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Flagstaff area National Monuments offer free entrance April 20

Sunset Crater Volcano, Walnut Canyon and Wupatki National Monuments, will celebrate National Park Week with free entrance April 20.

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Hopi High journalism teacher nominated for state teacher award

Stan Bindell, media teacher at Hopi High School, has been nominated for the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association (AIPA) Forest R. Martin Award, the top award in the state for a high school journalism teacher.

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April declared Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Awareness Month

The proclamation, signed at the Office of the President and Vice President, recognizes the devastating impact that sexual assault and sexual harassment has on Navajo people.

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Arizona senator co-sponsors health bill, addresses wildfire issues, education funding

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) spoke to the Navajo-Hopi Observer about priorities affecting northern Arizona, including rural healthcare, wildfire prevention and Impact Aid education funding last week.

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Hopi Opportunity Youth Initiative seeks submissions from Hopi artists for new logo design

Submissions are due by April 26 and the winning artist will receive a monetary prize.

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Navajo Nation requests Congress restore federal scholarship funding

“The Higher Education Grant is a huge benefit for thousands of Navajo students each year and for the future of the Navajo Nation,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.

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Federal officials hear Navajo priorities at Tribal Interior Budget Council

Navajo Nation delegates, Vice President Myron Lizer and Speaker Seth Damon, along with tribal leaders from the other 11 Bureau of Indian Affairs regions, recently met for budget discussions with the federal officials.

Antelope Point Marina continues to grow scholarships for Native students

Antelope Point Marina has donated another $20,000 to the Coconino Community College Foundation to support scholarships for CCC students.

Arizona tribes challenge permit for open-pit copper mine

Three Native American tribes went to court April 10 to oppose a planned open-pit copper mine in southern Arizona.

Former Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch to return to Flagstaff

Kanji & Katzen recently announced that Ethel Branch will be returning to the Firm as a Member, effective May 1.

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Pivot moves to Diné Collge this summer

Pivot, the skateboard deck art exhibition, ended its run at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff March 31.

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Bashas’ Diné Market opens eighth store on the Navajo Nation in Sanders

Sanders, Nahata Dziil shopping center celebrates grand opening

It was a day worth waiting for as hundreds of community members and dignitaries gathered April 3 to celebrate the grand opening of a long-awaited shopping center that will primarily serve the communities of Sanders and Nahata Dziil off Interstate 40.

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Nez-Lizer offer condolences to family of missing 4-year-old girl found deceased

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer offered their heartfelt condolences to the family of 4-year-old Anndine Jones, a member of the Navajo Nation who is believed to have been found deceased after she went missing nearly three weeks ago in the Navajo community of Aneth, Utah.

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Virulent Newcastle disease found in Arizona chicken flock for first time

Not a food safety concern

Virulent Newcastle disease has been found in an Arizona chicken flock for the first time since the outbreak began last year in California.

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Clean, renewable energy development top priority for Nation

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer issued a proclamation April 2, stating the Navajo Nation will pursue and prioritize clean renewable energy development for the long-term benefit of the Navajo people.

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Indian Country Today to open newsroom at Arizona State

Newsroom to create national TV news program

This summer Indian Country Today will open a newsroom in Phoenix at the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University.

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Tates Auto group files for bankruptcy as FTC case continues in court

Richard Berry, the owner and manager of the Tate’s Auto Group and Linda Tate, the president of the company have filed bankruptcy on behalf of the company’s four dealerships.

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1983 police report: Former Rep. Stringer paid for sex with underage boys

The Prescott Republican was set to go to court that afternoon in a bid to block the Ethics Committee from demanding that he turn over documents from the District of Columbia Bar Association which had looked into the arrest on multiple sex allegations, including one listed as "perverted practice.''

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Change Labs focuses on small businesses in Tuba City

Change Labs open house May 17 from 6-8:30 p.m. (MDT). Artist rezidency program application due by April 26.

Change Labs is seeking to change the face of entrepreneurship in Tuba City through programs like a small business incubator and an art residency program while creating a space to support small businesses.

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*Update* - Task force to study abuse of tribal youth, after IHS doctor convicted

The White House unveiled a task force March 26 that would find ways to prevent sexual abuse of children in the Indian Health Service, after an IHS pediatrician’s conviction last year on four counts of abuse.

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Delegate Crotty encourages tribal leadership to take active lead in addressing violence against women

On March 21, Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty an annual gathering of tribal leadership and organizations to address sexual assault and violence prevention, combat human trafficking and to promote data gathering in tribal communities.

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Navajo Nation issues request to Congress to restore federal funding for scholarships

On March 25, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer voiced concern about the Trump administration’s proposal to eliminate funding for the Higher Education Grant within the Bureau of Indian Education’s FY 2020 budget request.

Indian Health Service receives funds for planning building

The agency responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians has received funding to continue planning for and building facilities in New Mexico and Arizona.

Bills making their way through Arizona Legislature stipulates $3 mil in remediation funding for Diné College

With remediation a top issue at Diné College, the Arizona legislature looks to be moving toward addressing the situation.

Man accused of raping incapacitated Native woman resists STD testing

A former nurse charged with sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman who later gave birth at a long-term care facility in Phoenix will appeal a court order requiring a test to determine if he has HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases.