Stories tagged: "navajo nation"


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Tribal Leaders Optimistic About Biden; Haaland Nomination a Good Start

Native leaders said they were encouraged by Biden’s past “track record with Indian Country.” The federal government may not have a stellar track record when it comes to keeping promises with Native Americans, but tribal leaders in Arizona said they think President-elect Joe Biden could be the exception. Their hopes were reinforced last week when...

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3 Arizona Tribal Leaders to Cast Vote Electoral College Votes Today

Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, and Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. will join eight other Democrats to cast the state’s votes for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

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Hundreds of Navajo Elders Need Firewood Ahead of Winter and Chizh for Cheii Is Here to Help

Volunteers are working to provide 900 loads of firewood to Navajo elders this year. As winter approaches, volunteers with Chizh for Cheii are preparing to deliver firewood to elders on the Navajo Nation reservation, where nearly 90% of homes rely on wood for heat. The nonprofit organization, whose name means “firewood for Grandpa” in English,...

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Navajo National Hospitals at Breaking Point in Worsening COVID-19 Surge

Officials warned the coming surge new COVID-19 in cases would be worse than the first when the tribe recorded some of the highest infection and death rates nationwide.

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Navajo Health Director Dr. Jill Jim Named to Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board

Dr. Jill Jim has served as executive director of the Navajo Department of Health since 2019. President-elect Joe Biden has said dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic will be one of the first orders of business for his administration, and the head of the Navajo Health Department will be there to advise him on it. Biden’s...

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This Navajo School District and Its Students Are Fighting to Bring Back Normal

The risk of returning to class is greater on the reservation, and the price of keeping schools closed is steeper. One student runs 85 feet up a hill every morning, just to get a cellphone signal so he can call in his attendance. Another moved to Phoenix by himself, after his only parent died of...

From left, Cindy McCain, vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, visit the American Indian Veterans National Memorial with tribal leaders and veterans at Heard Museum in Phoenix, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The Biden-Harris Ticket Reveal 15-Page Plan to Native Nation Leaders

Biden plans to uphold federal trust responsibilities by addressing health disparities, providing economic opportunities, and restoring indigenous lands.