Health

Navajo Nation will send $2,000 to adults and $600 to kids in COVID-19 hardship aid

BY: - January 6, 2022

The Navajo people are getting some much needed help from their Tribal government as another round of COVID-19 hardship assistance checks are expected to roll out soon. Enrolled citizens of the Navajo Nation can expect funds in the coming weeks with $2000 for every adult and $600 for minors, after Navajo Nation Tribal leaders signed […]

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Remain in Mexico protocols force thousands of asylum-seekers to endure violence, a report shows

BY: - January 5, 2022

The Biden administration is facing heavy criticism for restarting a U.S. government program under court order that resulted in over 6,000 reports of violent assault, including kidnapping, rape, murder, and torture, from migrants with pending asylum cases in the United States.  That number comes from an August report by the Washington-based organization Human Rights First. […]

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I caught COVID-19. Isolation and contact tracing kept others safe.

BY: - January 4, 2022

Over the holiday season, I found myself more isolated than ever because it had finally happened: Despite all my precautions, I caught coronavirus.  But even during those somewhat lonely winter weeks, I was grateful for public health measures that continue to keep those around me safe. One tool in particular — contact tracing — likely […]

Federal judge blocks Biden vaccine mandate for Head Start workers in 24 states

BY: - January 3, 2022

A Louisiana federal judge has put a hold on President Joe Biden’s mandate that Head Start workers be vaccinated against COVID-19. U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty, who previously ruled against a vaccine mandate for health care workers, issued a preliminary injunction on New Year’s Day restricting the executive branch from enforcing in 24 states a mandate for […]

EPA devotes some federal cleanup funds to two toxic sites in NM

BY: - January 3, 2022

Former battery sludge lagoons in Socorro and a dry-cleaning chemical spill in Roswell were chosen by federal officials as destinations for cleanup funding, decades after the areas were contaminated.  Socorro Mayor Ravi Bhasker said the funding’s been a long time coming, as cancer-causing manufacturing chemicals were first found in city water in the late 1980s. […]

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4 New Year’s resolutions for a healthier environment in 2022

BY: - December 31, 2021

When many people think of New Year’s resolutions, they brainstorm ways to improve themselves for the year ahead. What if we expanded those aspirations to include resolutions that benefit our communities, society and the planet, too? It might not be a typical approach, but it can broaden your horizons to show ways you can also […]

Hope and resilience in action: Navajo Nation continues battle against COVID

BY: - December 29, 2021

TUBA CITY – It’s a familiar sight to anyone who knows the Navajo Nation: red sandstone, yellow-tinged sagebrush, a blue sky canopy that meets a protective ring of mountain peaks, with sheep and cattle dotting the fields. A newer addition to the timeless landscape is a series of hand-lettered turquoise signs along southbound U.S. 89 […]

Booster mandates are a tough call for states, businesses

BY: and - December 28, 2021

Earlier this month, New Mexico became the first state to require COVID-19 boosters for its state employees, health care workers and educators. Officials there cite recent state research showing that immunity from the first series of shots wanes over time, which corresponds with other studies from around the world. “The evidence is incontrovertible,” said acting […]

Making space for grief over the 2021 holidays

BY: - December 24, 2021

With the holiday season upon us, many Americans are grappling with grief after losing someone to COVID-19, isolation and depression, or diseases and accidents that would occur in any given year. But we’re not talking a lot about it, especially during what can be billed as “the most wonderful time of the year.” This is […]

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‘Crisis standards of care’ involve excruciating choices and impossible ethical decisions

BY: - December 23, 2021

As the omicron variant brings a new wave of uncertainty and fear, I can’t help reflecting back to March 2020, when people in health care across the U.S. watched in horror as COVID-19 swamped New York City. Hospitals were overflowing with sick and dying patients, while ventilators and personal protective equipment were in short supply. Patients sat for hours or days […]

Tribal authority to prosecute domestic violence cases could be expanded

BY: - December 22, 2021

Navajo Nation Police Officer Dwayne Hogue arrived at the domestic violence call from a woman who reported she was struck by her husband and pushed down on the coffee table while she held her 4-month-old baby.  When he saw her, he could see the swelling on her face, and he asked if the child was […]

Biden slams COVID-19 vaccine ‘lies,’ announces free at-home tests

BY: - December 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged that COVID-19 vaccine doubters stop “peddling lies” on TV and online, as the nation grapples with a rising number of cases due to the highly transmissible omicron variant. Biden also announced new federal help for testing and treatment in the states, including 500 million at-home rapid test […]