Stories for December 2017

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Tuesday, December 26

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Multi-agency DUI task force planned for New Year's

Coconino County Sheriff Office is wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season and reminds the public officers will be patrolling 24 hours a day seven days a week to keep our communities safe.

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Grand Canyon uranium mining ban upheld, court sides with Havasupai

A coalition of Havasupai tribal members and environmental groups breathed a brief sigh of relief as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Fransisco, California handed down a verdict Dec. 12: the 20-year moratorium on new uranium mines was upheld.

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Guest column: Welcoming the Winter Solstice

In scientific terms, the winter solstice occurs at the precise moment when the axial tilt of earth’s polar hemisphere is the farthest away from the sun.

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Christmas carolers sing to Winslow residents

Christmas carolers bring music to downtown Winslow Dec. 16.

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Sampler rug by Charlene Laughing

An art show and auction held at La Posada in Winslow, Arizona Dec. 15 featured weaver Charlene Laughing.

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Bulldogs take second in Pepsi Tourney Dec. 13-14

The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Tuba City Warriors Dec. 13, 84-68 and met the Hopi Bruins Dec. 14 and defeated them 78-57.

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Students build roller coasters, study astronomy with Arizona Science Center

The Holbrook STEM extravaganza Nov. 21, encompassed a day of events activities at both Park Elementary School (K-2) and Hulet Elementary School.

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Hopi High students learn history of Phoenix Indian School

Phoenix Indian School (PIS) brings up a lot of different feelings for those who went there. Some recall not being allowed to practice their Native culture or speak their Native language.

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Tuba City High National Honor Society provides holiday support

Tuba City High National Honor Society (NHS) students give all year to their community by hosting food donation drives, litter pick up and weekly reading tutoring to elementary level students at their local schools.

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Erich Rogers claims 2017 World Champion Team Roper title

Erich Rogers, a Navajo tribal member, along with his heeler Cory Petska claimed the title of 2017 World Champion Team Ropers at the 2017 National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas, Nevada Dec. 16.

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Former Hopi chairman challenges eligibility of successor

The new chairman of a small northern Arizona tribe entered the race despite a provision in the tribe's constitution that prohibits anyone with a felony conviction within 10 years of declaring candidacy from doing so.

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Army Corps of Engineers and Navajo delegates partner for watershed studies

On Dec. 6, Resources and Development Committee (RDC) members welcomed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Colonel Kirk E. Gibbs and his regional staff to the community of Leupp, expressing their appreciation of initiating watershed studies across the Navajo Nation.

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Navajo veterans encouraged to submit claims to recover income taxes

The Navajo Nation Council is encouraging Navajo veterans to submit claims to recover income taxes that were unlawfully withheld on military wages for certain periods of time.

Thursday, December 21

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Nation mourns loss of another Navajo Code Talker

Teddy Draper Sr., 96, passes away Dec. 14, leaving only 10 Code Talkers remaining

The Navajo Nation mourned the loss of Navajo Code Talker Teddy Draper Sr. and offered condolences to his family. Draper, 96, passed away shortly after 7 a.m. Dec. 14 in Prescott, Arizona.

Tuesday, December 19

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Letter to the editor: Moencopi Day School Governing Board president responds to community concerns

We understand, and appreciate, the concern in our community around our children’s education.

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Lights, camera, action! Winslow decorates for the holidays

Winslow decorates for the holidays.

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BNSF makes a special delivery to Winslow

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad deliver Santa and Mrs. Claus to hundreds of Winslow kids in a decorated engine and caboose Dec. 9.

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City of Winslow hosts holiday party

The city of Winslow celebrates its annual Christmas party Dec. 8.

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Parade of Lights kicks off holiday season in Winslow Nov. 18 (photo gallery included)

The Parade of Lights, held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, kicks off the holiday season in Winslow, Arizona.

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Book Review: "A Warrior's Mindset" an insight to success

Michael Adams' “A Warrior Mindset: The Training Guide to Develop a Mindset for Greatness,” offers a lens for people to explore themselves using inspirational quotes from successful people.

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Christmas arrives in Tuba City (photo gallery included)

The parking lot of the western Navajo Shopping Center in Tuba City was packed with people Dec. 1 for the annual Christmas tree lighting hosted by Bashas'.

