Quick Reads: Week of May 9, 2012

Run for heroes

The First Annual Navajo Nation Police Heroes' Run will be held June 23 in Tuba City. The 10K run and 5K run/walk are in memory of fallen police officers that died in the line of duty. All proceeds will benefit the Navajo Nation Police Survivors Program.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. (DST) at the Tuba City Police Department. The race begins at 8 a.m. Registration is $25 for the 10K run and $20 for the 5K run/walk. T-shirts will be given to all registered participants. There will be age group awards. A course map will be provided the day of the race.

For more information, call (928) 310-6717.

NNHRC commissioners needed

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.

Birth certificates available May 16

Birth certificates are available in Tuba City 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (DST) 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.

Free infant CPR and safety class Tuesday

Flagstaff Medical Center's Childbirth Education Department, in partnership with North Country HealthCare and Flagstaff Exchange Club are offering a free American Heart Association Family and Friends Infant CPR and Safety Class.

The class is offered 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the North Country HealthCare Learning Center, 2920 N. Fourth St., Flagstaff.

The program is a two-and-a-half-hour safety course designed for parents, family, friends and caregivers of infants from newborn to 12 months of age. Participants will learn to respond to crisis situations, deliver CPR and relieve choking until professional help arrives. Topics also include injury prevention, environmental emergencies, home safety and car seat education. Participants will receive two American Heart Association books. This is a non-certification course.

For more information or to register, contact Flagstaff Medical Center's Childbirth Education Department at (928) 773-2309.

Equine Expo offered May 18-19

The 2012 Navajo Nation Equine Expo will be held May 18-19 at the Window Rock Fairgrounds 4-H Pavilion. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. and registration is free.

Education will include traditional horse stores, equine vaccination, equine nutrition, equine birth control, horse processing plant update, hoof care, hot shoeing and more.

For more information, call (928) 871-6605/7686.

Art auction at Hubbell May 19

The Friends of Hubbell Trading Post NHS, Inc. in cooperation with the National Park Service at Hubbell Trading Post and the Western National Parks Association have schedule the semi-annual Native American Arts Auction for May 19. The auction will include all forms of Native American art, Navajo weavings, pueblo katsina dolls, pottery, baskets, paintings and concho belts.

Auction items will be accepted beginning 8 a.m. Monday through 4 p.m. May 17. No items will be accepted May 18-19. There is no cost to enter an auction item.

All 400-plus auction items will be available for preview 9-11 a.m. on May 19 with the auction beginning at noon (MDST). Come early to view the auction items and meet the artists. The Hubbell home will also be exhibited as an open house from 9 a.m.-noon.

For more information, call (928) 755-3475.

A night with Wes Studi

Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites Legacy Room is proud to present Wes Studi and his landmark film, The Only Good Indian. Studi, a famous Cherokee actor and director, has appeared in well-received academy award-winning films, such as Kevin Costner's Dances with Wolves, Michael Mann's, The Last of the Mohicans (1992), the award-winning Geronimo: An American Legend (1993) and the Academy Award-nominated film The New World (2005).

On Friday evening, Studi will show and discuss his famous movie, The Only Good Indian, which details the experience of Indian Boarding Schools. A question and answer session is to follow.

Tickets are available and may be purchased at the hotel. Call (928) 283-4500 or email info@experiencehopi.com for more information.

Co-ed basketball tournament in Leupp

Leupp Schools, Inc. presents a high school co-ed basketball tournament in the gym Friday and Saturday.

The double-elimination tournament will consist of a 10-team eight-player roster. Participants must have a valid high school ID or proof of high school records. The fee to enter is $130. Awards will be presented.

To find out more or to reserve your spot, contact Melldon Benally at (928) 255-7276.

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Do you have news? We want it! Please email nhoeditorial@nhonews.com or call Lynda Duffy at (800) 408-4726 with any questions. We can't wait to share what you are doing.

Free sports camp

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.

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.

Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available. For more information, please call (800) 426-8315 ext. 41930 or (928) 283-4284.

Free skin cancer screenings for those who qualify June 2

With the longer days of summer quickly upon us, more people will be in the sun soaking up potentially harmful UV rays. When people begin to venture outside more often and for longer periods of time, it is important to be sun smart and remember that skin cancer is a serious risk, especially in Arizona. Arizona has the second-highest incidence of skin cancers in the world and Coconino County has the highest incidence of skin cancers in the state.

The Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare (CCNAH), along with Northern Arizona Dermatology Center (NAZDC) have teamed up to offer free skin cancer screenings, education and skin cancer prevention tips for the Flagstaff community and surrounding areas.

On June 2, free skin cancer screenings are available to those individuals who are unable to afford a thorough screening or those who are underinsured. The screenings are from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the CCNAH-Flagstaff Campus, 1200 N. Beaver St., Flagstaff Medical Center. Services provided during the clinic include a full-body skin cancer screening, skin cancer education and additional information on sun safety. Walk-ins will be seen as time allows, between 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Early detection and being sun smart are the best protection against skin cancers. The majority of skin cancers can be successfully treated if caught and diagnosed early. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (928) 774-5074 or visit CCNAH.com.

Journalism scholarship offered

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.

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