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Indigenous tribes have their own cultures, languages and customs, but two common threads run throughout — high esteem for their elders, and the heavy impact COVID-19 on Native communities.

By Arren Kimbel-Sannit, Cronkite News August 25, 2020
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Late on a fall evening in 2001, Alyce Slim and her granddaughter stopped at a gas station on the Navajo Nation after searching for a traditional healer for leg ailments.

By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press August 25, 2020
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Earlier this year, the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System celebrated Public Service Recognition Week. As public service employees, the VA wanted to do something for others and decided to host a food drive for 80 Veteran families of the Hopi Tribe and Tewa people.

August 25, 2020
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The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Navajo Gaming) team members, senior management and the Board of Directors extended their sincere gratitude to the 24th Navajo Nation Council, Speaker Seth Damon, President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer for their support of Navajo Gaming’s CARES Act funding.

August 25, 2020
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The Navajo Nation issued guidelines and a plan to carefully reopen the Navajo Nation with a phased in approach, which will include safety guidelines for residents to follow, directs businesses to implement COVID-19 policies and procedures to meet standards and provides a color-coded system for progressively reopening businesses on the Nation based on data driven analysis and input from health experts.

By Katherine Locke August 18, 2020
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The Navajo Nation president urged all schools on the Nation Aug. 13 to implement online learning for the current semester to reduce COVID-19 risks, despite Bureau of Indian Education guidelines stating schools should open Sept. 16 for in-person learning.

By Katherine Locke August 18, 2020
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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez addresses the 2020 Democratic National Convention tonight
Nez is one of 17 rising starts in the Democratic Party who will be speaking tonight

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez will be a part of the 2020 Democratic Convention’s keynote address tonight airing at 9-11 p.m. Eastern.

August 18, 2020
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U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran won the Democratic primary for District 1 beating Eva Putzova as the incumbent. O’ Halleran garnered 38,812 votes, while Putzova received 27,086 votes.

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'This land is all we have left': Tribes on edge over dam proposal
Developers seek to build hydroelectric power facility that would flood sacred lands, threaten waterways and put habitats at risk

Shortly before Lucille Daniel’s father died, he told her: “Take care of the land. Take care of the livestock.”

By Cody Nelson, The Guardian August 18, 2020
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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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