Stories for June 2018

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Tuesday, June 26

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Ed Kabotie and 'Tha Yoties will play and sing at Hopi Fest this weekend

Kabotie and his band, 'Tha Yoties will release their new CD at the Orpheum June 30, coinciding with the Hopi Show as part of the IrieZona Reggae Rockout

Ed Kabotie, talks about how art provides a path through addiction and darkness in his music and illustrations.

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Hopi Show kicks off Saturday at the Museum of Nothern Arizona

Duane Koyawena is one of the artists featured at the Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture June 30-July 1

For Duane Koyawena, art and his sobriety go hand in hand and that is what he wants to come across at the Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture this weekend at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff.

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Indian Country remembers horrors of children stripped from parents’ arms

Indian Country remembers. This is not the first administration to order the forced separation of families.

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JJ Nakai blazes trail for younger Native basketball players

JJ Nakai misses her days playing electrifying basketball on the reservation.

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Native female entrepreneur starts Grand Canyon rafting company

As downstream rapids roar, multicolored rafts line Diamondhead Beach at the base of the Grand Canyon.

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Honor Riders escort Code Talker Samuel Holiday to final resting place

Samuel T. Holiday, 94, a Navajo Code Talker, died June 11 and was honored June 15 as his body was escorted home to Kayenta, Arizona.

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Ganado Chapter receives road grader from county

Council Delegate Alton Joe Shepherd, who also serves as Apache County District II Supervisor, presented the donation of a Caterpillar 140H Motor Grader on behalf of the county to the Ganado Chapter and community members June 12.

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Editorial: What to expect from the Navajo Hopi Observer this election season

The Navajo-Hopi Observer will provide candidate bios, Q & A articles on the issues they will face and coverage of local forums and town halls.

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26th annual Wellness Conference presents Diné way of life

The 26th annual WIHCC Wellness Conference, in conjunction with the 13th annual Youth Wellness Conference, was held at Winslow Jr. High June 19 at the Old Gym.

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The Hays Sisters grace Winslow with their pitch perfect gospel harmonies

The Navajo-Hopi Observer had the opportunity to talk with Winslow’s Hays sisters, Mary and Brenda, about their life and music.

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Letter: Navajo Voters Coalition works for the people

The Navajo Nation Primary election is Aug. 28 and the general election is Nov. 6. Let us see if we can do it right this time ...

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Around the Rez: week of June 27

Upcoming events on the Navajo and Hopi reservations and surrounding communities.

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Native band, Clan-Destine, to perform musical stage show ‘Warriors Zeitgiest’

Clan-Destine, one of the most popular and longest-running Native American bands, is taking a time out from most performances as they prepare for a theatrical musical stage show called “Warriors Zeitgiest.”

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Navajo police grows by 12 cadets

The newest group of Navajo Nation police officers will be the first to wear body cameras.

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Marine veteran receives new home through Navajo Nation partnership

Representatives of the Navajo Nation joined disabled Navajo veteran Johnathan Becenti, as he and his wife and children received a new home in the community of Tohatchi June 12.

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Navajo Nation president’s daughter, legal counsel resigns

The Navajo Nation president’s chief legal counsel and daughter has resigned, weeks after she was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

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Navajo Technical University hosts first forum for Navajo Nation presidential race

Next forum to be held July 16 in Ganado

On June 18, 18 candidates convened in Crownpoint for the first Navajo Nation presidential forum of the 2018 political season.

Kayenta crime a concern for Nation

Kayenta Chapter officials, Kayenta District Court, Kayenta Police Department, and Kayenta Unified School District recently gave reports regarding public safety issues and concerns within Kayenta and surrounding communities.

Tuesday, June 19

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Navajo Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday laid to rest

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez June 15 helped the family of Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday say goodbye to a father, grandfather, uncle, warrior and friend June 15.

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Cameron family receives solar generator from Big Navajo Energy

Through its Community Benefit Fund (CBF), Navajo Transitional Energy Company provided a helping hand to install solar power to a Cameron family in late May.

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Andy Harvey Broadcast Workshop encouraging Native students stories

The Andy Harvey Native American Broadcast Workshop this year will bring 30 students from seven indigenous communities, from 18 high schools across Arizona to learn the ins and outs of broadcast journalism June 17-23.

