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Hooping it up at Heard Museum for 27th Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

Dancers display their beauty, athleticism and artistry at the 27 annual World Champion Hoop Dance Contest Feb. 11-12 at Heard Museum in Phoenix.

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First Navajo Veteran Service Officers certified, now filing claims for veterans

Navajo Veterans Act allows new department to offer services, represent veteran issues on Nation

Four Navajo Agency Veteran Service Officers were trained and certified to submit claims and represent veterans in cases of appeal through the Arizona Department of Veteran Services, a first for a Native American Nation.

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Update: NGS owners say plant will close in 2019

Closing date hinges on agreement with Navajo Nation on reclamation of site

Update: Navajo Generating Station to close in 2019, plant owners say. Look for updates in next week's NHO.

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President Begaye vetoes emergency response money

On Feb. 5, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye used the line-item veto authority to deny approximately $242,000 in supplemental funding intended to help the Navajo people by providing emergency response services because of recent winter storms.

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Tribes say feds gave them run-around, not aid, after Gold King Mine spill

Multiple federal agencies were unable to provide disaster relief to the Navajo Nation after the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster that spilled 3 million gallons of toxins into the Animas River, the tribe’s president told a Senate panel Feb. 8.

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Kirk new controller of Navajo Nation

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez have appointed Pearline Kirk as the controller for the Navajo Nation.

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Is Navajo Generating Station here to stay?

Tribes asking for answers from Salt River Project about the future of NGS

The Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe are calling on Salt River Project and other owners to keep the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) in full operation for the benefit of the tribes and the state of Arizona.

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Money for Bennett Freeze homes approved by council

President Russell Begaye's signature needed for final approval of 10 homes in freeze area after Navajo Council approves $225,000

The Navajo Nation Council approved legislation that would provide $225,000 from the Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance to carry out a pilot project to construct 10 homes in the Former Bennett Freeze area.

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Speaker LoRenzo Bates takes oath of office

Bates elected to serve second two-year term as speaker of Navajo Nation

Navajo Nation Council reelected Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland) to serve a second two-year term as speaker during the winter Council session.

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Navajo Nation defends Bears Ears National Monument

On Jan. 5, the Navajo Nation Council’s Naabik’iyátí’ Committee voted 19-0 to pass a resolution supporting the presidential proclamation establishing the Bears Ears National Monument and opposing any congressional action that seeks to reverse the designation.

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Navajo Council Delegate Brown asking for tribal representation at United Nations

A Navajo Nation Council delegate, along with the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission, are advocating for the Navajo Nation to become an official member of the United Nations.

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Trump's decision puts water for 17 million people at risk near Dakota Access Pipeline

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said Jan. 24 President Donald Trump’s executive action toward an approval of an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline risks contaminating tribal and American water supplies while disregarding treaty rights.

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Tribes eye Trump: Some welcoming, some wary of new administration

Peter MacDonald Sr. is a Navajo Code Talker, a lifelong Republican — and an unabashed supporter of President Donald Trump.

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Council seeks input for Navajo Nation name change

Navajo Council questions how nation should identify itself, asking tribe for input on changing name to Diné Nation

On Jan. 27, the Navajo Nation Council tabled a motion to change the name of the Navajo Nation to Diné Nation until the spring council session in April and after seeking input from the Navajo people.

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Begaye and Nez oppose decision to move forward with Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines

On Jan. 24, President Donald J. Trump signed memorandums to advance approval of both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines.

Changes to housing qualifications approved

The Navajo Nation Council approved legislation Jan. 26, which seeks to lower the number of Navajo Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, change qualifications for them and to create a nomination committee for the board.

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President Begaye, Vice President Nez declare state of emergency after winter storms

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation has declared a state of emergency in response to the winter storm that lashed the Navajo Nation last week.

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EPA refuses to pay tribe for 2015 toxic mine spill

The Navajo Nation learned late Jan. 13 that the Environmental Protection Agency rejected the Nation’s claim for damages arising out of the 2015 Gold King Mine Spill.

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Grand Canyon Monument not designated before Obama leaves office

Arizona divided after Obama decides not to sign 1.7 million acre national monument

President Barack Obama left office Jan. 20 without declaring a new 1.7 million acre national monument, disappointing many advocates of the idea but pleasing Arizona’s two senators who called the designation ill-conceived.

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U.S. and Navajo Nation agree to cleanup 94 abandoned uranium mines

The United States and the Navajo Nation have entered into a settlement agreement, with two affiliated subsidiaries of Freeport-McMoRan, Inc., for the cleanup of 94 abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation.

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Lawsuit says Havasupai students deprived of ‘basic general education’

Nine students in the Havasupai Nation have filed a lawsuit against the federal government claiming that agencies including the Bureau of Indian Education knowingly failed to provide basic general education to children in the remote area of Arizona.

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Mismanagment and deficiencies found in audit of Navajo Veteran Affairs housing program

An internal audit of the FY 2014 and 2015 Department of Navajo Veterans Affairs Veterans Housing Program has uncovered past deficiencies and mismanagement of funds in building homes according to the Navajo Nation Office of the Auditor General.

LeChee Chapter, community say Antelope Point is prime location for tourism

Last week, the Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) met with LeChee Chapter officials and community members in the community of LeChee, regarding the proposed development plans for Antelope Point located near the city of Page.

Begaye approves over 5 mil in assistance and welfare programs

On Jan. 17, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye approved legislation for supplemental funding in the amount of $5,038,678 to be taken from the Minimum Fund balance of the Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance (UUFB) for general assistance and welfare programs.

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Resource and Development Committee tables Escalade project

Committee tables legislation citing community input and public safety concerns, legislation moves to Budget and Finance Committee next

A full house at the Bodaway/Gap Chapter waited five hours Jan. 11 for the Resource and Development Committee (RDC) to sort through other matters before tabling legislation that sought to approve the master agreement for the Grand Canyon Escalade project.

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