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Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer and Council Delegate Carl Slater joined Lukachukai Community School Governing Board members, Principal Dr. Roseyphena Sells and other local officials and community members at a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of new school facilities Sept. 11.

September 15, 2020
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Reaching a full count on most reservations now looks nearly impossible.

By By Matthew Brown, Iris Samuels and Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press September 9, 2020
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Old Tucson General Manager Terry Verhage said the ongoing COVID-19 public health protocols and restrictions limited park attendance to the point where the venue could no longer stay in business.

By Associated Press September 9, 2020
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So far, 5,221 people in the state have died of the disease caused by the coronavirus, and there have been 206,045 confirmed cases. The state, once a national hot spot for infections, continues to see a downward trend in infections and hospitalizations.

By Associated Press September 9, 2020
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Navajo Nation health officials Sept. 8 reported no new confirmed cases of coronavirus but four additional deaths.

By Associated Press September 9, 2020
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Northern Arizona University President Rita Cheng announced Tuesday she will not seek an extension of her contract that expires in 2022.

By By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press September 9, 2020
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Mail-in ballots from reservations under fire as election nears
Attorney says late-counted ballots would unquestionably aff ect the share of votes candidates in Arizona receive

President Trump wants a federal judge to block efforts by members of the Navajo Nation to force the state to count mail-in ballots received from res-ervation voters that are not received until after Election Day.

By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services September 8, 2020
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Because of the current public health emergency due to COVID-19, The Navajo Nation courts are operating with minimal staff and the doors are closed to the public.

September 8, 2020
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After winning the title of Miss Navajo Nation in September 2019, Shaandiin Parrish immediately got to work on the cultural preservation and advocacy efforts central to the role.

By McKenzie Allen-Charmley, Cronkite News September 8, 2020
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The Navajo Nation has joined a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s recent decision to shorten the deadline for the 2020 Census.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer September 8, 2020
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Two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long and his founda-tion are donating $100,000 to the Navajo Nation to improve access to water on the reservation.

By Connor Van Ligten, Cronkite News September 8, 2020
Bureau of Indian Educatopm schools to open Sept. 16
BIE maintains goal for in-person learning for K-12 schools

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) announced in August that BIE-operated K-12 day-school operations across the United States will have a uniform start date of Sept. 16 for the 2020-2021 school year.

September 8, 2020
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The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority plans to extend electricity to 510 families.

By Associated Press September 7, 2020
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Some thought she had died as the number of coronavirus cases rapidly rose on the vast Navajo Nation, which at one point had the highest infection rate in the U.S.

By By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press September 7, 2020
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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said with Labor Day approaching, his administrations knows there is a handful of people who will decide to travel despite the warnings from health experts.

September 3, 2020
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Free saliva-based diagnostic COVID-19 testing is now available at Northern Arizona University (NAU) and Fort Tuthill County Park in Flagstaff.

September 2, 2020
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Navajo Nation continues 32-hour partial weekend lock downs and daily curfews through September
Leaders urge public to prepare for winter season while abiding by lock downs and curfews

On Sept. 1, the Navajo Department of Health continued the Navajo Nation’s 32-hour partial weekend lock downs and daily curfew hours through the month of September to help control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation.

September 2, 2020
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The Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund recently received a donation of $50,000 donated by four Phoenix nurse counter-protesters.

September 1, 2020
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“As we proceed closer to the start of the flu season, we have to continue wearing our masks and practicing all of the preventative measures that we have in place for COVID-19,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.

September 1, 2020
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Diné College reported a fall 2020 student enrollment of more than 1,300.

September 1, 2020
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Hopi Jr./Sr. High School to begin Sept. 8 with all online courses
StrongMind to provide online instruction for 2020/2021 school year

Around 450 Native American students, grades 7-12, living on the Hopi reservation in northeastern Arizona will begin school fully online Sept. 8 to limit risks of COVID-19.

September 1, 2020
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“There’s no secret we are a split ticket,” Lizer said during a Navajo town hall Aug. 25 with President Jonathan Nez. “We are working both sides, and we are well represented in Washington.”

By By Catherine Fusillo, Cronkite News September 1, 2020
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The Navajo Nation will have a 32-hour weekend lockdown beginning Aug. 29, at 9 p.m. until Aug. 31 at 5 a.m.

August 27, 2020
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PHOENIX (AP) — The fight over whether Phoenix-area gyms, bars, movie theaters and water parks can reopen could be a moot point by Thursday if Maricopa County's downward trend in coronavirus cases holds, the state's top health officer said.

By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press August 26, 2020
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — On Aug. 28, Harkins Flagstaff 16, Harkins Prescott Valley 14 and Harkins Sedona 6, will be celebrating reopening after being closed by order of Gov. Doug Ducey because of coronavirus concerns.

August 25, 2020
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Indigenous tribes have their own cultures, languages and customs, but two common threads run throughout — high esteem for their elders, and the heavy impact COVID-19 on Native communities.

By Arren Kimbel-Sannit, Cronkite News August 25, 2020
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Earlier this year, the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System celebrated Public Service Recognition Week. As public service employees, the VA wanted to do something for others and decided to host a food drive for 80 Veteran families of the Hopi Tribe and Tewa people.

August 25, 2020
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The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Navajo Gaming) team members, senior management and the Board of Directors extended their sincere gratitude to the 24th Navajo Nation Council, Speaker Seth Damon, President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer for their support of Navajo Gaming’s CARES Act funding.

August 25, 2020
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The Navajo Nation issued guidelines and a plan to carefully reopen the Navajo Nation with a phased in approach, which will include safety guidelines for residents to follow, directs businesses to implement COVID-19 policies and procedures to meet standards and provides a color-coded system for progressively reopening businesses on the Nation based on data driven analysis and input from health experts.

By Katherine Locke August 18, 2020
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The Navajo Nation president urged all schools on the Nation Aug. 13 to implement online learning for the current semester to reduce COVID-19 risks, despite Bureau of Indian Education guidelines stating schools should open Sept. 16 for in-person learning.

By Katherine Locke August 18, 2020

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