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Arizona tribes challenge permit for open-pit copper mine

Three Native American tribes went to court April 10 to oppose a planned open-pit copper mine in southern Arizona.

Man accused of raping incapacitated Native woman resists STD testing

A former nurse charged with sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman who later gave birth at a long-term care facility in Phoenix will appeal a court order requiring a test to determine if he has HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases.

Navajo Nation searches for funding to replace decrepit jails in New Mexico, Arizona

Navajo Nation officials are in search of funding to replace two deteriorating tribal jails.

Window Rock school district official removed due to lawsuit

A member of the Window Rock Unified School District Governing Board must step down because he was not a registered voter during his election.

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Arizona residents charged with fraud after selling fake Native jewelry

Three Arizona residents are among seven people charged with fraudulently selling jewelry imported from the Philippines as authentic Native American-made items.

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Reward for info in 2014 killing raised to $10K

The FBI is raising its reward to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a 2014 killing on the Navajo Nation.

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Ex-Navajo Nation president’s daughter faces DUI charges

The daughter of former Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has been charged following a drunken driving arrest last spring near Flagstaff.

Proposal would end Daylight-Savings Time in New Mexico

A state lawmaker wants New Mexico to join neighboring Arizona in refusing to recognize Daylight-Savings Time.

Program using storytelling events to save Navajo language

A group of Navajo Nation elders is using traditional storytelling to try to pass down their Native language to the next generation.

Navajo Nation police: 1 dead in shooting involving officers

Navajo Nation authorities say one person is dead following a shooting involving police officers but no officers were injured.

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Navajo Code Talker Alfred K. Newman dies at 94 in New Mexico Jan. 13

A Navajo Code Talker who used his native language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II has died in New Mexico at age 94.

Colombian family among 6 dead on U.S. 89 near Cameron

Four Colombian tourists were among six people who died in a head-on collision on a northern Arizona highway.

Willie Grayeyes sworn in as county commissioner

A southeastern Utah county commission is officially majority Native American for the first time after two new Navajo members were sworn in.

No charges filed against Navajo lawmaker in pedestrian death

Tribal authorities say a Navajo Nation Council member is not facing any charges after he struck and killed an intoxicated pedestrian who was crossing a dark New Mexico highway.

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Tanker rolls over creating chocolate river on I-40

A river of chocolate was flowing in the westbound lanes of I-40 at milepost 211, east of Flagstaff Jan. 14 after a tanker truck carrying 40-thousand gallons of liquid chocolate rolled over, according to DPS.

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Man pleads not guilty to killing Cameron woman

A Kentucky man who police say confessed to killing an Arizona woman in a hotel room has pleaded not guilty.

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Nation fills vacant seat

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

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Navajo Nation certifies general election results; final count in

Officials on the Navajo Nation have certified results from the tribe’s general election.

Navajo to appeal dismissal of case against Wells Fargo

The Navajo Nation is appealing the dismissal of a lawsuit it filed against Wells Fargo, accusing the company of engaging in predatory and unlawful practices.

Tuba City felon sentenced for robbery and assault

A convicted felon from Tuba City has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison.

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Navajo Nation president endorses former leader over his VP

Russell Begaye beat Joe Shirley Jr. to become president of the Navajo Nation. Begaye, now the outgoing president, is endorsing Shirley to succeed him.

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Arizona man’s Native jewelry worth $100K taken in New Mexico

An Arizona artist says his handmade Native American jewelry worth $100,000 was stolen while visiting New Mexico.

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Northern Arizona country gets rain, snow

Snowplows were clearing highways in high country in northern and eastern Arizona Oct. 16 as a winter weather advisory remained in effect through noon for elevations over 6,500 feet (1,981 meters).

Navajo official conviced on forgery charges

A former official with the Navajo Nation’s Dilkon Chapter has been found guilty of forgery.

Navajo court rules in favor of Shirley

Former two-term Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. can continue his run for the tribe’s top elected office.

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U.S. 89 near Cameron closed due to wash-out

A woman was killed following a wash-out of U.S. 89 near Cameron, Arizona the evening of Oct. 3.

