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Wednesday, July 30

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Long-term remedies against vandalism must be PROactive, not REactive

I suppose it was only a matter of time... Louise Yellowman, Coconino County District 5 Supervisor, goes through the trouble of obtaining hard-to-come-by funds to have a nice new park/playground built for families and children in Tuba City to enjoy, and in just a couple of months, vandals desecrate it with graffiti.

Tuesday, July 29

Photo Gallery: Scenic views by Calvin Johnson

Take a moment to enjoy this reader-submitted gallery of scenic photos taken around Flagstaff, Window Rock and Canyon Diablo. Photos by Calvin Johnson.

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CSM Humewysie Sockyma

Cadet Command Sergeant Major Humewysie Sockyma was promoted to the rank of Command Sergeant Major of the Bruin Battalion for School year 2008-09. Humewysie was a First Lieutenant (S-2) and Captain of the Raider Fitness team, but is being promoted due to the need for a Command Sergeant Major . Her responsibilties, loyalty and committment to the program proved she was ready to be promoted to the highest enlisted rank available. She gave up her officer position to become the CSM.

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If the presidential elections were held today, who would you vote for and why?

People from around Flagstaff and local reservation communities are asked about the upcoming presidential elections.

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Successful Hopi mediation program seeks participants

Mediation fast becoming a preferred alternative to Tribal Court

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - When people have disputes, they often want to have their 'day in court.' But now there is a different path at Hopi for resolving conflicts. It is called mediation.

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Annual Indian town hall addresses protection of land, water

Arizona Indian tribes prepare for growth

CAREFREE, Ariz. - Hopi Vice Chairman Todd Honyaoma Sr. said he's glad the Arizona Indian Town Hall this year focused on the impact of growth on Arizona's Indian reservations. "The commission is looking in the right direction," he said.

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Dilkon holds second annual bike safety rodeo

DILKON, Ariz. - The Second Annual Bike Rodeo hosted by the Dilkon Office of the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project (NNSDP) took priority on the second day of the 7th Annual Dilkon Department of Behavioral Health Youth conference held July 16-17.

Photo Gallery: McHood Park

Finding a new way to enjoy a Saturday!

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Dancing in the Rain!

This past week I've seen a real sigh of relief from people in my travels. What brought this to mind is seeing people steadfast with their noses to the grindstones, all because of GAS.

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DESTINATION FUN! MCHOOD PARK One of No.Arizona's "Hidden" Secrets

Dancing in the Rain!

This past week I've seen a real sigh of relief from people in my travels. What brought this to mind is seeing people steadfast with their noses to the grindstones, all because of GAS.

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'Lose' yourself on Gaddes Canyon Trails

GADDES CANYON, MINGUS MOUNTAIN, Ariz. - The latest hiking adventure turned into more of an adventure than it should have been. Despite the possibility of rattlesnakes, poison ivy and thunderstorms, Gaddes Spring Trail sounded too alluring to pass up.

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Birdsprings hosts Heifer International Chapter

BIRDSPRINGS, Ariz. - Residents of Birdsprings are reaching out to help themselves and others through participation with Heifer International. Dr. Rigoberto Delgado of El Paso, along with Chanda Wingate, visited the chapter on July 15.

Letter: The Coconino County election and what it means to county reservation residents

I often pondered the idea what can the county government do for me and my fellow Diné citizens being that we don't pay county property taxes.

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Readers encouraged to use new web site features

It's been about a month since we debuted our new, redesigned Web site ... Our new Web site has a lot of exciting new features that we would very much like for our readers to take advantage of, especially since we are somewhat limited as to what we can feature in our print edition because of ever-rising print production costs.

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Deschene announces candidacy for Arizona District 2 House seat

Christopher Clark Deschene, who was raised in LeChee, now lives in St. Michaels announced his candidacy for the Legislative District 2 seat in the Arizona House of Representative.

NAU Art Museum takes visual journey

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The NAU Art Museum will play with your eyes in the upcoming show, "Suitable Illusions: Recent Work by Adrian Hatfield." The oil and mixed media exhibit will be open Aug. 5 through Sept. 27, with a closing reception Sept. 25 from 6-8 p.m.

