Stories for January 2015


Tuesday, January 27

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Native American Sci-fi thriller hits the big screen in Flagstaff

"Legends From the Sky" from local film maker Travis Holt Hamilton to play Jan. 30-Feb. 5, features 15 minutes of Navajo dialogue

"Legends From the Sky" from local film maker Travis Holt Hamilton to play Jan. 30-Feb. 5, features 15 minutes of Navajo dialogue

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Guest column: Navajo Generating Station overhaul comes at right time of year

It may be the slow and sleepier time of year for most of Page, Arizona, but it's anything but that at the Navajo Generating Station right now. That's because in a little more than a week we will launch a major 52-day, $47 million overhaul of Generating Unit 3.

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Guest column: Leg pain - it might be more than a nuisance

Do your legs cramp up after walking a block or two? Does the cramping go away after a few minutes' rest? If so, you may have Lower Extremity Arterial Disease, or LEAD.

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Bulldogs 16-4 after close win against Blue Ridge

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Blue Ridge Yellowjackets 73-68 in a game played in Winslow Jan.23.The win improved Winslow's record to an impressive 16-4 and dropped Blue Ridge's to 18-9.

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Lady Bulldogs dominate Blue Ridge for 55-18 win

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Winslow Lady Bulldogs easily defeated the Blue Ridge Lady Yellowjackets 55-18 in Winslow Jan. 23. The win improved Winslow's record to 17-4 and dropped Blue Ridge's record to 11-8 for the season.

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Winslow plays host to 51st Doc Wright Wrestling Tourney

WINSLOW, Ariz. - Winslow High School played host to the annual Doc Wright Wrestling Tournament Jan. 16-17.

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Tuba City School District honors students for outstanding tribal language work

Students recognized for tribal language use in classroom activity and school day conversation.

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Hopi Chairman: tribe must take active role in improving education on Hopi reservation

POLACCA, Ariz. - Hopi Chairman Herman Honanie said the tribe has not taken an active role in education and needs to do more for Hopi students.

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Construction technology course builds bright future for Tuba City High School students

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Seventeen years ago Tuba City High School began offering a construction technology course when Career Technical Education (CTE) teacher Robert Windmiller became the residential construction instructor.

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Inauguration ceremony draws 300 people, focus on Navajo language kicks off event

FORT DEFIANCE, New Mexico - A powerful traditional Navajo prayer by Avery Denny, a hataahlii (chanter), opened the inaugural ceremonies for the 23rd Navajo Nation Council, Election Board, and Education Board at the Window Rock High School sports arena Jan. 13.

Council members voice concerns about effects of state budget deficit on Navajo Nation

Speaker Pro Tem Kee Allen Begay pushes for task force to advocate for Nation at state capital

PHOENIX - On Jan. 20 Navajo Nation Speaker Pro Tem Kee Allen Begay, Jr. (Low Mountain, Many Farms, Nazlini, Tachee/Blue Gap, Tselani/Cottonwood) along with 14 members of the Navajo Nation Council met with members of the Arizona State Legislature to discuss issues affecting the Navajo Nation.

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Tribal leader calls on feds to honor 'duty' to help Native nations

WASHINGTON - The president of the National Congress of American Indians said Jan. 22 that the federal government has a "duty to honor" its agreements with tribal nations as they strive to improve across a broad range of areas.

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Hopi High cross country celebrates 25 years of championship wins

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Director Dr. Harold Slemmer, Hopi High School Principal Charles Gover, Hopi High School Athletic Director Wallace Youvella Jr. and former Hopi High Principal Glenn Gilman were among many officials honoring Hopi High Coach Rick Baker and 25 years of cross country state championship runners Jan. 10 at Twins Arrows Resort and Casino.

Tuesday, January 20

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Shelly takes oath of office, extends presidency

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.-Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and Vice President Rex Lee Jim took the oath of office at noon Jan. 13 and extended their presidency.

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Consistent free throw shooting gives Flagstaff win over Winslow

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Flagstaff Eagles nipped the Winslow Bulldogs 61-54 in a contest between two excellent basketball teams played in Winslow last Wednesday.

