Stories for July 2018


Tuesday, July 31

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Community Health Representatives serve Hopi/Tewa with medical, housing needs

The Community Health Representative program, also known as CHR, has been serving American communities for 50 years and the Hopi/Tewa communities since the 1970s.

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Police: Native American activist accused of rape in Santa Fe

A Native American activist accused of raping unconscious women and recording the assaults on video has been arrested in Phoenix after police in New Mexico issued a warrant for his arrest, according to online jail records.

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After two years, Congress OKs bill to let Apache move on water project

The House gave final approval July 23 to a bill that would let the White Mountain Apache proceed on desperately needed improvements to their water system, ending two years of back-and-forth debate in Congress on the issue.

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Color Run wraps up WIHCC's 'Just Move It' campaign to promote healthy lifestyles

The Winslow color run was the final summer exercise event and was sponsored by Winslow Indian Health Care Center July 24. Held across the Navajo Nation, these twelve summer events were part of an ongoing effort by WIHCC to promote good health and reduce diabetes risk for Navajos.

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Publishers Clearing House announces winner in Winslow

On July 26, Alma Nelson of Winslow, Arizona was awarded a check for $50,000 and $10,000 each year for life.

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Around the Rez: week of Aug. 1

Upcoming news and events around the Hopi and Navajo reservations.

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Community information: Technology can help young kids learn

For families of babies, toddlers and preschoolers, saying no screen time is easier said than done.

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Navajo artist creates Native superheroes for new comic book

Navajo artist Shaun Beyale's newest comic book is set in futuristic post-apocalyptic Southwest; 'Ayla, The Monster Slayer' to be released at Indigenous Comic Con

Artist Shaun Beyale believes Native people are living in a post-apocalyptic world and that is the inspiration behind his upcoming comic book ‘Ayla, The Monster Slayer,’ which he hopes to have ready by Indigenous Comic Con in November.

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Lori Piestewa, 11 others to be inducted into first Native American Hall of Fame

After 10 years, 30 nominees and decades of discovery, the first National Native American Hall of Fame will induct 12 honorees in October. Arizona’s Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman to die in combat as a member of U.S. military, is among those who will be celebrated.

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Designer helps iconic Barbie doll better reflect global diversity

As visitors stroll through the aisles of Barbie dolls arrayed at a national collectors’ convention in Phoenix, one doll among hundreds stands apart.

Council delegate: Navajo Nation’s correctional facilities do not have nurses or medical staff

On July 23, the Indian Health Service was requested to assign adequate medical staff at all of the Navajo Nation correctional facilities to ensure the medical needs of the inmate population.

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EPA seeks dismissal of Gold King Mine spill lawsuit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking a federal court in New Mexico to toss out a lawsuit over a mine waste spill in Colorado that polluted rivers in three states.

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Navajo Nation President Begaye encourages Manuelito scholars to continue to push for change

On July 25, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye congratulated 132 Navajo scholars who were awarded the 2018 Chief Manuelito Scholarship.

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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signs deal to power 44 Navajo homes in eight communities

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed a contract July 26 for Big Navajo Energy to install solar power units for 44 Navajo homes that are located on lands impacted by the Navajo-Hopi land dispute.

Coal plant closure sparks worry in northwestern New Mexico

Officials in northwestern New Mexico are grappling with the likely effects of a coal power plant closure near the Navajo Nation and in one of the nation’s poorest states.

Committee starts work on Arizona drought contingency plan

Arizona water users are starting work on an ambitious plan to lessen the impact of Colorado River water shortages.

Arizona may take over permit program protecting rivers

Arizona may take over responsibility for issuing dredge-and-fill permits under the Clean Water Act, a task long handled by the federal government.

Discussions to focus on Native American voting rights

Access and barriers to the political process across Indian Country will be the focus of an upcoming discussion in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, July 25

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Obituary: Mary B. Mexicano

Mary B. Mexicano, 76, of Flagstaff, passed away on Wednesday July 11, 2018 at her home in Tuba City, Arizona.

Tuesday, July 24

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Around the Rez: week of July 25

Congressman Tom O’Halleran to visit Navajo Nation July 29-31

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

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Jungle Jane brings reptiles and birds to Winslow

Winslow Library brought Jungle Jane from Phoenix to introduce Winslow kids and adults to reptiles and birds as part of it summer full of fun events.

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Photo highlights: Hatahlii Connection in Winslow helps people bond

Hatahlii Connection is owned and operated by Dawnna Ybarra, who is a certified integrated equine gestalt coach.

