August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

ZUNI PUEBLO: Emergency Mobile Pantry providing supplies during lockdown

With 51 cases of coronavirus in Zuni, New Mexico, today, the Emergency Mobile Pantry in Zuni, N.M., continues to provide supplies, with more than $30,000 raised in donations.

Navajo and Hopi COVID-19 Relief: With solidarity from Ireland, $2.5 million raised in donations

Navajo Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief has received $2.5 million in donations, with aid from solidarity in Ireland. Photos by Lillian Hill on Hopi Nation in Hotevilla.

Navajo deaths increase from coronavirus, as U.S. delays release of federal funds

Navajo deaths increase from coronavirus, as U.S. delays release of federal funds

Update: Navajo Nation received coronavirus funds on Wednesday, after filing lawsuit

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- The Navajo Nation reported six more deaths in the past 24 hours, and 85 new cases of coronavirus. Still, the United States government has not released funds that were allocated to Native American Nations, including $600 million for the Navajo Nation.

The federal stimulus law mandated that $8 billion be provided to tribes by the end of April. However, the funds were not released and Native American Nations filed a lawsuit.

Navajo President Jonathan Nez said Tuesday, “Today, the federal government announced that they intend to release a portion of funds appropriated by Congress over one month ago to tribes to help fight COVID-19, but I’ll believe it when I see it. We’ve had to file a lawsuit to get what states received weeks ago."

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