Stories for January 2008


Tuesday, January 29


News about Native Americans

Baucus urges passage of Indian Health bill Bill includes key provisions on Medicare, Medicaid, children's health WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) is urging passage of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, as full Senate consideration of the legislation began Jan. 22. Last September, Baucus led the Finance Committee in passing a package of provisions to bolster Indian health policies in programs under the panel's jurisdiction.

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Flagstaff Medical Center performs first robotic surgery

FLAGSTAFF - Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) performed its first general surgery Jan. 17 using the da Vinci Surgical System. FMC is the only hospital in northern and central Arizona to offer this advanced, minimally invasive surgical technology. The $1.5 million system was installed in one of FMC's 11 operating rooms.

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Chinle Wildcats claw their way to victory

Holbrook Roadrunners snagged by Wildcats on home court

HOLBROOK - When two of the most winningest boys' coaches from the Arizona 3A North Region meet, unfortunately, there can be only one winner. Coach Steve Scott and his Chinle Wildcats (18-5, 7-3) along with Coach Raul Medoza and his Holbrook Roadrunners (14-11, 4-5) renewed their friendship before the game. Unofficially, they have combined for over 950 career wins and countless minutes of game preparation.

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Winslow Indian Health Care Center reaches out to reservation communities

Health fairs seek to educate students and their families

FLAGSTAFF - The South Team of the Winslow Indian Health Care Center (WIHCC) has a goal to chart every child on the Navajo Nation into its database. This goal was shared by Carolyn Colby, a civilian Public Health nurse employed at WIHCC, who was just one participant in a Health Fair set up at the STAR School, located about 23 miles from Flagstaff.

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Natives welcome a helping hand from National Relief Charities

There is a place that strives to help Native American people. The name of this organization is National Relief Charities. Who do they help? Most of their programs serve small rural or isolated communities. Their mission is "To help Native American people improve the quality of their lives by providing opportunities for them to bring about positive changes in their communities."

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First parenting class in Tonalea deemed a success

TONALEA - Tonalea School hosted their first parenting class session with speaker James Bilagody on Jan. 23. With over 40 participants to kick off the first session, Bilagody's approach provided insight to parenting by utilizing his personal experiences, Western and Diné philosophies and humor. Scheduled to continue for the next five weeks until Feb. 27, Tonalea School invites all parents and surrounding communities to join them ...

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Navajo Nation Council members meet with state officials to discuss budget deficit

PHOENIX - Several Navajo Nation Council members from the Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) and the Transportation and Community Development Committee (TCDC) conducted a joint work session Jan. 21 to meet with officials from the state of Arizona to discuss issues regarding the state's budget deficit. The work session was hosted by the Office of the Speaker and the 21st Navajo Nation Council ...

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Tuba City High MCJROTC takes third straight state championship

Award-winning program sets reservation

TUBA CITY - The other competing schools swear the winning secret to the Tuba City High School MCJROTC winning in state competition is that the Warriors have "camouflage green blood" running through their veins. However, Tuba City High retired Marine instructors, 1st Sgt. Ken Bustamante and Gunnery Sgt. Tim Shaner, believe their students' oustanding talent is backed by practice, discipline, dedication, heart, ambition, team-concept and a sugar-free diet followed up by even more practice and more discipline.

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Valley Pirates 'pillage and plunder' senior night at Red Mesa

Pirates now win two games on the road

RED MESA - Coming off a big win at Hopi last Saturday night, the Valley Pirates (12-4, 8-2) played the role of spoilers when they won their second consecutive Arizona 2A North Region Conference contest on the road over the Red Mesa Redskins (6-13, 4-5) with a final score of 75-59. The Lady Pirates (8-10, 7-3) won a thriller with only five seconds left on the clock, 50-47, in a rematch against the Lady Redskins. It was Senior Night for the Redskins.

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Hopi students meet with tribal leaders in Phoenix

PHOENIX - Eighteen students from Hopi Jr/Sr High School learned about tribal and state governments by attending the 13th annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day Jan. 22 at the Arizona State Capitol. They were recognized during a ceremony when tribal and state leaders shared ideas on what projects they can work together on.

Friday, January 25

Multi agency response searches for missing man

FLAGSTAFF - The Coconino County Sheriff's Office is requesting assistance from the community in locating a missing person whose vehicle was found abandoned on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 22. The coordinator of the Coconino County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Unit received a call from the Navajo Police Department indicating that an unoccupied vehicle had been located at the overlook of the Little Colorado River Gorge off of State Route 64 between Cameron and Desert View.

Wednesday, January 23

Chinle v. Monument Valley 2008

Check out this gallery of photos from Chinle vs. Monument Valley boys and girls basketball games. Photos by Anton Wero.

Hopi v. Red Mesa 2008

Photo highlights by Anton Wero from the 2008 Hopi Bruins vs. Red Mesa Redskins boys and girls basketball games.

Tuesday, January 22

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LETTER-Support sought for reopening of Tuba City Family Wellness Center

Recently, the Tuba City Family Wellness Center was abruptly closed and shut down. The news of this has taken a toll on our community. It came suddenly, leaving the community in a state of shock and disbelief. It has also negatively impacted Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC). We have watched over the years as this local wellness center grow and expand its capacity to meet the needs of local programs - all to improve health at the community level.

LETTER-Navajo Nation remains divided

Criticisms have been rolling high and hitting the national media circuit. Is it because the Navajo Nation has become so unmanageable and ungovernable? With the population rising, I am concerned about what is happening in our government. Being the center of several attentive issues politically, I feel that criticisms being thrown at our leaders are well deserved.

