Stories for August 2018


Thursday, August 30

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WATCH: Arizona Memorial Service for Sen. John McCain

Watch the John McCain Memorial Service held at North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday, August 30, 2018.

Wednesday, August 29

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Arizona features 2 open House seats being eyed by Democrats

Former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick emerged from a competitive Democratic primary Aug. 28 to win the nomination for an open Arizona House seat that is seen as one of the races the national party is looking to flip as it seeks to gain control of the House of Representatives in November.

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Top two presidential candidates to move forward to general election

Deadline to register to vote in general election Oct. 8

Navajo Nation Speaker LoRenzo Bates congratulated all candidates in the 2018 primary election for the Navajo Nation Aug. 28.

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Jonathan Nez, Joe Shirley Jr. lead in unofficial primary results for Navajo presidency

The 2018 unofficial results from the Aug. 28 Primary Election have Jonathan Nez, Joe Shirley Jr. and Tom Chee leading for the Navajo Nation presidency.

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WATCH: Memorial ceremony for Sen. John McCain at Arizona Capitol

Aug. 29, 2018: A private, formal ceremony inside the Rotunda of the Arizona State Capitol to honor Senator McCain’s life and service to the State of Arizona and the nation.

Tuesday, August 28

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John McCain's farewell statement, hear and see final good-bye

The following farewell statement was read at a news conference at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018. It was read by Rick Davis, Senator McCain’s former presidential campaign manager and family spokesman.

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Central Agency Fair honors past, present and future leaders

The 33rd annual Central Agency Fair took place Aug. 20 and 26, with highlights including the Baby Contest and pageants for L’il Brave and L’il Miss Central Navajo.

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A Mid-Summer’s Day celebrated in Winslow

A Mid-Summer’s Day was Aug. 11 in Winslow, with free events and a variety of food for purchase.

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Winslow Bulldogs top Monument Valley Mustangs, 43-28

The Winslow Bulldogs journeyed to Kayenta and met the Monument Valley Mustangs on Aug. 24, defeating the Mustangs 43-28. Because of lightning, the game had a late start.

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In stitches: Quilt Guild members gather at Hubble

Members of Winslow’s Quilt Guild worked in the Hubble building Aug. 22-24.

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Reclaiming truths about Native Americans

Study finds limited personal experience and negative narratives cement Native stereotypes

When you think of Native Americans, what thoughts or images come to mind? A recent report by Reclaiming Native Truth sheds light on assumptions made about Native Americans, points out the negative challenges of that narrative and sheds light on ways forward “to achieve equity, inclusion and policy changes that will improve the lives of Native families and communities.”

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Around the Rez: week of August 29

Upcoming events on the Navajo and Hopi reservations and surrounding communities.

Speaker LoRenzo Bates sends well wishes to all Navajo Nation candidates

Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland) is sending his well wishes to all candidates ahead of the Aug. 28primary election.

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Pourier wins Best of Show at 97th annual Santa Fe Indian Market

Honoring womens’ courage was uppermost in artist Kevin Pourier’s mind in his top winning piece at Santa Fe’s world-renowned 97th annual Indian Market, Aug. 18-19.

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Michael Begay shares composing talent with Hopi students

In the late 1990s, Michael Begay was a student in the Native American Composers Apprenticeship Program (NACAP), which teaches students to compose for string quartets at the Grand Canyon Music Festival.

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Navajos choose from record number of presidential candidates

NAVAJO NATION, Ariz. (AP) — Louva Dahozy sat in the front of a crowded casino ballroom listening to a record number of candidates for Navajo Nation president outline plans for economic development, services for the elderly and veterans, government reform and infrastructure.

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NAU speaker encourages Hopi High students to give back to community

Darold Joseph, who works at the Institute of Human Development at Northern Arizona University, recently spoke to the students and staff at Hopi Jr/Sr High School about the upcoming school year.

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Speaker Bates outlines priorities for new BIA Navajo Regional Director

Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates met with new Bureau of Indian Affairs Regional director and provided an overview of ongoing issues and outlined the priorities of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council.

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McCain remembered by Navajo leadership

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland) extended their condolences to the family of U.S. Sen. John McCain, the Republican lawmaker from Arizona who died Aug. 25 at age 81.

