Stories for February 2010


Wednesday, February 24

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Kirtland Central Lady Broncos remain the team to beat

KIRTLAND, N.M. - A rematch between the Kirtland Central Lady Broncos (20-2, 7-0) and the Shiprock Lady Chieftains (19-6, 5-2) resulted in the visiting Lady Chieftains being defeated by the host Lady Broncos with a final score of 65 to 53.

Window Rock Lady Scouts, Winslow Lady Bulldogs advance to state semi-finals

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Winslow Lady Bulldogs defeated the Monument Valley Lady Mustangs 53-46 in an Arizona State 3A Conference Tournament basketball game played in Winslow on Saturday. The win earned the team a berth in the tournament semi-finals against top power points seeded Safford. Winslow is ranked fourth in the power point system.

Bulldogs remain as only 3A North team in semi-finals

The Winslow Bulldogs were the only 3A North Region team left in the Arizona State 3A Conference Championship Tournament after quarterfinal action was completed on Friday. The Bulldogs defeated fellow 3A North Region member Window Rock 62-45 in Winslow. The Bulldogs had defeated the Scouts twice in the regular season.

Tuba City woman loses house to fire

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - A woman who has helped burnout victims for years had her own house burned down last week. Vanessa Brown, a longtime community activist with Tuba City Community Action for Children and Youth, watched her house burn down last week.

Hopi court rules villages can remove tribal reps

Appellate court renders decision in favor of whole membership

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - The Hopi Tribal Appellate Court in a unanimous opinion Feb. 11 stated Hopi and Tewa villages do have the authority to remove, recall or decertify their Council representatives by "whatever process the village selects." The three-judge panel said it based its finding on the Hopi Constitution and Hopi tradition.

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Education Committee presented with Diné College concerns

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Education Committee of the Navajo Nation Council accepted a report from Georgette Cook, the president of the Associated Students of Diné College, and from other members of the student government requesting support for the removal of members of Diné College Board of Regents. Student supporters from Fort Lewis College and San Juan College were also present at the meeting.

Tuesday, February 23

Court says Hopi villages Have authority to remove council reps

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - The Hopi Tribal Appellate Court in a unanimous opinion Feb. 11 stated Hopi and Tewa villages do have the authority to remove, recall or decertify their Council representatives by "whatever process the village selects." The three-judge panel said it based its finding on the Hopi Constitution and Hopi tradition.

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CCC partners with Nestlé Purina to provide scholarships

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Nestlé Purina Petcare Company is joining Coconino Community College, the CCC Foundation and officials from Juvenile Court Services to provide Coconino Community College scholarships for young people associated with the Coconino County Juvenile Court system.

Monday, February 22

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So how do YOU know if you're fat?

I don't think I could have timed this more perfectly! Since going public with my personal goal of losing 40-50 pounds before my next birthday (see link below), news of actor/director Kevin Smith recently being kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight for allegedly being too fat has been making headlines across the nation over the past few days.

Yazzie gives report on Navajo Supreme Court Building

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Judiciary Committee of the 21st Navajo Nation Council received and accepted a status report from Navajo Nation Chief Justice Herb Yazzie on plans for a Navajo Supreme Court Building.

Government Services Committee overrides Shirley vetoes

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Government Services Committee of the Navajo Nation Council met last Friday during a special meeting and passed legislation to override President Joe Shirley Jr.'s recent vetoes on resolutions passed by the Navajo Nation Council.

Paperwork delays release of Lance Cpl. Yazzie

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The body of Lance Cpl. Alejandro J. Yazzie has been cleared for release from Dover Air Force Base, Del., by the Department of Defense Medical Examiner. However, paperwork delays have prevented the release from taking place.

Sunday, February 21

Shirley vetoes Legislative Counsel Amendments Act

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. on Saturday vetoed legislation that would increase the authority of Navajo Nation Council's lawyer to that of the Navajo Attorney General.

