Press Releases for January 2021

Jan 31  103 new cases, 14,454 recoveries, and four more deaths related to COVID-19 as health care experts urge public to continue taking all precautions

Jan 31  Navajo leaders encourage equitable distribution of CARES Fund chapter distribution supplies

Jan 31  Navajo Nation Council mourns Harry Williams Sr.

Jan 30  135 new cases, 14,374 recoveries, and three more deaths related to COVID-19 as weekend vaccinations continue

Jan 30  Nez-Lizer Administration approves over $54 million for heavy equipment needs and water infrastructure projects at the local level

Jan 29  83 new cases, 14,373 recoveries, and 11 more deaths related to COVID-19 as weekend vaccinations set to begin

Jan 28  Navajo delegates express appreciation and support for HB2215 and HB2218 action in Arizona Legislature

Jan 28  59 new cases, 14,275 recoveries, and 11 more deaths related to COVID-19 as health care facilities prepare to offer vaccinations on weekends

Jan 27  152 new cases, 14,266 recoveries, and four more deaths related to COVID-19

Jan 27  Navajo Nation observes National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Jan 27  Text messages being sent to provide status of application, checks for the Navajo CARES Act Hardship Assistance Program

Jan 27  Recipients of duplicate checks heavily cautioned to not cash them, replacement checks expedited Jan. 26

Jan 26  Hardship Assistance Program checks mailed out, 370 duplicate checks sent in error and will be voided

Jan 25  Seth Damon elected to a second term as Speaker of the 24th Navajo Nation Council

Jan 25  89 new cases, 14,152 recoveries, and four more deaths related to COVID-19 as latest Public Health Emergency Order takes effect

Jan 25  Navajo Department of Health identifies 53 communities with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in latest Health Advisory Notice

Jan 24  133 new cases, 14,053 recoveries, and seven more deaths related to COVID-19

Jan 23  132 new cases, 13,910 recoveries, and 12 more deaths related to COVID-19

Jan 22  Navajo Nation Council 2021 winter regular session to commence January 25

Jan 22  143 new cases, 13,812 recoveries, and 14 more deaths related to COVID-19 as 57-hour weekend lockdown takes effect

Jan 21  Navajo Nation’s stay-at-home order extended, daily curfew implemented,and weekend lockdowns lifted to allow more vaccination events on weekends

Jan 21  166 new cases, 13,762 recoveries, and seven more deaths related to COVID-19

Jan 20  94 new cases, 13,748 recoveries, and 11 more deaths related to COVID-19

Jan 20  Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer congratulate U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris

Jan 20  Navajo Nation Council congratulates President Biden and Vice President Harris on inauguration

Jan 19  Navajo Nation Council funds scholarships, encourages students to study hard as schools begin

Jan 19  Resources and Development Committee hears report on Navajo Nation burial policies and challenges

Jan 19  Navajo Nation Council approves Covid-19 chapter heavy equipment purchases and funding for emergency water projects

Jan 19  45 new cases, 13,566 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jan 19  Navajo Department of Health identifies 75 communities with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in latest update

Jan 19  Nez-Lizer encourage safe and careful use of CARES Act Hardship Assistance funds as Controller’s Office begins to issue checks

Jan 18  Controller’s Office clarifies Special Duty Pay, who was eligible

Jan 18  Navajo CARES Act Hardship Assistance Program checks being printed, mailed

Jan 18  65 new cases, 13,532 recoveries, and three more deaths related to COVID-19

Jan 17  Nez-Lizer express concerns with Naat’áani Development Corporation’s actions to gain approval to oversee Medicaid funds

Jan 16  189 new cases, 13,531 recoveries, and seven more deaths related to COVID-19

Jan 15  121 new cases, 13,510 recoveries, and 16 more deaths related to COVID-19 as 57-hour weekend lockdown takes effect

Jan 14  202 new cases, 13,116 recoveries, and 13 more deaths related to COVID-19

Jan 13  169 new cases, 13,092 recoveries, and five more deaths related to COVID-19

Jan 12  193 new cases, 13,065 recoveries, and three more deaths related to COVID-19 as health care providers continue vaccine rollout for elderly

Jan 12  Health, Education, and Human Services Committee to hold virtual public hearing for Miss Navajo Nation plan of operation update

Jan 12  Office of the Speaker addresses bonus pay claim in December 2020 Navajo Times article

Jan 12  Continuation of uranium and Radiation Exposure Compensation Act advocacy sought by Navajo Nation Council after line item vetoes

Jan 11  Controller shares Hardship Assistance payments set to begin Jan. 18 in Budget and Finance Committee report

Jan 11  Military care packages making their way to deployed Navajo US Armed Forces members

Jan 11  154 new cases, 12,855 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19 as health officials step up vaccine rollout for individuals 65 years and older

Jan 11  Navajo Nation Indian Managed Care Entity discussions await OPVP and NM Governor involvement

Jan 10  233 new cases, 12,817 recoveries, and two more deaths related to COVID-19 as holiday spikes continue to be reported

Jan 9  175 new cases, 12,690 recoveries, and three more deaths related to COVID-19 as 57-hour weekend lockdown continues

Jan 8  237 new cases, 12,680 recoveries, and 22 more deaths related to COVID-19 as the 57-hour weekend lockdown takes effect

Jan 8  President Nez joins Deborah Ann Begay as she becomes the first Native American to serve as Justice of the Peace for Moon Valley

Jan 7  257 new cases, 12,625 recoveries, and six more deaths related to COVID-19 as stay-at-home order and weekend lockdowns extended through January 25th

Jan 7  Navajo CARES Act Hardship Assistance Program currently 90% funded, federal extension has not modified expenditure strategy

Jan 6  222 new cases, 12,597 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Jan 6  Statement from Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer

Jan 6  President Nez and Vice President Lizer approve $2.5 million to offset federal scholarship funding shortfall

Jan 5  118 new cases, 12,545 recoveries, and 15 more deaths related to COVID-19 as vaccination enters next phase for high-risk, elders, and more

Jan 4  Valinda Shirley appointed to serve as the new Executive Director for the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency

Jan 4  110 new cases, 12,211 recoveries, and three more deaths related to COVID-19

Jan 4  Navajo Department of Health identifies 73 communities with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19

Jan 3  146 new cases, 12,191 recoveries, and three more deaths related to COVID-19

Jan 2  152 new cases, 12,170 recoveries, and three more deaths related to COVID-19

Jan 2  NTUA far exceeds expectations with 713 homes now connected to the electric grid with CARES Act funds

Jan 1  266 new cases, 11,741 recoveries, and 7 more deaths related to COVID-19 as 57-hour weekend lockdown begins


Press Releases for February 2021


Feb 28  14 new cases, 16,097 recoveries, and two more deaths related to COVID-19

Feb 27  7 new cases, 16,066 recoveries, and three more deaths related to COVID-19

Feb 27  Nez-Lizer commend the FCC’s approval of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to provide low-income families with subsidies for internet service

Feb 26  23 new cases, 16,057 recoveries, and four more deaths related to COVID-19

Feb 26  President Nez advocates for infrastructure projects, COVID-19 vaccines, and road improvements in tribal leaders meeting with Utah Governor

Feb 26  Funding approved for summer youth employment to assist Navajo students and to assist enterprises with the impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

Feb 25  Delegates testify in support of HB 251 requiring NM Human Services follow sovereign Tribal will in IMCE contracts

Feb 25  Health, Education, and Human Services hears recommendations of former Miss Navajo Nation titleholders for plan of operation update

Feb 25  45 new cases, 16,054 recoveries, and nine more deaths related to COVID-19

Feb 24  25 new cases, 16,021 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Feb 24  Navajo Nation leaders and NTUA highlight CARES Act infrastructure accomplishments with U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján

Feb 23  20 new cases, 16,009 recoveries, and sevens more deaths related to COVID-19 as Navajo Area IHS reports that 116,611 vaccine doses have been administered

