Stories for October 2017

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Tuesday, October 31

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Obituary: Wee Jean Begay

A Life Celebration for Wee Jean Begay, 90, was held Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in South Tuba City. Burial followed at Tuba City Community Cemetery.

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Winslow Halloween costume party a success

The city of Winslow and the Winslow Art Club hosted its annual Halloween costume party Oct. 26.

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Miss Winslow Residential Hall 2017

Samara Frank is the 2017 Miss Winslow Residential Hall.

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Show Low clinches play off spot with win over Winslow Bulldogs

The Show Low Cougars clinched their spot in the 3A Conference football playoffs with their defeat of the Winslow Bulldogs 62-16 Oct. 25 in Winslow.

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Bulldogs 5-5 at the end of season

The Show Low Cougars defeated the Winslow Bulldogs 62-16 Oct. 25. The win improved Show Low’s record to 7-3 and dropped Winslow’s to 5-5.

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Holbrook art students place at youth art show

Holbrook High School art students participated in the second annual Methodist Youth Ministries Native American Youth Art Show at the Navajo County Fairgrounds Oct. 7.

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Tuba City High celebrates homecoming, crowns royalty

Students, parents, relatives and staff members at Tuba City High enjoyed a week of homecoming activities including a community parade and football game.

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Holbrook High running club completes half marathon

After seven weeks of training, eight members of Holbrook High School’s Running Club participated in the annual Petrified Forest half-marathon Oct. 21.

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Navajo Nation Delegate Otto Tso and Big Navajo Energy partner provides renewable solar energy for Navajo family near Tuba City

After living without electricity for over 40 years, Lloyd Billy now has power and heating in his home.

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Domestic violence victims remembered at Keams Canyon

Around 35 concerned citizens gathered at Keams Canyon Park Oct. 25 for the Violence Against Women Memorial run/walk to honor victims of domestic violence.

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Nation votes no to $216 million stimulus plan

The Navajo Nation voted no on the Transportation Stimulus Plan in a special election Oct. 24.

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$554 million settlement helps fund new safety building

On Sept. 25, a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the opening of the new Twin Arrows Public Safety Building, which will help provide public safety and emergency response services for Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort and Navajo communities.

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Council members show support for Navajo elders at St. Michaels Senior Center

During a luncheon at the St. Michaels Senior Center in St. Michaels, Arizona last week, elders from St. Michaels and surrounding communities expressed their appreciation to the Navajo Nation Council for donating the main course meal.

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Around the reservation: week of Nov. 1

Upcoming news and events for the Navajo and Hopi reservations and surrounding areas.

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Navajo Nation purchases 16,350 acre Colorado ranch land in sight of sacred mountain

On Oct. 27, the Navajo Nation closed on the Wolf Springs Ranch located in Westcliffe, Colorado. The ranch sits in close easterly proximity to the Navajo sacred mountain of Tsisnaasjini’, also known as Blanca Peak.

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Kaibab National Forest goes batty for International Bat Week

Forest Service aims to educate public about critical role bats play in insect control, crop protection and healthy forests

What is small, fuzzy and can eat up to 8,000 insects per night? Bats. And according to Kaibab National Forest biologist Justin Schofer, they are a critical component for crop protection and healthy forests.

Tuesday, October 24

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Tsinigine and Begay sworn-in as probationary and permanent Navajo Nation judges

The Navajo Nation Council considered legislation last week, confirming the probationary appointment of Tina Tsinigine as a Navajo Nation District Court judge and the permanent appointment of Malcolm P. Begay as a Navajo Nation District Court judge.

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Mariah Sharpe named Miss Indian Arizona

A member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes has been selected at Miss Indian Arizona 2017-18.

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Photo highlights: annual Standin’ on the Corner festival Sept. 29 - 30

The Standin’ On The Corner Festival in Winslow took place Sept. 29 and 30.

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Guest column: Navajo lawmakers schedule Escalade special session

Navajo lawmakers could decide the fate of a proposed gondola and resort at Grand Canyon Eastern Rim later this month.