Federal judge dismisses Navajo's lawsuit against Wells Fargo

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleged Wells Fargo engaged in predatory and unlawful banking practices with members of the Navajo Nation.

Navajo Technical University gets $1M for new workforce training center

More than $1 million is being awarded to Navajo Technical University to build a training center to help displaced workers from the energy sector develop new skills.

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Justice Department seeks dismissal from tribe’s lawsuit in Loreal Tsingine death

Attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department want a federal judge to drop a lawsuit that faulted the office for not prosecuting an Arizona police officer in a Navajo woman’s death.

US Justice Department seeks dismissal from tribe’s lawsuit

Attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department want a federal judge to drop a lawsuit that faulted the office for not prosecuting an Arizona police officer in a Navajo woman’s death.

Tests on cows found dead in Navajo County come back negative

Authorities say lab tests have not shed any light on what led to the deaths of two dozen cows in the Heber and Overgaard area.

Navajo candidates endorse Lujan Grisham for New Mexico governor

The remaining two presidential candidates of the nation’s largest American Indian reservation have endorsed Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham for New Mexico governor.

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New Mexico city bordering Navajo Nation sees tourism jump

A western New Mexico city that bills itself as the gateway to Native American culture is experiencing a tourism boom.

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Native American activist accused of assaulting 3 women arrives at Santa Fe jail

A Native American activist accused of raping women has arrived at the Santa Fe County jail after losing a fight against his extradition from Phoenix.

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Navajo Nation launches program to manage feral horse population

The Navajo Nation is offering $50 for each surrendered horse to encourage the removal of unbranded, free-roaming horses from tribal land.

Arizona tribal casino gambling revenue up by 4.4 percent

The Arizona Department of Gaming says contributions to the state from tribal gambling revenue will be more than $27 million for the quarter that ended on June 30.

Tuba City man charged in girl’s death at local high school

A Tuba City man is charged in the death of a girl whose body was found at a high school’s bleachers.

Judge calls for activist to be extradited to New Mexico

A New Mexico judge is asking Arizona authorities to extradite a Native American activist who was arrested on rape and other charges.

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EPA seeks dismissal of Gold King Mine spill lawsuit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking a federal court in New Mexico to toss out a lawsuit over a mine waste spill in Colorado that polluted rivers in three states.

Coal plant closure sparks worry in northwestern New Mexico

Officials in northwestern New Mexico are grappling with the likely effects of a coal power plant closure near the Navajo Nation and in one of the nation’s poorest states.

Committee starts work on Arizona drought contingency plan

Arizona water users are starting work on an ambitious plan to lessen the impact of Colorado River water shortages.

Arizona may take over permit program protecting rivers

Arizona may take over responsibility for issuing dredge-and-fill permits under the Clean Water Act, a task long handled by the federal government.

Discussions to focus on Native American voting rights

Access and barriers to the political process across Indian Country will be the focus of an upcoming discussion in Washington, D.C.

Navajo Nation Council OKs bill on police standards, training

The Navajo Nation is moving to set its own standards and training requirements for certification of tribal police officers instead of continuing to rely on processes used by the federal government or states.

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Ex-Navajo police officer gets 16 years for fatal DUI crash

A 31-year-old former Navajo Nation police officer has been sentenced to 16 years for a fatal DUI crash.

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Navajo Nation president’s daughter, legal counsel resigns

The Navajo Nation president’s chief legal counsel and daughter has resigned, weeks after she was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

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Navajo Nation tightens fire restrictions to Stage 2 across all Navajo lands in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah

The Navajo Nation is tightening fire restrictions across the reservation because of ongoing drought.

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FBI seeks info after man killed Navajo Nation

FBI officials say a man has been killed on the Navajo Nation near Gallup, New Mexico and they are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

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Navajo Nation gets federal funding for river recovery

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.

Missing 1-year-old found safe in Holbrook

A 1-year-old girl allegedly abducted from Arkansas in a custody battle last month has been found safe in northeastern Arizona.

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