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AMBER and emergency alerts now on Navajo Nation

On Dec. 12, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed a contract to purchase a mass notification software to implement an emergency alert system for road closures, weather notifications, hazardous waste spills, wildland fires and AMBER Alerts.

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Navajo Council distributes turkeys to Nation's senior citizens

Members of the Navajo Nation Council took time Dec. 14 to distribute turkeys to feed Navajo elders at 80 senior centers across the Navajo Nation during the holiday season.

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Council supports override of Begaye’s veto of Veterans Trust Fund Income Act

On Dec. 4, Navajo Nation Council members unanimously supported legislation to override President Russell Begaye’s veto of the Navajo Nation Veterans Trust Fund Income Act.

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Navajo Nation files lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank

Navajo Nation filed suit against Wells Fargo Bank Dec. 12, alleging that Wells Fargo engaged in a campaign of predatory and unlawful practices that targeted and harmed the Navajo people.

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Nicco Montaño becomes first Navajo UFC Champion fighter

On Dec. 1, Navajo tribal member Nicco Montaño defeated Roxanne Modafferi, becoming the first Navajo UFC Flyweight Champion.

Monday, December 18

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Video: Grand Canyon's rare full cloud inversion

Located in northern Arizona, the canyon experiences all four seasons as well as days with unique weather phenomena such as cloud inversion, which transcends in this video timelapse.

Friday, December 15

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Court won’t allow mining areas near Grand Canyon to reopen

9th Circuit sides with former Obama official

A federal appeals court has rebuffed efforts by mining interests to reopen a huge area around the Grand Canyon to new uranium mining.

Tuesday, December 12

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Book review: "Pure Land: A true story of three lives, three cultures and the search for Heaven on Earth"

Annette McGivney’s new book “Pure Land” started with a story she wrote for Backpacker magazine in June 2007 about the murder of Tomomi Hanamure on her 18th birthday, May 8, 2006 by Randy Wescogame, a Hasvasupai tribal member.

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Cristen Halwood selected as Holbrook Student of the Year

Holbrook High School senior Cristen Halwood was selected for the Student of the Year award from the Native American Grant School Association (NAGSA) Dec. 15, at the 22nd NAGSA Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Guest column: It’s official: NGS will continue to operate until the end of 2019

Until last month it was still uncertain, but last week we confirmed the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) will be allowed to operate until Dec. 22, 2019.

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Guest column: one person’s remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day

President Franklin Roosevelt called it the “Day That Will Live in Infamy” after the American military installation at Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese planes from aircraft carriers on Dec. 7, 1941.

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Bulldogs take second in Pepsi Tournament, Lady Bulldogs go 5-5

The Winslow Bulldogs got valuable experience in the Pepsi Invitational Tournament at Flagstaff Dec. 7-9 by winning their first three games and reaching the championship game Dec. 9 against the Faith Lutheran Crusaders.

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Hopi High Journalism students attend Phoenix Suns Journalism night

Six Hopi High media students learned media tips while attending Phoenix Suns Journalism Night Dec. 7 at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

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More than 600 pounds of candy collected on Nation; to be sent to trooops

Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez delivered over 600 pounds of candy, collected from the candy exchange events to the Four Corners Blue Star Mothers, to be included with more than 70 Christmas care packages mailed to active duty soldiers.

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Holbrook announces November Students of the Month

Holbrook High School names its November Students of the Month.

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Bears Ears monument downsized, tribes file lawsuit

Navajo Nation, Hopi and other Native tribes challenge Trump's decision to downsize Bears Ears National Monument; file lawsuit

On Dec. 4, the Navajo Nation joined the Hopi Tribe, Zuni Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe and Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe and filed a legal challenge against the Trump administration for its actions revoking and replacing the Bears Ears National Monument.

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Piestewa family hosts Navajo Hopi Honor Riders for holiday party

On Dec, 10, the Navajo Hopi Honor Riders got together for the annual Christmas party at the residence of Percy Piestewa, who is a Gold Star Mother.

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Navajo Nation mourns loss of Navajo Code Talker

The Navajo Nation has suffered a tragic loss in the passing of George P. Willie Sr., a Navajo Code Talker, 2nd Marine Division, who served from 1943 to 1946.

