Wednesday, April 25
Navajo Code Talker who used his native language to confound the Japanese in World War II has died.
In an effort to protect public health by reducing the number of preventable human-caused wildfires, Stage 1 campfire and smoking restrictions will be implemented across the entire Coconino National Forest starting Friday (April 27) at 8 a.m.
Tuesday, April 24
Upcoming news and events around the Hopi and Navajo reservations.
Guest column: Navajo Nation holds voting rights hearing in Tuba City April 25 aiming to strengthen and protect Navajo voting rights
The Navajo Nation Department of Justice is collaborating with the Native American Rights Fund to host a Native Nations Voting Rights Hearing in Tuba City April 25, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tonaneesdizi Chapter House, 220 Main St., Tuba City.
On April 14, Jonathan Curley, a well know Diné artist from Shiprock, New Mexico who works mainly with paints, spent the day hosting youth classes and collaborative painting outside the Gemini Gallery in Winslow.
Ahli Foster signs a contract to go to Garys Harbor College in Washington State on an athletic scholarship.
The Winslow Bulldogs were ranked 15th going into their game in Flagstaff April 21, but their 13-1 loss to the Eagles may have hurt their seeding in the conference playoffs.
House Committee meeting brings no change for future of Navajo Generating Station; still set to close in 2019
The Navajo Nation Navajo Council Speaker and Hopi Tribal Chairman testified before a House Committee on National Resources subcommittee to try and garner congressional support for keeping the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) open beyond 2019.
Holbrook High School students traveled to Tucson for leadership conference.
The Museum of Northern Arizona unveiled an expanded and revitalized gallery called Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau with an exclusive preview for Native people April 14.
Author and illustrator Dale Deforest presented his comic book, “Hero Twins,” at the Museum of Northern Arizona April 21, saying it was his love of comic books and superheroes that inspired him to create the story.
Holbrook High School recently announced its March Students of the Month.
Nate Tsosie, an airbrush artist from Page, Arizona has been chosen as lead artist at Universal Studios in Hollywood, California. The milestone in his career comes after several highlights leading up to this major announcement.
Prior to the official start of the 2018 Spring Council Session April 16, the Navajo Nation Council, in coordination with the Navajo Department of Family Services’ Strengthening Families Program, held an early morning awareness walk in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Awareness Month.
The Navajo Nation filed a lawsuit April 11 against top opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies for creating a market of highly addictive drugs and for failing to prevent the flow of illicit opioids in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
The revolving door of administrators at Hopi Jr/Sr High School continues.
Fredricks places third in sports writing at Journalism Education Association Conference April 14 in San Francisco
Ellyse Fredericks, a print journalism student at Hopi High School, became a national award winner when she won honorable mention, or placed third, in the sports writing division at the Journalism Education Association Conference in San Francisco April 13-14.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye April 17 administered the oath of office for Kim Silentwalker, who was sworn in as a member of the Navajo Veterans Advisory Council.
The Navajo Nation Council voted unanimously in support of legislation approving an expenditure plan to invest over $100 million for Navajo communities and families across the Navajo Nation to receive power lines, water lines and various capital improvement projects.
The Law and Order Committee April 9 issued a ‘do not pass’ for legislation seeking to amend the criminal code related to marijuana and industrial hemp to conform with federal regulations.
The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office donated a 4-wheel-drive Chevy truck to the Piñon Chapter April 9, helping ensure the chapter’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has the wheels to transport patients in emergency situations.
Navajo Nation lawmakers approved legislation which sought to allocate approximately $1.6 million from the Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance to the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance under the Department of Diné Education.
The Navajo Nation Council considered legislation seeking to enact a Revenge Porn Act while amending other sexual offenses within the Navajo Nation Criminal Code.
Newspaper ink flowed in the blood of The Daily Courier’s long-time owners Don and Luda Soldwedel. Their devotion to the Fourth Estate proved a lasting legacy for their children and grandchildren.
Wednesday, April 18
Drought conditions, warm temperatures, and increasing fire danger have prompted officials to implement Stage 2 fire restrictions for the Tonto National Forest beginning April 18. Fire-causing activities are prohibited across the entire Tonto National Forest.
The Coconino County Board of Supervisors enacted the Wildfire Defense Ordinance Stage 1 fire restrictions, for Coconino County, below the Mogollon Rim, during the regular board meeting April 17.
Strong winds, low humidity and drought: fires in the southwest desert now have the potential to spread swiftly, according to the U.S. National Weather Service.
Tuesday, April 17
I am concerned about the conflicting and misleading information Navajo Nation Speaker LoRenzo Bates, Nathaniel Brown and other Navajo Nation officials have made, as well as legislation they are pushing through council relating to the Navajo Generating Station’s 2019 closure.
Upcoming news and events on and surrounding the Hopi and Navajo reservations
On April 9 the Arizona Masonic Lodge Classroom Grants were awarded to two Winslow teachers.
Approximately 300-500 kids and parents were on hand for Winslow Little League opening day April 7.
The Winslow Lady Bulldogs defeated the Snowflake Lady Lobos 11-1 in Winslow April 10. They defeated the Page Lady Sand Devils 15-2 in Page April 12.
The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Snowflake Lobos 8-3 in Winslow April 10 and defeated the Page Sand Devils 7-6 in Page April 12.
For the second year in a row, the National Football League is taking their draft days on the road and this year the Arizona Cardinals will be coming to Winslow for the third day of the draft.
While there are some programs to address homelessness in America, the problem will continue as long as there are low wages, expensive housing and expensive health care, according to two journalists who have covered the problem for decades.
Kayleigh Paddock, a senior at Tuba City High School (TCHS), received a full ride scholarship to Dartmouth College, located in Hanover, New Hampshire; she is also a finalist for the Wells Fargo Academic Leadership Fellowship Scholarship.