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Bid to purchase Remington sparks conflict within Navajo leadership

President's office and speaker's office at odds over $525 million dollar bid for gun manufacturing company

An article in The New York Times July 16 that said the Navajo Nation had offered to buy Remington Arms Co., LLC for approximately $525 million cash spurred conflicting statements from the Nation's executive and legislative branches.

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Art: Native artists shine at Prescott Indian Art Market

Veronica Benally won Best of Show and several other Navajo artists took home top prizes at the 21st annual Prescott Indian Art Market (PIAM) July 14-15 at Sharlot Hall Museum.

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Monsoons bring relief to reservations and northern Arizona

Monsoons bring much needed rain to northern Arizona.

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Tribal leaders tell Senate voting barriers are systemic

Native Americans have been “systematically denied access to fair representation” as a result of persistent barriers to voting, advocates and tribal leaders told a Senate roundtable July 17.

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Delayed birth certificate event draws large public response

Diné citizens receive assistance during public outreach events to obtain legal paperwork

On July 18, Navajo Nation Speaker LoRenzo Bates said the Nation was pleased that many Diné citizens are getting assistance and benefiting from several public events intended to help individuals obtain delayed birth certificates, driver’s licenses, Driver Authorization Cards, vehicle registrations and other documents that comply with the federal Real ID Act.

Navajo Nation Council OKs bill on police standards, training

The Navajo Nation is moving to set its own standards and training requirements for certification of tribal police officers instead of continuing to rely on processes used by the federal government or states.

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Navajo Nation Council welcomes horse trail riders for 2018 summer council

The 23rd Navajo Nation Council convened on the opening day of the 2018 Summer Council Session July 16, in the Council Chamber in Window Rock.

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Hiker rescued at Grand Falls on Navajo Nation

On July 16 at approximately 7 p.m. multiple agencies responded to rescue an injured hiker at Grand Falls.

Obituary: Mary B. Mexicano

Mary B. Mexicano, age 76 of Flagstaff, passed away on Wednesday July 11, 2018 at her home in Tuba City, AZ.

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The 69th annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture takes place at Museum of Northern Arizona Aug. 4-5

More than 60 artists and performers will travel from across the Navajo Nation for a weekend of cultural immersion at the Museum of Northern Arizona’s 69th annual Navajo Festival of Arts & Culture Aug. 4 and 5.

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Congressman O’Halleran aids Navajo Hopi Indian Relocation office

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye commended U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., for securing an amendment to the fiscal 2019 appropriations to aid the Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation (ONHIR).

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Navajo Council approves emergency funding for Head Start

On July 17, the Navajo Nation Council approved emergency funding for Navajo Head Start.

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Zuni carver Mike Tucson shares beauty of fetish tradition

Who do you call on when you need a little shot of strength, self-reliance or wisdom? For many, it’s a tiny animal totem infused with one or many special attributes and is said to convey those helpful properties to the carrier.

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Navajo Nation Council approves establishment of Navajo Veterans Housing Program

During the second day of the 2018 Summer Council Session, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council voted in support of Legislation No. 0021-18, establishing the Navajo Veterans Housing Program within the Navajo Veterans Administration.

Navajo County authorities investigate fatal hit-and-run case

The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit-and-run accident that killed a woman from Heber/Overgaard.

Tuesday, July 17

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Begaye encourages aspiring Diné writers

Navajos are natural storytellers, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye told the rising generation of Navajo novelists, poets, screenwriters and nonfiction writers July 12.

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Winslow High School athlete receives scholarship to American Indian College

A recent Winslow High School graduate and captain the 2018 State Championship basketball team will be attending American Indian College in Phoenix this year.

City Manager Stephen Paulken announces retirement at City Council meeting

Winslow City Manager Stephen Pauken reported has submitted a resignation letter, effective Jan. 4, 2019.

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Winslow's Youth Summer Mission program a success

The First Indian Baptist Church Youth Summer Mission program in Winslow ended July 12 in Winslow with a potluck dinner, evening prayer service and a full house.

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Native youth connect with land of forefathers

Hopi youth remove graffiti near Camp Verde's Clear Creek Camp through Native Conservation Corps and Legacy programs

Armed with an all-natural graffiti removal cleaner, scrub brushes and sheer determination, the Native Conservation Corps (NCC) Hopi crew tackled the vulgar language and drawings that littered the rocks near the petroglyphs of the Clear Creek Camp east of Camp Verde last month.

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Babbitt Ranches holds annual colt sale north of Flagstaff

The 2018 Babbitt Ranch Colt Sale was held at the Spiderweb Camp on the Babbitt Ranch July 14.

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Community information: Hopi Education Endowment Fund recoginzes Hopi scholarship recipients

Annually, the Hopi Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) hosts an event to recognize current Hopi students receiving scholarships through HEEF and the Hopi Tribe Grants & Scholarships Program.

