Sunday, October 18, 2020
WILLIAMS, Ariz — Navajo Vice President Myron Lizer and Donald Trump Jr. ignored the coronavirus spreading through the Trump family and White House staff at a rally on Thursday and endangered high-risk Native elderly and children. Trump Jr. was among those not wearing masks.
While promoting Trump, Navajo Vice President Lizer ignored President Trump’s promotion of racism and racial violence, attacks on tribal sovereignty, persistent threat to human rights, caging of Indigenous migrant children, destruction of Native burial places for the border wall, and Trump’s disregard for the spread of the coronavirus which has caused the deaths of 571 Navajos.
Vice President Lizer introduced Trump Jr. at the super spreader event at the rodeo grounds.
The super spreader event comes as the coronavirus spiked in the Four Corners region.
All this week, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham warned of extreme danger from “uncontrollable virus spread.” The State of Colorado posted a long list of schools and grocery stores with virus outbreaks, and an Arizona family lost 8 members due to the virus. On Friday night, one of the largest hospitals in Salt Lake City, Utah, said it was out of ICU beds because of the rapid spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, while the Navajo Vice President rallied at the super spreader virus event, the Office of the Navajo President and Vice President continued a media campaign telling Navajos to stay home and lockdown — even though there is no home delivery of food and water to desperate Dine’.
Although the Navajo Nation is under mandatory lockdown this week, there is no uniform delivery of food and water to the sick and desperate. This includes Dine’ elderly, people too sick to care for themselves, families with young children with no transportation, and those with the virus sent home by hospitals and told to quarantine.
The highly-publicized giveaways of donated items by the Navajo President’s office resulted in the false perception by the public that the most desperate Dine’ are receiving help.
Although the Navajo Nation received $714 million in federal virus emergency relief more than four months ago from the CARES Act, the funds have not been distributed to Dine’ in need. There are 300,000 Navajos living in 110 chapters.
The coronavirus spread through the Trump family and the White House during October. President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and their son Barron all tested positive for coronavirus.
President Trump plans a campaign rally in Prescott, Arizona, on Monday.