The Obama Administration cut funding to the lab in Wuhan after teams from Australia, the US and China discovered this novel coronavirus strain then publshed a paper in 2017 but it took Donald Trump to weaponize it. In past years the Trump Organization has used the federal courts to punish tribal nations who built casinos Trump said were competition but today the White House is deploying COVID-19 as a biological weapon in Indian Country.
Data provided by the Navajo Department of Health, Navajo Area Indian Health Service and Navajo Epidemiology Center reflects 698 confirmed cases from counties where individuals live on the reservation, including the non-contiguous chapters of Alamo and Tóhajiilee. [Farmington Daily Times]The Tóhajiilee portion of the Navajo Nation is a location for both the Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul teevee series. Our neighbors to the west, the Cochiti and Zia Pueblos, the Santo Domingo and San Felipe reservations, are also being hit hard where tribal authorities are restricting travel for non-members. New Mexico is home to nineteen Indigenous nations.
On Tuesday afternoon, state officials said the numbers were even higher, identifying clusters of COVID-19 cases at San Felipe Pueblo, 52 cases, and Zia Pueblo, 31 cases, both in Sandoval County, where community spread has been identified. [Santa Fe Reporter]Attorneys are gathering evidence that Trump is committing crimes against humanity not just in New Mexico but in all of Indian Country.
ip photo: the Sandia mountains as seen from Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument which is co-managed with the Cochiti Pueblo.