Stories for September 2018

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Tuesday, September 25

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Native American Teen Talk Show returns to the air waves, seeks interviewees

The Hopi High Teen Show, the only live remote Native American Teen Talk Show in the nation, is back on-air and Hopi High teens are looking for community members to interview about local issues for their next show Oct. 4.

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Winslow names Homecoming king and queen

Winslow named its Homecoiming King and Queen Sept. 21 at its homecoming game against the Tuba City Warriors.

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Winslow Bulldogs defeat Tuba City Warriors, 47-0 during homecoming game

The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Tuba City Warriors Sept. 21 in Winslow’s homecoming game. The win improved Winslow’s record to 4-2 and left Tuba City at 1-4.

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Texas Camel Corp thrills Winslow

The Texas Camel Corps arrived at Winslow Visitor’s Center with four camels and many camel facts.

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Letter: NACA thanks foundation for new van

NACA and its Pathways program is extremely grateful to The Coleman Charitable Foundation for its generous donation to help NACA purchase a new passenger van.

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Letter: Navajo Nation lacks educated leadership

One does not need to look too far to conclude that we’ve clearly had a failure of leadership. Disappointingly, our political system is not working as it should.

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Around the Rez: week of September 26

Upcoming events in and around the Navajo and Hopi reservations.

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Part III: Questions for why Native American women vanish go unanswered

Browning is the heart of the Blackfeet Nation, a distinctly Western town with calf-roping competitions, the occasional horseback rider ambling down the street — and a hardscrabble reality. Nearly 40 percent of the residents live in poverty.

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Justice Department seeks dismissal from tribe’s lawsuit in Loreal Tsingine death

Attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department want a federal judge to drop a lawsuit that faulted the office for not prosecuting an Arizona police officer in a Navajo woman’s death.

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Navajo presidential hopeful had to choose new running mate

A former two-term Navajo president seeking to recapture the office was forced to pick another vice presidential candidate Tuesday after discovering his earlier choice wasn’t eligible because he isn’t registered to vote.

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Despite thin record on Native law, tribes wary of Kavanaugh

Add Native Americans to the list of groups concerned about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

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Homecoming spirit shines at Hopi High

Hopi High’s Steven Baker was crowned homecoming king and Jaeda Honani was crowned homecoming queen during halftime of the football game Sept. 21 at Bruin Stadium.

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Travel Center breaks ground, intern program unveiled

Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise launches first-of-its-kind educational partnership for Navajo College students

Dalphianna Prettysongs was accepted into law school, but instead she is one of 20 interns working on the Navajo reservation, part of an internship program unveiled at the ground breaking of the new travel center at Twin Arrows Sept. 20.

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Potential buyer for Navajo Generating Station out, plant closure likely

The investment firm that was interested in buying the Navajo Generating Station broke off its pursuit this week, making the closure of the plant next year and the loss of hundreds of jobs appear more likely.

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Helium production to start near Petrified Forest; environmental groups concerned

A Canadian energy company will add to its helium operation with more than 3,000 acres of newly leased federal land near Petrified Forest National Park in northeastern Arizona.

US Justice Department seeks dismissal from tribe’s lawsuit

Attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department want a federal judge to drop a lawsuit that faulted the office for not prosecuting an Arizona police officer in a Navajo woman’s death.

Tests on cows found dead in Navajo County come back negative

Authorities say lab tests have not shed any light on what led to the deaths of two dozen cows in the Heber and Overgaard area.

Tuesday, September 18

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Around the Rez: week of September 19

Upcoming news and events on the Hopi and Navajo reservations.

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Hopi Jr/Sr High selects royalty during annual Indian Day celebration

Indian Day at Hopi Jr/Sr High School was full of activities including dances, traditional lunch and royalty.

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Missing in Indian Country part II: Lawmakers seek answers for why Native American women vanish

Matthew Lone Bear spent nine months looking for his older sister, Olivia — using drones and four-wheelers, fending off snakes and crisscrossing nearly a million acres, often on foot. The 32-year-old mother of five had last been seen driving a Chevy Silverado on Oct. 25, 2017, in downtown New Town, on the oil-rich terrain of North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Reservation.

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City of Winslow remembers 9/11 with annual memorial service

Winslow honored the victimes of 9/11 on the 17th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center at Winslow's Memorial Garden Sept. 11.

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Winslow Bulldogs defeat Tanque Verde Hawks, 40-0; Homecoming Sept. 21

The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Tanque Verde Hawks in Tucson Sept. 14 in Tanque Verde’s Homecoming game. The win improved Winslow’s record to 3-2 and left Tanque Verde at 1-3.