ADEQ announces $10,000 recycling grant to the To'Nanees'Dizi Chapter

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Director Steve Owens announced July 8 that ADEQ is awarding $10,000 to the To'Nanees'Dizi Chapter on the Navajo Nation to fund more recycling in Tuba City.

Work continues on new casino site following uranium testing

<b><i>Analysis shows fill soil used for casino is free of uranium contamination</b></i><br>

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - An analysis of soil being used by the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (NNGE) for construction of its Fire Rock Casino parking lot in Church Rock, N.M. has shown it to be free of any uranium radiation contamination.

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New Church Rock casino construction leading to many jobs for Navajo people

CHURCHROCK, N.M. - Since officially breaking ground at the casino site more than a month ago, construction is moving along quickly, staying on track with an aggressive timeline and fulfilling the promise of hiring members of the Navajo Nation to complete the work. Approximately 50 of the 70 jobs related to development on the site have been filled by a primarily Navajo workforce.

Wednesday, July 23

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Editorial: Use caution while driving during monsoon season

Most Arizonans anticipate the erratic weather monsoon season brings to the state each summer. These storms give residents a much-needed break from the summer heat; however, they can also create dangerous driving conditions for motorists. Monsoon storms can range from minor dust storms to violent thunderstorms carrying strong winds, dry lightning, heavy rain and even flash floods.

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To vote or not to vote...

In just a few short months, Native voters will once again be faced with the challenge of choosing a president who we feel would be best qualified to run our great country and address the many crucial needs of Indian Country. But before we do that, we must take into consideration what we've heard thus far from all of the candidates.

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Navajo Council meets for Day Two of summer session

Legislation passed to purchase Inn of Gallup

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - During the second day of the 2008 Summer Session on July 22, the 21st Navajo Nation Council took action on several pieces of legislation including approval of the purchase of the Inn of Gallup (formerly the Holiday Inn) on the city's west side. The Council voted 55-21 approving the $6.6 million hotel purchase. The 212-room hotel with convention facilities will be operated by Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise. Also considered was a referendum that would have imposed term limits for council delegates and the council speaker, but it failed to pass by a vote of 16-56.

Tuesday, July 22

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Horse in Fort Defiance tests positive for West Nile virus

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation Veterinary Program and the New Mexico Department of Health have announced that a horse from the Fort Defiance area tested positive for West Nile Virus recently and needed to be put down.

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Prescott Indian market highlights multi-tribal art

PRESCOTT, Ariz. - The painting of cranes near water could be a real scene that the painter viewed. That would make sense because Michelle Tsosie Sisneros lives by the Rio Grande River. It is a real view; it's just second hand.

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Navajo woman awarded for contesting Prop. 200

No birth certificate, no ID; Laughter wins legal battle to regain right to vote

FORT MCDOWELL YAVAPAI NATION, Ariz. - Navajo Nation Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan, recently congratulated Agnes Laughter after she received the Frank Harrison and Harry Austin Citizenship Award July 15 at Fort McDowell.

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ADEQ announces $10,000 community recycling grant for Hualapai Tribe

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Director Steve Owens announced recently that ADEQ is awarding $10,000 to fund an expanded recycling program for members of the Hualapai Tribe in northwestern Arizona.

Quickreads for 7/23/08

'Cultivating Unity for Mother Earth' Indigenous youth summit The 2008 "Cultivating Unity for Mother Earth" Indigenous Youth Summit will be held July 29-31.

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Kristin R. Edaakie Graduates

Kristin R. Edaakie graduated from the Veterinary Technician program through Butte County Regional Occupation Program on June 4 in Chico, Calif. Edaakie was born in Flagstaff and resides in Tuba City. Her grandmothers Harriett Sloan and Nancy Peykatewa and respective aunts, uncles and cousins all live in the area. Kristin's parents are Glenn and Jeanny Edaakie.

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Hopi Tribe graduates 12 in first tribal&#160;work program

The goal - to develop highly-skilled, dependable Hopi construction workers that will increase the demand for employment opportunities.

