NavajoStrong blooms into statewide relief effort

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When Bud Frazier first started NavajoStrong, he didn’t expect it to become a huge organization.

Frazier started the nonprofit in April 2020, shortly after the coronavirus first arrived in the Navajo Nation and in response to the pandemic that took lives and stole hopes. The outbreak of the virus has sickened more than 29,200 people in the Nation. And more than 1,100 have died, according to the Navajo Department of Health’s Feb. 15 report.

From startup to creating a 501(c)(3) organization to structure, NavajoStrong has come a long way and Frazier and his team are showing no signs of slowing down. “We went over our finances and we raised quite a bit of money throughout last year and the start of this year,” Frazier said after finishing up a recent NavajoStrong board meeting. “It’s pretty amazing. We’ve got a really good team of volunteers.”

For the past 10 months, Frazier and his team, including his parents – Curtis and Teresa – and brothers Travis, Tyler, and Shea, have been delivering essential supply bins, water and other home goods to families and individuals living in Diné Bikéyah.

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