Arizona's future is far too important to stop investing in now

Last Monday, I had the privilege of delivering my annual State of the State address to the legislature and all Arizonans. With the start of a new year and a new legislative session, I'm looking forward continuing the progress our state has made in the last five years.

My father - an unusual hero

This past Saturday would have been my father's 73rd birthday. It was a bittersweet day for me as I fondly recalled memories about what he taught me in his rather short 58 years of life. Although he was taken from my family before his rightful time, I feel that he lived a full life-as full a life as could be lived by a relatively simple man who enjoyed the sheer simplicity of life.

Hopi JROTC planing second cultural exchange trip to Hawaii

Tasha LaBahe is one of 30 Hopi High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets going to Honolulu, Hawaii, from Jan. 18-24. LaBahe's rank is S-4, which means Supply 4.

Hopi High radio club raising funds for radio conference trip to Atlanta

The Hopi High School radio club is raising money so they can attend the National Federation of Broadcasters meeting in Atlanta, Georgia from March 26-29. The radio club is attempting to raise $14,000 so they can send 16 students and three chaperones to attend the national radio conference.

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Hopi JROTC honors MLK in Albuquerque, N.M.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - On Sunday Jan. 13, 30 Hopi JROTC cadets participated in a parade in Albuquerque. The parade was in honor of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who changed history forever. This trip has been in the planning stage for about a year and a half by Joella Redmon, from the Dr. Martin L. King Committee of Albuquerque, N.M.

AARP Tax-Aide offers volunteer opportunities

AARP Tax-Aide is the largest free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service in the country. Each year from Feb. 1-April 15, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers prepare federal and state tax returns for middle and low-income taxpayers with special attention given to people 60 and older.

Early ballot requests for Presidential Primary Election

FLAGSTAFF - This Friday, Jan. 25 is the last day that voters may request an early ballot be mailed to them for the Feb. 5 Presidential Preference Election (PPE). In order to request an early ballot, a voter must be registered as a Democrat or Republican and have already registered to vote by Jan. 7.

'My Big Fat Super Tuesday' celebration at Cliff Castle Casino

CAMP VERDE - To commemorate four events in one, Cliff Castle Casino will be hosting their grandest party ever beginning Monday, Feb. 4 at 10 p.m. Along with cash giveaways totaling $90,000 in 24 hours, the casino will celebrate the unveiling of 91 additional slot machines, Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), Super Tuesday primaries, and a special surprise Cliff Castle Casino announcement.

ADEQ Director Owens announces availability of recycling grants

PHOENIX - Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Director Steve Owens announced today that ADEQ is seeking grant applications to enhance recycling efforts from private enterprises, political subdivisions, tribal governments and nonprofit organizations that serve Arizona communities.

Colorado River Indian Tribes representative selected to attend national conservation forum

Forum to focus on at-risk museum, library collections

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Amelia Flores, Library/Archives Director of the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) has been selected to attend a national forum in Atlanta, Ga. from Jan. 31- Feb. 1 on "Preserving America's Diverse Heritage." She is one of 30 representatives of small and medium-sized collecting institutions nationwide invited to participate based on their leadership in the profession and in their communities.

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NIEA President to give State of Indian Education address during Legislative Summit in February

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Dr. Willard Sakiestewa Gilbert, President of the National Indian Education Association (NIEA), will give the State of Indian Education Address at NIEA's 11th Legislative Summit at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW in Washington, D.C. Gilbert will be joined by leaders of non-governmental and private organizations during this event, such as the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the National Indian Health Board, and by tribal leaders and NIEA Members who are educators, advocates and students.

Speaker Morgan announces winter session of the Navajo Nation council Jan. 28

WINDOW ROCK - Navajo Nation Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan (Iyanbito/Pinedale) announces that the 21st Navajo Nation Council will convene for its Winter Session at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 28 at the Navajo Nation Council Chambers in Window Rock. The session is scheduled from Jan. 28 through Feb. 1.

Hopi Chairman clarifies position on proposed use of SO2 credits

Hopi Tribal Chairman Ben Nuvamsa has clarified his position on what should be done with the value of the SO2 credits that will accrue to Southern California Edison as a result of the closure of the Mohave Generating Station.

Office of the Speaker seeks designer for Diné Nation Medal of Honor

WINDOW ROCK - Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan (Iyanbito/Pinedale) announces that the Office of the Speaker and the 21st Navajo Nation Council are requesting proposals from Navajo artisans to design a medallion called the Diné Nation Medal of Honor. This medallion will be for Diné (Navajo) Warriors who have served and who are currently serving in the military.

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Speaker Morgan attends dedication for new Pinedale Head Start building

PINEDALE, N.M. - The Honorable Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan (Iyanbito/Pinedale) and Council Delegate Young Jeff Tom (Mariano Lake/Smith Lake) attended a dedication ceremony for the new Pinedale Head Start building on January 16, 2008 at the Pinedale Chapter House. The community of Pinedale definitely had reason to celebrate after years of working on plans to build this much needed facility.

Shelly expresses appreciation transportation commission for Highway 491 support

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Navajo Nation Vice President Ben Shelly thanked the New Mexico State Transportation Commission for its support of the expansion of U.S. Highway 491, which will become the first four-lane highway in the northern portion of the Navajo Nation. "I came here to tell you that we, the Navajo Nation, delivered on the words you gave me," the Vice President told the commission.

