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Navajo lawmakers pass massive virus relief spending bill
$651 million includes money for water projects, power lines and more

Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation have approved a massive spending bill to respond to the coronavirus pandemic that includes money for water projects, power lines, broadband and casino employees who have been laid off.

By Associated Press August 11, 2020
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Nez: Nation cannot play politics when assessing school reopening
Department of Diné Education encourages school leaders to involve stakeholders in reopening planning process

In his state of the Nation address July 20, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said any plan about reopening schools on the Nation must be implemented with the health and safety of all students, teachers, administrators and employees as a top priority.

By Katherine Locke July 28, 2020
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The Budget and Finance Committee and the Law and Order Committee voted to update Navajo law to match the 2009 line-item veto referendum language approved by Navajo voters — the language will be presented to the Naabik’íyáti’ Committee and the Navajo Nation Council for consideration.

By Katherine Locke July 28, 2020
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The Navajo Police Training Academy has temporarily suspend activities after seven recruits tested positive for coronavirus July 7.

July 14, 2020
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Authorities on the largest Native American reservation in the U.S. are warning people against illegally growing marijuana and hemp.

By Associated Press June 9, 2020
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On May 30, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez line-item vetoed Navajo Nation Council Resolution No. CMY-44-20, known as the Navajo Nation CARES Fund Act.

June 2, 2020
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The Navajo Nation has filed to intervene in a rate case for one of Arizona’s largest utilities as it seeks ways to make up for the loss of coal revenue and develop renewable energy projects.

By Associated Press February 18, 2020
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The Navajo Nation is seeking to become one of the first Native American tribes to create a managed health care entity.

By Associated Press December 24, 2019
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A former manager of the Navajo Nation’s Tuba City Chapter has been sentenced to jail time and probation in a theft case.

By Associated Press April 23, 2019
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“The Higher Education Grant is a huge benefit for thousands of Navajo students each year and for the future of the Navajo Nation,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.

April 16, 2019
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Navajo Nation delegates, Vice President Myron Lizer and Speaker Seth Damon, along with tribal leaders from the other 11 Bureau of Indian Affairs regions, recently met for budget discussions with the federal officials.

April 16, 2019
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On March 25, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer voiced concern about the Trump administration’s proposal to eliminate funding for the Higher Education Grant within the Bureau of Indian Education’s FY 2020 budget request.

April 2, 2019
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Jimmy Yellowhair will have a few weeks to get accustomed to serving as a Navajo Nation lawmaker.

By Associated Press December 11, 2018
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In November 2016, the Navajo Nation Council passed a resolution adopting the plan, which reserved nearly $20 million from the Síhasin Fund to guarantee insurance premiums necessary for the Nation’s participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pasture, Rangeland, Forage Insurance Program for 2017 and 2018.

September 4, 2018
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The Office of the President and Vice President commended the New Mexico senators for securing provisions in the Farm Bill that will help protect Native American seeds used for cultural, religious, medicinal, ceremonial and agricultural purposes.

July 10, 2018
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The Navajo Nation has been awarded a $1.1 million contract as part of a multi-agency effort to help recover endangered fish in the San Juan River Basin.

By Associated Press June 19, 2018
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The Navajo Nation strongly objects to the Department of the Interior’s planned reorganization of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and strongly opposes the reassignment of the BIA’s Navajo Regional Director Sharon Pinto.

May 15, 2018
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The Navajo Nation filed a lawsuit April 11 against top opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies for creating a market of highly addictive drugs and for failing to prevent the flow of illicit opioids in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

April 24, 2018
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The Navajo Nation Council voted unanimously in support of legislation approving an expenditure plan to invest over $100 million for Navajo communities and families across the Navajo Nation to receive power lines, water lines and various capital improvement projects.

April 24, 2018
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A Navajo Nation judge is weighing if sexual abuse lawsuits against the Mormon Church should proceed and where the cases should be heard.

April 17, 2018
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Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch announced April 6 that former K’ai’bii’to’ Chapter Accounts Maintenance Specialist Berniece Pinto-Denetdeal has been criminally charged with 28 counts of forgery and 34 counts of fraud against the Navajo Nation.

April 10, 2018
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Attorney General Ethel Branch announced March 26 that former ToˊNaneesˊDizi (Tuba City) Chapter Executive Manager Priscilla Littlefoot pleaded no contest to 18 counts of theft from the Navajo Nation.

