Navajo Nation


The Navajo Nation is moving ahead with two more solar power plants.

KNAU's Morning Rundown: Wednesday, April 7

Apr 7, 2021

It's Wednesday, April 7. More than 17,000 people have officially died statewide from COVID-19 complications, according to this morning's report from the Department of Health Services. More than 2.4 million people in the state have received a vaccine, ADHS says.


Here are more of KNAU's top morning headlines:



Nearly a third of the people on the Navajo Nation lack running water – it’s a reality that’s complicated daily life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tribal members, many of them women, have taken it upon themselves to expand access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene. Now, a new microgrant program seeks to support those grassroots efforts. The Water Is Life Fund is a partnership between the Kohler plumbing company and the nonprofit Dig Deep’s Navajo Water Project and will distribute grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to local projects. Katie Janss is the research manager for the Navajo Water Project and spoke with KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius. Images

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has designated National Navajo Code Talkers Day as an official state holiday. It recognizes the hundreds of tribal members who used their native language to send unbreakable codes during World War II. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Ryan Heinsius / KNAU

The Navajo Nation reported nine additional known cases of COVID-19 and eight more deaths Thursday.