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Navajo Nation bids farewell to preeminent educator, Dr. Robert A. Roessel Jr., first DinŽ College President

WINDOW ROCK -- The Navajo Nation has lost a towering figure in education who inspired three generations of Navajo students and their parents, and who helped make Navajo language, culture and history world-renowned throughout academic circles.

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Lorraine Karen Honanie

Lorraine Karen Honanie, 63, died unexpectedly on Monday, Feb. 6, 2006 in Flagstaff Ariz. Born on July 2, 1942 in Ft. Defiance, Ariz., to John and Vera Poseyesva, she was a member of the Hopi tribe from the village of Moencopi.

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Flags at half-staff for U.S. Army Sgt. Clifton Yazzie

WINDOW ROCK — On Jan. 26, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. proclaimed that flags on the Navajo Nation be flown at half-staff from Jan. 30 through Feb. 2 in honor and remembrance of the late U.S. Army Sgt. Clifton Yazzie, who was recently killed in Iraq.

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Ellouise D. DeGroat

On Dec. 6, 2005, Ellouise D. DeGroat died in Fort Defiance, Ariz. She was 66 years old.

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Audrey Lynn Tsosie

Audrey Lynn Tsosie, 24, passed away on Dec. 7, 2005. She was born in Ganado, Ariz. on Nov. 9, 1981. She grew up in Flagstaff, Ariz. She attended Coconino High School where she graduated with the Class of 2000. Audrey continued her education at NAU and graduated in 2004.

Pres. Shirley sends condolences to the family of the late Navajo Chief Justice Virgil L. Kirk Sr.

WINDOW ROCK -- On Nov. 30, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. learned that former Navajo Nation Chief Justice Virgil Lee Kirk died that day at the San Juan Regional Medical Center. He was 82.

Mother of Hopi Chairman dies

KYKOTSMOVI – Amelia Taylor, mother of Hopi Tribal Chairman Wayne Taylor Jr., died Nov. 23 in Phoenix following a lengthy illness

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Flags at half-staff for R.C. Gorman

President calls Mr. Gorman the ‘Picasso of the Southwest, child of the Navajo Nation’

WINDOW ROCK,— On Nov. 6, Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., ordered Navajo Nation flags to be flown at half-staff in honor and remembrance of renowned Navajo artist R.C. Gorman, 74, of Taos, N.M.Mr. Gorman passed away peacefully on Thursday in Albuquerque after having been hospitalized with a bacterial blood infection.

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The late Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai remembered as 1st modern Dine' leader

WINDOW ROCK -- The late Navajo Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai, 86, who died Aug. 14 of pneumonia, is being remembered as the first modern Navajo leader, a champion of Navajo civil and religious rights, and the man who ushered in the first economic development initiative to the huge, remote Navajo Nation.

Leroy A. Tsinajinnie

Leroy A. Tsinajinnie 59, died Wednesday Aug. 10, 2005 at Flagstaff Medical Center.

Allan James Begay

Allan James Begay age 28, died Monday August 1, 2005, at Flagstaff Medical Center. He was born December 9th, 1976 in Tuba City, Arizona to Teddy and Carmen Begay.

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In Memory of Merrill Yaiva

Merrill Yaiva was born April 28, 1951, son of the late Joel and Lillian Yaiva of Hotevilla Village.

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