Heck Ironcloud mural thanking the Dine for masking up during the Covid-19 pandemic on October 25, 2020, on the Navajo reservation in Kirtland, New Mexico. A mural depicting a man in traditional Navajo dress and a respirator warns residents about COVID-19. October 20, 2020, in Shiprock, New Mexico.
Shiprock, or Naat'áanii Nééz — the largest Navajo community — became a Covid-19 hotspot seemingly overnight.
On the Navajo Nation, generations of families lack running water, food, electricity, indoor plumbing, safe housing and access to health care — the basic necessities for fighting disease.