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President Shirley calls loss of environmental advocate Luther 'a sad day for Native people'

WINDOW ROCK - President Joe Shirley Jr., called the loss of the Navajo Nation's greatest environmental champion a sad day for Native people everywhere. Arlene C. Luther, 59, who was department manager for the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency's Waste Regulatory Compliance Department and employed by the Navajo EPA for 27 years, passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque after a brief illness.

Governor Napolitano names McLendon, Leonard to Arizona Board of Regents

Former legislator, first Native American to serve on Board

PHOENIX - Governor Janet Napolitano named former legislator Bob McLendon and Hopi Educational Endowment Fund (HEEF) executive director LuAnn Leonard to the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). Upon confirmation by the Arizona Senate, McLendon will serve a term that will expire in 2012, and Leonard will serve a term that will expire in 2016. Leonard has served since 2002 as executive director of the HEEF, serving previously in the Office of the Chairman of the Hopi Tribe and as director of the Office of Youth Affairs.

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Hopi High BB standout 'Big X' looks to win big

POLACCA - Xavier "Big X" Kewanyama has electrified the Hopi crowds with his three-point shooting this year for the Hopi High School boys basketball team. Big X, a senior, had not played since his freshman year and thinks this year has been exceptionally good. "I'm having fun," he said. Big X said the Bruins are starting to win more games because they are playing together better.

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WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS - Girls Basketball, North Region

SANDERS - Lashenan Six scored 14 points as the Valley Lady Pirates (7-9, 5-3) won an important Arizona 2A North Region Conference matchup for the second time this season over the Greyhills Academy Lady Knights of Tuba City (4-11, 3-5) with a final score of 49-44.

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Tuba City Warriors stung by Ganado Hornets

GANADO - The Ganado Hornets held off a late surge by the Tuba City Warriors to win an important Arizona 3A North Region conference game at home with a final score of 72 to 64. The Hornets upped their season record to 9-13 overall and 2-8 in 3A North conference play. The visiting Warriors dropped to 9-9 for the season and are 4-4 in the 3A North conference.

Congress addresses detention center deficiencies on the Navajo Nation

FLAGSTAFF - On Dec. 26, President Bush paved the way for the U.S. Department of Justice to review the state of tribal detention center facilities on the Navajo Nation. The President signed an omnibus appropriations bill into law (H.R. 2764), which included language addressing the lack of tribal detention facility capacity on the Navajo Nation.

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Coconino County ITAC seeking new membership

The Coconino County Inter-Tribal Advisory Council (ITAC) is currently recruiting interested citizens to serve on the ITAC. Established in 2001 by the Coconino County Board of Supervisors, the ITAC is an official liaison and communication link between Native American communities and Coconino County governmental agencies. It is composed of up to 15 members appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

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2008 Cameron Dental Clinic grand opening

The Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) is proud to announce the grand opening event of the Cameron Dental Clinic Jan. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. The TCRHCC community is invited to visit the new dental clinic and have the opportunity to meet the dental staff. The new clinic will serve the Cameron community and the surrounding area with local dental services, eliminating the need to drive to Tuba City.

Community Associated MRSA - What Should the Public Know?

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has become a concern in the hospital environment, but what about the community? Staphylococcus aureus, or simply "staph," is a common bacterium that healthy people carry on their skin and nose. Staph bacteria are one of the most common causes of skin infection in the U.S. and are a common cause of surgical wound infections, bloodstream infections and even pneumonia.

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Dance your way to health and happiness

Throughout history, people have danced for enjoyment, healing, creativity, social interaction and communication. Today, people of all ages and physical abilities are discovering that dancing is not only great fun, but has wonderful health benefits. Whether it's swing or salsa, ballroom or belly dancing, tango or contra dancing, this enjoyable aerobic activity has become one of the fastest growing forms of exercise.

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APS brightens New Year with a gift to CCC

FLAGSTAFF - APS, Arizona's largest and longest-serving electric utility has brightened the New Year with a $10,000 gift to energize Coconino Community College's Early Childhood Development program. Officials with the utility company based in Phoenix presented a giant check to President Leah L. Bornstein and the CCC Foundation Jan. 17 on the Lone Tree Campus.

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Vice President Shelly, Mrs. Shelly commemorate 70 years of Navajo Nation Band performances

GALLUP, N.M. - Navajo Nation Vice President Ben Shelly and Mrs. Martha Shelly joined Navajo Nation Band members to commemorate 70 years of self-discipline and volunteerism at the ninth annual band banquet held Jan. 12.

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Greyhills Academy Fighting Knights win big on the road

SANDERS - The first time they met the Valley High School Pirates from Sanders, the Greyhills Academy Fighting Knights from Tuba City etched one in the win column in the Arizona 2A North Region conference with a five point 66-61 win over the Pirates. A month later, the two teams would play in a rematch before a standing room only crowd.

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President Shirley honors former President Peterson Zah on MLK award, leadership

WINDOW ROCK - Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. recently congratulated former Navajo Chairman and first Navajo Nation President Peterson Zah on his selection as the 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Servant-Leadership Award winner. Zah, an adviser to Arizona State University (ASU) presidents for 13 years, was selected for the honor because of his long and exemplary service to Native American people ...

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Peshlakai seeks District 5 County Supervisor seat

FLAGSTAFF - Jamescita Peshlakai defied the cold to declare her intention to seek the District Five Coconino County Supervisor seat at a press conference held at Buffalo Park Jan. 17. This seat is currently held by fellow Navajo Nation member Louise Yellowman, who was the first Native American to be seated on the board in 1980.

