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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation Council approved legislation to reopen eight tribal parks on the Navajo Nation. The tribal parks have been closed for over a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The legislation passed unanimously following the Navajo Nation’s change from “Orange” to “Yellow” safety status under Covid-19 safety protocols detailed by Public Health Order No. 2021-005

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The Office of the President and Vice President (OPVP) must still approve the legislation. 

Upon approval, the following Navajo tribal parks, entities, and establishments will open: 

  • Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park
  • Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
  • Monument Valley Welcome Center
  • Little Colorado River Navajo Tribal Park
  • Four Corners Monument and Tséyi’ Diné Heritage Area
  • Navajo Nation Museum 
  • Navajo Nation Veterans Memorial Park 
  • Navajo Nation Zoo 
During the session, Linda Jackson, a Navajo Guided Tours representative in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park said her employees have been severely impacted by the pandemic. 
 
“[Employees] have been calling in everyday to see if they can work since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Jackson. 

Before reopening, each park will have to submit an outlined safety measure plan to the Navajo Nation Health Commands Operation Center and Navajo Operational Safety and Health Administration, before being authorized to safely open.

Despite hesitation from some Council members about a potential second wave of Covid-19 and differing mask mandates for surrounding states near the Navajo Nation, the amendment passed with a vote of 21 in favor and zero opposed. 

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