August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Happi American Horse struggling with COVID-19



Article by Brenda Norrell

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Happi American Horse, who locked down at Standing Rock, has been struggling to survive coronavirus in ICU in a Sioux Falls hospital.  Happi's mother Cheryl Angel, who has recovered from the virus, shares her message.

Happi sends this update on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2020:

“Hey everyone as you know last Tuesday I was in a flight for life to Sanford ICU Center here in Sioux Falls. I can't breathe on my own but finally, after who knows how many days it's been I have been transferred out of the ICU wing into a lower level. Although this is good news I am still not out of it and would like to thank everyone who shared and laid some prayers down for me. It means so much thanks for all the care you have shown and please continue to support! It's difficult for me to type at the moment and will leave that to others for more updates until I can do so on my own. I wish I could express more from my heart to yours but the heart has no tongue...oho mitakuye oyasin

In a video message on Facebook, Cheryl Angel sends thanks to everyone praying for her son Happi American Horse, who is hospitalized with COVID-19 and pneumonia. Happi is getting stronger.

Cheryl who has recovered from coronavirus said it is so difficult not to be with loved ones when they are sick. She describes how alone she felt when she was sick with the virus.

"I cried," she said.

"I prayed for energy."

Cheryl said Standing Rock changed her life.

In this two-week prayer vigil on Facebook live, Cheryl shares a song, "Water is Life." She reminds us that we have one another and to remember our friends and relatives who need help now more than ever.

Cheryl and Happi are Sicangu Lakota from Rosebud, South Dakota.

Broadcast live in 2016, Debra White Plume describes how the women cried to see how Happi suffered during this lockdown in defense of the water. 


Photos: Happi locked down during the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock in 2016. Photo 2: Happi's mom Cheryl Angel sharing a video message today.

Navajo Nation approves hardship assistance to Navajos with federal funds received four months ago


Dine' volunteers struggle to raise their own funds and deliver aid to fellow Dine'. 
Photos by volunteers Mercury Bitsuie, Bitahnii Wilson
Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief by Cassandra Begay.

Navajo government approves coronavirus hardship assistance with CARES Act funds.

Now, 564 Navajos have died from the virus.

Brenda Norrell
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Oct. 9, 2020

WINDOW ROCK, Arizona -- The Navajo Nation approved hardship assistance with federal funds received four months ago for emergency coronavirus relief. Navajos may receive up to $1,500 for adults and $500 for children based on need. The Navajo government received $714 million in CARES Act federal funds in two payments in May and June, but distribution to Navajos was delayed due to the allocation process of the Navajo Nation Council and Navajo President's Office.

With time running out to use the emergency virus relief funds, the Navajo government approved the release of funds on Friday.