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Navajo Nation pays tribute to Diné warriors on Navajo Code Talker Day

WINDOW ROCK – Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer were joined by Navajo veterans, youth, elders, dignitaries, and many others Aug. 15, to commemorate Navajo Code Talker Day.

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Navajo Nation proclaims “Navajo Nation Code Talkers Week” Aug. 12-16

Events planned in Window Rock to celebrate Code Talker legacy

The Navajo Nation Code Talkers Week acknowledges and commemorates the invaluable contributions of the Navajo Code Talkers.

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Man arrested after attempted kidnapping in Chinle

The Navajo Police Department arrested a man accused of attempting to kidnap a young female minor Aug. 9 in the Chinle community.

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Former longtime White Mountain Apache tribal chairman dies

Tribal officials say Ronnie Lupe died Aug. 12.

Navajo Nation, Albuquerque sign deal to combat racism

The agreement comes after two Navajo homeless men in 2014 were beaten to death in Albuquerque by three non-Native American teenagers.

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Law governing adoptions of Native American children upheld

The decision from a three-judge panel the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal in New Orleans upholds the Indian Child Welfare Act in a lawsuit involving non-Indian families in multiple states who adopted or sought to adopt Native American children.

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New Chapter Unit announced, to provide direct legal services to Nation’s 110 chapters

The Chapter Unit officially began operation Aug. 5 and is located at the Department of Justice in Window Rock, Arizona.

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Milton Bluehouse, Jr. appointed to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for Nez-Lizer office

Bluehouse is the son of late former interim Navajo Nation President Milton Bluehouse, Sr.

Signs for missing, murdered native women go up in Wyoming

The billboards are part of a campaign launched by the Global Indigenous Council and other groups.

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Fallout from patient rape leads to Mesa hospital's closing

Hacienda HealthCare announced July 19 that it is shutting down Hacienda Children's Hospital in Mesa.

Former American Indian school site tabbed for development

Nearly three decades after the closure of a federal boarding school for Native American children, a long-vacant part of its former site in midtown Phoenix is slated for a major development.

Utah county declines appeal in Navajo voting rights case

A Utah county will not further challenge its newly drawn voting districts that led to the county’s first majority-Navajo commission getting elected.

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Nez to continue working with stakeholders to ensure the success of Paragon Bitsi Ranch solar project

On Aug. 1, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez met with Navajo Hopi Land Commission members at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort to discuss the progress and path forward for the development of the Paragon Bitsi Ranch solar development project.

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Federal Court of Appeals upholds Navajo tribal sovereignty in lawsuit

The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit and affirmed Navajo Transitional Energy’s right to assert sovereign immunity.

Bill would expand health care options for Native American veterans

A bill introduced in Congress would expand health care options for Native American veterans.

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Hopi Tribe takes over law enforcement from federal agency

A small northeastern Arizona tribe has taken over some law enforcement duties from a federal agency in a move to promote self-governance.

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Arrest made in Tuba City school bus collision

According to responding officers, the bus was transporting over 25 students home.

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Navajo County Sheriff’s Office seeks suspects in Clay Springs burglaries

The suspects were not at home when officers executed the warrant, and are currently still being sought by deputies.

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*Update* - UPDATE: Stranded motorist attacks good Samaritans; dies after falling off vehicle

Gray Mountain, AZ – A couple from Arkansas was attacked when they stopped to help a stranded motorist on Highway 89 near Gray Mountain August 5.

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U.S. Rep. Tom O'Halleran sponsors bill to repeal archaic laws

On July 10, O’Halleran introduced bipartisan legislation to repeal archaic laws relating to Native American education, forced relocation of Native American children to boarding schools and withholding money owed to Native American tribes.

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Mom of slain Navajo girl urges tribes to use Amber Alerts

Despite a 2007 pilot project, it was not in place on the Navajo Nation when her daughter Ashlynne Mike was abducted near Shiprock, a town in northeast New Mexico. Her disappearance was a catalyst for the state to fully implement Amber Alerts.

Native Health and Wellness guide to bring healthcare information to reservations

The guide will provide healthcare tips and advice to meet the needs of a tribal population and direct patients to health care providers in their area.

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Coconino County explores using drones for vote tallies

Officials in an Arizona county hope to use a drone to make it easier to get vote tallies from tribal land deep within the Grand Canyon during next year’s election.

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Elevated opioid risks found at some Native American hospitals

The report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General does not say whether patients suffered because of the hospitals’ practices.

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Barr orders resumption of federal executions; Navajo among those targeted

Lezmond Mitchell will be executed on Dec. 11 with a fatal injection of pentobarbital if all goes according to the plan unveiled by the Justice Department and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

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