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Diné College researching school shootings, role of media

The Diné College contingent that recently spent several weeks researching school shootings and violence at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia., is back in class and readying for another research go-round — but this time not so far away.

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High court rules against Hopi Tribe in snowmaking challenge

The Hopi Tribe has lost a legal battle against snowmaking on a northern Arizona mountain where tribal members made frequent pilgrimages to gather plants and water for ceremonial use long before a ski resort existed.

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Indigenous peoples denied access to sacred site as ski area opens with treated sewage

Approximately 20 people gathered to offer prayers in the early morning Nov. 16 as Arizona Snowbowl ski area opened with snow made from treated sewage water.

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Body cameras issued to Navajo Police Department in act of accountability

The public may notice a new device on their officers in the new year — the Navajo Police Department will be equipping officers with body cameras.

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Violence burdens ‘bone and skin’: Indigenous women run in prayer to outpace pain

The sun rose into a violet-tinted sky as dozens of O’odham and Piipaash women prepared to leave for the last leg of a 53-mile journey spent in prayer for missing and murdered indigenous women.

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Begaye signs contract to help protect rangeland, pastures against drought

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye invested in protections against the impacts of extreme drought on the Navajo Nation’s pastures, rangelands and forage acres when he signed a contract to extend the Nation’s crop insurance coverage Nov. 11.

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Report: Crimes against Native women vastly underreported in urban areas

On Nov. 14, 1992, a Native American woman was found murdered in Tucson, and 26 years later her name is still not known.

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Begaye and Bates meet with White House officials to advocate for NGS

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates met with top White House officials Nov. 14 to advocate and reaffirm their support for the continued operations of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) and Kayenta Mine.

Navajo Nation approves legislation to protect Navajo children from human trafficking

On Nov. 19, the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee approved legislation which seeks to amend the Navajo Nation Department of Family Services’ 2018 Title IV-E Guidelines and Handbook.

Hopitutuqaiki, The Hopi School, receives $32,000 grant to continue programs

Hopitutuqaiki, The Hopi School, recently received a $32,000 grant from the First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colorado.

Bill to hold elected officials accountable passes

The Navajo Nation Council convened a special session Nov. 20 to consider legislation that seeks to amend the Navajo Election Code.

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Around the Rez: week of Nov. 21

Upcoming news and events around the Hopi and the Navajo reservations

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Bridging the distance through art at the Museum of Northern Arizona

Transcending Duality: The Sante Fe Studio Style exhibition is on display at the Museum of Northern Arizona until Feb. 18.

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Hopis conclude first phase of testimony in Little Colorado River adjudication

Closing arguments set for Dec. 17 and 18

Hopi witnesses and experts concluded their testimony recently in the first phase of a water rights trial that is both one of the longest-running court cases in Arizona history and also potentially will have the biggest impact on the future of the Hopi.

Begaye disagrees with Medicaid’s work requirement

On Nov. 15, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye took a hard stance against a Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policy that imposes work requirements on individuals as a condition of eligibility for health insurance.

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Federal Judge blocks Keystone XL Pipeline; indigenous Nations respond

Two days into his presidency, Donald Trump signed an executive order to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Around the Rez: week of Nov. 14

Upcoming events in and around the Navajo and Hopi reservations.

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Native women have new role in D.C.

Congresswoman-elect Deb Haaland was elected Nov. 6 to New Mexico’s 1st Congress District — one of two Native American women elected to Congress.

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Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates delivers Veterans Day message recognizing military members

On Nov. 11, Navajo Nation Speaker Lorenzo Bates delivered the following message addressing veterans and members of the Navajo Nattion to honor veterans on Veterans Day.

Hopi High boys and girls place at state cross country races

Hopi High placed second in both the boys and girls cross country races in the Division 1 state meet Nov. 10.

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*Update* - Jonathan Nez elected president of Navajo Nation

First Native American women elected to U.S. House of Representatives

It was an exciting night for Native Americans and for the Navajo Nation as two Native women were elected to U.S. Congress for the first time ever and as Jonathan Nez was elected to be the next president of the Navajo Nation.

Hopi High media students raise money for trip to Anaheim

Hopi High School radio broadcast, news video and journalism clubs are raising money so they can attend the National Journalism Education Association conference in Anaheim, California, April 25-27.

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Ballot shortage at polling sites causes delay, votes to be canvassed

During the recent Navajo Nation General Election the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors became aware of a ballot shortage at a number of chapters.

Begaye vetoes intended change to veterans council, public input to be considered

On Nov. 2, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye vetoed legislation intended to change the Navajo Nation Veterans Advisory Council (NNVAC) to a board of commissioners, citing the Eastern Agency Veterans Organization’s strong opposition to the bill.

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Prop. 127: Voters reject drastic reshaping of Arizona’s energy future

Arizona voters have rejected Proposition 127, an initiative that would have required the state’s regulated utilities to get 50 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2030.