Stories for January 2018

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Tuesday, January 30

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Guest column: Trademark case dismissed, Blackhorse says movement lives on

It is very difficult for me to speak on this but it’s time.

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Guest column: 'Savanna's Law" could help find missing children in Indian Country

On Aug. 19, 2017, 22-year old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind was reported missing by her family.

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Around the Rez: Jan. 31

Upcoming news and events on the Hopi and Navajo reservations.

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Homolovi Observatory complete; lunar party Jan. 31

The Winslow Homolovi Observatory is a joint effort of the City of Winslow, the Hopi Tribe and residents.

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Winslow weaver featured in new tapestry book

Marlowe Katoney, from Winslow, will be featured in a new book.

Winslow city council in good financial shape, steadily improving in many areas

The Winslow City Council met Jan. 24 and heard four reports and acted upon five consent calendar items and three consideration and action items.

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Tuba City Primary gives farewell performance, prepares to move to new school

The last public and community student performance was given at the old Tuba City Primary School on Main Street in uptown Tuba City, before the move to a new school after break in January.

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Holbrook, Blue Ridge and St. Johns schools compete at robotics competition

Blue Ridge, Holbrook and St. Johns High Schools participated at the inaugural “Painted Desert In The Zone — VEX Skills Robotics Competition,” at Munoz Gymnasium at Holbrook High School Jan. 13.

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Holbrook High first semester perfect attendance

Holbrook High School honors its first semester perfect attendance students.

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Holbrook High December Students of the Month

Holbrook High School recently announced its December Students of the Month.

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Jesse Delmar, executive director of Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, appointed to children’s commission

Jesse Delmar, director of the Navajo Division of Public Safety, was appointed to the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Jan. 3 to provide for the education, health and safety of Native American children.

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Navajo Nation honors UFC champion Nicco Montano

Nation honors women's flyweight champion, St. Michaels volleyball team and bullriding champion

On the opening day of the 2018 Winter Council Session, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council recognized and congratulated Nicco Montano, a member of the Navajo Nation from the community of Lukachukai, who recently won the Ultimate Fighting Championship inaugural Women’s Flyweight Title.

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Kayenta Solar Farm to provide power to more homes on Nation

An agreement was signed between the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) and Salt River Project (SRP) Jan. 26 to extend the capacity of the Kayenta Solar Farm to double the amount of energy it will produce and the number of homes it will power.

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Navajo Nation stands in solidarity against human trafficking

January declared Human Trafficking Awareness Month by Navajo Nation

The 2018 Winter Council session opened with all three branches of government standing in solidarity against human trafficking on the Navajo Nation with an awareness walk and signing of an proclamation.

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Navajo Nation re-allocates sales tax to fire and rescue services

The Navajo Nation Council approved legislation Jan. 25 which seeks to reallocate approximately 17 percent of the Navajo Nation Sales Tax non-retail and retail revenue to the Navajo Nation Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

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Council appoints JoAnn Jayne probationary Navajo Nation Chief Justice

On Jan. 24, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council approved the appointment of JoAnn Bitsilly Jayne as the probationary Chief Justice for the Navajo Nation Supreme Court, for a period of two years.

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Begaye calls on Congress to prioritize Indian health and allocate funding

In the face of drastic budget cuts to the Special Diabetes Programs for Indians, Navajo President Russell Begaye called on Congress and federal agencies to prioritize Indian health and allocate funding for essential programs Jan. 17.

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Law and Order Committee accepts report regarding cyberbullying

On Jan. 16, the Law and Order Committee received a report from the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the President and Vice President, and the Peacemaking Program, regarding cyberbullying on the Navajo Nation.

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Committee pushes for accountability on college campuses on the Navajo Nation

On Jan. 12, the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee received an annual report from Diné College regarding last year’s accomplishments and proposed future initiatives and programs.

Tuesday, January 23

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Winslow Art Council Hosts Blue Ridge Artist Group

For their Second Saturday in January, the Winslow Art Council hosted artists from the Blue Ridge Artists Group.

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Arizona law enforcement doesn't reflect state's diversity; Winslow police force does

Despite national calls for more diverse law enforcement agencies, very few, if any, Arizona police departments reflect the demographics of the communities they serve — though diversity is not always their top priority.

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Around the Rez: Jan. 24

Upcoming news on the Navajo and Hopi reservations.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration hosted by Winslow NAACP

More than 80 people helped memorialize Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 15 during a celebration held at the Winslow Visitor Center.

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Winslow Art Trust Museum nears completion

The La Posada Hotel grounds in Winslow is soon to be home to the Winslow Art Trust Museum.

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Begaye gives state of Nation address in Phoenix

On Jan. 10, the Arizona Governor’s Office convened around the 23rd Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day at the State Capitol in Phoenix.

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Hopi High media students attend Indian Nations and Tribal Legislative Day in Phoenix

Five Hopi High media students not only attended Indian Nations and Tribal Legislative Day Jan. 10, but were the only students allowed on the floor of the House of Representatives, where they heard speeches by tribal leaders.