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Din&#233; culture highlights MNA Navajo Festival

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Navajo Code Talkers and the fine art of Navajo weaving will be explored in-depth at the Museum of Northern Arizona's (MNA) 59th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2-3. Artists, traditional music and dances, Heritage Insight programming, and food will round out the weekend's celebration of the Din&#233; culture. "Navajo Festival comes to Flagstaff at a very special time of year with the monsoon rains and cool air," said MNA Director Robert Breunig.

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Shonto obtains business site leasing authority.

SHONTO, Ariz. - Years of negotiations with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) have finally paid off for the Navajo Nation as the Shonto Chapter became the first Navajo chapter to be delegated business site leasing authority.

Monday, July 21

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Surface: Layered - An exhibit to dye for

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Colorful painted, rusted, dyed and stitched silk, cotton, rayon and other textiles are draped across the Coconino Community College (CCC) Lone Tree Campus Commons in "Surface: Layered," a national juried exhibit of two and three dimensional fiber arts, tapestries, quilts and sculptures.

Friday, July 18

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Oops, she did it again...

Well folks, it's official. Britney Spears has given sole custody of her children to her ex-husband Kevin "K-Fed" Federline. Most of America (myself included) probably saw this coming for quite some time since we've seen Britney fall from grace so many times ...

Thursday, July 17

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Slideshow: 2008 MNA Hopi Festival

This year marked 75 years for the Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. What began in the 1930s as a weekend event has become the single oldest Hopi venue in the world focused on traditional Hopi values of humility, cooperation, respect, and continued earth stewardship. Video Slideshow length 1 minute

Tuesday, July 15

Photo gallery: Flagstaff Fourth of July Parade

The 12th Annual Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July parade (sponsored by Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company) made its way through historic downtown Flagstaff on Friday, July 4. More than 100 entries including community groups and non-profit associations participated. Many of the parade participants showcased classic vehicles, music, and dancing in honor of our great nation's birthday. Despite the heat, this year's Fourth of July parade turned out to be one of the most spirited community events in Flagstaff. All photos by Wells Mahkee Jr./NHO.

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Some book's are better off not being judged by there covers!

This weekend I had the opportunity to go see the movie "Wall-E" with my family. Since the instant rush was over, I figured by reading some reviews that it might be a cutesy movie so to speak.

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What do you think about all the rain we've been getting recently?

People from around Flagstaff and local reservation communities are asked about the recent summer rains.

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Tuba City youth contribute to mural project

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Four teaching artists and one student from the Multicultural Youth eXchange (MYX) ... recently spent two weeks in Tuba City painting a mural on the side of the Tuba City Community Center with help from the Boys and Girls Club of the Dine Nation.

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Winter Sun celebrates 15th annual Hopi carver show

Preserving a tradition features old-style Katsinam dolls

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.-Born of a desire to support the renaissance of the old-style Katsina Doll, Manuel Denet Chavarria's one-man carving show 15 years ago began the tradition of Winter Sun's annual Hopi Katsina Doll Carvers Show.

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Peshlakai Cultural Foundation holds flute contest

TUSAYAN, Ariz. - The lack of Independence Day weekend fireworks did not stop visitors to the Grand Canyon from sounding the traditional "oooooh" and "aaaaah" associated with the Fourth of July holiday.

IAIA celebrates a half-century of Native American Art

2012 is IAIA's 50th anniversary, but the countdown starts now

SANTA FE, N.M. - The most "happening scene" in Santa Fe this August is one fans of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) won't want to miss. IAIA's annual benefit dinner and art auction "The '60s: A Revolution Begins" will celebrate the organization's founding decade ...

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Peavine Trail - a haven for flora, fauna lovers

PEAVINE TRAIL, PRESCOTT, Ariz. - Some experienced hikers turned up their nose at the Peavine Trail because it's too flat and there can be too many people on this urban trail.

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Kaibab National Forest renews memorandum of understanding with Kaibab Paiute Tribe

Ona Segundo, the Kaibab Paiute Tribe chairwoman, and members of the Kaibab National Forest leadership team commemorated the renewal of a Memorandum

EPA fines SuperFuels $55,000 for underground storage tank violations

SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix recently fined the former owners and operators of four underground storage tanks at the former SuperFuels gasoline service station in Tuba City, Ariz., for federal underground storage tank violations.

