Tuesday, February 27
There is noise on and off reservation to save Navajo Generating Station and Peabody Mine, to save 800 high paying jobs and revenues.
Upcoming news and events on the Hopi and Navajo reservations
Navajo leaders support Havasupai youth in stand against uranium mining in greater Grand Canyon region by running letters addressed to U.S. President Donald Trump out of Supai Village
Vice President Jonathan Nez joined Arizona State Rep. Eric Descheenie and six other runners on a run to the village of Supai Feb. 14 to collect handwritten letters from the students of Havasupai Elementary School.
Dalton Motors is located in downtown Winslow, on old Route 66.
The Old Trails Museum presented a Riders on the Orphan Train performance Feb. 17 at the Winslow Visitors Center with live music, storytelling and videos.
Red Sands Christian School held an open house for its new location for the 2018-19 school year Feb. 20.
The wind blew a sign off its pole in Winslow Feb. 20.
The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Blue Ridge Yellowjackets 79-63 in the championship game played in the Arizona State 3A Conference Championship Tournament at Gila River Arena in Glendale Feb. 26.
The Leupp High Schools Braves basketball team captured the Northern Arizona Athletic Association Championship Feb. 17 in Leupp, Arizona in a game against Verde Valley High School.
Hopi High girls basketball team had a memorable season, making it to the Sweet 16 round of the state playoffs and beating rivals Tuba City High School and Winslow High School during the regular season.
The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Chinle Wildcats 68-57 in a semifinals game in the Arizona State 3A Conference Championship Tournament played at Gila River Arena in Glendale Feb. 23.
Baboquivari Warriors defeated, 60-40 at 1A state finals Feb. 24
When asked what it will take for the St. Michael Lady Cardinals to repeat as 1A State Girls Champions, Coach Carl Adams said, “Play Cardinal basketball, play northland basketball — get into their face, fast up tempo pressure defense, with motion quickness and speed.”
The federal tax overhaul passed in December is completely unacceptable to Native Americans, just another example of what can happen when tribes are not included in federal decision-making, a tribal leader said Feb. 12.
Law and Order Committee votes 2-0 in support of development for nationwide network; Naabik’íyáti’ Committee to serve as final authority for bill
On Feb. 21, the Law and Order Committee considered legislation which requests FirstNet and AT&T to develop the nationwide public safety broadband network for police officers, firefighters and emergency medical responders on the Navajo Nation.
On Feb. 14, Navajo Nation Speaker LoRenzo Bates provided testimony at the Arizona State Capitol before the House Finance Committee in support of legislation which proposes to repeal the Transaction Privilege Tax on the sales and purchases of coal.
In response to the White House’s announcement that Robert Weaver has withdrawn his name for consideration as director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), the Navajo Nation president called on the Trump administration to fill the position.
On Feb. 22, the Naabik’íyáti’ Committee approved legislation opposing a Congressional bill that would violate tribal sovereignty by permitting federal authorities to enter tribal reservation lands to arrest persons fleeing arrest, custody, testimony or service.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye appointed Lt. Col. Tracey Clyde as the new director of the Navajo Nation Veterans Administration (NNVA).
Tuesday, February 20
Upcoming news and events for the Navajo and Hopi communities and Flagstaff.
Tristan Antonio, 18, signed a full ride scholarship with Bacone College to run cross country starting this fall. Antonio, a senior at Tuba City High School (TCHS), is the son of Sonya Yazzie and the late Harvey Butler.
Nakota LaRance wins World Champion title
Seventy-five contestants from the United States and Canada competed Feb. 10 and 11 in the Heard Museum’s Libby Amphitheater in youth, teen, adult and senior divisions.
On Feb. 14, the Resources and Development Committee (RDC) approved legislation recertifying Black Mesa Chapter’s community-based land use plan, which was reevaluated and readjusted.
On Feb. 13, Galen Worthington, the new director at Winslow Library was introduced at the Winslow city council meeting.
The community garden is getting ready for another year of growth.
About 35 people braved the sleet to gather in Heritage Square in Flagstaff Feb. 14 to call attention to Nicole Joe’s death and the fight for justice for missing and murdered indigenous women. Vaughn Seumptewa, was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly beat Nicole and left her outside in the cold for hours. Nicole died on Christmas Day in 2017. She was 40 years old.
