Anguiano, Viviann. “The Navajo Nation’s Diné College Faces the Worst Coronavirus Outbreak in the Country.” Center for American Progress, 15 July 2020, www.americanprogress.org/issues/education-postsecondary/news/2020/05/21/485285/ navajo-nations-dine-college-faces-worst-coronavirus-outbreak-country/.
I’m going to use this source to show the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on the Najavo Nation and how the impacts have been exacerbated from the lack of infrastructure. In particular, the lack of clean water, unequal internet access, and unreliable electricity. This article discusses the impact that the pandemic has had on college students and how having most homes are intergenerational that cultural aspect has affected the community’s reality of the pandemic.
Doyle, J. T., Kindness, L., Realbird, J., Eggers, M. J., & Camper, A. K. (2018). Challenges and opportunities for tribal waters: Addressing disparities in safe public drinking water on the crow reservation in montana, USA. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(4), 567. doi:http://dx.doi.org.proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu/10.3390/ ijerph15040567
This article details the environmental pollutants and contaminants found in the water of Navajo communities. I’m going to use this article for the scientific analysis of the environmental pollutants, as well as the water and wastewater infrastructure issues that contribute to these health hazards. I’m also going to use this article to analyze the issues created from tribal, state, and federal regulation and how it has led to the propagation of these issues with water and infrastructure.
Kovich, Heather. “Rural Matters – Coronavirus and the Navajo Nation: NEJM.” New England Journal of Medicine, 29 Sept. 2020, http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2012114.
This article brings in the perspective of community leaders coming together to share information and resources with the community, which is especially important since internet connection is extremely unreliable. I’m going to use this article to analyze the ways in which indigenous leaders have had to organize in ways that address the geographical and network issues. I’ll also be using this article to showcase the political leadership displayed by the Navajo leaders and the ways in which they have addressed issues comparatively to the Arizona state governor.
Orit Tamir. “Assessing the Success and Failure of Navajo Relocation.” Human Organization, vol. 59, no. 2, Society for Applied Anthropology, July 2000, pp. 267–73, doi:10.17730/ humo.59.2.l32p10t4543j8744.
I’m going to use this article to analyze how the forced relocation of the Navajo people in 1974 can be used as an example for how the US uses relocation to further disempower indigenous peoples. I’d do it by comparing the forced relocation of 1974 and the Long Walk, and how it negatively impacted these communities spiritually, culturally, and economically. This article also compares the tactics used for the 1974 forced relocation using two different pre-existing analytical models that showed the issues with the policies enacted by the US.
Smithers, Gregory. “Perspective | Covid-19 Has Been Brutal in Indian Country – Just like Past Epidemics Were.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 20 May 2020, www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/05/20/covid-19-has-been-brutal-indian-country- just-like-past-epidemics-were/.
I would use this article to showcase the different circumstances in which the infrastructure of indigenous lands has directly impacted the outcome in previous pandemics. The article goes into detail in how a lack of federal funding and the routine disenfranchisement of indigenous land rights contributes to the health crisis experienced in these communities. I’d use this source to analyze the power struggle between the U.S government and the Navajo Nation. Specifically, how this power struggle has led to resources being taken from these lands, while leaving the indigenous community spiritually, environmentally, and economically stunted.