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Around the reservation: week of Dec. 13

Upcoming events around the Navajo and Hopi reservations

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Resource and Development Committee meets again with NHA; receives update on 2018 housing plans

On Dec. 1, the Resources and Development Committee (RDC) held a work session and met with the Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) to go over the administration and board’s Indian Housing Plan, five-year plan, and upcoming goals for the next year.

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Nation approves legislation for plan to reduce, manage and dispose of solid waste

Plan outlines the practices of landfills, transfer stations within three states on Navajo Nation

Legislation for the Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan for the Navajo Nation was recently approved by the Resource and Development Committee (RDC).

Tuesday, December 5

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Hopi Tribe welcomes new leaders

Chairman/vice chairman agree to work together, move forward in transparency and communication

Two words were used repeatedly by the new chairman and vice chairman of the Hopi Tribe Dec. 1 to describe how their administration would be different from previous ones — transparency and communication.

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Guest column: Navajo Code Talkers should be honored, not disrespected

Watching the Navajo Code Talkers being “honored” by Trump takes me back to 2013, this very month, and even the SAME DAY, when the Washington NFL team brought the Navajo Code Talkers onto the football field to honor them.

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Guest column: Navajo Nation will defend Bears Ears National Monument

Leaders of the Navajo Nation are extremely disappointed in President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will diminish the size of the Bears Ears National Monument.

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Winslow Arts Council donates money for warm clothes

Winslow Art Council presents check for warm clothes for children in Winslow.

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Grass Dancers perform at Winslow High School (photo gallery)

The Grass Dancers perform at the closing ceremony for Native American Heritage Month.

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Lady Bulldogs 2-2 for season, Bulldogs 4-2 after tourney play

The Winslow Lady Bulldogs have found the Gallup Invitational Tournament to be an important event that has always played a valuable role in getting the team ready for play in Arizona during the regular season.

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Photo highlights: Hopi Lady Bruins in Route 66 Classic tourney

Hopi High boys and girls take second at tourney.

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New K-5 Tuba City digital school to open in December

Tuba City Unified School District’s newest K-5 Primary and Elementary digital school will be christened this month, according to Wayne Nez, Construction Manager for the Tuba City District.

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Bill would put Route 66 under care of National Park Service

Anyone who doubts the lure of Route 66 should talk to Winslow Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Hall, who said capitalizing on the historic highway was key to revitalization of the historic downtown.

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Gaming now an option for Hopi Tribe

Former chairman leaves office, signs landmark agreement allowing Hopi Tribe to operate or lease up to 900 Class III gaming machines

On his last day in office former Hopi Chairman Herman G. Honanie signed the Hopi Tribe-State of Arizona Tribal Gaming Compact. The agreement allows the tribe to operate or lease up to 900 Class III gaming machines.

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How Trump’s Pocahontas remark can be offensive

Members of Virginia tribes that count Pocahontas among their ancestors said Tuesday that President Donald Trump should not use her name for political gain.

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Trump 'Pocahontas' remark overshadows Code Talker event

Tribal groups reacted swiftly Nov. 27 after President Donald Trump used an event honoring Native American Code Talkers to call a Democratic senator “Pocahontas,” what critics called a slur that marred an otherwise positive event.

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Natural gas pipeline to service Red Mesa, Kayenta, and Tuba City

Leaders of the Navajo Nation congratulated officials with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) during a signing ceremony held at the NTUA headquarters Nov. 27, to mark the official transfer of ownership of a large portion of the Southern Trails Pipeline.

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Advocates worry FCC changes to Lifeline could hit Indian Country hard

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is moving to rein in a low-cost telephone service for low-income customers that critics say will hit Indian Country hard if fully implemented.

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World Financial Group could aid Navajo Nation with its investments

The Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) met last week to discuss financial advising, life insurance, pension solutions and asset management products in several markets across the globe.

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24 homes destroyed in the Assayi Lake wildfire could be rebuilt

Last week, $764,000 in funding was considered by the Resources and Development Committee to aid in the replacement of homes destroyed in the Assayi Lake wildfire.

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Navajo Council supports redistricting election areas for San Juan County, Utah

Members of the Navajo Nation Council are pleased with a final court-appointed report recommending redistricting maps for the San Juan County Utah Commission and the San Juan County School Board.