U.S. House committee moves to ban uranium mining outside Grand Canyon

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Northern Arizona tribes and environmentalists praised a recent decision by the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee to ban uranium mining outside of the Grand Canyon during the next three years.

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First Native Arizona State Museum director Lomawaima passes away

Lomawaima was the first American Indian in ASM's 115-year history

TUCSON, Ariz. - Hartman H. Lomawaima, director of the Arizona State Museum (ASM), died July 8 following an 11-month battle with colon cancer. He was 58. Lomawaima was only the sixth director, and the first American Indian in the 115-year history of the museum on the University of Arizona campus ...

Monday, July 14

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Save the animals or save ourselves - if we can

As a young person growing up in Zuni, I remember when gas was around a dollar, or a little over a dollar per gallon. Back then, we were able to put $5 worth of gas in our old Dodge pickup and make it out to our sheep ranch and back (roughly 20 miles) and still have a little bit of gas left over.

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Meetings held to educate public on Black Mesa EIS

Black Mesa Project document is lengthy and confusing, some say

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - When one reads the Black Mesa Project Draft Environmental Impact Study (EIS), it appears that the Hopi Tribe is a cooperating agency in the process-something that is just plain wrong, according to Vernon Masayesva of the Hopi Tribe. "The Office of Surface Mining wants you to know that the Hopi Tribe was involved in creating this document," Masayesva said, as fellow tribal member Jerry Honawa hoisted the heavy bound document ...

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Slideshow: Flagstaff Fourth of July Parade 2008

The 12th Annual Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July parade (sponsored by Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company) made its way through historic downtown Flagstaff on Friday, July 4, 2008. More than 100 entries including community groups and non-profit associations participated. Photos by Wells Mahkee Jr./NHO.Video Slideshow length 2 minutes, 19 seconds

Thursday, July 10

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Photo Gallery: 2008 MNA Hopi Festival

This year's Fourth of July weekend marked 75 years for the Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. What began in the 1930s as a weekend event has become the single oldest Hopi venue in the world focused on traditional Hopi values of humility, cooperation, respect, and continued earth stewardship. Over the past 75 years, this event has become a regional tradition. Photos by Somana Yaiva/NHO and Michele Mountain/MNA.

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Annual Hopi fest remains popular after 75 years

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Artists from the Hopi Tribe and staff at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) celebrated what was termed by Hopi Tribal Chairman, Ben Nuvamsa as "75 years of friendship, appreciation and honor for Hopi creativity and innovation." What began in the 1930s as a weekend event, the 75th Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture is the oldest Hopi venue in the world ... focused on traditional Hopi values of humility, cooperation, respect, and continued earth stewardship.

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Diary of a coffee addict...

Ever since I was a young child around 10 or 11 years old, I wanted to be just like my grandfather. So early one morning, as he was eating his breakfast and drinking his coffee, I sat there watching him, and I guess I finally got to him enough to where he finally asked me, "Would you like to try some coffee?"

Tuesday, July 8

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ADEQ Director announces $10,000 recycling grant awarded to the To'Nanees'Dizi Chapter

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Director Steve Owens announced July 8 that ADEQ is awarding $10,000 to the To'Nanees'Dizi Chapter on the Navajo Nation to fund more recycling in Tuba City.

US 160 & State Route 264 temporarily open near Tuba City

TUBA CITY, Ariz - According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), all restrictions have been temporarily lifted on US 160, west of Tuba City, and SR 264 near the community of Moenkopi, south of Tuba City.

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Rez-style paintball - tournaments fund community needs

BIRDSPRINGS, Ariz. - Tyler Yazzie stands ... surveying what the untrained eye might confuse as a modern work of performance art. Towers of tires, wrapped in plastic wrap and splattered with rainbow-hued paint jut out of the hot reservation sands.

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Fowler announces candidacy for District 5 supervisor seat

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Lena R. Fowler, a 25-year resident of Tuba City and lifelong resident of Coconino County, recently announced her plans to seek the District 5 seat on the Coconino County Board of Supervisors.