Wednesday, January 16

A heartfelt 'thank you' from the families of Claudina K. Nicholas

Words cannot express our heartfelt thanks to our clan (Eagle) relatives, nephews, nieces, aunts, friends and family on our resent loss of our mother, wife, aunt, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, Claudina K. Nicholas of Mishongnovi, who was born March 28, 1938 and passed away Jan. 3.

Congressman Renzi should reconsider his vote on uranium mining issue

Congressman Rick Renzi has stood with us on numerous occasions to ban uranium mining on and near Navajo land. He knows how important mining related issues are to our people. We were very disappointed that he voted against H.R. 2262, comprehensive Mining Law Reform, choosing mining companies over Arizona tribes.

Editorial: Let's continue to honor our young Native academic achievers

Happy New Year! Although I'm technically several weeks late, I nonetheless want to take this opportunity to wish everyone within our readership area a happy, productive and prosperous 2008. I hope that most of you (unlike myself) are still keeping up with your resolutions.

Council Delegate Kee Allen Begay reflects on 2007 Judiciary Committee highlights

WINDOW ROCK - Navajo Nation Council Delegate Kee Allen Begay Jr. (Many Farms/Round Rock), chair of the Judiciary Committee, is proud of the many accomplishments of the Committee in 2007. Begay is excited to report a few highlights of the past year and is looking forward to the challenges in 2008. The Judiciary Committee is one of 12 committees that provide direction and oversight to Navajo Nation programs. The Committee provides oversight to the Judicial Branch, one of three branches of the Navajo Nation government.

Exploratory drilling for uranium may soon begin on Tusayan Ranger District

TUSAYAN - Exploratory drilling for uranium may soon begin on the Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest following a recent decision to allow the activity given that certain measures are taken to reduce environmental impacts.

Black Mesa Trust to request Mohave proceeds for Hopi and Navajo

KYKOTSMOVI - Black Mesa Trust Executive Director Vernon Masayesva has staked out the Trust's position on the distribution of the sulfur dioxide (SO2) credits that will accrue to Southern California Edison (SCE) as a result of the shutdown of Mohave Generating Station in Laughlin, Nev. at the end of 2005.

Sustainability Tip

Low-flow showerheads

Showers are the second largest water user in the house after toilets. With a conventional showerhead flow rate of three to seven gallons per minute, even a brief five-minute shower will use between 15 to 35 gallons of water, whereas a low-flow showerhead will use only 12.5 gallons. High-efficiency, low-flow showerheads provide excellent paybacks (around six months) since they save you water as well as heating fuel.

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Grand Canyon celebrates 100th Anniversary of the establishment of Grand Canyon National Monument

GRAND CANYON - On Jan. 11, the Grand Canyon celebrated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Grand Canyon National Monument with a free admission day and special programs. The Grand Canyon received its first federal protection when President Benjamin Harrison proclaimed the Grand Canyon Forest Reserve in 1893. President Theodore Roosevelt declared portions of the reserve Grand Canyon Game Reserve in 1906 and later proclaimed Grand Canyon National Monument on Jan. 11, 1908, to protect the Canyon from uncontrolled development.

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Hopi High honor society deliver food to elders during annual food drive

POLACCA - The Hopi High School National Honor Society (NHS) delivered turkeys and the fixings to the elderly Dec. 21 during their annual food drive. They had as much fun as Santa giving presents as Samantha Sekaquaptewa, Briann "Boo Boo" Laban and Annalese "Nan" Nasafotie made up a jingle to the tune of "Jingle Bells" as they made their deliveries. A total of 98 bags of food were delivered to the elderly in nine villages ...

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Tuba City Warriors win crucial 3A North conference game against Winslow High

TUBA CITY - The Tuba City Warriors won an important 3A North Region Conference match up at the Warrior Pavilion Dec. 12 over the Winslow Bulldogs (7-10, 0-4 conference) with a final score of 73 to 58. The Warriors improved their season record to 7- 7 and 4-2 in 3A North Region Conference play. The Warriors' Tyrell Begay started the Warriors off and running with a bucket. Begay continued to score the Warriors first 10 points of the game.

Planners to map NPC's future facilities needs

HOLBROOK - The Navajo County Community College District Governing Board authorized development of a long-range master plan for Northland Pioneer College facilities during its regular monthly meeting Dec. 18. The DLR Group of Phoenix will be guiding the master plan's development. The national firm, with ties to Arizona since 1910, was one of three respondents seeking to help NPC with its long-term planning.

Navajo Reservation on standby due to impending conditions from snow melt

ST. MICHAELS - Eight Navajo Nation chapters have declared an emergency: Klagetoh, Inscription House, Wide Ruins, Belabito, Crystal, Sawmill, Black Mesa and Navajo Mountain. Apache County has also declared an emergency. Department of Emergency Management and other resources are on standby while these chapters are mitigating recovery issues related to snowmelt and using chapter emergency finds.

Tusayan Ranger District closes additional roads due to weather

TUSAYAN - The Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest plans to temporarily close additional roads to vehicle access starting tomorrow morning due to public safety and resource damage concerns. As of Wednesday afternoon, the district closed vehicle access to roads on the east side of state Highway 64 south of Tusayan because of extremely wet and muddy conditions.

