Quick Reads: Week May 2, 2012

Mother Earth Gathering Saturday

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) Saturday 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 encouraged to set up.

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

NNHRC seeks commissioners to serve four-year term

The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission (NNHRC) is seeking five qualified commissioners to serve the next four-year term as an appointed commissioner. A letter of interest and resume must be received by NNHRC no later than 5 p.m. on May 18.

The current commissioner's four-year term expires in July.

According to the NNHRCs Plan of Operation, the commission shall consist of five qualified commissioners appointed by the Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council and confirmed by the Naabik'iyati' Committee.

One member shall have extensive employment background in education. This means someone who is a teacher, education administrator, or professor; and one member shall have an extensive background in business. This means a business owner, manager or private business employee; and one member shall have an extensive background in law enforcement. This means a police officer in good standing, police chief, a commissioned officer, active or retiree; and one member shall have an extensive background in social services. This means a social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, community liaison, or social services administrator; and one at-large Navajo Nation member.

To apply, submit a letter of interest along with your latest resume to the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission, P.O. Box 1689, Window Rock, Navajo Nation (Ariz.) 86515 or hand deliver to 343 Arizona Highway 264, St. Michaels Professional Bldg. 1, Suite 112, located in St. Michaels, Ariz. Letters of interest and resumes submitted after May 18 shall not be accepted.

NNHRC was established in October 2006, "to operate as a clearinghouse entity to administratively address discriminatory actions against citizens of the Navajo Nation, and to interface with the local, state, federal governments and with national and international human rights organizations in accordance with its plan of operation and applicable laws and regulations of Navajo Nation," according to 2 N.N.C. § 921.

For more information, contact NNHRC at (928) 871-7436.

Actors needed June 1-3

The Navajo Nation Museum is looking for actors for the re-enactment of the signing of the 1868 Treaty between the Navajo people and the U.S. Government. The re-enactment will take place during the opening ceremony of the Third Annual Treaty Days Celebration held in Window Rock June 1-3.

There are approximately 40 Navajo and Navajo/English speaking roles for actors of all ages. Appropriate costumes and outfits will be provided by the actors/actresses.

Auditions will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4 at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock.

Those interested should contact Char Kruger at (928) 810-8536 or by email at char@navajonationmuseum.org.

Free sports and life skills camp June 7-9

Tuba City High School is hosting the 16th Annual Native Vision Sports and Life Skills Camp, June 7-9. Up to 60 professional and college athletes will instruct in football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, running, and lacrosse. They will also hang out and share their stories of hardship, courage, victory and living a healthy life. The camp is free.

Contact Tamara Talaswaima for more information at (928) 283-8221 or email ttalaswa@jhsph.edu or www.nativevision.org.

Route 13 will be closed Saturday for marathon

The Annual Shiprock Marathon, Marathon Relays, Half Marathon and 10K Trail Walk/Run will be held on Saturday. 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.

Mission Possible Basketball Tournament this weekend

Mission Possible Basketball Tourney will be held Friday and Saturday in Holbrook. Categories are as follows - 17 and under boys, 14 and under girls, 12 and under boys and 10 and under co-ed with a 10-player roster. The entry fee is $100 (five teams each division). Champions will receive awards to the top two places, and first/second all-tourney.

The tournament will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is $2 per adult and $1 per child. All proceeds will go toward funding a Christian mission trip to Accra Ghana.

For more information and registration contact Jeffery Jones, (505) 559-0959 or Kenya Jones, (505) 363-8699.

Arizona Reggae Tour comes to Moenkopi Saturday

Legacy Music is pleased to present the Arizona Reggae Tour Saturday 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.

St. Michaels Bazaar Sunday

St. Michael Indian School's Annual Bazaar will be held 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. 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.

Nominations sought for 2013 Teacher of the Year

The Arizona Educational Foundation's (AEF) is seeking nominations for the 2013 Teacher of the Year. Any pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade public school teacher across Arizona is eligible. Nomination forms must be submitted by Aug. 3.

AEF, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering excellence in education, administers the AEF Teacher of the Year program, which is the only statewide program of its kind. Teachers may self-nominate or be nominated by a student, co-worker, principal, parent, friend or family member.

Nomination forms are available at http://www.azedfoundation.org/toy-nomination-form.php or by emailing bobbie@azedfoundation.org. After the nomination is received, a Teacher of the Year application will be mailed to the nominated teacher. The teacher must then complete and submit the application by 5 p.m., Aug. 24.

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.

Route 13 closed Saturday

The Annual Shiprock Marathon, Marathon Relays, Half Marathon and 10K Trail Walk/Run will be held on Saturday. 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.

Register early for teacher education

It is not too early to get ready for the potential teacher education cohort in elementary education. Complete your program in the Navajo-Hopi West area through Northern Arizona University's (NAU) extended campuses. Have your transcripts evaluated now to see if you're ready for admission.

The NAU Navajo-Hopi West staff is ready to assist students with the enrollment process and provide student support services. Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available. For more information, please call (800) 426-8315 ext. 41930 or (928) 283-4284.

Birth certificates available Wednesday in Tuba City

Birth certificates are available in Tuba City 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (DST) Wednesday and May 16 at Coconino County Supervisor Lena Fowler's office, 49 Maple St., behind the Behavioral Health building, one street west of Main Street.

Birth certificates are available every first and third Wednesday of the month. Birth certificates are also available in Page 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (local Page time) every second Wednesday of the month. The fee is $19, cash only. Certain requirements and exceptions apply. The service is sponsored by Fowler and the Coconino County Public Health Services District.

For more information, call (928) 283-4518 or (928) 679-7272.

Food and Farming Community Grant

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 visit with staf 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 Friday. Grant Applications can be requested by calling (928) 734-2390.

Shiprock Marathon Saturday

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

Network in Tuba City Monday

Coconino County Supervisor Lena Fowler will sponsor the Tuba City Community Networking Meeting 1:30-4:30 p.m. (DST) on Monday. The meeting will be at the Western Navajo Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs conference room, located at East Highway 160 and Warrior Drive.

All Tuba City-Moenkopi organizations, departments, businesses and concerned citizens are invited to attend. Attendees are asked to bring business cards, brochures, newsletters, updates and job announcements to share. Refreshments will be provided. Feature presenters will be determined.

Please contact (928) 283-4518 or lscott@coconino.az.gov for the latest information.

Journey to Wellness Walk

The 16th Annual 2012 Journey to Wellness Walking Together for Healthier Nations begins Wednesday and continues Thursday. The walk starts at 9:15 a.m. both days. Register from 8-9 a.m. (DST).

Today, the 12.4 walk will begin in Whitecone and end in Indian Wells. Tomorrow's 14.2 mile walk begins in Indian Wells and ends in Dilkon.

For more information, contact Sandi Tsinijinni at Winslow Indian Health Care Center at (928) 289-6221.

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