Press Releases for January 2020

Jan 31  Speaker Damon, 24th Navajo Nation Council coordinate 480 tons of Navajo Mine coal deliveries to Navajo Chapters

Jan 31  24th Navajo Nation Council salutes the life and service of Navajo Code Talker Joe Vandever Sr.

Jan 31  Navajo Nation mourns the loss of Navajo Code Talker Joe Vandever Sr.

Jan 30  24th Navajo Nation Council 2020 Winter Session

Jan 30  Nez-Lizer focus on water, electricity, and road infrastructure for Navajo Utah communities


Jan 29  Nez-Lizer commend New Mexico Supreme Court’s ruling on applicability of Energy Transition Act

Jan 28  Council confirms Ernestine Tsinigine as Navajo Nation Supreme Court Associate Justice

Jan 28  Nez-Lizer congratulate Judge Tina Tsinigine on her probationary appointment as Associate Justice for the Navajo Nation Supreme Court

Jan 28  Vice President Lizer advocates for tribes before the Arizona Financial Literacy Taskforce

Jan 28  President Nez speaks in support of Navajo elders, students, chapter projects, and renewable energy before New Mexico legislators

Jan 28  Flags to be flown at half-staff in honor and memory of Navajo veteran Sophie Yazzie

Jan 27  Navajo Nation holds prayer service for the Armed Forces

Jan 27  Nez-Lizer request Council to address revenue shortfalls before considering spending requests during State of the Navajo Nation Address

Jan 26  Nez-Lizer caution Navajo public of the spread of the potentially deadly novel coronavirus

Jan 26  Navajo Nation Council observes passing of Sophie Yazzie at 105

Jan 25  Navajo Nation mourns the loss of longest-living Arizona veteran Sophie Yazzie

Jan 23  Nez-Lizer urge federal EPA to prioritize Navajo contractors in uranium mine clean-up efforts

Jan 22  Nez-Lizer support “active enrollment” for managed health care for Navajo citizens in New Mexico

Jan 21  Navajo Nation and New Mexico Indian Affairs Department partner to raise human trafficking awareness

Jan 20  24th Navajo Nation Council honors the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 20  24th Navajo Nation Council mourn the passing of Walter Wolf Jr.

Jan 20  Nez-Lizer Administration announces purchase of sand and gravel pit

Jan 17  Hospitality Enterprise to construct new hotel, convention center, and office space in the capital of the Navajo Nation

Jan 15  China Phase One Trade Agreement opens new economic opportunities for the Navajo Nation

Jan 15  President Nez advocates for renewable energy, youth, and economic partnerships in address to the Arizona State Legislature

Jan 15  Flags to be flown at half-staff to honor Navajo leader John Perry, Jr.

Jan 15  Háyoolkáál Work Group announces partnership with SRP to develop up to 200-megawatts in solar energy on the Navajo Nation

Jan 14  Háyoolkáál Work Group reports on energy development initiatives to the Resources and Development Committee

Jan 13  Speaker Damon, 24th Navajo Nation Council mourn passing of former Council Delegates John Perry Jr. and James Tomchee

Jan 13  Mandatory meeting for residents impacted by Gold King Mine spill

Jan 12  RDC Delegates Kee Allen Begay Jr. and Mark Freeland meet with US EPA Administrators in Washington

Jan 12  Speaker Damon, RDC call for greater inclusion of Navajo communities in federal Chaco effort

Jan 11  Budget and Finance Committee take action on three legislation items for first 2020 meeting

Jan 11  Title II Reform Subcommittee selects Chairperson, Vice Chairperson during special meeting

Jan 11  Speaker Damon, 24th Navajo Nation Council mourn loss of Councilman Benjamin Hogue

Jan 8  Navajo Nation Veterans Administration proposes to make financial assistance more accessible for Navajo veterans

Jan 7  Delegate Kee Allen Begay Jr. opposes President Nez’s line item veto of CD-46-19

Jan 7  First Lady Nez and Second Lady Lizer to host “Heart to Heart Conference”

Press Releases for February 2020

Feb 29  Navajo Nation pays tribute to fallen White Mountain Apache Police Officer David Kellywood