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Navajo Council recognizes outgoing BIA Navajo Regional Director Sharon Pinto

The Navajo Nation Council gathered in council chambers Aug. 16 to honor and recognize Sharon Pinto, who left her position as the Bureau of Indian Affairs Navajo Regional director Aug. 17.

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Troopers seize $630K load of Black Tar Heroin near Holbrook

An Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper stopped a vehicle along I-40 for a traffic violation and discovered a load of black heroin with an estimated street value of $630,000.

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Navajo committee supports proposed referendum to increase president’s salary

On Aug. 20, the Law and Order Committee considered legislation to approve an election referendum to allow Navajo voters to decide whether to amend the Navajo Nation Code to increase the salaries of the president and vice president.

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Potential new coal plant operator offers few details

A Chicago-based company in negotiations to take over a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona said it would run the generating station at less than half its existing capacity to ensure it’s economical, a company official said Aug. 21.

Friday, August 24

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33rd annual Central Agency Fair Aug. 20-26

The 33rd annual Central Agency Fair is in full swing beginning with pageants for the Baby Contest and L’il Brave and L’il Miss Central Navajo pageant Aug. 20 and 21.

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Voting locations for Aug. 28 primary election

Coconino County will have three vote centers where registered voters in Coconino County may go to vote on Election Day. Voters may cast their ballots on Election Day at any vote center in the jurisdiction, regardless of their residential address.

Tuesday, August 21

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The Navajo-Hopi Observer sat down with CD1 candidate and business woman Tiffany Shedd

Businesswoman Tiffany Shedd is running for Congress in District One so she can give rural Arizonans a voice as her emphasis is on providing local control.

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Around the Rez: week of Aug. 22

Upcoming news and events on and around the Hopi and Navajo reservations.

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Blue Ridge Yellowjackets hand Winslow Bulldogs first loss of season, 28-0

The Winslow Bulldogs met the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets at Emil Nasser Stadium Aug. 17.

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NGS Railroad and Heavy Equipment Department wins SRP President’s Trophy

After 44 years of hauling millions of tons of coal per year to the Navajo Generating Station, the NGS Railroad & Heavy Equipment Dept. was presented the Salt River Project’s 2018 President’s Trophy for the most hours worked without an accident for the second time.

Why do you want to be Navajo Nation president?

The Navajo-Hopi Observer asked all 18 presidential candidates why they wanted to be Navajo Nation president. Trudie Jackson's answer is featured this week.

In life we are granted many opportunities, in which, we are often faced with challenges and barriers.

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Navajo robotics team heads to international competition

A team of Navajo high school students from a remote town in southern Utah is building a robot to represent North America in an international robotics competition.

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Seniors awarded Wells Fargo Leadership Scholarship and Chief Manuelito Scholarship

There were three Native American Seniors who were awarded the Wells Fargo Academic Leadership Scholarship in Charlotte, North Carolina June 28 – July 1 out of 20 selected overall candiates. Two of the members are from the Navajo Tribe.

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Honoring Navajo Code Talkers

Navajo Nation and U.S. recognize contribution and sacrifice of Navajo Code Talkers Aug. 14 in Window Rock

Leaders and citizens of the Navajo Nation, and the United States, recognized Aug. 14 as Navajo Code Talkers Day in honor of the contribution and sacrifice of the warriors who developed an unbreakable code to bring an end to World War II.

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Native American farmers plan moves to global market, greater sustainability

Tayler Brown, Cronkite News

Thirty miles south of Phoenix, green fields of alfalfa and pima cotton stretch toward a triple-digit sun.

Law and Order Committee recieves report on transportation of alcohol in non-medical transport vehicles to the Navajo Nation

On Aug. 13, the Law and Order Committee (LOC) received a report regarding liquor licenses in Sanders, Arizona and reports of non-medical transport vehicles bringing alcohol into the Navajo Nation.

Hantavirus surveillance and prevention efforts underway on Navajo Nation

On Aug. 6, the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee received an update report from the Navajo Nation Department of Health’s Navajo Epidemiology Center and its partners regarding the Hantavirus surveillance and prevention efforts currently taking place throughout Navajo land.