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Around the Rez: week of June 20

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

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Letter to the editor: Black Mesa Trust says there are ways to replace money lost by closure of NGS and Peabody

Why does Peabody Energy want to hang onto the coal leases with Hopi and Navajo Nations?

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Understanding technology through STEM in Winslow

In a recent effort to encourage students to become interested in technology based education as a career Northland Pioneer College put on a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) event in Winslow.

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Taste of Winslow showcases catering services

Around 100 people sampled food during the annual Taste of Winslow fundraiser June 6 at PT’s Bar patio.

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Kids learn to play instruments at Band Day in Winslow

On June 13, as part of the library’s summer offerings, Tyler Allen, who teaches band and orchestra at Winslow Junior and Senior High School, brought instruments to Winslow Library for children to sample.

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Curtis Salgado hits the stage at Flagstaff Blues and Brews

Curtis Salgado, inspiration for “The Blues Brothers” movie, performed at Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival to promote his new CD “Rough Cut.”

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'It eats you:' arsenic plagues Hopi Tribe

Lack of toxin-free water out of reach for many Hopi tribal members

At the base of First Mesa, the ancient village of Walpi in sight, Rosalie Talahongva stands in front of the home her father built for her mother.

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Navajo Nation tightens fire restrictions to Stage 2 across all Navajo lands in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah

The Navajo Nation is tightening fire restrictions across the reservation because of ongoing drought.

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Mandatory penalties imposed for bootlegging

On June 6, the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee (HEHSC) unanimously approved legislation that seeks to impose a mandatory imprisonment term and fine for the illegal sale of alcohol on the Navajo Nation.

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Oljato community breaks ground for roundabout on road to Navajo Tribal Park

The Oljato community broke ground for new highway roundabout in Monument Valley June 14.

Lack of resources leads to ‘grim statistics’ in Native schools

When President Lyndon Johnson laid out a set of sweeping plans for Native American education 50 years ago, from preschool to college, one of the most immediate goals was enrolling 10,000 tribal youth in Head Start programs.

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FBI seeks info after man killed Navajo Nation

FBI officials say a man has been killed on the Navajo Nation near Gallup, New Mexico and they are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

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Navajo Nation gets federal funding for river recovery

The Navajo Nation has been awarded a $1.1 million contract as part of a multi-agency effort to help recover endangered fish in the San Juan River Basin.

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Navajo, Hopi recognized at Chase Field during Native American Recognition Day

Navajos, Hopis and many other tribal members were recognized during Native American Recognition Day (NARD) throughout the Arizona Diamondbacks ballpark at Chase Field June 3.

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Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation discusses promises made to relocatees

Members of the Navajo Nation Council met with federal agencies to discuss the potential closure of the Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation (ONHIR), which oversees the relocation of Navajo people who were affected by the Navajo-Hopi land dispute settlement.

Tuesday, June 12

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Junior high graduates at Tuba City reminded to always keep family first

For the 2018 Tuba City Junior High School (TCJHS) eighth graders, graduation day is a step toward a new high school adventure and the next chapter of their academic career, as they move closer to college.

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New film follows rise of resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock

Floris White Bull and others share experiences through “AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock”

“AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock” is a collaborative documentary created in three chapters, each by a different filmmaker, that follows the rise of the peaceful resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

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Guest column: First Things First honors Teec Nos Pos woman as champion for young children

First Things First recognizes Kerlissa Bitah as a 2018 First Things First Champion for Young Children.

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Letter to the editor: Threatening vital water supplies makes us all downstreamers

Bravo to Rep. Paul Gosar for the unanimous passage of Amendment 63 of the National Defense Authorization Act that recommends compensation for those suffering cancers resulting from nuclear fallout from atmospheric testing by the U.S. government.

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Around the Rez: week of June 13

Upcoming news and events around the Hopi and Navajo reservations.

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Obituary: Marilyn Hatathlie Klopfenstein

Marilyn Hatathlie Klopfenstein, 81, passed away June 4, 2018 in West Valley City, Utah surrounded by her children.

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Getting creative at Winslow Library culinary event

Kids assembled their own pizza June 7 at the Winslow Library culinary event. After assembly, the pizzas went into the ovens for baking and warm pizzas were delivered to their creators, where they were promptly devoured.

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Material Girls quilting guild say thank-you to veterans

Winslow's Quilt Guild, who are named "Material Girls" presented four handmade quilts to veterans June 9.

