Stories for September 2008


Tuesday, September 30

CCC to feature 'Landscapes at Risk' art exhibit

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Coconino Community College is offering a thought-provoking art exhibit on the Lone Tree Campus through Nov. 14, "Landscape at Risk: Contemporary Views of the West."

NPC to host petrified wood seminar, field study

HOLBROOK, Ariz. - Paleobotanist Walt Wright will be sharing techniques for identifying petrified wood during an intensive, two and one-half day seminar and follow-up two-day field study in early October at Northland Pioneer College's Holbrook - Painted Desert Campus Tiponi Community Education Center, 2251 N. Navajo Blvd.During the seminar, the emphasis will be on the complex and beautiful world of petrified wood. Wright will explain the fossilization process and guide participants in determining age, species, origin and occurrence using simple tools. Samples will be from his extensive collection, or each seminar participant can bring up to three pieces for identification.The non-credit STC 199-96960 seminar meets Friday from 5-9 p.m.; all-day Saturday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; and all-day Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. As a follow-up, Wright will be leading a two-day field study on Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.Cost of the seminar is $100. Meals and lodging are on your own. Beverages and light refreshments will be served during the seminar. NPC will provide transportation to the field study, or participants may use their personal vehicles.For more information about NPC programs and services, visit or call 800-266-7845.

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Native undergrads get hands-on research experience, funding

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Receiving an Ottens' Scholarship not only gave Charmayne Sandoval the financial boost she needs to attend NAU, it also is giving her the chance to make a difference.

Decision for Flagstaff Loop Trail signed

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Peaks and Mormon Lake District Ranger Michael T. Elson signed a decision approving the Flagstaff Loop Trail project.

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Healthy food, cooking demo attracts shoppers in Shiprock

SHIPROCK, N.M. - Shoppers at the City Market at the Tse Bi'ta'i Shopping Center received some helpful tips about cooking with vegetable oil or spray

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Nasser was Himalayas Hump Flyer before becoming Bulldogs coach

WINSLOW, Ariz. - Legendary Winslow High School Bulldogs football coach Emil Nasser had lived an exciting and heroic life before he ever came to Winslow to coach a team.

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White Cone High School students tackle the school year

The student council is anxious and eager to confront challenges that may come their way. The members have a positive outlook for the WCHS student body and support them in their educational goals.

Letter: Navajo leaders need to be more qualified

Recently I had an opportunity to listen to a group of young Navajo professionals employed and living in off-­reservation communities. One of the issues we debated was why they weren't working for their tribe's government.

Letter: Hopi High praised for sportsmanship

On Friday, Sept. 19, the St. Johns Redskins football team traveled to play the Hopi Jr./Sr. High Bruins. The Hopi Jr./Sr. High football players, cheerleaders, coaches, fans and announcer treated the St. Johns kids with the most kindness and sportsmanship that I have seen in a long time.

Letter: Actions of Chairman disrespectful?

On Sept. 15, the Hopi Tribal Council corrected its actions from Sept. 1, the Labor Day holiday. The Hopi Tribal Constitution, Article IV, Section 4 specifies that "Representatives shall be recognized by the Council only if they are certified by the Kikmongwi of their respective villages."

Letter: Tribute to Marvin Wayne Benally

We would like to write a brief tribute to our dear, late brother, Marvin Wayne Benally and thank those who were there with hugs, words of encouragement and monetary support. Our brother leaves a void that no one else will fill.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society encourages women to follow simple screening guidelines and to learn how to reduce their chances of developing this potentially life-threatening disease. According to the City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute, 2.6 million women have breast cancer right now - half of them don't know they have it.

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Hopi High rifle team places fourth at Old Pueblo Rifle Tournament

TUCSON, Ariz. - On Sept. 13, nine Hopi Rifle Team members competed in the Old Pueblo Rifle Tournament and received fourth place. The rifle team consisted of two teams.

Coconino County Elections Office extends hours

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - To accommodate citizens wishing to register to vote in the upcoming Nov. 4 General Election, the Coconino County Elections office will extend their hours to include Saturday.

