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The Navajo Nation will implement a daily curfew during the weekdays from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Oct. 2 and will continue 57-hour weekend lockdowns from Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. (MDT) to 5 a.m. (MDT) Oct. 5 because of a rise in COVID-19 cases in many regions on the Navajo Nation.

September 30, 2020
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Still missing in Indian Country: Savanna's Act for missing and murdered indigenous women passes House
Bill to direct feds to develop law enforcement and justice protocols for missing or murdered Native Americans

On Sept. 21, the House of Representatives unanimously passed S.227, Savanna’s Act, a bill that will create new guidelines for responding to cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and create incentives for its implementation.

By Katherine Locke September 29, 2020
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A federal judge won’t give reservation residents more time to submit their early ballots and ensure they will be counted.

By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services September 29, 2020
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With clock ticking and state lagging, Census court fight continues
Arizona tribes hope to extend Census count to Oct. 31

A see-saw legal battle over the 2020 Census continued Sept. 25, with the government pushing to end the count in just five days while local governments, including two Arizona tribes, hoped to extend it to Oct. 31.

By MacKenzie Belley, Cronkite News September 29, 2020
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The 2020 fiscal year budget is set to end Sept. 30.

September 29, 2020
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The Hopi Tribe has stated that even though some communities in the state have decided to open schools for online and in-person learning, the tribe continues to refer back to guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

September 29, 2020
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DNA analysis will be performed to positively identify the remains.

September 29, 2020
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The Navajo Nation is not letting go of a fight against what it says are illegal hemp farms cultivated through immigrant labor.

By Associated Press September 29, 2020
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The FBI now is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for a double homicide on the Navajo Nation six months ago.

By Associated Press September 29, 2020

Navajo Transitional Energy Company, North American Coal Company, Bisti Fuels Navajo Mine received a national award by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.

September 29, 2020
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The Silver City community's first drive-through training expo is scheduled for Sept. 30, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

By Associated Press September 25, 2020
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A lawyer representing six Navajo Nation members said at a court hearing Sept. 22 that mail service on the reservation is much slower and less accessible than other parts of the state.

By Associated Press September 23, 2020
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Navajo Nation re-issues stay-at-home order and 57-hour weekend lockdowns because of rising COVID-19 cases within and near the Navajo Nation.

September 23, 2020
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The city of Flagstaff and Coconino County have begun reopening procedures of some government facilities after closing and/or placing restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Williams-Grand Canyon News September 22, 2020
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Navajo Blue Travel Center opens near Twin Arrows Casino Resort
Navajo Blue Travel includes gas station, convenience store, shower and laundry facilities, dining, retail and more

Navajo Nation leaders and its Gaming Enterprise Sept. 18 marked the grand opening of the Navajo Blue Travel Center, located next to Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort near Flagstaff, Arizona.

September 22, 2020
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Advocates said a new policy that lets Arizona residents without traditional street addresses register to vote online is not perfect — but it’s a vast improvement over the old process.

By Calah Schlabach, Cronkite News September 22, 2020
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Spending $177 million may not seem like a problem, but it is a challenge for Navajo Nation leaders who could lose those funds if they don’t find projects that can be completed by the end of this year.

By Claire Chandler, Cronkite News September 22, 2020
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A federal judge denied a request Sept. 16 by President Donald Trump's campaign to argue against a lawsuit seeking to ensure mail ballots from the Navajo Nation are counted even if they arrive late.

By Associated Press September 22, 2020
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Navajo Nation announces Stage 1 fire restrictions Sept. 16 and resolves concerns over the use of chainsaws to gather firewood for the upcoming fire season.

September 22, 2020
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The Army said Pvt. Corlton L. Chee, 25, collapsed during fitness training at Fort Hood on Aug. 28. He died two days later.

By Associated Press September 22, 2020

A New Mexico jury on Friday convicted a Native American activist of rape and voyeurism, but acquitted him of kidnapping — the most serious charge against him.

By Associated Press September 22, 2020
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The Navajo Nation filed this lawsuit on June 12, seeking to stop the illegal and unregulated growth, production, transporting, licensing, and selling industrial hemp within the exterior boundaries of the Navajo Nation.

September 22, 2020
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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer attended the services, presenting a Navajo Nation flag and a proclamation in honor and remembrance of PFC Chee.

September 15, 2020
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One of two Diné soldiers to die this year while based at Fort Hood collapsed while running with his platoon as part of an early morning workout, and foul play is not suspected, U.S. Army officials say.

By Aliyah Chavez, Indian Country Today September 15, 2020
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Bureau of Indian Education abruptly changes course on Navajo schooling
Parents concerned schools may not be prepared for distance learning

Schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) on the Navajo Nation will be opening under a distance-learning plan next week, a surprising reversal of the agency’s plans to hold classes in person.

By Mary Annette Pember, Indian Country Today September 15, 2020

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