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EPA seeks dismissal of Gold King Mine spill lawsuit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking a federal court in New Mexico to toss out a lawsuit over a mine waste spill in Colorado that polluted rivers in three states.

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Navajo Nation President Begaye encourages Manuelito scholars to continue to push for change

On July 25, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye congratulated 132 Navajo scholars who were awarded the 2018 Chief Manuelito Scholarship.

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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signs deal to power 44 Navajo homes in eight communities

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed a contract July 26 for Big Navajo Energy to install solar power units for 44 Navajo homes that are located on lands impacted by the Navajo-Hopi land dispute.

Coal plant closure sparks worry in northwestern New Mexico

Officials in northwestern New Mexico are grappling with the likely effects of a coal power plant closure near the Navajo Nation and in one of the nation’s poorest states.

Committee starts work on Arizona drought contingency plan

Arizona water users are starting work on an ambitious plan to lessen the impact of Colorado River water shortages.

Arizona may take over permit program protecting rivers

Arizona may take over responsibility for issuing dredge-and-fill permits under the Clean Water Act, a task long handled by the federal government.

Discussions to focus on Native American voting rights

Access and barriers to the political process across Indian Country will be the focus of an upcoming discussion in Washington, D.C.

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Bid to purchase Remington sparks conflict within Navajo leadership

President's office and speaker's office at odds over $525 million dollar bid for gun manufacturing company

An article in The New York Times July 16 that said the Navajo Nation had offered to buy Remington Arms Co., LLC for approximately $525 million cash spurred conflicting statements from the Nation's executive and legislative branches.

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Tribal leaders tell Senate voting barriers are systemic

Native Americans have been “systematically denied access to fair representation” as a result of persistent barriers to voting, advocates and tribal leaders told a Senate roundtable July 17.

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Delayed birth certificate event draws large public response

Diné citizens receive assistance during public outreach events to obtain legal paperwork

On July 18, Navajo Nation Speaker LoRenzo Bates said the Nation was pleased that many Diné citizens are getting assistance and benefiting from several public events intended to help individuals obtain delayed birth certificates, driver’s licenses, Driver Authorization Cards, vehicle registrations and other documents that comply with the federal Real ID Act.

Navajo Nation Council OKs bill on police standards, training

The Navajo Nation is moving to set its own standards and training requirements for certification of tribal police officers instead of continuing to rely on processes used by the federal government or states.

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Navajo Nation Council welcomes horse trail riders for 2018 summer council

The 23rd Navajo Nation Council convened on the opening day of the 2018 Summer Council Session July 16, in the Council Chamber in Window Rock.

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Hiker rescued at Grand Falls on Navajo Nation

On July 16 at approximately 7 p.m. multiple agencies responded to rescue an injured hiker at Grand Falls.

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Congressman O’Halleran aids Navajo Hopi Indian Relocation office

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye commended U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., for securing an amendment to the fiscal 2019 appropriations to aid the Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation (ONHIR).

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Navajo Council approves emergency funding for Head Start

On July 17, the Navajo Nation Council approved emergency funding for Navajo Head Start.

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Navajo Nation Council approves establishment of Navajo Veterans Housing Program

During the second day of the 2018 Summer Council Session, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council voted in support of Legislation No. 0021-18, establishing the Navajo Veterans Housing Program within the Navajo Veterans Administration.

Navajo County authorities investigate fatal hit-and-run case

The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit-and-run accident that killed a woman from Heber/Overgaard.

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Mexican Springs family receives new home following house fire

On July 6, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye presented the keys for a newly constructed home to a Mexican Springs family whose home had burned down over a year ago.

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Navajo and Hopi Tribes unite to keep NGS open

On July 12, leaders of the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe reaffirmed their support for the continuation of the Navajo Generating Station for the benefit of the Navajo and Hopi people.

Navajo company buys stake in Four Corners power plant

Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) has closed a transaction in which it acquired a seven percent ownership interest in units 4 and 5 of the Four Corners Power Plant (FCPP).

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Flash flood sends 200 tourists to high ground near Grand Canyon

Torrents of water rushed July 12 through an Arizona canyon famous for its towering blue-green waterfalls, sending tourists scrambling to benches, trees and caves as they sought higher ground.

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Ganado celebrates opening of Lok’aah Ni Teel Shopping Center

On July 11, members of the Navajo Nation Council joined residents from Ganado to celebrate the grand opening of the Lok’aah Ni Teel Shopping Center located at Burnside Junction, approximately 40-miles west of Window Rock, Arizona.

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Delayed birth registration events assist those without original birth certificates

The Navajo Nation Office of Vital Records and Identification (NOVRI) has organized a Delayed Birth Registration event to take place at the Navajo Nation Department of Education (DODE) July 16-18.

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Navajo Nation urges expansion of radiation exposure law

From the end of World War II to the mid-1980s, about 30 million ton of uranium ore were extracted from lands belonging to the nation’s largest American Indian reservation.

Nation supports responsible transition to renewable energy

On July 12, the Naabik’iyátí’ Committee approved legislation that opposes the “Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona” initiative, while still reaffirming its support for a responsible transition to renewable energy.