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Hopi radio students dominate AIPA radio awards

POLACCA, Ariz. - For the second time in six months, Hopi High School dominated the radio broadcast awards at the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association contest, winning nine broadcast radio awards and two journalism awards.

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Frontier Communications donates $20,000 for scholarships

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -­ Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., told Frontier Communications officials that they were helping the Navajo Nation regain its independence by re-inaugurating the Frontier Communications Scholarship Fund.

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Hopi Tribal Council suspends Chairman Nuvamsa

Nuvamsa asks federal government for an investigation

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - On Sept. 15, Hopi Tribal Vice Chairman Todd Honyaoma and Tribal Secretary Mary Felter led the tribal council in removing three council representatives from First Mesa, one from Mishongnovi and one from Sipaulovi - and adding three new members. Chairman Benjamin Nuvamsa was on travel that day. Other representatives were absent, believing that the meeting had been canceled. Nuvamsa himself was suspended by the council on Sept. 22.

Thursday, September 25

New studies show diet sodas double your risk of obesity

Ranks over eating to make up for lack of calories

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project says that parents need to educate their children

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Podiatry specialist arrives at Tuba City

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - A licensed and board-qualified podiatrist, Keith A. Goss, DPM, joined the staff at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) this summer.

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Where did all the money go?

I am disturbed at what is happening within the Tuba City Chapter House. Long ago, the chapter house was put in place where people can get together for visits, feasts, planning and helping one another.

To be fair or unfair

I just want to clarify a misunderstanding that took place. I know for a fact it was blown out of proportion so writing to the editor is the best way to let everyone know what happened.

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Toyota gives $500,000 educational, safety grant to Grand Canyon Association

A range of Grand Canyon educational and safety programs will get a boost thanks to a $500,000 donation from Toyota under the company's Leadership and Environmental Awareness for our Future (LEAF) program. Beneficiaries of the grant took part in a ceremony last Thursday at Shoshone Point ...

USDA grant awarded to Tohono O'odham Community College

PHOENIX, Ariz. - State Director Eddie Browning on Sept. 19 announced that the Tohono O'odham Community College in Sells has been awarded $272,350 through the USDA Rural Development Tribal College Grant program.

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Knights rout Many Farms in 2A football action

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - The Greyhills Academy High School Knights hosted the Many Farms Lobos in 2A football action Friday night and dominated the field through a mix of plays, running, passing and recovering fumbles and intercepting on defense.

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President Shirley signs multi-tribe gaming agreement

Agreement made with Gila River, Fort McDowell and Tohono O'odham Nations

GILA RIVER INDIAN COMMUNITY, Ariz. ­ - Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. on Sept. 15 received a check for $7.4 million from the Gila River Indian Community ... as part of a historic pooling agreement with three tribes that will bring more than $130 million to the Navajo Nation over the next 17 years.

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Hopi High honors Native American heritage

POLACCA, Ariz. - Hopi Jr/Sr High School honored Native American heritage with Indian Day Sept. 19. There were Hopi, Navajo and other tribal dances as everyone had a chance to participate. It is a day to help preserve Native American culture and language while honoring the culture.

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Four Directions Walk emphasizes diabetes prevention

LEUPP, Ariz. - Over 300 walkers converged upon the Leupp Senior Center on Sept. 12 to support the Second Southwest Annual Four Directions Walk ... Four teams, representing each of the four directions came from Birdsprings, Winslow, Flagstaff and Tolani Lake.

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Harrison convicted of first degree murder

Galareka Harrison found guilty on all counts in the death of Mia J. Henderson, including counts of forgery and ID theft

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Most of Tuba City-Moencopi communities held their breath for a verdict after a year-long wait during the trial of Galareka Harrison of Many Farms, Ariz. who was accused of stabbing a promising Tuba City High School student and one of their youngest community members, Mia Janelle Henderson.