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Former Miss Navajo helps break down Native American stereotypes

MOSCOW, RUSSIA -Radmilla Cody immediately noticed two things upon her arrival in Moscow. First, there was no apparent order, and secondly, hers was the only face of color. After leaving Moscow, Cody eventually did meet others.

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Editorial: It's official - we've launched our newly redesigned Web site

The Navajo Hopi Observer is pleased to announce that our newly redesigned Web site has been launched at www.nhonews.com. You can also still access our new Web site at www.navajohopiobserver.com. The new site still offers online access to all of our regular news and features from the weekly print edition, but it now also includes many new and exciting features ...

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Philomena Springs-a paradise in the sky

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Two hikes in this column were moderate, last week's was a leisurely nature walk, but those wanting to conquer Philomena Springs need to be prepared for a strenuous hike. Unlike the other hikes, directions won't be found in any hiking book and folks would be best suited contacting Coconino National Forest.

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Findlay opens first Flagstaff dealership

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Findlay Automotive Group, a large regional chain with locations in Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Idaho, recently acquired its first dealership in Flagstaff. The new Findlay Toyota Flagstaff - www.findlaytoyotaflagstaff.net - is located at 3773 Kaspar Dr., on the site formerly occupied by the previous Toyota dealership.

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Institute of American Indian Arts names new museum director

SANTA FE, N.M. - The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Patsy Phillips as Director of the IAIA Museum. She will begin her position on August 11. Phillips was selected after an extensive national search, and joins IAIA after working at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, D.C for more than eight years.

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Mary E. Dodge Hodgkins

The family of Mary Dodge Hodgins reports that Mary passed away in Farmington, N.M. on Sunday, June 22, 2008. She is survived by her husband, Wellesley Hodgins, along with two sons and their wives, L. Bruce Hodgins and Rita Alexander Hodgins of Flagstaff and David J. Hodgins and Olivia Still Hodgins of Farmington, N.M.

Supervisor White only Native American to Chair NACOG in its 33 years of existence

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Apache County District II Supervisor Tom White Jr. made history two years ago when he became the first Native American to be elected as President of the Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG). The NACOG was formed in 1975 and is comprised of nearly 40 members. White conducted his last meeting as NACOG Chair on June 27 at the Radisson Hotel in Flagstaff.

Shirley praises Navajo council support of Louis Denetsosie

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. on June 30 expressed his appreciation to Navajo Nation Council delegates who voted to defeat legislation that called for the dismissal of Navajo Nation Attorney General Louis Denetsosie.

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Din&#233; farming and food production an economic development model

DINE, Inc holds first ‘From Vine to Market’ workshop

SEBA DALKAI, Ariz. - "Five hundred years ago - 25 grandmothers ago - the Din&#233; people came to this area and lived here without white people helping you," said Kyril Calsoyas as part of his welcome to Navajo farmers and ranchers from across northern Arizona. "You are a people of strong culture and traditions. We brought complexity, roads and money - and you are all adjusting."

Thursday, July 3

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E-3 Seaman Landon Micheal Yazzie Combat Systems "A" School Gunner Mate

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - E-3 Seaman Landon Micheal Yazzie is a month away from his basic training graduation. Yazzie is currently stationed in Great Lake, Ill. but was able to make a quick trip home to share Independence Day with his family.

Photo Gallery: Look Who's Reading

The Navajo-Hopi Observer has a prestigious 28 year history as a free weekly newspaper delivered throughout Navajo and Hopi communities in Northern Arizona and the city of Flagstaff. With unique local and tribal news, sports and community events, the NHO is the news source of choice, addressing issues of importance for many of Northern Arizona's Native Americans. Look Who's Reading is an ongoing project wherein we will periodically feature photos of interesting people who read the NHO. If you know of someone who should be in this photo gallery, you are welcome to submit their photo and a brief biography to nhoeditorial@nhonews.com, or call (928) 226-9696, ext. 5 for more information.

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Annual Hopi Festival celebrates 75 years at Museum of Northern Arizona

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - This year's Fourth of July weekend marks 75 years for the Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. Saturday and Sunday, July 5 and 6, "the Oldest Hopi Show in the World" will again immerse visitors in the artistry and language of this ancient people.

