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Around the Rez: week of Nov. 21

Upcoming news and events around the Hopi and the Navajo reservations

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Bridging the distance through art at the Museum of Northern Arizona

Transcending Duality: The Sante Fe Studio Style exhibition is on display at the Museum of Northern Arizona until Feb. 18.

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Hopis conclude first phase of testimony in Little Colorado River adjudication

Closing arguments set for Dec. 17 and 18

Hopi witnesses and experts concluded their testimony recently in the first phase of a water rights trial that is both one of the longest-running court cases in Arizona history and also potentially will have the biggest impact on the future of the Hopi.

Begaye disagrees with Medicaid’s work requirement

On Nov. 15, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye took a hard stance against a Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policy that imposes work requirements on individuals as a condition of eligibility for health insurance.

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Federal Judge blocks Keystone XL Pipeline; indigenous Nations respond

Two days into his presidency, Donald Trump signed an executive order to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Around the Rez: week of Nov. 14

Upcoming events in and around the Navajo and Hopi reservations.

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Native women have new role in D.C.

Congresswoman-elect Deb Haaland was elected Nov. 6 to New Mexico’s 1st Congress District — one of two Native American women elected to Congress.

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Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates delivers Veterans Day message recognizing military members

On Nov. 11, Navajo Nation Speaker Lorenzo Bates delivered the following message addressing veterans and members of the Navajo Nattion to honor veterans on Veterans Day.

Hopi High boys and girls place at state cross country races

Hopi High placed second in both the boys and girls cross country races in the Division 1 state meet Nov. 10.

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*Update* - Jonathan Nez elected president of Navajo Nation

First Native American women elected to U.S. House of Representatives

It was an exciting night for Native Americans and for the Navajo Nation as two Native women were elected to U.S. Congress for the first time ever and as Jonathan Nez was elected to be the next president of the Navajo Nation.

Hopi High media students raise money for trip to Anaheim

Hopi High School radio broadcast, news video and journalism clubs are raising money so they can attend the National Journalism Education Association conference in Anaheim, California, April 25-27.

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Ballot shortage at polling sites causes delay, votes to be canvassed

During the recent Navajo Nation General Election the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors became aware of a ballot shortage at a number of chapters.

Begaye vetoes intended change to veterans council, public input to be considered

On Nov. 2, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye vetoed legislation intended to change the Navajo Nation Veterans Advisory Council (NNVAC) to a board of commissioners, citing the Eastern Agency Veterans Organization’s strong opposition to the bill.

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Prop. 127: Voters reject drastic reshaping of Arizona’s energy future

Arizona voters have rejected Proposition 127, an initiative that would have required the state’s regulated utilities to get 50 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2030.

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey gets second term in Republican sweep

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was re-elected Nov. 6 to a second term in a Republican sweep of many statewide offices, beating Democrat underdog and education professor David Garcia.

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Nominations for the 2019 Barbara Chester Award now open

The Hopi Foundation announced the opening of nominations for the 7th International Barbara Chester Award to Clinicians Treating Survivors of Torture and Abuse.

WIFA announces $5,100,000 loan closing for the city of Winslow

A $5.1 million loan with the city of Winslow will be used to replace and upgrade infrastructure at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

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Community information: New rules for recycling in Winslow

Acceptable items in the recycling stream for the city of Winslow is changing to only include clean/dry paper, cardboard and aluminum and steel food and beverage cans.

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Obituary: William Ray Engvall

William Ray Engvall, M.D. (Bill) was born May 8, 1934, in Temple, Texas, at Scott & White Hospital. He passed away October 31, 2018, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

ACA open enrollment begins with lower prices, more choices in Arizona

WASHINGTON – Open enrollment began Nov. 1 for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, with most Arizonans seeing more choices and better prices, a sharp change from recent years when the state was the poster child for Obamacare problems.

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Navajo Police apprehend homicide suspect in Tuba City

On Oct. 31, the Navajo Nation Police Department responded to an attempted kidnpaping in the Cowsprings area of Tuba City.

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Navajo Nation considers buying coal-fired power plant on its land

As states shy away from coal-fired power, a northern Arizona tribe is exploring the purchase of a coal plant on its land.

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Archaeologist say state parks destroyed Native American antiquity sites

An archaeologist says Arizona State Parks and Trails deliberately destroyed Native American antiquity sites during construction activity at Lake Havasu State Park.

Navajo to appeal dismissal of case against Wells Fargo

The Navajo Nation is appealing the dismissal of a lawsuit it filed against Wells Fargo, accusing the company of engaging in predatory and unlawful practices.

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Court gives tribe, environmentalists new chance to fight uranium mine

A federal appeals court said Oct. 25 that the Havasupai tribe and environmental advocates can challenge an existing uranium mine on land near the Grand Canyon where mining was recently banned.