Stories for December 2018

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Tuesday, December 25

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Guest column: Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation verified as a Level III trauma center

Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation is pleased to announce we have passed our trauma verification and remain the only American College of Surgeons Level III Trauma Center on Native American lands south of Alaska,said CEO Lynette Bonar, FACHE.

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Around the Rez: week of Dec. 26

Upcoming news and events around the Hopi and Navajo reservations.

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Photo highlights: Winslow Christmas Parade 2018

The Winslow Christmas Parade takes place the day after Thanksgiving and 2018 marked the 72nd year of the parade.

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Red Sands Christian School celebrates Christmas with refurbished school in Winslow

Red Sands Christian School held its Christmas gathering Dec. 19 in Winslow.

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Acclaimed blues musician spends week with Hopi music students

Deanna Bogart, internationally acclaimed blues musician, spent Dec 10-14 at Hopi High School working with music students culminating in a performance with the students in a coffee house setting in the school’s cafeteria.

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All-Indian rodeo brings tribes together

Each summer since 1925, Native people have gathered in the capital of the Fort Apache Tribe to test their skills in the saddle and celebrate who they are.

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Report sounds cautionary warning for future of NGS

A report released by the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) about Four Corners Power Plant may serve as a cautionary lesson for the Navajo Transitional Energy Co. as it decides whether to buy Navajo Generating Station.

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Newly appointed senator encouraged to foster tribal relations

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye is encouraging Martha McSally, the newly appointed U.S. senator from Arizona, to prioritize bipartisan discussions and act swiftly to protect Native American interests.

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Holbrook November Students of the Month

Holbrook announces November's Students of the Month.

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Senate panel hears of Native women’s deaths, disappearances

The sister of a missing Blackfeet woman in Montana expressed frustration Wednesday over law enforcement’s initial response to her loved one’s disappearance, telling U.S. senators that numerous Native American families are troubled by inadequate investigations into their missing persons cases.

President-elect Jonathan Nez: ‘Farm Bill empowers the Navajo Nation’

On Dec. 15, Navajo Nation President-elect Jonathan Nez said he is pleased with the recent approval of the Farm Bill reauthorization that offer new opportunities for local food economies and expand the Navajo Nation’s food sovereignty.

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Zinke resigns, Begaye urges quick replacement

As Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke resigned from his position Dec. 15, amid multiple ethics investigations, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye called upon the Trump administration for a timely replacement.

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Dawn Otto joins advertising team at Observer

The Navajo-Hopi Observer and Williams-Grand Canyon News welcomes new account executive Dawn Otto to both papers.

Monday, December 24

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Nez: 'Federal government to continue essential services to the Navajo Nation during the partial government shutdown'

President Donald Trump and Congress failed to reach an agreement on a bill to avoid a partial government shutdown on Friday.

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Clock is ticking for a holiday shutdown; BIA, IHS workers, contracts could be hit

A couple of days ago it looked like that Congress would keep the government after the Senate passed another short-term spending bill unanimously.

Tuesday, December 18

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Around the Rez: week of Dec. 18

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

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Santa visits Winslow on BNSF short train

For the eleventh year, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in Winslow on Burlington Northern Santa Fe’s Santa Train.

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Out with the old, in with the new at Winslow Masonic Lodge

Winslow Masonic Lodge 13 formally installed new officers Dec. 10.

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Christmas gifts abound at Winslow Residential Hall Native Crafts Bazaar

Native American crafts were offered as Christmas gifts at 17 tables during the Winslow Residential Hall Craft Bazaar.

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Hopi High gets communication tour at Northern Arizona University

Hopi High media students learned about Northern Arizona University’s student newspaper, student radio station and student news program while recently visiting their communications building.

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14-year-old girl aspires to be first Navajo boxer to win Olympics

Even with modern technology, it’s nearly impossible to find the homemade boxing gym identified by a tattered wooden sign that reads, “Damon-Bahe Boxing Gym.”

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Pinon High School cadets posts colors for Arizona Cardinals Game

They were so nervous, the cadets, as we showed up — the sheer size of the stadium was overwhelming.

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U.S. Marine Corps delivers Christmas cheer, gifts and more to Havasupai Reservation

Anya Uqualla, a young Supai mother holds her 2-month-old infant in her arms as she sits on a bench in the village square watching three U.S. Marines and several volunteers make final arrangements for Santa Claus, who will be arriving by helicopter later that morning.

