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Tuesday, March 27

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — A federal court has restored $7.3 million to the Navajo Nation for its Head Start program.

By Associated Press March 27, 2018
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The art world in Flagstaff and around the Navajo and Hopi reservations reeled in sorrow as Bahe Whitethorne Jr.’s family announced he passed away March 26. The cause of death is currently unknown.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 27, 2018
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Upcoming events and news around the Hopi and Navajo reservations

March 27, 2018
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The annual Winslow School District Art Show was held March 6 - 8 at the Old High School Gym in Winslow.

March 27, 2018
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Ceramic soup bowls made by Winslow Jr. High art students were sold at the Empty Bowls event which included a silent auction, fundraiser and art exhibit March 9.

March 27, 2018
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Beginning in school year 2018-19, the Winslow School system will remove one week of the two week breaks in the spring and fall schedules.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 27, 2018
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The Winslow High School Lady Bulldogs kicked off their 2018 season with four straight wins going into the Payson Invitational Tournament March 15 when they played the Benson Lady Bobcats and the Nogales Lady Apaches.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 27, 2018
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The Winslow High School baseball season is off to a good start under the direction of Coach Art Griffith, who has coached baseball at Winslow High for 49 years. The Bulldogs were 6-2 after their 11-1 win the Chinle March 16.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 27, 2018
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Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers blues band put on a three day workshop March 7-9 at Hopi High School as they performed at a coffee house, a school assembly and taught music students.

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Six Tuba City Junior High School students took home prizes from the Navajo Nation Science Fair March 1 in Churchrock, New Mexico, two placed first.

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Eleven Hopi High media students visited the media departments at Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona and Arizona State University Feb. 28-March 2.

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Potential closure of Kayenta Mine a revenue crisis for Hopi
Hopi Tribe faces revenue crisis with potential closure of Kayenta Mine; Tribe counts on non-profits for help – Arizona Gives Day, April 3, supports Hopi nonprofits

For 50 years, the Kayenta Mine on Black Mesa has supplied coal to fire the Navajo Generating Station (NGS), which powers Phoenix air conditioners, Las Vegas Strip neon and California Teslas.

By Morgan Craft, Special to the Navajo-Hopi Observer March 27, 2018
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The opioid crisis has hit rural Native Americans significantly harder than any group in the nation, and the problem may be even worse because of racial misclassification on death certificates, federal data show.

By Philip Athey, Cronkite News March 27, 2018
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U.S. Senate passes Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act
Navajo Nation asks Trump to sign bill into law as a safeguard for native youth

On March 22, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Bill 772, entitled the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 27, 2018
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A group protesting a proposed copper mine outside of Phoenix says its prayer site was vandalized when two crosses were removed, two others damaged and ceremonial eagle feathers were left on the ground.

By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press March 27, 2018
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Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke met March 19 with Arizona tribal leaders to discuss possible solutions for the national opioid crisis, which affects Native Americans more than any other minority.

By Joan Magtibay, Cronkite News March 27, 2018
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Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland) commended the passage of a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill by Congress March 22.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 27, 2018

Tuesday, March 20

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Upcoming news and events around the Hopi and Navajo reservations

March 20, 2018

Donald Alexander Humetewa was called home on March 9, 2018.

March 20, 2018
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The city of Winslow celebrates the Winslow HIgh School 3A boys basketball champions March 15 with a parade in downtown Winslow.

March 20, 2018
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The No.7 Shiprock Chieftains were overwhelmed by the No. 2 Silver Fighting Colts from Silver City, New Mexico, 74-40, at the New Mexico 2018 US Bank Boys State Championships Quarterfinals, at the Santa Ana Star Center.

By Anton Wero, for the Navajo-Hopi Observer March 20, 2018
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"D up, D up, D up, …" was mostly heard from the benches and fans during the New Mexico State Tournament, held at the Dreamstyle Arena — The Pit, March 6-10, with teams, participating from various reservations, border towns and surrounding communities.

By Anton Wero, For the Navajo-Hopi Observer March 20, 2018
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The Office of the President and Vice President (OPVP) applauded the Bears Ears Prayer Run Alliance (BEPRA) group for organizing the Sacred Strides for Healing prayer run, which brought awareness to the recent reduction of Bears Ears National Monument and supported the monument as originally designated.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 20, 2018
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The Winslow High School baseball season is off to a strong start under the direction of head coach Art Griffith, who has been coaching baseball at Winslow High School for 49 years.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 20, 2018
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Out of 253 applicants, Soul of Nations awarded 13 finalists from the 2018 Brea Foley Art Program in Window Rock, Arizona March 2.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 20, 2018
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Gilbert Contreras, family therapist with Coconino County, spoke to the staff at Hopi Jr/Sr High School March 7 about suicide prevention.