Winslow Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs find easy wins against Round Valley teams

Winslow Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs both posted easy wins Jan. 13 over the Round Valley Elks and Lady Elks.

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Guest Column: Ways to stay active at any size

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French lawyer has hope that auctions of sacred items will someday stop

A new auction of sacred Hopi Katsinam and Navajo masks took place in Paris Dec. 15, 2014 despite attempts to stop the sale that included a letter from the American Ambassador in Paris, Jane D. Hartley, to the auction house.

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Tuba City Eagles Nest Intermediate principal completes doctoral degree

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Tuba City's Eagles Nest Intermediate School Principal Justin Roberson and Melissa Bilagody, the principal at Dzil Libei Elementary in Cameron recently earned doctorate degrees and are the most recent educational leadership success stories at Tuba City Unified School District (TCUSD).

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Tuba City Junior High van accident update

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Hopi High students talk environment with Arizona Wilderness Coalition director

POLACCA, Ariz. - Hopi High School students received a dose of environmental information when Barbara Hawke, executive director of the Arizona Wilderness Coalition (AWC), spoke to media and English classes Jan. 6 at Hopi High School.

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Winslow Justice of the Peace B.J. Little takes oath for 2015

Public service a family affair for Navajo County family

HOLBROOK, Ariz. - Navajo County employee Shirley Hunt, an employee of the Public Defender's Office, looked on as her son, Boyce "BJ" Little, Jr., was sworn in as the Justice of the Peace for Winslow.

With the flip of a coin, Navajo Nation lawmakers select temporary Speaker Pro Tem

WINDOW ROCK - After the inauguration of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council on Jan. 13, members convened for a special session to select a speaker pro tem to serve until a speaker is selected by the Council to serve a two-year term.

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150th anniversary of Long Walk marked by 200-mile trek through Indian Country

HUERFANO, N.M. - At dawn on Jan. 6, a group of young Diné women and their supporters gathered at the fire department at the base of Dził Na'oodiłii (Huerfano Mountain). From there the group embarked on a 200-mile trek through eastern New Mexico-a tribute to the 150th anniversary of the tragic "Long Walk."

Transfer of liquor licenses for Ole Red Barn and Lee's Liquor denied

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Members of the Renewal of Hope Task Force and approximately 80 community members from the Nahat'a Dziil Chapter Jan. 8 traveled on two charter buses to Phoenix to attend an Arizona Liquor License Board hearing regarding Ole Red Barn Liquor and Lee's Liquor, which are located near the border of the Navajo Nation.

Navajo Nation and New Mexico gaming compact passes

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - On Dec. 19 Navajo committee members passed legislation approving a new state gaming compact between the Navajo Nation and the state of New Mexico that includes new revenue sharing formulas.

Tuesday, January 13

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Letter to the editor: Navajo and English should be spoken

Use of the Navajo language is only on the Navajo reservation and is unrelated to the economic world and we have been long stripped of political autonomy by Washington.

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Navajo County court officials sworn in

On Dec. 30 new judges and constables were sworn in at the Navajo County Supervisors chamber.

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Just Cruis'n Car Club ready for 2015

Winslow's Just Cruis'n Car Club recently named its officers for 2015.

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Good Morning Winslow back in new year

Navajo County Supervisor Jesse Thompson and Lynda Young with Navajo County Public Relations played host to January's Good Morning Winslow coffee hour.

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Tuba City Lady Warriors defeat Winslow despite fourth quarter Lady Bulldogs rally

Winslow boys dominate Tuba City to take 55-38 victory

Winslow boys dominate Tuba City to take 55-38 victory.

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Winslow Bulldogs on a roll with wins over Alchesay, Hopi and Globe

Lady Bulldogs dominate Alchesay Cagers, Winslow boys come from behind for victory

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Winslow Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs won their games over the Alchesay Falcons and Lady Falcons in Winslow Jan. 8. The Lady Bulldogs won handily by nearly 30 points 63-34 while the Bulldogs had to struggle and come from behind for their 71-65 victory.

