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On Aug. 24, Tuba City Regional Health Care Corp. (TCRHCC) initiated CODE Green, an emergency response plan, and is proactively taking steps to prepare for an anticipated increase in COVID-19 testing and expansion of vaccination operations in the Tuba City service area.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer August 31, 2021
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On July 20, in response to the on-going drought in the state of Arizona, and during a two-month period in which a shocking, 90 percent of the region was in a state of either extreme or exceptional drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor Tracking system, the Hopi Tribe issued Executive Order #011-2021: “Range mitigation and livestock reduction in response to the state of Exceptional Drought on the Hopi Reservation”.

August 31, 2021
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After a delayed start, Second Mesa Day School announced it will begin classes Aug. 30.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer August 31, 2021
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An Indigenous leader from New Mexico and former U.S. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt called on the federal government Aug. 24 to overhaul its oil and gas leasing program to ensure the protection of cultural resources, saying for far too long tribal expertise has been ignored to the detriment of sacred landscapes.

By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press August 31, 2021
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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has issued a declaration of emergency for Coconino County after heavy rain last week caused major flood damage to homes, neighborhoods and private property.

By Associated Press August 31, 2021
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One of the state's Native American tribes is suing to bring a halt to off-reservation wagering on sports just weeks before it is scheduled to begin.

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On Aug. 19, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed SB 1802 into law, recognizing Aug. 14 as “National Navajo Code Talkers Day” and a state holiday.

August 24, 2021
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d caused by historic levels of rain that fell on a burn scar from a large wildfire two years ago.

By Associated Press August 24, 2021
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Charles F. Sams III nominated to be next NPS director
Sams is the first Native American to be nominated as National Park Service director

The White House announced Aug. 18 the intent to nominate Charles F. Sams III as director of the National Park Service.

August 24, 2021
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On Aug. 18, Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer delivered personal protection equipment (PPE) to the Amá Dóó Áłchíní BÍghan, Inc. (ADABI) in Chinle, Arizona, to help keep children and families safe and healthy from COVID-19 and the Delta Variant.

August 24, 2021
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Navajo Nation issues vaccine mandate for tribal workers; 80 percent already vaccinated
Employees have until end of September to be fully vaccinated under new order

All Navajo Nation executive branch employees will need to be fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19 by the end of September or be required to submit to regular testing, according to an executive order announced by President Jonathan Nez Aug. 22.

By Associated Press August 24, 2021
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U.S Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm met with Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and other tribal leaders Aug. 17 at a power plant in northwest New Mexico Aug. 19 to discuss renewable energy initiatives, including a solar project and energy storage system.

August 24, 2021
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Navajo Area Indian Health Service health care facilities are now offering the third dose or booster shots of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines

August 19, 2021
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The convicted child rapist emerged from the tree line without warning, walked quickly past the elders who feared him and entered the Navajo home, where his 15-year-old daughter was feeding her pet rabbits.

By By Brendon Derr, Rylee Kirk, Anne Mickey, Allison Vaughn, McKenna Leavens and Leilani Fitpatrick, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism August 18, 2021
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A return to in-person classes at a Navajo Nation school will be on hold indefinitely because of unknown radiation levels, likely caused by decades of uranium mining.

By Associated Press August 18, 2021
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The primary election for Hopi chairman takes place Sept. 9. Early voting starts Aug. 16 for Hopi tribal members.

August 17, 2021
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Water settlements with the federal government in New Mexico and Utah are bringing more drinking water to the Navajo Reservation in those states, but a similar settlement in Arizona has not been reached yet.

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Navajo Nation honor Code Talkers
Navajo Nation honors Diné warriors and the importance of Diné Bizaad on Navajo Code Talker Day

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, First Lady Phefelia Nez, Second Lady Dottie Lizer, 24th Navajo Nation Council Speaker Seth Damon, and Chief Justice JoAnn B. Jayne honored and paid tribute to all Navajo Code Talkers during a live Navajo Code Talker Day virtual tribute AUg. 14.

August 17, 2021
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With the recent amount of rainfall on the Navajo Nation, the Many Farms community is looking to re-examine the Diversion Dam to maximize the rainwater collected in times of drought.

August 17, 2021
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The American Bar Association's policymaking body has voted in favor of a resolution supporting the U.S. Interior Department as it works to uncover the troubled legacy of federal boarding schools that sought to assimilate Indigenous youth into white society.

By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press August 17, 2021
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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer are saddened to learn of the loss of former Navajo Nation President Kelsey Begaye, who passed away because of natural causes Aug. 13 in Flagstaff, Arizona, at the age of 70.

August 17, 2021
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Navajo Nation: 15 new cases; 6 deaths
NDOH issues health advisory for 19 communities experiencing uncontrolled spread of COVID-19

On Aug. 9, the Navajo Department of Health reported 15 new COVID-19 cases for the Navajo Nation and six more deaths.

August 10, 2021
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Hopi Tribal Chairman Timothy L. Nuvangyaoma said at Rumble on the Mountain 7 that it has been a tough time for Native American tribes centered around Flagstaff for the past few years.

By Katherine Locke August 10, 2021
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Hopi law enforcement officials are investigating the death of a man who was swept away by floodwaters.

By Associated Press August 10, 2021
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Navajo Chief of Police Phillip Francisco sits ramrod straight at his desk, surrounded by manila folders brimming with paperwork and a Darth Vader figurine that wields a pen as a lightsaber.

By Beth Wallace, Cronkite News August 3, 2021