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Around the Rez: week of July 18

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

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Mexican Springs family receives new home following house fire

On July 6, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye presented the keys for a newly constructed home to a Mexican Springs family whose home had burned down over a year ago.

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Navajo and Hopi Tribes unite to keep NGS open

On July 12, leaders of the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe reaffirmed their support for the continuation of the Navajo Generating Station for the benefit of the Navajo and Hopi people.

Navajo company buys stake in Four Corners power plant

Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) has closed a transaction in which it acquired a seven percent ownership interest in units 4 and 5 of the Four Corners Power Plant (FCPP).

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Flash flood sends 200 tourists to high ground near Grand Canyon

Torrents of water rushed July 12 through an Arizona canyon famous for its towering blue-green waterfalls, sending tourists scrambling to benches, trees and caves as they sought higher ground.

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Out and about: A trail for experienced hikers in the Pine Mountain Wilderness

Wilderness areas, such as Pine Mountain Wilderness area, are not like national or state parks.

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Ganado celebrates opening of Lok’aah Ni Teel Shopping Center

On July 11, members of the Navajo Nation Council joined residents from Ganado to celebrate the grand opening of the Lok’aah Ni Teel Shopping Center located at Burnside Junction, approximately 40-miles west of Window Rock, Arizona.

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Delayed birth registration events assist those without original birth certificates

The Navajo Nation Office of Vital Records and Identification (NOVRI) has organized a Delayed Birth Registration event to take place at the Navajo Nation Department of Education (DODE) July 16-18.

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Navajo Nation urges expansion of radiation exposure law

From the end of World War II to the mid-1980s, about 30 million ton of uranium ore were extracted from lands belonging to the nation’s largest American Indian reservation.

Nation supports responsible transition to renewable energy

On July 12, the Naabik’iyátí’ Committee approved legislation that opposes the “Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona” initiative, while still reaffirming its support for a responsible transition to renewable energy.

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U.S. delays decision on drilling near Great Sand Dunes park to consult with the Navajo Nation

The U.S. government on Tuesday delayed a decision on a contentious proposal to allow oil and gas drilling near Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado, saying it first wants to consult with the Navajo Nation, which owns land in the area.

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Ex-Navajo police officer gets 16 years for fatal DUI crash

A 31-year-old former Navajo Nation police officer has been sentenced to 16 years for a fatal DUI crash.

Thursday, July 12

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Update: Hiker recounts flooding near Havasupai Falls

About 200 tourists are being evacuated from a campground on tribal land near famous waterfalls deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon.

Tuesday, July 10

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Winslow patriotism on display at Freedom Fun Fest

On July 4, the city of Winslow hosted a festival at Stadium Park with activities and a patriotic parade in which children showed off their Independence Day themed vehicles.

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Public information: Med return collection boxes now available on Hopi

The Hopi Resource Enforcement Services and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office have partnered to establish a permanent Med Return Collection Box at the Hopi Resource Enforcement Services Office, which is located on BIA Route 2 mile post #46 in Kykotsmovi, Arizona.

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Around the Rez: week of July 11

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

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Grassroots group works to save wild horses on parched Navajo Reservation

About a dozen volunteers are providing water for 200 horses on the Navajo Nation

Glenda Seweingyawma plucked quarters from a giant pickle jar and dropped them into the water-station vending machine to fill up a large plastic barrel. It’s a common scene: About 40 percent of Navajos living on the reservation have to haul their drinking water.

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Navajo community still uneasy after gang members arrested

Down the road from Hank Blair's trading post in the tiny community of Lukachukai on the Navajo Nation, a sign occasionally would pop up in a corn field saying the crop was ready.

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Farm bill passes with provisions to protect Native American resources

The Office of the President and Vice President commended the New Mexico senators for securing provisions in the Farm Bill that will help protect Native American seeds used for cultural, religious, medicinal, ceremonial and agricultural purposes.

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Women are Sacred conference promotes indigenous traditional knowledge

On June 28, Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty provided a plenary address entitled “We Carry Our Medicine” at the annual Women Are Sacred Conference, which focused on the utilization of indigenous traditional knowledge and ceremony for violence prevention.

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Diné college student receives academic achievement award

Tatyanna Begay has always been an intelligent, friendly and hard- working student. That was the consensus at a Student Academic Achievement Awards Ceremony at Diné College in April.

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21st annual Prescott Indian Art Market features Navajo artist from Shiprock

Jim Harrison, a Navajo from Shiprock, New Mexico, has been chosen as the featured artist at the 21st annual Prescott Indian Art Market (PIAM) July 14-15 at Sharlot Hall Museum in downtown Prescott.