Navajo County Anti-Drug Coalition wraps up a highly successful 2007

HOLBROOK-Navajo County Coalition Against Drug Abuse addressed more than 10,000 residents and achieved widespread media coverage in 2007, raising the county awareness of the methamphetamine abuse epidemic in which Navajo County ranks top in the state. Professional volunteers, volunteers in recovery and county inmates participated in reality based presentations to more than 4,800 Navajo County students spanning from Holbrook to Blue Ridge.

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Native American support for Shanker grows

Two additional endorsements from Navajo Agencies announced

FLAGSTAFF - The candidates for Congressional District 1 are vying for support from the Navajo Nation and other tribes in the District currently represented by Republican Rick Renzi. Following a presentation to the Chinle Agency of the Navajo Nation, a resolution of support for Democratic Candidate Howard Shanker was passed. At the end of December 2007, Shanker received a similar endorsement from the Western Navajo Agency.

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Flagstaff mayoral hopeful Sara Presler-Hoefle turns in petitions to city clerk

FLAGSTAFF - City of Flagstaff mayoral candidate Sara Presler-Hoefle turned in her petitions Dec. 9 to the Flagstaff city clerk with a total of 730 signatures. In her campaign to become the mayor of Flagstaff, Presler-Hoefle is focusing on three major areas she feels will improve the quality of life for Flagstaff citizens:

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Preston Korn announces candidacy for Arizona's First Congressional District

Citizen advocates representative government rather than professional politicians.

FLAGSTAFF - Northern Arizona resident and business owner Preston Korn has announced that he will seek the opportunity to represent Arizona's First Congressional District. Korn decided to run for the office because he felt that "we have to change who we're sending to Congress if we are truly going to solve our nation's problems."

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Hopi boys, girls win a pair on the road

RED MESA - The Hopi Bruins boys improve their overall record to 6-11 and importantly 3-3 in the Arizona 2A North Conference with a 59-45 win over the Red Mesa Redskins (7-ll, 3-3) Jan 11. The Lady Bruins overcame a slow start with a win on the road over the Lady Redskins (1- 9, 1-5) and improved their season record to 5-7, and 5-1 in Arizona 2A North Conference with a final score of 48 to 44.

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Superintendent Thomas responds to allegations leveled against him

TUBA CITY - On Dec. 9, 2007, two Tuba City Unified School District (TCUSD) employees filed charges against three TCUSD administrators with Cecilia Owens, the Coconino County Superintendent of Schools, and asked for "whistle blower" protection against retaliation. The charges were against TCUSD Superintendent Eugene Thomas, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources/Support Services Adelbert Goldtooth and Chief Financial Officer Joseph Begay.

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Picketers protest TCUSD governing board meeting Jan. 9

Disgruntled employees, students and parents make themselves heard

TUBA CITY - Emotions ran high at the Jan. 9 regular meeting of the Tuba City Unified School District (TCUSD) Governing Board. Angry parents, teachers and students picketed the meeting, demanding that their concerns be heard. Efforts to avoid topics of a political nature by members of the board and TCUSD Superintendent Eugene Thomas were shouted down as people insisted on being allowed to speak.

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Vice President Shelly, Miss Navajo welcome home Guerro

ALAMO, N.M. - Navajo Nation Vice President Ben Shelly and Miss Navajo Nation Jonathea Tso joined the Alamo community Jan. 5 to honor U.S. Army Specialist Lawrence Guerro, an active duty soldier of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regional of the 10th Mountain Division. During a mission in Baghdad, Iraq in May 2007, Guerro's armored unit was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED).

Wednesday, January 9

Shoes need more designs

Hi my name is Urlinda Joe. I'm an eighth grader here at Shonto Preparatory School. I live on the Navajo Reservation. I think this shoe the Nike Air Native N7 is a good thing to buy and at the same time a bad thing. The good thing about the N7 is that they might help natives with health problems. They are nice and comfortable.

Shoes will not solve weight problems

My name is Mahon Walsh, and I am 12 years old. I live at Shonto and go to school there. I don't like what Nike is trying to do. I know a lot of Natives feel insulted by this weird shoe called the Nike Air Native N7. Nike Company is saying that they are helping the campaign against obesity, but I know they are just profiting off our problems and beliefs.

Shoes have a bit of Native culture

My name is Deswood Sombrero. I am a 13-year-old eighth grader at Shonto Preparatory School. I am writing about the Nike Air Native N7 shoes. I think that the shoes are great.

Editorial - Will tougher DUI penalties reduce the number of tragic deaths?

Every day countless lives are altered from the consequences of driving under the influence. Innocent lives are taken. DUI is clearly not a victimless crime. And in Arizona, DUI is not tolerated. State laws that went into effect on Sept. 19, 2007 clearly reflect zero tolerance.

A New Year's Resolution - help educate a young American

The recent National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) found that elementary, middle, and high school students fall short in terms of what they know about U.S. history. According to the NAEP, roughly a third of fourth graders and eighth graders fall below what is deemed a "basic" level of proficiency in U.S. history. Our high-schoolers fare much worse - more than half of 12th graders fall below the "basic level."

January events - Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park is pleased to announce the following special events for the month of January. These events are free and open to the public. Please note that the park is observing winter hours, and is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with tours beginning at 11:00 a.m. and continuing throughout the day at the top of the hour. The last tour of the day is always at 4 p.m.

Need a New Year's Resolution? How about reducing your carbon footprint

There’s never been a more urgent time to reduce your carbon footprint than now

Here are 10 ways to get you started: • Step-up Recycling/Composting Recycling prevents carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by saving the energy it takes to make products from new materials and by saving the energy it takes to incinerate or landfill what we discard. Composting food scraps turns organic material back into fertile soil, which itself is an efficient carbon "sink." For more information on Flagstaff residential curbside recycling programs or composting education contact Tammy Bishop at (928) 213-3604.

