The Navajo Nation is not the only tribe that has historical and cultural ties to Chaco Canyon, as well as being preoccupied with battling the pandemic. Pueblo tribes consider Chaco Canyon as their ancestral home, but have also been working toward fighting COVID-19, which has disproportionally careened onto Native lands.
I have seen many cars and trucks parked in front of her food stand. Many people sit on a giant log that sits next to her stand. None are practicing the social distancing rule or wearing any kind of face protection.
At her new high school, Arianna was part of team that was nationally ranked for three consecutive years. This past season the Maryville Lady Pioneers reached the Final Four in their division with an overall record of 18-5-3 overall.
Less than a week after an article appeared in the Navajo Times detailing the plight of an elderly Indian Wells couple living in a ramshackle house with no way to get to the grocery store or chapter house other than walking, it was a much different scene.
Most of us knew Fred Thompson as the booming baritone fronting the popular rez band Ace’s Wild. But there were many other facets to the man: rodeo announcer, lifelong educator, coach, fitness buff, artist, rancher, promoter of Navajo language and culture, devoted husband and father.