August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, October 26, 2020

Navajo elderly turned away in cold, waiting for hardship applications


Nenahnezad, New Mexico Chapter House Today

Throwing peanuts at Navajo elderly is demeaning

By Brenda Norrell

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Pence's staff tests positive for coronavirus as Navajo Council and White House plan virus super spreader event for today, Tuesday, Oct. 27

https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/24/politics/mac-short-coronavirus-positive-test/index.html

Navajo elderly waiting in the cold today found out that the Navajo chapters only received 20 to 30  applications for hardship assistance. Some chapters received no applications, said Navajo family members as disabled elderly were being turned away.

The Navajo Nation had promised that today was the day for the elderly and disabled to apply for hardship relief of up to $1,500. It was the day for Dine' ages 65 and older, and disabled, to apply. But they were turned away in the cold due to the lack of applications. 

While Navajo elderly were being turned away in the cold today -- the Navajo Council announced that a policy team from the White House will meet with the Navajo Council tomorrow, Tuesday. The public is not invited.

Delay in Standing Rock case seeks to protect police and TigerSwan in Thunderhawk v Morton County



Photo by Ryan Vizzions

Standing Rock Legal Team at Columbia Law School Challenges Delaying Trial For Qualified Immunity Appeal

Thunderhawk v. County of Morton, North Dakota 

Article by Columbia Law School
Photo by Ryan Vizzions 
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New York, October 26, 2020 — Counsel for Standing Rock civil rights plaintiffs are challenging any additional trial delay, arguing that neither the doctrine of qualified immunity nor its underlying policy goals support staying discovery in Thunderhawk v. County of Morton, North Dakota. Trial has been set for August 16, 2021. 

"Qualified immunity has recently come under enormous amounts of criticism from judges, academics, and policymakers from the political left, right, and center," counsel state in their brief. "This Court should not further extend the doctrine of qualified immunity by halting discovery for the parties in this case—leading to another delay of potentially a year or more."

"Now is the time for this case to move forward,"  lead attorney Noah Smith-Drelich said.