Feb 29  Vice President Lizer advocates for Special Diabetes Program and CHR’s at the National Indian Health Board meeting

Feb 28  Navajo Nation COVID-19 Preparedness Team established to address coronavirus precautionary efforts

Feb 27  Speaker Damon meets with Navajo Board of Election Supervisors, provides $22,000 to cover budget deficit

Feb 27  President Nez promotes food sovereignty at Diné Bich’iiya’ Summit

Feb 27  Resources and Development Committee meets at Lake Valley Chapter

Feb 26  Nez-Lizer move forward with assisted-living facility for elderly

Feb 26  Navajo Nation Council to hold uranium public hearings March 5, 6, 13, 14

Feb 24  Nez-Lizer continue to support for Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women taskforce initiatives

Feb 24  Navajo Nation and San Juan County, Utah sign Intergovernmental Agreement to maintain 74-miles of roadways for Navajo residents

Feb 21  Delegate Crotty, MMDR working group continue to lead advocacy for Navajo families at N.M. MMIW Task Force meeting

Feb 21  Naabik’íyáti’ Committee convenes for judicial complex work session

Feb 21  Speaker Damon, 24th Navajo Nation Council commend passage of New Mexico Senate Bill 99

Feb 21  Nez-Lizer thank the New Mexico Legislature for approving over $25 million in Capital Outlay Funds

Feb 20  Navajo leaders sign proclamation encouraging public participation in the 2020 Census

Feb 20  Navajo Nation enters into MOU with San Juan County to assess feasibility of a new railroad system

Feb 20  Navajo Nation Advances Funds to ONNSFA for Spring 2020 Awards

Feb 20  Law and Order Committee on Capitol Hill lobbying for public safety and judicial

Feb 19  Clean-up of 24 abandoned uranium mine sites set to move forward under Phase 2 Settlement Agreement

Feb 19  President Nez requests the Los Angeles City Council to support renewable energy partnerships

Feb 17  Navajo leaders prioritize Navajo culture and language in Navajo schools

Feb 14  President Nez cites unspent chapter funds, financial accountability and planning measures in line-item veto

Feb 13  First Lady Nez delivers message of hope at MMIW and human trafficking panel discussion

Feb 13  President Nez testifies on Capitol Hill in support of scholarship funding among other budget priorities

Feb 13  Navajo Nation welcomes new Ethics and Rules Director Kandis Martine

Feb 13  State Task Force meets with N.M. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham at the Roundhouse

Feb 12  Trump Administration Proposes to Eliminate Tribal Scholarships

Feb 07  Vice President Lizer pays tribute to the late Senator John Pinto and Navajo Code Talkers during New Mexico’s “American Indian Day”

Feb 07  24th Navajo Nation Council attend opening day of Utah Legislature

Feb 07  President Nez and First Lady meet with Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs during cultural exchange visit

Feb 07  Delegate Crotty moves Missing & Murdered Diné Relatives projects forward, announces awareness action campaign

Feb 06  Speaker Damon, VP Lizer, LOC Chair Charles-Newton show support for Navajo, tribal bills at AZ Legislature

Feb 06  RDC receives reports on Northern Navajo Fair, disabled Navajos

Feb 06  Council Delegates Freeland and Halona advocate for chapter projects at N.M. Roundhouse

Feb 05  Navajo Nation joins family members in celebrating the life of Navajo Code Talker Joe Vandever Sr.

Feb 03  Navajo leaders support New Mexico H.B. 225 to create trust fund for elders

Feb 03  Nez-Lizer congratulate newly-appointed Utah Division of Indian Affairs Director Dustin Jansen

Feb 03  Flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Navajo Code Talker Joe Vandever Sr.

