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Hopi Telecommunications received two federal grants — one from the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program and the other from the Rural Utilities Service — to provide fiber directly to homes. But the project, which began in September, won’t be finished until sometime in 2025.

By Madyson Fitzgerald, Stateline February 20, 2024
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Feds deny permits for controversial project on Black Mesa
Future projects “should work closely with tribal stakeholders prior to filing,” agency officials said in decision

Federal energy officials denied permits for a controversial hydropower project on The Navajo Nation in northern Arizona. In its decision to deny those permits, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) said it was establishing a new policy about cooperation with tribes.

By Alex Hager, KUNC February 20, 2024
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A Day With Miss Navajo was held Feb. 12 at Kayenta Unified School District’s Nash Center.

February 20, 2024
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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — They are storytellers, educators and entertainers, but above all, they are mothers.

By Alexandra Wittenberg, Navajo-Hopi Observer February 20, 2024
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To ensure that visitors to the festival, which was Feb. 3-4, interact with authentic Native art, an Arizona Indian Festival committee vets all festival vendors for authenticity.

By Marnie Jordan, Cronkite News February 20, 2024
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TSE BONITO, N.M. — On Feb. 5, the Resource and Development Committee (RDC) honored Melvin H. Yazzie for his dedication and years of service with the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources (NNDNR) Abandoned Mine Lands Reclamation Department (NNAML).

February 13, 2024
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New Mexico schools get surprise visit from Save the Children foundation celebrities
Jennifer Garner and Mark Kennedy Shriver met with school officials, N.M. Legislation on funding

BLOOMFIELD, NM — Northern New Mexico saw stars Jan. 31 as actress Jennifer Garner and politician Mark Kennedy Shriver toured area schools as part of their leadership with the Save the Children foundation.

By Alexandra Wittenberg, Navajo-Hopi Observer February 13, 2024
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The only thing Cheryl “Renee” Roybal knows about the heart that now thumps in her chest is that it belonged to an 11-year-old girl from Los Angeles. Despite not knowing the girl’s name, Roybal has felt a connection with her since she emerged from her successful heart transplant surgery in 2002.

By Alexandra Wittenberg, Navajo-Hopi Observer February 13, 2024
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Growing up on the Navajo reservation, where access to water has been historically challenging, Chantel Harrison had a profound awareness of the obstacles associated with farming.

By Chez Oxendine, Tribal Business News February 6, 2024
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Humor Healing: James Junes uses the power of humor to overcome adversity
Navajo-Hopi comic recently recovered from second bout with cancer

Junes relied on his humor and strong faith to get him through his second bout of colon cancer, which was detected in spring 2023. At the time, he had already started his Humor Healing tour.

By Alexandra Wittenberg, Navajo-Hopi Observer February 6, 2024
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FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ. — Rumble on the Mountain 10 rocked the Orpheum Theater in downtown Flagstaff for seven hours Feb. 3.

By Alexandra Wittenberg, Navajo-Hopi Observer February 6, 2024
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ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Five New Mexico lawmakers want the state attorney general to establish a task force focused on missing and murdered Indigenous people.

By Bell January 30, 2024
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Teenager Najiah Knight wants to be the first woman at bull riding’s top level
Paiute girl wants to be role model for Native American women; appeared in 2023 Ride to the Polls event in Kayenta

Najiah, a high school junior from small-town Oregon, is on a yearslong quest to become the first woman to compete at the top level of the Professional Bull Riders tour.

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press January 30, 2024
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TSAILE, Ariz. — At 23, Ian Teller already has an impressive résumé under his sash, with a business degree from Fort Lewis College and Master’s in music industry from University of Southern California.

By Alexandra Wittenberg, Navajo-Hopi Observer January 30, 2024
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Autumn Chacon holds a lot of titles: mother, artist, activist. Sometimes, she merges these roles; whether it meant bringing her daughter with her in a cradleboard while installing a musical soundscape at a gallery, or making performance art rooted on a social justice issue she was struggling with.

By Alexandra Wittenberg, Navajo-Hopi Observer January 23, 2024

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