SEATTLE, Washington — The Navajo Nation is a sovereign nation with 27,000 miles stretching across Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, covering a larger geographical area than 10 states. While the Navajo people, a Native American group in Southwestern U.S. also known as Diné, have lived in the region for centuries, Navajoland is an American construct designated by the U.S. government after expansion forced thousands of Diné people from their homes. As a result, the U.S. agreed to carve out an area where the indigenous Diné could maintain their sovereignty and pledged to fund healthcare, education and other essential services. The Diné Bikéyah, or Navajoland, is now home to over 250,000 indigenous people, and the Navajo governing body has grown into the most extensive sovereign American Indian government. However, many Diné people living in the land are impoverished or unemployed, which has greatly affected the people’s ability to address and maintain COVID-19 in the Navajo Nation adequately.
COVID-19 in Navajo Nation
Navajo Nation’s Response to COVID-19
Support for the Navajo People