COVID-19 in Indian Country
Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer reported a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases.

As state and federal directives for ‘social distancing’ continue, Pueblo communities are seeing the onset of a high influx in visitors.

Co-Chairs of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Deb Haaland (NM-01) and Sharice Davids (K-03) led a Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus letter to the Coordinator of the White House’s Coronavirus Response Task Force.

The Navajo Nation  Office of the President and Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 26, 2020 New cases of COVID-19 reaches 71 for Navajo Nation WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Thursday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer were informed by the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service, in coordination […]

The Navajo Nation  Office of the President and Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 25, 2020   New cases of COVID-19 increases by 20 among Navajo people   WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Wednesday evening, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer were informed by the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area IHS […]

“We must ensure Indian Country has equal access to federal coronavirus resources,” Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, said in a speech on the U.S. Senate floor on March 25, 2020. Full remarks below:

  TODAY: Udall to Speak on Senate Floor to Call for Passage of New Relief for New Mexico, Tribes in Third Coronavirus Package  Udall joined Senate Democrats to fight for improvements to bipartisan relief package that gives direct support to workers, small businesses, hospitals, and Native communities WASHINGTON—TODAY, Wednesday, March 25 at approximately 2:30 p.m. MT […]

On March 23, 2020, the Ramah Chapter of the Navajo Nation reported the first positive COVID-19 case in the community. The Ramah Chapter is located in Cibola County and McKinley County in New Mexico. It’s not contiguous to the reservation but is still a part of the Navajo Nation, where a “stay at home” order […]

The Navajo Nation  Office of the President and Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2020 Navajo Nation’s positive tests for COVID-19 reaches 49 WINDOW ROCK – On Tuesday evening, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer were informed of 10 additional positive COVID-19 tests by the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area IHS, […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2020 10 new positive COVID-19 cases reported among Navajo people WINDOW ROCK – On Tuesday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer were informed of 10 new positive COVID-19 tests by the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area IHS, bringing the overall total to 39 cases for Navajo […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2020 Court postpones hearing on Yazzie/Martinez lawsuit  Plaintiffs and defendants jointly asked for delay due to COVID-19 pandemic SANTA FE—The First Judicial District Court has postponed the hearing, set for this Friday, to hold the state in compliance with the court order on the Yazzie/Martinez v. State of New Mexico […]

Navajo Nation Council Passes Emergency Legislation to Access COVID-19 Medicaid Dollars Urging New Mexico Governor to Launch the Indian Managed Care Entity WINDOW ROCK, Ariz (Navajo Nation) – On Friday, March 20, 2020 the Navajo Nation Council unanimously passed emergency legislation OO69-20, requesting the Governor of New Mexico to activate the Naat’áanii Development Corporation (NDC) […]

How does the Indian Health Service test patients for the coronavirus? It’s a question on the minds of many in Indian Country. Efforts by the Navajo Area of the IHS offer some guidance. According to Dr. Loretta Christensen, the Chief Medical Officer for the region, the IHS has been utilizing “commercial labs” to conduct testing. […]

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez offers a Navajo language and an English language update on coronavirus efforts on the largest reservation in the United States. The Navajo language term for COVID-19 is “Dikos Ntsaaígíí-19” which can be translated in a few ways, including “cough that kills,” a sign of the potentially dangerous nature of the […]

 The number of #Coronavirus cases on the Navajo Nation continues to grow by the day. The embedded map helps visualize the reach of the disease on the reservation, which is the largest in the United States. According to Navajo leaders, the #COVID19 patients come from four particular Indian Health Service units on the reservation. […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2020 Total confirmed COVID-19 cases reach 26 as Navajo Nation’s “Stay at Home Order” goes into effect  WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. —Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer were informed by the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service on Saturday, that the number of positive tests […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 20, 2020 Navajo Nation issues “Stay at Home Order” for all  residents of the Navajo Nation to fight the spread of COVID-19 WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Friday, the Navajo Nation Health Command Operations Center issued a Public Health Emergency “Stay at Home Order” requiring all residents of the Navajo Nation to […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MESCALERO TRIBAL LEADERSHIP DECLARES A STATE OF EMERGENCY DUE TO COVID-19 MESCALERO, NM. March 20, 2020. Late last night, the Mescalero Apache Tribal President Gabe Aguilar proclaimed a state of emergency on the Mescalero Apache Reservation. This action came at the request of the Mescalero Apache Tribal Council. President Aguilar stated, “The […]

 The number of #Coronavirus cases on the Navajo Nation continues to grow by the day. The embedded map helps visualize the reach of the disease on the reservation, which is the largest in the United States. According to Navajo leaders, the #COVID19 patients reported to or were transported to, or were treated at three […]

For Immediate Release March 19, 2020 Udall Statement on Indian Country Priorities for Coronavirus Phase 3 Package WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement on priorities for Indian Country he is calling for to be included in the third coronavirus response legislation: […]