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PHOENIX (AP) — The University of Arizona as a “last-ditch effort” will ask students to voluntarily shelter in place for the next two weeks, University President Robert Robbins said. He cited a troubling uptick in positive cases among students.

September 16, 2020
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PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Police on Monday justified the use of an attack dog on a suspect who appeared on a police body cam video to be complying with officers.

September 16, 2020
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PHOENIX (AP) — The backup Uber driver involved in the first self-driving vehicle fatality has been charged with negligent homicide for being distracted in the moments before fatally striking a woman in suburban Phoenix.

By JACQUES BILLEAUD and TOM KRISHER, Associated Press September 16, 2020
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Justin Silvera came off the fire lines in Northern California after a grueling 36 straight days battling wildfires and evacuating residents ahead of the flames. Before that, he and his crew had worked for 20 days, followed by a three-day break.

By JAMES ANDERSON and MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press September 16, 2020
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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer attended the services, presenting a Navajo Nation flag and a proclamation in honor and remembrance of PFC Chee.

September 15, 2020
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Coconino County Supervisor Liz Archuleta joined other county officials from across the country on a National Association of Counties call to discuss Payment in Lieu of Taxes and Secure Rural Schools — special payments to counties that have large tracts of otherwise nontaxable federal lands.

By By Josh Ortega, Cronkite News September 15, 2020
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The COVID-19 pandemic has hit both the arts and restaurants hard in the past six months, but local Flagstaff restaurant, Brandy’s, is serving up food in a socially distant atmosphere and a pop-up of Pivot, skateboard deck art, hangs on the walls.

By Katherine Locke September 15, 2020
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One of two Diné soldiers to die this year while based at Fort Hood collapsed while running with his platoon as part of an early morning workout, and foul play is not suspected, U.S. Army officials say.

By Aliyah Chavez, Indian Country Today September 15, 2020
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Bureau of Indian Education abruptly changes course on Navajo schooling
Parents concerned schools may not be prepared for distance learning

Schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) on the Navajo Nation will be opening under a distance-learning plan next week, a surprising reversal of the agency’s plans to hold classes in person.

By Mary Annette Pember, Indian Country Today September 15, 2020
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Navajo Nation to participate in Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine trial
Navajo health care centers to offer trial vaccine on volunteer basis

Navajo Nation announces participation in Pfizer-BioTech COVID-19 vaccine trail on a patient-volunteer basis — the study will be led by the John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer September 15, 2020
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On Sept. 10, the Shiprock District Court denied Dineh Benally’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Navajo Nation on June 12 alleging the illegal growing, producing, manufacturing, transporting, licensing, and selling of industrial hemp within the Navajo Nation.

September 15, 2020
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57 bison relocated from the North Rim
Bison transferred to Intertribal Buffalo Council and transported to Kansas, South Dakota, Nebraska and Oklahoma

On Sept. 4, in cooperation with the Intertribal Buffalo Council, Kaibab National Forest, and Arizona Game and Fish Department, Grand Canyon wildlife managers successfully relocated 57 bison from the North Rim.

September 15, 2020
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Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer and Council Delegate Carl Slater joined Lukachukai Community School Governing Board members, Principal Dr. Roseyphena Sells and other local officials and community members at a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of new school facilities Sept. 11.

September 15, 2020
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Americans commemorated 9/11 as another national crisis reconfigured memorial ceremonies, dividing some victims' families over coronavirus safety precautions, and a presidential campaign carved a path through the observances.

By By Michael R. Sisak, Karen Matthews and Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press September 11, 2020
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Reaching a full count on most reservations now looks nearly impossible.

By By Matthew Brown, Iris Samuels and Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press September 9, 2020
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Old Tucson General Manager Terry Verhage said the ongoing COVID-19 public health protocols and restrictions limited park attendance to the point where the venue could no longer stay in business.

By Associated Press September 9, 2020
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So far, 5,221 people in the state have died of the disease caused by the coronavirus, and there have been 206,045 confirmed cases. The state, once a national hot spot for infections, continues to see a downward trend in infections and hospitalizations.

By Associated Press September 9, 2020
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Navajo Nation health officials Sept. 8 reported no new confirmed cases of coronavirus but four additional deaths.

By Associated Press September 9, 2020
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Northern Arizona University President Rita Cheng announced Tuesday she will not seek an extension of her contract that expires in 2022.

By By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press September 9, 2020
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It's grim news for the western U.S.

By By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press September 9, 2020

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