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Hopi golfer, Taylor Harvey, will compete in Pure Insurance golf championship at Pebble Beach

Taylor Harvey was selected to compete in the Pure Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee at Pebble Beach in late September, which will be shown on The Golf Channel.

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Hopi High dean says cancer was caused by uranium contamination

Hopi High Dean of Students Jerry Cronin, a three time cancer survivor, is convinced his cancer is a result of water that was contaminated because of uranium spills in Church Rock, New Mexico.

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Begaye calls for general wage increase to build tribal workforce

In prioritizing job creation and economic development, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye supports a general wage increase that will build and retain the tribal workforce.

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Miss Navajo crowned at Fort Defiance

The Navajo Nation welcomed Autumn Montoya as the 2018-2019 queen when she was crowned Sept. 8 at the Fighting Scouts Event Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona.

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Navajo group takes protest against coal-fired power plant to Manhattan

A group of Navajo environmentalists took their fight against the Navajo Generating Station to Manhattan Sept. 10 where they protested outside the offices of an investment firm that might save the plant.

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Navajo vice president faces challenge in bid for presidency

Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez is facing a challenge in his bid for the tribe's top elected post.

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Trial begins to determine Hopi Tribe's water rights to Little Colorado River

The trial to adjudicate water rights in the Little Colorado River basin in Arizona commenced Sept. 11 in its first phase, which will determine the Hopi Tribe’s water rights for past and present uses of the Little Colorado River.

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Around the Rez: week of Sept. 19

Upcoming news and events around the Hopi and Navajo reservations

Why Native Americans struggle to protect their sacred places

Forty years ago, the U.S. Congress passed the American Indian Religious Freedom Act so that Native Americans could practice their faith freely and that access to their sacred sites would be protected.

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Naabik’íyáti’ Committee supports proposed partnership for growth and production of industrial hemp

On Sept. 13, the Naabik’íyáti’ Committee said it supports a proposed partnership with states to participate in the growth and production of industrial hemp.

Cell tower expands coverage and internet to Inscription House

Cellular One’s engineering and technical operations team recently announced the company’s newest cell site is live at Inscription House, located seven miles west of Shonto and five miles north of Highway 98 on Indian Route 16.

Tuesday, September 11

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Lady Bulldogs volleyball loses to Tuba City

The Lady Bulldogs junior varsity volleyball team lost 0-3 against Tuba City last week.

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Good Morning Winslow: county budget in a crunch

On Sept. 5, Navajo County Manager Glenn Kephart and Sheriff Kelly “KC” Clark were presented by the Winslow Chamber of Commerce during a monthly mixer.

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Winslow Bulldogs defeat Chinle Wildcats 26-0

The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Chinle Wildcats 26-0 in Winslow Sept. 7. The win evened Winslow’s record at 2-2 and left Chinle with a record of no wins and three losses.

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Around the Rez: week of September 12

Upcoming news and events in northern Arizona and the Navajo and Hopi Reservations.

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Grand Canyon river rafter missing after trying to save wife

A California man remains missing three days after trying to rescue his wife during a river rafting trip in the Grand Canyon.

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Despite past reforms, Native women face high rates of crime

For generations, Native American women have been victimized at astonishing rates, with federal figures showing that more than half have encountered sexual and domestic violence at some point during their lives — even amid a wave of efforts aimed at reducing such crimes.

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Jerrel Singer shares messages behind murals

Artist Jerrel Singer is known for the vibrant colors he uses capturing sunsets and sunrises. His work is described as bright, vivid and flowing with color, as he attempts to capture movement and time.

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Missing in Indian country: Why are Native American women vanishing?

The searchers rummage through the abandoned trailer, flipping over a battered couch, unfurling a stained sheet, looking for clues. It’s blistering hot and a grizzly bear lurking in the brush unleashes a menacing growl. But they can’t stop. Not when a loved one is still missing.

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Hopi High boys win cross country invite, look to reclaim state title

Hopi High boys cross country kicked off the season in fine fashion as they won the championship at the Hopi Invite Aug. 28 at Bruin Stadium. Coconino High School from Flagstaff won the girls championship.

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Challenge against Hopi chairman thrown out

The chairman of the Hopi Tribe has survived a challenge to his job from a predecessor who alleged a felony conviction should have prevented him from being sworn in.

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Navajo presidential hopeful Joe Shirley Jr. forced to choose new running mate

A former two-term Navajo president seeking to recapture the office was forced to pick another vice presidential candidate Sept. 4 after discovering his earlier choice wasn’t eligible because he isn’t registered to vote.

