Stories for July 2015


Tuesday, July 28

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Fleming Street gets a makeover

After sitting on the city of Winslow's to-do list for a number of years, city crews are working on Fleming Street to make it safer for traffic and pedestrians.

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Winslow High School plays host to July football camp, Bulldogs prepare for season

Desert Ridge High School in the Gilbert School District ran a pre-season high school football training session in Winslow July 20-23.

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Hopi artist displays corn themed art in Flagstaff gallery through August

Lomayumtewa Ishii's artwork is displayed at Tam's Pendleton Art Jewelry downtown.

Quick Reads: week of July 29

Suvoyuki Day Saturday at Homolovi State Park"Suvoyuki" translated in the Hopi language means to accomplish work through a "joint effort." Suvoyuki Day is a festival celebrated Aug. 1 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m

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Hundreds gather to honor life of Navajo Code Talker Kee Etsicitty

GALLUP, N.M.-The bells at Sacred Heart Cathedral Church tolled on the morning of July 24 to honor the life of Navajo Code Talker Kee Etsicitty.

Drug and alcohol treatment center opens in Holbrook

HOLBROOK, Ariz. - The city of Holbrook has a new residential treatment center.

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Navajo Nation President Begaye Signs Three Branch Chief Agreement

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Before the start of the 2015 summer Council session, the leaders of the three branches of the Navajo tribal government gathered inside the council chamber to sign an agreement outlining the priorities of the Navajo Nation.

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Apache vow fight, lawmakers push bill, to block Oak Flat land swap

WASHINGTON - The protest to preserve Oak Flat turned heated July 22 as San Carlos Apache tribal members, rallying at the Capitol, vowed to do whatever it takes to reverse a deal to turn Oak Flat over to a mining company.

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Navajos ease fluency requirements

Referendum vote changes Navajo language fluency requirements for elected officials

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Navajo people voted to change the fluency requirements July 21 for those seeking to be president or vice president by letting the people decide whether a candidate is fluent enough with their vote.

Tuesday, July 21

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Slice of life: Winslow City Hall receptionist Roberta Cano

The Navajo-Hopi Observer recently talked to Roberta Cano, the new City Hall receptionist and administrative assistant about her background, duties and previous positions.

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Patriotic display honors veterans in Winslow

People driving by Winslow Visitors Center on Third Street are stopping to examine a patriotic display.

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Marsha Juergens passes

On July 14 2015 the residents of Winslow lost a pillar of the community when Marhsa Juergens passed away.

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Hopi Tribe joins effort to designate land near Walnut Canyon National Monument a conservation area

Effort is a way of protecting land bordering the monument.

Quick Reads: week of July 22

Hopi High Football starts July 27Hopi High School Football begins July 27 at 8 a.m. All players should have their physicals done before participation.

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Navajo Nation rejects bill that would divide Fort Wingate land with Zuni

WASHINGTON - The Navajo Nation cannot support a plan to divide more than 20,000 acres of the former Fort Wingate with the Zuni tribe, a Navajo official told a House committee Wednesday.

Hopi Tribe and city of Flagstaff try to resolve snowmaking lawsuit

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The city of Flagstaff and the Hopi Tribe are working toward resolving a lawsuit over the sale of reclaimed water to Arizona Snowbowl for snowmaking.

Goldwater Institute challenges Indian Child Welfare Act

PHOENIX, Ariz. - On July 7, the Phoenix, Arizona-based Goldwater Institute announced the filing of A.D. v. Washburn in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, a class-action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) based on its contention that the federal legislation "discriminates against Native children."

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Speaker Bates urges Obama administration to support the Bears Ears National Conservation Area/National Monument proposal

BEARS EARS, Utah - Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates took part in a historic meeting with federal officials urging the Obama administration to support the designation of 1.9 million acres of land in San Juan County in Utah as a national conservation area or monument.

House OKs bill aimed at curbing wildfires; critics call it 'bad for forests'

WASHINGTON - The House voted 262-167 Thursday for a bill that supporters said will reduce wildfires by streamlining the process for managing federal forests before and after outbreaks.

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Feds approve 25-year extension for mining, burning coal at Navajo plant

WASHINGTON - Federal officials July 17 approved a multiyear deal to allow expanded mining of coal on Navajo lands and continued burning of it at the nearby Four Corners Power Plant, along with other measures.

Tuesday, July 14

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Bill Williams Mountain offers sweeping panoramas with 360 degree view

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Hiking the Bill Williams Trail is always a sense of coming home for me. In the 1980s, I lived in Williams and Navajo-Hopi Observer Publisher Doug Wells was kind enough to introduce me to the Bill Williams Mountain trails.

Quick Reads: week of July 15

2015 Tuba City Nursing Scholarship InformationThe Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation is offering its annual TCRHCC Nursing Scholarship. Money will be awarded to four Native American nursing students.

