She dreamed of leading the Navajo Nation ‘with respect and dignity.’ Then she caught COVID-19.

In the Washington Post:

Blackhorse, 28, pored over books about her culture, choosing the issues she cared most about. Among them: the elderly, protecting tribal land, and opposing the installation of pipelines. One day, she told her family, she would run for a Navajo Nation Council delegate position, or even for president….

Valentina died of COVID-19 on April 23, a day after she learned that she had tested positive for the novel coronavirus….

Blackhorse has been one of the Navajo Nation’s most high-profile losses since the coronavirus took hold in March. The pandemic has since torn across the reservation, causing more than 2,757 infections and 88 deaths as of Friday — the same number of casualties as Arkansas, which has a population 17 times larger.