25 Apr 2020

Navajo Nation to sue US government over lack of coronavirus funding

In the US, a handful states have already begun easing their lockdown restrictions – although the number of coronavirus deaths across the country has soared to more than 50,000.  But while much of the focus has been on heavily populated cities and states like New York, the country’s largest American-Indian reservation also has a shockingly high infection rate.

The Navajo Nation spans 27,000 square miles across three states. Its population is relatively small, but the infection and death rates are nearly 10 times higher than those in neighbouring Arizona. The Navajo – who say they’re being ignored – are suing the US government over a lack of emergency funding.