Quick Reads for week of Jan. 7, 2009

Copies of Programmatic Environmental Assessment available

A Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) has been prepared for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) for the Management of Noxious and Invasive Weeds on the Hopi Indian Reservation and the Moencopi District, Navajo and Coconino Counties. This PEA proposes to implement long term management practices for the control of specific noxious and invasive weeds species on the Hopi Reservation.

Copies of the PEA are available at the Office of the Hopi Agency Superintendent in Keams Canyon and the Office of the Department of Natural Resources in Kykotsmovi. Comments on the PEA will be accepted through 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 5. Please submit written comments to: Mr. Wendell Honanie, Superintendent, BIA Hopi Agency, P.O. Box 158, Keams Canyon, AZ 86034. If you have any questions, you may call (928) 738-2228.

A determination on issuance of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) will be made following the comment period.

Nideiltihi Navajo Elite Runners' seeks runners, board members

Do you ever wonder why Native Americans aren't at the podium of the USA Olympic Trails? Do you want to be involved in getting them there? If so, the Nideiltihi Navajo Elite Runners' (NNER) organization is looking for you. We also need two board members to assist our organization in doing just that. If you are interested in running or in being a board member, contact either Matthew Brogen at mbrogen@navajoeliterunners.org or Karletta Chief at kchief@navajoeliterunners.org. Check out www.navajoeliterunners.org for additional information as well. NNER is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting athletic excellence, wellness, and the necessary skills for emerging Native runners to be successful in competition and in life. The ultimate goal is to develop and prepare Navajo runners for elite and Olympic competition.

Tuba City Junior High Title I and School Restructuring meeting

Tuba City Junior High School (TCJHS) and the School Site Council will hold a public meeting on Thursday, Jan. 8 concerning the school's restructuring plan as mandated by the Arizona Department of Education. TCJHS has been working on ways and means to meet its Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for all students. The school plans to establish three schools-within-a-school redesign model to meet the needs of all students. TCJHS, unlike most schools, is requiring that all students who enroll at the school meet the grade-level state academic content standards in reading and math. The school recognizes that students have different academic needs and differentiated teaching and focus are needed to have all students meet the challenging state academic content standards. The school is proposing that the three schools-within-a-school design be implemented to effectively meet the different and special unique academic needs of all its students. TCJHS has been working in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education-Academic Achievement Division to change its educational structure and practice to improve the educational development of all students enrolled. The meeting will take place from 6 - 7 p.m. at the TCJHS cafeteria for public input into the proposed school redesign model.

Greyhills Academy parent meeting

There will be a parent meeting for students of Greyhills Academy High School (GAHS) on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. at the GAHS Auditorium. A dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. GAHS hopes to increase parental involvement. For more information, contact Christopher Curley at (928) 283-6271, ext. 464.

Tuba City Behavioral Health Services offers A.A. meetings to public

The Tuba City Department of Behavioral Health Services (TCDBHS) will be offering Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings to the public just in time for the holidays. Meetings will be held every day (Monday through Friday) noon to 1 p.m. and every Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. If there should be any questions, you may contact TCDBHS at (928) 283-3346.

2009 UNITY powwow to be held April 10-11

The 2009 UNITY Powwow will be held April 10-11 in Page at the Navajo Village Heritage Center (1253 Coppermine Road). This is a contest powwow and all singers and dancers are invited. Sound system will be provided. Host staff includes: Northern host drum, Elk Soldier from Marty, S.D.; Southern host drum, Bad Medicine from Carnegie, Okla.; master of ceremonies, Tom Phillips; arena director, Rick Yazzie; head gourd dancer, Steve Toya Sr.; head lady dancer, Joanne Soldier; and head man dancer, Norman Largo.

Special contests include: Men's Southern Straight, Solo Hand Drum Singing, Team Dance, Women's Backup Singing, 17 years and older Grass Dance, and a Junior and Teen Girls' Combined Jingle Dress Contest.

