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In the spirit of the season of giving, Native American communities are coming together to support one another – financially, physically and emotionally. From helping small businesses impacted by COVID-19 to advocating for social justice, several notable headlines from December showcase the resilience of Native communities. Check out our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date with the latest Native news headlines.

Navajo artist Emma Robbins is bringing tap water and solar power to hundreds of homes that never had it before via Insider

  • “If young Emma Robbins ever got thirsty while visiting her grandparents, she drank soda from a can — the syrupy sweet kind that was off-limits back home at her parents’ house, where water flowed freely from the faucet.”

More than 5,000 Navajo Nation businesses receive virus financial aid via KTAR

  • “An economic relief program for Navajo entrepreneurs, businesses and artisans has awarded coronavirus relief aid to more than 4,000 individuals, according to a press release Tuesday. The Navajo Nation Business and Artisans Economic Relief Grant distributed approximately $29 million in relief funds to applicants facing financial hardships from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.”

Native Americans are tired of being lumped in as ‘something else’ in polls, other surveys  via Chicago Sun Times

  • “On election night, Jodi Owings and her family watched the results reported live on television in their Oklahoma home. She noticed a CNN graphic that displayed returns by race as white, Latino, Black, ‘something else’ and Asian.”

Doctor on what it’s like to fight the Coronavirus on the Navajo Nation via NPR

  • “NPR’s Ari Shapiro speaks with Dr. Loretta Christensen, chief medical officer of the Indian Health Service’s Navajo Area, about the challenges of fighting the coronavirus on the Navajo Nation.”

Last month, Native students at Princeton embraced activism. Now, they’re looking ahead via The Princetonian

  • “Each November, Native American students at Princeton raise a tipi outside of Prospect House to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. This year, amid the pandemic and a reckoning with injustices on and off campus, the student group Natives at Princeton (NAP) designated November 2020 as Native American Activism Month.”
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