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Arizona State Museum receives donation of 208 Hopi baskets from collectors

The Arizona State Museum (ASM) announced Jan. 17 it received a significant donation of 208 Hopi baskets from Judith W. and Andrew D. Finger residents of Dallas, Texas and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Carbon monoxide detector saves lives of Second Mesa family

On Jan. 19, Red Feather Development Group, with help from Roof Dancers, installed a new stove for the Lomabalaquihoya family, a result of a Giving Tuesday campaign by Red Feather.

Tuesday, January 16

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54th annual Doc Wright wrestling tourney draws schools from around Arizona

The Show Low Cougars wrestling team won the Doc Wright Invitational Meet in Winslow Jan. 12-13 with 241.5 points to 219.5 for second place Camp Verde.

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School music programs march to a new beat at Tuba City

Pre-winter concert showcases piano, guitar, blended band and choral selections

Tuba City Unified School District (TCUSD) recognizes that art and music are an important component to giving students a well-rounded education.

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Get ready to Rumble, Flagstaff

Annual Rumble on the Mountain features local artists, musicians, dancers and speakers highlighting the people and sacred lands of the Colorado Plateau

Rumble on the Mountain IV, an annual event to raise awareness of the plight of indigenous people and lands of the Colorado Plateau, takes place Jan. 20 at the Coconino Center for the Arts from 2-7 p.m.

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Diné College freshman, Darrien Clitso, awarded academic scholarship

For Darrien Clitso, a freshman at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona, Christmas was extra significant last year as she was awarded the Lauren Swisher Memorial Scholarship for direct educational expenses on Dec. 25, 2017.

Holbrook High School announces first semester Honor Roll

Holbrook High School’s (HHS) recently announced its first semester Honor Roll students for the 2017-18 school year.

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Begaye delivers State of Nation address at U.S. Capitol

President says Navajo Nation is not a guest, deserves a place at the table

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye gave a fiery speech about the impact Navajos have on the state during his state of tribal nation address at the Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day at the Arizona State Capitol Jan. 10 in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Hopi housing complex opens in Winslow

The Hopi Tribal Housing Authority (HTHA) showcased an open house of 40 new homes in Winslow, Arizona Jan. 9 that ranged from one to five bedrooms on land purchased by the Hopi Tribe.

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Around the reservation: week of Jan. 17

Upcoming news and events around the Hopi and Navajo reservations

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Navajo Route 6 could honor Korean Vets

On Jan. 4 the Resources and Development Committee considered legislation which seeks support to designate Navajo Route 6 as the “Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway” and requests the Navajo Division of Transportation and Bureau of Indian Affairs to recognize the designation.

Tuba City’s KTBA 76 AM radio station announces new programming

KTBA Radio’s (76 AM) “Voice of Hope” Christian station released its Diné Bikeya Today program schedule, which runs from 1-4 p.m. weekdays.

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Sean McCabe appointed director of Navajo Division of Economic Development

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye appointed Sean McCabe as the new Director of the Division of Economic Development (DED).

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Budget and Finance Committee supports suplemental funding for Navajo scholarships

During a special meeting held Dec. 27, the Budget and Finance Committee approved a recommendation by a vote of 3-0 for legislation which seeks approval in the amount of $1.6 million to provide Navajo students with scholarship funding.

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Navajo Nation approves $2.45 million for eastern Navajo district grazing committees

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed a resolution Jan. 7 awarding $2.45 million from the Navajo Nation’s Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance in stipends for officials serving on district grazing committees and farm boards, as well as the Eastern Navajo Land Board.

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Navajo veteran, Tiarra DiNardo, sworn on to Veteran Advisory Council

An Army veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom was sworn in as the newest member of the Navajo Nation Veterans Advisory Council during a Jan. 4 ceremony.

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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye urges Congress to reject bill to downsize Bears Ears National Monument

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye took a stand for tribal sovereignty and preservation of the Navajo way of life Jan. 9 when he urged Congress to strike down a bill that would slash 85 percent of the land from Bears Ears National Monument.

Tuesday, January 9

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Hopi High ends fall semester with concert, prepares to kick off spring semester

Hopi High’s music program closed out the semester by giving the student body a performance in the auditorium Dec 20, with a mix of holiday and non-holiday tunes.

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Letter to the editor: “Those Navajo (Code Talker) boys, saved our butts”

I read in the Observer that Code Talker Teddy Draper Sr. passed.

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Construction underway for 36 homes in Bennett Freeze

Groundbreaking for the construction of the first of 36 new modular homes in the Former Bennett Freeze Area (FBFA) began Dec. 19 and construction is underway.

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Native Americas' recovery from recession brings little advancement

Recovery from the Great Recession has been slow in much of Arizona, but in Indian Country the pace has been glacial.

