Piute Mesa is part of the Navajo Mountain/Naatsis'áán Chapter and is located in one of the most remote corners of the Navajo Nation. In 1864, the region’s miles of winding canyons allowed many Navajo to escape the Long Walk to Bosque Redondo. Many residents here are descended from Navajo that never took the Long Walk and, to this day, have maintained many traditional Navajo practices. Many speak little English. There are also many older residents in this project area who struggle to haul their own water.
The families we serve are some of the most vulnerable to coronavirus in America. They struggle to wash their hands and bodies. They are forced to break social distancing to haul water. They live far from healthcare facilities. The COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) has upended the lives of all Americans, and that includes our friends and family across the Navajo Nation.