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World War II Navajo Code Talker, Roy Hawthorne Sr. dies at 92

Navajo Code Talker who used his native language to confound the Japanese in World War II has died.

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Coconino Forest begins Stage 1 fire restrictions April 27

In an effort to protect public health by reducing the number of preventable human-caused wildfires, Stage 1 campfire and smoking restrictions will be implemented across the entire Coconino National Forest starting Friday (April 27) at 8 a.m.

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Navajo Nation puts spotlight on sexual assault and child safety

Prior to the official start of the 2018 Spring Council Session April 16, the Navajo Nation Council, in coordination with the Navajo Department of Family Services’ Strengthening Families Program, held an early morning awareness walk in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Awareness Month.

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Navajo Nation sues over opioid crisis

The Navajo Nation filed a lawsuit April 11 against top opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies for creating a market of highly addictive drugs and for failing to prevent the flow of illicit opioids in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

Hopi Jr/Sr. High votes not to renew 12 administrator and teacher positions

The revolving door of administrators at Hopi Jr/Sr High School continues.

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President Begaye swears in Kim Silentwalker to Navajo Veterans Advisory Council

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye April 17 administered the oath of office for Kim Silentwalker, who was sworn in as a member of the Navajo Veterans Advisory Council.

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Navajo Nation approves $100M for power and water lines across the Nation

The Navajo Nation Council voted unanimously in support of legislation approving an expenditure plan to invest over $100 million for Navajo communities and families across the Navajo Nation to receive power lines, water lines and various capital improvement projects.

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Navajo committee says no to amending criminal code for marijuana and hemp

The Law and Order Committee April 9 issued a ‘do not pass’ for legislation seeking to amend the criminal code related to marijuana and industrial hemp to conform with federal regulations.

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Piñon Chapter receives emergency response truck from Navajo County Sheriff

The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office donated a 4-wheel-drive Chevy truck to the Piñon Chapter April 9, helping ensure the chapter’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has the wheels to transport patients in emergency situations.

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Navajo Nation allocates $1.6M in funding for Navajo Nation scholarships

Navajo Nation lawmakers approved legislation which sought to allocate approximately $1.6 million from the Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance to the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance under the Department of Diné Education.

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Revenge Porn Act approved by Navajo Nation Council

The Navajo Nation Council considered legislation seeking to enact a Revenge Porn Act while amending other sexual offenses within the Navajo Nation Criminal Code.

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Soldwedels inducted into UofA Journalism Hall of Fame

Newspaper ink flowed in the blood of The Daily Courier’s long-time owners Don and Luda Soldwedel. Their devotion to the Fourth Estate proved a lasting legacy for their children and grandchildren.

Gila County and Tonto National Forest implement Stage 2 fire restrictions

Drought conditions, warm temperatures, and increasing fire danger have prompted officials to implement Stage 2 fire restrictions for the Tonto National Forest beginning April 18. Fire-causing activities are prohibited across the entire Tonto National Forest.

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Coconino County enacts Stage 1 fire restrictions below Mogollon Rim

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors enacted the Wildfire Defense Ordinance Stage 1 fire restrictions, for Coconino County, below the Mogollon Rim, during the regular board meeting April 17.

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Fire restrictions begin for Cottonwood, Prescott National Forest and Yavapai County

Strong winds, low humidity and drought: fires in the southwest desert now have the potential to spread swiftly, according to the U.S. National Weather Service.

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Black Mesa roads receive upgrades

Vice President Jonathan Nez signs $247,000 for road upgrades to Black Mesa Chapters

Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez April 6 signed a $247,000 contract with CB Emulsion, laying the foundation for continued road upgrades in the 10 Black Mesa region chapters.

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Ashlynn Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act signed into law by President Trump

President Trump signed the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act April 13.

Firm narrows potential buyers for Arizona coal-fired plant

An investment firm tasked with finding a new owner for an Arizona coal plant is focused mostly on an unnamed potential investor, but critics of the plant say talks to keep it open are a “wasteful distraction” that hinders future economic prospects for the Navajo Nation.

Arizona tribes seek to halt copper mine on sacred lands

Several Indian tribes say they have filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Arizona challenging the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of a proposal to develop an open pit copper mine on public land.

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Navajo Nation judge weighs jurisdiction of Mormon Church

A Navajo Nation judge is weighing if sexual abuse lawsuits against the Mormon Church should proceed and where the cases should be heard.

Gila River Indian community mourns the death of legal icon and leader

Rodney B. Lewis, first Native American to practice law in Arizona, first Native to argue and win a case before US. Supreme Court passes away at 77

Rodney B. Lewis, a giant of the legal profession in Arizona and across Indian country nationally, and a tribal leader of the Gila River Indian Community, passed away April 10 at the age of 77.

Kaibab National Forest to offer firewood permits in Tuba City and Cameron

Kaibab National Forest will issue free-use, paid personal-use and ceremonial firewood permits for the Tusayan Ranger District at the following locations in Tuba City and Cameron over the coming months:

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Warnings issued for hazardous weather conditions in Arizona

Hazardous weather conditions are expected across much of Arizona today.

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A return to traditional food and support of local farmers highlighted at Diné Food Summit

The sprouts of a Diné Food Policy emerged out of the Diné Bich’iiya’ Summit held at Diné College March 29-30 and at the Navajo Nation Museum March 31.

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Congressional Silver Medal bestowed on former Navajo Code Talker

The family of Navajo Code Talker Adolph Nagurski were presented with a Congressional Silver Medal in recognition of his service during World War II at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial in Albuquerque, New Mexico April 3.