Feb 22  15 new cases, 15,999 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Feb 22  Navajo leaders recognize appointment of Cordalis, Newland and others to Interior Department leadership team

Feb 22  Navajo Department of Health identifies 21 communities with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in latest Health Advisory Notice

Feb 22  First Lady Nez and Second Lady Lizer proclaim “Pet Spay and Neuter Awareness Month”

Feb 22  Tom Platero appointed to serve as the Division Director for the Navajo Nation Division of General Services

Feb 21  27 new cases, 15,989 recoveries, and two more deaths related to COVID-19

Feb 20  48 new cases, 15,989 recoveries, and four more deaths related to COVID-19

Feb 19  48 new cases, 15,947 recoveries, and 11 more deaths related to COVID-19

Feb 19  Nez-Lizer recognize Navajo NASA engineer Aaron Yazzie’s vital role in Mars 2020 Perseverance rover landing

Feb 18  43 new cases, 15,917 recoveries, and 13 more deaths related to COVID-19 as Navajo Nation surpasses goal of administering 100,000 vaccine doses

Feb 18  Navajo Nation Council confirms Valinda Cook Shirley as new Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency executive director

Feb 18  NTUA constructs new wireless tower for improved cell phone and internet access for residents, students, and first responders in Beclabito

Feb 18  Navajo Nation surpasses goal of administering at least 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of February

Feb 18  More than 172,520 Navajo CARES Act Hardship Assistance Program checks cashed, Support Center switches to call-back option

Feb 17  27 new cases, 15,917 recoveries, and two more deaths related to COVID-19 as Navajo Department of Health extends stay-at-home order and daily curfew

Feb 17  Navajo Nation Council approves $4 million for 2021 summer youth employment programs

Feb 16  Navajo Nation moves a step closer to extending voting rights settlement with additional requirements with San Juan County, Utah

Feb 16  Reopening of Grand Canyon National Park, tribal parks, and local business reports heard by Resources and Development Committee

Feb 16  Public Safety shares $1.5 million of E-911 grant expended, pilot projects proceed in Budget and Finance Committee report

Feb 16  24 new cases, 15,892 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Feb 16  Navajo Department of Health identifies 25 communities with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in latest Health Advisory Notice

Feb 16  Navajo Nation receives Pasture, Rangeland, Forage insurance program payment from CKP Insurance

Feb 15  13 new cases, 15,826 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Feb 14  55 new cases, 15,763 recoveries, and three more deaths related to COVID-19

Feb 14  Navajo Nation will strengthen federal advocacy with investment in land and property near Capitol Hill

Feb 13  35 new cases, 15,754 recoveries, and five more deaths related to COVID-19

Feb 12  U.S. EPA announces $220 million contract awards for the clean-up of more than 50 abandoned uranium mine sites on the Navajo Nation

Feb 12  66 new cases, 15,738 recoveries, and six more deaths related to COVID-19

Feb 12  Valinda C. Shirley confirmed as the Executive Director for the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency

Feb 11  President Nez approves $1.3 million for COVID-19 mitigation efforts for Chinle nursing home

Feb 11  53 new cases, 15,696 recoveries, and 11 more deaths related to COVID-19

Feb 11  Navajo Nation awarded $53 million through E-Rate Program to increase internet capacity for chapter houses and Head Start facilities

Feb 10  38 new cases, 15,639 recoveries, and 11 more deaths related to COVID-19 as additional federal personnel begin to arrive to support vaccination efforts

Feb 10  New NTUA fiber line will increase internet capacity for Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, local schools, and businesses

Feb 9  Nez-Lizer Administration congratulates newly-appointed Arizona House of Representatives member Jasmine Blackwater-Nygren

Feb 9  Navajo Nation Council congratulates newly-appointed AZ Legislative District 7 Representative Jasmine Blackwater-Nygren

Feb 9  54 new cases, 15,635 recoveries, and 15 more deaths related to COVID-19 as Navajo Area IHS reports that 98% of current vaccines have been administered

Feb 9  More than 200,000 checks for Navajo CARES Act Hardship Assistance Program mailed, text messages continue to be sent to applicants

Feb 8  40 new cases, 15,264 recoveries, and three more deaths related to COVID-19

Feb 8  Navajo Department of Health identifies 44 communities with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in latest Health Advisory Notice

Feb 8  Navajo Nation has administered 94% of current COVID-19 vaccine doses, additional vaccines and personnel to arrive this week to help administer more

Feb 7  23 new cases, 15,234 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Feb 6  71 new cases, 15,067 recoveries, and three more deaths related to COVID-19 as public health experts caution against large Super Bowl gatherings

Feb 5  114 new cases, 15,067 recoveries, and six more deaths related to COVID-19

Feb 5  Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission Honoring the Life and Legacy of Former President and Commission Chair, Albert Hale

Feb 4  Memorial event to be held in honor of former Navajo Nation President Albert Hale

Feb 4  110 new cases, 14,892 recoveries, and nine more deaths related to COVID-19

Feb 4  Navajo Nation Council recognizes retirees, new officials, organizations and othersduring 2021 Winter Session

Feb 3  70 new cases, 14,714 recoveries, and six more deaths related to COVID-19

Feb 3  Navajo Nation Council approves acquisition of 11 D Street, S.E. in Washington

Feb 2  President Biden signs Major Disaster Declaration for the Navajo Nation to assist with COVID-19 response efforts

Feb 2  82 new cases, 14,709 recoveries, and 12 more deaths related to COVID-19, public health experts caution public about traveling and in-person gatherings

Feb 2  President Nez and Vice President Lizer offer condolences and prayers for the family of former Navajo Nation President Albert Hale

Feb 2  Navajo Nation Council mourns former Navajo Nation President Albert Hale

Feb 2  Construction of N11 road improvements in the community of Mariano Lake scheduled to begin in spring

Feb 1  61 new cases, 14,484 recoveries, and two more deaths related to COVID-19 as President Nez urges Navajo Nation residents to continue taking precautions

Feb 1  Nez-Lizer congratulate Arlando Teller and Wahleah Johns for their recent appointments to serve under the Biden-Harris Administration

Feb 1  President Nez requests more COVID-19 vaccines and additional resources in meeting with Biden-Harris officials and federal agencies

Feb 1  President Nez urges public to take all precautions as Navajo Department of Health identifies 56 communities with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19


Press Releases for March 2021


Mar 31  15 new cases, 16,398 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Mar 31  President Nez and Vice President Lizer approve resolution to fund the Navajo Veterans Administration for the remainder of FY 2021 to help veterans

Mar 31  Tóhajiilee gas station and convenience store economic development project progress report shared with delegates

Mar 31  President Nez discusses the American Rescue Plan Act and other priorities with Congressman O’Halleran

Mar 31  Delegates receive Indian Wells economic development project updates from Division of Economic Development

Mar 31  Navajo Technical University reports dormitory construction project awaits Navajo Housing Authority review of flood plain study

Mar 31  Representative O’Halleran, Navajo Nation EPA and Delegate Kee Allen Begay Jr. discuss uranium and Claim 28 issues

Mar 30  12 new cases, 16,396 recoveries, and one recent death related to COVID-19

Mar 30  First case of COVID-19 U.K. variant confirmed on the Navajo Nation

Mar 29  5 new cases, 16,359 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Mar 29  Three branch chiefs hold initial discussion on the American Rescue Plan Act

Mar 29  State of Arizona officially recognizes National Navajo Code Talkers Day

Mar 29  Navajo Nation moves a step closer to providing electricity to Navajo families residing in the Westwater Subdivision with $500,000 appropriation from Utah

Mar 28  7 new cases, 16,348 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Mar 27  12 new cases, 16,342 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19, new public health emergency order issued

Mar 27  Vice President Lizer commends NTEC’s Community Heating Resource Program that provides free coal to Navajo families

Mar 26  Statement from Speaker Damon on Supplemental Appropriations and American Rescue Plan

Mar 26  Tom Platero confirmed as the Division Director for the Navajo Nation Division of General Services