All arts and crafts artisans are invited. Applications and fees are due by Feb. 27. Food vendors are by invitation only, no exceptions.

Gourd Dancing begins Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Grand Entry starts on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. All times are Mountain Standard Time. Contest points start during the Friday night session. Your support is appreciated and volunteers are welcome.

Contact Merle Begay for more information at (928) 640-3137, e-mail pageazunitypowwow@yahoo.com or visit the official UNITY Powwow Web site at www.myspace.com/pageazunitypowwow.

Southwest Navajo Tobacco Education Prevention Project art contest

The Southwest Navajo Tobacco Education Prevention Project (SNTEPP) located in Winslow is sponsoring an art contest open to all Navajo artists. Entry date is Jan. 16 and winners will be announced Jan 30. Paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints, collages and more will be considered. The theme for the contest is "How has the commercial tobacco industry impacted the Navajo (Diné) culture, tradition and values?" Artwork and completed registration forms can be dropped off at the SNTEPP office between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cash awards will be given out for first through third place winners in both the Adult division (18 years and older) and in the Youth division (17 years and younger). For more information or to request an entry form, call the SNTEPP office at (928) 289-6483, e-mail jnahee@bhcaih.org or stop by the SNTEPP office located at 605. W. Desmond St. in Winslow.

Native Scholars and Collaborators Projects

San Diego State University (SDSU)'s Native Scholars and Collaborators Projects support students in nationally accredited graduate programs in school psychology and school counseling. Project students study with others committed to becoming highly skilled professionals specializing in the issues of Native American children and youth. Scholars received tuition and fees, monthly stipends, book, and professional development allowances and participate in a weekly Native American graduate seminar, Project Institutes in Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous Learning. They also practice each semester in rural schools with Native American youth and families as well as in broader urban school-based venues with high cultural and ethnic diversity. Application review begins Jan. 15. You may contact either Carol Robinson-Zanartu at (619) 594-7725 or e-mail crobinsn@mail.sdsu.edu, or Shawn Deschenie, Project Assistant at sdeschi@yahoo.com to discuss the project or to ask for an application. The project website is located at edweb.sdsu.edu/csp/nacpprojects1/.

Free weekly alcohol and drug addiction recovery classes offered

Addiction Recovery Classes patterned after the 12 step Alcoholics Anonymous program are being offered weekly at chapels in five reservation communities. Locations, times and contact numbers are listed as follows: Chinle - 6:00 p.m. Thursdays, LDS Church. Call (928) 674-8179; Ganado - 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesdays, LDS Church. Call (928) 755-3999; St Michaels - 7 p.m. Tuesdays, LDS Church. Call (928) 871-4468; Kayenta - 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, LDS church. Call (928) 697-3804; Pinon - LDS church. Call Eagans at (928) 725-3253 for day/time.

The course is based upon Christian gospel principles and participation is confidential. There is no charge for the class, other than $3 for the workbook. The course qualifies for court-ordered classes. Adult family members and friends affected by alcohol and drug addictions are also invited to attend. No children please. Call Elder Wilcox at (928) 755-3999 for more information.

FMC Cancer Center offers Lunch 'N Learn support groups

The Cancer Center at Flagstaff Medical Center offers monthly Lunch 'N Learn support groups. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Cancer Center lobby. During the first hour a light lunch will be provided along with a speaker about a cancer-related topic. The remainder of the time is reserved for a support/discussion group. These groups are confidential, free and open to the public.

Because cancer is a family disease, support groups offer families and friends an opportunity to share their feelings and ideas about the journey when a loved one has cancer. Sometimes just knowing others are having a similar experience can be both comforting and healing.

For more information about the support groups, call (928) 773-2261. For more information about the Cancer Center at Flagstaff Medical Center, visit CancerCenteratFlagstaff.com.