Feb 02  Navajo Nation receives nearly $2 million from third-year agricultural insurance investment

Feb 01  Over 500 women attend First Lady Nez and Second Lady Lizers Heart to Heart conference

Press Releases for March 2020

Mar 31  26 new cases and two more deaths related to COVID-19 reported, first of the month precautions in place

Mar 31  Naat’áanii Development Corp.–Molina partnership to remain long-term project of Navajo Nation Council

Mar 30  ONNSFA Resumes Providing Limited Services; Offices Remain Closed to Public

Mar 30  Speaker Damon extends gratitude to nation’s doctors on National Doctors’ Day, remembers VP, Dr. Taylor McKenzie

Mar 30  20 new cases and three more deaths related to COVID-19 reported, Medical stations being established in Chinle and Tuba City

Mar 30  Navajo Nation Council airs extensive radio awareness campaign for COVID-19 prevention

Mar 30  Navajo Nation and Bashas’ Diné Markets extends “Elderly Shopping” hours on April 1

Mar 29  Curfew takes effect for Navajo Nation as COVID-19 cases reaches 128

Mar 28  115 reported cases of COVID-19 for Navajo Nation

Mar 28  Naat’áani Development Corporation attempts to bypass regulatory approvals and capitalize on the COVID-19 pandemic

Mar 27  21 new cases of COVID-19 reported for Navajo Nation, two deaths confirmed

Mar 27  $2 trillion stimulus package provides COVID-19 funds for tribes

Mar 27  Be Aware of Scams

Mar 27  President Nez and Vice President Lizer approve COVID-19 response funds for chapters

Mar 27  Council commends President Nez for signing Chapter quorum legislation, urges action on Chapter emergency funding

Mar 26  President Nez and Vice President Lizer take action on several resolutions related to the COVID-19 pandemic

Mar 26  New cases of COVID-19 reaches 71 for Navajo Nation

Mar 26  Standing committee, subcommittee, commission meetings canceled until April 5

Mar 25  Navajo Nation commends inclusion of $8 billion Tribal relief in third US stimulus bill

Mar 25  Nation’s investment in glove factory paying off during COVID-19 pandemic

Mar 25  New cases of COVID-19 increases by 20 among Navajo people


Mar 24  Navajo Nation’s positive tests for COVID-19 reaches 49

Mar 24  10 new positive COVID-19 cases reported among Navajo people

Mar 23  Three new positive COVID-19 cases reported among Navajo people

Mar 21  Total confirmed COVID-19 cases reach 26 as Navajo Nation’s “Stay at Home Order” goes into effect

Mar 20  Navajo Nation issues “Stay at Home Order” for all residents of the Navajo Nation to fight the spread of COVID-19

Mar 20  President Nez and Vice President Lizer sign $4 million appropriation to help fight the spread of COVID-19

Mar 19  Nez-Lizer and health care experts urge public to stay home as total number of positive COVID-19 test results reaches 14

Mar 18   Price gouging on and off the Navajo Nation.

Mar 18  Third member of the Navajo Nation tests positive for COVID-19 coronavirus, Public Health Emergency Order issued

Mar 18  Navajo Nation Council assures students, returning relatives that borders are not closed

Mar 18  Legislative Branch to close, Council to continue addressing COVID-19 legislation

Mar 17  Second member of the Navajo Nation tests positive for COVID-19 coronavirus

Mar 17  Member of the Navajo Nation tests positive for COVID-19 coronavirus

Mar 17  Navajo Nation Council plans second Special Session for Friday

Mar 16  Navajo Nation Council rejects $3 million appropriation on Department of Emergency Management deficiencies

Mar 16  Nez-Lizer commit to identifying internal funds to address COVID-19 coronavirus after Council votes down emergency funding

Mar 14  Nez-Lizer congratulate Navajo Chief of Police Francisco for graduating from the FBI National Academy

Mar 14  Department for Self Reliance will be closed to all visitors March 16, 2020 to April 3, 2020 to prevent spread of COVID-19

Mar 13  Navajo Nation Council to hold Special Session Monday, Mar. 16, 2020

Mar 13  Uranium public hearings postponed

Mar 13  Nez-Lizer announce temporary reduction in non-essential government services, closure of schools, and public parks to prevent spread of COVID-19

Mar 12  Nation’s leaders work together to secure $14.7 million in Capital Outlay Funds in New Mexico

Mar 12  Doreen Garlid becomes the first member of the Navajo Nation elected to the Tempe City Council

Mar 11  Navajo Nation declares Public Health State of Emergency for COVID-19 coronavirus

Mar 11  Speaker Damon, Chairman Tso request Surgeon General maintain presence of medical offi cers on Navajo Nation