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Tribal leaders endorse Obama

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. on Sept. 18 endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president at a meeting of tribal leaders from across the country. President Shirley called on tribal leaders from "New Mexico, Arizona, the Southwest, and in all of Native America" to join him in his support of Sen. Obama. Among the group of tribal leaders who gathered at the Indian Pueblo Culture Center included New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

Friday, September 19

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Tucson jury hands down guilty verdict for Harrison

Verdict includes charges of forgery and identity theft

TUCSON, Ariz. - After 3 1/2 hours, jurors deliberating in the case of 19-year-old Galareka Harrison handed down a guilty verdict against the young Diné woman accused of stabbing her University of Arizona (UA) roommate Mia Henderson to death on Sept. 5, 2007 and for later trying to make the slaying look like a suicide. Harrison, who was charged with first-degree murder, three counts of forgery and one count of identity theft pleaded not guilty via Assistant Public Defender John O'Brien.

Wednesday, September 17

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What will they think of next?

The other morning, I was reading a letter to the editor from a small paper in northern New Mexico that was forwarded to me by a colleague of mine from New Mexico and was completely taken aback by the matter being discussed.

Tuesday, September 16

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Scottsdale Boys and Girls Club receives honors

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Three staff members, including Brian Yazzie, Diné, from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale were honored with the Distinguished Professional Award at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America's National Conference.

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Napolitano proclaims September as Arizona Preparedness Month

Hurricanes remind of the need to be prepared for emergencies

PHOENIX, Ariz. - In light of recent hurricane activity and memories of Hurricane Katrina - as well as the recent flooding of Havasupai Village along with last year's extensive flooding in parts of the Navajo Nation - Gov. Napolitano has declared September as Arizona Preparedness Month.

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Navajo municipal water pipeline breaks ground

FARMINGTON, N.M. ­ - Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., joined U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Commissioner Robert Johnson and others on Sept. 11 to break ground on the long-awaited $58 million Navajo Nation Municipal Pipeline.

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Clark Tenakhongva up for NAMMY award

HOTEVILLA, Ariz. - Clark Tenakhongva is what's known as a "20th Century Native Rennaissance Man."

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Over 78,000 people served by NNSDP during first half of 2008

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project (NNSDP) has made tremendous strides in serving the amount of people across the Navajo Nation according to reports submitted at the end of June.

Dream of elderly housing closer to reality in Birdsprings

BIRDSPRINGS, Ariz. - "Close to 10 years ago our community determined that there was a need in the community for elderly housing and nursing staff," Thomas Walker Jr. said in his opening statement during a meeting between Birdsprings Chapter officials and members of the Navajo Nation Department of Social Services.

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Tuba City boys are repeat champs at Hopi Invitational

KEAMS CANYON, Ariz. - More than two dozen teams officially kicked off the fall cross country season at the Hopi Invitational on Sept. 2.

3A North teams begin regional play

The 3A North Region football teams will meet for regional play for the first time this season in games scheduled for Friday.

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Hopi beats Greyhills in volleyball action

POLACCA, Ariz. - Hopi High School used a late rally to come from behind and beat Greyhills 3-2 in high school volleyball action Sept. 9 at Hopi.

Please clean up old campign signs on Navajo Nation lands

As a member of the beautiful Navajo Nation, I would like to request that all political candidates running for various offices (tribal, state and federal) remove their campaign signs, slogans, etc. after all the political races have ended.

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Editorial: The end of summer

There is a distinct briskness in the air as the month of September is quickly winding down. This can only mean one thing - that summer is almost over!

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Remembering Mia Henderson

Trial for Galareka Harrison held in Tucson court Sept. 11

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - It's been a year since "Princess" Mia Janelle Henderson was killed in her University of Arizona (UA) dorm room, the victim of an early morning knife attack. The accused, Galareka Harrison of Many Farms, her roommate at the time, stood trial last week in Tucson, after a half-day delay in selecting a final jury. Henderson, who was 18 at the time of her death, is remembered as a brilliant young academic star whose humor and physical beauty was matched by her kindness and generosity of spirit by her former softball teammates and certainly by Tuba City and Moencopi.

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Flower lovers delight in 'growing on' Griffith springs

Author's note: Exercise and a healthy diet can help ward off diabetes and some other ills. The 100-mile club began on Hopi awhile back to promote healthy lifestyles.

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2007-2008 Miss Western Navajo farewell speech

Ya'at'eeh, my name is Crystal Carr. I am the reigning Miss Western Navajo 2007-2008. I am Rockgap, born for Deer Spring. My maternal clan is Manygoats. My paternal clan is of the Tangle people. I was born and raised in Tuba City, AZ.