The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Fountain Hills Falcons 80-56 in a second round game in the Arizona State 3A Conference Championship Tournament at Window Rock Feb. 17.
For the second game in week, the Chinle Wildcats had to rely on a strong second half to overcome a first half shortfall. In the end, the No. 6 seeded Wildcats won, 58 - 48, over the No. 11 Patriots of American Leadership Academy.
Holbrook scored first from beyond the three point arc, which would be their only points in the first quarter. Monument Valley Lady Mustangs then went on a 19 – 0 run (and) held on to a 19 – 3, advantage going into the second quarter.
Law and Order Committee continues to address the need for public safety in the Western Navajo Agency
On Feb. 12, the Law and Order Committee received reports regarding the need for a police substation in LeChee, five miles south of Page, Arizona.
The charge from National Native American Veterans Memorial officials was daunting: design a memorial that honors the contributions of every tribe to every war fought for the U.S.
The Navajo Nation has officially kicked off the Year of the Treaty (Naaltsoos Sáni’), a year-long commemoration of the forced exile of the Diné People, their incarceration at Hwéeldi, the Treaty of 1868 and their triumphant return to Diné Bikéyah.
On Feb. 12, the Navajo Nation won a victory in its fight for fair compensation for the harm caused by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its contractors from the Gold King Mine spill of August 2015.
Tuesday, February 13
The coal mining lease between Hopi and Peabody Western Coal Co. (Peabody) expires in the year 2025.
Upcoming news and events around the Hopi and Navajo reservations
The Navajo-Hopi Observer welcomes Sandy Hoover as its new account executive.
The Winslow St. Joseph Parish held a Mardi Gras fundraiser at the Hillsdale Avenue auditorium Feb. 10.
The community garden is getting ready for another year of growth.
Playing the Scouts of Window Rock for the third time this year, the No. 1 Chinle Wildcats reached the Championship game with a 49 to 45 win over No. 4 Tuba City Warriors, in the semi-finals game of the 3A North Regional Tournament, in the Chinle Wildcat Den, hosted by the NTUA Choice Wireless.
The Lady Bulldogs suffered a defeat to the Monument Valley Mustangs Feb. 3.
Hopi High wrestlers Mike Puhuyesa and Dylan Morningstar placed at regionals and qualified for the state meet.
Competitors gather to hear greetings and last minute instructions prior to running the marathon, half-marathon or fun run at the Little Colorado River Gorge Tribal Park, west of Cameron, Arizona Feb. 10.
The Winslow Lady Bulldogs defeated the Payson Lady Longhorns 53-52 in a very tight game at Winslow Feb. 8 in their first Regional playoff game.
“Naasgoo Nihizaaad doo Nikee’o’ool’jjl bee Aniilzee doo”
An entire day in the winter school calendar at Tuba City School District is devoted to honoring and learning ways to implement respect, tribal culture, history and tribal language using practical teaching methods.
In the Girls Championship game of 3A North Regional Tournament at the Wildcat Den, the No. 1 seed Ganado Lady Hornets meet up with No. 3 Page Lady Sand Devils, won by Page, 47 — 38.
Three Hopi High media students visited two community colleges, the Central Arizona Project (CAP) headquarters and performed with two blues bands in Phoenix.
Innovative students at STAR School design low-cost evaporative cooler, win $25,000 from Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow project
STAR School students recently won $25,000 from Samsung for their solution to cooling needs on the reservation by designing an evaporative cooler bucket that is low-cost and can be used on and off the grid.
The Navajo Election Administration (NEA) informed the public Feb. 7 that the candidate-filing period opens May 17, 2018 and closes on May 30, 2018 for the upcoming primary and general elections on the Navajo Nation.
Hundreds of Kayenta Mine and Navajo Generating Station workers marched on the Arizona State Capitol Feb. 6 to announce the formation of ‘Yes to NGS,’ a coalition that advocates for solutions to ensure the continuation of NGS operations beyond 2019.
A wooden box carried an eagle feather and bone whistle, a gourd rattle and a feather fan — items that carry spiritual energy and are used in Native American religious ceremonies.