April 3, 2018
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The Navajo Nation is moving forward on a proposed memorial to honor the 14 Navajo police officers who have died in the line of duty since 1949.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 13, 2018
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During a policy roundtable discussion held at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus March 9, Navajo Indian Irrigation Project (NIIP) members advocated to the Western Caucus Foundation for funding for the project.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 13, 2018
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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said he will approve emergency legislation allocating $6.3 million to ensure Navajo Head Start operations continue.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 6, 2018
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FirstNet and AT&T to provide public safety broadband on Nation
Law and Order Committee votes 2-0 in support of development for nationwide network; Naabik’íyáti’ Committee to serve as final authority for bill

On Feb. 21, the Law and Order Committee considered legislation which requests FirstNet and AT&T to develop the nationwide public safety broadband network for police officers, firefighters and emergency medical responders on the Navajo Nation.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer February 27, 2018
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In response to the White House’s announcement that Robert Weaver has withdrawn his name for consideration as director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), the Navajo Nation president called on the Trump administration to fill the position.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer February 27, 2018
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On Feb. 22, the Naabik’íyáti’ Committee approved legislation opposing a Congressional bill that would violate tribal sovereignty by permitting federal authorities to enter tribal reservation lands to arrest persons fleeing arrest, custody, testimony or service.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer February 27, 2018
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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye appointed Lt. Col. Tracey Clyde as the new director of the Navajo Nation Veterans Administration (NNVA).

By Navajo-Hopi Observer February 27, 2018
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The Navajo Election Administration (NEA) informed the public Feb. 7 that the candidate-filing period opens May 17, 2018 and closes on May 30, 2018 for the upcoming primary and general elections on the Navajo Nation.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer February 13, 2018
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Representatives from the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission were in attendance Thursday, as Bernalillo County District Court Judge Briana H. Zamora sentenced Gilbert Tafoya to serve the maximum of 20 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections for the brutal beating deaths of two homeless Navajo men in 2014.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer February 6, 2018
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In the face of drastic budget cuts to the Special Diabetes Programs for Indians, Navajo President Russell Begaye called on Congress and federal agencies to prioritize Indian health and allocate funding for essential programs Jan. 17.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer January 30, 2018
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On Jan. 4 the Resources and Development Committee considered legislation which seeks support to designate Navajo Route 6 as the “Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway” and requests the Navajo Division of Transportation and Bureau of Indian Affairs to recognize the designation.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer January 16, 2018
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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed a resolution Jan. 7 awarding $2.45 million from the Navajo Nation’s Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance in stipends for officials serving on district grazing committees and farm boards, as well as the Eastern Navajo Land Board.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer January 16, 2018
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The Navajo Nation Council is encouraging Navajo veterans to submit claims to recover income taxes that were unlawfully withheld on military wages for certain periods of time.

December 26, 2017
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Navajo Nation filed suit against Wells Fargo Bank Dec. 12, alleging that Wells Fargo engaged in a campaign of predatory and unlawful practices that targeted and harmed the Navajo people.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer December 19, 2017
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On Dec. 1, Navajo tribal member Nicco Montaño defeated Roxanne Modafferi, becoming the first Navajo UFC Flyweight Champion.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer December 19, 2017
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Last week, $764,000 in funding was considered by the Resources and Development Committee to aid in the replacement of homes destroyed in the Assayi Lake wildfire.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer December 5, 2017
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On Nov. 15-17, the Division of Natural Resources Summit was held at Twin Arrows for Navajo citizens to learn about the division’s projects and areas of direct services and to promote collaboration between tribal, state and federal partners.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer November 28, 2017
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The Navajo Nation Council unanimously voted to approve the second Friday in May as “Navajo Police Office Day” on the Navajo Nation.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer October 24, 2017
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Number of missing people on Navajo Nation increasing at alarming rate
Volunteers with Navajo Nation Missing Persons Update ask Law and Order Committee what they plan to do

On Oct. 9, the Law and Order Committee (LOC) received a report from Meskee Yatsayte and family members of missing persons regarding missing persons on the Navajo Nation.

October 17, 2017
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On Sept.11, the Resources and Development Committee (RDC) received a report from divisions across the Nation regarding utility disconnections that continue to impact Navajo chapters.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer September 26, 2017
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On Aug. 2, Navajo Technical University (NTU) began the preliminary steps in constructing a campus in Chinle, Arizona with a groundbreaking and blessing ceremony for the site’s first educational building.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer September 5, 2017
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Superintendent of Navajo Head Start removed following federal investigation
Sharon Singer removed, July 28, for egregious misuse of Navajo Nation funds

The Department of Diné Education (DODE) removed Sharon Singer, superintendent of Navajo Head Start, from her position July 28.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer August 8, 2017
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On July 14, the United States District Court for the District of Utah once again ruled in favor of the Navajo Nation and confirmed that the electoral districts of San Juan County are illegally drawn based on race and violate the United States Constitution.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer July 25, 2017
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The Nation’s Law and Order Committee (LOC) advocated for improved benefits for surviving spouses and children of fallen Navajo Nation police officers after receiving reports July 14 from involved parties.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer July 25, 2017
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The Office of the President and Vice President will conduct an investigation into allegations of misuse of funds by Head Start Director Sharon Singer. She was placed on leave June 29.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer July 18, 2017
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On June 26, the Law and Order Committee passed legislation which approved an allocation of $500,000 to help with all costs associated with designing and building a Dilkon Justice Center.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer July 11, 2017
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On May 26, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Navajo nation to deny utility company’s condemnation of tribal land in Public Service Company of New Mexico vs. Barboan.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer June 13, 2017
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On Apr. 30, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye approved $239,200 as a one-time grant allocation to the non-profit organization Diné Bii Association for Disabled Citizens.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer May 23, 2017
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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye says passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which passed the House of Representatives May 4, could result in diminished health care services to tribal communities.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer May 9, 2017
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On April 4, the Washington D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)owes the Navajo Nation approximately $15.6 million plus interest in money it withheld from the Nation’s judicial branch operations in 2014.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer April 11, 2017
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On March 27, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye approved legislation appropriating $20 million dollars to the Sihasin Fund Navajo Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Economic Development Expenditure Plan to further economic development.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer April 5, 2017
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On March 28, members of the Navajo Nation Council met with employees from Peabody Coal Mine to provide information to miners regarding the status of Navajo Generating Station and implications for the mine and its employees.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer April 5, 2017
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On March 28, the Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) received a report from Pinon Chapter regarding the proposed Dził Yijiin Justice Facility, which would be located near the community, 44-miles west of Chinle, Arizona.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer April 5, 2017
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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye urged the secretary of health and human services to examine the quality of care and services provided by the Indian Health Service (IHS) at a meeting between the secretary’s tribal advisory committee March 8.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 28, 2017
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At the beginning of March, Navajo Nation Council members were invited to provide opening remarks during the 2017 Navajo Nation Agriculture Elected Officials Summit, which started on Feb. 27 and concluded on March 1.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 28, 2017
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In addressing tribal economic diversification, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said the Nation needs to move away from coal and oil based revenue generation while addressing infrastructure needs, workforce development and expediting processes for business development.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer March 21, 2017
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In listening to the State of Indian Nations address given by National Congress of American Indian President Brian Cladoosby, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said it’s time tribal nations stop being treated as programs by the federal government.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer February 21, 2017
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On Feb. 5, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye used the line-item veto authority to deny approximately $242,000 in supplemental funding intended to help the Navajo people by providing emergency response services because of recent winter storms.

By Katherine Locke February 14, 2017
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Council seeks input for Navajo Nation name change
Navajo Council questions how nation should identify itself, asking tribe for input on changing name to Diné Nation

On Jan. 27, the Navajo Nation Council tabled a motion to change the name of the Navajo Nation to Diné Nation until the spring council session in April and after seeking input from the Navajo people.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer January 31, 2017
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On Jan. 24, President Donald J. Trump signed memorandums to advance approval of both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer January 31, 2017
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The United States and the Navajo Nation have entered into a settlement agreement, with two affiliated subsidiaries of Freeport-McMoRan, Inc., for the cleanup of 94 abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer January 24, 2017
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An internal audit of the FY 2014 and 2015 Department of Navajo Veterans Affairs Veterans Housing Program has uncovered past deficiencies and mismanagement of funds in building homes according to the Navajo Nation Office of the Auditor General.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer January 24, 2017
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On Jan. 6, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye announced Bobby White will be appointed acting controller of the Navajo Nation. The decision came after the Navajo Nation Council removed Jim R. Parris as controller Jan. 4.

By Katherine Locke January 10, 2017
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The Navajo Nation Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) received a report Jan. 3 from Wells Fargo representatives about issues with recent alleged improper sales practices, the bank’s relationship with the Navajo Nation and concerns regarding fees assessed on chapter payroll and payment checks.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer January 10, 2017
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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez congratulated President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Michael Pence for securing their victory in the 2016 presidential election.

By Navajo-Hopi Observer November 15, 2016
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