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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.

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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.