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Glenn Howeth Memorial dedicated in Winslow

A memorial plaque was dedicated to Glenn Howeth at the intersection of Cherry and North Park Drive in Winslow June 19

Marilynne Oso retires after 36 years at Winslow High School

WINSLOW, Ariz. - Marilynne Oso's career at Winslow High School (WHS) began in 1979, but her love for Winslow High School began many years before. She is a member of the Class of 1956.

Chinese restaurant opens

Ben and Palmer, the owner and manager of the recently opened Chinese Restaurant in Winslow.

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Hopi High student digs deeper into broadcast journalism at Northern Arizona University camp

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Tierra Lomabalaquihoya, a media student at Hopi High School, learned video editing and other media techniques while attending the Andy Harvey Broadcast Camp this summer at Northern Arizona University.

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Tuba City District breaks ground on new digital elementary school

The future of education future is here with the groundbreaking of a new kind of school building at Tuba City Unified School District in Tuba City, Arizona. The final projected cost will be $12.9 million.

Indian Child Welfare Act hearings reignite adoption debate

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - John Echohawk had heard enough. On May 14, he had listened with growing irritation to lawyers representing the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA) denigrate the recently published guidelines and proposed rule for the Indian Child Welfare Act in front of the very people who had authored them.

Fluency requirement for elected Navajo leaders in question with July 21 referendum vote

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation people will vote on a controversial question from the last election July 21 deciding whether to change the fluency requirement for the office of the president and vice president.

Navajo lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community wrestles with marriage equality

TOHATCHI, N.M. - After the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a historic decision in favor of marriage equality, the Navajo lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community still is fighting for their own equality.

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Court sides with Native American groups fighting Washington team's 'racist' name

WASHINGTON - A very happy Amanda Blackhorse welcomed the latest victory July 8 in her long-running feud over the Washington Redskins name, which Blackhorse, who is Navajo, says is racist and should not have government trademark protection.

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Arizona youth attend White House Tribal Youth Gathering

WASHINGTON - Brooke Overturf of Window Rock was momentarily flustered as she stood holding hands July 9 with Michelle Obama, while hundreds of other Native American youth crowded around, hoping for a handshake.

Tuesday, July 7

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Guest column: First Things First's top 10 ways to help your child prepare for Kindergarten

Summertime is a great opportunity to help kids prepare for their first day of kindergarten.

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Fourth festivities

A few of the great bombs at the July 4 Winslow fireworks.

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Great Race rolls into Winslow

WINSLOW, Ariz. - Participants in the motor-tour Great Race stopped for lunch at the Winslow Visitor Center/Chamber of Commerce on old Route 66 June 25.

Winslow Baptist Church to celebrate 100th anniversary

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The First Baptist Church of Winslow, Arizona will celebrate its 100th year of existence July 17-19 at its location on the south corners of Aspinwall Avenue and Warren Street.

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Youvella discusses kachinas at La Posada

Tino Youvella, from Hopi Police, June 25 talked about his life carving kachinas in the La Posada Hotel ballroom.

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Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture features music, dance, art and discussion

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The 82nd annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture took place last weekend celebrating Hopi art and culture and featuring more than 80 artists from the Hopi villages in northern Arizona.

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Navajo Nation Museum offers cultural programs for youth throughout summer

That's the goal of the museum located in Window Rock.

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Out and about: finding solitude and stellar views along the Fisher Point Trail

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Fisher Point Trail is the perfect summer hike for those seeking a higher elevation and solitude.

Quick Reads: week of July 8

2015 Tuba City Nursing Scholarship InformationThe Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation is offering its annual TCRHCC Nursing Scholarship.

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Feds announce $160 million settlement of Four Corners Power Plant lawsuit

WASHINGTON - Utility companies in Arizona and New Mexico will spend up to $160 million on new technology to cut harmful emissions from the Four Corners Power Plant, under a consent decree announced by the federal government June 24.

Navajo Nation Council votes to refinance $60 million loan

Loan used to pay for public safety and judicial complex buildings

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation Council voted 15-1 June 30 in support of legislation that would allow the Navajo Nation to refinance a $60 million loan the Nation received in 2010.

Navajo Nation officials meet to determine priorities, face 6 percent budget shortfall

CHURCH ROCK, N.M. - The Navajo Nation branch chiefs and the 23rd Navajo Nation Council met on June 27 at Fire Rock Navajo Casino and hammered out a priority listing for the tribal government despite a 6 percent budget shortfall.

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Panel 'demands' end to Native teen suicides, but answers hard to come by

WASHINGTON - In the six months since Christmas, 11 young people have committed suicide and another 379 have tried to do so on the Pine Ridge reservation, said Oglala Sioux Council member Collins Clifford.

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Code Talkers honored at Fourth of July celebration

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - On behalf of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council, Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse'Daa'Kaan, Upper Fruitland) delivered a message to honor the Navajo Code Talkers on Saturday afternoon, during the 29th Annual Navajo Nation Fourth of July celebration in Window Rock.