Mar 26  9 new cases and 2 more deaths related to COVID-19 as latest report shows over 210,000 vaccine doses administered, and nearly 89,000 fully vaccinated

Mar 26  Navajo Nation Council holds moment of silence for US Army veteran and local leader Allen Todacheenie

Mar 25  9 new cases, 16,336 recoveries, and eight more deaths related to COVID-19

Mar 25  Navajo Nation approves request to New Mexico for State Highway 371 road repavement and improvement

Mar 25  Resources and Development Committee confirms Bidtah N. Becker to the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission

Mar 25  Navajo Nation to receive nearly $50 million in HUD funding for affordable housing under the American Rescue Plan

Mar 24  Veterans Administration continuing budget considered by HEHSC as delegates press for a comprehensive budget proposal

Mar 24  Law and Order Committee receives missing and murdered cases report from Division of Public Safety

Mar 24  10 new cases and two more deaths related to COVID-19 as Navajo Area IHS reports 196,902 vaccine doses have been administered so far

Mar 24  Navajo Nation Council recognizes Mr. Paul Dokey of the Tsi’ Yi’ Tóhí Singers at 92

Mar 24  Division of General Services gives Admin Building 1 and current Navajo Nation government facilities planning efforts updates

Mar 24  Law and Order Committee grants final approval for Window Rock Judicial District temporary facility project funding

Mar 24  President Nez provides testimony to Congress in support of the extension and expansion of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act

Mar 24  Veterans housing policies updates under consideration by the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee

Mar 24  MMDR/NNMPU to unveil Missing Persons Community Action Toolkit to assist Navajo communities in recovering missing relatives

Mar 23  3 new cases and no recent deaths related to COVID-19 as leaders and health officials urge all residents to continue taking all precautions

Mar 23  Navajo Nation anticipates $14.9 million in Capital Outlay Funds from the State of New Mexico

Mar 22  $24 million in new heavy equipment begins to arrive at chapters

Mar 22  0 new cases and no recent deaths related to COVID-19 as Navajo Area IHS reports over 191,000 vaccine doses administered

Mar 22  Public comments sought for legislation regarding reopening of schools on the Navajo Nation

Mar 21  9 new cases, 16,326 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Mar 20  5 new cases, 16,326 recoveries, and four more deaths related to COVID-19

Mar 19  Nez-Lizer commend the passage of Impact Aid bill by the New Mexico State Legislature

Mar 19  5 new cases, 16,290 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Mar 18  18 new cases, 16,289 recoveries, and six more deaths related to COVID-19 as President Nez continues to urge residents to take all precautions and limit travel

Mar 17  10 new cases, 16,288 recoveries, and three more deaths related to COVID-19

Mar 17  Navajo Nation marks one year since first confirmed case of COVID-19, Day of Prayer virtual event to be held on Friday

Mar 16  2 new cases, 16,286 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19 as President Nez urges Navajo Nation residents to keep taking precautions

Mar 15  6 new cases, 16,276 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19 as Navajo Area IHS reports over 176,000 vaccine doses administered so far

Mar 15  Deb Haaland becomes the first Native American confirmed to lead the U.S. Department of the Interior

Mar 15  Navajo Nation Council applauds the confirmation of Debra Haaland to Interior Secretary

Mar 14  3 new cases, 16,231 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19 as officials continue to urge Navajo Nation residents to keep their guard up

Mar 13  15 new cases, 16,223 recoveries, and three more deaths related to COVID-19

Mar 12  19 new cases, 16,223 recoveries, and three more deaths related to COVID-19

Mar 11  8 new cases, 16,212 recoveries, and seven more deaths related to COVID-19

Mar 10  Navajo Nation to implement “soft reopening” under revised guidelines as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations decline and vaccinations increase

Mar 10  13 new cases, 16,212 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19 as Navajo Nation continues downward trend in new infections and hospitalizations

Mar 10  Congress approves the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan to provide COVID-19 relief, stimulus checks, unemployment benefits

Mar 10  Navajo Nation Council recognizes American Rescue Plan passage

Mar 09  Nez-Lizer Administration recommends funding formula for COVID-19 relief funds in the American Rescue Plan

Mar 09  12 new cases, 16,202 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19 as Navajo Nation sees consistent downward trend in infections and hospitalizations

Mar 09  Navajo Department of Health identifies 8 communities with uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 as data shows consistent downward trend in new cases

Mar 09  More than $293 million paid to Navajo Nation members from Navajo CARES Act Hardship Assistance Program

Mar 09  Office of the Controller lacking $1.8 million for fourth quarter operations, at risk of employee layoffs

Mar 09  Navajo Nation opposes Arizona bill that opens door to segregating Navajo and Hopi people and drastically reducing funds for direct services

Mar 08  6 new cases, 16,184 recoveries, and two more deaths related to COVID-19

Mar 08  Delegates commend completion of N27 road construction between Nazlini and Chinle

Mar 07  7 new cases, 16,159 recoveries, and three more deaths related to COVID-19

Mar 07  Flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of late former Navajo Nation Supreme Court Associate Justice Lorene B. Ferguson

Mar 06  16 new cases, 16,153 recoveries, and three more deaths related to COVID-19

Mar 05  12 new cases, 16,140 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Mar 04  19 new cases, 16,131 recoveries, and seven more deaths related to COVID-19 as Navajo Area IHS reports that 141,568 vaccine doses have been administered

Mar 04  President Nez signs off on land lease to develop housing units for Dilkon Medical Center employees

Mar 03  20 new cases, 16,124 recoveries, and three more deaths related to COVID-19 as public health officials urge residents to continue taking all precautions

Mar 02  16 new cases, 16,115 recoveries, and 14 more deaths related to COVID-19 as Navajo Area IHS reports that 135,161 vaccine doses have been administered

Mar 02  Navajo Nation Council mourns passing of Hon. Lorene B. Ferguson, retired Supreme Court Associate Justice

Mar 01  President Nez and Vice President Lizer offer condolences to the family of former Navajo Nation Supreme Court Associate Justice Lorene B. Ferguson

Mar 01  RETIRED NAVAJO NATION JUSTICE LORENE B. FERGUSON PASSES

Mar 01  12 new cases, 16,109 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19 as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports rise in new infections



Press Releases for April 2021


Apr 30  Navajo Nation leaders urge Arizona Governor to veto voter suppression bill

Apr 30  9 new cases, 16,574 recoveries, and two more deaths related to COVID-19

Apr 30  President Nez offers support for infrastructure projects related to the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act and rural road development

Apr 29  Controller’s statements following financial management work session misdirect

Apr 29  Judicial Branch fund approved by Navajo Nation Council with federal lawsuit award

Apr 29  Navajo Nation Council approves 2022-2026 Permanent Fund 5-year income plan to directly address projected shortfalls

Apr 29  6 new cases, 16,570 recoveries, and three recent deaths related to COVID-19

Apr 29  Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision delivers significant victory for the Navajo Nation

Apr 28  Office of the Controller must operate objectively, free of political influence

Apr 28  15 new cases, 16,568 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19 as Navajo Area IHS reports that over 95,000 individuals are fully vaccinated

Apr 28  First Lady Nez and Second Lady Lizer announce “Talking Trash” series focusing on illegal trash dumping on the Navajo Nation

Apr 28  Navajo Nation opposes Arizona bills that would suppress Navajo voters

Apr 27  0 new cases, 16,565 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Apr 27  Navajo Nation BIE schools, Diné College, and NTU allocated nearly $205 million through the American Rescue Plan Act

Apr 27  5 new cases, 16,524 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Apr 26  Nez-Lizer Administration to meet with Chapters regarding the American Rescue Plan Act

Apr 23  First Lady Biden concludes visit to the Navajo Nation with discussions with students, educators, parents, and health care workers

Apr 23  31 new cases, 16,524 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19 as Navajo Nation prepares to transition to “Yellow Status” on Monday

Apr 22  Navajo leaders welcome First Lady Jill Biden to the Navajo Nation

Apr 22  President Nez and Vice President Lizer congratulate U.S. Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs nominee Bryan Newland