Friday, September 12

Fleas test positive for plague in Doney Park area

DONEY PARK, ARiz. - Coconino County Health Department (CCHD) officials announced today that fleas collected in the Doney Park area, northeast of Flagstaff, have tested positive for plague (Yersinia pestis) at a Northern Arizona University lab. The recent tests were conducted as part of the ongoing surveillance in the Doney Park area.

Thursday, September 11

Skunk tests positive for rabies

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Coconino County Health Department (CCHD) officials announced on Thursday, Sept. 4 that a rabid skunk was found in a sparsely populated area east of Flagstaff. The tests were conducted by the Arizona Department of Health Services State Laboratory. Family pets that may have been exposed to the rabid skunk have been quarantined to ensure containment of the disease and are being monitored for signs of rabies.

Wednesday, September 10

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9/10/08 - Final election results for Sept. 2 primary

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Coconino County Elections staff has now completed the tabulation of the results for the Sept. 2 Primary Election. In the Coconino County Supervisor race in Districts 4 and 5, Democrats Mandy Metzger and Lena Fowler both won their respective primaries and will move on to the general elections in November.

Tuesday, September 9

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Hopi Foundation announces 2008-2009 leadership program participants

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - The Hopi Foundation (HF) launched its Hopi Leadership Program (HLP) in November of 2006 in response to a growing need for good leadership which was identified at Hopi as well as many other native communities across the nation.

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Morgan praises NAU Native alumni for raising scholarship funds

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Navajo Nation Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan praised Native American alumni of Northern Arizona University last week for helping to raise scholarship funds for their students. The Institute for Native Americans of Northern Arizona University announced that they will host the Eighth Annual NAU Native American Programs Golf Tournament scheduled for Sept. 20 in Flagstaff.

Coconino County primary election results

District 5 race for supervisor still too close to call

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - In the hotly contested race for Rick Renzi's Congressional District 1 seat, Democrat and former state legislator Ann Kirkpatrick and Republican Sydney Hay will face off in November after winning their respective primaries last Tuesday.

Letter: Use of GPS could increase voter registration

I read with interest Kent Walker's letter to the editor in your July 30th edition. I agree with a lot of what Mr. Walker had to say. The low number of registered voters and a low percentage of turnout at the polls by those registered in predominately Native American precincts seem to reflect the feeling that Coconino County's government serves no purpose on the Navajo Nation or in the Hopi Villages.

Letter: Passing judgment is unfair

I am writing in regards to last week's story on the lockdown at Birdsprings Chapter. Eddie Kee Yazzie was labeled the bad guy but we must all give him the benefit of the doubt before siding with everyone else.

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Editorial: Sports group cannot control the news

The Navajo Hopi Observer is a community newspaper. We cover news and events in the area that our readers can't get elsewhere. Unfortunately, the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) - the agency that organizes high school athletics in the state - wants to control how we cover our children's events.

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Eighth Annual Hoop Dance competition defies rainstorms

TUSAYAN, Ariz. - The weather echoed the sentiments of the Peshlakai family as they remembered their son Champion Hoop Dancer Jameson "Sonny" Peshlakai on Aug. 31. But heavy rains and wet grass did not stop the annual Hoop Dance Contest event honoring Jameson - held every Labor Day weekend.

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President Shirley honored by Canadian chiefs

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. (left) receives the highest honor in all of Indian Country. Shirley was blessed with the rights of the bonnet for Strength in Leadership, Speech, Thought, Sight, and Ability to carry forth the task of a true Native American leader.

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50-year-old Hotevilla water tank set for dismantling

HOTEVILLA, Ariz. - The silver colored, flashlight-shaped water tank at Hotevilla Village will be dismantled as soon as a physical assessment site survey can be completed and approved by the Albuquerque Area Office BIA-Facilities department via the BIA Keams Canyon Agency.

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Tuba City Warriors place third at Peaks Invitational

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - On Saturday, Sept. 6, at the 2008 Peaks Invitational held at Buffalo Park, more than 1,000 high school runners from across Arizona (plus one team from New Mexico) ran in the largest annual high school cross country race in the state. The Tuba City Warriors boys cross country team could not repeat their 2007 victory, but came away pleased with their third place finish against some of the top teams in the southwest.