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Winslow Bulldogs win two, lose one to wrap up final games in 2018

The Winslow Bulldogs had three games last week and another Dec. 17 against Ganado to complete the 2018 portion of the schedule.

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Winslow Lady Bulldogs win two of three

The Winslow Lady Bulldogs won two of their three games last week, defeating Tuba City and Chinle but losing to Window Rock.

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Window Rock wins closely contested matchup against New Mexico’s Wingate Bears

For the second time this season, the Window Rock Fighting Scouts (2-4) defeated a New Mexico high school coming into the Bee Ho’ldzil Fighting Scouts Event Center by a score of 66 to 48, this time it the Wingate Bears (2-2).

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Challenges to law could redefine Native American foster care, adoption

Gilbert resident Mimi Condon calls the struggle to make her oldest son part of her family her “39-month labor.”

President-elect Nez announces glove manufacturing venture in Church Rock

On Dec. 13, Navajo Nation President-elect Jonathan Nez joined New Mexico leaders in announcing a glove manufacturing company wants to expand operations in Church Rock with potential to create 350 jobs.

Thursday, December 13

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Poisoning claims, divorce spat in Arizona journalism saga

Newspaper owner says wife tried to kill him

An award-winning Arizona newspaper co-publisher and his wife are locked in a bizarre divorce case that has morphed into something more: a journalism ethics saga.

Tuesday, December 11

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Winslow active shooter held without bond

On Dec. 3, the Winslow Police Department received calls of shots fired in the 900 block of West Second Street in Winslow.

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Photo highlights: Winslow lights up for Christmas

Homes and businesses in Winslow dressed up in their holiday best for the Christmas season.

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Lady Bulldogs win Pepsi Tournament Dec. 8, defeat Flagstaff Lady Eagles 50-32

The Winslow Lady Bulldogs defeated the Flagstaff Lady Eagles 50-32 to win the Pepsi Invitational Tournament in Flagstaff Dec. 8.

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Man pleads not guilty to killing Cameron woman

A Kentucky man who police say confessed to killing an Arizona woman in a hotel room has pleaded not guilty.

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Nation fills vacant seat

Jimmy Yellowhair will have a few weeks to get accustomed to serving as a Navajo Nation lawmaker.

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Wildcats defend home turf during 2018 Choice Classic

The Chinle Wildcats defended their home court, with the boys winning over the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets at the Choice Classic, 56 to 52. The Lady Wildcats cruise through the Choice Classic with three wins and seized the girls championship title with a 80 to 34 score.

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Around the Rez: Week of Dec. 12

Around the Rez: Week of Dec. 12

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Report of cult group within Monument Valley Tribal Park causes concern within community

On Dec. 5, the Resources and Development Committee received a report from Council Delegate Herman Daniels, Jr. (Shonto, Naa’tsis’Áán, Oljato, Ts’ah Bii Kin) and Monument Valley Tribal Park manager Adeline Tohannie, regarding a cult group known as Global Witness within the vicinity and boundaries of the Monument Valley Tribal Park and Oljato Chapter.

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Jaken Todacheenie takes first in team roping

Holbrook High School junior Jaken Todacheenie captured first place at the National Team Roping rodeo Nov. 23 in Wickenburg.

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Council Delegate: Production of hemp on Nation could make up lost revenue

On Dec. 7, the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project Negotiation Subcommittee (NIIP) received updates and discussed the Navajo Nation’s position of hemp production.

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Delegate Slim advocates for community involvement at Antelope Canyon

On Nov. 28, Council Delegate Tuchoney Slim, Jr. met with the National Park Service regarding concerns of activities within the Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, Rainbow Bridge National Monument and Antelope Point, all areas located near Page, Arizona.

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Public expresses concerns to Navajo Police during first listening session

The Navajo Police Department heard from the public during the first of a six-listening sessions scheduled by the Office of Chief of Police.

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Navajo Nation certifies general election results; final count in

Officials on the Navajo Nation have certified results from the tribe’s general election.

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Book Review: Final novel by Evangeline Parsons Yazzie reveals suprsise ending

Evangeline Parsons Yazzie’s new book “Their Land, Their Love: The Return Home” is the last book in her “Her Land, Her Love” series and is available at Salina Bookshelf in Flagstaff.