Apr 22  15 new cases, 16,522 recoveries, and no recent death related to COVID-19

Apr 21  Navajo Nation to welcome First Lady Jill Biden

Apr 21  8 new cases, 16,522 recoveries, and one recent death related to COVID-19

Apr 21  Navajo Nation enrolled population increases to 399,494 thanks to Navajo CARES Act Hardship Assistance Program

Apr 20  9 new cases, 16,515 recoveries, and no deaths related to COVID-19

Apr 20  Navajo Department of Health cautions public about Hantavirus as first case of the year confirmed

Apr 19  4 new cases, 16,477 recoveries, and no deaths related to COVID-19

Apr 19  President Nez and Vice President Lizer deliver the State of the Navajo Nation Address

Apr 18  7 new cases, 16,477 recoveries, and no deaths related to COVID-19

Apr 17  2 new cases, 16,477 recoveries, and no deaths related to COVID-19 reported for seventh consecutive day

Apr 17  Flags to be flown at half-staff in honor and remembrance of former Diné lawmaker Nelson S. BeGaye

Apr 16  13 new cases, 16,475 recoveries, and no deaths related to COVID-19, California variant identified in Shiprock Service Unit

Apr 15  Arizona-Tribal gaming compact amendments finalized extending compact duration up to 2048 and expanding scope of gaming

Apr 15  20 new cases, 16,431 recoveries, and no deaths related to COVID-19 reported for fifth consecutive day

Apr 15  Navajo Nation Office of the First Lady and Second Lady launches mobile app to provide resources for Navajo families

Apr 15  The Commission on Navajo Government Development mourns the loss of Honorable Nelson S. BeGaye and, the Commission’s regular meeting has been postponed

Apr 15  President Nez and Vice President Lizer offer condolences and prayers for the family of former Diné lawmaker Nelson S. BeGaye

Apr 15  Navajo Nation Council in mourning following the passing of Honorable Nelson S. BeGaye

Apr 14  10 new cases, 16,430 recoveries, and no deaths related to COVID-19

Apr 14  President Nez voices support for President Biden’s FY 2022 budget request that includes increases for schools, IHS, and other priorities

Apr 13  Tsídii To’í celebrates Síhásin Fund heavy equipment motor grader delivery under Nation-wide investment in local needs

Apr 13  Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine paused on the Navajo Nation in accordance with CDC and FDA recommendations

Apr 13  2 new cases, 16,430 recoveries, and no deaths related to COVID-19 reported for third consecutive day

Apr 13  President Nez meets with U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg and proposes policy changes to improve Navajo Nation’s transportation system

Apr 12  2 new cases, 16,430 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Apr 12  FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application now open to general public

Apr 12  Navajo Nation partners with First Things First to recognize “Navajo Nation Week of the Young Child”

Apr 12  Navajo Nation and the Office of the Arizona State Treasurer recognize the month of April as “Financial Literacy Month”

Apr 12  Navajo Nation secures $14.9 million in Capital Outlay Funds with approval from New Mexico Governor

Apr 11  10 new cases, 16,430 recoveries, and no deaths related to COVID-19

Apr 11  Navajo Nation Council approves 2021 Arizona gaming compact amendments and agreements

Apr 10  16 new cases, 16,430 recoveries, and two more deaths related to COVID-19

Apr 09  26 new cases, 16,430 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19, stay-at-home order reinstated for Navajo Nation residents

Apr 09  President Nez cites COVID-19 variants for vetoing bill that sought to reopen Navajo Nation roads to visitors

Apr 08  15 new cases, 16,430 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Apr 08  New Mexico Governor Signs HB-0178, Opening Doors of Opportunity for Students Seeking Substance Abuse Counseling Licensure

Apr 07  President Nez calls for the protection of 1.9 million acres of land under the Bears Ears National Monument in meeting with Interior Secretary Haaland

Apr 07  16 new cases, 16,425 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Apr 07  Navajo Nation’s renewable energy future takes step forward with 70-megawatt emissions-free energy project in Red Mesa community

Apr 06  Navajo Nation finalizes lease for 200 MW emissions-free solar energy development project in the community of Cameron

Apr 06  3 new cases, 16,425 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Apr 06  Shonto community breaks ground on new hotel to support tourism corridor, jobs, and revenue

Apr 06  Navajo leaders recognize signing of New Mexico law ending Impact Aid credits in public education funding rules

Apr 06  Navajo Nation confirms first case of the B.1.429 variant first identified in the state of California, health officials urge more residents to get vaccinated

Apr 06  Navajo Nation recognizes National Public Health Week in honor and appreciation of health care workers

Apr 05  6 new cases, 16,423 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Apr 05  President Nez joins New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham for the signing of Impact Aid bill to support tribal schools

Apr 04  7 new cases, 16,423 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Apr 03  18 new cases, 16,423 recoveries, and four more deaths related to COVID-19

Apr 03  Office of the Controller successfully manages CARES Act funding, gearing up for second round of funding from the American Rescue Plan

Apr 02  17 new cases, 16,421 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Apr 02  April 2021 Navajo Nation Council sessions and Naabik’íyáti’ Committee work sessions

Apr 01  5 new cases, 16,398 recoveries, and five more deaths related to COVID-19, weekend vaccination events continue

Apr 01  Navajo Criminal Investigations supplemental appropriation gains approval from Law and Order Committee

Apr 01  Hay, grain, livestock feed assistance approved by Resources and Development Committee for $4 million

Apr 01  Navajo Nation recognizes the month of April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” acknowledging victims, survivors, and advocates


Press Releases for May 2021


May 31  2 new cases and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

May 31  Navajo Nation honors fallen warriors on Memorial Day

May 31  Diné athlete Patterson Yazzie III to compete in the season premiere of “American Ninja Warrior”

May 30  Two new cases and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

May 29  9 new cases and four more deaths related to COVID-19

May 29  Navajo Nation receives initial $1.8 billion allocation through the American Rescue Plan Act

May 28  10 new cases, 29,454 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

May 28  June 2021 Navajo Nation Council sessions and Naabik’íyáti’ Committee work sessions

May 27  Nez-Lizer Administration finalizes lease for Navajo-owned company to offer quality lumber supplies on the Navajo Nation

May 27  LOC and RDC hear reports and discuss laws to address Navajo Nation feral dog population

May 27  3 new cases, 29,436 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

May 26  RDC receives business and industrial development fund update report from the Division of Economic Development

May 26  6 new cases, 29,424 recoveries, and four more deaths related to COVID-19

May 25  RDC and Speaker Damon request meeting state leadership to discuss Chaco Canyon National Heritage Monument Field Hearing

May 25  6 new cases, 29,426 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

May 25  Commission on Navajo Government Development hears chapter improvement reports and votes to allow hybrid meeting options

May 24  Nez-Lizer Administration meets with chapters regarding priorities for the American Rescue Plan Act

May 24  Council applauds Department of the Interior approval of the 2021 Arizona Gaming Compact amendments and agreements

May 24  2 new cases, 29,408 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

May 23  11 new cases, 29,383 recoveries, and two more deaths related to COVID-19

May 22  12 new cases, 29,376 recoveries, and two more deaths related to COVID-19

May 21  2 new cases, 29,361 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19, new health order expands options for flea markets and roadside markets

May 20  4 new cases, 29,361 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

May 20  President Nez pushes for new era in tribal roads and federal relations during meeting with White House officials

May 20  Former Auditor General Elizabeth Begay to serve as Acting Controller

May 19  Council Votes to remove Pearline Kirk as Controller of the Navajo Nation during Special Session

May 19  9 new cases, 29,356 recoveries, and two more deaths related to COVID-19

May 18  Council Delegate Thomas Walker Jr. Expresses Opposition to Two Guns Commercial Resort Proposal

May 18  18 new cases, 29,353 recoveries, and two more deaths related to COVID-19

May 18  Council hears report on irregularities with COVID-19 testing contract and deliberates emergency removal of Navajo Nation Controller Pearline Kirk during Special Session

