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In a pandemic, Navajo community steps up for its vulnerable

Virus Outbreak Navajo Nation
Posted at 12:03 PM, Mar 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-14 15:03:50-04

TEESTO, Ariz. (AP) — A strong sense of community and taking care of one another has come to the aid of people like Raymond Clark on the Navajo Nation.

The 71-year-old painter lives alone, without running water or transportation in the community of Teesto.

He's content paying for wood deliveries, chipping in for gas money for a ride to town and carrying jugs to fill up at a water station.

But sometimes, those things come to him.

Officials at the Teesto Chapter House say they have even more of a duty now during a pandemic to ensure their most vulnerable residents get what they need to stay safe and at home.