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Begaye promotes Navajo owned and operated Managed Care Organization

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye told the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that a Navajo owned and operated Managed Care Organization (MCO) is needed to expand the nation’s current health system.

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Diné College students engage in discussion on public health needs

For a little more than two hours last week, students taking part in Diné College’s Summer Research Enhancement Program (SREP) shared presentations on public health community needs.

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Out and about: Mount Graham is highest peak in southern Arizona and worth a look

Mount Graham has called to this hiker for many years and with so many hiking trails closed in northern Arizona because fire restrictions, I finally answered the call.

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Enrollment spikes at Diné College

Diné College reported it’s highest summer enrollment in eight years at each of its campuses for 2018, according to information from the Diné College Registrar’s Office.

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Navajo Nation hosts 3rd annual youth and elder summit in Window Rock

The Navajo Nation hosted the third annual Youth and Elder Summit June 28-29 at the Navajo Nation Museum to help bridge the gap between youth and elders.

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Photo gallery: Hopi Festival award winners

The 85th annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture took place over the Fourth of July weekend at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

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Colorado hiker finds ancient mug in Mohave County

People come from all over the world to view the scenery at the Arizona Strip, but one visitor was surprised by more than the beauty of the area when he stumbled upon a prehistoric artifact partially buried in the sand.

Native kids' art heads home to Arizona from Louisiana attic

When antique dealer Ray Stevenson first saw the Chinle Boarding School student artwork in an attic at a Shreveport garage sale in 2000, he had no idea what he was looking at. All he knew was that he was drawn to the children’s drawing.

Tuesday, July 3

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Tsaile holds first Girl Scouts STEM Camp

Navajo Transitional Energy Company hosts STEM camp June 23 for Navajo Girl Scouts

Pointing to the stars under a cool Arizona night, Devon Gorman asked if any of the young girls would like to travel in space someday.

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Sushi on the rez?

Carlos Deal, a Native entrepreneur, says yes.

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Piccadilly craze hits Navajo reservation

Maxine Foster has been selling Piccadillys and snow cones along Highway 89 in Cameron, Arizona since October for tourists and residents alike to cool off in the northern Arizona heat.

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Around the Rez: week of July 4

Upcoming news and events around the Hopi and Navajo reservations

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Guest column: Summer is ideal time to prepare kids for kindergarten

The months leading up to the first day of kindergarten can be an ideal time to prepare your child for what to expect.

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Third annual Winslow Antiques Appraisal Fair July 14 at Old Trails Museum

If you’re ever wondered about that old family heirloom, bring it to the third annual Winslow Antiques Appraisal Fair July 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Winslow Visitor Center/Hubbell Trading Post.

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Winslow's first responders host kids for an educational day

The Winslow Library summer program hosted first responders June 26.

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Smithsonian names Native American Veteran’s Memorial winner

Cheyenne and Arapaho Vietnam veteran wins national contest for D.C. memorial

A special jury for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian has announced their unanimously selected design concept for the National Native American Veterans Memorial, titled, “Warriors’ Circle of Honor.”

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Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort launches first security robot in Arizona

The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Navajo Gaming) announced June 27 that Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort is the first location in the state of Arizona and the second casino in the Nation to launch a Knightscope security robot.

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Navajo, others testify for bill to expand protections for ‘downwinders’

Navajo officials and residents urged a Senate committee June 27 to expand coverage of a fund that compensates uranium miners and “downwinders” — people who lived downwind from Cold War nuclear tests.

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AMSAA offering basketball clinic in Tuba City to middle and high school students July 16-19

The Arizona Middle School Athletics Association (AMSAA) is hoping to provide middle school students in Arizona the challenge and excitement of participating in middle school athletic tournaments that will also unite programs across the state and on reservations.

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Red Rock community receives $1.6M from Nation for new senior center

The Tsé Lichíí’ Chapter, also known as the Red Rock Chapter, received $1.6 million in funding to assist in constructing a new senior citizen center June 20.

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Navajo Nation looks to continue success of federal Land Buy-Back Program

A meeting was held June 21 to discuss the implementation of the second round of the federal Land Buy-Back Program for the Navajo Nation.

U.S. makes up to $110M available to tribal crime victims

Federal officials said June 26 they plan to make up to $110 million available to tribes seeking to support victims of domestic violence, assault, drug trafficking and other crimes amid an opioid crisis that has hit tribal communities especially hard.

Wolf Springs Ranch faces new challenges

On June 20, the Resources and Development Committee (RDC) received a report from the Navajo Nation Fish and Wildlife manager Samuel Diswood regarding ongoing activities, operations and challenges associated with Wolf Springs Ranch.