May 17  7 new cases, 29,343 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

May 17  Navajo Nation implements Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

May 16  Navajo Nation recognizes the week of May 16 – 22 as “Navajo Nation Emergency Medical Service Week”

May 16  7 new cases, 29,329 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

May 15  15 new cases, 29,302 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

May 14  12 new cases, 29,294 recoveries, and five more deaths related to COVID-19, mask mandate remains in place for the Navajo Nation

May 13  14 new cases, 29,283 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19 as health care facilities begin offering vaccines for adolescents

May 11  20 new cases, 29,265 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19, health care facilities will begin offering vaccines for adolescents this week

May 11  Arizona Governor signs two voter suppression bills that disproportionately impact Navajo voters

May 11  9 new cases, 29,261 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19 as Navajo Area IHS prepares to begin vaccinating 12-15 year old individuals

May 10  Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission calls to postpone vote on Public Hearing adoption of Ordinance 2021-05, changing the zoning of Two Guns interchange

May 10  30 combined new cases, 29,239 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19 reported for Sunday and Monday

May 10  U.S. Department of the Treasury announces timeline, funding formula, and requirements for tribes to receive American Rescue Plan Act funding

May 10  Navajo Nation announces the Enhanced Retirement Program

May 10  Navajo Nation recognizes Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week to honor active and fallen Navajo Police Officers

May 08  12 new cases, 29,224 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

May 07  15 new cases, 29,225 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19 as leaders urge families to celebrate Mother’s Day safely

May 07  Navajo Nation approves Permanent Trust Fund Income five-year expenditure plan to help ensure financial stability and direct services

May 07  Navajo Nation now has over 100,000 fully vaccinated individuals

May 06  Rock Point community to receive funding for Route 8070 improvements

May 06  Navajo Department of Health announces graduation and promotion guidelines for schools to implement to help protect against COVID-19

May 06  13 new cases, 29,213 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

May 06  Delegate Kee Allen Begay Jr. advocates for road and broadband projects with Arizona leaders

May 05  Navajo Nation recognizes “Navajo Nation Nurses Appreciation Week” in honor and recognition of the contributions and sacrifices of nurses

May 05  Navajo leaders recognize Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Awareness Day in honor and remembrance of lost loved ones

May 05  7 new cases, 29,201 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

May 04  12 new cases, 16,606 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

May 04  May 2021 Navajo Nation Council sessions and Naabik’íyáti’ Committee work sessions

May 04  Navajo Nation Council spotlights Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls national awareness day events

May 03  3 new cases, 16,596 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19 as the Navajo Nation nears 100,000 people fully vaccinated

May 03  FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will begin on May 12 to provide low-income families with discounted broadband service

May 03  President Nez and Vice President Lizer offer support for Salt Creek Fire residents and first responders

May 02  Navajo Nation leaders honor and thank all educators with “Navajo Nation Teacher Appreciation Week” recognition

May 02  6 new cases, 16,585 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

May 02  Week of May 2 – 8, 2021 recognized as “Navajo Nation Correctional Officers Week”

May 01  6 new cases, 16,574 recoveries, and three more deaths related to COVID-19

May 01  Navajo Nation recognizes the month of May 2021 as “Navajo Nation Foster Care Awareness Month”

May 01  Navajo leaders recognize the month of May as “Ntsáhakees Silah’igii Baa ‘Áhaya – Navajo Nation Mental Health Awareness Month”


Press Releases for June 2021


Jun 30  6 new cases, 29,615 recoveries, and two more deaths related to COVID-19

Jun 30  Navajo Nation Human Rights Commissioner Steven Darden awarded Henry Luce Foundation and Frist Nations Development Institute’s Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship

Jun 30  President Nez joins First Lady Biden and Second Gentleman Emhoff to encourage more people to get vaccinated for COVID-19

Jun 29  3 new cases, 29,615 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jun 23  Delegate Nathaniel Brown Bestowed as a Naat’áanii Honoree at Diné Pride’s Closing Ceremony

Jun 23  2 new cases, 29,582 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jun 23  Tribal Infrastructure Fund Board Awards Six Navajo Nation Chapters Infrastructure Grants

Jun 22  Navajo Nation’s Colorado Ranches Submit Budget Proposal Requests to Budget & Finance and Resources & Development Committees

Jun 22  5 new cases, 29,581 recoveries, and one recent death related to COVID-19

Jun 22  Navajo Nation leaders commend Interior Secretary Haaland’s initiative to investigate federal boarding schools

Jun 22  Navajo Nation Days of Prayer to be observed from June 25 – 27, 2021

Jun 21  New enforcement provisions and more funding for resources requested to help Animal Control Officers prevent dog attacks

Jun 21  0 new cases, 29,566 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jun 20  1 new case and no recent deaths related to COVID-19 reported

Jun 19  6 new cases and three more deaths related to COVID-19 reported

Jun 18  Navajo Nation Office of the Speaker Recognizes Juneteenth as a National Holiday

Jun 18  Speaker Seth Damon and Delegate Nathaniel Brown Reaffirm Diné Pride Week with Second Annual Proclamation Signing

Jun 18  Council Delegate Kee Allen Begay Jr. Seeks Solutions for Farmers Admidst Drought Conditions and the Projected Depletion of Many Farms Lake

Jun 18  11 new cases, 29,559 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jun 18  Delegate Charlaine Tso Urges the Public to Assist NPD in the Search For Ella Mae Begay

Jun 18  President Nez requests special session to consider reopening roads for visitors to allow parks to reopen at 50% capacity

Jun 17  12 new cases, 29,555 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Jun 17  Navajo Nation disappointed in lack of Native Americans selected for New Mexico Citizen Redistricting Committee

Jun 16  3 new cases, 29,554 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Jun 15  5 new cases, 29,549 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19 as the CDC designates the Delta strain as a “variant of concern”

Jun 15  Historic Vote McKinley County Commission Board Approves new prescient boundaries for McKinley County, New Mexico

Jun 15  NAVAJO NATION COUNCIL VOTE TO REOPEN NAVAJO TRIBAL PARKS

Jun 14  1 new case, 29,533 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jun 13  2 new cases and no recent deaths related to COVID-19 reported

Jun 12  9 new cases and six more deaths related to COVID-19 reported

Jun 11  Local Navajo leaders prioritize infrastructure projects to create long-term benefits using American Rescue Plan Act funds

Jun 11  8 new cases, 29,518 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jun 11  President Nez and Vice President Lizer congratulate 325 Navajo Nation retirees for their dedication and service

Jun 10  Online town hall for FEMA’s COVID-19 Burial Assistance Program to be held on Monday

Jun 10  9 new cases, 29,518 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jun 09  11 new cases, 29,514 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Jun 08  0 new cases, 29,509 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jun 07  3 new cases, 29,509 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jun 06  7 new cases and one more death related to COVID-19 reported

Jun 06  Online town hall for USDA Farm Service Agency debt relief program to be held on Monday

Jun 05  7 new cases and one more death related to COVID-19 reported

Jun 04  5 new cases, 29,489 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Jun 04  Delegate Eugene Tso Welcomes Navajo-Hopi Honor Riders in Window Rock

Jun 03  Navajo-Hopi Land Commission receives update on the Forgotten People versus Navajo Nation Case

Jun 03  13 new cases, 29,483 recoveries, and four more deaths related to COVID-19

Jun 03  Navajo Transit System receive 39 new hybrid buses to provide more transportation services and reduce emissions

Jun 02  No new cases, 29,472 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jun 02  6 new cases, 29,483 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jun 02  President Nez joins Kayenta Service Unit to recognize the service of frontline warriors during the COVID-19 pandemic

Jun 01  0 new cases and no recent deaths related to COVID-19


Press Releases for July 2021


Jul 31  25 new cases and three more deaths related to COVID-19 reported

Jul 31  Christmas in July at Cornfields Chapter

Jul 30  Application process reopens for the final phase of the CARES Act Hardship Program, deadline set for the end of September

