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COVID-19 Response from Native Tribes

COVID-19 Navajo Response

March 27, 2020 – Correspondent Antonia Gonzales talks with President Jonathan Nez of the Navajo Nation and National Indian Health Board CEO Stacy Bohlen about tribes in New Mexico and across the country are dealing with scarce resources as they respond to novel coronavirus outbreaks on tribal lands. For more information, you can watch our full interviews with both President Nez and Stacy Bohlen, by clicking on the videos below. 


Jonathan Nez, Navajo Nation President 

Stacy Bohlen, CEO, National Indian Health Board 


For More Information: 

National Indian Health Board (NIHB)  

Official Site of the Navajo Nation 

Coronavirus Cases Spike In Navajo Nation, Where Water Service Is Often Scarce — NPR 

The US Has Neglected Indian Country for Years. Now Comes a Pandemic — Vice

Mail-In Balloting During Virus Pandemic | The Line

COVID-19 and Elections

March 27, 2020 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists look toward the possibility of holding an all-mail primary election. Many volunteers for an election are seniors, who are of course among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus; would a mail-in ballot alleviate that risk? The Line thinks out-of-the-box for dealing with upcoming elections. 

Line Panelists:
Lonna Atkeson, UNM Political Science professor  
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR   
Laura Sanchez, attorney

For Further Reading:   

No plans to delay primaries, and SOS encourages vote by mail— NM Political Report 

New Mexico encourages mail-in balloting amid virus concerns— Associated Press