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Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Navajos extend state of emergency, 82 new cases of coronavirus brings total to 3,204

The Navajo President led supply delivery in Tohatchi and Sanostee, N.M., in the Chuska Mountain region. They are two of 110 Navajo Nation chapters in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. The Navajo population is over 350,000.
Photo by Navajo President's Office.

Navajos extend the state of emergency, as 82 new cases of coronavirus are reported in 24 hours, bringing the total to 3,204, with two more deaths

Article by Brenda Norrell
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Navajo Nation: 82 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths reported

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- The Navajo Nation reported 82 new cases of coronavirus for the Navajo Nation and a total of 102 deaths as of Monday. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 3,204.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said the Navajo Nation will extend its declaration of a state of emergency and the closure of Navajo Nation government offices — the timeline of the extension is still being determined. The current Executive Order is set to expire on May 17.

Pine Ridge locks down for 72-hours after two Lakotas test positive for coronavirus in Wounded Knee District

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Pine Ridge locks down for 72-hours after two Lakotas test positive for coronavirus in Wounded Knee District

By Brenda Norrell

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May 12, 2020

PINE RIDGE, South Dakota — The Oglala Sioux Nation locked down on Monday night for 72-hours after two Lakotas in Wounded Knee District tested positive for the coronavirus. There will be no movement during this time and stores will be shut down. Dialysis and emergency medical are exempt.

"We do not want a community spread here, we do not want a mass outbreak here," said Dakota High Hawk, public information officer with the Oglala Sioux's COVID-19 Response Task Force. High Hawk urged Lakotas to stay calm and stay home.

"There will be absolutely no movement," High Hawk said on a social media broadcast on Monday night. "The reservation is shut down. You will not be allowed to leave your residences."

High Hawk said border monitors will not allow residents to leave during this time.

"This is the exact thing we have been trying to prevent from coming. The only way we can sop the community spread is to lock it down, go into total shut down," he said.

"Our reservation does have two confirmed cases. They are located in the Wounded Knee District," said Oglala Sioux media specialist Karen Eagle. She asked people to limit rumors and speculations.

"These are our relatives," Eagle said, urging eveyone to support one another and remember that they are part of the Lakota family. She said the two people with coronavirus are in the same household. The main communities in the district are Wounded Knee and Manderson.

"The purpose of this lockdown is to prevent community spread," she said, adding that the tribe will work with the family to see where they have been and who they have been in contact with.

"If we are safe in our homes, then there is no way we can catch it."

"Do not make a run on the stores, they will be shutting down."

"You will not be able to leave the reservation even for medical appointments," she said, adding that farmers and ranchers are not allowed access to tribal land at this time.

The Oglala Sioux executive met in emergency session and passed the resolution, which carried unanimously. During the lockdown, movement is shut down and no one is allowed to leave their residences or engage in essential business. Violators can be fined up to $1,000.

Pass through vehicles on major highways will be allowed to pass, but unable to stop, and will be monitored, the Task Force said during a broadcast on social media on Monday night.

Meanwhile in the bordertown of Rapid City, a WalMart employee at the Lacrosse store tested positive for coronavirus. In Rapid City, 12 Native People tested positive for coronavirus at Oyate Health Center. See following press statement.

Twelve Native People test positive in Rapid City at Oyate Health Center

Jerilyn Church, CEO
Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board

RAPID CITY — The Oyate Health Center in Rapid City has recently begun seeing an uptick of positive COVID-19 cases at its facility. Jerilyn Church, CEO of the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board and the Oyate Health Center, issued a video message today to provide the community with further detail about the developments.

Sharing the Love: Our readers respond with food and water for Navajo family

By Brenda Norrell
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When a Navajo family with disabled and elderly with the coronavirus in Pinon, Arizona, posted on social media that they needed food, we were happy to be able to help.

Thanks to all of you who responded to the Navajo family with coronavirus in Pinon, a family with elderly and disabled with the virus who needed food and supplies. They received their supplies yesterday from Navajo Hopi COVID-19 Relief!

Thank you Klee Benally, Vanessa Tullie, Walt Yazzie and all of you good-hearted ones. I'm sure the family will be so happy with the other gifts our readers are sending the family.

Today, Tuesday, we have a second request for help from a Navajo recovering with coronavirus pneumonia in quarantine, who is not receiving any supplies on the Navajo Nation in Crownpoint, N.M.

The need is for the person and mother. If you can mail or ship supplies to the Navajo family, please e-mail me:

If other people with the virus are in quarantine and not receiving supplies, please e-mail me. I saw the plea for help from the family in Pinon on the Navajo President's Facebook comments, so I'm happy a community of good people responded.

The family sends this thank you from Pinon, in the heart of the Navajo Nation. "That's so kind of them, my heartfelt thanks!"

My email is: For those who want to mail or ship supplies, I'll can send the addresses of those with coronavirus in need of packaged food and supplies.

Donate to our friends doing the hard work of cleaning the food and supplies, and delivering those to Navajo and Hopi most in need:

Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief

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