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The Office of Miss Navajo Nation and Miss Navajo Nation 2021-2022 Niagara Rockbridge announced contestant recruitment for the 70th annual Miss Navajo Nation Pageant.

May 24, 2022
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A Navajo Nation official told a Senate panel last week that the tribe’s police department lacks the resources to attract and retain officers, a problem that experts say is faced by tribal police departments across the country.

By Tracy Abiaka, Cronkite News May 24, 2022
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A first-of-its-kind federal study of Native American boarding schools that for over a century sought to assimilate Indigenous children into white society has identified more than 400 such schools that were supported by the U.S. government and more than 50 associated burial sites, a figure that could grow exponentially as research continues.

By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press May 17, 2022
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National Native American Veterans Memorial to be dedicated in Washington D.C. Nov. 11
Ceremony to be part of three-day event to honor Native veterans

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will dedicate the National Native American Veterans Memorial Nov. 11 in Washington D.C.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer May 17, 2022
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The park has confirmed norovirus from at least one rafting trip. Reported symptoms include nausea, stomach cramping/pain, vomiting and diarrhea.

May 17, 2022
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Nez provides testimony to Congress about clean water access
Two bills before Congress would address access and cost-sharing

On May 12, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez provided testimony in support of Congressional bills that will deliver more clean water to Navajo communities.

May 17, 2022
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The Village of Tewa Board of Directors, the governing body for the Village of Tewa, has filed a lawsuit in Hopi Tribal Court against the individuals responsible for an insurrection that took place at the Village of Tewa administration building on September 28, 2021.

May 17, 2022
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Navajo Police Department: Bootlegging on reservation results in 193 stops and 823 vehicle checks
Concerns from community lead to crack down on drug and alcohol activity

The Navajo Police Department Proactive Crime Enforcement Unit (PACE) continues to work with Navajo Nation Police districts in response to community concerns regarding drug and alcohol (bootlegging) activities.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer May 17, 2022
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Mary Francis had no qualms about being a poster child for COVID-19 vaccinations on the Navajo Nation, once a virus hot spot. The Navajo woman's face and words grace a digital flyer asking people on the Native American reservation to get vaccinated "to protect the shidine'e (my people)."

By Terry Tang, Associated Press May 10, 2022
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Supreme Court could halt access to safe abortions, Indigenous activists say
Activists say overturning Roe v. Wade could be another move in a long history of federal policies that have impacted Indigenous people’s right to choose when and if they have children

Krystal Curley is a mother to three girls.

By Paulie Denetclaw, Indian Country Today May 10, 2022
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Since the closure of the Peabody Black Mesa coal mine near the four corners region in northeast Arizona, the Navajo Nation has established a transition from coal to renewable energy sources, like solar power.

By Isabella Mohacsi, Special to the Navajo-Hopi Observer May 10, 2022
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Officials from Energy Fuels Resources said that environmentalists and some Arizona tribes claim that their work at a uranium mine near the Grand Canyon will contaminate underground aquifers, is unsubstantiated.

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Environmentalists are upset that the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) approved an aquifer protection permit April 28 for a uranium mine near Grand Canyon National Park.

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The Navajo Nation election season has revved up with several candidates — including incumbent Jonathan Nez, Buu Van Nygren and Ethel Branch and others — announcing their bid to become president for one of the largest Indigenous nations in the country.

By Pauly Denetclaw, Indian Country Today May 3, 2022
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Northern Arizona University (NAU) announced April 27 it will provide a tuition-free college education for every Arizona resident with a household income of $65,000 or below.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer May 3, 2022
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The New Mexico State Police responded to an officer-involved shooting April 16 near Prewitt, that left one person deceased — a suspect in an out-of-state homicide.

By Bernie Dotson, Navajo-Hopi Observer May 3, 2022
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Stage 1 fire restrictions begin on Coconino and Kaibab national forests May 5
City of Flagstaff will enter into Stage 1 fire restrictions May 5 as well

Beginning May 5 at 8 a.m., Stage 1 fire and smoking restrictions will be in effect on the Williams and Tusayan Districts (aka “South Zone”) of the Kaibab National Forest and the entirety of the Coconino National Forest.

April 29, 2022
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More than 3,000 firefighters were battling fires in Arizona and New Mexico on April 29 — about half of those in northeast New Mexico, where more than 187 square miles of mostly timber and brush has been charred.

By By Susan Montoya Bryan and Scott Sonner, Associated Press April 29, 2022
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Firefighters continue to make progress on Tunnel Fire; 20 percent contained
Acreage of fire drops to 19,344 acres because of more accurate mapping

Containment of the Tunnel Fire increased to 20 percent Monday evening as firefighters continued to secure the fire’s perimeter and remove any heat near the control lines.

By Katherine Locke April 26, 2022
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According to the Navajo Nation Animal Control, there are more than 3,000 individuals treated each year by Indian Health Services and local clinics for animal attacks and bites on the Navajo Nation. Most of these individuals are children and the elderly.

By Loretta McKenney April 26, 2022
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A new law has reclassified the Shadow Wolves, Homeland Security’s only Native American tracking unit, from tactical enforcement officers to special agents.

By Loretta McKenney April 26, 2022
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On April 22, Navajo uranium and contamination victims voiced concerns to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission over the devastating health and environmental impacts caused by federal uranium mining.

April 26, 2022
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Federal authorities are taking to the airwaves to call attention to unsolved homicide and missing person cases on the Navajo Nation as several states are starting to funnel more resources and investigators toward solving such cases.

By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press April 26, 2022
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An officer-involved shooting on Interstate 40, near milepost 64 remains under investigation.

By Bernie Dotson, Navajo-Hopi Observer April 26, 2022
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Gibson Benally, 53, of Chinle, Arizona, was found unresponsive during a security and welfare check at Coconino County Detention Center in Flagstaff.

April 26, 2022