Globe Tigers no match for Winslow teams

GLOBE, Ariz. - The Winslow Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs easily won their games at Globe Jan. 3 over the Tigers and Lady Tigers

Winslow cruises past Hopi for two wins

POLACCA, Ariz. -The Winslow Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs soundly defeated the Hopi Bruins and Lady Bruins Jan. 6 in Polacca.

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New campground and cabins open in Monument Valley

MONUMENT VALLEY - It's all about the mystical view at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park on the northern outskirts of the Navajo Nation.

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New arcade at Twin Arrows Casino features modern look and feel

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Twin Arrows Casino Resort's new arcade is not your parent's arcade - a dark room filled with pinball, asteroids and Pac-Man machines. The new arcade is sleeker, brighter and has something for every gamer to love.

Shelly still president, approves special run-off election and pardons election board

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly remains in office as president after he took the oath of office and was sworn into office again at an inauguration ceremony Jan. 13 in Fort Defiance, Arizona.

Haigo Hane'e symposium to feature Hopi, Navajo language and cultural best practices

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - The Haigo Hane'e' Winter Solstice Cultural Symposium, a forum for the exchange of scholarly research on indigenous language and cultural best practices, takes place Jan. 21.

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Movie magic made on the Rez

Local filmmaker Travis Holt Hamilton features local actors and Navajo language in upcoming science fiction thriller

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Filmmaker Travis Holt Hamilton's new movie "Legends From the Sky" will have its world premiere Jan. 22 at Wild Horse Pass, Gila River Casino in Chandler, Arizona, but Hamilton still needs money to complete the special effects.

Tuesday, January 6

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Letter to the editor: Navajo language requirements should stand

Last week I listened to Robert A. Williams, Jr. who was interviewed by Bill Moyers of Moyers and Company. Williams, Jr. of Lumbee heritage is a professor of Indian Law at the University of Arizona.

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Guest column: Helping young kids beat the holiday blues

December is crowded with activity and excitement, which can all be fun for young children, but may also have some unintended consequences: behavior changes.

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Winslow Cub Scouts earn rare Supernova Awards for science learning

WINSLOW, Ariz. - Winslow Cub Scouts Seth Noot and Jordin Williams received Supernova Awards Dec. 20, at an award banquet at the American Legion Post in Winslow, Arizona.

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Winslow Bulldogs win Tournament of Champions 55-54 over Tuba City Warriors

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Tuba City Warriors 55-54 in a thrilling game to win the Tournament of Champions in Window Rock Dec. 29.

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Window Rock Fighting Scouts claim boys third place title, Tuba City Lady Warriors win girls third place trophy

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Window Rock Fighting Scouts (11-4) finished the 2014 3A Boys North Tournament of Champions in third place after a 56-41 win over the Monument Valley Mustangs (5-5). The Pinon Eagles (8-6) claimed the fifth place trophy when they defeated the Chinle Wildcats (8-7) 71-60.

Page beats Winslow Lady Bulldogs 48-43 to win tournament

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The Page Lady Sand Devils defeated the Winslow Lady Bulldogs 48-45 to win the Tournament of Champions at Ganado on Dec. 29. The win kept Page undefeated at 16-0 and dropped Winslow to 10-3. The teams were slated to meet again in Winslow on Jan. 2.

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R.D. Olson Band's award winning blues on tap Jan. 10 in Flagstaff

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The best blues band in Arizona will perform from 7 p.m.-midnight Jan 10 at Charley's in Flagstaff.

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Deschene continues fight to get on Navajo Nation presidential election ballot

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Former presidential candidate Chris Deschene petitioned the Navajo Nation Office of Hearings and Appeals to get back on the presidential ballot continuing what has become a chaotic election season for the Navajo Nation.

Regional Systems Project continues to educated about healthy eating on and off reservations

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - The Regional Systems Project met Dec. 14 to discuss the future of the group. Trudy Billy, who coordinated the meeting, invited different groups to attend the meeting to bring updates from their respective programs.

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Shelly again vetoes legislation easing language requirement for elected officials

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly again vetoed legislation that would ease the fluency requirement in the Navajo Nation Election Code for those seeking the office of the president or vice president.