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Naabik’íyáti’ Committee hears testimony from coal mine workers

The Navajo Nation Council Naabik’íyáti’ Committee visited two communities to hear testimony from local residents about the possible acquisition of Navajo Generating Station and Peabody Kayenta Mine by Navajo Transitional Energy Company in two town hall forums.

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Identifying, tracking and preventing human trafficking in Indian country

Valaura Imus-Nahsonhoya spoke to an attentive audience at Native Health of Phoenix in January about the time a “recruiter” attempted to lure her into being trafficked into prostitution.

Native American tribes receive culturally significant wildlife items

Arizona Game and Fish finalizes program to collect, store cultural items that can be donated to tribes

Whether it’s the full hide of a fallen bear, an empty tortoise shell, antlers shed onto the forest floor or a found eagle feather, wildlife binds Arizona’s Native American tribes to the world around them.

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NTEC details reasons for stalled negotiations in purchase of power plant

As Navajo Generating Station (NGS) owners move the plant toward decommissioning, Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) detailed its view of why negotiations stalled in an effort to figure out a way forward.

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‘Stalking is more common than people realize,’ helpline available for victims

Between six and seven million people are stalked every year, said StrongHearts Helpline Assistant Director Lori Jump, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians from Michigan.

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‘Historical trauma’: Native communities grapple with missing and murdered women

One day they were there and the next they weren’t. No one talked about the Native women and girls who simply disappeared.

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Navajo council stands behind Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women state bills

Members of the 24th Navajo Nation Council held its Naabik’íyáti’ Committee Feb. 28 to consider the first legislation of its term and to receive reports about various issues surrounding the Nation.

As tribes voice opposition, sports betting bill moves forwad with 6-3 vote

In front of a packed Senate hearing room, the Appropriations Committee voted 6-3 Feb. 26 in favor of moving SB 1163, the newly named sports betting bill, along in the legislative process of the Senate.

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Arizona residents charged with fraud after selling fake Native jewelry

Three Arizona residents are among seven people charged with fraudulently selling jewelry imported from the Philippines as authentic Native American-made items.

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Navajo Nation announce new chair and vice chair leaders for committees

Leaders for Navajo Nation committees were announced during the first month of the 24th Navajo Nation Council.

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Update: NGS to decommission plant

NTEC and Navajo Nation continue to search for a way forward for power plant

Navajo Generating Station (NGS) owners said Feb. 28 that they are moving forward with plans to decommission the power plant in Dec. 2019, despite interest from the Navajo Transitional Energy Co. (NTEC) in purchasing it.

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Officials testify on climate change's outsized effect on Indian Country

Clayton Honyumptewa says the Powamuya ceremony took place as usual in February on parts of the Hopi reservation, but the planting that traditionally follows the ceremony might not come until May.

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George Washington University admits NTU student to Native American Leadership Program

Leslie Tsosie, who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Diné Culture, Language and Leadership from NTU in December, was accepted into George Washington University’s Native American Leadership Program for the 2019 spring semester in Washington, DC.

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Glove manufacturing facility expands to Navajo Nation

On Feb. 21, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer and Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development Economic Director JT Willie met with officials from Rhino Health LLC.

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Navajo Generating Station owners move forward with decommissioning power plant

Navajo Transitional Energy Company committed to continued negotiations with NGS owners

Navajo Generating Station (NGS) owners said Feb. 28 that they are moving forward with plans to decommission the power plant in Dec. 2019, despite interest from the Navajo Transitional Energy Co. (NTEC) in buying it.

Gila River Indian Tribe back in favor of Colorado River drought plan

An Arizona tribe says it is back in favor of a drought plan for the Colorado River after receiving assurances that legislation it opposes will not become law.

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Coconino County declares state of emergency for major storm

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Coconino County Board of Supervisors are expected to affirm a State of Emergency Declaration on Tuesday, Feb. 26. due to the major snow storm that started late Wednesday evening.

Winter Storm closes Navajo-Hopi Observer office

The Navajo-Hopi Observer office is currently closed because of extreme weather conditions and will potentially remain closed until Monday, Feb. 25.

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*Update* - Update: Powerful winter storm hampers travel across much of Arizona; road closures listed

Snow closes 1-17 closed northbound 12 miles north of Camp Verde

PHOENIX – Multiple stretches of Arizona’s highways remained closed Thursday afternoon, Feb. 21, due to a powerful winter storm whose fury continued across much of the state.

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*Update* - Update: Schools announce closures as storm bears down on northern Arizona

The winter storm that is supposed to hit northern Arizona late Wednesday and continue into Friday has caused some schools to announce early they will be closed or delayed.

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Navajo Nation declares emergency because of winter weather conditions

On Feb. 19, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer signed a declaration of emergency issued by the Navajo Nation Commission on Emergency Management because of severe winter weather conditions on the Navajo Nation.

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Dennehotso market opens after nearly 17 years of strong advocacy

It took nearly 17 years to see the realization of the new Dennehotso Market, but it was worth waiting for as hundreds of local residents attended the grand opening of the new market on Feb. 15.

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Native “Wall Warriors” march and gear up for a Standing Rock-style fight

President Donald J. Trump’s border wall will do more than just keep out asylum seekers.

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Navajo-Hopi Observer editor wins Associated Press, NAU journalism award

Katherine Locke has had a busy six years.

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Reward for info in 2014 killing raised to $10K

The FBI is raising its reward to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a 2014 killing on the Navajo Nation.