Navajo Nation

Politics

Pandemic, Trump and racism drive voter turnout in some tribal communities

Enthusiasm across Arizona was higher this election than in the 2016 presidential contest, and final results show the contrast was even more stark in Indian Country, where voters said they were especially motivated because of the COVID-19 pandemic and issues of race. A census analysis of 2018 data found American Indians were at least 4.4%

State

No cold elders: Volunteers provide firewood for Navajo families ahead of winter

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, launched nine years ago. The volunteers work because they “don’t want people to pass

Local

Frontier Rotary Brighten Seniors Holiday

The residents of Mountain View Manor need a little cheer, and Prescott Frontier Rotary is adopting each. Many residents need state aid, receiving little to no spending money. Sadly many have no families. “Our hope is to brighten each person’s holiday with a Christmas gift personally wrapped by a local Rotarian,” says Mike Payson, club

COVID-19

Navajo health director named to Biden’s advisory board on COVID-19

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 transition team added Dr. Jill Jim over the weekend to the panel of health and policy

State

Food banks receive government assistance to fill bellies during the holidays

At one point Tuesday, cars came through at a rate of one every minute, six lanes across, to get boxes and bags of turkeys, potatoes and canned food from St. Mary’s Food Bank. Members of the National Guard and volunteers in neon-orange vests, all wearing masks or bandannas, loaded up one car trunk after another

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