Nez said that he vetoed the resolution approved by the Navajo Nation Council because COVID-19 variants are spreading in the region and because more people need to be vaccinated “to move closer to herd immunity and this will take time.”
The variant was first identified in the state of California and has since been detected across the southwest U.S.
So far, Naiomi Glasses' video on social media has reached 1.8 million views, and she is working to raise awareness of problems faced by the Navajo Nation.
Tribal health officials said the latest figures bring the total number of cases since the pandemic started to 30,095 with the known death toll remaining at 1,247.
The United Kingdom strain was confirmed in a sample obtained in the western part of the Navajo Nation reservation.
The latest numbers pushed the tribe’s numbers to 30,031 cases and 1,243 known deaths since the pandemic began.
The latest numbers pushed the tribe’s numbers to 30,021 cases and 1,235 known deaths since the pandemic began.
The death toll remains at 1,233 since the pandemic began with the number of confirmed cases at 30,010 on the vast reservation that covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
"Once again, the Navajo Nation is exemplifying what can be accomplished when we listen to the public health experts and work together. Our hard work is paying off and our prayers are being answered," tribal President Jonathan Nez said in a statement.
"Thirst for Justice" starts in Sanders, Arizona, and follows Jeanne Yazzie as she searches for the source of contamination in her son's school's water.
Navajo Nation officials cited a declining number of new COVID-19 cases and other improving conditions as reasons to allow some businesses to reopen under certain circumstances.
"Officers and search teams have verified and made contact with Franchescia," police said on March 10. "Additional details will be provided as soon as they become available."
The shooting occurred Tuesday night in the small community of Indian Wells in northeastern Arizona after the officer encountered the suspect and was struck on the head with a blunt object, the department said in a statement.
Firewood may not be a necessity in most homes, but in the Navajo Nation, it's much needed, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when everyone is home during snow storms.
Back in May, the Navajo Nation had the highest infection rate per capita in the US, but now it's vaccinating people at a higher level than most states so far. More than 20% of the population so far is vaccinated.
Albert Hale, who served as the second president of the Navajo Nation, tested positive for the coronavirus in early January. He died Tuesday at the age of 70.
An Arizona state lawmaker is stepping down to serve in the new Presidential administration.
Beginning Monday, the tribe is extending its stay-at-home order with a revised nightly curfew to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Beginning January 25, Navajo Nation residents will be required to stay home 24 hours a day, with the exception of essential workers, or anyone who needs to get food or medicine.
Officials with the Navajo Nation say they are looking for more vaccines to protect their people against COVID-19. So far, they have administered 80% of the 26,000 doses they have received.