August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, August 7, 2020

Navajos desperate for food and water. Navajo Council wants $24 million of virus relief funds for casinos.


Navajos desperate for water are finding water tanks and windmills broken. Photo Laurel Morales/KJZZ

Navajos desperate for food and water. Navajo Council wants $24 million of virus relief funds for casinos.


By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
French translation Christine Prat
http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/

Update: The Navajo government approved $24 million from its federal relief funds for casinos in August. There is no uniform delivery of food and water to Navajos in quarantine. There is no visiting health care for the sick and dying sent home by hospitals to quarantine. The Navajo government received $714 million in federal CARES Act virus relief funds three months ago and the most desperate are not receiving help.

Navajos are desperate for water and food, reports a Navajo journalist. Meanwhile, $650 million in federal coronavirus relief funds are delayed in the tribal government appropriation process. The Navajo Nation Council wants $24 million from the virus relief funds for casinos.

It is now the sixth month of the pandemic on the Navajo Nation and there is no plan in place to deliver emergency food and water to those sick with the virus and in quarantine at home.