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Letter to the editor: Hopi/Tewa people must ensure survival of government for future generations

Greetings to all, I am writing this open letter to thank all those who had voted for me in the primary elections, although the outcome was unfortunate, your votes are important and are greatly appreciated.

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Winslow Bulldogs raise awareness for those with Down Syndrome

Winslow Bulldogs raise money to care for children with Down Syndrome.

Winslow 1967 class holds reunion

On Oct. 7, Winslow High School class of 1967, a jubilant crowd, celebrated their 50th reunion at the Hubble Trading Post.

City Council: marijuana odor considered a problem, council discusses options

At the Oct. 10 council meeting, Winslow council members heard a report concerning complaints of strong odors coming from the Medicine Room marijuana facility in Winslow.

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Grandma Emma walks in support of domestic violence awareness

Navajo grandmother walks two days to Nation's capital raising awareness about domestic violence

On Oct. 19, Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates and delegates showed support for Emma Thompson as she made her way on foot to the capital of the Nation to bring awareness to victims of domestic violence.

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Almost 100 pounds of candy collected at Northern Navajo Fair in Shiprock

Nearly one hundred pounds of candy was exchanged for toys by children and adults Oct. 7 at the Northern Navajo Fair.

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Around the reservation: week of Oct. 25

Upcoming news and events for the Navajo and Hopi reservations and surrounding areas.

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Tuba City High School rises above the mark on AzMERIT

This month, the ADE (Arizona Department of Education) posted the final scores for all area schools participating in AzMERIT testing.

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Navajo man sentenced to life for kidnapping, assault of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike

A district judge in New Mexico sentenced a Navajo man to a term of life imprisonment without the possibility of release for his conviction in the rape and murder May 2, 2016 of Ashlynne Mike, an 11-year-old Navajo child.

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Budget for Navajo Nation over $636 million

Council approved budget for FY 2018: $636 million with 18 amendments

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Council approves Trust Fund Income for Navajo Nation Veterans

On Oct. 17, the Navajo Nation Council convened for the second day of the 2017 Fall Council Session to considered legislation that seeks approval for the Navajo Nation Veterans Trust Fund Income Act.

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Tribal Justice: Native Americans hope acknowledging the past will shape a better future

Law students, professors and tribal members gathered recently at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law in downtown Phoenix to watch the new documentary “Tribal Justice.”

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Second Friday in May declared “Navajo Police Officer Day”

The Navajo Nation Council unanimously voted to approve the second Friday in May as “Navajo Police Office Day” on the Navajo Nation.

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Candidates for Hopi vice chairman debate at Hopi High

The vice chairman debate was held Oct. 11 at Hopi Jr/Sr High School (HJSHS) with about 45 people in attendance.

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Record breaking attendance for 3rd annual Missing in Arizona event

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and partner agencies more than triple 2016 missing person reports

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and partner agencies processed over 70 Missing Person reports Oct. 21 at the 3rd Annual Missing in Arizona Day event at ASU West in Glendale.

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EPA awards $85 million contract to assess abandoned uranium mines

Navajo Nation Council members were pleased to learn Oct. 18 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded an $85 million contract to Tetra Tech Inc. to assess abandoned uranium mines on or near the Navajo Nation.

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Navajo Housing Authority and HUD reach settlement for $26 mil

The Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) announced a settlement reached Oct. 3 with the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) over a dispute about housing expenditures dating from 2012.

Tuesday, October 17

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Missing in Arizona Day, Oct. 21, aims to help families find information on missing people

Missing people considered a national, silent mass disaster

The 3rd annual Missing in Arizona Day is set for Oct. 21 at Arizona State University West and those seeking information on missing people are urged to attend, including missing people from tribal communities.

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Around the reservation: week of Oct. 18

Upcoming news and events for the Navajo and Hopi reservations and surrounding areas.

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Guest column: Missing persons a ‘silent mass diaster’

Imagine that you woke up today and realized that one of your loved ones never came home.