Wednesday, February 17

Supervisors adopt mid-year budget reductions

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - At their Feb. 16 regular meeting, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted mid-year budget reductions proposed by County Manager Steve Peru. The budget reductions, which total $3 million, offset revenue shortfalls from the continuing economic decline and State cost shifts.

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CCHD employee assists in Haiti tragedy

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - As a nurse at the Coconino County Health Department (CCHD), Darren Blue has spent the last several months focusing on the H1N1 (swine) flu response. Efforts to immunize Coconino County residents against the novel virus have been challenging and rewarding. However, the recent tragedy in Haiti redirected Blue's efforts.

Tuesday, February 16

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2009-2010 3A North Awards

Kourtney Shirley of the Winslow Lady Bulldogs and Koyai Clauschee (5) of the Chinle Wildcats were voted the 2009-2010 Players of the Year for the Arizona boys and girls 3A North Region.

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The long journey toward better health

Many of us made New Years resolutions about a month and a half ago, promising ourselves that we would quit smoking, get out of debt, become more organized or to exercise more and lose weight. But how many of us have actually kept those promises? For a lot of people, such resolutions are difficult to keep. For example, losing weight.

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Bridging the Cultural Gap

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Thanks to Flagstaff Medical Center's Navajo Translator Program, Navajo patients feel more at ease because complex medical issues can be explained in their native language.

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Arizona education continues to face economic crisis

Budget crisis could result in layoffs of 30,000 teachers

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Arizona State Rep. Tom Chabin, a Flagstaff Democrat, said the state is facing an economic crisis that could result in 30,000 teachers getting laid off.

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Haiti, reservation disaster relief benefit concert

PHOENIX, Ariz. - A special benefit concert for victims of the Haiti earthquakes and also for Arizona Native reservation storm victims will be held at the Hard Rock Café in Phoenix. The price is only $10 per person, all ages.

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Hotevilla Co-op gets wireless Internet

HOTEVILLA, Ariz. - Nestled on a mesa top in what many tourists over the years have called the "navel of the universe" is a cozy section of the Hotevilla Coop Grocery/Convenience Store that community members and visiting public can now call their own.

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Holbrook Roadrunners claim third in 3A North Region

CHINLE, Ariz. - With nothing to lose and everything to gain, the Holbrook Lady Roadrunners had a mission. The mission was to win two games and they did. First they defeated the defending 2009 Arizona State Champion Monument Valley Lady Mustangs (18-7), 73 to 63.

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Winslow proclaims 'Dating Violence Awareness Month'

WINSLOW, Ariz. - Alice's Place, a domestic violence program serving Winslow and surrounding areas, recognizes the importance of raising our community's awareness of dating violence.

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Winslow boys, girls teams defeat Holbrook in tournament

CHINLE, Ariz. - The Winslow Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs both earned spots in the Championship Games of the 3A North Region Tournament in Chinle with victories on Thursday over the Holbrook Roadrunners and Lady Roadrunners.

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Winslow teams win 3A North Region titles in tournament

The Winslow Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs both defeated teams they had lost to twice in the regular season in 3A North Region Tournament Championship Games to win regional titles. The Lady Bulldogs bested Window Rock 44-31 in a low-scoring defensive struggle. The Bulldogs nipped Chinle 51-50 to win the boys' tournament. Both teams will open state tournament play at home with the boys' game on Monday and the girls' on Tuesday. Opponents

Fund for storm victims in Navajo, Coconino, Apache Counties set up

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - The Phoenix-based Arizona Community Foundation has set up a charitable fund to provide relief services to residents of Navajo, Coconino and Apache counties to help in the aftermath of recent snowstorms.

Legislation passed for clean-up of uranium tailings site near Tuba City

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Resources Committee of the 21st Navajo Nation Council met Feb. 12 and passed Legislation No. 0065-10 pertaining to the clean-up of the uranium tailings site located northeast of Tuba City.

