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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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Begaye says Nation needs to move away from coal and oil as revenue sources

In addressing tribal economic diversification, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said the Nation needs to move away from coal and oil based revenue generation while addressing infrastructure needs, workforce development and expediting processes for business development.

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Vice President Nez helps break ground on new Teesto Chapter House

Before the groundbreaking ceremony March 10 for the new Teesto Chapter House, Vice President Jonathan Nez said the facility would bring healing to the community that lost their former chapter house to arson.

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Chapter plans for more visitors to Antelope Canyon

On March 7, the Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) received a report from LeChee Chapter officials regarding proposed business plans to develop a Lower Antelope Canyon Visitor Center and campground near Page, Arizona.

Recognizing women

President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez celebrated all women on International Women’s Day, March 8.

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Lettuce harvest on Hopi (photo gallery)

Moencopi Day School students grow and serve produce at school cafeteria

Students at Moencopi Day School harvested their own greenhouse-grown lettuce March 8, part of the Greenhouse and Garden program, which was then served in the cafeteria, the first time that student-grown produce was served on Hopi.

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Report: Climate change a growing factor in fall of Colorado River

Researchers from University of Arizona and Colorado State University say rise in temperatures contributed to 20 percent decline in river's flow in last 14 years

There are many factors behind declining Colorado River flows, but climate change plays a larger part than previously thought and the threat will continue to grow if global warming is not addressed, a recent report says.

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Navajo Nation officer dies after shooting; suspect caught

A police officer from the nation's largest American Indian reservation was killed in western New Mexico and a suspect is in custody, federal officials said.

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Creator of Navajo Nation Seal, John Claw Jr., 82, passes on

The Navajo Nation lost a historical figure: John Claw, Jr., creator of the Navajo Nation Seal, who passed away March 9. He was 82.

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U.N. Special Rapporteur visits Navajo Nation, speaks on energy development

Navajo Nation Council members welcomed United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, to the Navajo Nation to engage in interactive dialogue with Navajo leaders and citizens regarding the potential effects of energy development on Navajo land.

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Antelope Canyon gets new Interpretive Site (photo gallery)

Coconino County Parks and Recreation and Navajo Parks and Recreation Department hosted a dedication ceremony for the new Antelope Canyon Interpretive Site March 3 at the Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park

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Vice President Nez visits students at Navajo Nation Science Fair

Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez visited with students at the 2017 Navajo Nation Science Fair Feb. 28, encouraging them to achieve a brighter future for themselves and the Navajo Nation.

After 20 years, Kennewick Man or the Ancient One, returns home

Ancient man laid to rest in private ceremony on Columbia Plateau

Uutpama Natitayt — Kennewick Man, or the Ancient One, an ancestor of the First People of the Columbia Plateau — is finally home.

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Zinke confirmed as interior secretary, oversees Bureau of Indian Affairs

Former Navy SEAL and Montana senator Ryan Zinke to oversee one-fifth of United States as interior secretary

In a 68-31 vote, the Senate confirmed Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke as interior secretary March 1.

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Navajo Nation police officer graduates Arizona police academy

Members of the Law and Order Committee attended the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy class 496 to support Navajo Nation police officer Tyler C. Lynch, who successfully completed the 21-week police academy training and received his Navajo Nation police badge during the graduation ceremony.

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Generating Station employees express concerns to President Begaye

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez addressed employees of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) March 4 at the LeChee Chapter House in Page, Arizona.

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Observer welcomes new account executive

The Navajo-Hopi Observer welcomes Winn Mike as its new account executive for the Native Lifestyle & Value Guide.

Begaye, Nez ask pet owners to take responsibility for dogs

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez signed a proclamation March 1 to challenge and encourage Navajo Nation citizens to be responsible pet owners.

March designated as cancer and Lynch Syndrome awareness month

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez designated March as Colorectal Cancer, Cancers and Lynch Syndrome Hereditary Awareness Month.

Tribes file brief with U.S. District Court fighting recently granted easement for Dakota Access Pipeline

On Feb. 22, the Navajo Nation filed an amicus brief with the United States District Court, along with other tribes, against the Lake Oahe easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline granted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Solar Power brings light to some Navajo homes

Electrical power lines are nowhere in sight from Helen Salazar’s home. She lives on a dirt road in Monument Valley, part of the Navajo Nation.

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Another Navajo committee votes no on Escalade

Citing concerns about water, the community and projected revenues, the Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) voted against approving the master agreement for development of Grand Canyon Escalade Feb. 21.

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Hard choices ahead as officials look at future of Navajo power plant

Despite pledges to look for alternatives, closing the Navajo Generating Station in Page could devastate the local economy, where hundreds of jobs rely on the plant and affiliated coal mine and where experts see few, if any, workable solutions.

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Fracking and drilling near Chaco Canyon challenged by Begaye, Nez

On Feb. 23, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez joined forces with the All Pueblo Council of Governors against fracking and horizontal drilling in the Chaco Canyon region.

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Indigenous Community Forum takes place March 1 at Flag High School

The topic for the next Indigenous Community Forum is economic development and will take place at Flagstaff High School common area March 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.