Navajo COVID-19 Stories

Read Farina King’s Op-Ed, “Diné heroes facing monsters through generations,” in The Salt Lake Tribune (May 2, 2020), or listen to Farina’s interview, “Navajo Nation’s Pandemic Suffering Underscores Lingering Harms of Colonialism” (May 6, 2020), with Julie Rose on Top of Mind through BYU Radio. King is also quoted in Natasha Piñon’s article, “Native American communities are struggling during the pandemic. Here’s how to help,” in Mashable (May 22, 2020).

Lewis, Sophie. “Navajo Nation spends weekend on strict 57-hour lockdown as virus death toll rises,” CBS News, May 25, 2020.

“Navajo Nation has highest COVID-19 infection rate in the US,” ABC News, May 21, 2020.

Goodluck, Kalen. “Covid-19 Is Sweeping Through the Navajo Nation,” Wired, May 23, 2020.

Lewis, Sophie. “Navajo Nation enters strict 57-hour lockdown as virus death toll rises,” CBS News, May 23, 2020.

Piñon, Natasha. “Native American communities are struggling during the pandemic. Here’s how to help,” Mashable, May 22, 2020.

Gresseth, Curt. “Live Mic: Navajo Nation takes on coronavirus onslaught,” KSL Newsradio, May 21, 2020.

Anguiano, Viviann. “The Navajo Nation’s Diné College Faces the Worst Coronavirus Outbreak in the Country,” Center for American Progress, May 21, 2020.

Becenti, Arlyssa. “COVID-19 Donation fund untapped as of yet,” Navajo Times, May 21, 2020.

Krisst, Rima. “‘We’re doing the best we can’: EPI director: Command Center Response can be improved,” Navajo Times, May 21, 2020.

Kelley, Klara. “Letters: COVID-19 crisis is partly a water crisis,” Navajo Times, May 21, 2020.

“Navajo Nation Outpacing New York In Per Capita COVID-19 Cases,” Newsy, May 20, 2020.

Swensen, Jason. “Latter-day Saints on the Navajo Nation in the thick of the COVID-19 fight,” Church News, May 20, 2020.

Maddow, Rachel. “New Mexico helps Navajo Nation where federal response falls short,” MSNBC, May 20, 2020.

“How the pandemic threatens Native Americans-and their languages; Spokane spoken here,” The Economist, May 19, 2020.

Amanpour, “Navajo Nation President: We’re being pushed aside,” CNN, May 19, 2020.

Keller, Jared. “South Korea to send 10,000 face masks to Navajo veterans to honor their service in the Korean War,” Task & Purpose, May 19, 2020.

Richards, Connor. “‘Farmers Feeding Utah’ campaign focuses on delivering lamb to Navajo Nation,” Daily Herald, May 19, 2020.

Sharma, Versha. “Navajo Nation Has Highest COVID-19 Infection Rate In The U.S.” Now This News, May 19, 2020.

“Navajo advocate: ‘Extremely difficult to wash hands’ in Navajo Nation due to scarce running water,” MSNBC, May 18, 2020.

“S. Korea to Provide 10,000 Face Masks to Native American Veterans,” KBS World Radio, International, May 18, 2020.

Heinsius, Ryan, interview with Emma Robbins of the Navajo Water Project, “Coronavirus Outbreak Halts Effort To Bring Running Water To Navajo Homes,” KNAU Arizona Public Radio, NPR, May 18, 2020.

“Navajo Nation surpasses New York state for highest Covid-19 infection rate in the US”

Silverman, Hollie, Konstantin Toropin, Sara Sidner and Leslie Perrot, “Navajo Nation surpasses New York state for the highest Covid-19 infection rate in the US,” CNN, May 18, 2020.

Podmore, Zak. “As the Navajo Nation battles a COVID-19 onslaught, some Utah leaders cry conspiracy,” The Salt Lake Tribune, May 18, 2020.

Benson, Lee. “Utah lawyers rally help for hard-hit Navajo Nation,” Deseret News, May 17, 2020.

Mejia, Garna. “Navajo Nation Hit Hard By Virus, Enters Lockdown,” KSL TV, May 16, 2020.

Klemko, Robert. “Coronavirus has been devastating to the Navajo Nation, and help for a complex fight has been slow,” The Washington Post, May 16, 2020.

Donaldson, Amy. “Labor of love: Navajo isolation puts the focus on food, water and companionship,” Deseret News, May 15, 2020.

O’Neal, Nathan. “Health experts do not believe Navajo Nation has reached its COVID-19 peak,” KOB4, May 14, 2020.

Lynn-Green, Erika and Daniel Packard, eds. “‘Like building a boat while you’re on the ocean in a storm’: A conversation with Jo Overton of Protect Native Elders,”, May 14, 2020.

Weaver, Jennifer. “Relief effort for Utah tribal communities coordinated by University of Utah research aid,” 2KUTV, May 14, 2020.

Hedgpeth, Dana. “The Irish are repaying a favor from 173 years ago in Native Americans’ fight against coronavirus,” The Washington Post, May 13, 2020.

Johns, Wahleah. “Opinion: A Life On and Off the Navajo Nation,” New York Times, May 13, 2020.

“U Law research professor aids in Navajo Nation’s fight against COVID-19,” May 13, 2020.

Fonesca, Felicia and Tim Sullivan. “‘The grief is so unbearable’: Virus takes toll on Navajo,” KOLD, May 12, 2020.

Coleman, Justine. “Doctors Without Borders in rare mission within US sends team to Navajo Nation,” The Hill, May 12, 2020.

Kim, Soo. “100 Dead in Navajo Nation as coronavirus spreading at ‘alarming rate,’ says President of Native American Territory,” Newsweek, May 11, 2020.

