Quick Reads: Week of April 25, 2012

Mother Earth Gathering May 5

Native Americans will celebrate the Fifth Annual Mother Earth Gathering to Award the Second Annual Justin Boyd Willie Agricultural Humanitarian of the Year Award (JBWAHYA) 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (DST) on May 5 at Dzil Leibe Elementary School.

The Peshlakai Cultural Foundation, The Sierra Club and Developing Innovations in Navajo Education's Navajo Nation Traditional Agricultural Outreach Program will host this informational day open to all community members and visitors. The day will begin with a sacred prayer run, beauty way prayer and blue corn meal mush to welcome a daylong series of presentations by the hosts and Greening Da Rez, Blackmesa Water Coalition, BIA Natural Resources, Taos County Economic Development Corporation, University of Minnesota, Colorado State University, and a Farmers Cooperative meeting with ASU Professor, Dr. Erik Thor.

Lunch will include a traditional Earth Toast Beef plate followed by JBWAHYA ceremony and continuing on to feature breakout sessions that include a mobile butcher shop from Taos N.M, agricultural risk management and farm financial management tools. Dzil Leibe Elementary School is one mile south of the Cameron Highways 89 and 64 junction.

Youth groups are encouraged to attend and to continue this grassroots effort in a positive manner, upon the beauty way of life. Join Andy Bessler of the Sierra Club, James Peshlakai of the Peshlakai Cultural Foundation and Jamescita Peshlakai of Dine, INC. in the day's events. Earth friendly exhibitors and demonstrations are encouraged to set up.

For more information contact Jamescita Peshlakai at jpeshlakai@dineinc.org or (928) 606-4998.

Shiprock Marathon May 5

The Shiprock Marathon will be held May 5. Registration is online only. Register at www.shiprockmarathon.com. For more information, call Tom at (928) 429-0345 or emailchuskaman@yahoo.com.

Holbrook High School presents Fusionfest 2012

Holbrook High School (HHS) presents Fusionfest 2012 at 7 p.m. Friday at the George Gardener Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $3 and proceeds benefit HHS Fusion. Those wearing Fusion T-shirts will be admitted free.

The featured performance is Fusion. Special guests include Raina-Fire (Riley Murph, Class of 2004), Washtub Jack and the Bluegrass Ramblers (Jack Young Class of 1963) and Holbrook Youth Musicians Tommy Castillo (Class of 1975), Joey Martinez (Classs of 1973) and Jerry Queen (Class of 1978).

Food and Farming Community Grant opportunity

The Natwani Coalition is offering its 2012 Food and Farming Community Grant. Proposals are being accepted for funding proposals from individuals representing family or clan farming areas; village administrators and staff representing senior/youth programs; community volunteers that provide a public service through demonstration of their work in food and/or farming.

A total of $15,000 is available for 2012. Each grant award will vary between $250-$2,500. All projects must take place between May 14-Sept. 28. All grantees will be required to attend two workshops, submit weekly reports, host project site visits with staff and submit a final grant report.

Full and complete proposals must be submitted in person to the Hopi Foundation Office in Kykotsmovi or postmarked by May 4. Grant Applications can be requested by calling (928) 734-2390.

Native Foundation accepting scholarship applications

The Northern Arizona Native American Foundation (TNANAF) is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2012-2013 school year. Those who are graduating high school or attending a summer program for high school students are encouraged to visit TNANAF's website at tnanaf.org to download the scholarship application. In the first six years of existence TNANAF has granted over $30,000 in scholarships to students of the various tribes of the northern Arizona region. The deadline for this year's applications is May 1.

Hardrock accepting bids for wood haulers

Hardrock Chapter is in search of wood haulers who can cut, haul and deliver multiple loads of wood to elderly homes in the Hardrock community.

If interested, please submit the vendor's name, address, phone number, bid amount per load, truck bed size and total number of loads willing to haul. A bid and copy of wood hauling permit should be sent to Hardrock Chapter, ATTN: Sophia Begay, Bid No. BWH1203-01, P.O. Box 20, Kykotsmovi, AZ 86039.

