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Council meets with Congressman Joseph Morelle in support of Voting Act

TSE BONITO, N.M. — The Navajo Nation Council met with U.S. Congressman Joseph Morelle (D-NY) Feb. 19 to discuss concerns and recommendations regarding voting and elections issues to build the congressional record in support of the Native American Voting Rights Act.

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Around the Rez: Feb. 28

Around the Rez: Feb. 28

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Navajo Nation burial and cemetery regulations approved

TSE BONITO, N.M. — The Navajo Nation Council Resources and Development Committee passed legislation Feb. 14 historically approving the Navajo Nation Burial and Cemetery regulations.

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Fueling Hopi: Koho4Hopi partners with Joe Dirt to provide sustainable heating sources for the Hopi community

After six hours of traveling and waiting for firewood only to be turned away without so much as a piece of mulch, Matt Honanie knew he had to do something for his Hopi relatives and community.

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Késhjéé: Navajo Shoe Game a winter tradition that explains cycles of life

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Singer and speaker Talibah Begay of Shiprock, New Mexico, hosted a Késhjéé — Navajo Shoe Game — at Summit High School in Flagstaff Feb. 16.

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Native American nations with scarce internet are building their own broadband networks

Hopi Telecommunications received two federal grants — one from the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program and the other from the Rural Utilities Service — to provide fiber directly to homes. But the project, which began in September, won’t be finished until sometime in 2025.

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Winslow’s Shaunce' Yellowhair wins Navajo County Spelling Bee, will rep at state

WINSLOW, Ariz. — Shaunce' Yellowhair won the annual Navajo County Spelling Bee Feb. 14. The Winslow Junior High eighth-grader beat 40 students from 11 districts at the Snowflake Auditorium to take the title.

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Around Winslow: Feb. 28

Around Winslow: Feb. 28

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Winslow girl keeps up the fight while battling rare neurological disorder

WINSLOW, Ariz. — Sunnycloud Reid, 14, is a junior black belt in Olympic-style taekwondo, has won many wrestling matches against boys and has sparred in multiple jiujitsu tournaments. Now, her biggest challenge is battling not a human opponent, but a rare neurological disorder.

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Guest Column: Clash of two cultures, human remains on the moon

After Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren heard that on Jan. 8, 2024, NASA would launch a rocket headed for the moon with human ashes, he sent letters to NASA and the U.S. Department of Transportation with a formal objection and asked that the mission be delayed.

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Judy Martinez named publisher

Judy Martinez was promoted to publisher of the Williams-Grand Canyon News and the Navajo-Hopi Observer effective Jan. 1.

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Guest column: Turning my personal achievement into action

Many times, when you begin an individual journey, you don’t realize how connected you are to ideas and movements bigger than yourself. I was recently shocked to learn I’m the one-millionth to earn the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education, the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.

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Taken but not forgotten: Human trafficking exhibit coming to Flagstaff March 1

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — “Taken But Not Forgotten: Stories of Human Trafficking” will exhibit at the Open Doors: Art in Action Gallery March 1 — May 1. The non-profit art gallery is located at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Flagstaff, 423 N. Beaver Street.

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Forest Service unveils $20M grant initiative to help tribes access climate market

WASHINGTON — The Department of Agriculture Forest Service will distribute $20 million in grant funding to help tribes access private markets for forest resilience and climate mitigation that have emerged in the wake of climate change.

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Coconino County offering opioid overdose prevention kits and information

Coconino County Health and Human Services Opioid Overdose Prevention program offers free NARCAN kit(s) and training about opioid overdose response.

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Obituary: Patricia Keller

Patricia Keller, a retired teacher, world traveler and hiker, passed peacefully on Jan. 15.

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Obituary: Robert “Bob” H. Piestewa

Robert “Bob” H. Piestewa Ames, a trailblazing Hopi Indian, first Native American Stanford Law School graduate, and devoted family man, passed away peacefully at his Salinas, CA home on Dec. 5, 2023, at the age of 94.

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Obituary: Donald Ray Petranovich

Donald will be greatly missed by his family and friends, and all the players and relationships he developed over the years.