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Legislation seeks to extend operations of Navajo Generating Station through 2019

Five-day public comment period starts now

On May 24, Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates introduced legislation which seeks the council’s approval of an agreement between the Nation and the owners of the Navajo Generating Station to extend the operations of the power plant until December 2019.

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Flagstaff's Killip Elementary School wins chess national co-championship title

Killip Elementary School's chess club brought home a title of national co-champions for one of the five teams that Killip sent to the Super Nationals in Tennessee May 11-15.

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Nation supports family of fallen Navajo Police Officer

To show support for the late Navajo Nation police officer Leander Frank’s family, members of the Law and Order Committee (LOC) attended the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. May 15.

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Shorter hours, fees affecting livelihood of Cameron vendors

Little Colorado Tribal Park vendors concerned about park managment

Vendors at the Little Colorado Tribal Park recently voiced concerns about the park’s management and the history of the vendors and families who have worked there for decades.

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Shonto community gather to celebrate grand opening of Shonto Marketplace

On May 2, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez celebrated the ribbon cutting of the new Shonto Marketplace alongside the Shonto Community Governance and the Shonto Economic Development Corporation.

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Association for Disabled Citizens receives $239, 200 grant

On Apr. 30, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye approved $239,200 as a one-time grant allocation to the non-profit organization Diné Bii Association for Disabled Citizens.

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Native students win National Energy Education Development award

Seven Native American seniors were selected as winners of Arizona School of the Year and National Special Project of the Year for their energy education project by the National Energy Education Development (NEED) project.

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Solar could replace Navajo Generating Station power, but not its jobs

Solar power advocates say a 250-megawatt renewable-energy facility could be in place in time for the late-2019 closure of the Navajo Generating Station, if permitting and construction began right away.

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Bill could provide funding for AMBER Alert on reservation

On May 10, Navajo Nation Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty provided testimony to the Indian Affairs committee about a bill that would amend the PROTECT Act to make Indian tribes eligible for grants to implement “America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response Alert” systems, or AMBER Alert.

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Nez joins Bears Ears inter-tribal coalition meeting with Secretary Zinke

Comment period for review of Bears Ears closes May 26

On May 7, tribal leaders from the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition convened at the Bureau of Land Management office in Salt Lake City, Utah for the first official meeting between coalition leaders and U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

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Short public comment period for Bears Ears review could prove difficult for some Native families

The public comment period for Bears Ears is open now and extends only until May 26, the Department of Interior announced May 5.

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Zuni Fest to display more than 50 artist and performers in Flagstaff May 27-28

More than 50 Zuni artists and performers will be on-hand at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) 27th annual Zuni Festival of Arts & Culture May 27-28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Flagstaff.

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Possible threat at Leupp School

Coconino County Sheriff deputies respond to Leupp, Arizona to assist the Navajo Police Department and the BIA Leupp School with a possible threat.

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Nation applauds officers

On May 1, the Navajo Nation legislative and executive branches congratulated eight police officers who were promoted to the rank of captain and lieutenant during a promotion at Veterans Park in Window Rock.

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Hopi Jr/Sr High School hires investigators to examine special education

2014 report reveals Hopi Jr./Sr. High School one of five BIE schools in Arizona in need of assistance

opi Jr/Sr High School, one of the few high schools serving students on the Hopi Reservation in Northern Arizona, has hired investigators to examine its special education program, according to Bertha Parker, a public relations consultant representing the school.

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Talks continue on future of Navajo Generating Station

Navajo Nation, Salt River Project hopeful for NGS lease renewal through 2019

Officials from the Navajo Nation and the Salt River Project (SRP) report that negotiations for a replacement lease that would allow the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) to continue operating through the end of 2019 have been productive and that considerable progress has been made.

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Youth council becomes advisory committee for Navajo Nation

On Apr. 30, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez signed legislation that changes the youth council status from ad-hoc to an advisory committee for all branches of government.

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American Health Care Act passes House, Begaye says services could diminish

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye says passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which passed the House of Representatives May 4, could result in diminished health care services to tribal communities.

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Tribes upset over review of Bears Ears monument designation

The April 26 announcement of President Donald Trump to review existing monument designations, especially Bears Ears National Monument, drew quick opposition from tribes in the Southwest.

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Youth Summit at Hopi Jr/Sr High focus on prevention and improving life skills

Students attending the Hopi Jr/Sr High School Youth Summit were able to attend sessions ranging from dealing with drugs and alcohol to preventing suicide and using their Hopi and Navajo cultures to improve their lives.

Navajo Nation receives human rights award

The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission was recently notified it will receive the Edward M. Kennedy Community Service Award from the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity in recognition of the commission’s demonstrated outstanding community service.

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Protecting Native languages important for cultural preservation

President Begaye reinforces the importance of teaching traditional languages to youth

On April 27, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye acknowledged Native American educators as protectors of culture in their efforts to help Native American students retain and revitalize tribal languages.

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Paulene Thomas named new gaming director to Navajo Nation

On Apr. 20, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez congratulated Paulene Thomas on her confirmation to be executive director of the Navajo Gaming Regulatory Office.

SolarOne Solutions provides off grid lighting on reservations

SolarOne Solutions, a provider of professional solar area lighting solutions to customers worldwide, announced in February its acquisition of Inovus Solar, Inc, a solar lighting company with complementary products, markets and technologies.

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Trump rethinks national monument designations

President Donald Trump ordered the Interior Department April 26 to review two decades of national monument designations, actions he said represent an “egregious use of government power” affecting millions of acres of land.