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Around the Rez: week of Sept. 19

Fritz and Phoebe Bitsoie annual memorial camp meeting Sept. 20-22

The 31st annual Fritz and Phoebe Bitsoie memorial camp meeting is Sept. 20-22 at the residence in Birdsprings, south of milepost 32 on Navajo Route 15.

Praise and worship start at 5 p.m. (MST) Thursday and Friday. Melvin Tsosie of Winslow Maranatha Assembly of God Church speaks at 7 p.m. Thursday and Paul “Rock” Finley of Scottsdale Gateway Church at 7 p.m. Friday.

Saturday’s program includes: 9 a.m. praise and worship; 11 a.m. Cindy Carpenter of Mesa Charis Christian Church; 1 p.m.praise and worship; 1:30 p.m. Ryan Babcock of Scottsdale; 2 p.m. Ben Diaz of Mesa Word of Life Church; 5 p.m. praise and worship; 7 p.m. James Tunney, New Testament Indian Gospel Church of Inscription House.

Meals and snacks are provided and the theme is Joshua 6:2.

American Indian Women in Ministry Oct. 6 in Chinle

A Native women’s ministry with Beth Moore is set for Oct. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Chinle High School’s Wildcat Den. Lunch is provided and worship leader is Travis Cottrell.

More information is available by calling 1-800-254-2022 or at

Memorial service for late Navajo Code Talker Sept. 22

A memorial service is set at Leupp First Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m. Sept. 22 for the late Navajo Code Talker George Willie. A motorcycle procession escorted by Winslow Police Department to the church starts at 9 a.m. from Leupp Public School. Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez are invited. Sin Iliini Singers will sing a favorite hymn of Willie and a meal follows the service. The church is between milepost 2 and 3 on Navajo Route 2. Willie, 92, passed away Dec. 5, 2017 and was in the Marine Corps with the Second Marine Division from 1943 to 1946. More information is available from Delores Lee at (928) 315-9864.

Hopi Tuuvi Gathering Oct. 13-14

The 2018 Tuuvi Gathering takes place in Moenkopi, Arizona Oct. 13-14. The gathering will feature more than 200 vendors selling arts, crafts and food along with dances and will feature the Tuuvi Concert Series. This is a free, public event. More information or to request a vendor packet is available at

Hopi Festival at First Mesa Rodeo grounds Sept. 21-23

A Hopi Festival is scheduled for Sept. 21-23 on First Mesa on the Hopi Reservation. Because of the high volume of response by vendors, the festival has been moved to the Rodeo Grounds, which is located between milepost 393 & 394 on Hwy 264 East.

A fashion show will kick off the event on the evening of Sept. 21 starting at 6 p.m. and will take place at the Tewa Community Building. A free meal will be provided starting at 5 p.m. The meal is sponsored by HTI (Hopi Telecommunications, Inc). This event is open to all seamstresses who want to display their work on models of their choice, whether it is traditional or contemporary. It is not a competition, but promotes talented seamstresses and their work in the Native American fashion industry.

The weekend will consist of Native American arts and craft booths, as well as food booths. Peddlers Permit and Food Handlers Cards is required. The highlight will be the social dances that occur throughout each day. This is open to all Social Dance Groups.

The fee for a space is $20 per vendor, per day and is on a first come, first served basis. DHD Events, the sponsor’s intent is to bring everyone together to reinforce a lasting bond between people and in doing so, recognizing that everyone is connected in one way or another. The event is open to everyone. All walks of life. It is also an alcohol and drug free event.

Lodging is available at the Hopi Cultural Center Motel (928) 734-2401 and at the Moencopi Legacy Inn & Suites in Moencopi (928) 283-5400. A campsite area is also available at the Honyumptewa residence.

More information for vendor applications or anything else is available by calling (928) 737-0174 or (928) 206-6095.

9th annual Hopi Festival at Heritage Square in Flagstaff Sept. 29-30

The 9th annual Hopi Festival at Heritage Square in Flagstaff will be held Sept. 29-30. Everyone is invited to celebrate Hopi culture with traditional social dances, music, and traditional and contemporary art. The event is from 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. on both days. More information is available at

Standin’ on the Corner Festival Sept. 28-29

The 20th annual Standin’ on the Corner Festival will be held in Winslow Sept. 28-29. The festival will celebrate the restoration of the famous mural in Winslow. The two day event will feature live music, entertainment, a beer garden, vendors, food and fun for all ages. More information is available at

Grand to Grand Ultra Sept. 23-29

The Grand to Grand Ultra - a first self-supported staged footrace attracting runners from 30 countries takes place Sept. 23-29 on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Parcipants encounter a mix of desert and other terrain including hard and soft packed sand, sand dunes, forest trails, red rock climbs, rocky roads and slot canyons. The starting line is at a remote location on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and the finish line is in Utah. More information is available at

16th annual Page Lake Powell hot air balloon regatta Nov. 1-4

The annual hot air balloon regatta will be held in Page Nov. 1-4. Balloons launch daily at 7 a.m. Watch balloons lift off and float over the Lake Powell area. A balloon glow and street fair will also be held. More information is available at

Hopi Arts Trail winter market Nov. 10-11

The winter market for the Hopi Arts Trail takes place Nov. 10-11 at the Moenkopi Legacy Inn and Suites in Tuba City. Special room rates are available. More information is available at

Cameron Indian Marketplace July through September

Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise is hosting a local artisan marketplace July — September in Cameron.

Visit the Native small business vendors and artisans as they display their goods, includeing beadwork, regalia, fine jewelry, pottery, woodwork and much more.

The marketplace is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Vendor info: spaces are free, with 11 spaces available, first come first serve. Each vendor is limited to one space. Same day registration. More information is available by calling (928) 871-4090 or (928) 679-2244.

Navajo infants need car seats

The Winslow Class of 1964 has adopted the project of making sure expectant Navajo women are provided with infant car seats and training.

Your purchase of this infant car, a Graco SnugRide Click Connect 30 LX Infant Car Seat, Walmart item #553649485, , will be donated to expectant Navajo women in Winslow, Arizona area along with training and motivation.

According to the Arizona Child Fatality Review program, the death rate for Navajo babies, when unrestrained and involved in a collision, is 40 percent greater than non-Navajo babies.

The Winslow Class of 1964 asks for your assistance in helping save the babies — one family at a time — by purchasing and donating the car seat. The seats can be shipped to El Falcone Restaurant, c/o Joe Estadillo, 1113 East 3rd St., Winslow, AZ 86047.

More information is available by contacting or by calling/texting (530-925-2409.

Winslow NAACP meets every fourth Sunday in Winslow

The Winslow, Arizona Chapter of the NAACP meets the fourth Sunday of the month at the Winslow Fire Station located at the corner of N. Taylor and Third Street, just east of downtown Winslow. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served

The vision of the NAACP is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination. the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States, the NAACP is a leader in the effort to guarantee that members of racial minorities receive equal protection under the law.

More information is available by calling Deni at (928) 421-9001, or email

Native American Disability Law Center to assist with connecting people with benefits

The Native American Disability Law Center will be assisting low-income Native American Elders (65 years and older) and Native Americans with disabilities (21 years and older) to connect to benefits programs like SNAP, Medicare, Medicaid, and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

This service is offered free of charge thanks to a grant from the National Council on Aging (NCOA). More information is available at (505) 566-5800.

The Native American Disability Law Center was selected by the NCOA to operate a Benefits Enrollment Center (BEC) for San Juan and McKinley Counties, because we have a unique connection to people with disabilities as well as great community partners. More information is available at (505) 566-5800.

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