Watch snowballs slide and you could win big Feb. 27

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Purchase snowballs and watch them slide during the Flagstaff Assistance League's Snowball Slide Feb. 27 at the west parking lot of Flagstaff City Hall. Enjoy winter festivities 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Snowballs roll at noon.

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NAU School of Art faculty exhibition

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The NAU Art Museum announces the 2010 School of Art Faculty Exhibition, which opened Feb. 16 and will continue through March 26. An artists' reception will be held tomorrow from 6-8 p.m. at the museum.

San Manuel tribe contributes $100,000 to Navajo, Hopi

Contribution to bolster winter storm emergency relief efforts for Hopi, Navajo tribes

HIGHLAND, Calif. - The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced Feb. 8 that the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation will each receive $50,000 for emergency relief operations following devastating winter storms that swept through the reservations recently.

Arts for our Park: The Elements of Home

New exhibit features art from Leupp, Grand Canyon Schools

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Each March, the Grand Canyon National Park community celebrates National Youth Art Month with an exhibition of artworks created by local school children. This year's exhibit theme is "The Elements of Home."

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Sanctions against Kayenta Chapter lifted after audit

KAYENTA, Ariz. - Auditor General Representative Beverly Tom reported to the Budget and Finance Committee earlier this month that after a week-long audit of Kayenta Chapter financial records, it is their observation that the chapter had successfully implemented corrective action plan and have accomplished all requirements to have sanctions lifted.

Wednesday, February 10

Emergency budget loan to be considered

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Budget and Finance Committee of the Navajo Nation Council is scheduled to hear Legislation No. 0069-10, sponsored by Council Delegate Young Jeff Tom (Mariano Lake/Smith Lake) during a regular scheduled meeting on Feb.16.

Photo Gallery: 2010 Winter on the Rez

The following gallery is a collection of reader-submitted images from winter storms that blanketed much of northern Arizona with record-breaking snowfall, resulting in dire situations for many residents in remote communities throughout the Hopi and Navajo Reservations who were stranded by knee-high snow and dirt roads rendered impassable by "rivers of mud."

Government Services Committee hears testimony regarding NHA

DILKON, Ariz. - The Government Services Committee of the 21st Navajo Nation Council conducted its last public hearing Tuesday morning at the Dilkon Community School regarding numerous issues involving public rental and homeownership policies set forth by the Navajo Housing Authority.

Tuesday, February 9

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Window Rock finish season with win against Holbrook

FORT DEFIANCE, Ariz. - The Window Rock Scouts (10-13, 7-5) closed out their regular season with two victories over the Holbrook Roadrunners at the Field House on Saturday. The boys were 81 to 65 winners while the Lady Scouts (19-5, 11-1) defeated the Lady Roadrunners 63 to 49.

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Holbrook High School Running Club goes skiiing

Members of the Holbrook High School Running Club took advantage of the recent heavy snows and traveled to Flagstaff to cross train on cross country skis. The club is open to anyone interested in running for fitness or enjoyment.

Navajo chapters receive emergency funding

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The $1 million appropriation passed by the 21st Navajo Nation Council on Jan. 22 for Operation Snowfall 2010 has finally been signed into law by Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. The money is now in the hands of each of the Navajo Nation's 110 chapters.

Operation 2010 Snowfall Emergency Operation Center demobilized

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Emergency operations related to Operation 2010 Snowfall have been downscaled to a skeleton crew. Snow operations are standing down, however work to start addressing the impending mud and flooding issues will begin.

Photo Gallery: 2010 Hopi2Hawaii trip

The following photo gallery contains images from the fourth annual Hopi2Hawaii trip of the Hopi High School JROTC. This trip is a cultural exchange that occurs each year around the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday between Hopi High School and Waianae High School's JROTC program.

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Sun, warmth a bonus on JROTC Hopi2Hawaii trip

HONOLULU, Hawaii - For the Hopi High School JROTC, their annual Hopi2Hawaii trip was an absolutely fun experience - and it was warm. While there were severe snowstorms on the Hopi Reservation, it was 80 degrees in Hawaii.

