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Change makers tackle dog issue in Tuba City

Second graders search for solutions to stray dog issue on Navajo Reservation

Students in Leslie Hosteen’s second grade class, inspired by the non-fiction book Change Maker, a story about kids who are making a difference in the world, decided to become change makers themselves.

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Parents, students ask Hopi Jr/Sr High administration for answers

Questions about cancelled school trip and teacher placed on administrative leave at board meeting

About 40 students, parents and teachers attended an emotional school board meeting April 12 at Hopi Jr./Sr. High School to lodge complaints about issues going on at the school.

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Native teens receive river guide training on San Juan River

Canyonland Field Institute (CFI) is running its sixth annual Native Teen Guide in Training Program June 26-July 1, a nonprofit program designed for Native youth to get outdoors and gain education in guiding skills.

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Kirby Cleveland indicted for murder of Navajo police officer

On Apr. 12, a federal grand jury filed an indictment against Kirby Cleveland, 32, a Navajo tribal member who is accused of killing Navajo Police Officer Houston James Largo.

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Dancers honor tradition, usher in spring

Navajo dance troupe introduces travelers to traditional Native dances and culture

A troupe of American Indian dancers at Grand Canyon National Park will stage free dance performances outside Hopi House on selected dates.

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Speaker Bates meets with NGS workers and community members

Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates met with local residents at the Forest Lake Chapter April 5 and spoke to Navajo Generating Station (NGS) workers about the impact the closure of the station will have.

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Bureau of Indian Affairs owes $15.6 mil plus interest to Navajo Nation

On April 4, the Washington D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)owes the Navajo Nation approximately $15.6 million plus interest in money it withheld from the Nation’s judicial branch operations in 2014.

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Arizona youth joins tribal officials to push for diabetes program funds

Alton Villegas offered an unusual call to action March 29 for an 11-year-old boy: “Destroy the ice cream man.”

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Nez talks tangible change for Bennett Freeze area

On March 27, Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez met with chapter officials, grazing officials and the Navajo Housing Authority to promote change within the Former Bennett Freeze Area.

Nation establishes Navajo Public Safety System Fund Act

On Mar. 27, the Budget and Finance Committee passedthe Navajo Nation Public Safety System Fund Act of 2017 by a vote of two in favor and one opposed.

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A border runs through it: Tribes wary of wall on reservation

President Donald Trump’s proposal for a southwestern border wall would do more than separate two nations — it would split another nation in half, say tribal advocates.

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Begaye approves $20 million for economic development on Nation

On March 27, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye approved legislation appropriating $20 million dollars to the Sihasin Fund Navajo Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Economic Development Expenditure Plan to further economic development.

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Trump rolls back Obama coal, clean-air rules; critics question impact

President Donald Trump’s executive order rolling back at least a half-dozen Obama-era climate policies will not save coal jobs as the president claims, but it will definitely harm the environment, critics said Tuesday.

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Navajo Nation meets with Peabody Coal Mine workers to discuss NGS

On March 28, members of the Navajo Nation Council met with employees from Peabody Coal Mine to provide information to miners regarding the status of Navajo Generating Station and implications for the mine and its employees.

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Proposed Dził Yijiin Justice Facility receives Budget and Finance Committee support

On March 28, the Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) received a report from Pinon Chapter regarding the proposed Dził Yijiin Justice Facility, which would be located near the community, 44-miles west of Chinle, Arizona.

Hopi Jr/Sr High taking action to meet new special ed ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled March 22 schools must provide a free and appropriate public education to special education students that has rigor and provides more than a minimum standard.

Oil placed under Lake Oahe after tribe’s religious appeal denied

Court appeals continue by Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes to block Dakota Access Pipeline

Energy Transfer Partners stated in a filing with the D.C. District Court March 27 that oil has been placed in the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and that the company is preparing to place the pipeline into service.

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Oak Flat mine protesters march 40 miles on trail of opposition

It’s a chilly Friday morning on highway AZ-170 on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation.

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Killip Elementary School's Chess Challenge (photo gallery included)

Killip Chess Team needs $5,000 for students to attend national chess competition in Tennessee

About thirty-five students from Killip Elementary Chess Team in Flagstaff have qualified to go to Super Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee May 11-15.

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Court rejects cases on Navajo Generating Station impact, its closing

A federal appeals court rejected two cases related to the Navajo Generating Station, one that aimed to tighten environmental restrictions on the coal-fired power plant and another that questioned the process calling for the plant’s closure.

Judge throws out Arizona challenge to Indian Child Welfare Act

A federal judge has thrown out a bid to void federal laws that challengers claim is racist because it places the desires and rights of Native American tribes over the constitutionally protected best interests of children.

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Activists concerned with Canyon Mine's disposal of excess water, Energy Fuels says methods are safe

Although no uranium ore has been officially hauled out of Canyon Mine, conservation groups, as well as the Havasupai and Navajo tribes, recently reiterated their concerns about radioactive contamination after learning a wet winter left the mine facility water-logged.

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Quality of care and services by IHS examined

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye urged the secretary of health and human services to examine the quality of care and services provided by the Indian Health Service (IHS) at a meeting between the secretary’s tribal advisory committee March 8.

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Council delivers leadership insight at Nation’s Agriculture Elected Officials Summit

At the beginning of March, Navajo Nation Council members were invited to provide opening remarks during the 2017 Navajo Nation Agriculture Elected Officials Summit, which started on Feb. 27 and concluded on March 1.

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Exploring a new Petrified Forest

Park acquires 7,000 additional acres, unearths 1,000 prehistoric habitation sites after three years of research

Park Archaeologist Bill Reitz explained new discoveries and park expansion to Winslow Homolovi Archaeology Society March 8.

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