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. Members must reside in Coconino County and have an interest in and knowledge of issues and concerns of importance to Native Americans residing in Coconino County.

The ITAC reviews and makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors concerning existing and proposed city, county, state, federal and tribal legislation affecting Native Americans. They also examine and assist in planning policies for employment, education, housing, health services, community services, the justice system, recreation and land development as they affect or relate to Native American tribal members.

The ITAC also promotes cultural and historical activities and events related to Native Americans and recommends and reports findings from studies regarding the current needs of Native Americans to the Board of Supervisors. Additionally, they host community forums to educate the community about Native American issues and concerns.

The ITAC meets on the first Tuesday of each month in the Coconino County Administrative Center located at 219 East Cherry Ave. in downtown Flagstaff. The meeting will be in the second floor meeting room. Public participation is encouraged.

Citizens who are interested in becoming a member of the ITAC are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications can be downloaded from the ITAC Web site at www.coconino.az.gov/itac. Completed applications should be submitted to: Coconino County Board Of Supervisors, 219 East Cherry Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86001.

For more information about the ITAC, or if you should have questions regarding membership, call (928) 779-6644 or toll free (800) 559-9289, or e-mail Elaine Beyal at ebeyal@coconino.az.gov.

Foster grandparent and senior companion volunteers needed

The Senior Volunteer Programs of Northern Arizona's foster grandparent and senior companion programs need elders age 60 and older. By volunteering your time and talent to help children or visit homebound seniors, you can receive a stipend of $2.65/hr tax free, meal and mileage reimbursement, annual physical exam, secondary insurance and formal recognition for the important work you do.

Foster grandparent volunteers can volunteer 15-40 hours weekly to help children who need extra love and attention in a variety of settings including school classrooms, Head Start programs, and children's shelters.

Senior companion volunteers can volunteer 15-40 hours weekly to help homebound seniors who need a helping hand to stay independent.

If you are interested in finding out more about the foster grandparent and senior companion programs, contact Mary Tenakhongva at (928) 734-1290 or toll free at 1-866-856-3017.

Navajo County to assist residents in obtaining birth certificates

The Navajo County Public Health Services District can assist area residents with Arizona birth certificates. The Health District can provide to eligible parents, Arizona birth certificates for children born between 1950 to present for a $10 charge. The Health District may also be able to assist with other Arizona birth certificate issues.

The Health District can only process birth certificates from the Holbrook office. In order to further assist area residents, the Vital Records office travels to other locations. If the Health District is able to process the birth certificate, it is mailed to residents from the Holbrook office.

For more information contact Karen at (928) 524-4750.

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."

Black Mesa Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductable. 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 www.BMT.org or call (928) 734-9255.

Coconino County volunteer opportunities

Do you ever feel disconnected with the community? Would you like to make a positive difference in someone's life? Join the team at Coconino County Community Services and volunteer your time to help our citizens who may be in need of some help. Volunteers are currently being recruited to help homebound seniors or disabled adults in a variety of ways including friendly phone calls, visits, shopping, transportation assistance and yard maintenance. There are also many other volunteer opportunities available through the county. Call Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom at (928) 522-7913 or e-mail stewksbury-bloom@coconino.az.gov to be matched with a service position in you community today.

Mountain Spinners and Weavers Guild meeting

All interested individuals are invited to the monthly Mountain Spinners and Weavers Guild meeting, which is held at 9 a.m., on the third Saturday of each month at the American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Dr. in Prescott. For more information contact Rowena Tank at (928) 899-3574.

New Frontiers seeks five percent Wednesday candidates

On the third Wednesday of each month New Frontiers donates five percent of that day's sales to a Flagstaff non-profit group that provides for critical human needs such as food, shelter, emergency health care or a safe haven. In the past, monies have also been donated to reading programs, community cleanup campaigns, children's groups, causes and programs that improve the quality of life in Flagstaff. To find out if your group qualifies, call Priya Drews at (928) 774-5747.

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