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Scouts take the sting out of final game for Hornets

GANADO, Ariz. - For those seniors who played their last home game for the Ganado Hornets, their memories will encompass the night the Window Rock Scouts came calling. Unfortunately, the Ganado Hornets Pavilion was left less celebrative as the Scouts claimed two road wins.

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Shirley, Richardson meet during NM Indian Day

SANTA FE, N.M. - Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson discussed the state's capital outlay funding for New Mexico tribal infrastructure projects, saving several Navajo-specific projects from the budget chopping block, the Nation's proposal on Class II gaming, and the Dec. 15 Navajo government reform election during a 20-minute meeting in the governor's office last Friday.

Hopis dissatisfied with new leaders

Community petition circulating to express disappointment in Hopi leadership

HOPI RESERVATION, Ariz. - A political petition is being circulated on the Hopi Reservation directed at new Hopi Tribal Chairman LeRoy Shingoitewa and Vice Chairman Herman Honanie. At least four copies of the two-page petition are being circulated to collect as many signatures as possible before the end of February.

Public Safety Committee selects new chair, vice-chair

Raymond Joe selected chairman, Edmund Yazzie selected vice-chairman

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Public Safety Committee of the 21st Navajo Nation Council met during a regular scheduled meeting on Feb. 8 and elected Council Delegates Raymond Joe (Tachee/Blue Gap/Whippoorwill) as its new committee chairman and Edmund Yazzie (Thoreau) as its new vice-chairman.

Past poll results (click to see more poll results)

The following is a listing of results from our online poll question on The most popular answer for each question is highlighted in red. Be sure to cast YOUR vote on our current online poll. CURRENT ONLINE POLL: Overall, how well do YOU think Indian Country will benefit from health care reform?

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Whatever happened to 'no taxation without representation?'

It's no big secret that the state of Arizona is up to its eyeballs in debt. In fact, much of the nation is in dire straits with seemingly no end in sight. Consequently, many states and communities are now toying around with imposing taxes in an effort to raise funds to provide even the most basic of services that many of us took for granted.

New Hopi hotel one step closer to opening

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority has been given permission to survey trust lands within the Upper Village of Moenkopi for a lateral natural gas line to serve the new Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites.

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Obituary: Larry Yellowman

Larry Yellowman, age 47, died in Tuba City on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010. He was born May 6, 1962 in Cedar Ridge. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 at Hidden Springs Church in Hidden Springs. Larry was laid to rest beside his grandmother overlooking the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Navajo Green Economy commissioners selected

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan announced the formation of the first Navajo Green Economy Commission. The five commissioners selected and confirmed by the Intergovernmental Relations Committee include Wahleah Johns, Samuel Woods, Keith Betsuie, Anna Rondon, and LeVon Thomas.

Navajo delegates lobby Utah State Legislature

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The Navajo Nation was present at the American Indian Caucus recently at the Utah State Legislature during its 45-day session. The Utah State Office of Indian Affairs hosted the Caucus at the Utah State Capitol.

Nominations sought for National Rural Youth Assembly

The National Rural Assembly is seeking 50 young adults from rural communities across the country to attend a National Rural Youth Assembly in Santa Fe, N.M., at the Institute for American Indian Arts.

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Navajo Speaker, Vice President attend NM Indian Day

SANTA FE, N.M. - In a display of unity, Navajo Council Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan and Navajo Nation Vice President Ben Shelly attended Indian Day at the New Mexico State Legislature on Feb. 5. For months, the two tribal leaders and their offices have worked together to deliver suggestions and plans to the New Mexico State Legislature.

Wednesday, February 3

Bulldog boys defeat Show Low Cougars

SHOW LOW, Ariz. - The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Show Low Cougars 59-45 in a non-regional basketball game played on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Winslow improved its record to 23-6 for the season.

