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The Navajo Nation Council has passed legislation requiring all government employees across the reservation to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It also presses schools and all Navajo-owned businesses to adopt similar vaccine requirements. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

The Navajo Nation Council is pushing for the renewal of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, slated to expire next year. The program currently authorizes financial compensation to those affected by uranium mining on the Reservation, and to ‘Downwinders’, impacted by nuclear testing by the U.S. government in the 1950’s and early 60’s.

The Navajo Nation Council began its summer legislative session this week. Speaker Seth Damon says the Council’s highest priorities include water availability, infrastructure, waste management and broadband internet access.

The Tribe also plans to finish the construction of housing units in several Utah Chapters, and is seeking funding for a Hogan and Leadership building in Window Rock, Arizona for all branches of tribal government. The Council commenced this summer’s session with a traditional horse ride. Last year’s was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Morning Rundown: Tuesday, July 13

Jul 13, 2021

It’s Tuesday, July 13. State flags will fly at half-staff today to commemorate Jeff Piechura and Matthew Miller — the two men died in a plane crash Saturday while fighting a fire near Wikieup. The Cedar Basin Fire is now 75% contained. 

Navajo Council Member Calls For Adjustment Of Water Resources Amid Shortage 

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Former Navajo Nation President Albert Hale has died at the age of 70. He served as the tribe’s second president in the 1990s and later several terms in the Arizona Legislature. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


A long-running water rights settlement between the Navajo Nation, state of Utah and the federal government has become law. It was part of sweeping COVID-19 and government-funding legislation signed by President Trump Sunday night. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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The Navajo Indian Health Service reports hospital bed occupancy has exceeded 80% amid a surge in COVID-19 cases on the reservation.


Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation have approved legislation to reopen the tribe's four casinos.

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Navajo Nation leaders are encouraging residents to respond to the 2020 Census.

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Funeral services were held Tuesday for Army Private and Navajo Nation tribal member Carlton Chee. He died earlier this month after collapsing while training at Fort Hood in Texas. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.