Navajo Nation

A virtual celebration is planned this Saturday to commemorate Navajo Code Talker Day. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey last year declared August 14th a state holiday, recognizing the hundreds of Navajo troops who used a combination of Dine language and code words to gain an advantage over Japanese troops during World War II. President Jonathan Nez says this year’s ceremony will be coordinated online due to the pandemic.

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A new microgrant program designed to fund increased water access on the Navajo Nation has announced its first group of recipients. A half-dozen grassroots projects will receive support on the reservation where one in three people lack indoor plumbing. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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A Phoenix-based company has withdrawn its applications for two hydro-storage projects on the Little Colorado River. A third such proposal, however, remains in the works despite strong opposition from environmental groups and tribes. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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The American Bar Association’s policymaking body is supporting the U.S. Interior Department as it works to uncover the troubled legacy of federal boarding schools that sought to assimilate Indigenous youth into white society.


Navajo Nation Police Department

The Navajo Nation Police Department is searching for a 30-year-old woman missing since Friday.

Morning Rundown: Friday, Aug. 6.

Aug 6, 2021

It's Friday, Aug. 6. Northern Arizona University student Luis Grijalva finished in 12th place today for the men's 5,000-meter final in the Tokyo Olympics. The 22-year-old athlete, who's representing Guatemala, set a national record for his country in the race, according to NAU.  


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


The Navajo Nation on Thursday reported 43 new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths for the fifth consecutive day.

The latest numbers released by tribal health officials pushed the total number of coronavirus cases to 31,529 since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

The known death toll remains at 1,377.

Morning Rundown: Thursday, Aug. 5

Aug 5, 2021
Angela Gervasi

It’s Thursday, Aug. 5. The Ariz. Dept. of Health Services reported more than 2,289 COVID-19 cases this morning and 11 recent related deaths. Case rates have continued to increase, along with hospitalizations: as of Wednesday, 1,266 people were receiving in-patient care for the virus.  


Flags on the Navajo Nation will fly at half-staff Wednesday in honor of World War II Army veteran and former POW Thomas Lynch, Jr.

University of New Mexico

The chief medical officer for the Navajo Area Health Indian Service based in Arizona has been named to the same position for the national service. Dr. Loretta Christensen is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. She began her career with the Indian Health Service as a general surgeon and has been chief medical of the Navajo Area service since 2014. She previously served as chief medical officer at the Gallup Service Unit in New Mexico and has been the acting IHS chief medical officer since May.