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The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) exceeded expectations with 713 homes connected to electric grid using CARES Act funds; the authority had only expected to connect 510 homes.

January 5, 2021
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The news came during a hopeful time on the largest Native American reservation.

By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press January 5, 2021

The Havasupai Tribe will continue the suspension of tourism to its remote reservation until further notice. The tribe suspended all tourism to the reservation March 16 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

January 5, 2021
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Hone’ Wo’keed: FBI seeks to reach Navajo language speakers through cold case posters
First of their kind FBI cold case posters in Navajo language seek to solve crimes by translating, distributing posters on reservation

By law, the FBI is responsible for investigating the most serious crimes within Indian Country—homicide, child sexual assault, kidnapping and violence against women among them.

By Loretta McKenney January 5, 2021

A former Coconino County official who went on to oversee Navajo County's health department has been indicted on 16 counts of theft, misuse of public money and fraud, according to court documents.

By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press January 5, 2021
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Alberto L. Peshlakai, a member of the Navajo Nation, was elected in November to serve as the next Navajo County Supervisor for District 2.

January 5, 2021

National Weather Service forecasters say they’re still looking at the data for 2020 but that it’s clear that there was record or near-record dryness in much of the Southwest last year.

By Associated Press January 5, 2021
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Hopi Jr./Sr. High School announced Jan. 4 that it is cancelling its 2020-2021 winter athletic season out of an abundance of caution and based on the current surge of COVID-19 cases within the state and on the Hopi and Navajo Nations.

January 4, 2021
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Americans will ring in the New Year this week with more hope on the horizon in the nation’s battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

By Wendy Howell December 29, 2020
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25% of Navajo applicants at risk of not receiving Cares Act funds
Missing records, information puts Navajo Nation in frenzy to process applications

The Navajo Nation Office of the Controller reports 30,000 applicants for the Navajo CARES Act Hardship Assistance Program may potentially be excluded due to missing records.

December 29, 2020
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Navajo Nation re-implements lockdown order through Jan. 11
Nation announces community spread of COVID-19 in 64 communities

On Dec. 24, the Navajo Nation extended its lockdown order for those living on the reservation through Jan. 11.

December 29, 2020
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O’Halleran says $900 billion relief bill will benefit tribal lands
Bill approved by Senate and House, Trump signed bill Sunday

U.S. Rep. Tom O’ Halleran voted to approve funding for the $900 billion coronavirus aid bill. The measure passed the House of Representatives and Senate, and President Donald Trump signed the bill Dec. 27.

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Congress has passed a long-awaited bill that would address water availability issues for residents living on the Navajo Nation in Utah who lack access to running water — a problem exacerbated by the pandemic.

By Associated Press December 29, 2020
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The Hopi Tribe has issued a 20-day lockdown and curfew order, which started Dec. 23 and will last through Jan. 11 at 5 a.m.

December 24, 2020
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The legislation will next head to President Donald Trump for his signature.

By Associated Press December 24, 2020
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Deb Haaland picked for Interior Secretary
Haaland to make history as first Native American cabinet member

Elation spread throughout Indian Country Dec. 17 as word cirulated that President-elect Joe Biden would nominate Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) as ‘a long overdue appointment of the first Native American cabinet secretary.’

By Katherine Locke December 22, 2020
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Tuba City’s front line healthcare workers receive COVID vaccine
Navajo Nation begins first phase of vaccinations

It was a day many health care workers had been waiting for, the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine that will protect them as they provide vital health care services to patients at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corp.

December 22, 2020
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Hopi Health Care Center (HHCC) is scheduled to receive 150 doses of the ultra-cold frozen Pfizer- BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

December 22, 2020
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Three towering concrete stacks that were the most visual reminders of a coal-fired power plant that operated for decades along the Arizona-Utah state line came down Friday.

By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press December 22, 2020
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A large campground resort project proposed for a northern Arizona high desert site near the Navajo Nation is stalled amid objections centering on cultural sensitivity in general and teepees in particular.

By Associated Press December 22, 2020
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In scientific terms, the winter solstice occurs at the precise moment when the axial tilt of earth’s polar hemisphere is the farthest away from the sun.

By Indian Country Today December 21, 2020
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Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), was selected to serve as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior for the Biden-Harris Administration.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer December 17, 2020
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Twenty-five U.S. Navy medical personnel who are part of four Rapid Rural Response Teams (RRRT), are being deployed to the Navajo Nation to provide much-needed relief and resources for health care workers fighting the spread of COVID-19.

December 17, 2020
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On Dec. 14, the Navajo Nation received 3,900 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 and started vaccinations immediately.

By Katherine Locke December 15, 2020
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — With recent COVID-19 cases being reported at nearly twice what was seen this summer, the rollout of a vaccine in Arizona Dec. 14 is welcome news, with Coconino County expecting its first shipment within the next two weeks.

By Wendy Howell December 15, 2020