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Cherokee Nation employees receive EPA awards

TAHLEQUAH, Okla.-Three Cherokee Nation employees have been honored with Environmental Excellence Awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their environmental protection efforts as part of their work with the tribe. Jason White, Jerrid Diffee and Tabbatha Revas all received the awards from the EPA's regional office in Dallas.

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Monument Valley Girls win key Arizona 3A Conference North Region contest

KAYENTA-The Monument Valley Lady Mustangs won their opening 3A Conference North Region contest at home over the Chinle Lady Wildcats with a score of 63 to 44. The Lady Mustangs are now 1-0 in conference play and 9-4 overall. The Chinle Lady Wildcats dropped to 0-3 in 3A Conference North Region and 8-4 overall.

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Chinle boys win big in Kayenta

KAYENTA - The Chinle Wildcat boys team remained unbeaten in the Arizona 3A Conference North Region improving to 3-0, (12-2 overall) with a 67 - 63 win over the Monument Valley Mustangs. The Mustangs dropped to 0-1 in 3A North Region Conference play and are now 9-5-1 for the season.

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Major rockfalls close popular Island Trail at Walnut Canyon National Monument

FLAGSTAFF - A series of at least two major rockfalls have damaged or destroyed large sections of the Island Trail, the most popular visitor attractions at Walnut Canyon National Monument. The heavily damaged trail has been closed indefinitely. The first rockslide was minor, and occurred sometime during the evening of Nov. 30, causing trail blockage along the lower section of the trail.

Havasupai tribe holds elections

SUPAI-The Havasupai Tribe conducted their elections for executive officers and the tribal council on Monday, Dec. 24, 2007. Don Watahomigie was selected as chairman, Mathew Putesoy was selected as vice-chairman, and four members were elected as tribal council

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Hopi Summer: Letters from Ethel to Maud


The possibility that a New England woman and a Hopi woman forming a meaningful friendship in the late 1920s would have been almost impossible. Nonetheless, Maude Melville and Ethel Salyah Muchvo met during a short visit to the Hopi reservation made by the Melville family 80 years ago. Following an eight-day visit, the women from extremely different worlds carried on a written correspondence for a decade following their chance meeting.

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Pueblo Grande Museum seeks a few good volunteers

The Pueblo Grande Museum is looking for a few good volunteers. The museum uses volunteers in a number of positions including tour guides or docents, gift shop attendants, collections, library or exhibit aides. Depending on what you are interested in you can work with artifacts, rare books and archival materials, or see the children's faces light up during a tour at the information you provide.

Cross-Commission Agreement between Navajo Nation and McKinley County goes forward

WINDOW ROCK - The Public Safety Committee (PSC) continues to make great strides in improving services on the Navajo Nation. With a very limited police force of 343 commissioned personnel, public safety is stretched too thin to accommodate the 27,000 square-mile Navajo reservation. Navajo Nation Council Delegate Edmund Yazzie (Thoreau), PSC vice chair was therefore pleased to know that the recent Cross-Commission Agreement between the Navajo Nation and the McKinley County Sheriff's Office will finally move forward.

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2008 Arboretum docent training set to begin later this month

FLAGSTAFF - Would you like to learn how to identify native plants of our region as well as the unique gardening challenges in northern Arizona? Learn about the plants and animals of the Colorado Plateau from experts and share your love of our region by leading tours in the gardens. An introductory session for new Arboretum docents will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Northland Pioneer College CASO Scholarship helps winner seek to change the world through film

HOLBROOK-Commuting to Northland Pioneer College (NPC) classes from Pinon can be a challenge for future filmmaker Claudell M. Tacheene, but it has been made a little easier this fall with a scholarship from the NPC Classified and Administrative Support Organization (CASO).

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Salt River Elementary School students learn how to connect with other students from different cultures

Program is part of the National Football League’s ‘One World: Connecting Communities, Cultures and Classrooms’ program

SALT RIVER INDIAN COMMUNITY - Aleoni Patrick, a 10-year-old fifth grader at the Salt River Elementary School in Scottsdale, enjoys drawing cartoons and selecting postage stamps for her letters to her special pen pal. Patrick is one of about 40 fifth graders in Dr. Keith Idso and Mrs. Erlinda Allen's classes who is participating in a National Football League (NFL) program called "One World: Connecting Communities, Cultures and Classrooms."

IRS has $110 million in refund checks looking for a home

PHOENIX - The Internal Revenue Service is looking for 115,478 taxpayers who are due refund checks worth about $110 million after those checks were returned as undeliverable. The refund checks, averaging about $953, can be claimed as soon as taxpayers update their addresses with the IRS. Some taxpayers have more than one check waiting.

New Year's resolutions for parents of teens from Navajo County Coalition Against Substance Abuse

For your New Year's resolutions, the Navajo County Coalition Against Substance Abuse and the Partnership for a Drug Free America, Arizona Affiliate urge parents to look past weight loss, exercise and finances to include learning new ways to talk openly with kids about living healthy lives. Time To Talk ( celebrates the positive influence parents have on the decisions their children make for themselves.