Tuesday, February 2

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Hopi student's music hits national airwaves

POLACCA, Ariz. - A Hopi High School music student has hit the national airwaves. Malcolm Mowa had his musical composition, "Aerial Ice," performed on National Public Radio. He wrote the piece, which was performed by Ethel, a four-string quartet.

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HEEF hosts annual silent auction

PHOENIX, Ariz. - The Hopi Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) invites you to join them for their Seventh Annual Silent Auction on March 6. This year's auction features over 20 pieces of art from acclaimed native artists.

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Shiprock Lady Chieftains, Kirtland Central Lady Broncos renew rivalry

SHIPROCK, N.M. - The Four Corners' biggest rivalry took place between the Shiprock Lady Chieftains and the Kirtland Central Lady Broncos on Saturday. Fans waited for hours before the opening tip.

CCC debuts a new, more user friendly Web site

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Coconino Community College has created a new user-friendly, more simplistic Web site for students and faculty to use. The redesigned site launched Jan. 27. CCC decided to change the look of their site due to the challenges students and faculty face when trying to find important information.

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NIEA director nominated for commissioner position

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Lillian Sparks, executive director of the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) has been nominated to serve as the Commissioner of Administration for Native Americans.

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Hopi education board commends Hopi High

HOTEVILLA, Ariz. - The Hopi Board of Education (HBE) praised Hopi High School during its Jan. 27 meeting. Muriel Scott called Hopi High School "a wonderland" of educational success because of all the programs that it offers to its students.

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Is our poor Mother Earth finally fighting back?

With all the recent tragedies the world has encountered in recent years, it's been quite surprising to me that not one person - not even in Indian Country - has mentioned what I happen to believe is happening on our poor planet Earth ... who apparently has had quite enough of what her "children" have been doing to her and is now striking back with force. How else would you explain the recent surge in natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis and the like?

Improve your circulation with exercise

Peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, is the medical term for poor circulation in the legs due to blockage of the arteries. This serious but often misdiagnosed condition will likely show no symptoms until an artery is already more than 60 percent blocked.

Bulldog boys, girls edge past Holbrook

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Holbrook Roadrunners 67-55 in a 3A North Region basketball game played on Tuesday. Winslow improved its record to 21-6 for the season and 6-2 in the 3A North Region. The win got the Bulldogs very much into the 3A North Region race as Holbrook took its second regional loss.

Bulldogs route Scouts, 72-61

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Window Rock Scouts 72-61 in a 3A North Region basketball game played in Winslow on Saturday. Winslow improved its record to 22-6 for the season and 7-2 in the 3A North Region.

Winslow residents, neighbors will feel effects of economy

WINSLOW, Ariz. - Staffs of the city of Winslow are making an effort to warn citizens of the town and those who shop in Winslow and depend to some extent upon city services that there may be some changes in order to operate with an adjusted budget to meet the needs and still operate under a balanced budget.

Navajo Council concludes 2010 winter session

Changes to usage of Diné Fundamental Law approved

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation Council concluded its 2010 winter session last Friday by approving the Foundation of the Diné, Diné Law and Diné Government Act of 2009.

State Route 89A reopened

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) last week reopened one lane of State Route 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff. ADOT closed the highway during the recent storm, which washed away the soil beneath segments of the pavement and eroded part of the slope next to the roadway.

Navajo Emergency Operations Center reports on weekend activity

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation Emergency Operation Center (EOC) remained open on Sunday to monitor continuing emergency relief activities. Activity levels were reported to be light, with roadwork and some local distribution sites closed.

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Hopi Tribe busy with winter weather complications

HOPI RESERVATION, Ariz. - The Hopi Tribe's HERT (Hopi Emergency Response Team) was still dealing with many of the critical human service issues from the recent winter storms, but is still faced with serious road damage and livestock deaths as a result of freezing. Even smaller village services like trash pickup has become a serious health issue. With additional storms and fluctuating temperatures, even firewood was freezing into the ground and mud, making chopping wood for heating nearly impossible.