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Nation supports funding for expansion of NAU's Native American Cultural Center

On Aug. 16, the Naabik’iyátí’ Committee issued a “do pass” recommendation for legislation approving a grant in the amount of $3 million for Northern Arizona University (NAU) to expand its Native American Cultural Center.

Navajo committee proposes referendum to reform chapter governments

On Aug. 15, the Resources and Development Committee received a report regarding legislation which seeks to approve and authorize an election referendum to allow Navajo voters to determine whether Navajo Nation chapter governments should be reformed by establishing cooperative governance centers.

Return early ballots now

The Coconino County Elections Office reminds early voters that voted early ballots must be received no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day, Aug. 28.

Begaye addresses framework for Little Colorado River water rights settlement

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye met with Interior Department representatives Aug. 16, to discuss the framework for a settlement of Navajo water rights on the main-stem Colorado River and the Little Colorado River (LCR).

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Environmentalists want Glen Canyon Dam removed, but is that possible?

The Bureau of Reclamation finished Glen Canyon Dam in 1963, obliterating one of the most spectacular red-rock canyons in the Southwest and altering the flow of the mighty Colorado River.

Tuesday, August 14

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Why do you want to be Navajo Nation president?

The Navajo-Hopi Observer asked all 18 presidential candidates why they wanted to be Navajo Nation president. Of the 18, six presidential candidates responded.

The Navajo-Hopi Observer asked all 18 presidential candidates why they wanted to be Navajo Nation president. Of the 18, five presidential candidates responded. Their responses are listed below in alphabetical order by last name.

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Around the Rez: week of Aug. 15

Upcoming news and events around the Hopi and Navajo reservations.

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Winslow Indian Education group seeks board members

Winslow Indian Education Group currently has openings for parents applying to be board members.

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Winslow Bulldogs kick off 2018 season against Blue Ridge

The Winslow Bulldogs will start the 2018 season on the familiar turf of Emil Nasser Stadium against the Blue Ridge Yellowjackets at 7 p.m. on Aug. 17.

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Winslow junior varsity football schedule set for season

The Winslow Bulldogs junior varsity football team will play nine games this season starting Aug. 16, against the Blue Ridge yellowjacket junior varsity in Pinetop.

Judge upholds Indian Child Welfare Act

9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously throws out challenge to ICWA claiming the law is racist

A court has thrown out a bid to void a federal law that challengers claim is racist because it places the desires and rights of Native American tribes over the constitutionally protected best interests of children.

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Navajo Nation demands compensation from Gold King Mine spill

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez are denouncing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ongoing failure to compensate farmers and ranchers whose livelihoods were devastated by the 2015 spill at Gold King Mine.

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Navajo elders successfully obtain delayed birth certificates

On Aug. 6, Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates welcomed Navajo elders and citizens to the opening day of a two-day public event in Shiprock to help individuals obtain delayed birth certificates, driver’s licenses, driver authorization cards and other documents that comply with the federal Real ID Act.

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President Begaye signs $6.3 million for Navajo Head Start

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed a resolution Aug. 3 approving approximately $6.3 million in supplemental funding for Navajo Head Start.

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Navajo Nation launches program to manage feral horse population

The Navajo Nation is offering $50 for each surrendered horse to encourage the removal of unbranded, free-roaming horses from tribal land.

Diné College hypes 2018 Summer Bridge program

Revived Summer Bridge program introduces prospective students to college life

The presentations and lectures given to high school students by Diné College staffers at the recent Summer Bridge Program (SBP) weren’t just for fun. They were designed to assist participants in getting to know the realities of college life.

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Navajo Nation graduates 12 correctional officers

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye congratulated 12 correctional officers who graduated from the Indian Country Corrections Officer Training Program July 23.

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Big Navajo Energy powers homes on Hopi Partitioned Land

How do you bring power to Navajo families living on Hopi Partitioned Land?

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Rep. Tom O’Halleran sits down with the Navajo-Hopi Observer to talk Native issues

Rep. Tom O’Halleran recently visited the Navajo Nation to hear the concerns of his constituents.