Jul 30  26 new cases, 29,882 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jul 30  Vice President Lizer encourages parents to invest in children's educational ambitions

Jul 30  President Nez and Vice President Lizer congratulate newly-appointed IHS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Loretta Christensen

Jul 30  Department of Diné Education Works to Reauthorize Navajo Schools

Jul 29  Department of the Interior Listens to Concerns of the Navajo People

Jul 29  $450,000 Settlement agreement between the Federal Trade Commission and Tate’s Auto Group

Jul 29  13 new cases, 29,867 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Jul 28  Navajo leaders discuss Chaco Canyon, public safety, and land issues with Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Bryan Newland

Jul 28  President Nez commends Emergency Management officials, CHR’s, Chapter officials, and others for providing relief to elders in flooded areas

Jul 28  14 new cases, 29,859 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jul 28  President Nez urges all schools to submit School Reopening Plans to the Department of Diné Education

Jul 27  NDOT crews continue to clear roadways to make routes passable and accessible

Jul 27  15 new cases, 29,844 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Jul 27  President Nez provides testimony about water and sanitation before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Jul 26  President Nez congratulates Navajo Technical University Master of Arts in Diné Culture, Language, and Leadership graduates

Jul 26  8 new cases, 29,817 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jul 25  Construction of hogan-style home prototype proceeds to help address housing challenges

Jul 25  NDOT crews continue to respond to road repair needs caused by heavy rainfall

Jul 25  6 new cases and four more deaths related to COVID-19 reported

Jul 24  12 new cases and no recent deaths related to COVID-19 reported

Jul 23  11 new cases, 29,785 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jul 23  Navajo Nation Council Amends Veteran’s Trust Fund

Jul 23  President Nez and Navajo Police Chief Francisco meets with the family of Ella Mae Begay

Jul 22  24th Navajo Nation Council Unanimously Approves Funding for Phase One of the Western Navajo Water Pipeline

Jul 22  President Nez and Utah Lt. Governor Henderson visit Westwater Subdivision residents and the Gentle Ironhawk Shelter

Jul 22  27 new cases, 29,775 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Jul 21  The Navajo Nation Fiscal Recovery Fund Approved

Jul 21  Proposed Treaty Between Cherokee Nation and Navajo Nation

Jul 21  21 new cases, 29,759 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jul 21  Office of Miss Navajo Nation announces contestants for the 69th Annual Miss Navajo Nation Pageant

Jul 20  17 new cases, 29,759 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19 as the CDC reports that the Delta variant accounts for 80% of new cases

Jul 20  Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty Honors the Victims of Boarding Schools

Jul 19  President Nez and Vice President Lizer deliver the State of the Navajo Nation Address

Jul 19  6 new cases, 29,741 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jul 18  30 new cases and two more deaths related to COVID-19 reported for Saturday and Sunday combined

Jul 16  President Nez finalizes business site leases for Navajo business owners, LeChee and Shonto Chapters highlight American Rescue Plan Act priorities

Jul 16  6 new cases, 29,694 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jul 15  President Nez and Delegate Slater advocate for transportation system improvements and policy changes with U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg

Jul 15  Historical partnership allows Gentle Ironhawk Shelter to resume operations under the Utah Navajo Health System

Jul 15  22 new cases, 29,682 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Jul 15  New Mexico Indian Affairs Department Meets with Various New Mexico Chapters

Jul 15  Chinle Chapter Receives Award for Floodplain Management Plan

Jul 14  16 new cases, 29,674 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Jul 13  Crownpoint Chapter and summer youth workers celebrate the delivery of new heavy equipment

Jul 13  6 new cases, 29,666 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jul 12  Council Delegate Eugenia Charles-Newton Witnesses Navajo Children Receiving Nike Shoes

Jul 12  Low Water Supply Prompts NTUA to Cut Off Water Allocations to Several Chapters

Jul 12  4 new cases, 29,660 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jul 12  Online town hall scheduled for Monday evening to provide information about the second phase of the CARES Act Hardship Program

Jul 11  2 new cases and three more deaths related to COVID-19 reported

Jul 11  Job fairs scheduled to hire temporary workers and summer students to assist with the second phase of the CARES Act Hardship Program

Jul 10  13 new cases and no recent deaths related to COVID-19 reported

Jul 09  Senator Heinrich Discusses ARPA Funds Update and Priorities with the 24th Navajo Nation Council

Jul 09  14 new cases, 29,644 recoveries, and one recent death related to COVID-19

Jul 08  24 new cases, 29,645 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19, increase in infections is due to residents traveling off the Navajo Nation

Jul 07  Flags to be flown at half-staff in honor and remembrance of U.S. Army Private Marriah Pouncy_all

Jul 07  8 new cases, 29,642 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jul 07  Delegate Kee Allen Begay Jr. Meets with U.S. Senator Kelly and Other Congressional Delegations in Washington D.C.

Jul 07  Navajo Department of Health declares “Yellow Status” for schools, issues guidelines for youth programs, and allows parks to welcome visitors and tourists

Jul 07  Nez-Lizer to host online town hall for the Child Tax Credit

Jul 06  Council Delegate Herman M. Daniels and Paul Begay Join Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez in the Signing of Legislation 0104-21

Jul 06  7 new cases, 29,639 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Jul 06  President Nez approves resolution allowing parks and roads to reopen to visitors under capacity limits and safety protocols

Jul 05  11 new cases and one more death related to COVID-19 in last two days

Jul 03  5 new cases and two more deaths related to COVID-19 reported

Jul 03  Division of Community Development Requests $1.9 Million for Plan of Operations

Jul 02  President Nez approves funding for final phase of CARES Act Hardship Program for remaining applicants and enrolled members

Jul 02  Budget & Finance Committee Approves the Three Branch Chief’s Recommendation for the Fiscal Year 2022 General Fund

Jul 02  3 new cases, 29,617 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19, Navajo Nation residents urged to take precautions during holiday weekend

Jul 02  Navajo Leadership Embraces “Naabik’íyáti’” with U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján

Jul 01  Drive-up fireworks events scheduled as Navajo Nation residents urged to stay local for the Fourth of July holiday weekend due to Delta variant

Jul 01  Navajo leaders discuss Navajo Indian Irrigation Project and Chaco Canyon issues with U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján

Jul 01  4 new cases, 29,616 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19


Press Releases for August 2021


Aug 31  54 new cases, 30,902 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Aug 31  President Nez and Vice President Lizer meet with new Navajo Area BIA Regional Director Gregory Mehojah

Aug 31  Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management issues weather warning for anticipated heavy rainfall

Aug 30  17 new cases, 30,857 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19, 36 communities identified with uncontrolled spread

Aug 30  Navajo Nation Department of Personnel Management to host job fairs in September

Aug 29  24 new cases, 30,800 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Aug 28  35 new cases, 30,757 recoveries, and three more deaths related to COVID-19

Aug 27  38 new cases, 30,703 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Aug 27  16th Annual Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation

Aug 26  55 new cases, 30,633 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Aug 25  57 new cases, 30,608 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Aug 24  37 new cases, 30,591 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Aug 23  24 new cases, 30,539 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19, 36 communities identified with uncontrolled spread

Aug 23  Navajo Nation meets with Red Lake Nation on Criminal Justice Complex

Aug 22  August 2021 School Board Apportionment Plan (Plan 6) Public Hearings

Aug 22  33 new cases, 30,435 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19, vaccine mandate issued for Navajo Nation employees

Aug 21  46 new cases, 30,435 recoveries, and two more deaths related to COVID-19

Aug 20  24 new cases, 30,388 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Aug 19  President Nez welcomes U.S. Secretary of Energy Granholm to the Navajo Nation to discuss renewable energy

Aug 19  80 new cases, 30,342 recoveries, and two more deaths related to COVID-19

Aug 18  New Lukachukai Community School facilities scheduled for completion in June 2022