Bids close on Friday. For more information, call the chapter administration at (928) 725-3732.

Sexual Assault Awareness Walk is tomorrow

The Tohdenasshai Shelter Home is hosting the Second Annual Sexual Assault Awareness Walk in Kayenta tomorrow. The walk will be held 5:30-8 p.m.

The walk will begin from the Benally's Feed Store, head south on Highway 163 to the Junction of 160 and 163 and end back at the feed store.

For more information, call the Tohdenasshai Shelter Home at (928) 697-3635.

Arizona Reggae Tour comes to Moenkopi May 5

Legacy Music is pleased to present the Arizona Reggae Tour May 5 at The Legacy Room located at the Moenkopi Legacy Inn in Tuba City.

The tour features Jasper, Lupa, General Smiley, The Mighty 602 Band and more. All ages are welcome to this alcohol-free event. The event is sponsored by Red Fox Graphics and Gutarget.

To find out more, visit www.ExperienceHopi.com/LegacyMusic.html.

Carnival coming to Winslow this week

The first Winslow carnival after winter will be in town tomorrow through Sunday next to the Chamber of Commerce Hubble Building, 535 W. Second St. Brown's Amusement is putting on the carnival. The event is sponsored by Winslow Rotary, Winslow Chamber of Commerce and the city of Winslow.

Discounted advance ticket sales are now available for $18 at the Winslow Chamber of Commerce and will be offered until the carnival opens. For more information, call (928) 289-2434.

St. Michaels bazaar May 6

St. Michael Indian School's Annual Bazaar will be held 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 6. Enjoy a country store, water dunk, grilled food, inflatable obstacle course, fish pond, balloon bust and more. A raffle for $2,500 will be held. To find out more, visit www.smis1902.org.

Career fair in Second Mesa May 4

The Second Mesa Day School is hosting its 10th Annual Career Fair 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 4. Students will visit each presenter to interview and learn about what they need to do if they want to pursue a career in a particular field.

For more information, call Dione Naha, Devan Lomayaoma or Lloyd Joshweseoma at (928) 737-2571.

Route 13 will be closed May 5

The Annual Shiprock Marathon, Marathon Relays, Half Marathon and 10K Trail Walk/Run will be held on May 5. As a result, Route 13 will be closed from Red Valley to Highway 491 6:30 a.m.-noon for the safety of the runners and event volunteers. A traffic detour route has been graded from Cove turnoff to Highway 64.

AZ Newspapers Foundation offering scholarship

The Arizona Newspapers Foundation, Inc. (ANF) is offering a scholarship available to Arizona college students majoring in journalism. This summer, ANF will award two scholarships of $1,000 each to students attending Arizona State University, University of Arizona or Northern Arizona University full-time. Students must have completed at least one term and have one term remaining before graduation.

Complete scholarship information, including award criteria and an application for Fall 2012 awards are posted online at www.ananews.com/scholarship. The deadline for applications is June 11. Winners will be chosen by a selection committee and notified by July 15.

Community Collaborative Meeting at Leupp Thursday

A Community Collaborative Meeting begins at 9 a.m. Thursday at Leupp Public School.

Refreshments will be served. The meeting is open to everyone including parents, teachers, business owners and the police department. Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend. Please help us make our community a better place for our children.

For more information, contact Leupp Public School at (928) 686-6266.

Cancer awareness conference Saturday

The 2012 Hopi Cancer Awareness Conference will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Second Mesa Day School. The event is an opportunity for the community to come and listen to a variety of cancer topics that concern the surrounding Native communities.

The conference is sponsored by Hopi Cancer Support Services and the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention.

Registration is free as are oral cancer screenings by Northern Arizona University dental hygiene students. Lunch is $5. Entertainment will be provided by Miss Hopi Royalty. Regional health professionals will be available. An open panel discussion on Western and traditional medicine will be offered.

Register onsite 9-10 a.m. Pre-register now by calling (928) 734-1151 or email vcoochise@hopi.nsn.us.


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