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Holbrook High School recently announced the Students of the Month for February.

March 20, 2018
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Hopi ask Feds and State to fulfill land promise
Hopi Tribe seeks 500,000 acres of land promised to them in 1996 Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Act at joint session with Flagstaff and County officials

The Hopi Tribal chairman addressed an overflow crowd March 12 at a joint session of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors and the Flagstaff City Council over land the Hopi are owed as a result of the 1996 Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Act.

By Katherine Locke March 20, 2018
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Women Veterans Day proclaimed by Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye
March 20 recognized by Navajo Nation President as Women Veterans Day

On March 17 President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez signed a proclamation recognizing March 20 as Navajo Nation Women Veterans Day.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 20, 2018
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Flanked by the families of missing, murdered or endangered Navajo people, the chiefs of the Navajo Nation’s executive, legislative and judicial branches signed a proclamation March 12 declaring March as Navajo Nation Missing Persons Awareness Month.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 20, 2018
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The Nation needs to be prepared for unpredictable incidents such as active shooter incidents, said Council Delegate and Law and Order Committee (LOC) chair Edmund Yazzie.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 20, 2018
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During a public meeting March 12, Navajo Nation leadership stood united in opposing House Bill 4532 sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Curtis (R-Dist. 3) of Utah, which seeks the approval of Congress to confirm and codify President Trump’s 2017 proclamation that reduced the size of Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent and divided it into two smaller monuments. On Dec. 4, 2017, the Navajo Nation filed a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s action.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 20, 2018
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The Arizona Nation of Patriots will start their portion of the annual Patriot Tour in Kingman July 7 in an effort to raise funds for military veterans and their families, said Rick Bitzer, chairman of the volunteer organization in Flagstaff.

By Hubble Ray Smith, for the Navajo-Hopi Observer March 20, 2018

Tuesday, March 13

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Upcoming news and events around the Hopi and Navajo reservations

March 13, 2018
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As children, our playground was the land around our reservation including the edge of the sacred Tsékooh Hatsoh — what many call the Grand Canyon.

March 13, 2018
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A fire broke out March 12 in the early morning at a large lumber mill that produces fire wood for resale at stores around the Nation, according to Flagscanner.

March 13, 2018
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Thumbs Up catering CEO Mike Dean has settled in Winslow and for the past four years has been providing high-end food for fundraisers and various groups around the country.

March 13, 2018
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A ribbon cutting ceremony rededicating Vargas Field was held March 6 in Winslow.

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Navajo Nation Science Fair attracts 792 participants
Navajo Nation Vice President encourages students aim high

On March 1, Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez encouraged the next generation of Navajo scientists to reach higher and accomplish their goals during a speech that wrapped up the final day of the Navajo Nation Science Fair, held at Red Rock State Park.

March 13, 2018
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On Feb. 3, the Holbrook High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) traveled to the Region 2 Conference at the Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus in Mesa.

March 13, 2018
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Located at the southeast edge of Grand Canyon National Park, the Desert View Watchtower rises high above the Colorado River — for many, it’s the first glimpse they get of the park. It’s also an area of great cultural significance, and as such, the National Park Service is planning a facelift for the area.

By Erin Ford March 13, 2018
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Preston Clocksin, Hopi Jr/Sr High School’s first climate coach, has proposed starting a serenity garden. The idea has become popular with several students and staff who heard about the proposal.

March 13, 2018
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Holbrook High School students Devin Etsitty and Ambros Jackson qualified for the AIA VEX Arizona State Championship at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute March 2 and 3.

March 13, 2018
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Holbrook High School welding fabrication team members Ryan Martin, Devin Etsitty and Destiny Salazar competed in the USA Regional Skills Day .

March 13, 2018
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Tuba City and Moencopi tackle school gun threats
Law enforcement, school officials, community discuss how to better prepare school facilities

A capacity crowd turned out March 6 at the Warrior Pavilion in Tuba City to hear from law enforcement and school officials about threats made to Tuba City Junior High and other reservation schools in recent weeks.

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Who should run the Indian Health Service? Not “who” exactly, but what kind of leader? What kind of skills and experience would be the most useful?

