensive and substantial public health risk, according to the order.

“While there are a higher number of people receiving negative COVID-19 test results for the virus at this point, there are many tests that are awaiting results and confirmation. The purpose of the closure is to allow the Navajo Nation as a whole to isolate and quarantine. Isolation and quarantine help protect our Nation by preventing exposure to people who have or may have the contagious COVID-19 virus. Isolation separates people who may be sick with COVID-19 from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick,” President Nez added.

The order also outlines provisions for “essential activities, essential businesses, and any work necessary to the operations and maintenance of essential infrastructure.” It further states that Navajo Nation citizens are required to stay home and undertake only those outings absolutely necessary for their health, safety, or welfare as described herein.

“It’s incumbent of every person to comply with this order. Our ancestors have been through much worse and we need to remember that. We are going to get through this with the power of prayer. Please continue to be mindful of our elders and those at high-risk. COVID-19 is extremely dangerous for our elders, for people over 60. Think of the safety of our elders. Stay home,” added Vice President Lizer.

On Friday, President Nez and Vice President Lizer also approved a $4 million appropriation that will be directed to the Navajo Department of Health to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Navajo Nation and deliver much-needed resources and equipment to health care experts and emergency response personnel on the ground. The funding will provide medical supplies, food and water supplies, equipment, public outreach, and more.

To view the entire “Stay at Home Order,” please visit:

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