Navajo Nation

A project to bring broadband to southern San Juan County will move forward, after receiving permits from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe last month. The much-anticipated project will bring faster internet to schools, clinics and libraries in Bluff, Montezuma Creek and White Mesa using underground fiber optics lines.

Earlier this year, the Navajo Nation Reservation was a major hot spot for coronavirus cases. Now, it's seen a day without a single positive case.

It's a turning point in its battle against the virus. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez attributes that to Navajo leaders and citizens heeding the advice of public health officials.

"All we did as leaders and public health professionals is we accepted [the] recommendations from the CDC, NIH," Nez says. "We took one step more, putting those recommendations into public health emergency orders, making them law."

Lake Powell has always been a sore spot for some Navajo people, according to Navajo Nation Council Delegate Paul Begay. He said many families lost farming and grazing land when Glen Canyon was filled with water in 1963.

“I think the loss of pasture lands and land usage is what bothers our people the most,” Begay said. “And then, of course, not having any say in what was going to happen.”

KSJD Local Newscast - September 8, 2020

Sep 8, 2020

Updated at 12:51 p.m. ET on Sept. 8

The Trump administration must, for now, stop winding down in-person counting efforts for the 2020 census, a federal judge in California ordered on Sept. 5, while a legal fight over the shortened schedule for the national head count continues.