Native Americans have been hit hard by covid-19. Half of the state’s cases are among Native Americans (or Alaska Natives), although they are only 11 percent of the state’s population.
The disease is devastating the Navajo Nation. As of April 24, it had the third-highest infection rate in the country (according to NPR).
The Navajo Nation Covid-19 Fund is accepting monetary and non-monetary donations to address immediate medical and community needs. Charitable contributions to the Fund are deductible by the donor for federal income, estate, and gift tax purposes, and written acknowledgment of donation will be provided upon request. The Navajo Nation qualifies under Section 7871(a) of the Internal Service Code for purposes of receiving public or charitable distributions.
The Navajo Nation’s immediate medical needs include N95 masks, face shields, non-latex gloves (nitrile), medical-grade gloves, goggles/eye protection, surgical and isolation masks, isolation and level II surgical gowns, Tyvek coveralls, surgical caps, shoe covers, thermometers (no touch scan), portable pulse oximeters, ventilators, hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes and sprays, alcohol-based wipes, and others.
The community needs include disposable masks, fabric masks, cleaning supplies, liquid hand soap, hand sanitizer, toiletries, thermometers, paper products, non-perishable food, bottled water, baby necessities (formula, diapers, wipes), livestock feed, hay, pet food, firewood, coal, and others.
There are many organizations and people trying to help native communities. Here is a list of donation sites and links for southwest Native communities: