Quick Reads: week of July 29

Suvoyuki Day Saturday at Homolovi State Park

"Suvoyuki" translated in the Hopi language means to accomplish work through a "joint effort." Suvoyuki Day is a festival celebrated Aug. 1 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Homolovi State Park that celebrates the partners who have helped to protect and save Homolovi area archaeological and cultural sites from destruction.

Activities throughout the day will include archaeological site tours. Cultural artists will demonstrate Hopi pottery making, food prep and art. A Hopi dance group will perform two dances at the event. The corn-roasting pit will open at 8 a.m. and will start the day's activities.

Homolovi, one of a series of many ancient Hopi pueblos found in the Southwest, offers the public the opportunity to begin their journey into Hopi life and culture. Like the modern visitor making their way to Hopi, Homolovi was a stop for the ancestral Hopi people along their migration route, eventually moving on and settling at one of the current Hopi villages.

More information is available from Homolovi State Park at (928) 289-4106 or at AZStateParks.com/parks/HORU. Homolovi State Park is located five miles northeast of the city of Winslow in northeastern Arizona. The park campground is convenient to I-40 and accommodates large rigs as well as tent camping. Tent camp sites to full hookup camping sites are available at a fee of $18 to $25 depending on the type of camping site needed.

Tuhisma Hopi Arts and Crafts Market in October

Tuhisma, the 15th annual Hopi Arts and Craft Market, sponsored by the Hopi Pu'tavi Project, takes place Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hopi Veterans Memorial Center in Kykotsmovi, Arizona. Tuhisma has a large gathering of Hopi artists featuring authentic art, cultural entertainment, food and more.

More information is available from Brenda at (928) 221-6759 or Vonette (928) 266-3825 or Matt (928) 738-5352 in the evening or (928) 734-3708 during the day or by email at mateo@ag.arizona.edu.

Half marathon to close Route N13

BIA Route N13 from Lukachukai to Buffalo Pass will be closed temporarily from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. July 25 for a half-marathon run sponsored by the Chinle Service Area of the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project.

Registration opens at 5 a.m. for the half-marathon (13.1 miles) and the run will start at 6:30 a.m. from the Junction Mustang Gas Station in Lukachukai and proceed on N13 to Buffalo Pass. The Navajo Special Diabetes Project in Chinle, Arizona, is following proper protocol with the BIA Department of Transportation and the Navajo Nation Department of Public Safety to follow all safety procedures necessary to protect both the participants and the general public.

The general public is urged to use Navajo Route 12, Highway 191, and State Highway 160 and New Mexico State Highway 64 or Navajo Route 12 to Navajo Route 134 over Narbona Pass if they are planning to go toward Farmington, New Mexico or if they traveling over the mountain through Buffalo Pass.

The Chinle Service Area of the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project expressed their appreciation for this unique event. More information is available by calling (928) 674-2422.

Stronger and Healthier Navajo Nation run July 25

The Running for a Stronger and Healthier Navajo Nation (RSHNN) takes place July 25, at 6 a.m. from White Rock Chapter, located about 45 miles north of Crownpoint, just west of Lake Valley, New Mexico.

The relay will proceed west to Naschitti Chapter before heading south on Highway 491 and end on the first day at Rock Springs Chapter.

Runners for the relay run are being recruited by each chapter along the RSHNN route to cover the distance within their chapter boundaries. Walkers are also urged to participant in the community walks prior to the arrival of runners.

T-shirts will be given to the runners and walkers by Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project, which is coordinating the relay run.

Running for a Stronger and Healthier Navajo Nation is a health initiative by former Vice President Rex Lee Jim to bring attention to the many chronic diseases affecting Native Americans along with domestic violence and substance abuse.

More information about the eight-day relay run is available at www.nnsdp.org along with the map of the route. The chapters and communities include: White Rock, Naschitti, Tohatchi, Mexican Springs, Twin Lakes (Bahast'lah), Rock Springs, Tseyatoh, Oak Springs, Pine Springs, Wide Ruins, Greasewood, Steamboat, Cameron, Tuba City, Tonalea, Tsah Bii Kin (Inscription House), Naatsis'aan (Navajo Mountain), Dennehotso, Mexican Water, Teec Nos Pos, Beclabito, Gadii'ahi, Shiprock, Hogback, San Juan, Nenahnezad, Upper Fruitland, and Lake Valley.

Registration will be available at the sites on day prior to arrival of the runners. The relay run will end on the evening of Aug. 1 at Lake Valley Chapter.

American Indian Tourism Conference Sept. 13-17

The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) proudly presents the 17th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference (AITC) "Introducing America's Native Nations to the World," hosted by the Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado at the Sky Ute Casino Resort in Ignacio, CO, Sept. 13 - 17.

The annual AITC provides attendees with a quality educational forum for tribes and organizations with travel and tourism initiatives. As tradition, the conference will kick off with a once in a lifetime experience, exploring the culture and history of our host and surrounding tribes and cultures through interactive mobile workshops. This year the workshops will feature a tour of Mesa Verde National Park, a tour of Chimney Rock National Monument and Southern Ute Tribal Campus, and the Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Durango Tour.

More information is available at www.aianta.org.

2015 Tuba City Nursing Scholarship Information

The Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation is offering its annual TCRHCC Nursing Scholarship. Money will be awarded to four Native American nursing students. Interested applicants are required to submit the following:

• Two-page essay to include: What inspires you to pursue nursing as a career? What are your ultimate career goals? How will this scholarship help you to improve care for the Native American community?

• Resumé, include membership to service organizations and/or involvement in community service activities.

• Certificate of enrollment in a Federally recognized Indian Tribe

• Official written confirmation of acceptance & enrollment in a two-year A.D.N. or B.S.N. program of an accredited nursing school program.

• Official school transcripts

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