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Navajo Nation makes progress in positive case numbers

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The Navajo Department of Health, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo Area Indian Health Service, reported 41 new COVID-19 positive cases for the Navajo Nation and seven more deaths on July 29.

The total number of deaths has reached 453. Reports indicate that 6,622 individuals have recovered...

Agencies renew partnership to protect against livestock predators

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management  and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service-Wildlife Services  renewed their partnership for alleviating human-wildlife conflicts on BLM-administered public lands July 29. An updated Memorandum of Understanding clarifies respective roles and responsibilities for wildlife damage management and reducing predation on livestock across more than 245 million acres of public lands, mostly in the West and Alaska. The MOU will remain in effect for five years and replaces the previous agreement, signed in 2012.

“Under the Trump Administration, the BLM has...

Return America’s foundational freedoms

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“Democracy should not and need not be sacrificed in the name of public health.”— Michael J. Abramowitz.

It’s essential that citizens start listening less to the alarmist Anthony Fauci and more to other experts about COVID-19. We’ve heard the old saying: “There’s two sides to every story and the truth is somewhere in the middle.” Does this adage apply to COVID-19? Yes.

“As Heritage Foundation researchers have demonstrated throughout the pandemic, the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. has been heavily concentrated in a small number of states—and among a small number of counties within states. Even though the U.S. has seen a rapid rise in cases during the last few...

Navajo Nation government extends closures

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Prez Nez: Border town ‘hotspots’ reason for change

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Based on the recommendations of healthcare experts and data from the states of Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona and nearby cities that show increases in COVID-19 cases, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer signed Executive Order No. 008-20 July 22, extending the Navajo Nation’s declaration of a state of emergency and the closure of Navajo Nation government offices and entities from July 27 to Aug. 16.

“The data shows that the Navajo people are doing a good job in bringing the number of COVID-19 cases to a steady decrease on the Navajo Nation, but nearby border towns and...

Chief Justice Jayne delivers Quarterly Report to Navajo Nation Council

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Chief Justice JoAnn Jayne delivered her quarterly message to the Navajo Nation Council on the first day of the summer session on July 20.  In her message, she outlined the Judicial Branch’s response to the public health emergency due to COVID-19. The Judicial Branch had to immediately take protective measures by restricting travel, approving teleworking for certain employees, and quickly developing methodical processes for continued operations of essential services.

“The safety of our employees is our number one priority and the safety of the public is also our number one priority,” Jayne said. “We knew right away that we had to provide stability, we had to provide...

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