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Fun for all at 49th Western Navajo Nation Fair and annual Tuuvi Gathering (photo gallery)

Thousands gathered in Tuba City over the weekend to enjoy food, fun, live entertainment, traditional dance and song performances and more.

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Another loss throws doubt on Bulldogs home field advantage in playoffs

The Payson Longhorns defeated the Winslow Bulldogs 20-14 at Nasser Stadium in Winslow Oct. 13.

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Photo highlights: Winslow hosts quilt show

The Winslow quilting group, Material Girls, showed off 62 quilts Oct. 6 -7 at the Winslow Elks Lodge.

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Number of missing people on Navajo Nation increasing at alarming rate

Volunteers with Navajo Nation Missing Persons Update ask Law and Order Committee what they plan to do

On Oct. 9, the Law and Order Committee (LOC) received a report from Meskee Yatsayte and family members of missing persons regarding missing persons on the Navajo Nation.

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Education, economics and substance abuse debated by Hopi chairman candidates

Hopi chairman frontrunner David Talayumptewa focused on his experience while Tim Nuvangyaoma emphasized community involvement during the first chairman/vice chairman debate since the primary election.

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Navajo Code Talker, Earl Patterson, Sr. passes away

Nation honors Code Talker as veteran, husband, father and grandfather

The Navajo Nation mourned the loss of Navajo Code Talker Earl Patterson, Sr., who passed away from pneumonia and complications from subdural hematoma Oct. 8 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico at the age of 94.

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Plan unclear by Navajo Parks and Rec. for monies generated by tourism

LeChee Chapter officials met with the Resource and Development Committee (RDC) Oct. 11 to discuss concerns that the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department does not have a clear plan to capture tourism dollars for the Nation.

Tuesday, October 10

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Photo highlights: Just Cruis’n Car Club Car Show

The Just Cruis’n Car Show took place Oct. 7 in Winslow with about 200 cars on display.

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Bulldogs 5-2 after loss to Blue Ridge Yellowjackets

The Blue Ridge Yellowjackets defeated the Winslow Bulldogs 42-0 in Lakeside Oct. 6. The win improved Blue Ridge’s record to 4-3 and dropped Winslow’s to 5-2.

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Hopi High cadets welcome new instructor

Sgt. Major Larry Newton has joined the staff at Hopi High School’s junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) as the newest instructor.

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Holbrook High School perfect attendance

For the first quarter of the 2017-18 school year, the following students made perfect attendance at Holbrook High School.

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Holbrook High School September Students of the Month

The following students were honored as the Holbrook High School September Students of the Month.

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Could marijuana businesses boost reservation economies?

Tribal leaders urge colleagues to consider marijuana businesses to increase tribes' revenue

Tribal leaders from California and Washington recently discussed the potential opening of legal marijuana businesses on tribal lands. Several members of the National Indian Gaming Association attended the meeting and touted the financial and health rewards.

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Few details after deadline for coal plant ownership passes

A coal mining company looking to save the Arizona power plant it feeds from closure says it’s making progress in the search for new owners. But few details came with a deadline Oct. 1 to identify potential buyers for the Navajo Generating Station near Page.

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September’s Second Saturday art show: Navajo artist Brandon French featured artist

Winslow Art Council Second Saturday in September.

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Referendum rundown: Navajo Nation special election

Referendum takes place Oct. 24.

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Winslow police chief visits Good Morning Winslow

Good Morning Winslow, the Chamber of Commerce information mixer, hosted the Winslow Police Department for their October guest.

Navajo Nation offers condolences to Vegas victims

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez offer their condolences to the family of Lisa Romero, a discipline secretary at Miyamura High School in Gallup, New Mexico, who was killed during the shooting in Las Vegas Oct. 1.

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Navajo Nation council celebrates road improvements of Arizona Highway 264

On Sept. 27, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the Arizona Highway 264 road improvement project.