Navajo County Anti-Drug Coalition partners with counseling center for helpline

HOLBROOK-Navajo County Coalition Against Drug Coalition and Community Counseling Centers now partner in promoting helpline services in Navajo County. Utilizing existing counseling services, the Coalition adds Community Counseling Centers contact numbers to its promotion and website facilities to offer crisis services to victims of substance abuse or mental health concerns.

Navajo Healthy Stores program to kick off across Navajo Nation

WINDOW ROCK-The Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project (NNSDP) in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University has announced that the Navajo Healthy Stores Program will kick off on Jan. 15 across the Navajo Nation. The Healthy Stores Program seeks to improve the availability of health food options at five major grocery stores and several smaller stores in and around the communities of Dilkon, Pinon and Tuba City as well as Shiprock, N.M. and Crownpoint, N.M.

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Infant safety tips for new parents

When preparing the household for a new baby, thinking safety can and should begin before the baby is even born. Becoming a safety-conscious parent can ultimately save a child's life. Taking time to ensure a safe home environment, providing adult supervision, and having emergency response skills can help ensure that infants and children enjoy the safety and security that they need and deserve.

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Ann M. Carlson

JANESVILLE, Wis. - Ann M. Carlson, age 83, of Janesville, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Nursing Home. She was born in Black River Falls on March 8, 1924. Carlson was the daughter of Lyle and Lurline (Dalrymple) Cooper and received her nursing degree from the University of Minnesota. Ann married John M. Carlson on June 19, 1948 in Chapel at the University of Minnesota. He preceded her in death on July 22, 1970. She worked at Mercy Hospital where she was the director of staff development and later for Rock County Hospital, Rock Haven, Cedar Crest Health Care Center, Janesville Health Care Center, and the Chinle Nursing Home as the director of nursing.

Hopi Health Care Center a viable part of community

HHCC stages mass vaccination drill and agricultural exhibit

POLACCA - The Hopi Health Care Center (HHCC) has become an important part of the Hopi communities across the reservation. The staff and administration of HHCC continues to focus on holistic approaches towards the establishment of a healthy population. As part of this goal, HHCC was involved in a mass vaccination drill as well as an historic photograph exhibit and traditional food reception.

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Holbrook Roadrunners win on the road, Ganado Lady Hornets win big at home

Happy New Year to all basketball fans!

GANADO - "Someone played defense," said Ganado Hornets head Boys coach Richard Beverly, referring to the low scoring affair as the Holbrook Roadrunners won on the road with a score of 49 - 40 at the Ganado Pavilion. The Roadrunners are now 2-1 in the 3A North Conference and 12-5 for the season.

AZCIA to hold 13th annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislation Day

PHOENIX - The 13th annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislation Day will be held Jan. 22 at the state capital. This annual event is hosted by the Arizona Commission on Indian Affairs (AZCIA). "Keeping the Promise" was chosen as this year's theme to remind the state and tribal governments of the responsibilities that they have to ensure that the issues across Arizona's Indian country are not forgotten.

Tuesday, January 8

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Titla campaign gears up with local, national tribal support

GLOBE - Mary Kim Titla, candidate in Arizona's 1st Congressional District, has received more than $50,000 in contributions from American Indian tribes both locally and nationally. Overall contributions to her campaign are nearing $100,000. Titla addressed hundreds of tribal leaders in Denver last October at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) convention pledging to better address the needs of children, families, seniors and veterans, taking steps to ensure tribal sovereignty is also a top priority.

Quick Reads for 1-9-2008

Sawmill Chapter regular meeting The Sawmill Chapter will hold their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at the Sawmill Chapter House. All community members, veterans and youth are welcome to attend. Everyone is welcome to bring food and refreshments. For more information, call (928) 729-4433 or 4432. *MORE*

Holbrook BB vs Ganado 2008

See photos from the Hornets vs. Roadrunners game. Photos by Anton Wero.

Thursday, January 3

Vote early permanently in Coconino County

The Coconino County Elections Office now offers county voters the opportunity to sign up for a permanent early voting list. For those who choose to participate, an early voting ballot (for every election they are eligible to participate in) will be sent to the voter, without having to request a ballot for each election.

Wednesday, January 2

Let's hold our leaders accountable in 2008

New Year's is a time when people make resolutions. It is a time we look back at 2007 and think about what we want to see happen in 2008. In 2007 we witnessed the rise of the grassroots to oppose initiatives by Navajo Nation politicians that seek to destroy our people, our land, our resources and our rights by Forgotten People, Dooda Desert Rock, C-Aquifer and Ha' da' a' Sidi.

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Hopi High student Leyva wins four academic awards

Over 150 academic awards given out to Hopi High students

Thumbnail photo: LeAnna Leyva and Povi Lomayaoma received journalism awards from Stan Bindell (Photo by Lynn Root). POLACCA-LeAnna Leyva received four of the 153 academic awards handed out at the Hopi High School awards banquet Dec. 19 in the school's cafeteria. Leyva received awards for biology, computers, algebra and journalism.

President Shirley praises AP news report about rare 'severe combined immune deficiency'

WINDOW ROCK - Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., has complimented the Associated Press (AP) for reporting on a rare but deadly disease that affects a small percentage of Navajo and Apache children. The Albuquerque bureau of the Associated Press broke the story Dec. 22.

Navajo Nation receives $3.4 million EDA investment

U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez announced Dec. 18 a $3.4 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) investment to the Navajo Nation of Window Rock. The investment will help build a manufacturing, training and small business incubator building at the Church Rock Industrial Park. The investment is expected to create 200 jobs and generate $3.5 million in private investment.

