Navajo Nation

Sage Memorial Hospital

The Navajo Nation began receiving coronavirus vaccine doses Monday.

Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health

Scientists developing vaccines for the coronavirus disease say it’s critical to recruit diverse volunteers—especially Native Americans, who have been hit hard by the pandemic. That’s why Pfizer set up sites for its ongoing clinical trial on the Navajo and White Mountain Apache nations. But it’s not easy to repair decades of broken trust between Indigenous people and non-Native scientists. Historical traumas in the name of research remain fresh in many memories. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, some practitioners of both traditional Diné medicine and Western medicine want to heal that divide.

Bob Wick/BLM

Navajo Nation leaders are calling for the full restoration of Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah. The Trump administration drastically cut its size three years ago, but tribes hope the Biden-Harris administration will reverse the order. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Navajo Nation President and Navajo Department of Health Executive Dr. Jill Jim spoke to the CEO of drug-maker Pfizer Wednesday about the company’s COVID-19 vaccine.

Navajo Nation Council

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