Aug 18  60 new cases, 30,330 recoveries, and two more deaths related to COVID-19

Aug 18  Diné Bizaad Revitalization on the Navajo Nation

Aug 17  33 new cases, 30,295 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19, 28 communities identified with uncontrolled spread

Aug 17  Broadband Buildout Plans for the Navajo Nation

Aug 16  7 new cases, 30,227 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Aug 16  President Nez welcomes Utah Lt. Governor Henderson to the Navajo Nation

Aug 16  President Nez orders flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of late former Navajo Nation President Kelsey Begaye

Aug 15  THE 24TH NAVAJO NATION COUNCIL OFFERS PRAYERS TO THE FAMILY OF FORMER NAVAJO NATION LEADER KELSEY BEGAYE

Aug 15  37 new cases and one more death related to COVID-19 reported

Aug 14  President Nez and Vice President Lizer offer condolences to the family of former Navajo Nation President Kelsey Begaye

Aug 14  62 new cases and two more deaths related to COVID-19 reported

Aug 14  Navajo Nation honors Diné warriors and the importance of Diné Bizaad on Navajo Code Talker Day

Aug 13  67 new cases and one more death related to COVID-19 reported

Aug 13  Elderly Diné residents say their “prayers have been answered” with the start of N71 road improvements in Birdsprings

Aug 12  39 new cases, 30,078 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Aug 12  Resources and Development Committee Continues Oversight Budget Hearings

Aug 12  Navajo Code Talkers Honored in Flag Raising Dedication in Virginia

Aug 12  Navajo Nation to return to “Orange Status” starting on Monday due to the increase in COVID-19 cases

Aug 12  Law and Order Committee Concludes Oversight Budget Hearings

Aug 12  Reports on Unfavorable Fixed Costs Reviewed by Budget and Finance Committee

Aug 12  Many Farms Looking to Capture Rainwater for Agriculture Use

Aug 12  Navajo Leadership Meets with Utah Governor Spencer J. Cox

Aug 11   49 new cases, 30,062 recoveries, and two more deaths related to COVID-19, Navajo Nation to return to “Orange Status” restrictions

Aug 10  16 new cases, 30,055 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Aug 10  Applications for SY 2021-2022 Navajo School Clothing and Supplies Available October 4, 2021

Aug 09  15 new cases, 30,038 recoveries, and six more deaths related to COVID-19 as Navajo DOH identifies 19 communities with uncontrolled spread

Aug 08  18 new cases and no recent deaths related to COVID-19 reported

Aug 07  46 new cases and no recent deaths related to COVID-19 reported

Aug 06  Approval of policy changes for the Navajo Veterans Housing Program will expand housing options

Aug 06  42 new cases, 29,969 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Aug 05  Online application for CARES Act LIHEAP Now Available

Aug 05  Local elders celebrate “a dream come true” with the approval of funding to pave roadways between Pinon and Hard Rock communities

Aug 05  43 new cases, 29,954 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Aug 04  34 new cases, 29,947 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19, Navajo DOH reaffirms mask mandate and safer at home order

Aug 03  President Nez advocates for funding of the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Aug 03  Navajo Nation Child Care Centers Reopening in Phases

Aug 03  28 new cases, 29,937 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19 as Navajo DOH identifies nine communities with uncontrolled spread

Aug 03  Navajo Nation establishes the Fiscal Recovery Fund and the expenditure process for the American Rescue Plan Act

Aug 02  9 new cases, 29,925 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Aug 02  President Nez approves $2 million appropriation for the expansion of the Cañoncito Band of Navajos Health Center

Aug 02  Flags to be flown at half-staff in honor and memory of World War II Army and POW veteran Thomas Lynch, Jr.

Aug 02  President Nez continues to push for federal policy changes to advance infrastructure development on the Navajo Nation

Aug 01  10 new cases and no recent deaths related to COVID-19 reported


Press Releases for September 2021


Sep 30  Biden Signs Indian Affairs Bill that Extends Native Children Commission Deadline

Sep 30  88 new cases, 32,155 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Sep 30  President Nez speaks in support of Native American voting rights before the New Mexico Citizen Redistricting Committee

Sep 29  67 new cases, 32,116 recoveries, and five more deaths related to COVID-19

Sep 29  Navajo Nation Mandates COVID-19 Vaccinations for all Government Employees

Sep 28  Navajo Nation’s FY2022 Comprehensive Budget fully funds the Department of Criminal Investigations plus an additional $1 million

Sep 28  37 new cases, 32,121 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Sep 28  Council Delegate Eugenia Charles-Newton responds to Budget Cuts & Funding for Criminal Investigators

Sep 28  Navajo Routes 8085 and 251 road improvements completed in Many Farms and Tselani/Cottonwood

Sep 27  Navajo Nation’s FY2022 Comprehensive Budget approval includes funding for veterans, prosecutors, and direct services

Sep 27  20 new cases, 32,067 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19, 40 communities identified with uncontrolled spread

Sep 27  Navajo Nation Council Honors the Life of Community Leader Agnes Laughter

Sep 26  36 new cases, 32,009 recoveries, and three more deaths related to COVID-19

Sep 26  Navajo Nation honors military families on Gold Star Families Day

Sep 25  22 new cases, 31,972 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Sep 24  President Nez proposes solutions based on concerns from Navajo veterans

Sep 24  12 Diné men and women proudly join the Navajo Nation Police force

Sep 24  40 new cases, 31,928 recoveries, and two more deaths related to COVID-19

Sep 24  Veterans join Navajo Nation Council to address critical shortfalls with the Veterans Administration

Sep 24  $4 Million allocated for Navajo livestock owners for hay, grain, and feed assistance during pandemic

Sep 23  45 new cases, 31,852 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Sep 23  Navajo Nation continues advocating for water and power for Navajo families residing in the Westwater Subdivision

Sep 22  52 new cases, 31,853 recoveries, and five more deaths related to COVID-19

Sep 22  Navajo Nation Council hosts meeting with United States Justice Department and Federal Partners to fund Prosecutors Office

Sep 22  Council Delegate Kee Allen Begay, Jr. continues advocating for Veterans, Gold and Blue Star Families

Sep 22  President Nez offers support for the introduction of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2021

Sep 21  36 new cases, 31,842 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19, 36 communities identified with uncontrolled spread

Sep 20  17 new cases and two more deaths related to COVID-19

Sep 19  18 new cases, 31,735 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Sep 18  63 new cases, 31,702 recoveries, and one recent death related to COVID-19

Sep 17  Speaker Damon and Council Delegates welcome Diné Sáanii for Justice Advocates to the Capitol

Sep 17  55 new cases, 31,653 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Sep 17  Kayenta community breaks ground on new wellness center

Sep 16  President Nez and Cameron community discuss uranium mine clean-up efforts with the head of the U.S. EPA

Sep 16  54 new cases, 31,622 recoveries, and two recent deaths related to COVID-19

Sep 15  45 new cases, 31,574 recoveries, and five recent deaths related to COVID-19

Sep 14  50 new cases, 31,579 recoveries, and two recent deaths related to COVID-19

Sep 14  6 new cases, 31,524 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19, 35 communities identified with uncontrolled spread

Sep 13  New Mexico Congresswoman discusses Chaco Canyon National Historical Park with Eastern Agency Council Delegates

Sep 12  Elders to receive new senior center in Nazlini with finalization of grant agreement

Sep 12  35 new cases, 31,473 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Sep 11  42 new cases, 31,423 recoveries, and one recent death related to COVID-19

Sep 11  The Navajo Nation Council Congratulates Miss Navajo Nation Niagara Rockbridge in her New Role as Goodwill Ambassador

Sep 11  Niagara Rockbridge crowned Miss Navajo Nation 2021-2022

Sep 10  President Nez finalizes agreement for Dilkon residents to receive long-awaited power line extensions

Sep 10  Navajo Nation Council Congratulates New Interior Department Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland

Sep 09  President Nez meets with the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency

Sep 09  46 new cases, 31,308 recoveries, and one recent death related to COVID-19

Sep 08  45 new cases, 31,271 recoveries, and three recent deaths related to COVID-19