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Winslow holds gardening class for members of the Winslow Community Garden

Stephen J. Campbell, an agent of Natural Resources from the University of Arizona, holds a two and half day class Jan. 4-6 on master gardening.

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Winslow Lady Bulldogs best Blue Ridge, Bulldog boys lose 78-66

The Winslow High School basketball teams played the Blue Ridge Yellowjackets Jan. 5 with the Lady Bulldogs victorious, 54-27, over the Lady Yellowjackets.

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Winslow Police Chief Daniel Brown sits down with NHO after eight months on the job

The Navajo Hopi Observer had an opportunity to talk with Winslow’s new Police Chief Daniel Brown Jan. 3.

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"Unbroken Code" film tells story of Navajo Code Talkers

Feature film by Navajo filmmaker Kody Dayish in pre-production, now casting actors

Kody Dayish Productions, featuring Kody and his brother, Kolin and sister, Kolette, are currently making a feature film titled “Unbroken Code” about Navajo Code Talkers during WWII. The siblings are from Shiprock, New Mexico and are seeking extras and cast members for the film.

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Navajo purchase Boyer Ranch in Colorado, located in the shadow of sacred peak

Ranch adds 28,855 acres owned by Navajo Nation in Colorado; President Begaye plans to use land for Navajo beef operation

On Dec. 15, the Navajo Nation became the official owners of Boyer Ranch, which is adjacent to Wolf Springs Ranch located in Westcliffe, Colorado.

Friday, January 5

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Short closure Jan. 9 on US 89 north of Page

Crews to repair roadway lighting fixtures

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) advises drivers around Page to expect delays in both directions on US 89 at Glen Canyon Bridge Jan. 9, between 1 and 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 2

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Hualapai Tribe plans to open zip line at western rim of Grand Canyon

In January, a pair of zip lines will send guests nearly 1,000 feet above a side canyon on the western rim of Grand Canyon. Each zip line will carry four people.

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Public Safety: Whooping cough reported in Tuba City

Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) has confirmed an increase in Pertussis (whooping cough) illness in the Tuba City service areas.

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Community information: WIC cards replacing paper checks for members

The Arizona Department of Health Services has completed a multi-year effort to launch a system replacing paper checks with a card for families that participate in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program.

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Valley internship program teaches students how to 'do it right the first time'

Six Hopi High media students learned about Spot 127, an after-school media program in the Phoenix area, during a recent trip to the valley.

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Native tribes unite in prayer run to support Bears Ears National Monument

On Dec. 26, indigenous youth members of the Diné, Hopi, Pueblo, Apache and Ute Nations united for a 195 mile prayer run in support of Bears Ears National Monument.

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Out and about: Cooler temps offer perfect hiking weather at Superstition Mountains

This is a great time of year for a hike in the Superstition Mountains because the weather is cooling off.

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13 Tuba City athletes named All-Stars by Navajo Times

Tuba City High School (TCHS) sports has always had excellent athletes dating back to the 1960s, including award winning runners, football players and recently volleyball, in the last five years.

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Navajo Council overrides presidential veto of Veteran's Trust Fund Income Act

With a vote of 22-0, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council unanimously supported an override of President Russell Begaye’s veto of the Navajo Nation Veterans Trust Fund Income The Council approved the Veterans Trust Fund Income Act during the Fall Council Session in October.

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Winslow Lady Bulldogs top Snowflake, lose to Page; Bulldogs lose to Snowflake but beat Page

The Winslow Lady Bulldogs defeated Snowflake, 60-51, then lost to Page, 58-42, in games before the Christmas break and the 2018 portion of this season.

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Twin Arrows travel center approved

Legislation approving a loan and grant agreement between the Navajo Nation and the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise was passed Dec. 5 allowing construction of the Síhasin Fund Twin Arrows Travel Center Development Project, near the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort.

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First Navajo woman judge passes away

The Honorable Marie Roanhorse Neswood, retired judge of the Navajo Nation, and first woman confirmed as a Navajo Nation judge, passed away Dec. 24, 2017.

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The biggest federal tax overhaul in 30 years: Native tribes not included

A $1.5 trillion dollar increase in the federal deficit will create pressure to cut federal programs and services important to tribal communities

Congress passed some of the most significant adjustments to federal tax policy since 1986 in December.

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Tuba City Regional Health Care commended for services to more than 6,000 miles of reservation

Facility is first facility to provide Sexual Assualt Response Team

Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) serves the communities within the Western Navajo Agency encompassing over 6,000 square-miles, including adjacent communities of the Hopi Tribe.

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Bates advocates for Navajo Nation priorities with members of House and Senate

A number of economic and environmental issues were presented to the Western Caucus Foundation Dec. 8 in Las Vegas by Navajo Nation Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland) to bring U.S. House and Senate members up to speed on key issues.

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Around the reservation: week of Jan. 3

Upcoming news and events around the Hopi and Navajo reservations