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Navajo Nation human trafficking law commended at U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs oversight

On Sept. 27, the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held an oversight hearing entitled “The Government Reports on Human Trafficking of Native Americans in the United States.”

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Do you have information about relatives who attended boarding schools?

Native organizations are seeking help to find missing relatives who attended Indian boarding schools

Native leaders are putting out a call to everyone in Indian country, they’re requesting information about children who never returned home and were never accounted for after being sent to residential boarding schools in the United States.

Tuesday, October 3

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Navajo bilingual proficiency for students essential

Conference promotes bilingual studies for Navajo students

Educators and parents from across the Navajo Nation convened in Flagstaff for the 5th annual Johnson-O’Malley (JOM) Subcontractors Conference. The conference was held in the High Country Conference Center at Northern Arizona University.

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Arizona musicians anticipate NAMMY awards Oct. 14

Radmilla Cody, Clark Tenakhongva, Gabe Yaiva and Jonah Littlesunday look forward to announcement of Native American Music Awards

The 17th annual Native American Music Awards (NAMA) will take place Oct. 14 in Niagara Falls, New York with artists from tribes in northern Arizona including Gabe Yaiva and Jonah Littlesunday.

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Sex trafficking a 'significant problem' in Indian Country

U.S. Senators told human trafficking in Indian Country occurring at higher rates

Sex-trafficking in Indian Country is a significant problem, with tribal women and children suffering at higher rates than the general population, a panel of experts and activists told a Senate committee Sept. 27.

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Snowflake Lobos hand Winslow Bulldogs first defeat of the season

The Snowflake Lobos defeated the Winslow Bulldogs 54-28 Sept. 29 in Winslow, improving the Lobos record to 4-2 and dropping Winslow’s to 5-1.

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Letter to the editor: Vietnam veterans honored at Twin Arrows

The planning of the Sept. 22 ‘Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Pinning Ceremony’ was initiated and assigned to our office by Hubert Smith, acting executive director for the Navajo Nation Veterans Administration two months ago.

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Book review: Black Sheep, White Crow and Other Windmill Tales: Stories from Navajo Country now available

Jim Kristofic delivers once again in his newest book Black Sheep, White Crow and Other Windmill Tales: Stories from Navajo Country.

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Understanding the next generation: Hopi High staff and teachers spend day visiting Hopi villages

Hopi High School teachers and staff spent Professional Development Day, Sept. 20, visiting Walpi and First Mesa villages in an effort by Hopi High Principal Claudia Edgewater, to help teachers and staff better understand students.

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‘Punched in the gut’: uncovering the horrors of boarding schools

Atrocities done to Native children at boarding schools are not widely known in America

“No one has ever asked me before,” the elder explained.

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Navajo Mountain fire burns 750 acres

The Navajo Mountain 1 Fire is still burning in the area of Navajo Mountain and Horse Canyon and as of Sept. 27 had burned 750 acres.

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Fresh food, basic necessities to be available at new Ganado Shopping Center

Shopping center to open in December, providing food, hardware store, laundromat

On Sept. 14 President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez toured the Ganado Shopping Center to review the progress of the project, which broke ground Oct. 27, 2016.

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Bill to continue veteran housing funding through FY 2018

On Sept. 19, the Law and Order Committee (LOC) considered Legislation No. 0258-17, which seeks the Navajo Nation Council’s approval to extend the availability of funds from the Veterans Trust Fund for the Navajo Nation’s Veterans Housing Program until the end of fiscal year 2018, or the end of September 2018.

Firewood permits available in Tuba City and Cameron

Kaibab National Forest (KNF) will issue free-use, paid personal-use and ceremonial fuelwood permits for the Tusayan Ranger District in Tuba City and Cameron on Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. DST at the Tuba City Flea Market and Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. MST at the Cameron Community Celebration.

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Begaye designates Sept. 24 as Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day

Navajo President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez pay tribute to Gold Star mothers and families

On Sept. 24, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez recognized and paid tribute to the families of fallen soldiers at a ceremony for Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day.