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Fire investigators: Museum Fire caused by forest thinning efforts

The Forest Service announced preliminary results of the investigation into the cause of the Museum Fire, a wildfire which began July 21 and burned 1,961 acres on the Coconino National Forest above Flagstaff.

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Never Forget: Arizona remembers victims off September 11, 2001

In remembrance of the nearly 3,000 people killed on September 11, 2001, Governor Ducey ordered flags at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff tomorrow, Wednesday, September 11, from sunrise to sunset.

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Navajo-Hopi Observer publishes new Native American Health & Wellness Guide Sept. 18

The Navajo-Hopi Observer’s new Native American Health and Wellness Guide, a full color resource publication for northern Arizona healthcare providers, will be available Sept. 18.

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United States Marine Corps PFC Fred Curley walks on

Korean War veteran Fred Curley passed away Aug. 31 at the age of 85. Curley was born Feb. 26, 1934. The Navajo Hopi Honor Riders provided an escort to Camp Navajo in Bellemont, Arizona.

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Americans for Indian Opportunity 'deeply regrets' participation in Dior campaign

Americans for Indian Opportunity released a statement Sept. 4 addressing their involvement in the controversial Christian Dior perfume campaign.

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Delegate Charlaine Tso delivers Violence Against Women Act testimony

Navajo Nation Council Delegate Charlaine Tso provided testimony to the United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women at the Government-to-Government Tribal Consultation Aug. 21.

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Deadlines loom for Navajos looking to take part in land buy-back program

Arizona, Utah and New Mexico’s Ramah, Alamo and Canoncito tribal areas face Sept. 30 deadline

Time is running out for Navajo landowners who want to take part in the second round of a $1.9 billion federal program to buy back scattered and isolated parcels of land on the Navajo Nation.

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Kaibab National Forest to offer firewood permits in Navajo and Hopi communities

Ceremonial-use permits are also available, which authorize collection of two cords per individual.

UA, Diné College researchers to receive $1.3M to train students in neuroscience

$1.3 million National Institutes of Health grant could yield bigger than expected dividends if an intensive mentoring approach develops between Diné College and the University of Arizona takes off over the next several years.

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Movie inspired by local newspaper owner’s near-fatal ordeal

Actor Aidan Quinn will star in a movie partly inspired by the life of local newspaper owner Joseph Soldwedel and his near-death experience while living in the Prescott, Arizona area.

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Nez-Lizer administration supports efforts of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition

On Aug. 30, Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer attended the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition tribal leadership meeting, to discuss the collaborative land management efforts of the Bears Ears National Monument in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Navajo Nation and Central Consolidated Schools to assign law enforcement officers at reservation schools

The Navajo Police Department and the Central Consolidated School District have signed a memorandum of agreement to assign two full-time school resource officers to the northern New Mexico public school system.

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Kayenta Mine layoffs hit, as Navajo Generating Station closure looms

The last 265 workers at Kayenta Coal Mine are being laid off this month, another step toward the looming closure of the Navajo Generating Station that will bring the loss of hundreds more jobs this winter.

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Nation welcomes U.S. attorneys to discuss tribal and federal relations

On Aug. 26, the Navajo Nation welcomed several U.S. attorneys to the Navajo Nation to discuss ways of improving the coordination of tribal and federal investigations.

Public input sought for Navajo Nation business court proposal

Council Delegate Kee Allen Begay, Jr. invited the general public Aug. 26 to provide public comment on the creation of a special court within the Navajo Nation for businesses and related matters. The public comments will be used in drafting legislation for the proposed court.

Expansion of Montana coal mine gets backing after sale of mines to NTEC

Montana environmental officials Aug. 27 proposed approval of a major expansion of the state’s largest coal mine after it was recently sold through a bankruptcy auction to a company controlled by the Navajo Nation.

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Navajo Nation seeks partnerships to build homes and teach carpentry

On Aug. 22, the Nez-Lizer administration sought partnerships to build homes and provide carpentry training on the Navajo Nation.

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Hopi Tribe partners with ADOT on commercial vehicle inspections

To enhance safety on state highways, the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Enforcement and Compliance Division partnered with the Hopi Tribe to set up a mobile commercial vehicle inspection site on the reservation.

Nez speaks in support of public safety initiatives at summit

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Navajo Police Chief Phillip Francisco and Council Delegate Eugenia Charles Newton, attended the inaugural 2019 Indian Country Public Safety Summit on Tuesday, to garner support for the Navajo Nation’s public safety initiatives and to increase partnership opportunities with the federal government in support of tribal communities.

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Elizabeth Warren could be a front runner for Native American voters

Forum attendees welcomed Sen. Elizabeth Warren with lulus and a standing ovation after Rep. Deb Haaland, Laguna Pueblo, introduced the presidential candidate on stage at the largest and second Native American presidential forum.

$4.5 million in drugs confiscated on I-40 near Holbrook

Drugs discovered by DPS troopers during truck inspection; three arrested

On Aug. 11, DPS troopers seized over $4.5 million worth of drugs and arrested two commercial truck drivers and a passenger during two vehicle inspections near the city of Holbrook on Interstate 40.

Navajo police make arrest in pedestrian hit and run

Navajo Police Department received information from the public that lead to the arrest of a suspect who allegedly struck a woman with a vehicle one week ago.

Two men crushed under SUV in Winslow neighborhood

On Aug. 29, around 10 a.m., Winslow law enforcement and medical units were dispatched to a Winslow residence for two men trapped under a large SUV.

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West Nile Virus found in two locations in Flagstaff

Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHHS) officials confirmed a second mosquito pool has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). The mosquito sample was taken from the Cheshire area in northwest Flagstaff.

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Bees, yellowjackets temporarily close North Rim entrance station

The North Rim entrance station is temporarily closed after a visit from yellowjackets and bees.