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