Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

January 23, 2022

Good Hearts Deliver as COVID-19 Surges in Indian Country -- January 2022

Lakota volunteers cook and deliver delicious meals and supplies as COVID-19 surges in January of 2022. Photo "Taco bake and salad for our relatives who are suffering," by Jean Roach, Lakota, Meals for Relatives, Rapid City, South Dakota, Community Response.

As COVID-19 surges on the Navajo Nation, the Navajo Council focuses on new mining on a sacred mountain

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
January 23, 2022

The good hearts in Indian country are delivering homemade meals in Rapid City, and food and water to Dine', as COVID-19 surges in Indian country. While tribal governments delay the distribution of federal virus relief funds received eight months ago in May, Lakota and Dine' volunteers are raising their own funds and delivering to those in need.

There were 500 new cases of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation in a single day on Friday, and one death. Then, on Saturday, there were 330 new cases and four deaths on the Navajo Nation.

The rapid spread continues on the Navajo Nation, regardless of the high rate of COVID-19 vaccinations. The Navajo Nation has one of the highest vaccination rates in the United States, with 70 percent of adult Dine' vaccinated.

The Navajo government received $2 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funds in May, but Dine' are still waiting for the relief checks to be distributed by the Navajo government.

Dine' volunteer Bitahnii Wilson and friends raise their own funds and deliver water, food and supplies to fellow Dine' and Hopi in need.

Across Indian country, there was a 45 percent increase in cases this week in the Indian Health Service regions of Oklahoma City, which includes north Texas and Kansas, and Tucson, which includes Tohono O'odham and Pascua Yaqui Nations.

Navajo Council targets sacred mountain with new mining

While COVID-19 spread, the Navajo Council targeted the sacred mountain of Beautiful Mountain, in Sanostee, New Mexico, on the Navajo Nation, with new helium mining, during January.

The new mining was legislation of the Navajo Council's Resources and Development Committee and the Naabik’íyáti’ Committee.

The legislation was sponsored by Navajo Councilman Seth Damon, approving oil and gas operating agreements between the Navajo Nation and Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company for Tohachee Wash, Beautiful Mountain, and Porcupine Dome, according to the Navajo Nation Council.

Damon serves as Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council and represents Bááháálí, Chilchiltah, Manuelito, Red Rock, Rock Springs, Tsayatoh communities.

Bordertown businesses in Farmington and Gallup: Public seldom warned of ongoing outbreaks

Meanwhile, COVID-19 continued to spread in bordertown businesses in Gallup and Farmington, New Mexico, this week, with little warning to the public.

COVID 19 spread in the bordertown of Farmington, with new cases continual for employees at WalMart, and the staff and residents at nursing homes, and businesses -- with little warning to the public. (See lists below.)

Shiprock and Bloomfield schools show increased spread on Friday. The new cases at Tse'Bit'Ai Middle School in Shiprock, show 7.10% of school with new cases. At the Charlie Y. Brown School in Bloomfield, 5.62% of school had new cases of COVID on Friday.

Navajo Nation: 830 new COVID cases on Friday and Saturday, and five deaths

Navajo Nation: Saturday, January 22, 2022: 330 new cases, 43,169 recoveries, and four deaths related to COVID-19

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – On Saturday, the Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 330 new COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation and four deaths. The total number of deaths is now 1,607. The report indicates that 43,169 individuals have recovered from COVID-19. 457,959 COVID-19 tests have been administered. The overall total number of positive COVID-19 cases is now 47,679, including 101 delayed reported cases.
Navajo Nation COVID-19 positive cases by Service Unit:
· Chinle Service Unit: 8,918
· Crownpoint Service Unit: 4,568
· Ft. Defiance Service Unit: 5,105
· Gallup Service Unit: 7,980
· Kayenta Service Unit: 4,343
· Shiprock Service Unit: 8,581
· Tuba City Service Unit: 5,493
· Winslow Service Unit: 2,669


Friday: Nation: 500 new cases, 42,677 recoveries, and one death related to COVID-19

Rapid surge in COVID-19 cases in Indian country this week

Indian Health Service data.

San Juan County New Mexico: New COVID Cases on Friday

This data was last updated on 01/21/2022 at 11:44 AM

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