NH #466: Navajo Nation Covid/Uranium Contamination Connection: Janene Yazzie

Navajo Nation’s Janene Yazzie, protesting the missing and dead Navajo women, working on uranium mining/contamination issues, and now on the front lines of covid pandemic relief 

This Week’s Featured Interview: 

  • Navajo Nation’s Janene Yazzie is a community organizer and human rights advocate who has worked on development and energy issues with indigenous communities across the United States. Among her many positions, she is Sustainable Development Program Coordinator for International Indian Treaty Council and the council’s representative as Co-convenor of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group of the U.N. High-level Political Forum on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.  She is also co-founder Sixth World Solutions LLP, Navajo Nation Little Colorado River Watershed Chapters Association.  Janene is currently working on the front lines of the Navajo Nation response to the Covid 19 pandemic, and speaks to the connection between Covid and the decades of her people’s exposure to uranium mine radioactive contamination.

    Organizations and Social Media Links for Janene Yazzie:


    • Facebook and Instagram under her name
    • How to connect with Navajo Nation Covid relief efforts: www.navajohopisolidarity.org 
    • GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/NHFC19Relief
    • Other relief efforts:
      • McKinley County Mutual Aid – https://ourindigenouslifeways.org/
      • Kinlani Flagstaff Mutual Aid- http://www.taalahooghan.org/kinlani-flagstaff-mutual-aid/
      • Ke Infoshop- www.keinfoshop.org/donate/
      • Nihi K’é Baa’ – www.venmo.com/code?user_id=2994210512830464113 or https://www.paypal.me/nihikebaa
      • Far Eastern Navajo- https://www.gofundme.com/f/far-east-navajo-covid19-relief
      • International Indian Treaty Council

Numnutz of the Week (for Outstanding Nuclear Boneheadedness):

Ah yeah, sure, THAT’s the way to guarantee the safety of the American people: promise the world that the U.S. will threaten to “spend adversaries into oblivion” in a new nuclear arms race. 

Action/Info Links:

 and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund is providing relief for reservation elders and families struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Seventeen-year-old Charlize Branch provided artwork for the group’s Facebook page saying, ‘Everyone needs to work together to fight against this disease.” (Drawing/Charlize Branch)