Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Tue, June 02

Seeking 1918 influenza pandemic survivors

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, is developing a video program looking at the influenza pandemic of 1918. Navajo elders who survived the 1918 influenza pandemic and would be willing to share their experienced with us on camera are being sought. Interest is in documenting the impact of the 1918 pandemic on individuals and their families, neighbors and communities. Any photographs or other memorabilia from that era are also needed. Please contact Jenny Notah, Navajo Area Indian Health Service; P.O. Box 9020; Window Rock; AZ; 86511; or call (928) 871-5821 if you or someone you know has a story to share.

Greyhills Summer Food Service Program

The Greyhills Academy High School is sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program for children. Free meals will be made available to all children 18 years of age and younger within the approved geographical area without regard to sex, race, age, handicap, religion, marital or family status, or national origin. Breakfast will be provided from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.; and lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (MDT), at Greyhills Academy High School.

Paralyzed Vets of America Powwow, Gourd Dance

Come out and show your support at the 2007 Paralyzed Veterans of America Benefit Gourd Dance and Contest Powwow July 21 at the Window Rock Sports Center. The Gourd Dances will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 5:30 -7 p.m., with Grand Entries at 1 and 7 p.m.

Men's Grass Special will be winner take all with two consolation prizes. The host Southern Drum will be the Southern Tribe from Albuquerque, N.M. The Host Northern Drum will be Red Star from Gallup. The Master of Ceremonies will be Michael Lowe from Shiprock, N.M. and the arena director will be Leonard Anthony also from Shiprock. Dance categories will include Men's and Juniors' Northern Straight; Men's and Juniors' Fancy; Men's and Juniors' Northern Traditional; Men's/Juniors' Grass; Women's and Juniors' Northern Traditional; Women's and Juniors' Fancy Shawl; Women's and Juniors' Southern Traditional; and Women's and Juniors' Jingle. Tiny Tots will also be featured.

General admission will be $5 for individuals age 6 and older. Veteran's admission is $1. Vendors are welcome.

For more information contact Savannah Hardy at (928)797-7196 or Arthur Hardy at (505) 409-5519. Proceeds will benefit the 2007 PVA Wheelchair Olympics in St. Louis.

Flagstaff Concerts in the Park

Grab your friends, family, blankets and hairs for a good time at Flagstaff Parks and Recreation's annual concert in the park series! Check out local musicians at 5:30 p.m. at Wheeler Park, 212 W. Aspen Ave., every Wednesday night in June and July (no concert July 4). This year's performers include: June 27, Burnett Family Bluegrass Band (bluegrass); July 11, Pony Express (country); July 18, The Shifters (rock); and July 25, the Flagstaff Community Band (concert music). For more information contact the City of Flagstaff Parks and Recreation at (928) 779-7690.

Native American Art Exhibition at Coconino Center for the Arts

The Native American Art Exhibit, presented by Flagstaff Cultural Partners, highlights the creativity of local and regional artists. A stunning display of traditional and contemporary Native American art will be on exhibit at the Coconino Center for the Arts (CCA) now through Aug. 4. This annual exhibit features painting, jewelry, ceramics, beadwork, and photography from leading and emerging Native American artists throughout the Southwest. The CCA is located at 2300 N. Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff. During the exhibition, Flagstaff Cultural Partners will also be presenting "A Celebration of Native Voices" on July 7-8, including hands-on demonstrations, a lecture series, performances, and Native American foods. Six-time World Champion Hoop Dancer, Nakota Larance, will perform at this event. A series of Native American-made films will also be screened for the public. For more information about the scheduled events, visit or call (928) 779-2300.

Black Mesa Trust seeks new membership

The Black Mesa Trust is currently seeking new membership for the Black Mesa Trust Organization. According to Vernon Masyesva, Executive Director, the Mission of Black Mesa Trust is "to safeguard, preserve and honor the land, air, and water of Black Mesa. Black Mesa Trust is about harnessing the lessons of traditional knowledge with western science and technology to secure permanently our homeland for generations of children yet to come. It is our hope that our families will always enjoy the wide open spaces, deep canyons and majestic mesas and clean air, land and water that bless our homeland."

Black Mesa Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductable. We must all help our former Hopi Tribal Chairman Vernon Masayesva with his dream and vision and hope of saving our precious drinking water. We must think about preserving our water for future generations to come and for our own children and grandchildren. Our water is very valuable, sacred and must be respected.

You may join Black Mesa Trust in the following membership categories: $1 Pavatya-Tadpole, $10 Paakwa-Frog, $25 Baaqavi-Reed, $50 Paawiya-Duck, $100 Tangaqwunu-Rainbow, $250 Paahutaviyva-Spring Keeper, $500 Yoytaviyta-Rainkeeper, and $1,000 Paahutunatyawtaqa-Water Guardian.

Please send your name, address, phone number or e-mail and tribal affiliation. Send your check or money order to: Black Mesa Trust, P.O. Box 33, Kykotsmovi, Arizona 86039. For more information, go to or call (928) 734-9255.

Seeking Elder Award nominations

Northern Arizona Council of Governments' Area Agency on Aging is currently accepting nominations for the Accomplished Elder Award. This award goes to deserving seniors from northern Arizona. The award will be presented at the 16th Annual Elder Issues Conference in Flagstaff on Sept. 25.

Nominees must meet the following criteria: be 70 years or older; have had an interesting career or job; have accomplished something significant in his/her lifetime, possess a gift, talent, or ability that serves others, gave to others in their lifetime or is currently doing so and/or is significantly accomplished in any creative or commendable endeavor; and be a resident of Yavapai, Coconino, Apache or Navajo counties.

Nominations are being accepted through July 30. Write or type your nomination information on one page including the senior's name, phone number, address and the reason for nominating the individual. Send nominations to Aging, Accomplished Elder Award, 119 E. Aspen Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86001. If you have any questions, please call (928) 289-2495 or leave a message toll free at 1-877-521-3500.

The Area Agency on Aging is sponsored by Northern Arizona Council of Governments, the Arizona Department of Economic Security and local contributions.

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