fbpx
 
Tuba City Chapter and volunteers for doing an amazing job coordinating today’s food distribution for local residents!

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — If you are interested in donating to the Navajo Nation to assist the tribe in its efforts to stop the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus, you can donate money and non-monetary medical items to the newly formed Navajo Nation COVID-19 Fund.

The COVID-19 has taken its toll on the Navajo Indian Reservation, the largest reservation in the country. With over 1,200 confirmed coronavirus cases and a death toll that has reached 48 as of Tuesday, April 21, the Navajo Nation is facing financial difficulties.

The Navajo Health Command Operation Center in coordination with Navajo Nation Attorney General Doreen N. McPaul and Navajo Nation Controller Pearline Kirk, established the Navajo Nation COVID-19 Fund to respond to donation inquiries effectively.

The Navajo Nation COVID-19 Fund was established as a means to coordinate contributions to the Navajo Nation. Donated items will be tracked and documented for accounting purposes.

"The Navajo Nation is facing an unprecedented challenge with the spread of COVID-19. We are very grateful for the support and donations we have received from individuals, businesses, and other agencies. We need strong partnerships to respond and combat the virus. The Navajo Nation government is using its own resources and services to respond to the pandemic. However, we need continued support to fight the virus," Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said. 

All charitable contributions to the Navajo Nation COVID-19 Fund are tax-deductible by the donor for federal income, estate, and gift tax purposes. Written acknowledgment of donation will be provided upon request to the donor. The Navajo Nation qualifies under Section 7871(a) of the Internal Service Code for purposes of receiving public or charitable distributions. 

All donations are coordinated through the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, which facilitates monetary donations through the Navajo Nation Office of the Controller and non-monetary contributions through the health command center’s Operations and Logistics Sections. All donations are documented to comply with Federal Emergency Management Agency reporting requirements and Navajo Nation laws on accepting donations.

The Navajo Nation's immediate medical needs include N95 masks, face shields, non-latex gloves (nitrile), medical-grade gloves, goggles/eye protection, surgical and isolation masks, isolation and level II surgical gowns, Tyvek coveralls, surgical caps, shoe covers, thermometers (no touch scan), portable pulse oximeters, ventilators, hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes and sprays, alcohol-based wipes, and others. 

The community needs include disposable masks, fabric masks, cleaning supplies, liquid hand soap, hand sanitizer, toiletries, thermometers, paper products, non-perishable food, bottled water, baby necessities (formula, diapers, wipes), livestock feed, hay, pet food, firewood, coal, and others.

The Navajo Nation has been made aware of other entities and individuals who are also soliciting donations for tribal members – President Nez and Vice President Lizer urge everyone to work in coordination with the official “Navajo Nation COVID-19 Fund” to ensure that contributions are distributed to those families and communities most in need and for accountability purposes.

The leaders also caution everyone to be aware of potential scams that attempt to take advantage of individuals.  

The official webpage for donations to the Navajo Nation, which has further details on how to support  the Nation’s Dikos Ntsaaígíí-19 (COVID-19) efforts is:  http://www.nndoh.org/donate.html.  You can also contact the HCOC Donation Branch directly at (928) 871-6206 or by email to [email protected]

More Stories Like This

EXCLUSIVE: Deb Haaland Q&A on Road to Healing Tour Progress
September 20 is National Voter Registration Day: Native Organizations Team Up to Increase Native Youth Voter Engagement
Tribal Business News Round-Up: Sept. 19
Native American Election Forum in Atlanta to Attract Sen. Raphael Warnock & Stacey Abrams
WATCH: Native Bidaské with Four Directions' OJ Seamans, Sr. on the Native Vote

Do you appreciate a Native perspective on the news? 

For the past decade-plus, we’ve covered the important Indigenous stories that are often overlooked by other media. From the protests at Standing Rock and the toppling of colonizer statues during the racial equity protests, to the ongoing epidemic of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the past-due reckoning related to assimilation, cultural genocide and Indian Boarding Schools, we have been there to provide a Native perspective and elevate Native voices.

Our news is free for everyone to read, but it is not free to produce. That’s why we’re asking you to make a donation this month to help support our efforts. Any contribution — big or small — helps us remain a force for change in Indian Country and continue telling the stories that are so often ignored, erased or overlooked.  Most often, our donors make a one-time gift of $20 or more, while many choose to make a recurring monthly donation of $5 or $10.  Whatever you can do, it helps fund our Indigenous-led newsroom and our ability to cover Native news. 

Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous journalism. Thank you. 

About The Author
Native News Online Staff
Author: Native News Online StaffEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Native News Online is one of the most-read publications covering Indian Country and the news that matters to American Indians, Alaska Natives and other Indigenous people. Reach out to us at [email protected]