Navajo candidates endorse Lujan Grisham for New Mexico governor

The remaining two presidential candidates of the nation’s largest American Indian reservation have endorsed Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham for New Mexico governor.

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Despite rough patches, officials recall McCain’s service to Native Americans

Mention the late Sen. John McCain and images of a war hero or a presidential candidate come to mind — but for far longer than he spent in those roles, McCain was a friend, and sometimes irritant, to Indian Country.

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Court rejects Gila River tribe’s suit against VA over cost of vets’ care

The Department of Veterans Affairs does not have to reimburse the Gila River Indian Community for health care it provided to tribal veterans, a federal court has ruled.

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15-person Bears Ears committee opens two spots for tribal representatives

A 15-person advisory committee for the downsized Bears Ears National Monument on Utah land considered sacred to Native Americans will include two spots for tribal representatives — three less than what a tribal coalition thinks they should get.

Tuesday, September 4

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A look inside Winslow Justice Court and Winslow recidivism rates

Winslow’s Justice Court is in Precinct 2 and overseen by Judge B. J. Little.

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Drum group and dancers to perform in Winslow through September

The Standing Horse Drum group will play every Tuesday and Thursday evening for several hours during the months of August and September and dancers will entertain.

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Around the Rez: week of September 5

News and events on and around the Navajo and Hopi reservations.

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Book review: Evangeline Parsons-Yazzie continues Navajo saga in third novel

Evangeline Parsons-Yazzie’s third volume, “Her Captive, Her Love” is a continuation of the first two books of one Naabeehó’s family’s resilience during the Long Walk.

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St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School celebrates groundbreaking for new gymnasium

A groundbreaking for a new gym was held in Thoreau, New Mexico Aug. 15.

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Navajo Nation Hall of Fame inducts 21 elders and youth Aug. 17

The Office of the President and Vice President (OPVP) welcomed 21 inductees into the Navajo Nation Hall of Fame Aug. 17.

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Nez and Shirley to face off in Nov. 6 election

Navajos pick 2 seasoned politicians to vie for presidency

Voters on the country’s largest American Indian reservation have advanced two seasoned politicians vying for the presidency to the general election.

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New Mexico city bordering Navajo Nation sees tourism jump

A western New Mexico city that bills itself as the gateway to Native American culture is experiencing a tourism boom.

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Navajo Nation celebrates expansion of largest solar energy project on reservation

On Aug. 23, a groundbreaking celebration was held for the Kayenta Solar Facility II, located approximately five-miles north of the community of Kayenta.

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84-year-old receives new home after 2014 Asaayi Lake fire

On Aug. 21, Navajo Nation Council Delegate Steven Begay had the honor of presenting the key to a new home to 84-year-old Emma Roanhorse, a lifelong resident of the Naschitti community who lost her home in the Asaayi Lake Fire in 2014, which burned over 14,000 acres.

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Tribal energy loan program starts more than a decade after its OK

More than 10 years after it was first approved, a federal loan program for tribal energy development projects will accept its first applications next month.

Hopi High principal rallies parents to stand behind students

Hopi High School Principal Lynn Fredericks told parents during an open house Aug. 14 that they are VIPs: Very Important People and Very Important Parents.

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Advocates urge Senate to help ‘heal this wound’ of native language loss

he government must help reverse generations of federally backed assimilation programs that left Native Americans “robbed of the ability to speak our own language,” advocates told a Senate panel Aug. 22.

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Beyond the reservation: NABI focuses on education as well as basketball

As Samantha Quigley tears down another rebound, she sees more than a basketball. In her hands is something beyond an object that she can dribble around defenders and put through a hoop with ease. It’s a ticket to a better life.

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Tribally owned solar power plant beats the skeptics, odds on Navajo Nation

Deenise Becenti remembers watching this summer as a woman in the Navajo Nation who had been waiting more than 20 years to get electricity in her home flipped the switch to turn on the lights for the first time.

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Native American activist accused of assaulting 3 women arrives at Santa Fe jail

A Native American activist accused of raping women has arrived at the Santa Fe County jail after losing a fight against his extradition from Phoenix.

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Nation continues investment to protect agriculture, livestock and rangeland

In November 2016, the Navajo Nation Council passed a resolution adopting the plan, which reserved nearly $20 million from the Síhasin Fund to guarantee insurance premiums necessary for the Nation’s participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Insurance Program for 2017 and 2018.