Wednesday, July 2

A first time for everything

Greetings, one and all, and welcome to my first-ever blog!

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Birds of a feather flock together at Pintail Lake

Author's note: Exercise and a healthy diet can help ward off diabetes and some other ills. The 100-mile club began on Hopi awhile back to promote healthy lifestyles. As a hiker, I do more than 200 miles per year. This year I hope to hit the 365-mile mark in order to average one mile per day.

Tuesday, July 1

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Louise Yellowman - An invaluable lesson in humility

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - After an unprecedented 27 years as Coconino County District 5 Supervisor, Louise Yellowman announced earlier this month that she would not be seeking re-election at the end of her term, which began on Jan. 1, 1980. During her unparalleled career on the Board of Supervisors, Yellowman was a tried and true advocate for Native Americans and served as their voice on important issues not only in Coconino County, but also in Washington, D.C.

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Horton Creek trail provides scenic opportunities for exercise

HORTON CREEK TRAIL, Ariz. - Those looking for cascading clear water, a multitude of flowers and butterflies will find paradise at Horton Creek near Payson. This hike is eight miles and rated moderate by most hikers. Hikers can park at the Tonto Creek Campground, walk across the road and bridge, find the trailhead across from the campground host's home and then cross down to the dry creek of the trail.

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A walk along the Willow Springs Lake trail

WILLOW SPRINGS LAKE, ARIZ. - Two good hikes can be found at Willow Springs Lake east of Payson. The first is a 3.5 mile loop around the lake. Willow Springs Lake is at the 7,510 feet altitude so it won't be too hot. This leisurely hike is a fisherman's trail and expect to find those fishing throughout the walk.

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Edge of the Cedars hosts 'Growing Tradition NOW!'

BLANDING, Utah - In the art world, Native American expression is often classified as either traditional or non-traditional as the terms pertain to tribal affiliation and with respect to material, construction, or appearance of the artwork.

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Peshlakai acknowledges Donaldson's support of veterans, Native Americans

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ. - Joe Donaldson, former mayor of Flagstaff, was honored for his support of veterans and military families at a dinner held last Thursday at the Mark A Moore Post No. 3 of the American Legion. "Mayor Joe was always there when we needed him, said Bobby Reyes, the post adjunct. "He assisted us with leadership and moral support during the difficult times following 9-11. And, he often monitored activities of local veterans and the men and women serving in our Armed Forces. He supported many issues related to servicemen and servicewomen and their families," Reyes added.

Photo Gallery: Hopi High graduation 2008

A collection of photos from the Hopi High Graduation held May 23, 2008. Photos by Stan Bindell.

Speaking about the current state of society

From time to time there we see some profound comparison to (our) Navajo/Native view of the situation. My blog will share some insight from time to time as they appear in our publications

Letter: We are facing many changes

This District I Congressional campaign is generating considerable excitement around the Din&#233; Nation, but I suspect around the country, too. And there is a reason for it, as it should be.

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Editorial: Fourth of July - it's not all about the fireworks

Due to the dry conditions in the Coconino National Forest and within the city of Flagstaff, it looks like fireworks on July 4 might be a forgone event this year, much like it was last year. While fireworks are great ... we must not forget the true reason behind celebrating the Fourth of July.

Helicopters collide near Flagstaff hospital

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Late Sunday afternoon, a helicopter with Guardian Air Transport and a helicopter operated by Classic Lifeguard collided near Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC), killing six people and injuring several others.

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Protecting the integrity of Din&#233; traditions

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Previous to European contact, Native Americans had no notion of the abstract concept of intellectual property - songs and prayers for example - said Robert Yazzie, who served as the Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation from 1992 to 2003.

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Hopi Jr/Sr High open enrollment

POLACCA, ARIZ. - Hopi Jr/Sr High School is looking for in-boundary and out-of-boundary students.Registration has been set for July 28-July 31.Hopi High Principal Glenn Gilman said the school has open enrollment for students wanting to attend.

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Shirley urges council to disapprove measure

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley, Jr., on June 25 cautioned the Navajo Nation Council against firing Navajo Nation Attorney General Louis Denetsosie.

