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Gallup, NM, Near Navajo Nation Shuts Everyone Out

Roberto E. Rosales/The Albuquerque Journal via AP

Tens of thousands of people living on and around the vast Navajo reservation in the U.S. Southwest do their shopping in Gallup, a town of 22,000 people.

The town has been locked down because of a coronavirus outbreak that has infected hundreds. The effectiveness of the lockdown is up for debate. Infections are still climbing as local hospitals, homeless shelters and nursing homes are reeling from demoralizing outbreaks of their own. The dividing line traced by roadblocks also is tugging on sensitivities about birthrights and inequities. Native American visitors worry about the social stigma of being locked out because of the contagion. 

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