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Mayor and council members sworn in June 5

The new mayor and three council members for the city of Winslow were sworn in June 5 at the city council meeting.

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Is there a buyer for Navajo Generating Station?

Chicago-based company looks into purchasing Navajo Generating Station

A Chicago-based company said June 7 it is putting together a proposal to buy the coal-fueled Navajo Generating Station, a move that could forestall the plant’s scheduled closure in late 2019 and save hundreds of jobs and funding for Native American tribes.

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Navajo presidential race draws record field of candidates

The race to become president of the country’s largest American Indian reservation has drawn a record number of candidates with 19 filing for the office.

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Native American coal miners seek 90-day pause in shutdown of NGS

About 300 Native American coal miners, power plant workers and families rallied outside the state Capitol Wednesday morning to ask for 90 more days to figure out how to keep the Navajo Generating Station near Page operating.

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Despite gains, Native American employment still lags behind nation

Malinda Andrews sees the problems caused by high rates of joblessness on the Hopi reservation.

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Nation solidifies status as a political government, not a racial group

On May 14, the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee unanimously approved legislation to affirm the constitutionally recognized political distinctions of “Native American, Indian, and Indian Tribes” as political and governmental entities and not racial classifications.

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Help to end teen dating violence: Native youth at risk

Council Delegate Nathaniel Brown (Chilchinbeto, Dennehotso, Kayenta) was invited to be a guest speaker at the “Native Youth Conference: Educating and Preventing Dating Violence” to several Native American youth at the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake.

Missing 1-year-old found safe in Holbrook

A 1-year-old girl allegedly abducted from Arkansas in a custody battle last month has been found safe in northeastern Arizona.

Tuesday, June 5

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105th Winslow High School graduating class of 2018

The 2018 Winslow High School class.

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Winslow Homolovi Observatory opens to star gazers

On June 2, the Winslow Homolovi Observatory opened for 100 star gazers.

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Guest Column: Navajo Hopi Honor Riders complete honor run

What kind of people save their vacation hours annually so they can use it to visit families who have lost their loved one while serving their country?

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Around the Rez: week of June 6

Upcoming news and events around the Hopi and Navajo reservations.

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Tuba City High names top 10 seniors during graduation

It’s not easy to make it to the Top 10 ranking for your graduating class when you’re in a tough, competitive, densely populated reservation school like Tuba CIty High School.

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Loren Silver named Teacher of the Year at Holbrook Jr/Sr High

Loren Silver, Navajo Language Teacher at Holbrook Jr. High and High School, is presented a plaque for “Teacher of the Year” by Jonas Yazzie, board member from the National Johnson O’Malley Association.

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Navajo Treaty of 1868 arrives in Window Rock

Navajo Nation leaders were on hand May 31 as the Navajo Nation Museum unveiled the original Treaty of 1868, also know as Naaltsoos Saní, at the “Year of Naaltsoos Saní” at a ceremony in Window Rock, Arizona.

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Zuni Fest brings color, culture to Flagstaff

Zuni music, art and dance filled the Museum of Northern Arizona's 28th annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture over Memorial Day weekend.

Is sleeping a crime?

Ban on camping within Flagstaff city limits upheld by city council

The Flagstaff City Council upheld the ban on camping on public property within the city of Flagstaff May 8, citing fire danger as one reason for the ban.

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Native comedian brings message of laughter, hope to Hopi High graduation

Tatanka means laughter, but the Native American comedian also brought messages about the importance of education and not drinking to the graduates at Hopi High School during the 32nd commencement exercise May 24 at Bruin Stadium.

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Ride for the Cure bull riding and trail ride set for June 8-9 in Kayenta

Ride for the Cure (RFC) event, a major cause to combat and research cancer, is scheduled for June 8-9 in Kayenta, Arizona.

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Navajo Nation finalizes loan agreement to construct Twin Arrows Travel Center

Navajo Nation Council delegates and the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise finalized loan documents to construct the Twin Arrows Travel Center, located near Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort, 24 miles east of Flagstaff.

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Gas prices on the rise in Tuba City and Moenkopi

In the past week, gas prices in Tuba City, Arizona have jumped from $2.97 to $3.03 to now at a high of $ 3.09 at Hopi TUUVI Travel station at the corner of Highway 264, entrance to Hopiland and at the gateway to Navajoland’s famed Monument Valley.