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Begaye honors legacy of President George H.W. Bush

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States of America, passed away Nov. 30 at the age of 94.

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*Update* - Hair-cutting teacher resigns; school district pressured to make changes

Racially hostile environment must end, says ACLU

The New-Mexico teacher who cut a Native student’s hair and called the Navajo student a “bloody Indian” no longer works for the school district as of Nov. 30.

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Following 2015 fire, Kayenta family still working on repairs and asks community for assistance

Finding hope after the fire

Mary Ann Miller’s trailer in Kayenta burned in 2015 and her family is now seeking help in finishing repairs to the trailer through a gofundme page. The family needs about $2,000 dollars to complete repairs to the trailer and install some security.

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Supai campground closed through February 2019

Tourism Office will accept reservations in February; no outfitters this season

In a departure from years past, the Havasupai Tribe will be managing all traffic to the reservation through its Office of Tourism, excluding outfitters and other tour brokers.

Tuesday, December 4

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Letter to the editor: Water rights are about future generations on Hopi

Each time I meet a Hopi at the village store I ask: “Do you know anything about the trial going on in the Arizona court over water rights claim to Little Colorado River?

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Around the Rez: week of Dec. 5

Upcoming news and events around the Hopi and Navajo reservations.

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Winslow Unified School District closes out November's Native American Heritage Month with 'Tribe of Many Feathers' festival

Winslow closed out the month of November with the Winslow Unified School District hosting a Native American festival.

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Winslow Bulldogs win three at the Red Rock/Pagos Pizza Classic tourney

The Winslow Bulldogs played well and won three games while losing one in the Red Rock/Pagos Pizza Classic Tournament at Sedona.

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Lady Patriots earn first victory over Window Rock Scouts in 66-48 win, and Scouts lose in overtime

The Gallup Miyamura Patriots came into the Window Rock Fighting Scouts Event Center to open their 2018 – 2019 high school basketball season and upset the Scouts in overtime 57-49.

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Cultural and personal meaning behind students’ award winning artwork

Hopi High art students won 15 awards at the Arizona State Fair, but Hopi High art teacher Mary Duwynie felt it was just as important that thousands attending the state fair viewed the students work.

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Hopi High media students tour Scottsdale Community College film program

Eight Hopi High media students recently toured the Scottsdale Community College film program, during which film faculty Anna Thorlaksdottir and administrative specialist Evfa Cerisis told them about the program.

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Diné College students attend national conference in Florida on student leadership

The Diné College peer mentors and student interns who attended a student leadership conference in Florida noted it was the first time some met so many students from other colleges and universities across the world.

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Navajo mechanical engineer Aaron Yazzie contributes to Mars landing

"I have hardware on Mars!"

Aaron Yazzie sat with other NASA engineers holding his breath and hoping the spacecraft would survive the landing on Mars a few days ago.

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Hopi potter, Delaine Tootsie-Chee, carries on family tradition

Through all the hard times in Delaine Tootsie-Chee’s life, pottery has been the thing that got her through.

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U.S. to defend Indian Child Welfare Act

Texas district court ruling is a departure from federal law, history

The United States will join four tribes defending the Indian Child Welfare Act against a district court ruling in Texas.

Begaye stands with students targeted in ‘cultural assault’ at Cibola High School

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has extended his solidarity to two Native students targeted in an alleged “cultural assault” during an Oct. 31 incident at Cibola High School.

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Manufacturing program at NTU secures $3.5 mil grant

Navajo Technical University receives grant to establish advanced manufacturing program

Navajo Technical University was awarded a $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the NTU Center for Advanced Manufacturing, whose focus will include enhancing education, fostering research and stimulating economic development.

Navajo Nation drops lawsuit, judge blasts attorneys for late filing

The Navajo Nation has dropped a legal claim that could have delayed formal certification of the general election results.

Resources and Development Committee approves grazing permits on Navajo Partitioned Lands

On Nov. 21, the Resources and Development Committee passed Legislation No. 0365-18, which concurs with the Navajo Partitioned Land Joint District Grazing Committee’s recommended list of individuals for the granting of grazing permits on the Navajo Partitioned Lands.

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Diné College researching school shootings, role of media

The Diné College contingent that recently spent several weeks researching school shootings and violence at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia., is back in class and readying for another research go-round — but this time not so far away.