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Guest column: Closing Navajo Nation’s coal plant is not justice

Nation’s coal economy was built to be exploited

When Indian Country’s largest coal-fired power plant shuts down, the Navajo Nation will sacrifice hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in revenues after decades of sacrificing its land, water, air, health and lives to provide energy to the residents of Arizona, California and Nevada.

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Around the Rez: July 5

Upcoming news and events for the Navajo and Hopi reservations and surrounding areas.

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Guest column: use summer to prepare your child for success

The first day of kindergarten is a big step for young kids. And families can help that transition by using the summer before the big day to help kids develop basic skills to prepare.

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Letter: Hopi Tribe should use ‘authority to tax’ in replacement of coal revenue

The imminent closure of the Navajo Generating Station and Peabody Western Coal Co. (PWCC) has sparked the Hopi Tribal Council to look into gaming (opening headline in the Gallup Independent, June 10, 2017) to replace coal revenues.

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Letter: NGS replacement lease could compromise water; health of future generations

In comparing the 1969 NGS Lease Agreement to today’s proposed Replacement Lease Agreement ...

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Letter to the editor: Navajo Generating Station replacement lease needs visionary leadership to make agreement stronger

When I was growing up on Black Mesa, the land was rich with grass and natural springs, fed by ancient waters of the Navajo Aquifer.

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Guest column: NGS Replacement Lease ready for Navajo Nation Council vote

After several months of thorough, good-faith negotiations, a replacement lease that would keep the Navajo Generating Station operating through the end of 2019 is now in the hands of the Navajo Nation Council for consideration and, hopefully, final approval.

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Letter: Bears Ears holds cultural significance for tribes

Rolling back Bears Ears or any national monument will jeopardize irreplaceable historical, cultural and natural heritage.

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Guest column: Patriotism is a Native virtue

Since that inspired day on July 4, 1776, millions have fought for the ideals of freedom and democracy that we hold dear, whether on battlefields, on streets, in courtrooms, or in capitol buildings.

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Letter to the editor: Future of coal industry bright, NGS has a future

I enjoy reading stories about the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) and the coal industry because coal provides a good paycheck for thousands of rural Americans. Coal is also the United States’ most abundant and affordable form of energy.

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Letter to the editor: Navajo Nation grassroots groups urge Nation’s leaders to look toward a more sustainable future than coal

Today a deal was voted on in a closed meeting by utility Salt River Project (SRP)expected to continue operations at Navajo Generating Station (NGS), the largest coal-burning power plant in the West, for another two years.

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Letter to the editor: Cameron community vendors speak out

My name is Jacqueline Huskie, a Cameron Chapter community member, and an official for the LCR/Cameron Vendor Association. We have been in a dispute with the local Little Colorado River Tribal Park (LCRTP) management since March 2006.

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Letter to the editor: Monument does not solve Native land use

The Holy People have been good to me and I have learned many traditional teachings from my elders who have now all passed on.

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Letter to the editor: Navajo Transit needs consistent service

This letter is about the Navajo Transit Bus System. Route 1 travels from Tuba City to Window Rock on a Monday through Thursday schedule.

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Letter to the editor: Nation must give people resources to slay monsters

It is said that women had been separated from men when some children were conceived, in the Third World. Brought into the world without both parents, they were unnatural children, who became evil monsters and killed the People.

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Letter to the editor: Nation should change Navajo Election Code and needs leaders who will give true progress into 21st century

In the past two years, my involvement with the Navajo Voters Coalition has allowed me to observe the very limited progress from our Navajo Nation government.

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Letter to the editor: Navajo Nation prosperity requires investment in future of Nation

Nation-building challenges face the Navajo Nation and its leadership in the areas of economic development, public safety, land management, and education to name a few

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Guest column: Making the world safer for Arizona children

As Arizona communities highlight April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, First Things First reminds everyone that young children who experience abuse or neglect such as family violence, poor nutrition, housing instability and infrequent health care, can have their ability to learn and succeed compromised.

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Guest column: Transitioning from peditrician to family physician

Most people agree the transitions from childhood to teenage years to adulthood can be challenging for all family members.

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Letter to the editor: Loss of NGS is about more than big numbers

Media coverage of the heated debate surrounding the unexpectedly early closure of the Navajo Generating Station has focused, understandably, on the most direct impacts of the potential decommissioning: loss of jobs, revenue, and economic opportunity in tribal communities and throughout the state at large.

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Letter to the editor: NGS closure is an opportunity for tribes’ leaders

Instead of begging for charity, the president of the Navajo Nation and chairman of the Hopi Tribe should be dancing in the streets like Hopi and Diné grassroots people, who are celebrating their independence from greedy energy corporations, which have devastated our land, waters, archaeological and burial sites, cultural resources and cedar trees, which Hopi people use for healing and purification.

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Guest column: Native language preservation begins at home

Continuing indigenous Native language loss is well documented not only globally but within our very own backyard, the United States.

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Letter to the editor: Navajo Nation may suffer under Devos’ leadership

On Feb. 7, the U.S. Senate, in a historic vote in which Vice President Pence cast the tie-breaking vote (51-50), confirmed Betsy DeVos as secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

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Guest column: February is National Children’s Dental Health month

Parents and caregivers are the first defense in helping prevent tooth decay in Arizona’s youngest children.

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Guest column: The importance of being Sirius: astonomy helped early people survive, foretold coming of seasons

Sirius, in the constellation Canis Major, is the brightest star in Earth’s night sky, and is about twice as bright as Canopus, the next brightest star.

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