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Unless Lezmond Mitchell gets relief from another court or is granted clemency, he will be put to death on Aug. 26 at the federal prison in Indiana where he is being held.

By By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press August 14, 2020
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The tribe says its members were not consulted adequately by border officials, and they have not been allowed to secure its burial grounds nor to properly treat the remains that have been exhumed by the wall construction.

By By Julie Watson, Associated Press August 13, 2020
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The office in Albuquerque is part of an effort to address violence against Native Americans and Alaska Natives, particularly women and girls.

By Associated Press August 13, 2020
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Lezmond Mitchell, who is Navajo, is set to be put to death on Aug. 26 at the federal prison in Indiana where he's being held.

By By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press August 13, 2020
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The Federal Communications Commission is giving tribes another month to apply for a band of wireless spectrum that would help them establish or expand internet access on their land — far less time than what tribes had sought.

By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press August 11, 2020
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The U.S. government settled a lawsuit Wednesday brought by the state of Utah over a mine waste spill caused by federal workers that sent wastewater downstream to several states from the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado five years ago.

By Brady McCombs, Associated Press August 11, 2020
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Despite its significance in Hopi culture, the Village of Oraibi, the unofficial capital and historic heart of the Hopi Nation, which is believed to be the oldest continually inhabited community (since 1150 AD) in North America, lacks access to running water to this day.

By Morgan Craft, Special to the Navajo-Hopi Observer August 11, 2020
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Navajo lawmakers pass massive virus relief spending bill
$651 million includes money for water projects, power lines and more

Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation have approved a massive spending bill to respond to the coronavirus pandemic that includes money for water projects, power lines, broadband and casino employees who have been laid off.

By Associated Press August 11, 2020
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Election update
Unofficial results from Tuesday's primary

Incumbent Democrat Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) and Republican Tiffany Shedd won their races in the primary Aug. 4 and will face off against each other in the Nov. 3 general election for Congressional District 1.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer August 5, 2020
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The only Native American on federal death row is scheduled to be executed in late August, the U.S. government announced July 29.

By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press August 4, 2020
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The patient beds are made. Medical supplies are at the ready.

By Larry Hendricks, Special to the Navajo-Hopi Observer August 4, 2020
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Decommissioning resumes at Navajo Generating Station
After four-month suspension, workers return to plant for dismantlement

The Navajo Generating Station decommissioning is now ramping up following a suspension of work because of the coronavirus.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer August 4, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The city of Williams, Coconino County, Coconino National Forest and Kaibab National Forest have lifted fire restrictions as of July 28 on all of their districts because of the significant amount of precipitation dropped during the recent monsoons.

By Wendy Howell July 29, 2020
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The United States has lost almost 1,800 newspapers since 2004, including more than 60 dailies and 1,700 weeklies.

By Wendy Howell July 28, 2020
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The Navajo Nation Council overrode a veto by Navajo Nation president and canceled the primary election that was scheduled for Aug. 4 citing concerns over public health and safety over the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 28, 2020
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Nolan Reidhead will face Tiffany Shedd in the Congressional District 1 Republican primary Aug. 4. The winner will go up against the winner of the Democratic primary, either incumbent Rep. Tom O’Halleran or Eva Putzova.

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Navajo leaders consider phased reopening
Leaders anticipate July 27 announcement

Navajo leaders said the tribe could begin moving toward a phased reopening of the reservation as early as this week, but they continued to urge members to take precautions to keep the number of COVID-19 cases trending downward.

By Jacqueline Robledo, Cronkite News July 28, 2020
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Nez: Nation cannot play politics when assessing school reopening
Department of Diné Education encourages school leaders to involve stakeholders in reopening planning process

In his state of the Nation address July 20, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said any plan about reopening schools on the Nation must be implemented with the health and safety of all students, teachers, administrators and employees as a top priority.

By Katherine Locke July 28, 2020
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The Budget and Finance Committee and the Law and Order Committee voted to update Navajo law to match the 2009 line-item veto referendum language approved by Navajo voters — the language will be presented to the Naabik’íyáti’ Committee and the Navajo Nation Council for consideration.

By Katherine Locke July 28, 2020
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Navajo Nation lawmakers are considering overturning a presidential veto of a bill that cancels the tribe's primary election in early August over concerns about the coronavirus.

By Associated Press July 23, 2020
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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said the Navajo people took a strong stand to oppose liquor licenses at the Family Dollar’s in the Navajo communities of St. Michaels and Tuba City.

July 21, 2020
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As the coronavirus ripped through the Navajo Nation, it spotlighted longstanding inequities on the reservation where thousands of tribal members travel long distances for medical care, internet service is spotty at best and many homes lack electricity and even running water.

By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press July 21, 2020
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Arizona’s U.S. senators are pushing legislation to renew a federal program that fights diabetes in Indian Country – an initiative tribal leaders say is vital amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Deagan Urbatsch, Cronkite News July 21, 2020
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Incumbent U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran will take on Eva Putzova in the Aug. 4 Democratic primary in Congressional District 1.

July 21, 2020
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Nakotah LaRance known for 'thrilling, unforgettable' performances passes away
'His biggest love was giving back to the Native American youth’

Hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance, Tewa, Hopi, Navajo and Assiniboine, was a world-class athlete and performer.

By Joaqlin Estus, Indian Country Today July 14, 2020

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