Navaho Nation’s nutrition crisis

by Tristan Ahtone and Jolene Yazzie

Hundreds of miles, but only 11 grocery stores. Source: Diné Policy Institute. Map by Alex Newman/Al Jazeera America.

Steven Thompson grew up poor on Navajo Nation. After nearly three decades on a diet built around potatoes, lunch meat and canned goods, he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes; his right leg was amputated as a result of complications from the disease eight years ago.