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Food, water, chickens: Help is on the way to pandemic-stricken Navajo, Hopi communities


Rosemary Olson, of Phoenix, left, speaks with Patricia Hibbeler, Phoenix Indian Center CEO, after she dropped off some donations for the COVID-19 relief to the Navajo Nation. (Photo: Cheryl Evans/The Republic)

A 49-foot-long trailer donated by a Phoenix trucking school and parked behind the Phoenix Indian Center was nearly full. Patricia Hibbeler, the Indian Center's CEO, had worried when it first arrived that it would leave for Window Rock without a full load. But, she said, "Never in a million years did we ever think that we would fill a semi trailer full of materials - much less three of them."

The items packed in the trailers will help tribal communities reeling from the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Navajo Nation has been especially hard hit. The numbers of confirmed cases and deaths continue to climb as leaders struggle to provide basics like food and clean water.


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