August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Actor Mark Ruffalo joins Dineh for 'Protect the Sacred' livestream about COVID 19, March 31, 2020

Tonight! Please join me, Shaandiin Parrish, James & Ernie Comedy, and more for an EMERGENCY Livestream to discuss how COVID-19 is impacting the Navajo Nation and what the Navajo people (and allies) can do to help protect their sacred ways of life and elders.

Please go to to watch the Livestream at 7pm MST.

Western Shoshone Ian Zabarte invitation to 'Power Dialog' Climate Initiative

By Ian Zabarte
Principal Man Western Shoshone
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Please find here all the final details about the Power Dialog that we are going to have in a week. We are going to start at 5:30 posting the videos in our Student Sustainability Council FB website:

Please invite more people to join us in this power dialog! Thanks!

The University of Nevada in Las Vegas is taking the state lead in a unique, major national climate education initiative called Solve Climate By 2030 organized by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy. As Nevada’s coordinator of this virtual event and UNLV Student Sustainability Council Grad Representative, I’ll like to invite you to attend this national dialog.

COVID-19 has shown how fragile our health and economic systems are to extreme events. Our scientists have also told us clearly that, unchecked, climate change will turn our lives into a series of unending extreme events: floods, droughts, rising seas, pests and disease, more extreme storms and hurricanes, leaving hundreds of millions of people homeless and on the move.

Details: On Tuesday, April 7, UNLV will be one of the 52 universities, one in every state of the country, focused on ambitious but feasible state and local solutions to help solve climate by 2030. On that date, we’ll find the three big things that need doing in your state if we really aim to stop climate change. 

Link to attend our Nevada’s Power Dialogue:

5:30 - 5:40 pm Welcome to Power Dialogue - Solve Climate by 2030

Eban Goodstein, Director, Graduate Programs in Sustainability / Bard College (via video)

5:40 - 6:40 pm Climate Solutions Panel (via video)

Three Climate Leaders will discuss solutions to move us towards Solving Climate by 2030

1. George Rhee Ph.D., Climate Change Calculator Creator

2. Ian Zabarte, Native Community Action Council Secretary

3. Jonathan Royce Esteban, Tesla Company

6:40 - 7:00 pm Q&A’s, Community Discussion Online

Join us on Facebook and be part of this Power Dialog. What can individuals do to help “move the needle” on climate change? How do we translate the solutions identified by the state experts in the panel discussion, to actionable items on the ground?

Please help us to inform about the event to others interested on climate change solutions. See attached our invitation and our Nevada Senators’ Climate Commitment Letters.

Save the date:

NOTE: This opportunity is not just for environmental studies classes. The challenges posed by solving climate change necessarily range across history, science, business, culture, economics, psychology, religion, government, media, journalism, and the arts. Solve Climate has teachers guides for all these subjects for a one-hour follow-up discussion to the state-level, solutions-focused webinars.

The webinars will be recorded so you can view and discuss them in class ANYTIME DURING APRIL AND MAY. Register at our state site or feel welcome to contact me to stay informed.

Help #MakeClimateaClass go viral. Follow and promote us on twitter @solveby2030, and Instagram/Tiktok/Facebook/LinkedIn @solveclimateby2030. Tell all your friends to do it too!

Principal Man Ian Zabarte
Western Bands of the Shoshone Nation of Indians
Treaty of Ruby Valley (Consolidated Treaty Series Vol. 127 1863)

Navajo Nation creates field medical stations as coronavirus cases increase to 148

Twenty new cases and three more deaths related to COVID-19 reported, Medical stations being established in Chinle and Tuba City

By Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer
March 31, 2020
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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — According to the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center, the number of positive tests for COVID-19 has reached a total of 148 for the Navajo Nation as of Monday. In addition, there are now a total of five confirmed deaths related to COVID-19.
The 148 cases include the following counties:
Navajo County, AZ: 69
Apache County, AZ: 16 *changed due to clarification of one individual’s residency
Coconino County, AZ: 32
McKinley County, NM: 9
San Juan County, NM: 15
Cibola County, NM: 1
San Juan County, UT: 6
On Monday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer met with health care officials and emergency responders who are working to fully establish a federal medical station to help fight the spread of COVID-19 in the community of Chinle, Ariz.
On Sunday, President Nez and Vice President Lizer spoke with the Federal Emergency Management Agency - Region 9 Administrator Robert J. Fenton to coordinate the mobilization of federal personnel to deliver much-needed equipment including 58 beds, blankets, personal protective equipment, and other essential items at the Chinle Community Center. Chinle Unified School District Superintendent Quincy Natay and others were instrumental in making the facility available for use.
“We are thankful to FEMA and Mr. Natay for the assistance, but we also recognize that it’s not enough. In speaking with the health care experts, the supplies that were delivered won’t last a full week, but we’re continuing to work hard every day to bring more and more resources. The Navajo Nation is also stepping up and using our own funds from the $4 million appropriation that was approved recently,” said President Nez.

Navajo Online Townhall March 31, 2020

Join us on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. (MDT) when President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer will host an online town hall meeting through Facebook to provide essential updates on response efforts, the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases, supply needs, and the Public Health Orders of the Navajo Nation. Ahee'hee'


Navajo Nation roadblocks in place as curfew goes into effect due to coronavirus

The Navajo Police Department began holding road blocks this evening, as the Navajo Nation-wide curfew took effect at 8:00 p.m. President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer joined Police Chief Phillip B. Francisco as they handed out COVID-19 pamphlets and urged drivers to return home safely and comply with the curfew. The curfew order is in effect daily from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Navajo Police are also checking for proof of essential work status for drivers and occupants. As a reminder, the curfew does not apply to essential employees reporting to or from duty, with official identification and/or a letter of designation from their essential business employer on official letterhead which includes a contact for verification.
President Nez and Vice President Lizer thank everyone who is following the curfew order. Tonight, they received reports of very low traffic flow in several communities on the Navajo Nation — this is good news! Please remind your family and friends of the curfew and please continue to stay home as much as possible. Ahe’hee’

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