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Diné woman appointed to vacant seat in Arizona Legislature

Jasmine Blackwater-Nygren, Diné, will serve as a state representative for Arizona’s district seven, filling a pivotal vacant seat in the state’s Legislature.

The Apache County Board of Supervisors selected her for the position at a special meeting Tuesday to fill the vacancy left by former state Rep. Arlando Teller, Diné, who resigned last month to accept a position in the Biden administration.

The new legislator will be sworn in on Thursday morning at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix. 

Blackwater-Nygren, 25, received her law degree from Arizona State University and passed the Arizona bar exam last year. She is also a graduate of Stanford University.

“I thank the Apache County Board of Supervisors for entrusting me with this duty,” Blackwater-Nygren said. “I’m really excited to work with everybody in this district. I’m ready to get to work and will do my best to represent all people of Arizona’s Legislative District 7.”

  • Read more in Indian Country Today’s article by Aliyah Chavez
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    The Cherokee Response to Covid-19: Face Masks, Made in the Cherokee Nation

    February 10, 2021

    In early September, when a shortage of medical masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19 swept the country, the Cherokee Nation decided it was time to make its own.

    “We felt we needed to help try to fill that gap,” Cherokee Nation Chief of Staff Todd Enlow told Native News Online. “One of the things we looked at was face mask production.

    Beginning in March, the Cherokee Nation will open two factories — one renovated, one newly built — that will enable it to produce between 100,000 to 200,000 masks a day. Using special machines purchased from overseas, the Cherokee Nation will manufacture N95, N99 and three-ply surgical masks. The company doesn’t yet have a name for the manufacturing entity, Enlow said. 

    Cherokee Nation will be among few manufacturers in the country to make N99 masks, a medical-grade mask the tribe anticipates will be the adopted standard of the future, according to Enlow.

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    Job Openings at the Health Care Center

    February 10, 2021

    Lolma. We wanted to share the following open positions at the Health Care Center. This is by far not a comprehensive list but just some that may prove interesting.