Mar 10  24th Navajo Nation Council listens to Northern and Eastern Navajo Agency residents on uranium issues

Mar 10  State Task Force continue push for Navajo budget priorities at AZ State Capitol

Mar 04  Nez-Lizer issue travel advisory to Executive Branch employees and cautions Navajo citizens

Press Releases for April 2020

Apr 30  Navajo Nation Council express condolences on passing of sisters who served in nation’s public safety, health fields

Apr 30  164 new cases and nine more deaths related to COVID-19 reported

Apr 30  Special Session of the 24th Navajo Nation Council canceled, Legislative Branch to undergo deep cleaning

Apr 30  24-member Naabik’íyáti’ Committee advances 3 override legislation to full Council

Apr 30  Navajo Nation thanks Congressional members for supporting CARES Act funding for federally-recognized tribes

Apr 29  The Department for Self Reliance’s Gallup Location is Closed until May 11, 2020

Apr 29  Shiprock Alternative Care Site ready to house positive COVID-19 patients

Apr 29  Nez-Lizer set to lead “Operation First of the Month” to help protect elders from COVID-19

Apr 29  Nez-Lizer distribute essential items to 222 families as 104 new cases related to COVID-19, two more deaths reported

Apr 29  Crownpoint District Court and Pueblo Pintado Circuit Court are closed to the public until further notice

Apr 29  Domestic violence shelters report sharp rise in Navajo-based crisis calls, detail unpaid Social Services contracts

Apr 28  Navajo Nation to implement another 57-hour weekend curfew as 104 new cases related to COVID-19, one more death reported

Apr 28  Nez-Lizer thank individuals and groups that donated masks to help prevent COVID-19

Apr 28  Council, Census Bureau urge Navajo public to apply for 2020 Census work

Apr 28  Navajo Nation congratulates Tyler Fish on re-established White House Council on Native American Affairs appointment

Apr 27  Days for Girls Foundation and Kwek Society provide mask and feminine care donations to the Navajo Nation

Apr 27  Nez-Lizer initiate public comment period for Council resolutions

Apr 27  Navajo Nation applauds court decision to exclude Alaska Native Corporations from $8 billion coronavirus relief funding

Apr 27  53 new cases related to COVID-19, no new deaths reported as Alternative Care Sites near completion

Apr 27  U.S. District Court rules in favor of tribes for CARES Act funding

Apr 26  79 new cases related to COVID-19, no new deaths reported

Apr 25  97 new cases and one more death related to COVID-19 reported

Apr 24  Dr. Guy Gorman, Sr. Care Home closure averted with Council, program coordination

Apr 24  180 new cases and six more deaths related to COVID-19 reported as 57-hour weekend curfew is set to take effect

Apr 24  Navajo Nation welcomes UCSF HEAL Initiative health care workers to the Navajo Nation

Apr 23  78 new cases and three more deaths related to COVID-19 reported

Apr 23  Nez-Lizer Administration proposes to work with Council to develop new legislation to protect Navajo consumers from price gouging

Apr 22  Mental health, domestic violence services advocacy by Delegate Crotty continues during pandemic

Apr 22  Nez-Lizer lead food and care package distribution to rural community members

Apr 22  Navajo Board of Election Supervisors (NBOES) announces that it has passed a resolution to postpone the 2020 Elections filing period for the upcoming Chapter Elections

Apr 22  76 new cases and one more death related to COVID-19 reported

Apr 22  Navajo Nation files lawsuit against United States for fair share of federal COVID-19 funding

Apr 22  Navajo Nation receives 30,000 liters of bottled water to help COVID-19 response efforts

Apr 22  ONNSFA Offices Remain Closed to Public Until May 17; Limited Services Provided at Agency Offices

Apr 22  Navajo Nation extends closure of government until May 17 to reduce the spread of COVID-19

Apr 21  63 new COVID-19 cases and 48 total deaths on the Navajo Nation reported

Apr 21  Nez-Lizer congratulate IHS Director Rear Admiral Michael D. Weahkee for being confirmed by the Senate


