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Navajo Council says President Nez line-item vetoed $73 million in coronavirus relief expenditures

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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez line-item  vetoes $73 million in coronavirus relief expenditures

By Navajo Nation Council
July 5, 2020
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez line-item vetoed $73 million in coronavirus (COVID-19) response funding Saturday that was approved on Jun. 19 by the 24th Navajo Nation Council. President Nez eliminated COVID-19 response funding for all 110 local Navajo Nation communities, funding to support the Judicial Branch and Navajo Nation courts, immediate assistance for burnout families at greater risk of exposure to COVID-19 without shelter and pandemic-related support for Navajo traditional practitioners.

Voices of Siihasin Benefit Concert: Hope in time of the pandemic

Grammy-Nominated Jewel and Indigenous Artist Lyla June Host ‘Voices of Siihasin (Hope)’ Benefit Concert

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Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, actress and mental health advocate, Jewel, will co-host the “Voices of Siihasin” Benefit Concert together with celebrated artist, Lyla June, a Diné environmental scientist, doctoral student, educator, community organizer and musician, on Sunday, July 5 at 2:00 pm PT / 5:00 pm ET.

Amy Yeung (Diné), founder of Orenda Tribe, an Indigenous-owned, upcycled clothing brand, and her dear friend, Jewel, created this event after witnessing the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the Diné Tribe.

“We have been #1 in COVID positive cases for far too long. It has been really traumatic for our little ones, as it has been for all of our children,” explains Yeung. “Our youth are sacred to us. They are the future of our people and we want them to know we love them, that we honor them and that we are here for them.”


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