Delegates addresss violence, substance abuse and suicide at two day summit
The 2018 Public Safety Summit centered on themes of “Safety, Protection, and Resilience” this year and highlighted communication, capacity building, consistency and uniformity, and community engagement.
Friday, February 9
PHOENIX (AP) — Hopis and Navajos who work at a coal mine near the Arizona-Utah border said Feb. 6 their family lives and earning power will suffer greatly if the power plant fed by the mine is shuttered as planned.
Thursday, February 8
An Arizona tribe has the legal right to challenge the use of treated effluent to make snow -- even on public lands, the state Court of Appeals ruled today.
Tuesday, February 6
Hopi High girl’s basketball coach Barry Honyouti said a recent win against Tuba City was a big victory since it was the first time the varsity team has beat the Lady Warriors in three years.
Winslow Lady Bulldogs defeat Holbrook in Jan. 23 game.
Community information: Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation warns community about recent flu epidemic
The flu (influenza) is here in full force. Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) learned how severe the yearly flu will be by following other countries and the eastern U.S.
Upcoming news and events around the Hopi and Navajo reservations.
Since 1958, Hashknife Pony Express riders have used relays of horses to deliver mail from Holbrook to Scottsdale, reenacting the Pony Express riders of years past.
The Winslow Police Department (WPD) is now accepting applications for the Citizen Liaison Committee (CLC), which is designed to proactively build trust between constituencies and the Winslow Police Department.
The Standin’ on the Corner Foundation held its annual meeting at Relic Road Brewing Company in historic downtown Winslow to appoint new board members and elect officers.
The Winslow Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs ended their regular season with games in Show Low and home games against Monument Valley. The Bulldogs seem destined to be in the playoffs, with the likelihood of hosting an opening round game.
The Winslow Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs defeated the Holbrook Roadrunners and Lady Roadrunners in Winslow Jan.30. The wins helped both teams in the race for playoff seeding, especially in the girls’ tournament.
Tuba City Unified School District’s (TCUSD) newest K-5 Elementary digital school has been formally christened with a ribbon cutting and will be in full operation for the 2018 winter semester.
Cheyenne River Sioux artist collaborating with local artist Chip Thomas on Navajo Nation and Flagstaff mural project
The Heard Museum is featuring Cheyenne River Sioux artist Cheyenne Randall’s ‘The Mural Project' through Feb. 15, which will include creating murals at the museum and on Gray Mountain on the Navajo Nation and in downtown Flagstaff.
Holbrook High School recently announced its January Students of the Month.
The Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance.
Tracy Lee Nelson, a former member with the popular band known as Redbone, recently cut his eighth CD, “Blues Loving Man.”
Native lawmaker asks for law forbidding derogatory sports logos and names of Native tribes to be used on signage and displays
A Native American lawmaker wants a new state law to forbid the display of any name or logo of any sports team at any publicly funded stadium if any of the state’s 22 tribes finds it “disparaging.’’
Doctors Without Borders will hold a recruiting session for medical and non-medical workers Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Flagstaff Public Library, 300 W. Aspen Ave.
On March 2, the Hopi Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) will reintroduce one of their more popular and successful fundraising events, the HEEF Silent Auction.
The 23rd Navajo Nation Council sent condolences to the family of former Council member Annie B. Descheny, who passed away Jan. 25 at the age of 77.
Representatives from the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission were in attendance Thursday, as Bernalillo County District Court Judge Briana H. Zamora sentenced Gilbert Tafoya to serve the maximum of 20 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections for the brutal beating deaths of two homeless Navajo men in 2014.
Prior to recessing on the second day of the Winter Council Session Jan. 23, the Navajo Nation Council unanimously approved legislation, which seeks final approval from the president to increase funding available for direct services each year for Navajo veterans. This funding is made possible through the Veterans Trust Fund.
Leaders of five tribes accused lawmakers Tuesday of “cherry-picking” tribal members to support an 85 percent reduction in the Bears Ears monuments, and said proposed tribal management of the new monument would be in name only.
On Jan. 25, during the fourth day of the 2018 Winter Council Session, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council confirmed the appointment of Rhonda Tuni, to serve as a probationary district court judge for the Navajo Nation.