Navajo Nation

Karina Andelin Brown, Montezuma Creek, Navajo Nation, Coronavirus donations
Devin Thorpe

In response to the high need in the underserved area of Navajo Nation, Rotary Clubs and nonprofits across the state gathered thousands of pounds of food, personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies to deliver to Montezuma Creek over Memorial Day weekend. 

Coronavirus shining light on lack of public health infrastructure, according to Dr. Donald Warne, director of the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) program in North Dakota and member of the Oglala Lakota tribe. "American Indians are dying of neglect."
University of Washington School of Public Health

“I'm sure all of you have seen data from Navajo Nation and they have among the highest rates of infection nationally, and among the highest rates of death as well," said Dr. Donald Warne, director of the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) program in North Dakota and member of the Oglala Lakota tribe. Warne is also one of the 0.3% of physicians in the United States who are Native American. He said there are numerous reasons why the sovereign nations are being hit so hard by the coronavirus, but most stem from a lack of infrastructure.

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Investigations are launched into the alleged actions of a former University of Utah police officer in the Lauren McCluskey case. No settlement is reached between the parents of the murdered student athlete and the university. And a COVID-19 update from San Juan County and the Navajo Nation.

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The spike in coronavirus cases on the Navajo Nation. The occasional conflicts playing out in Utah businesses over mask-wearing. And the Utah lawmaker calling for a full reopening of the state, despite the recommendations of public health officials. 

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The Four Corners region is transitioning from fossil fuels to renewables, and the new $94 million loan from USDA should support the transition. The coal-fired Navajo Generating Station is expected to close in December 2019 after the Navajo Nation Council voted against purchasing it. Kayenta II, a new solar farm, is expected to open this month.

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleged Wells Fargo engaged in predatory and unlawful banking practices with members of the Navajo Nation.

The tribe filed the lawsuit last December in federal court in New Mexico. It sought recovery of improper fees, service charges and penalties on unauthorized cards and accounts.

Navajo Generating Station
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A potential new operator of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation says it would run the plant at less than half its capacity to ensure it's economical.

Fewer employees, and a new lease and coal supply agreement also are in the mix as Chicago-based Middle River Power pursues a takeover of the Navajo Generating Station.

Leonard Gorman is put back on Utah ballot.
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A Navajo man will be put back on the ballot for a Utah county commission after a judge sided with him in his lawsuit against a county that disqualified him in the first election since a judge ruled local voting districts were illegally drawn based on race.

Leonard Gorman of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission said U.S. District Judge David Nuffer ordered San Juan County to put Willie Grayeyes back on the ballot during a hearing Tuesday in Moab that Gorman attended.

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Utah's religious and political leaders respond to the Trump administration's initial policy of separating families at the borders. Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes owns land close to the boundaries of the proposed inland port, which appears to disqualify him from the board he appointed himself to. And in San Juan County, a Navajo candidate files a lawsuit challenging the county's decision to disqualify him from the ballot. 

Wildfire risk is at a high and the Navajo Nation is cracking down on potential hazards.
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The Navajo Nation is tightening fire restrictions across the reservation because of ongoing drought.

Tribal President Russell Begaye says people should be praying for rain and each other. Tribal officials plan to conduct a ceremony next week, making offerings for rain.

A Navajo Nation judge is refusing to dismiss lawsuits claiming Native American children were sexually abused while enrolled in a Mormon church foster program.

Judge Carol Perry said in the ruling released Thursday the cases should be heard in Navajo court.

Navajo Nation president elections coming soon.
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Navajos hoping to become the next tribal president have until the close of business Wednesday to submit applications.

Nearly a dozen people so far have filed paperwork and paid the $1,500 fee to enter the race.

Roy Hawthorne Sr., 92, passes away.
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A Navajo Code Talker who used his native language to confound the Japanese in World War II has died.

The Navajo Nation says Roy Hawthorne Sr. died Saturday. He was 92.

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A Navajo Nation judge is weighing if sexual abuse lawsuits against the Mormon church should proceed and where the cases should be heard.

Attorneys for both parties argued before Judge Carol Perry on Monday on why the cases should or should not continue in tribal courts.

The president of the Navajo Nation says a proposal that would have renamed a Utah highway after Donald Trump was insulting.

Navajo President Russell Begaye says naming the highway that connects national parks such as Zion, Arches and Bryce Canyon after President Trump would have been like pouring salt on an open wound.

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A large portion of funding for organizations that work with health clinics in Utah is set to expire Saturday. Health center representatives are worried that a loss of funding will negatively affect rural populations like the Navajo Nation in southeastern Utah.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has completed the review of national monuments mandated by President Trump. He has not released his recommendations. The New York Times is reporting that those recommendations include reducing the size of 4 national monuments, including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah. Reports are that Secretary Zinke may recommend a drastic reduction in size for Bears Ears.

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Planting Seeds Of Health On Navajo Nation

Jun 9, 2016
K. Munson

The Homer Dale Community Farm is more than a 4-acre garden on the fringe of Navajo Nation in southern Utah.

For the last six years, Leon Sampson, reverend deacon for the St. Christopher Episcopal Mission in Bluff, has cultivated the community farm as a place where people can reconnect to their farming roots and learn new skills. For Sampson, growing one’s own food is an act of economic empowerment. It’s also a way for older generations to share their knowledge with Navajo youth.

Living In A Food Desert In The Desert

Jun 7, 2016
K.Munson

Imagine if it took you 150 miles round trip to buy one ripe tomato. That’s what it’s like for the majority of residents living on Navajo Nation, where it’s not uncommon for people to travel across state lines to purchase groceries. People like Thomasina Holly, a para-educator in Aneth who routinely drives to Colorado and New Mexico because her nearest grocery store in Utah is too expensive for everyday items.