Sep 07  35 new cases, 31,248 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19, 38 communities identified with uncontrolled spread

Sep 06  19 new cases, 31,200 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Sep 05  46 new cases, 31,159 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Sep 05  Tonalea families to receive long-awaited power line extensions with signing of agreement by President Nez

Sep 04  53 new cases, 31,115 recoveries, and seven more deaths related to COVID-19

Sep 04  Navajo leaders recognize “Navajo Nation Suicide Prevention Week”

Sep 03  74 new cases, 31,000 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Sep 03  BIA Regional Director Meets with Navajo Nation Council

Sep 03  Manuelito residents and leaders celebrate the completion of new bridge and road repairs

Sep 03  Completion of New Bridge Offers Safe Travel for Tsé Sí Aní Community

Sep 03  Chapter Official’s Stipend Shortfalls a Concern for Navajo Nation Council

Sep 02  55 new cases, 30,940 recoveries, and two more deaths related to COVID-19, public health officials caution public about Labor Day travel

Sep 01  49 new cases, 30,919 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Sep 01  Construction of new bridge provides safe route for Tsé Si áni community

Sep 01  Navajo leaders encourage residents to plan, prepare, and care for elders with “Navajo Nation Preparedness Month” proclamation


Press Releases for October 2021


Oct 31  67 new cases, 34,588 recoveries, and two more deaths related to COVID-19

Oct 30  77 new cases, 34,378 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Oct 30  Navajo Nation honors the life of Korean War Veteran Lee Cook

Oct 29  105 new cases, 34,377 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Oct 29  Law & Order Committee Chairwoman advocates for Judicial and Public Safety priorities in Washington, D.C.

Oct 28  97 new cases, 34,253 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Oct 28  Tom Platero appointed to serve as the interim Executive Director for the Navajo Nation Fiscal Recovery Fund Office

Oct 28  Navajo Route 12 and other road rehabilitation projects nears completion

Oct 28  Proposed Road Projects in the Western Navajo Agency toured by Resources & Development Committee

Oct 27  119 new cases, 34,208 recoveries, and nine more deaths related to COVID-19

Oct 27  Navajo Department of Health issues COVID-19 public health guidance for Halloween

Oct 27  Vice President Lizer appointed to serve as the vice-chair of the Coalition of Large Tribes

Oct 26  Vice President Lizer highlights the importance of partnerships to increase broadband connectivity on the Navajo Nation

Oct 26  32 new cases, 34,159 recoveries, and one recent death related to COVID-19

Oct 26  President Nez addresses climate change at the New Mexico Climate Summit

Oct 25  37 new cases, 34,080 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19, 48 communities identified with uncontrolled spread

Oct 24  24 new cases, 33,997 recoveries, and two recent deaths related to COVID-19

Oct 24  Veterans Concerns Heard, Navajo Nation Council proposes changes to Veterans Administration

Oct 23  61 new cases, 33,897 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Oct 21  Appointment Questioned by Council Delegate Kee Allen Begay, Jr., Non-Navajo to represent Navajo Veterans Nationally

Oct 21  President Nez advocates for water and transportation infrastructure, public safety, veteran benefits, and health care priorities on Capitol Hill

Oct 21  74 new cases, 33,579 recoveries, and no new deaths related to COVID-19

Oct 21  Navajo Nation upholds Voting Rights Act standards for Redistricting Maps

Oct 21  Fall Session Adjourns, Navajo Nation Council passes Historic Legislations

Oct 20  78 new cases, 33,550 recoveries, and seven more deaths related to COVID-19

Oct 20  President Nez testifies before Congress in support of Native American voting rights

Oct 20  Flags to be flown at half-staff to honor the life of late Navajo leader Samuel Yazzie

Oct 19  Air is Life Act of 2021 passed by Navajo Nation Council, Praised by Health Advocates

Oct 19  85 new cases, 33,039 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Oct 18  President Nez and Vice President Lizer present the State of the Navajo Nation Address

Oct 18  30 new cases, 32,906 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19, 31 communities identified with uncontrolled spread

Oct 18  Navajo Nation and Red Water Pond Road community residents oppose proposal to transfer uranium mine waste near the homes of Navajo residents

Oct 18  The Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development Artisan and Business Grant 2021

Oct 17  58 new cases, 32,906 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Oct 17  10,000 Infrastructure Projects Proposed, $2.1 Billion in ARPA Funds to be Allocated

Oct 16  31 new cases, 32,851 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Oct 15  110 new cases, 32,809 recoveries, and no recent death related to COVID-19

Oct 15  American Rescue Plan proposal includes funds for infrastructure, direct services, and hardship assistance

Oct 15  Commercial Smoking Ban, Uranium Mining Congressional Hearing, and Judicial Branch funding to be considered by Navajo Nation Council

Oct 15  Navajo Nation Council to host Domestic Violence Awareness March, Fall Session to honor Indigenous Women

Oct 15  Navajo Nation Diné Action Plan signed into law to address public safety issues using Navajo cultural principles

Oct 14  64 new cases, 32,761 recoveries, and one recent death related to COVID-19

Oct 14  President Nez meets with the Navajo Uranium Radiation Victims Committee regarding the RECA Amendments of 2021

Oct 13  11 new cases, 32,735 recoveries, and six recent deaths related to COVID-19

Oct 13  Initial distribution of ARPA Fiscal Recovery Funds allocated

Oct 12  48 new cases, 32,727 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Oct 12  New Mexico Redistricting Plan for Voting Discussed with Navajo Nation Leaders

Oct 12  President Nez meets with Secretary Haaland and Assistant Secretary Newland

Oct 12  Navajo Nation marks the completion of two more road projects

Oct 11  New Mexico tribal leaders work to move forward together on redistricting issues

Oct 11  11 new cases, 32,667 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19, 33 communities identified with uncontrolled spread

Oct 11  Navajo Nation recognizes and celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Oct 10  55 new cases and two more deaths related to COVID-19

Oct 09  32 new cases, 32,582 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Oct 09  Navajo Nation Council Questions Lack of Collaboration from the Washington Office & President Jonathan Nez

Oct 08  51 new cases, 32,542 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Oct 08  President Biden signs historic proclamation to restore and expand the Bears Ears National Monument

Oct 08  Navajo Nation Council Celebrates the Protection of the Bears Ears National Monument

Oct 07  49 new cases, 32,441 recoveries, and five more deaths related to COVID-19

Oct 06  Navajo Family Assistance Services Continues to Accept Navajo School Clothing and Supplies Applications

Oct 06  65 new cases, 32,423 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID-19

Oct 06  Council Delegate Eugenia Charles-Newton continues search for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Oct 05  22 new cases, 32,409 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Oct 05  Diné Action Plan approved by Navajo Nation Council, Advisory group created

Oct 05  Navajo Nation advocates for Office of Tribal Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury

Oct 04  Navajo Nation establishes the Fiscal Recovery Fund Office for the American Rescue Plan Act

Oct 04  29 new cases, 32,369 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19, 35 communities identified with uncontrolled spread

Oct 04  President Nez highlights the Navajo Nation’s “Just Energy Transition” to support post-coal economies at the Arizona Student Energy Conference

Oct 03  35 new cases, 32,272 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Oct 03  Council Delegate Charlaine Tso continues search for Ella Mae Begay

Oct 02  35 new cases, 32,271 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Oct 01  76 new cases, 32,203 recoveries, and no recent deaths related to COVID-19

Oct 01  $19 Million approved for Church Rock Factory by Navajo Nation Council, 350 jobs created

Oct 01  Navajo Nation supports congressional bill to replace Columbus Day with “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” nationwide

Oct 01  Navajo Nation breaks ground on the expansion of Rhino Health glove manufacturing facility, creating up to 350 jobs

Oct 01  Month of October recognized as “Navajo Nation Domestic Violence Awareness Month”

Oct 01  Navajo Nation recognizes “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”

Oct 01  Indigenous Children and Survivors of Boarding Schools honored by the Navajo Nation Council