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Change Labs focuses on small businesses in Tuba City

Change Labs open house May 17 from 6-8:30 p.m. (MDT). Artist rezidency program application due by April 26.

Change Labs is seeking to change the face of entrepreneurship in Tuba City through programs like a small business incubator and an art residency program while creating a space to support small businesses.

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*Update* - Task force to study abuse of tribal youth, after IHS doctor convicted

The White House unveiled a task force March 26 that would find ways to prevent sexual abuse of children in the Indian Health Service, after an IHS pediatrician’s conviction last year on four counts of abuse.

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Delegate Crotty encourages tribal leadership to take active lead in addressing violence against women

On March 21, Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty an annual gathering of tribal leadership and organizations to address sexual assault and violence prevention, combat human trafficking and to promote data gathering in tribal communities.

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Navajo Nation issues request to Congress to restore federal funding for scholarships

On March 25, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer voiced concern about the Trump administration’s proposal to eliminate funding for the Higher Education Grant within the Bureau of Indian Education’s FY 2020 budget request.

Indian Health Service receives funds for planning building

The agency responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians has received funding to continue planning for and building facilities in New Mexico and Arizona.

Bills making their way through Arizona Legislature stipulates $3 mil in remediation funding for Diné College

With remediation a top issue at Diné College, the Arizona legislature looks to be moving toward addressing the situation.

Man accused of raping incapacitated Native woman resists STD testing

A former nurse charged with sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman who later gave birth at a long-term care facility in Phoenix will appeal a court order requiring a test to determine if he has HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases.

Navajo Nation searches for funding to replace decrepit jails in New Mexico, Arizona

Navajo Nation officials are in search of funding to replace two deteriorating tribal jails.

Window Rock school district official removed due to lawsuit

A member of the Window Rock Unified School District Governing Board must step down because he was not a registered voter during his election.

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Naabik’íyáti’Committee ends final effort to keep NGS open

A vote in the Naabik’íyáti’Committee March 21 closed the final door on efforts to keep Navajo Generating Station (NGS) open, setting the stage for the decommissioning process to commence and for the plant to cease operations in December 2019.

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Tribes urge US to ban drilling around sacred New Mexico site

Native American leaders are banding together to pressure U.S. officials to ban oil and gas exploration around a sacred tribal site that features massive stone structures and other remnants of an ancient civilization but are facing the Trump administration’s pro-drilling stance.

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Tribal members push less government, more sovereignty to conservatives

The audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference had heard the message of low taxes and local control from speakers before.

Navajo Nation commends passage of ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’ in New Mexico

New Mexico House Bill 100, which amends the state’s observed holidays by replacing “Columbus Day” with “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in the month of October was applauded by Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer.

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Appeals court hears case on adoptions of Native Americans

A 1978 law giving preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings involving American Indian children is an unconstitutional race-based intrusion on state powers that has caused families to be “literally torn apart,” an attorney told a federal appeals court March 13.

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Tribal officials worry Bears Ears cuts leave sacred spaces vulnerable

Hopi Vice Chairman Clark Tenakhongva said he already sees a difference in the year since the Trump administration shrank the size of Bears Ears National Monument, excluding some culturally revered land.

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NTEC discontinues efforts to acquire Navajo Generating Station

Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) announced March 22 that it will no longer pursue the acquisition of Navajo Generating Station (NGS) and Kayenta Mine following a decision by the 24th Navajo Nation Council’s Naabik’iyati’ committee March 21.

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Naabik’íyáti’ Committee hears testimony from coal mine workers

The Navajo Nation Council Naabik’íyáti’ Committee visited two communities to hear testimony from local residents about the possible acquisition of Navajo Generating Station and Peabody Kayenta Mine by Navajo Transitional Energy Company in two town hall forums.

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Identifying, tracking and preventing human trafficking in Indian country

Valaura Imus-Nahsonhoya spoke to an attentive audience at Native Health of Phoenix in January about the time a “recruiter” attempted to lure her into being trafficked into prostitution.

Native American tribes receive culturally significant wildlife items

Arizona Game and Fish finalizes program to collect, store cultural items that can be donated to tribes

Whether it’s the full hide of a fallen bear, an empty tortoise shell, antlers shed onto the forest floor or a found eagle feather, wildlife binds Arizona’s Native American tribes to the world around them.

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NTEC details reasons for stalled negotiations in purchase of power plant

As Navajo Generating Station (NGS) owners move the plant toward decommissioning, Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) detailed its view of why negotiations stalled in an effort to figure out a way forward.

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‘Stalking is more common than people realize,’ helpline available for victims

Between six and seven million people are stalked every year, said StrongHearts Helpline Assistant Director Lori Jump, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians from Michigan.

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‘Historical trauma’: Native communities grapple with missing and murdered women

One day they were there and the next they weren’t. No one talked about the Native women and girls who simply disappeared.

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Navajo council stands behind Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women state bills

Members of the 24th Navajo Nation Council held its Naabik’íyáti’ Committee Feb. 28 to consider the first legislation of its term and to receive reports about various issues surrounding the Nation.

As tribes voice opposition, sports betting bill moves forwad with 6-3 vote

In front of a packed Senate hearing room, the Appropriations Committee voted 6-3 Feb. 26 in favor of moving SB 1163, the newly named sports betting bill, along in the legislative process of the Senate.

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Arizona residents charged with fraud after selling fake Native jewelry

Three Arizona residents are among seven people charged with fraudulently selling jewelry imported from the Philippines as authentic Native American-made items.