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Supreme Court won't hear Arizona case on custody fight over tribal kids

The Supreme Court has refused to hear an Arizona case that pitted a non-Indian mother and Indian father against one another in a fight for custody of their children.

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Bootlegging and stronger laws against drunk driving topic of discussions

Last week, the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee met to begin addressing drunk driving and illegal alcohol sales on the Navajo Nation, also known as “bootlegging.”

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Jesse Delmar wins National Native American Law Enforcement award

Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety (NNDPS) Jesse Delmar was presented the National Native American Law Enforcement Association (NNALEA) award for 2017 Public Safety Director of the Year.

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Navajo committee approves funding for year-round youth employment

In June, the Navajo Nation Council approved an emergency bill that approved nearly $2.2 million for the Navajo Nation’s 110 chapters for summer youth employment.

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Pinon Chapter to add community cemetery in community-based land use plans within one year

On Nov. 8, the Resources and Development Committee (RDC) approved Legislation No. 0402-17, recertifying Pinon Chapter’s Community-Based Land Use Plan (CBLUP), which re-evaluated and adjusted the chapter’s first community plan.

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Navajo grazing committee asks Resource and Development Committee for more funding, re-issuance of grazing permits

On Nov. 15, a report focusing on the re-issuance of grazing permits on the Navajo Partitioned Lands was received by the Resources and Development Committee (RDC).

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Law and Order Committee approves contract with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for emergency medical services

On Nov. 20, the Law and Order Committee considered legislation seeking to approve and authorize a six-year contract between the Navajo Nation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for emergency medical services.

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Veterans asked to submit tax claims

The Navajo Nation Council is encouraging Navajo veterans to submit claims to the states of Arizona and New Mexico to recover income taxes that were unlawfully withheld on military wages for certain periods of time.

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Hopi election results show KUYI radio DJs in the lead

On Nov. 9, Timothy L. Nuvangyaoma carried 969 votes for the title of chairman of the Hopi Tribe. Clark W. Tenakhongva had 949 votes beating out Lamar Keevama for vice chairman of the Hopi Tribe.

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Flagstaff council opposes transportation of uranium through city in 6-1 vote

With about 100 people, many of them Native American, packing the council chambers Nov. 7, the Flagstaff City Council passed a symbolic resolution opposing transporting uranium through the city from Canyon Mine by a vote of 6-1.

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First Starbucks on Navajo Nation opens in Window Rock

Window Rock store features Navajo artwork, organic food selection

Bashas’ Diné Market in Window Rock is now home to the first Starbucks on the Navajo Nation.

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As tax reform looms, tribal leaders complain about being left out — again

A day before House Republicans were expected to unveil their plan to overhaul the tax code, tribal leaders and senators complained Wednesday that Indian Country once again does not have a seat at the table.

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Hopi to elect new leaders today as planned plant closure threatens tribe’s financial future

Tribal members will choose a new chairman and vice chairman today, Nov. 9 which will help determine a new reality for the Hopi nation as the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) is slated for likely closure by December 2019.

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Hopi Tribal General Election today for chairman, vice chairman

Kykostmovi, Ariz. — The general election for chairman and vice chairman of the Hopi Tribe will be held today, Nov. 9.

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USFS proposes revisions to 20-year uranium mining ban

In an announcement Nov. 1, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) took the first step toward eliminating the ban on new uranium mining leases near Grand Canyon National Park.

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Navajo Nation discusses need for additional police officers in rural areas

Nation has around 230 police officers to patrol 27,000 square miles of land

During a special meeting Oct. 30, the Law and Order Committee (LOC) received reports from Alamo school board members representing the communities of Nageezi and Huerfano, regarding the need for additional police officers to serve rural areas of the Navajo Nation.

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Child killed by suspected drunk driver while exiting school bus near Chilchinbeto, Arizona

According to the Navajo Division of Public Safety, a girl was hit and killed by a suspected drunk driver Oct. 31 as she exited a school bus at milepost 31 on Navajo Route 59 near Chilchinbeto, Arizona.

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Navajo Nation Council says no to Escalade development

Navajo Nation Council votes down Grand Canyon Escalade project legislation, 16-2.

The Navajo Nation Council voted down legislation, during a special session Oct. 31, for the Grand Canyon Escalade project, which included a gondola tramway on the western edge of the Nation at the confluence of the Little Colorado and the Colorado rivers.

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Navajo Nation Delegate Otto Tso and Big Navajo Energy partner provides renewable solar energy for Navajo family near Tuba City

After living without electricity for over 40 years, Lloyd Billy now has power and heating in his home.

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Domestic violence victims remembered at Keams Canyon

Around 35 concerned citizens gathered at Keams Canyon Park Oct. 25 for the Violence Against Women Memorial run/walk to honor victims of domestic violence.

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Nation votes no to $216 million stimulus plan

The Navajo Nation voted no on the Transportation Stimulus Plan in a special election Oct. 24.

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$554 million settlement helps fund new safety building

On Sept. 25, a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the opening of the new Twin Arrows Public Safety Building, which will help provide public safety and emergency response services for Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort and Navajo communities.

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Council members show support for Navajo elders at St. Michaels Senior Center

During a luncheon at the St. Michaels Senior Center in St. Michaels, Arizona last week, elders from St. Michaels and surrounding communities expressed their appreciation to the Navajo Nation Council for donating the main course meal.

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Navajo Nation purchases 16,350 acre Colorado ranch land in sight of sacred mountain

On Oct. 27, the Navajo Nation closed on the Wolf Springs Ranch located in Westcliffe, Colorado. The ranch sits in close easterly proximity to the Navajo sacred mountain of Tsisnaasjini’, also known as Blanca Peak.

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Tsinigine and Begay sworn-in as probationary and permanent Navajo Nation judges

The Navajo Nation Council considered legislation last week, confirming the probationary appointment of Tina Tsinigine as a Navajo Nation District Court judge and the permanent appointment of Malcolm P. Begay as a Navajo Nation District Court judge.

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