Three Members of Navajo Family, Two of Them Educators, Die From COVID-19
June 18, 2020
Marie Pino fondly referred to the students she taught as “shí yázhí,” a Navajo phrase that means “my children.”
She didn’t just know their names, she also knew their families. In many cases, she’d taught their parents at the same Alamo Navajo Community School where she taught for four decades.
Now, the residents of the Alamo Navajo community in central New Mexico have been left to grieve the coronavirus-related deaths of Pino and two other members of her immediate family in isolation as they continue precautions aimed at slowing spread of the illness.