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Why do you want to be Navajo Nation president?

The Navajo-Hopi Observer asked all 18 presidential candidates why they wanted to be Navajo Nation president. Of the 18, six presidential candidates responded.

The Navajo-Hopi Observer asked all 18 presidential candidates why they wanted to be Navajo Nation president. Of the 18, five presidential candidates responded. Their responses are listed below in alphabetical order by last name.

Judge upholds Indian Child Welfare Act

9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously throws out challenge to ICWA claiming the law is racist

A court has thrown out a bid to void a federal law that challengers claim is racist because it places the desires and rights of Native American tribes over the constitutionally protected best interests of children.

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Navajo Nation demands compensation from Gold King Mine spill

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez are denouncing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ongoing failure to compensate farmers and ranchers whose livelihoods were devastated by the 2015 spill at Gold King Mine.

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Navajo elders successfully obtain delayed birth certificates

On Aug. 6, Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates welcomed Navajo elders and citizens to the opening day of a two-day public event in Shiprock to help individuals obtain delayed birth certificates, driver’s licenses, driver authorization cards and other documents that comply with the federal Real ID Act.

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Navajo Nation graduates 12 correctional officers

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye congratulated 12 correctional officers who graduated from the Indian Country Corrections Officer Training Program July 23.

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Rep. Tom O’Halleran sits down with the Navajo-Hopi Observer to talk Native issues

Rep. Tom O’Halleran recently visited the Navajo Nation to hear the concerns of his constituents.

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Navajo Housing Authority hires new CEO, Craig Dougall

The Navajo Housing Authority (NHA), announced its Board of Commissioners have selected and appointed Mr. Craig Dougall as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Arizona tribal casino gambling revenue up by 4.4 percent

The Arizona Department of Gaming says contributions to the state from tribal gambling revenue will be more than $27 million for the quarter that ended on June 30.

Tuba City man charged in girl’s death at local high school

A Tuba City man is charged in the death of a girl whose body was found at a high school’s bleachers.

Judge calls for activist to be extradited to New Mexico

A New Mexico judge is asking Arizona authorities to extradite a Native American activist who was arrested on rape and other charges.

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Navajo Delegate Nathaniel Brown advocates for elder rights and protections

On July 25, Council Delegate Nathaniel Brown provided the keynote address at the Elder Abuse Awareness Conference held at the Monument Valley High School Nash Center.

Federal Trade Commission files complaint against Tates Auto in U.S. District Court of Arizona

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint against Tates Auto in the U.S. District Court of Arizona for committing unlawful and unfair business practices.

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Presidential Forum: Navajo candidates discuss economic development

Fifteen of the 18 Navajo Nation presidential candidates were on hand to answer questions before a packed crowd at one of the presidential forums held July 27 at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort.

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Navajo Nation considers blood quantum in tribal enrollment

The Health, Education and Human Services Committee considered legislation July 30 to amend Navajo Nation Code to no longer use blood quantum as a requirement for enrollment as a new member of the Navajo Nation.

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Death of Hopi Jr/Sr High staff member rocks administration on first day of school

Teachers and staff at Hopi Jr/Sr High School returned from summer break July 30 to learn that Kenny Wartz, director of technology at the school, died the previous day following an incident in the Hopi Jr/Sr High School housing.

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Business Beat: Family Dollar announces grand opening in Tuba City Aug. 9 and 11

Family Dollar Stores, Inc., a leading small format and convenience retailer, has announced plans for a new store in Tuba City, Arizona.

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O'Halleran visits abandoned uranium site on reservation

Council Delegate Kee Allen Begay, Jr. invited US Congressman Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) to tour the Claim 28 abandoned uranium site July 31, which is located approximately five miles northeast of Tachee/Blue Gap Chapter.

Begaye proclaims Aug. 16 as National Head Start Day

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez have proclaimed Aug. 16 as Navajo Head Start Day.

Native American activist denies rape accusations

A Native American activist has disputed accusations that he sexually assaulted unconscious women, saying in a New Mexico court filing that text messages, witness statements and other evidence will support his case against rape and other charges.

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Community Health Representatives serve Hopi/Tewa with medical, housing needs

The Community Health Representative program, also known as CHR, has been serving American communities for 50 years and the Hopi/Tewa communities since the 1970s.

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Police: Native American activist accused of rape in Santa Fe

A Native American activist accused of raping unconscious women and recording the assaults on video has been arrested in Phoenix after police in New Mexico issued a warrant for his arrest, according to online jail records.

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After two years, Congress OKs bill to let Apache move on water project

The House gave final approval July 23 to a bill that would let the White Mountain Apache proceed on desperately needed improvements to their water system, ending two years of back-and-forth debate in Congress on the issue.

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Lori Piestewa, 11 others to be inducted into first Native American Hall of Fame

After 10 years, 30 nominees and decades of discovery, the first National Native American Hall of Fame will induct 12 honorees in October. Arizona’s Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman to die in combat as a member of U.S. military, is among those who will be celebrated.

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Designer helps iconic Barbie doll better reflect global diversity

As visitors stroll through the aisles of Barbie dolls arrayed at a national collectors’ convention in Phoenix, one doll among hundreds stands apart.

Council delegate: Navajo Nation’s correctional facilities do not have nurses or medical staff

On July 23, the Indian Health Service was requested to assign adequate medical staff at all of the Navajo Nation correctional facilities to ensure the medical needs of the inmate population.