Thursday, August 30
Watch the John McCain Memorial Service held at North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday, August 30, 2018.
Wednesday, August 29
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
A Mid-Summer’s Day was Aug. 11 in Winslow, with free events and a variety of food for purchase.
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.
Members of Winslow’s Quilt Guild worked in the Hubble building Aug. 22-24.
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.”
Upcoming events on the Navajo and Hopi reservations and surrounding communities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Upcoming news and events on and around the Hopi and Navajo reservations.
The Winslow Bulldogs met the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets at Emil Nasser Stadium Aug. 17.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
Upcoming news and events around the Hopi and Navajo reservations.
Winslow Indian Education Group currently has openings for parents applying to be board members.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed a resolution Aug. 3 approving approximately $6.3 million in supplemental funding for Navajo Head Start.
The Navajo Nation is offering $50 for each surrendered horse to encourage the removal of unbranded, free-roaming horses from tribal land.
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.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye congratulated 12 correctional officers who graduated from the Indian Country Corrections Officer Training Program July 23.
How do you bring power to Navajo families living on Hopi Partitioned Land?
Rep. Tom O’Halleran recently visited the Navajo Nation to hear the concerns of his constituents.
The Navajo Housing Authority (NHA), announced its Board of Commissioners have selected and appointed Mr. Craig Dougall as its new Chief Executive Officer.
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.
A Tuba City man is charged in the death of a girl whose body was found at a high school’s bleachers.
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
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.
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.
Upcoming news and events on and around the Hopi and Navajo reservations.
Suvoyuki Day at Homolovi State Park outside Winslow is a celebration of the Hopi’s culture and shared with the public Aug. 4.
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.
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.
It certainly made for interesting headlines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Family Dollar Stores, Inc., a leading small format and convenience retailer, has announced plans for a new store in Tuba City, Arizona.
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.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez have proclaimed Aug. 16 as Navajo Head Start Day.
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.