The Navajo Nation has been especially hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Navajo Nation Department of Health, the infection rate is more than 3.4% a much higher infection rate than in other communities. As of September 3, 504 people have died from the virus.
The current pandemic highlights existing inequities including the fact that many people do not have access to clean running water and must travel long distances to access medical care.
We hear from three guests working to get help for the people in the Navajo Nation. Earl Tully, a community organizer in Roth Springs in the Navajo Nation, says the sheer geographic size presents many challenges. Elvin Keesewood who lives in Shiprock the North West Corner of New Mexico in the Navajo Nation. He teaches oral Diné language at a local middle school.
Dr. Maria Michael, a Diné Lakota spiritual leader based in Longmont has been bringing supplies from Colorado to the Navajo Nation. She is organizing a winter clothing drive as well as a go fund me account to help the Dine and Hopi Reservations.