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Hopi boys place third at Hopi Invitational meet

POLACCA, Ariz. - Tuba City High School won the boys race and Page High won the girls race at the Hopi Invite cross country meet Sept. 2. Host Hopi High School took third in the boys race and fourth in the girls race finishing behind larger schools.

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Navajo women honored at Navajo Nation fair

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The 62nd Annual Navajo Nation Fair and Rodeo recognized Navajo Women this year with its theme "Navajo Women. Our Strength, Our Endurance" during the fair's week-long run, beginning with the Open Indian Master Rodeo and ending with the All Indian Rodeo on Sunday. The highlight of the annual event included the Miss Navajo Nation Pageant. Yolanda Charley of Chi-Chil-Tah, N.M. was crowned as the new Miss Navajo Nation.

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Navajo Council members dismayed with President Shirley's veto of Tobacco-Free Act

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - The Health & Social Services Committee of the 21st Navajo Nation Council are dismayed with President Joe Shirley Jr.'s veto of the Navajo Nation Commercial Tobacco-Free Act of 2008, which would ultimately ban smoking at the upcoming Fire Rock Casino in Church Rock, N.M.

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Photo Gallery: 2008 Navajo Nation Fair

The Navajo Nation Fair was established in 1938 to stimulate livestock improvements and management through exhibits for the Navajo people. Today, the Navajo Nation Fair has become a world-renowned event that showcases Navajo agriculture and a variety of arts and crafts with the promotion and preservation of the Navajo heritage by providing cultural entertainment. The following gallery features photos from the fair and the parade. Photos by Mike Carroll/NHO and Anton Wero/NHO.

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Bird-watching tours at the Flagstaff Arboretum

Bird-walks led by volunteers from the Audubon Society

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Beginning Sept. 6, the Arboretum at Flagstaff will have bird experts from the local chapter of the Audubon Society leading bird-watching tours through the gardens every Saturday in Sept. at 7:30 a.m.

Friday, September 5

Chipmunk tests positive for West Nile virus

Test reveals third positive case this year

Coconino County Health Department officials announce today that a chipmunk found in south Flagstaff near Ft. Tuthill has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This represents the third positive West Nile virus test in Coconino County this year. Last month, mosquito samples collected south of Flagstaff - near Kachina Village and mosquito samples collected near Lake Mary - tested positive for WNV. No human cases have been reported.

Wednesday, September 3

Photo Gallery: 2008 Santa Fe Indian Market

Each August for the past eighty years, the Santa Fe Indian Market has brought together the most gifted Native American artists from the U.S. with millions of visitors and collectors from around the world. The extended weekend of beauty and celebration ranks as the world's largest and most highly acclaimed Native American arts show and as New Mexico's largest attended annual weekend event. This year's event was held Aug. 22-24. Photos by Rosanda Suetopka Thayer/NHO.

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MacDonald-Lone Tree, Office Depot Foundation deliver backpacks to Tuba City students

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - For most students, back-to-school is a highlight to the end of summer. It's a time when there are special trips to load up on the newest and coolest fall school supplies for the year. But for some, it can be a time of embarrassment because there are families that cannot afford even basic school supplies.

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Diné task forces leading the way to prevent suicide

Suicide is one of the most underestimated community health problems in the United States. Recent years in Tuba City have seen 18 suicides and over 200 people hospitalized with injuries from attempted suicides. The highest number of suicides in Tuba City have all been in the 10-30 year age group.

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Santa Fe Indian Market yields northern Arizona art winners

Top awards lean toward technologically innovative work

SANTA FE, N.M. - It was the first time that an artist won awards in two separate categories including Best of Show at the 87th Annual SWAIA Indian Market in Santa Fe. Sheldon Harvey, a young Navajo from Ft. Defiance, took the top prize for [an] oil painting ... and took the Best in Category for the Sculpture division.

