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Uranium mining operations begin at Pinyon Plain Mine
Mine 6 miles south of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim and inside the new national monument has opened despite objections of tribes and environmentalists

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — After decades of litigation and challenges by tribes and environmental groups, Pinyon Plain Mine, a uranium mine located approximately 6 miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, has begun production.

By Loretta James January 23, 2024
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SHAWNEE, Okla. — Amber Du Boise-Shepherd’s illustrations made the cover of Sierra magazine’s fall edition and the illustrations also appear along with the story “Unraveling Manifest Destiny” as the article talks about how tribal nations are buying back their land one parcel at a time.

By Stan Bindell, Navajo-Hopi Observer January 23, 2024
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Elena Klopfenstein, a junior at Coconino High School, was recognized for her work with the Grand Canyon Trust’s Rising Leaders Program during an annual Appreciation Celebration Nov. 9 in Flagstaff.

January 16, 2024
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Mr. Happy Face, rescued from Tuba City, found fame in June 2022. (Photo/World’s Ugliest Dog)

By Sandra Hale Schulman, Indian Country Today January 16, 2024
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Running out of time: RECA program for uranium exposure expiring in June
Survivors react after legislation to compensate more downwinders and miners fails in congress

According to the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, atmospheric tests involved unrestrained releases of radioactive materials directly into the environment, causing the largest collective dose of radiation thus far from man-made radiation sources.

By Shondiin Silversmith, AZ Mirror January 16, 2024
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LAS VEGAS — This year’s Native American Grant School Association winter conference was headlined by Lakota actor Zahn Tokiya-ku McClarnon. McClarnon is well-known in Indian Country for playing Lt. Joe Leaphorn on AMC’s Dark Winds television series.

By Joe George, Special to the Navajo-Hopi Observer January 9, 2024
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Reverberations of a loss and dismay echoed across northern Arizona last week after Klee Benally, Navajo activists, musician and Indigenous and environmental advocate died in a Phoenix hospital Dec. 30.

By Loretta James January 9, 2024
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Echo, the latest Disney+ series from Marvel Studios, tells the story of a Native American woman, Maya Lopez, who rises to become boss of the New York street gang Tracksuit Mafia under the tutelage of crime lord Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio), all while being deaf and a leg amputee.

By Kaili Berg, Native News Online January 9, 2024
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Miss Navajo Nation had a busy December reading at the Navajo Nation Library with several royalty of all ages.

January 2, 2024
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Rodeo has provided a stage for Native Americans, many of whom had nomadic lifestyles before the U.S. established reservations, to hone their skills and deepen their relationship with horses.

By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press January 2, 2024
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WASHINGTON — When Adrian Herder saw the plans for proposed hydropower project on the Navajo Nation’s Black Mesa, he was shocked by the “outrageous” 450,000 acre-feet of water the project would reportedly use.

By Renee Romo, Cronkite News January 2, 2024
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren made a surprise visit to the Salina Bookshelf bookstore Dec. 18 to browse through its wide collection of books.

December 26, 2023
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When the snows come to the mountains of Colorado, it’s good news for skiers but also the first step to recharging the Colorado River.

By Alex Hager, KUNC December 26, 2023
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On May 16, as cameras flashed and tribal leaders looked on, Arizona’s governor and attorney general announced a statewide crackdown on behavioral health providers suspected of defrauding the state’s Medicaid program out of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars.

By Hannah Bassett and Maria Polletta, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting December 26, 2023
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Finding the children who live in the village of Supai — nestled at the bottom of the Grand Canyon — has not always been an easy task for Santa, but this year, with the assistance of a talented pilot, Santa was able to leave his sleigh behind and make a grand entrance via helicopter to visit the children.

By Loretta James, Williams-Grand Canyon News December 23, 2023

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