Coronavirus Is Devastating Navajo Nation

About 30 to 40% of residents don’t have running water, which makes following basic CDC guidelines, such as hand-washing, almost impossible.

The Navajo reservation, about the size of West Virginia, has had one of the highest per-capita rates of COVID infection in the U.S. As of July 19, Navajo Nation tallied 8,593 cases and 422 deaths — that’s more confirmed cases than 10 states and more deaths than 16. About 30 to 40% of residents in the reservation don’t have running water, which makes following basic CDC guidelines, such as hand-washing, almost impossible. On top of that, there are only 12 healthcare centers and 13 grocery stores for the 173,000 people who live on the reservation.

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Workers feel impact of end to Navajo coal power

One of the largest coal fired power plants in the American West will close before year end. The closure means hundreds of mostly Native American workers who supported the plant’s operation must now choose between early retirement or relocation. (Nov. 2)

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Navajo Coal & Ukraine’s War on Fake News: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO)

This is the May 2, 2017, FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

The closure of a Navajo coal plant could have devastating effects on the nation’s largest tribe. We went to Arizona to talk to the Navajo Nation President.

Plus, a report on voting rights in Mississippi, where former felons are locked out of the democratic process long after they’ve served their time. And – the war on fake news in Ukraine.

Finally, Run The Jewels reviews Lorde’s, “Green Light,” Imagine Dragons’, “Believer,” Talib Kweli and Styles P’s, “Last Ones,” and Calvin Harris (feat. Frank Ocean and Migos), “Slide” in another installment of This Week in New Music.

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Mapping Navajo Nation: VICE News Tonight on HBO

Navajo Nation is the largest Native American territory in the country, sprawling across nearly 28,000 square miles and three states. It can be hard to find your way around, and not just because the lands are mostly rural. The majority of homes and businesses in Navajo Nation don’t have addresses.

Navajo Nation is split into 110 chapters, and about 70 of them don’t have street names or numbered addresses, which adds up to at least 50,000 unmarked properties.

“We don’t have fancy roads and streets that go North, East, South, West, in a grid system,” rural addressing supervisor M.C. Baldwin told VICE News correspondent Nellie Bowles. “Our roads are going all over the place.”

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On The Line: Neha Shastry Discusses the Navajo Nation’s Contaminated Water

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VICE News journalist Neha Shastry (https://twitter.com/NehaShastry) joined On The Line to answer your questions on the Navajo nation’s contaminated water crisis.

Decades of uranium mining have contaminated the majority of water sources on Navajo Nation land. As a result, tens of thousands of Americans are living without clean, running water. In “Living Without Water: Contamination Nation,” VICE News traveled to New Mexico to find out how people are coping, and if there is hope for the future.

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This Week On The Line: Neha Shastry Discusses the Navajo Nation’s Contaminated Water

This Thursday at 12pm EST Neha Shastry (https://twitter.com/NehaShastry) will join On The Line to take your questions on the Navajo nation’s contaminated water crisis.

Decades of uranium mining have contaminated the majority of water sources on Navajo Nation land. As a result, tens of thousands of Americans are living without clean, running water. In “Living Without Water: Contamination Nation,” VICE News traveled to New Mexico to find out how people are coping, and if there is hope for the future.

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An Uncertain Future for the Navajo (Excerpt from ‘Cursed by Coal’)

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There’s a resource curse on the Navajo Nation. The 27,000-square-mile reservation straddling parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah has an extremely high abundance of many energy resources — particularly coal. That coal is what’s burned to provide much of the Southwest with electricity, and it creates jobs for the Navajo. But the mining and burning have also caused environmental degradation, serious health issues, and displacement.

VICE News travels to the Navajo Nation to find out how its abundance of coal is affecting the future of the Navajo people.

In this excerpt, VICE News correspondent Neha Shastry speaks with Joe Allen, a lifelong resident of the Navajo Nation, who is worried about living near one of the largest and dirtiest coal fired power plants in the country.

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Cursed by Coal: Mining the Navajo Nation

There’s a resource curse on the Navajo Nation. The 27,000-square-mile reservation straddling parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah has an extremely high abundance of many energy resources — particularly coal. That coal is what’s burned to provide much of the Southwest with electricity, and it creates jobs for the Navajo. But the mining and burning have also caused environmental degradation, serious health issues, and displacement.

VICE News travels to the Navajo Nation to find out how its abundance of coal is affecting the future of the Navajo people.

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Cursed by Coal: Mining the Navajo Nation (Trailer)

There’s a resource curse on the Navajo Nation. The 27,000-square-mile reservation straddling parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah has an extremely high abundance of many energy resources — particularly coal. That coal is what’s burned to provide much of the Southwest with electricity, and it creates jobs for the Navajo. But the mining and burning have also caused environmental degradation, serious health issues, and displacement.

Coming soon: VICE News travels to the Navajo Nation to find out how its abundance of coal is affecting the future of the Navajo people.

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