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Coconino County explores using drones for vote tallies

Officials in an Arizona county hope to use a drone to make it easier to get vote tallies from tribal land deep within the Grand Canyon during next year’s election.

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Elevated opioid risks found at some Native American hospitals

The report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General does not say whether patients suffered because of the hospitals’ practices.

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Barr orders resumption of federal executions; Navajo among those targeted

Lezmond Mitchell will be executed on Dec. 11 with a fatal injection of pentobarbital if all goes according to the plan unveiled by the Justice Department and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

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Bid challenging expansion for coal mining near Four Corners dismissed

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled July 29 that any legal action contesting the decisions of the federal government to grant the necessary permits must also include the Navajo Transitional Energy Co.

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Voters go to poll August to decide fate of Prop 421, Navajo County jail district

Approval of Prop 421 involves adding a one-third percent sales tax to purchases in the county, excluding grocery food.

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Navajo Nation receives $5 million from Navajo Gaming

This is the sixth disbursement Navajo Gaming has made to this fund since 2012.

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Youth hear a native perspective during educational journey to uranium mine near Grand Canyon

On the trail of uranium ore

A group of young environmentalists are tracing the haul route of uranium ore from Canyon Mine to the White Mesa Mill near Bluff, Utah, while also meeting with indigenous leaders who are giving them a crash course in environmental action.

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Out and about: On the Cabin Loop Trail on the Mogollon Rim

The Coconino Forest Service website tells hikers that this is “some of the most spectacular country in Arizona.”

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Told she shouldn't sign up, a Native female Marine talks about her combat role

Leondra Begay, a 22-year-old U.S. Marine, was once told by her brother that she shouldn’t sign up for a combat arms role in the Marines. Her brother Eric Sorrellhorse, an infantryman in the Army, said the combat role would be “too demanding.” Begay signed up right away.

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Restoring Balance: a wellness program for Native American cancer survivors

The first of its kind study looks at effects of exercise on Native American cancer survivors

“[The program is studying] improving cancer survivorship,” said Brenda Charley, program coordinator for Native American Cancer Prevention at Northern Arizona University.

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Watching from above as fire burns the mountain

Native artist Duane Koyawena commemorates Museum Fire fighting efforts in painting

Editor's note: Duane Allen Humeyestewa shares his gratitude and thoughts on the Museum Fire and firefighting efforts on the fire.

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Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture this weekend at Flagstaff museum

The Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture celebrates Diné culture will take place this weekend, Aug. 3-4 at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

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Clear Creek Days draws a crowd at McHood Park

McHood City Park, located five miles south of Winslow on Route 99 sported two full days of paddling races during Clear Creek Days July 20 and 21.

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Ice cream social closes out summer library events in Winslow

On July 18, Winslow Library held its last summer event.

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Standing Horse Drum Group peform through the summer

During the summer months on most Wednesday evenings, Standing Horse Drum Group can be heard playing in downtown Winslow. The drum group performs at Route 66 Park from 7-9 p.m.

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Senate seat passes to granddaughter of Navajo Code Talker, state legislator John Pinto

The granddaughter of the late World War II Navajo code talker and state legislator John Pinto will serve out the remainder of his term in the state Senate through 2020, New Mexico’s governor announced July 18.

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Hopi athletic trainer wins award

Alyssa Fredericks was selected from a field of over 1,000 applicants.

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Pioneering Native American author, N. Scott Momaday, honored with peace prize

A Native American author whose writings have highlighted his indigenous culture is this year’s winner of a lifetime achievement award celebrating literature’s power to foster peace, social justice and global understanding.

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Native Arts and Cultures Foundation now accepting applications for Mentor Artist Fellows

The mentoring period is April 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

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Around the Rez: week of July 31

Upcoming events in and around the Navajo and Hopi reservations.