Navajo Nation


The Navajo Nation is preparing for schools to reopen with in-person coursework as the new school year approaches. President Jonathan Nez says 75 schools have not yet submitted reopening plans to the Department of Dine Education; schools on the nation are required to set plans for remote, hybrid and in person instruction according to Nez’s office.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Navajo Nation on Tuesday reported 15 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death.

The latest numbers brought the total number of COVID-19 cases on the vast reservation to 31,322 since the pandemic began more than a year ago. The number of known deaths now is at 1,373.

Morning Rundown: Tuesday, July 27

Jul 27, 2021
Courtesy Navajo County

It’s Tuesday, July 27. The search is ongoing for 16-year-old Faith Moore, who was swept away by floodwaters Saturday. Verde Valley fire personnel initially searched for Moore near the Camino Real and Highway 260. Cottonwood Police once again asked volunteers to gather earlier this morning to assist in search efforts. Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials say air surveillance and K-9 units have been deployed, along with a request for off-duty deputies to look through debris. 


Zak Podmore /The Salt Lake Tribune via AP

The Utah Navajo Health System has been honored by the FBI for its victim advocacy program.

Fire Managers with the Bureau of Indian Affairs are monitoring several lightning-sparked wildfires on the Navajo Nation.

Navajo Police Department

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez on Wednesday joined a group that’s walking across the Reservation in support of Ella Mae Begay, a 62-year-old woman who went missing from the Sweetwater community more than a month ago.

It’s Wednesday, July 21. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for a majority of Ariz. counties, including Coconino County at the Grand Canyon and southward, along with parts of Navajo, Apache, Gila and Yavapai counties. The watch applies to communities including Winslow, Prescott, and Dilkon beginning Thursday morning and ending Saturday evening.


AZ Communities Follow Nationwide Trend Of Rising COVID-19 Cases

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Navajo Nation on Monday reported six new COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths.

The latest numbers brought the total number of coronavirus-related cases on the vast reservation to 31,201 since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

The number of known deaths remained at 1,366 for the second consecutive day.

Carolyn Kaster | Associated Press

An autopsy has confirmed that a 13-year-old girl was killed by pack of dogs while taking a walk near her family’s home on the Navajo Nation.

Lyssa Rose Upshaw had extensive injuries that were consistent with canine teeth marks, including cuts and abrasions on her neck and head and deep soft tissue wounds on her legs. Her clothes were torn, and she was covered in dirt, according to the autopsy released this week in response to a public records request from The Associated Press.

Victoria Girgis, Lowell Observatory

A new kind of broadband internet is coming to Tuba City on the Navajo Nation, one beamed down from space by so-called “satellite constellations.” This technology can provide much-needed internet access in rural areas. But it comes with a dilemma. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, the new satellites are so bright and so numerous, astronomers worry about the future of the night sky.