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Speaker Morgan attends Council of Large Land Base Tribes meeting

CROW AGENCY, Mont. - With the theme of teamwork and political mobilization, several tribes from throughout the central and western portions of the United States converged for the quarterly meeting of the Council of Large Land Base Tribes on June 26 in Crow Agency.

State deficit, budget cuts will hurt services for Arizona tribes

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Arizona State Senator Albert Hale (D) said the state's $2.2 billion deficit would cause cuts in services on Navajo, Hopi and the rest of the state's reservations.

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Request for Black Mesa Project comment extension rejected

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - On Tuesday, June 24, the Denver based Office of Surface Mining (OSM) rejected the request from citizens and organizations for an extension of the public commenting period for the Black Mesa Project (BMP) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).OSM is the lead agency for permitting Peabody Western Coal Company's request to resume coal-mining operations on Black Mesa.

When gambling becomes more than just a hobby

Most people understand gambling can become a problem. As opportunities and avenues to gamble (such as online gambling) increase, it becomes even more important to understand the pitfalls of this activity.

There is help for those with voice disorders

A person's voice is as unique as their fingerprint and it helps define their personality, mood and health. Unfortunately, approximately 7.5 million people in the United States have trouble using their voices.

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Eugene Thomas removed as Tuba City superintendent

Former head of Peach Springs school district put on administrative leave

Mohave County Superintendent of Schools Mike File says that Wednesday's action by the Tuba City Unified School District (TCUSD) Governing Board was a "start" in the right direction.

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Arizona botanists get "wild" at Montezuma Well

McGUIREVILLE - According to Jessa Fisher, assistant Arizona Ethnobotanical Research Association (AERA) herbarium curator and president of the Flagstaff Chapter of the Arizona Native Plant Society, botanists are not always aware of the indigenous uses of the plants they study.

Shanker supports halt to uranium mining in Grand Canyon area

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ. - Howard Shanker, Democratic Candidate for Arizona CD-1, announced his full support for the emergency declaration called for in Congress last Thursday to protect areas near the Grand Canyon. The declaration was introduced by Rep. Ra&#250;l M. Grijalva, (D-AZ) Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands.

EPA progressing towards clean up of abandoned uranium mines

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the Department of Energy, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Indian Health Service and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, last week finalized a five-year plan for cleaning up the legacy of abandoned uranium mining on the Navajo Nation. The plan, titled, "Health and Environmental Impacts of Uranium Contamination in the Navajo Nation, Five-Year Plan" is the first coordinated approach created by the five federal agencies. This landmark plan details the strategy and timeline for cleanup over the next five years.

Education: Hopi High selected for NASA earth science, physics program

Hopi Jr./Sr. High School was one of six schools selected to partner with the NASA Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., to promote earth science programs.The program will also promote technology, engineering, mathematics, geographic literacy and workforce development. The primary focus will be earth science and Helios physics.

The American Academy helps Navajo students preserve language, history

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - Navajo students can now learn their tribe's customs and language while becoming eligible for scholarships, thanks to two Navajo courses now being offered by online high school, The American Academy.

State education superintendent presents money to Hopi Tribe for scholarships

KYKOTSMOVI, ARIZ. - On behalf of the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), Superintendent Tom Horne presented a check for $125,990.34 to the Hopi Tribe on June 20 in the Hopi Tribal Council chambers in Kykotsmovi.

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Pinon Accelerated Middle School holds first Navajo rug show

PINON - The Pinon Unified School District #4 is having their first Navajo rug show featuring the work of traditional Navajo weavers from the Pinon area, including Hard Rock and Black Mesa. The traditional Navajo rugs were put up for display April 15 and will be on display through May 23 in the Pinon Middle School Library. The public is invited to view the rugs from 3:15 to 5:30 Monday through Thursday.

Yavapai-Apache Nation working to settle historic water rights

CAMP VERDE, ARIZ. - For more than 30 years, the Yavapai-Apache Nation has been working to settle its historical water rights in the Verde Valley. This has been an effort and priority throughout several administrations. Most recently Chairman Thomas Beauty and the tribal council have re-invigorated the settlement process and have been working with the U.S. Department of Interior to obtain a Federal Water Negotiating Team.