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Army Pvt. Devan J. Tohannie

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - Army Pvt. Devan J. Tohannie has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Tohannie is the son of the late Delphina Tohannie and grandson to the late George Tohannie Sr. His grandmother Irene Tohannie and aunt Saraphina Adson reside in Tuba City, along with his three brothers and two sisters. He attended Tuba City Unified School District and graduated in 2006 from Arizona Project Challenge in Queen Creek.

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Hopi art students win awards at Santa Fe Indian Market

POLACCA, Ariz. - Three art students from Hopi Jr./Sr High School won awards at the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market. Amber Naha won first place in the pottery division for youth. Cheston Huma took home second place in the miscellaneous division for those 12 and younger. Briar Huma, Cheston's older brother, finished third in the jewelry division ...

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Navajo Nation to hold 4th Annual Exceptional Children's rodeo

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., Vice President Ben Shelly, Council Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan, Chief Justice Herb Yazzie and Resources Committee Chairperson George Arthur signed a proclamation Aug. 19 reaffirming the Nation's recognition and respect for Navajo people with disabilities.

Tuesday, September 2

Letter: Supervisor Deal leads county efforts to improve roads

As residents of the Navajo Nation know, the winter of 2007/2008 was one of the wettest and most destructive in recent memory. Heavy snowfall was followed by heavy rainfall that turned roads into washes, washes into streams, and streams into rivers. Dozens of roads along the southwestern portion of the Nation were simply washed away, leaving hundreds, if not thousands of residents stranded and helpless.

Letter: No good comes from gossip

Some crimes cannot be forgiven for the simple reason that the damage has already been done ... gossip for instance. The town gossip felt bad for the pain she had caused, and desperately wanted to be forgiven. So she went to the medicine woman for help. "Gather all the feathers you can and place one at each door step in town."

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Things to do in Navajoland

Now that the kids are back in school and summer is winding down, you might be one of those people thinking to yourself, "OK, what am I supposed to do now?" If you're one of those people wondering what you're going to do with all this newfound time on your hands, you're in luck! The Navajo Nation Department of Tourism is launching their "Discover Navajo in the Fall" initiative ...

Photo Gallery: 2009 Miss Navajo Nation candidates

The following are photos and brief biographies of the four young ladies vying for the title of 2008-2009 Miss Navajo Nation. The coronation ceremony of Miss Navajo Nation will be held Saturday, Sept. 6 during the night performance at the Dean C. Jackson Memorial Arena. For more information, call (928) 871-6379, (928) 206-1301 or click here to e-mail.

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2007-2008 Miss Navajo Nation bids farewell to supporters

Introduces 2008-2009 candidates

Ya'at'eeh, My name is Jonathea D. Tso from Cove, Ariz. I am of the Kinlichii'nii (Red House Clan) and born for the Todich'ii'nii (Bitter Water Clan). My maternal grandfather's clan is Tachii'nii (Red Running Into the Water Clan) and my paternal grandfather's clan is Nat'oh dine'e Tachii'nii(Tabacco People Red Running Into the Water Clan).

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Yellowman pleased with progress following park vandalism meetings

Next meeting scheduled for Monday, Sept. 8

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - The Coconino County Inter-Tribal Advisory Council (ITAC) held two meetings in Tuba City - on Aug. 4, at the Louise Yellowman County Park and on Monday, Aug. 18 at St. Jude's Catholic Church. Both meetings were held to discuss recent vandalism at the Louise Yellowman County Park.

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Birdsprings Chapter opens after unofficial lockdown

BIRDSPRINGS, Ariz. - Chapter officials were just as surprised as chapter members when they arrived at the business office on Wednesday, Aug. 20 to find the door securely padlocked - and a note from Chapter President Eddie Yazzie advising that the lock was not to be tampered with. The Navajo Hopi Observer learned of the lockdown when an anonymous student called to report she had been trying to pick up her scholarship check and could not get in.

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Shonto Begay wins at Santa Fe Indian Market

Navajo artist also to celebrate 10 years of art at Brandy's Restaurant

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Shonto Begay's "Reclaimed by Snakeweeds IV" acrylic on canvas painting took first place in the Painting category at the 2008 Santa Fe Indian Market juried competition, sponsored by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA). "I have revisited this old trailer, an old shell of aluminum that once held warmth, once held stories and someone's refuge," Shonto says.