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A new law has reclassified the Shadow Wolves, Homeland Security’s only Native American tracking unit, from tactical enforcement officers to special agents.

By Loretta McKenney April 26, 2022
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On April 22, Navajo uranium and contamination victims voiced concerns to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission over the devastating health and environmental impacts caused by federal uranium mining.

April 26, 2022
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Federal authorities are taking to the airwaves to call attention to unsolved homicide and missing person cases on the Navajo Nation as several states are starting to funnel more resources and investigators toward solving such cases.

By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press April 26, 2022
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An officer-involved shooting on Interstate 40, near milepost 64 remains under investigation.

By Bernie Dotson, Navajo-Hopi Observer April 26, 2022
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Gibson Benally, 53, of Chinle, Arizona, was found unresponsive during a security and welfare check at Coconino County Detention Center in Flagstaff.

April 26, 2022
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Crews continued Friday building line around the now 20,924-acre Tunnel Fire northeast of Flagstaff, while battling high winds and welcoming unusual precipitation in the form of scattered rain and sporadic snow showers.

April 23, 2022
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Flames stretching 100 feet had raced through rural neighborhoods near Flagstaff just days earlier.

By By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press April 22, 2022
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Helicopters aided in fire suppression efforts today on the 20,198-acre Tunnel Fire, while crews continued making progress dowsing hotspots along the fire’s western flank.

By Williams-Grand Canyon News April 21, 2022
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Windy conditions challenge firefighters as Tunnel Fire grows to more than 19,000 acres
Resources and information for those affected by the Tunnel Fire

The Tunnel Fire, 14 miles northeast of Flagstaff, grew an additional 3,087 acres April 20 for a total of 19,712 acres of fire driven by strong winds across the landscape in a northeast direction.

April 20, 2022
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Coconino County officials said during an evening news conference that 766 homes and 1,000 animals had been evacuated.

By By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press April 20, 2022
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Tunnel Fire grows to 6,000 acres, prompts evacuations
Government Prairie area, located northeast of Parks is now in SET status

According to Coconino County, the Government Prairie area, located northeast of Parks is now in SET status and is asked to prepare for evacuations, if ordered.

By Williams-Grand Canyon News April 19, 2022
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Tunnel Fire causes evacuations north of Flagstaff near Highway 89
Neighborhoods north of Timberline and Fernwood under GO evacuation order

A fire burning northeast of Flagstaff on near Highway 89 broke out April 19 with neighborhood north of Lenox Road and south of Forest Service Road 545, including Wupatki Trails under a GO evacuation order.

April 19, 2022
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Purpose Focused Alternative Learning Co., a non-profit, is hoping to empower the Native community by creating a clean energy workforce in and around Bodaway-Gap, which also would address systemic economic injustices like the lack of running water and electricity in large portions of the community.

By Katherine Locke April 19, 2022
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Applications are currently open for Northern Arizona University’s 10th annual Andy Harvey Indigenous Youth Media Workshop.

April 19, 2022
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Curtis Moore, vice president of marketing and corporate development with Energy Fuels Inc., said a Grand Canyon Trust report about the White Mesa Mill is not credible and comes from an anti-nuclear group that is biased against them.

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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez welcomed U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm April 14.

April 19, 2022
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Tuba City man sentenced to concurrent life sentences
Convicted of arson and first and second degree murder, Vincent Roy Tsosie, Jr. receives two life sentences

Vincent Roy Tsosie, Jr., 28, of Tuba City, Arizona, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan M. Brnovich to concurrent life sentences April 13.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer April 19, 2022
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Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and environmental organizations want to see the White Mesa uranium mill, located in San Juan County in Utah, shut down and are asking for the mill to be strictly regulated until that closure happens.

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A former Navajo Nation vice presidential candidate announced April 4 that he is seeking the tribal president's post.

By Associated Press April 12, 2022
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The U.S. government, environmentalists and an energy company have reached a settlement over contested oil and gas leases in an area held sacred by Native American tribes.

By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press April 12, 2022
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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez joined Navajo Tribal Utility Authority officials in Chinle, Arizona April 7, for an appreciation event to recognize and thank utility companies who are participating in NTUA’s “Light Up Navajo III” initiative to extend powerlines to provide electricity for more Navajo families.

April 12, 2022
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Last weekend, the Navajo Police Department Dilkon District conducted a DUI Sobriety checkpoint west of Leupp, Arizona on Navajo Rt. 15.

April 12, 2022
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Navida Johnson, a University of New Mexico graduate student, had reached her breaking point.

By Katherine Locke April 12, 2022
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It was a quick trip for U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland with stops to hike through desert scrub near the U.S.-Mexico border and to marvel at the jagged Organ Mountains before soaking in what life was like in one of the oldest settlements along a historic trade route.

By Susan Montoya Bryan and Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press April 11, 2022
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A new Supreme Court Justice: what does it mean for Indian Country?
Ketanji Brown Jackson understands foundational principles of federal Indian law but has handled very few cases involving Indigenous plaintiffs

The historic confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman to become a Supreme Court Justice cannot be understated, especially given the sexism, racism and anti-Blackness that is entrenched in American society.

By Pauly Denetclaw, Indian Country Today April 11, 2022