Miller, Hayley. “Navajo Nation Now Has More Known COVID-19 Cases Per Capita Than Any State,” HuffPost, May 11, 2020.

Baek, Grace, ed. “‘We are a strong people’: Doctors on front lines against coronavirus in Navajo Nation share their stories,” CBSN Originals, May 11, 2020.

Baek, Grace. “Navajo Nation residents face coronavirus without running water,” CBS News via Yahoo! News, May 11, 2020.

García, Beatriz. “COVID for potatoes: Historic debt unites Irish and Navajo in time of pandemic,” Al Día, May 11, 2020.

Morales, Laurel. “Coronavirus Infections Continue To Rise On Navajo Nation,” NPR, May 11, 2020.

Reneau, Annie. “Navajo Nation is requesting urgent help to protect their elders during the pandemic,” Good, May 11, 2020.

Capatides, Christina. “Doctors Without Borders dispatches team to the Navajo Nation,”CBS News, May 11, 2020.

Carr, James. “The Navajo Nation has officially lost 100 people to COVID-19.” Arizona Republic, May 10, 2020.

Boyette, Chris and Deanna Hackney. “Sioux tribe rejects South Dakota governor request to remove Covid-19 checkpoints,” CNN, May 10, 2020.

“New documentary focuses on coronavirus on the Navajo Nation,” KRQE, May 10, 2020.

Rickert, Levi. “Oglala Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes in Showdown with South Dakota Governor over COVID-19 Checkpoints,” Native News Online.Net, May 9, 2020.

Iati, Marisa. “She dreamed of leading the Navajo Nation ‘with respect and dignity.’ Then she caught covid-19,” The Washington Post, May 8, 2020.

Krol, Debra Utacia. “‘We never forgot’: Why the Irish are helping Navajo and Hopi tribes hit by pandemic,” Arizona Republic, May 8, 2020.

Lee, Morgan. “New Mexico shopping hub shuts everyone out,” Associated Press, Indian Country Today, May 8, 2020.

Mineo, Liz. “For Native Americans, COVID-19 is ‘the worst of both worlds at the same time,'” The Harvard Gazette, May 8, 2020.

“Nurses who went viral after Phoenix protest raise thousands for Navajo Nation,”, May 7, 2020.

Coleson, Jennifer. “Letters: Take your business elsewhere,” Navajo Times, May 7, 2020.

Carrero, Nikiya. “NBA player donates food, masks to Standing Rock,” KX, May 7, 2020.

Kaplan, Elise. “Doctors Without Borders comes to NM to aid tribes,” Albuquerque Journal, May 7, 2020.

DeSantis, Rachel. “Mark Ruffalo, Ellen DeGeneres, More Stars Team Up to Help Navajo Nation Ask for COVID-19 Relief,” People, May 6, 2020.

Norrell, Brenda. “Navajo deaths increase from coronavirus, as U.S. delays release of federal funds,” Censored News, May 6, 2020.

“US Navajo Nation community hit hard by COVID-19,” Al Jazeera, May 6, 2020.

Newton, Creede. “Native Americans look to future amid grim coronavirus numbers,” Al Jazeera News, May 5, 2020.

Pierce, Charles P. “Sometimes, Hope and History Do Rhyme,” Esquire, May 5, 2020.

Friedler, Delilah. “Navajo Nation Is Behind Only New York and New Jersey in Rates of COVID-19 Infection. What Happened?” Mother Jones, May 5, 2020.

Guajardo, Adi. “Coloradans come together to help Navajo Nation in New Mexico,” The Denver, May 2, 2020.

“Trump admin. left Native Americans waiting for COVID-19 aid for 39 days,”MSNBC, May 5, 2020.

“Navajo nation reels under weight of coronavirus- and history of broken promises,” The Guardian.

Bitsóí, Alastair Lee. “My COVID journey,” Navajo Times, April 30, 2020.

The Associated Press, “Navajo Nation continues weekend lockdown due to coronavirus,” Missourian, April 29, 2020.

Podmore, Zak. “Donation drive for Navajo Nation coronavirus relief runs through Thursday in Salt Lake,” The Salt Lake Tribune, April 27, 2020.

Becenti, Arlyssa. “One percent of reservation residents test positive for COVID,” Navajo Times, April 27, 2020.

Morales, Laurel. “Navajo Nation Sees High Rate of COVID-19 and Contact Tracing is a Challenge,” NPR, April 24, 2020.

Groetzinger, Kate. “As COVID-19 Cases Rise On Navajo Nation In Utah, Clinic Steps Up To Help,” KUER, NPR Utah, April 22, 2020.

Groetzinger, Kate. “Navajo Families Without Internet Struggle To Home-School During COVID-19 Pandemic,” NPR, April 22, 2020.

“Navajo MANANALU,” April 21, 2020.
“Navajo Nation hit hard by COVID-19,” ABC15 Arizona, April 20, 2020.

Quintero, Donovan. “A history of epidemics, In past, Navajos survived many epidemics”, Navajo Times, April 19, 2020.

Tuchman, Gary. “Navajo Nation has lost more to coronavirus than 13 states,” CNN, April 17, 2020.

“Navajo Nation battles to contain coronavirus,” CBSN, April 17, 2020.

“NIGA Joins Native Organizations to Protect COVID-19 Tribal Relief Funds,” April 16, 2020.

“COVID-19 Across the Navajo Nation,” Navajo Times, April 6, 2020.

Diné Stories of Healing & Wellness

American Indian Policy Institute, “Stories of Resilience in Indian Country.”

“Sunday Morning” Viewers Aid Navajo Lacking Water (August 30, 2015)