Apr 20  124 new COVID-19 cases since Saturday, 4,579 negative results reported


Apr 20  Navajo Nation Council to continue holding 2020 Spring Session

Apr 19  Nez-Lizer veto resolution that sought to cancel the Navajo Nation Council’s spring session citing the need for Navajo people to hear from all leaders

Apr 18  70 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 4,075 negative results reported

Apr 17  Navajo Nation Council votes to cancel 2020 Spring Session

Apr 17  Speaker Damon issues open letter to Navajo Nation spiritual leaders

Apr 17  Navajo Nation issues Public Health Emergency Order requiring protective masks to be worn in public to help fight the spread of COVID-19

Apr 17  President Nez and Vice President Lizer offer condolences to the family of former Arizona Governor Jane Dee Hull

Apr 17  FCC grants Navajo Nation temporary access to broadband spectrum to help during COVID-19 pandemic

Apr 17  85 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths reported as the Navajo Nation’s 57-hour weekend curfew takes effect

Apr 17  Nez-Lizer applaud “huge win” for Navajo students as federal Impact Aid Program rules on equalization formula

Apr 16  President Nez to participate in roundtable hosted by Chairman Raúl M. Grijalva on Federal Coronavirus Response in Indian Country

Apr 16  April 17 Special Session to include action on burial assistance, public safety, donations

Apr 16  121 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths reported

Apr 16  Navajo Nation establishes the “Navajo Nation COVID-19 Fund”

Apr 16  Navajo Nation strongly opposes CARES Act funding for Alaska Native Corporations

Apr 16  Navajo Nation initiates additional weekend curfews, outlines provisions for essential businesses

Apr 15  Navajo Nation communities receive food donations from the State of New Mexico and Arizona’s St. Mary’s Food Bank

Apr 15  83 new cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths reported

Apr 15  The Department for Self Reliance’s Need-Based Programs Available to Families and Individuals, Living on the Navajo Nation, During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Apr 14  St. Mary’s partnership brings food distributions back to Tónaaneesdizí

Apr 14  Nez-Lizer commend City of Gallup’s action to temporarily stop alcohol sales at convenience stores

Apr 14  25 new cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths reported

Apr 13  COVID-19 cases reach a total of 813, with 28 total deaths reported

Apr 11  101 new positive cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths reported, rapid testing to soon become available

Apr 10  Navajo Nation’s telecommunication service providers take “Keeping Americans Connected Pledge” to provide internet access for Navajo students, small businesses, and residents

Apr 10  39 new positive cases of COVID-19, 2,705 total negative tests reported

Apr 09  70 new positive cases of COVID-19, two more deaths reported

Apr 09  Third Special Session to be held Friday, April 10

Apr 09  President Nez and Vice President Lizer in self-quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19 individual

Apr 08  Navajo Nation Family Prayer Weekend declared to help fight the spread of COVID-19

Apr 08  62 new positive cases of COVID-19, three more deaths reported

Apr 08  Navajo Nation applauds Page Police Department for arrest in threatening social media post incident

Apr 07  42 new positive cases of COVID-19 reported for the Navajo Nation, two additional deaths

Apr 06  30 new positive cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation, 2,134 total negative results

Apr 06  Navajo Nation to initiate 57-hour weekend curfew to fight COVID-19

Apr 05  354 total positive cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation, one more death confirmed

Apr 04  Arizona Army National Guard delivers supplies to help fight COVID-19

Apr 04  321 total positive cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation, one more death confirmed

Apr 03  270 total positive cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation, four more deaths confirmed

Apr 03  Nez-Lizer reaffirms temporary restrictions of roadways for tourists and visitors to the Navajo Nation, commerce and businesses exempted

Apr 03  Navajo Nation secures $22 million in Dept. of Housing and Urban Development COVID-19 relief funding

Apr 02  Navajo Nation Council, University of Arizona partnership sends 250 COVID-19 test kits to Navajo health care facilities

Apr 02  241 total positive cases of COVID-19 for the Navajo Nation, 1,796 negative tests reported

Apr 01  40 new cases of COVID-19 reported for the Navajo Nation

Apr 01  “Operation First of the Month” helps many Navajo elders

Apr 01  No Automobile Repossession in New Mexico until Public Health Emergency is Over