A Nov. 20 memorandum from the Navajo Nation president’s chief of staff has angered some Council delegates, who say it gives chapters and tribal programs a loophole for hanging onto their CARES Act allocations into December rather than reverting them to the Hardship Fund as the Council mandated in recent legislation.
As surprised as anyone else, I am quite shocked with the upsurge of COVID-19 virus infections around the country. Every state in the union has spikes of un-paralleled numbers as is the Navajo Nation in the upsurge.
The BIA has done a wonderful job of making positive changes to the lives of the Navajo people in the past 25 years, according to some Navajos. But about the same number of Navajos argue that the BIA has done nothing positive.
If you were to make a list of the world’s most exciting careers, “librarian” probably wouldn’t even make the top 100. But in Irving Nelson’s 43-year stint with the Navajo Nation Library, he’s battled poisonous spiders, spent hours in an asbestos-ridden basement, walked miles in a blizzard and taken epic cross-country road trips just so you and the rest of the Navajo public can have something good to read.