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Navajo Housing Authority hires new CEO, Craig Dougall

The Navajo Housing Authority (NHA), announced its Board of Commissioners have selected and appointed Mr. Craig Dougall as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Arizona tribal casino gambling revenue up by 4.4 percent

The Arizona Department of Gaming says contributions to the state from tribal gambling revenue will be more than $27 million for the quarter that ended on June 30.

Tuba City man charged in girl’s death at local high school

A Tuba City man is charged in the death of a girl whose body was found at a high school’s bleachers.

Judge calls for activist to be extradited to New Mexico

A New Mexico judge is asking Arizona authorities to extradite a Native American activist who was arrested on rape and other charges.

Tuesday, August 7

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Navajo Delegate Nathaniel Brown advocates for elder rights and protections

On July 25, Council Delegate Nathaniel Brown provided the keynote address at the Elder Abuse Awareness Conference held at the Monument Valley High School Nash Center.

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Community information: No backcountry permits for Little Colorado River Gorge until Oct. 1

Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation will not issue any Backcountry Use Permits for Little Colorado River Gorge Navajo Tribal Park, because of inclement weather and flash flooding that have occurred down the canyon.

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Around the Rez: week of Aug. 8

Upcoming news and events on and around the Hopi and Navajo reservations.

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The Hopi celebrate Suvoyuki Day at Homolovi State Park

Suvoyuki Day at Homolovi State Park outside Winslow is a celebration of the Hopi’s culture and shared with the public Aug. 4.

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Old Trails Museum offers summer history highlight at La Posada focusing on sheep industry

In conjunction with a Mid-Summer’s Day in Winslow, the Old Trails Museum offers its 2018 summer history highlight Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. at La Posada Hotel with a focus on exploring Arizona’s sheep industry.

Federal Trade Commission files complaint against Tates Auto in U.S. District Court of Arizona

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint against Tates Auto in the U.S. District Court of Arizona for committing unlawful and unfair business practices.

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Rez Condom Tour brings health message to Window Rock

It certainly made for interesting headlines.

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Casting call goes out for the first Navajo language puppet TV show

Diné Bí Ná’ alkid Time! puppet show announces talent auditions in Window Rock

“Diné Bí Ná’álkid Time!” the first educational Navajo and English puppet show to teach the Navajo language and culture through digital media, is hosting talent auditions for Navajo and English speaking children and teens between the ages of 4-18 in Window Rock, Arizona.

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Studio 13 Seven bringing liberation to Hopi youth through art

Chris Hawk and his wife, Desiree, have decided to put their backgrounds in the visual and performing arts to work in order to help youth on the Hopi Reservation.

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Hopi Fest wins state award

Hopi Festival at Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff wins Arizona Tourism Award

The Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture won the Outstanding Arizona Cultural and Historic Preservation award from the Arizona Office of Tourism at this year’s Governor’s Conference of Tourism.

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Presidential Forum: Navajo candidates discuss economic development

Fifteen of the 18 Navajo Nation presidential candidates were on hand to answer questions before a packed crowd at one of the presidential forums held July 27 at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort.

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Navajo Nation considers blood quantum in tribal enrollment

The Health, Education and Human Services Committee considered legislation July 30 to amend Navajo Nation Code to no longer use blood quantum as a requirement for enrollment as a new member of the Navajo Nation.

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Death of Hopi Jr/Sr High staff member rocks administration on first day of school

Teachers and staff at Hopi Jr/Sr High School returned from summer break July 30 to learn that Kenny Wartz, director of technology at the school, died the previous day following an incident in the Hopi Jr/Sr High School housing.

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Business Beat: Family Dollar announces grand opening in Tuba City Aug. 9 and 11

Family Dollar Stores, Inc., a leading small format and convenience retailer, has announced plans for a new store in Tuba City, Arizona.

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O'Halleran visits abandoned uranium site on reservation

Council Delegate Kee Allen Begay, Jr. invited US Congressman Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) to tour the Claim 28 abandoned uranium site July 31, which is located approximately five miles northeast of Tachee/Blue Gap Chapter.

Begaye proclaims Aug. 16 as National Head Start Day

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez have proclaimed Aug. 16 as Navajo Head Start Day.

Native American activist denies rape accusations

A Native American activist has disputed accusations that he sexually assaulted unconscious women, saying in a New Mexico court filing that text messages, witness statements and other evidence will support his case against rape and other charges.