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Navajo Nation announce new chair and vice chair leaders for committees

Leaders for Navajo Nation committees were announced during the first month of the 24th Navajo Nation Council.

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Update: NGS to decommission plant

NTEC and Navajo Nation continue to search for a way forward for power plant

Navajo Generating Station (NGS) owners said Feb. 28 that they are moving forward with plans to decommission the power plant in Dec. 2019, despite interest from the Navajo Transitional Energy Co. (NTEC) in purchasing it.

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Officials testify on climate change's outsized effect on Indian Country

Clayton Honyumptewa says the Powamuya ceremony took place as usual in February on parts of the Hopi reservation, but the planting that traditionally follows the ceremony might not come until May.

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George Washington University admits NTU student to Native American Leadership Program

Leslie Tsosie, who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Diné Culture, Language and Leadership from NTU in December, was accepted into George Washington University’s Native American Leadership Program for the 2019 spring semester in Washington, DC.

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Glove manufacturing facility expands to Navajo Nation

On Feb. 21, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer and Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development Economic Director JT Willie met with officials from Rhino Health LLC.

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Navajo Generating Station owners move forward with decommissioning power plant

Navajo Transitional Energy Company committed to continued negotiations with NGS owners

Navajo Generating Station (NGS) owners said Feb. 28 that they are moving forward with plans to decommission the power plant in Dec. 2019, despite interest from the Navajo Transitional Energy Co. (NTEC) in buying it.

Gila River Indian Tribe back in favor of Colorado River drought plan

An Arizona tribe says it is back in favor of a drought plan for the Colorado River after receiving assurances that legislation it opposes will not become law.

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Coconino County declares state of emergency for major storm

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Coconino County Board of Supervisors are expected to affirm a State of Emergency Declaration on Tuesday, Feb. 26. due to the major snow storm that started late Wednesday evening.

Winter Storm closes Navajo-Hopi Observer office

The Navajo-Hopi Observer office is currently closed because of extreme weather conditions and will potentially remain closed until Monday, Feb. 25.

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*Update* - Update: Powerful winter storm hampers travel across much of Arizona; road closures listed

Snow closes 1-17 closed northbound 12 miles north of Camp Verde

PHOENIX – Multiple stretches of Arizona’s highways remained closed Thursday afternoon, Feb. 21, due to a powerful winter storm whose fury continued across much of the state.

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*Update* - Update: Schools announce closures as storm bears down on northern Arizona

The winter storm that is supposed to hit northern Arizona late Wednesday and continue into Friday has caused some schools to announce early they will be closed or delayed.

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Navajo Nation declares emergency because of winter weather conditions

On Feb. 19, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer signed a declaration of emergency issued by the Navajo Nation Commission on Emergency Management because of severe winter weather conditions on the Navajo Nation.

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Dennehotso market opens after nearly 17 years of strong advocacy

It took nearly 17 years to see the realization of the new Dennehotso Market, but it was worth waiting for as hundreds of local residents attended the grand opening of the new market on Feb. 15.

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Native “Wall Warriors” march and gear up for a Standing Rock-style fight

President Donald J. Trump’s border wall will do more than just keep out asylum seekers.

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Navajo-Hopi Observer editor wins Associated Press, NAU journalism award

Katherine Locke has had a busy six years.

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Reward for info in 2014 killing raised to $10K

The FBI is raising its reward to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a 2014 killing on the Navajo Nation.

Domestic violence prevention show draws a crowd

More than 100 people attended the Domestic Violence Prevention Awareness and Fashion Show Feb. 15 in Window Rock.

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Grand Canyon Tribal land known for waterfalls won't allow tour guides

The thousands of tourists who travel to a remote Native American reservation deep in the Grand Canyon each year to camp near a series of picturesque, blue-green waterfalls will have to do so without the benefit of professional guides.

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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: Nationwide crisis exacerbated by lack of reporting of cases

In 2016, the National Crime Information Center reported that there were 5,712 reports of missing Native women and girls. The U.S. Department of Justice’s federal missing persons database logged only 116.

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Ex-Navajo Nation president’s daughter faces DUI charges

The daughter of former Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has been charged following a drunken driving arrest last spring near Flagstaff.

Proposal would end Daylight-Savings Time in New Mexico

A state lawmaker wants New Mexico to join neighboring Arizona in refusing to recognize Daylight-Savings Time.

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Plan calls for free entry for vets at Arizona state parks

Arizona has a history of looking after its military veterans.

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Navajo Nation Speaker: Unified effort of Nation the only way to move forward

Seth Damon selected as speaker for 24th Navajo Nation Council

On Jan. 28, Council Delegate Seth Damon (Bááháálí, Chichiltah, Manuelito, Tsé Lichíí’, Rock Springs, Tsayatoh) was selected as the speaker for the 24th Navajo Nation Council.

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Nez testifies in support of Navajo Code Talers Museum funding

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez was joined by Vice President Myron Lizer Jan. 31, as he provided testimony before the New Mexico Senate Indian and Cultural Affairs Committee in support of Senate Bill 365 sponsored by State Sen. John Pinto (D-Dist. 3), which seeks an appropriation of $1 million from the state to assist with the design and construction of a Navajo Code Talker Museum and Veterans Center in the state of New Mexico.

Nez, Lizer advocate for Navajo students and other initiatives in New Mexico

President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer spent Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, at the New Mexico State Capitol meeting with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, cabinet secretaries and top House and Senate members to push for fairer distribution of educational funding through Impact Aid bills, Capital Outlay Project funding and tribal infrastructure funds, promote economic development initiatives.