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The Hopi Tribe announced a continuing reservation-wide lockdown for all residents of the Hopi Reservation until March 31 to limit and control the spread of COVID-19.

March 16, 2021
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The coal-powered Four Corners Generation Station in New Mexico will limit its operations starting in 2023, the station’s owners announced March 12.

By Associated Press March 16, 2021
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Daylight saving time started at 2 a.m. March 14.

By Scott Craven and Weldon B. Johnson, Associated Press March 16, 2021
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Deb Haaland confirmed as Interior Secretary
Haaland becomes the first Native American to be confirmed to a cabinet level position and the first Native American Interior Secretary

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer congratulated Deb Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna, in becoming the first Native American to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior under the Biden-Harris Administration.

March 15, 2021
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Bahe Shondee Nez, 40, passed away unexpectedly on March 3, 2021.

March 11, 2021
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The Navajo Nation will transition from red status to orange because of declining COVID-19 cases, testing availability, hospital capacity and increased vaccinations on the reservation.

March 9, 2021
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American Rescue Plan to be largest investment in Native programs in history
The sweeping plan sends more than $31 billion to Native communities in a huge one-time investment

The American Rescue Plan, the $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package proposed by President Joe Biden, includes more than $31.2 billion for Native communities — the largest investment in Native programs in history with money for tribal governments, the Indian Health Service, housing, Native education and more.

By Katherine Locke March 9, 2021
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On March 2, final inspection for a 10.86 mile paving project on Navajo Route 27 between the chapters of Chinle and Nazlini was approved.

March 9, 2021
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Some Democrats in the Arizona House raised transparency and fairness questions about a major expansion of gambling Republican Gov. Doug Ducey needs as part of his thus-far secret deal with Native American tribes to update their gambling compact.

By Bob Christie, Associated Press March 9, 2021
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Coconino County announced the resignation of Tommy Lewis Jr., 67, as its superintendent of schools in late January with a two-sentence statement that cited personal reasons.

By By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press March 8, 2021
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The Navajo Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Philbert Shorty who has been missing since Jan. 29.

March 4, 2021
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The Navajo Nation on March 3 reported 20 new COVID-19 cases with three additional deaths.

By Associated Press March 4, 2021
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Ducey orders in-person school to resume by March 15
Yavapai, Coconino and Pinal counties: No mandate for in-person instruction for middle and high schools

PHOENIX - Declaring it's safe, Gov. Doug Ducey is ordering all schools to return to in-person and teacher-led instruction.

March 3, 2021
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The Navajo Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 16-year-old Hector Thompson.

March 3, 2021
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Deb Haaland grilling at confirmation raises questions on bias
Democrats, Republicans at odds over Native American’s nomination for Interior Secretary

When Wyoming U.S. Sen. John Barrasso snapped at Deb Haaland, during her confirmation hearing, many in Indian Country were incensed.

By Felicia Fonseca and Matthew Brown, Associated Press March 2, 2021
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U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly has received his committee assignments and said he will be in a position to help Native Americans on many issues such as veteran’s affairs, the environment and the elderly.

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The Hopi Tribe announced a continuing reservation-wide lockdown for all residents of the Hopi Reservation until March 31 to limit and control the spread of COVID-19.

March 2, 2021
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Feb. 11 three contract awards for cleanup efforts at more than 50 abandoned uranium mine sites on and around the Navajo Nation, including at least 10 sites in Arizona and others in New Mexico.

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Could SpaceX be a game changer for rural internet in Coconino County?
County beta testing Elon Musk’s low-Earth satellites

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors met Feb. 2 for an executive session to discuss and get direction regarding the use of SpaceX’s Starlink as a rural internet provider for northern Arizona.

By Wendy Howell March 2, 2021
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On Feb. 24, at 12:04 p.m., Navajo Nation police officers responded to a report of an armed suspect in St. Michaels, Arizona in which an officer shot an armed suspect.

March 2, 2021
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For Native Americans, Deb Haaland is more than an elected official on track to become the first Indigenous secretary of the Interior Department.

By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press February 23, 2021
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Reopening of Grand Canyon National Park’s east entrance questioned
Closures continue to impact tribal parks, reservation businesses as Navajo Nation debates benefit of opening east entrance to Grand Canyon

On Feb. 10, Grand Canyon National Park officials met with Navajo Nation leaders to discuss the reopening of the park’s eastern park entrance, which borders the Navajo Nation.

February 23, 2021
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Joyce Dugan did not hesitate before sitting down inside the Cherokee Indian Hospital for her second and final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

By Sarah Blake Morgan, Associated Press February 23, 2021
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The Navajo Nation Office of the Controller reports 293,000 Navajo Nation members have been included in the Navajo CARES Act Hardship Assistance Program thus far and 231,281 checks have now been issued accounting for 80% of the total applications.

February 19, 2021
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The world's largest powwow has been canceled for a second consecutive year because of the pandemic.

February 17, 2021