The Hope Center at Temple University reported in March that about 40% of college students have struggled with internet or computer access during the pandemic.
When Shaandiin Parrish was crowned Miss Navajo Nation in 2019, she didn’t expect to win. She also didn’t expect to be carrying the honor two years later and through the pandemic.
Navajo homes, much like those in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, can be small and crowded. When someone gets infected with COVID-1, the Navajo Nation springs into action to isolate them from the rest of the family.
Petersburg High School student Elisa Larson took first place and will advance to the National Finals in April, held in Washington, D.C. Jania Tumey of West Anchorage High School was runner up.
Formal home addresses can be difficult to find on many Native American reservations. This is problematic, not just when giving directions or receiving packages, but when responding to an emergency.
The panels, funded by government grants, are helping thousands of tribal residents take advantage of the everyday luxuries enjoyed by other Americans — like turning on lights or storing food.