Navajo Nation

Navajo Region Fire and Aviation Management Bureau of Indian Affairs

Fire crews on the Navajo Nation say a lightning-caused wildfire has grown to 10,694 acres.

Krista Allen / Navajo Times

The Navajo Nation is one of the hardest hit areas by coronavirus in the United States. That presents a grim reality for funeral homes during this crisis. The Navajo Nation has a burial assistance program that helps tribal members with some funeral costs, but of the 11 mortuaries that participate, only two are located in Arizona. The Valley Ridge Mortuary in Tuba City has had to bring on more staff and add a temporary storage unit due to the death toll. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with the mortuary’s director Michael Begay about the emotional impact on himself and his staff.

Navajo Region Fire and Aviation Management

Navajo Nation health officials have issued a smoke advisory for communities close to a 9,000-acre wildfire near Ganado.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer have signed an executive order to extend the Navajo Nation’s declaration of a state of emergency and the closure of government offices and entities due to the ongoing pandemic.


Navajo Nation officials continue to urge residents not to travel off the reservation in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.