Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Mon, Feb. 17

Early deadline for Navajo Hopi Observer

Due to the Memorial Day holiday on May 28, the following early deadlines will be in place for the May 30 edition of the Navajo Hopi Observer:

* News-due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 23;

* Display Ads-due by 5 p.m., May 23;

* Legal Advertising-due by 5 p.m. May 23;

* Classifieds-due by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 24

The Observer office will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 and re-open 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 29.

Powwow in the Pines

The White Mountain Apache Tribe's Hon-Dah Resort and Casino will host the Tenth Annual Powwow in the Pines June 9-10. The Hon-Dah Resort is located at the junction of Highways 260 and 73 in Pinetop.

The Host Northern Drum will be Midnite Express of Minnesota; the Host Southern Drum will be Eagle Claw of Oklahoma. The Head Man will be Leo Calabaza of Arizona; Head Woman-Nita Track of Arizona; Head Young Man-Issac Yazzie, Arizona; Head Young Woman-Teri Davonne John, Arizona; Head Gourd-Roger Tofpi, New Mexico; Arena Director-Lee Williams, Arizona; Master of Ceremonies-Arnold Chee, Arizona; Co-Master of Ceremonies-Phil R. Dupoint, Oklahoma.

Drum group contestants must provide their own chairs and canopy. The Grand Entries will be at 2 and 7 p.m., Saturday; and 12 noon on Sunday. Gourd dancing will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Saturday; and 11 a.m., Sunday. Contest points begin Saturday at 12 noon at Grand Entry. Registration will be between 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday for $5 per dancer and individual drummer. For more information visit

Memorial Weekend Softball Tournament

A coed slow pitch softball tournament will be held May 25, 26 and 28 at the Tuba City High School baseball fields. The event will consist of 10-man rosters, 5-5 coed split one-hour games to even innings. The cost is $200 per team paid to Tuba City High School Football Club. Send registration to Tuba City High School Football Club; P.O. Box 67; Tuba City, AZ; 86045. For more information call Coach Tate at (928) 856-0938 or email:

TCHS Spring Challenge

Celebrate spring at the Tuba City High School (TCHS) Spring Challenge 5K and one mile walk/run. The events will be held Saturday, May 19, at the TCHS football field. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the events will begin at 9 a.m. Registration is available on race day only. Registration for the run is $15. Registration for the walk is free. The event is sponsored by the TCHS Lady Warriors cross country team and the Tuba City/Moenkopi Family Wellness Center.

Run for the Mountain

Time to crawl out of hibernation and work those muscles again! Mountain Elementary School will host their eighth annual Run for the Mountain fundraiser Saturday, May 19. The event is the first race of the Flagstaff Running Series and will kick off at the beautiful Solider Trail in Fort Tuthill. To participate, call (928) 779-2392 or visit

Monument Valley Film Festival call for entries

The Monument Valley Film Festival is making a call for entries to all Native American filmmakers for this year's festival. The festival will be held on the Navajo Nation in Kayenta, the gateway to Monument Valley where so many popular films have been made during the decades. This year the festival will be focusing on original films directed, produced or written by Native Americans. Although this will be the first year, plans are to make this film festival an annual event for all to enjoy.

The festival was started by Shonie and Andee De La Rosa of Sheephead Films. Shonie and Andee held the very first and only film festival on the Navajo Nation at the "Stars in the Desert Film Festival in 2004," which was held in Tuba City. With the huge success of that film festival, many people have requested another film festival on the Navajo Nation. After careful thought and planning Shonie and Andee decided to hold this year's festival in conjunction with the huge annual July 4 celebration that is held in Kayenta, which includes a rodeo and powwow.

All Native filmmakers are encouraged to submit their original works to this year's film festival. There is no entry fee and admission to the film festival will be free to the public.

Visit for more information and submission forms. Deadline for submissions is June 1.

Construction in Indian Country Conference

The Fourth Annual Construction in Indian Country International Conference will be held May 21-23 at the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort in Fort McDowell. This is a unique opportunity to meet with tribal project owners, decision makers, builders, and experienced tribal and industry contractors who are successful in Indian Country.

Conference topics will include: legal issues; regulatory issues; project successes; budgets; finance; infrastructure; alternative project development; planning and pre-construction; and hands-on training.

For more information call (480) 727-3105; email; or visit

The conference fee is $375 per person for American Indians and $485 per person for industry and agencies.

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