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Bacanora Producers Make Hand Sanitizer Instead Of Spirits
In neighboring Sonora, Mexico, makers of a traditional agave distillate are converting their operations to produce hand sanitizer for local healthcare workers, first responders and others in need.
Apr. 14, 2020
St. Marys Distributes 90,000 Pounds Of Food To Navajos
St. Mary’s Food Bank distributed 90,000 pounds of food Tuesday to Navajo families who are under self-isolation orders. The tribe has at least 813 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 28 Navajos have died due to the coronavirus.
Apr. 14, 2020
Navajo Nation Battles Coronavirus As Pandemic Continues
The situation on the Navajo Nation is growing increasingly grim as officials there try to act quickly to stop the spread of COVID-19. On April 11 and 12, the Nation observed a strict curfew, hoping to flatten the community’s curve.
Apr. 14, 2020
Harvard: COVID-19 Poses Immediate Threat To Indian Country Economy
Indian Country stands to lose as much as $49.5 billion in economic activity as the coronavirus has closed non-essential businesses, according to research released Monday by Harvard University.
Apr. 14, 2020
Navajo Nation To Receive Rapid Coronavirus Test Kits
The number of coronavirus cases on the Navajo Nation jumped 17% over the weekend. There are 698 Navajos who tested positive for COVID-19 and 24 people have died. On some maps, it’s viewed as one of the top hotspots in the country.
Apr. 13, 2020
Sonoran Authorities Enforce Strict Stay-At-Home Order
To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, state and local leaders in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, have agreed to implement a strict stay-at-home order until at least April 30. The new measures are among the most severe in Mexico.
Apr. 13, 2020
As Coronavirus Spreads, Sonoran Cities Struggle Without Arizona Visitors
Arizona and neighboring Sonora, Mexico, are tightly connected — socially, culturally and economically. And as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, slowed cross-border traffic is affecting communities on both sides. Tourist towns are struggling to survive without Arizona visitors.
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Apr. 13, 2020
Mexico Disrupts Global Agreement To Ease Pandemic-Driven Oil Crisis
Many of the world’s top oil-producing nations are trying to reduce supply to counter the lower demand brought by the coronavirus pandemic. Only one country, Mexico, disagrees — and the United States is backing its neighbor.
Apr. 10, 2020
Pandemic Brings Mexican Doctors Stress, Mobbing — And Aggression
Doctors all over the world are suffering from stress, anxiety and depression as they work to stop the coronavirus pandemic. And in Mexico, many are facing similar mental health problems… as well as harassment inside and outside of their hospitals.
Apr. 10, 2020
Mexico Prepares For Its Holy Week Holiday — Without Having One
One of the most important tourism seasons in Mexico is the Holy Week holiday, an equivalent to spring break but based on the Catholic calendar. But this year, Mexicans will have to celebrate at home, as the coronavirus pandemic spreads.
Apr. 10, 2020
Mexican Students Design Practical, Inexpensive Ventilators To Face Pandemic
A shortage of ventilators has become a primary problem worldwide to help coronavirus patients with serious lung complications. But a college project developed in northern Mexico might be the solution.
Apr. 10, 2020
Florence Project: 4 Detainees With Health Conditions Released
The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project recently sued Immigration and Customs Enforcement to force the release of eight people vulnerable to COVID-19, and the legal aid group says federal authorities have let some of those clients go.
Apr. 10, 2020
Havasupai Ill Equipped To Handle COVID-19, Close Canyon
Down at the bottom of the Grand Canyon the most isolated Native American tribe in the lower 48 states lacks the resources needed to deal with a pandemic. If the small community was struck with COVID-19, tribal leaders say it would be devastating.
Apr. 9, 2020
U.S. Expels Thousands Using Public Health Rule
The Trump administration has expelled thousands of people to Mexico, citing a public health risk even as unauthorized border crossings drop dramatically at the Southwest border.
Apr. 9, 2020
Navajo President, Vice President Quarantine After Contact With COVID-19
The Navajo president and vice president have quarantined themselves after learning they came in contact with a first responder who tested positive for COVID-19. There are 488 Navajos with the coronavirus and 20 who have died from the disease.
Apr. 9, 2020
Mexico Asks Citizens Overseas To Stay Away For Easter
Mexico has asked its citizens living abroad to not come down during the popular Easter holiday weekend.
Apr. 8, 2020
Public Health Care In Mexico Faces High Risks As The Pandemic Spreads
As of Wednesday, the Mexican government had reported 174 people dead and about 3,200 sick as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Authorities say they are prepared for a larger breakout, but many are calling attention to the lack of health equipment and staff.
Apr. 8, 2020
Page Man Accused Of Urging Violence Against Navajos
Police have arrested a Page man accused of writing a racist social media post accusing Navajo people of carrying the coronavirus and calling for their deaths. Daniel Franzen, 34, was taken into custody on suspicion of attempting to incite an act of terrorism.
Apr. 8, 2020
Immigration Legal Groups Seek Emergency Restraining Order Against Feds
Legal groups want a federal judge to call an emergency timeout on in-person immigration court hearings to protect people from the coronavirus. The move is part of a recent lawsuit in which most of the detained plaintiffs are being held in Arizona.
Apr. 8, 2020
New Report Documents Labor Abuses Of Migrant Agricultural Workers
A new report finds that migrant workers who come to the United States on agricultural guestworker visas face systemic abuse in the workplace. And the report’s authors say the coronavirus pandemic only amplifies existing flaws in the farmworker program.
Apr. 8, 2020

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