Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise Installs ActivePure Technology Air Purification Systems to Optimize Indoor Air Quality

Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise Installs ActivePure Technology Air Purification Systems to Optimize Indoor Air Quality

Technology developed for use in space exploration is proven effective in laboratory and real-world settings

Flagstaff, AZ – The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (NNGE) is presently installing ActivePure Technology Air Purification Systems, the fast-acting, effective air sanitization technology available today, at each of its facilities to optimize indoor air quality for its employees and patrons.

“The health, safety and general welfare of our employees and our guests has always been a top priority for our Board of Directors and management team,” said NNGE Interim CEO Brian Parrish. “The installation of ActivePure Air Purification Systems, combined with our advanced heating ventilation and air conditioning systems and continued deployment of our COVID-19 virus containment measures, create multiple layers of air sanitization that our employees and patrons can trust in,” stated Parrish.

The technology used in the active air cleansing systems manufactured by ActivePure was initially developed for use on the International Space Station to help provide clean air for the astronauts to breathe and for growing food. It is proven to be effective in multiple independent laboratory testing and real-world use.

“ActivePure Technology has been tested at some of the world’s top biosafety testing facilities, including the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), where the technology inactivated over 99.9% of highly concentrated airborne SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID), in an enclosed setting in just 3 minutes to below detectable levels. ActivePure has also demonstrated in other Biosafety Level (BSL) laboratories to inactivate over 99% of bacterial and fungal pathogens, along with other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), in the air and on surfaces. While nothing can guarantee 100% protection from infections, ActivePure has demonstrated material reductions in pathogens in test after test,” offered Active Pure Technologies Chairman and CEO Joe Urso.

Dr. Deborah Birx, Former White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator and Chief Medical and Science Advisor for ActivePure Technology commented, “There is a critical need for increased and layered protections in indoor settings due to the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant. The extraordinary steps the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise is taking, including masking, ensuring physical distancing, and investments in improved air quality, are essential to help protect patrons and staff."

From the outset of the pandemic, the Navajo Nation was unwavering in its commitment to protecting the Navajo People and leading by example with mobilizing all resources necessary to develop and implement a multi-phase Safety and Reopening Plan. The NNGE then proceeded with deploying its own Workplace Safety Plan that remains fully in effect today. “I am very proud of our Team and the work that has been done to keep everyone safe. Presently, 85% of our Team Members have been fully vaccinated and we’re providing fact-based information from medical services providers for the folks who are hesitant to get vaccinated so they can make an educated decision for themselves and their families,” added Parrish.

“We continue to work side-by-side with the Navajo Nation Department of Health and the Health Command Operations Center to stay ahead of the Delta variant and any other challenges of the pandemic. Public health indicators are presently improving but there could be a resurgence of the virus during the winter months. We have confidence in the steps that we have taken but it is not time yet to let our guard down,” shared NNGE Board Chairman Quincy Natay.

About Navajo Gaming:

NNGE is a Navajo Nation wholly-owned business entity created by the Navajo Nation in September 2006 to develop and operate Navajo casinos in accordance with federal and Navajo Nation laws, as well as the negotiated Navajo Nation-applicable state compacts (New Mexico and Arizona).

Employing 1,200 employees, NNGE operates four casinos and a travel plaza in New Mexico and Arizona, opening its first property, the Fire Rock Navajo Casino near Gallup, New Mexico, in November 2008. Within five years, three additional properties were added, as well as a travel plaza – Flowing Water Navajo Casino (October 2010); Northern Edge Navajo Casino (January 2012); Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort (May 2013); Navajo Blue Travel Plaza (September 2020).

NNGE is one of many Navajo Nation-owned and operated enterprises that is charged with the mission of creating jobs, increasing revenues and stimulating incremental economic development. For the latest news and information visit Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise’s website: and Facebook page.