The Navajo language has immeasurable value, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye told a crowd of about 200 educators April 6 during the second annual BIE-Navajo District Diné Language Symposium.
Vice President Jonathan Nez signs $247,000 for road upgrades to Black Mesa Chapters
Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez April 6 signed a $247,000 contract with CB Emulsion, laying the foundation for continued road upgrades in the 10 Black Mesa region chapters.
President Trump signed the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act April 13.
An investment firm tasked with finding a new owner for an Arizona coal plant is focused mostly on an unnamed potential investor, but critics of the plant say talks to keep it open are a “wasteful distraction” that hinders future economic prospects for the Navajo Nation.
Several Indian tribes say they have filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Arizona challenging the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of a proposal to develop an open pit copper mine on public land.
A Navajo Nation judge is weighing if sexual abuse lawsuits against the Mormon Church should proceed and where the cases should be heard.
Rodney B. Lewis, first Native American to practice law in Arizona, first Native to argue and win a case before US. Supreme Court passes away at 77
Rodney B. Lewis, a giant of the legal profession in Arizona and across Indian country nationally, and a tribal leader of the Gila River Indian Community, passed away April 10 at the age of 77.
Kaibab National Forest will issue free-use, paid personal-use and ceremonial firewood permits for the Tusayan Ranger District at the following locations in Tuba City and Cameron over the coming months:
Thursday, April 12
Hazardous weather conditions are expected across much of Arizona today.
Tuesday, April 10
Upcoming events and news around the Hopi and Navajo reservations
On April 5, Winslow Soroptimist Club hosted a prom dress exchange at the Winslow Visitors Center.
Born in 1928 in Winslow, Marie La Marr was a petite baby weighing three pounds.
Winslow Elks hold 'Longest Hair' contest.
The Winslow City Council met March 27 and announced April as Fair Housing Month.
Hopi High math students had a special math lesson March 30 courtesy of the Alliance of Indigenous Math Circles (AIMC) and math specialist Tatiana Shubin.
Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau exhibit opens April 15 at Museum of Northern Arizona; Native community invited to exclusive, free preview April 14
The Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) will unveil an expanded and revitalized gallery called Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau with an exclusive preview for Native people April 14.
The sprouts of a Diné Food Policy emerged out of the Diné Bich’iiya’ Summit held at Diné College March 29-30 and at the Navajo Nation Museum March 31.
The family of Navajo Code Talker Adolph Nagurski were presented with a Congressional Silver Medal in recognition of his service during World War II at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial in Albuquerque, New Mexico April 3.
Stephen C. has been taught only math and English at a U.S.-run elementary school for Native American children deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon.
Attorneys for Snowbowl are warning the Arizona Supreme Court that if they don’t overturn a ruling allowing the Hopi Tribe to sue over artificial snow they are opening the door to a flood of litigation.
Coconino County Supervisor Lena Fowler was recently elected chairwoman of the Native American Advisory Board at Northern Arizona University.
On April 5, Navajo Nation Council Delegate Kee Allen Begay Jr. discussed federal funding to construct the Dził Yijiin Judicial District facility in Pinon.
Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch announced April 6 that former K’ai’bii’to’ Chapter Accounts Maintenance Specialist Berniece Pinto-Denetdeal has been criminally charged with 28 counts of forgery and 34 counts of fraud against the Navajo Nation.
On April 3, the Budget and Finance Committee received an update regarding sanctioned Navajo chapters and the division’s efforts to help the chapters mitigate their sanctioned status.
A five-year-old law that let Native American tribes prosecute non-Natives in domestic violence cases has fundamentally changed the landscape of tribal criminal jurisdiction in the modern era, according to a new report.
Tuesday, April 3
Brianne Laban, a 2008 graduate of Hopi High School, returned to Hopi High to talk to students about college and what it takes to get through college.
Navajo Nation files suit against city of Winslow and feds in killing of Tsingine
The Bordertown Justice Coalition unveiled a billboard in Winslow as a memorial of the second anniversary of the death of Loreal Tsingine, who was shot and killed by former Winslow police officer Austin Shipley March 26, 2016.
This comment just suddenly came to me and inspired me to comment on the ‘New Year’ of 2018.
Children and parents enter the Easter egg hunt field at the annual Winslow Easter Egg Hunt March 30 in Winslow.
The Winslow High School baseball season has started well and won nine of their first dozen games.
The Hopi Jr/Sr High School student body held a walk March 22 to show support and a positive attitude for the students who went through the shooting in Florida.
Six American University Washington College of Law students spent a week in Window Rock on an Alternative Spring Break trip organized by the law school’s student organization – Action for Human Rights.
One of the Navajo Nation’s popular comedians is facing medical complications that have forced him to take a break from performances.
On March 22, thirteen Navajo Technical University students were inducted into National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) during a candle light ceremony in NTU’s Hospitality Center. The ceremony also saw the installation of NTU’s new honor society officers.
Upcoming news and events around the Hopi and Navajo reservations.
Attorney General Ethel Branch announced March 26 that former ToˊNaneesˊDizi (Tuba City) Chapter Executive Manager Priscilla Littlefoot pleaded no contest to 18 counts of theft from the Navajo Nation.
On March 26, the Health, Education and Human Services Committee received a report regarding a collaborative suicide prevention project involving the Navajo Nation Epidemiology Center, Navajo Nation Department of Behavioral Health Services, and the Northern Agency Crisis Response Alliance.
Arizona Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai recently announced that her bill SB1235 passed out of the Senate. The bill would establish June 2 as Native American Day and an official Arizona state unpaid holiday.
The Navajo Nation has sued the federal government and Winslow over the death of a tribal member who was holding a pair of medical scissors when she was shot by a police officer for the northern Arizona city.