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Cherokee Nation Deputy Principal Chief Grayson Re-elected to NCAI Post

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - Cherokee Nation Deputy Principal Chief Joe Grayson Jr. was recently re-elected to another term as the Eastern Oklahoma area vice-president for the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). "I am extremely honored to once again serve in this position," said Grayson after the results were announced.  "As vice-president, I will continue to represent all Indians equally and fairly."

Despite Coconino County efforts, Congress fails to reauthorize rural schools and roads bill

FLAGSTAFF-The Coconino County Board of Supervisors expressed disappointment that Congress was unable to pass a multi-year reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act (SRS) before leaving Washington for the year.

CCC officials seek your help in shaping its future

Strategic plan will guide college through 2011

WILLIAMS - Officials with the Coconino Community College are developing a strategic plan and are seeking input from everyone - students, private citizens, businesses and employees - to formulate the plan. The strategic plan will serve as a guide for the college for the next three years.

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Christmas reaches rural, remote reservation communities

RAPID CITY, S.D. - A national charity with offices in Phoenix and Rapid City, S.D. has kept alive the spirit of Christmas for American Indians living on reservations. National Relief Charities (NRC) provided Christmas gifts for over 33,000 American Indians this year. They also provided enough food to help reservation programs feed thousands at Christmas meals in their communities.

Are sugar substitutes safe?

A national survey found that more than 144 million American adults consume sugar-free products regularly. Supporters of no-calorie sugar substitutes, like aspartame and saccharin believe the sweeteners are safe in moderation, but critics question their safety. Is there really cause for concern? Here is a summary of the less-than-sweet controversies surrounding approved sugar substitutes:

Tips for healthy holiday eating

The holidays can be a tough time for families to eat healthy and to avoid gaining a few extra pounds with all the treats on display. Planning ahead is key to know what kinds of food and actions are good for your body and what isn't. Check some tips below so that you and your family can have a healthy and happier holiday season!

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Navajo County hosts dedication ceremony of detox centers for Winslow, Holbrook

Navajo County Supervisor Jesse Thompson helped host the dedication celebration of two detox and stabilization centers-one in Holbrook and one in Winslow-on Nov. 30 in the Navajo County Board of Supervisors Chambers.

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Hardrock Chapter hosts mass vaccination exercise

HARDROCK-On Nov. 29, the Hardrock Chapter hosted a mass flu vaccination exercise sponsored by Indian Health Service (IHS) that accommodated approximately 126 people from local communities and schools. "For the residents of Hardrock, ... it is a challenge that has been carried off with teamwork from several different organizations," said Navajo County Supervisor Percy Deal, president of the Hardrock chapter.

Quit tobacco and win a Sedona getaway

Are you ready to quit the tobacco habit for good in 2008? There are plenty of free resources to help you with quitting, and you may win a Sedona getaway vacation. If you participate in one of the Coconino County Health Department's programs in January and/or February, and you are tobacco free for the month of March, you will be entered in a drawing for the grand prize.

Native American parents urged to start talking early about delaying sexual activity

American Indian and Alaska Native parents have the power to influence their pre-teens and young teens to delay sexual activity by talking to them early and often. This is the message being communicated in Indian Country by the Native American Outreach Center (NAOC) of the Parents Speak Up National Campaign.

Bone health - it takes more than just calcium

Having good bone health is a vital component to living a healthy, long and vibrant life. Most people know how important exercise is to bone health, but what about proper nutrition for healthy bones? Here are some key vitamins and minerals individuals can incorporate into their diet. Each is critical to keeping bones healthy and strong.

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FMC pediatric nurse wins one of seven statewide "Nurse of the Year" awards

FLAGSTAFF-Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) nurse Jennifer Seemann was recently named "Nurse of the Year" by the March of Dimes in the pediatrics category. Nurses from across Arizona were honored at the fourth annual March of Dimes Arizona Nurse of the Year awards gala presented by Health Net. Seemann was nominated by her peers because she is a resource for staff in the area of pediatric nursing, exhibits strong leadership skills and offers an expertise in caring for critically ill children.

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Moencopi Day School helps local communities

MOENCOPI-Moencopi Day School (MDS) students collected over 1,500 pounds of food during their Christmas food drive, which was sponsored by the MDS Student Council. Sixth grade representative Charlene Dodson, chaired the project and she and other student council representatives/committee members pitched the project to each class.

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Hopi JROTC cadets bring joy to honor roll students

To receive an early Christmas present from Santa for making the honor roll can be a magical moment for any child. On the morning of Dec. 20, the Hopi JROTC cadets conducted their annual toy drive. They went to Keams Canyon Elementary School, Second Mesa Day School, and Hotevilla/ Bacavi Elementary School.

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Hope McDonald-Lone Tree appointed co-chair of tribal justice advisory group

WINDOW ROCK - Hope MacDonald-Lone Tree, a representative of the Navajo Nation Council, has been appointed co-chair of the newly formed Office of Justice Program's Tribal Justice Advisory Group (OJTJAG). MacDonald-Lone Tree said that the group will consult with Native Americans and Alaska Natives on justice issues. She said Navajo representation at the policy-making level is necessary to construct policies that will address the unique justice needs of each tribe, particularly Navajo.

Quick Reads for 1/2/2008


Voter Registration Deadline for PPE is Jan. 7th If you have not registered to vote and are interested in voting in the upcoming Presidential Preference Election (PPE), you have until Monday, Jan. 7 to register. Only Republicans and Democrats can participate in the upcoming PPE which will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5.*MORE*