The Navajo Nation has a higher per capita COVID-19 death rate than any U.S. state. Chronic underfunding, in violation of treaty obligations, has resulted in widespread structural, economic, and health injustices fueling the spread of the pandemic among these first citizens.
Together Rising continues to stand with the people of the Navajo Nation as they defend themselves from the devastation of the pandemic.
In May, in collaboration with and under the leadership of Navajo Nation leaders, Together Rising funded $105,262 for masks, eye protection, gloves, PPE, ventilators, oxygen concentrators, and other medical equipment to the Navajo Nation. This life-saving equipment was part of the largest medical donation to the Navajo Nation in recent history.
Over the summer, due to Navajo-led community relief efforts and public health orders, COVID-19 cases declined, but in recent weeks, cases are rising.
Today, Native American Heritage Day, Together Rising is announcing an additional $50,000 investment to address the urgent COVID-19 crisis, as well as underlying health disparities and infrastructure injustices facing the Navajo Nation. Through this investment, you are helping to provide critical training, mentorship, and infrastructure support to Navajo nurses, leaders, and direct-patient care providers.
Navajo leaders are caring for their people with the sensitivity and understanding that only their lived experience and representation can provide – thank you for investing in Together Rising so we can invest in their life-saving work.
We are so thankful for the way you continuously show up -- for our Navajo siblings, for this work, and for each other.