By Mark Trahant, Indian Country Today Media Network March 13, 2018
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A filmmaker accused of sexual assault was released on a personal recognizance bond March 5 during an advisement hearing in District Court.

By Jonathan Romeo, courtesy of the Durango Herald March 13, 2018
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A Bureau of Indian Education official told lawmakers Feb. 14 that his agency is making strong improvements in the oversight of tribal schools, despite a long history of problems and proposed cuts to the bureau’s budget.

By Kyley Schultz, Cronkite News March 13, 2018
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The Navajo Nation is moving forward on a proposed memorial to honor the 14 Navajo police officers who have died in the line of duty since 1949.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 13, 2018
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Women go public regarding Sherman Alexie sexual harassment allegations
Three women come forward on NPR about their experiences with Sherman Alexie, allegations include comments, intimidation and sexual manipulation

After issuing a public statement and apology last week admitting he had “harmed others,” Native American writer Sherman Alexie has lost a significant degree of credibility as three women have made statements publicly on National Public Radio (NPR) alleging sexual misconduct.

By Vincent Schilling, Indian Country Today Media Network March 13, 2018
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During a policy roundtable discussion held at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus March 9, Navajo Indian Irrigation Project (NIIP) members advocated to the Western Caucus Foundation for funding for the project.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 13, 2018

Tuesday, March 6

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Strong families create healthy communities and a vibrant Nation. Yet it is increasingly clear that tribal families have the most to lose if Navajo Generating Station is shut down a quarter century before its time.

March 6, 2018
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Upcoming news and events on the Hopi and Navajo reservations

March 6, 2018
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The Winslow Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner March 2 at the Winslow Visitor Center.

March 6, 2018
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Jenni Monet, a Native American advanced reporting teacher at the University of Arizona (UofA) Journalism School, told visiting Hopi High media students that reporters need to tell the truth and not be advocates for any given position.

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Kevin Locke, a National Heritage Award fellow and World Ambassador from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, entertains, educates, engages and empowers a very inspiring and much needed global message of unity and oneness to children of all ages across the world.

By Courtesy of the Tribune News March 6, 2018
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“It hasn’t hit me yet, I’m just so overwhelmed right now with emotions,” said Ryan Whitehorse, Page Lady Sand Devils head coach, shortly after winning Page’s fifth state title, a 41 - 34 triumph over the Lady Mustangs of Monument Valley.

By Anton Wero, for the Navajo-Hopi Observer March 6, 2018
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The road to repeat as state champions is not easy; it starts with winning the first game of the 2018 New Mexico 4A state tournament, which the Shiprock Lady Chieftains did when they defeated the Lady Horsemen of St. Michaels 63-35.

By Anton Wero, for the Navajo-Hopi Observer March 6, 2018
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Revisiting history — Treaty of 1868 unveiled in D.C.
150 year old treaty released Navajo people from federal captivity; original treaty unveiled in Washington D.C.

On Feb. 20, as a part of the Nation-to-Nation Exhibition, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) unveiled the original Treaty of 1868, which released the Navajo people from federal captivity, allowing them to return to their traditional homeland.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 6, 2018
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Feral horse hunt on Navajo Nation cancelled
President Russell Begaye oppposes horse hunting for population control; advocates for alternative management plan

The growing population of feral horses on the Navajo Nation is a problem that cannot be ignored, but it will not be resolved with a horse hunt, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 6, 2018
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Navajo leadership met with the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Wray, March 2, to discuss issues relating to crime on the Navajo Nation including human trafficking, federal trust relationship, data sharing and school shootings.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 6, 2018
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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said he will approve emergency legislation allocating $6.3 million to ensure Navajo Head Start operations continue.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 6, 2018
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The House gave final approval Feb. 26 to a bill that will give tribes direct access to funds that allows them to quickly post AMBER alerts over text messaging, radio and television to counties within reservation borders.

By Kyley Schultz, Cronkite News March 6, 2018
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The Winslow High School baseball season has started under the direction of coach Art Griffith, who has been coaching baseball at Winslow High for 49 years.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 6, 2018

Friday, March 2

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Numerous threats prompt closures at Tuba City schools
Community meeting March 6 at Warrior Pavilion to discuss recent threats to Tuba City schools and what to do next

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — With a rash of social media threats to reservation schools in the past week, the Navajo Nation president urged parents and teachers to support students’ emotional and mental health needs as national school violence impacts local Native kids.