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Life of Navajo code talker Merril Sandoval celebrated

TUBA CITY, - Merril Sandoval often told family members that his experiences as a Code Talker in Iwo Jima was the defining moment of his life-but that his best career was raising his children. Sandoval, a Marine Corps Code Talker, was in declining health for the past year and traveled to Phoenix for tests, fully expecting to return home to his family the following day. However he passed away on Feb. 9.

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Democrat senators meet with tribal leaders to discuss Indian legislation

Vice President Ben Shelly advocates for Navajo inclusion in Congressional legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A call to put pressure on the House of Representatives to take up the Indian Health Care Improvement Act was made June 18 at the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee meeting at the Capitol. Navajo Nation Vice President Ben Shelly was one of several invited tribal leaders who attended a specially called meeting where eight U.S. Senators met at the Mansfield Capitol room to dialogue with tribal leaders on the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

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Navajo Nation breaks ground for new casino

Groundbreaking ceremony celebrates historical moment in the Navajo Nation's history

CHURCH ROCK, N.M. - It was a moment many have waited years for; a vision of economic opportunity they hoped would come to fruition. On Monday, June 16, that dream became a reality. More than 200 guests watched the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (NNGE) officially break ground on the very first casino on Navajo land.

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Combat pay can count toward stimulus payment

PHOENIX - Military personnel serving in combat zones have the option of including their nontaxable combat pay on their 2007 or 2008 income tax returns if it helps their eligibility for the 2008 economic stimulus payments. To receive the stimulus payment this year, combat zone personnel or their spouses must file a 2007 income tax return by Oct. 15. Otherwise, they can claim the economic stimulus payment on next year's income tax return.

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Miscellaneous: Clint Black to perform at Cliff Castle Casino

CAMP VERDE, ARIZ. - Sparks will fly on the Fourth of July at Cliff Castle Casino's Stargazer Pavilion when Clint Black takes the stage. With more than a dozen number one hits including "Killin' Time" and "Nothin' But The Taillights," Clint Black has entertained audiences with the finest in country music for nearly 20 years.

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Florida students make history at Big Mountain

BIG MOUNTAIN - As Kathryn "KR" MacDonald from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. packed and loaded a truck load of supplies on her way to Big Mountain, little did she realize her life was about to change forever. MacDonald and 10 other students took part in a week-long project to renovate the homes of 84 year-old Rena Babbitt Lane and Jerry Lane, lifelong residents of the Hopi Partitioned Land ...

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Natwani Coalition hosts annual food symposium

KYKOTSMOVI, ARIZ. - This year marks the third year The Natwani Coalition, a program of The Hopi Foundation, brought the 2008 Hopi Agricultural and Food Symposium. In the Hopi language the event is known as "Natwani Hopiit qatsimkiwa'at." The word "Natwani," literally means produce or vegetables and refers to the process and ritual necessary for the rejuvenation of all life. Traditionally, it is the intact web of obligation and activity involved in the planting, harvesting, processing, hunting and gathering of food.

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FX '30 Days' show to feature Navajo Nation

TOHATCHI, N.M. - Renowned Navajo rodeo champions, Karl and Deborah Jackson-Dennison and family hosted documentary screenwriter and director, Morgan Spurlock at their ranch near Tohatchi, N.M. on the Navajo Nation last summer for an upcoming TV episode. The Dennison family will be featured in "Life on an Indian Reservation," a 30 Days series on the FX Network on July 8 at 10 p.m.

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President Shirley states Navajo Nation remains opposed to uranium mining

FLAGSTAFF - Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., told a Congressional subcommittee March 28 that the Navajo Nation remains opposed to uranium mining on or near its land, and will take whatever action necessary to prevent it. "It is unconscionable to me that the federal government would consider allowing uranium mining to be restarted anywhere near the Navajo Nation when we are still suffering from previous mining activities," he said.

Campfire restrictions on Red Rock Ranger District

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ. - Stage 1 campfire and smoking restrictions have been implemented on most of the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest starting June 18. Fires, campfires, woodstove and charcoal fires will be allowed only in developed campgrounds and picnic areas. Use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, and heating devices meeting safety specifications will be allowed.