August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Rural and Native communities call for halt to Keystone XL due to coronavirus threat

Photo: Faith Spotted Eagle (right) and members and supporters of Brave Heart Society and the Yankton Sioux Tribe inside a solar-equipped tiny house built to take on tour of proposed KXL “man camp” locations to raise awareness about MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women). The tour has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus public health emergency. Photographer: Jen Cohen)
CANCEL KXL: Rural and Tribal Communities Call on TC Energy to Cancel Keystone XL Pipeline Activity Due to Coronavirus Public Health Threat

As coronavirus forces social distancing and community lockdowns, TC Energy/TransCanada endangers thousands of workers and rural communities unequipped to handle public health threat, in addition to increased crime and sexual violence arising from pipeline worker “man camps”

By Mark Hefflinger
Bold Nebraska

HASTINGS, Nebraska — Despite the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic, which has compelled Tribal, federal, state, and local governments to impose “shelter-in-place,” travel restrictions, and cancel all manner of events to encourage social distancing, the Canadian pipeline corporation TC Energy (formerly TransCanada) continues against all good judgment to move forward with work on its Keystone XL pipeline project — further endangering the health of both thousands of out-of-state contract workers coming in to work on the pipeline, and the rural communities who will be exposed to them. Bold Nebraska has launched an online petition urging TC Energy to “Cancel KXL” activity — and calling on labor unions, Governors, Mayors and County Boards along the route to take action to halt all activity including construction on worker “man camps,” should TC continue to move forward in the face of the Coronavirus public health threat.

Navajo Nation coronavirus cases increase to 69

A big thank you to our Nation’s first responders, firefighters, Navajo Nation Division of Behavioral Health, and the Special Diabetes Program for continuing to deliver food, water, and other essential items to the elderly and high-risk residents in Chilchinbeto. Please keep them and our communities in your prayers. Ahe’hee’ -- Navajo President's Office

New cases of COVID-19 increases by 20 among Navajo people

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer
Censored News

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Wednesday evening, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer were informed by the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area IHS that the number of positive tests for COVID-19 has reached a total of 69 for Navajo people, an increase of 20 cases from the previous day. The cases include 43 in Navajo County, eight in Apache County, six in Coconino County in Arizona, and four in McKinley County, seven in San Juan County, and one in Cibola County in New Mexico.

“Unfortunately, the numbers are going to continue to rise until everyone begins to comply with the Stay at Home Order. We have to isolate ourselves to isolate the virus. Let’s do it for our elders, our children, and our high-risk individuals. We will fight and eventually beat this virus together, but we need everyone to take it seriously. There’s no need to be out in public unless you’re in need of food, medication, or other essential items,” said President Nez.

A Public Health Emergency “Stay at Home Order” remains in effect 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 number of positive cases is rising, but please remember that people are also testing negative for the virus and people are also recovering. In challenging times, we must also maintain faith in our prayers and know that we will overcome this,” stated Vice President Lizer.

President Nez and Vice President Lizer continue to advocate and lobby at the federal and state levels for additional resources that will be needed as the number of cases increase. On Wednesday, it was reported that Congress and the White House agreed to a $2 trillion coronavirus spending bill that includes $8 billion to help tribes fight the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“We are not letting down. We are stepping up our efforts to fight for the resources that our Navajo people, first responders, and many others need to respond and recover from this pandemic. It’s going to be a tough challenge, but we will overcome like our ancestors did,” added President Nez.

To contact the main Navajo Health Command Operations Center, please call (928) 871-7014.

More from Censored News

Coronavirus cases increased in IHS areas of Navajo, Portland 10, California 9 and Great Plains 2. The Navajo Nation said cases today increased to 69. IHS shows that results are available for less than half of those tested nationwide.

Below New York Times map today of coronavirus spread in the U.S. March 26, 2920


Federal court strikes down permit for Dakota Access Pipeline, March 25, 2020

Photo Ryan Vizzions, Standing Rock

By Earthjustice
Censored News
March 25, 2020

Washington, D.C. —  A federal court today granted a request by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to strike down federal permits for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

Coffee with My Ma 'Final Episode' Mohawks Kaniehtiio and mom Kahentinetha Horn

Kaniehtiio Horn with Kahentinetha Horn
Censored News


In our final episode of season one Ma tells us about the time she encountered the friendship centre murderer! Then we hear the first story she ever told, where recording all this began. She tells me how she ended up at Robert Kennedys funeral!

I recorded this way before the COVID-19 Pandemic started, but decided maybe everyone could use a healthy distraction and a couple of Ma's stories right about now. I know I sure miss her but she is keeping safe at home in Kahnawake.

From the bottom of my heart I’d like to thank Birch Bark Coffee Co. for fuelling this ride. Kristi Lane Sinclair for the theme music, Patrick Hunter for our logo, niawen to My ma for her stories, Rick Penn for co producing, Ontario Arts Council for making the first season possible, Cheekbone Beauty for making us look pretty, and of course all of you beautiful fantastic people for taking the time to stop by and have some coffee with me and my ma!!

Until next season, onen ki wahi sewakwekon

Doctor says supplies needed on Navajo Nation as coronavirus spreads


Want to help fight COVID?

I am a doctor on the Navajo reservation in Tuba City, Arizona. We are being hit hard by COVID. We do not have enough gowns, masks, or face shields to protect all of the members of our triage, ER, and inpatient units. Here is what we need:

1. Homemade face masks - these will be given to coughing patients to contain the spread of virus among members in the home as well as for use in the ER or other clinic visits. We may also use them over top of the N95 mask to protect the N95 from contamination.

2. Homemade gowns for hospital personnel. We can send them through Hospital laundering services. This will help protect healthcare workers from the virus. Long sleeve, to the knee. Easily washable, probably cotton.

3. Face shields - people have been making these as well. This protects our eyes from coughing/sputum. These will be worn by healthcare workers seeing patients.

Usually, these are single-use items, but we are re-using all of them right now.

If you are interested in sending me any of these supplies, send me a separate message and I’ll get you my address.

Thank you
Sara Jager, MD
Lieutenant Commander, USPHS
Deputy Chief of Pediatrics
West Point, Class of 2000

Censored News is adding this contact info:

Other NameTuba City Indian Medical Center
Address167 North Main Street, ,
Tuba City
Arizona, 86045-0600
Phone Number928-283-2501
Fax Number928-283-2677
Authorized Official NameJoseph T Engelken
Authorized Official Title/PositionChief Executive Officer
Authorized Official Contact Number928-283-2781

Censored News copyright

All content at Censored News is copyrighted by the creator of the work, and may not be used for any reason without written permission. This includes news, books, films, dissertations, grants, reports, pamphlets, and any other purpose.