August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, June 29, 2020

Navajo Epidemiology Center: More than half of Dine' coronavirus cases are 18 to 60 years old

Photo: Bitahnii Wilson is one of the Dine' grassroots volunteers struggling to bring water to Dine' in isolated homes who are in desperate need of water, food and supplies. Photo courtesy Bitahnii Wilson.

The Navajo Epidemiology Center reports that Dine' who live off the Navajo Nation and return home are a point of spread of coronavirus.  More than half of the cases, 64 percent, are 18- to 60-year-olds. Elderly males are at the highest risk of death.

Navajo Epidemiology Center delivers COVID-19 situational report to Health, Education, and Human Services Committee

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Members of the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee (HEHSC) received a report regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) data from Ramona Antone-Nez, senior epidemiologist for the Navajo Epidemiology Center (NEC) on Wednesday, Jun. 24, via teleconference. 

Navajo Nation receives total $714 million in federal Cares Act funding

Monday morning update: As of June 29, these federal funds are not yet reaching the people and are still awaiting allocation by the Navajo Nation government.

The Navajo Nation has received the total $714 million in federal funds for coronavirus relief, including the $86 million delayed, and the $27 million withheld to pay Alaska Native corporations which resulted in a legal complaint.

The Navajo Nation reports that on Saturday, there were 94 new cases and 12 deaths from coronavirus. On Sunday, there were 55 new cases and one death. The total number of deaths is 363 and the total number of positive cases is 7,469. There have been 5,082 recoveries.


Statement of the Navajo Nation Council
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June 28, 2020

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation Office of the Controller confirmed to the Office of the Speaker that deposits to the Navajo Nation from the U.S. Department of the Treasury totaled $714,189,631.47 as of Friday. The funds are part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Act payments to state, local and tribal governments approved on Apr. 27 by Congress and President Trump.

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