The Navajo Nation’s Lack of Clean Water Has Fueled a COVID-19 Crisis []

Because of its unique legal status and decades of neglect from the federal government, the Navajo Nation has often been excluded from water infrastructure projects, according to NPR. To make matters worse, groundwater in the region has been heavily contaminated by mining and other extractive industries, which has left many Navajo people with pre-existing conditions that further expose them to the virus.

As lockdown and curfew measures continue, families are having a harder time getting water, according to Bleu Adams (Mandan/Hidatsa, Diné), a Navajo activist, entrepreneur, and co-founder of Protect Native Elders.

She said that many families are beginning to ration water.

Read the complete article here.



Our collaboration with the Economist on threat of the pandemic to Native Americans

American Indians face an acute risk from COVID-19. The loss of elders is a blow to their cultures.

The Spokane people have an unusual way of saying “he got sick”: in their form of the Salish language it translates literally as “he was greeted by an illness”, using the ordinary verb for one person greeting another. In Spokane culture, illnesses are considered entities, like animals or humans. Though they may be enemies, they are to be treated with respect, not fear.

Read this powerful piece here.

PNE Co-founder Bleu Adams on MSNBC’s “Last Word” highlights need for water, electricity, broadband

Bleu Adams, a Navajo business owner and co-founder of the volunteer group “Protect Native Elders” which is distributing relief to native communities, tells Lawrence O’Donnell the “lack of infrastructure regarding access to electricity, water and internet” makes it challenging to contain the spread of coronavirus. Watch the segment here.

Bleu Adams on MSNBC’s “Last Word”



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