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Erin Ford

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Navajo artisan brings craft to the South Rim

Anyone who has taken a hike through red rock country can attest to the importance of tough, comfortable footwear. Hiking boots of every make and model abound, but sometimes nothing can beat a good, old-fashioned pair of moccasins.

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Grand Canyon Brewery partners to produce Conservation Kolsch beer

Trout Unlimited, the Arizona Wildlife Federation and Grand Canyon Brewery teamed up to roll out Conservation Kolsch Sept. 28 in Williams.

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Zuni carver Mike Tucson shares beauty of fetish tradition

Who do you call on when you need a little shot of strength, self-reliance or wisdom? For many, it’s a tiny animal totem infused with one or many special attributes and is said to convey those helpful properties to the carrier.

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NPS, tribes share vision of intercultural heritage at Grand Canyon’s Desert View

Located at the southeast edge of Grand Canyon National Park, the Desert View Watchtower rises high above the Colorado River — for many, it’s the first glimpse they get of the park. It’s also an area of great cultural significance, and as such, the National Park Service is planning a facelift for the area.

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USFS proposes revisions to 20-year uranium mining ban

In an announcement Nov. 1, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) took the first step toward eliminating the ban on new uranium mining leases near Grand Canyon National Park.

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Kaibab National Forest goes batty for International Bat Week

Forest Service aims to educate public about critical role bats play in insect control, crop protection and healthy forests

What is small, fuzzy and can eat up to 8,000 insects per night? Bats. And according to Kaibab National Forest biologist Justin Schofer, they are a critical component for crop protection and healthy forests.

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Hopi man dies in cliff jumping accident near Glen Canyon Dam

An Arizona man died Aug. 14 after a cliff-jumping accident at Anchovy Point on Lake Powell.

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Haul No! protesting a uranium haul route

On a hot, dusty day in the shadow of Red Butte, the Havasupai Tribe gathered to pray and educate others about the dangers of uranium mining near their sacred lands.

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Dancers honor tradition, usher in spring

Navajo dance troupe introduces travelers to traditional Native dances and culture

A troupe of American Indian dancers at Grand Canyon National Park will stage free dance performances outside Hopi House on selected dates.

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Tradition with a twist: after following in his father's footsteps, Navajo artist Bahe Whitethorne Jr. forges his own path forward

Growing up in a family of artists — painters, jewelers, weavers and potters — Bahe Whitethorne Jr. grew up with an appreciation and a talent for painting.

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"Almost drinkable:" Activists concerned with Canyon Mine's disposal of excess water, Energy Fuels says methods are safe

Although no uranium ore has been officially hauled out of Canyon Mine, conservation groups, as well as the Havasupai and Navajo tribes, recently reiterated their concerns about radioactive contamination after learning a wet winter left the mine facility water-logged.

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Walking in beauty: Navajo educator, dancer, musician and medicine man James Peshlakai passes at 71

As a child, Yadira Caballero remembers hearing about her Navajo culture, watching community children learning the hoop dance and the eagle dance from tireless teacher, educator and medicine man James Peshlakai.

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Zinke confirmed as interior secretary, oversees Bureau of Indian Affairs

Former Navy SEAL and Montana senator Ryan Zinke to oversee one-fifth of United States as interior secretary

In a 68-31 vote, the Senate confirmed Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke as interior secretary March 1.

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Havasupai Tribe files two lawsuits fighting for water rights

Tribe fights to protect its federally-reserved water rights, attends hearings in San Francisco

In 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution mandating safe water a fundamental human right.

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Conserving culture and history at Grand Canyon’s Desert View Watchtower

More than 80 years after Hopi artist Fred Kabotie painted colorful murals on the walls of Mary Colter’s new Desert View Watchtower, his grandson, Ed Kabotie, takes a water-moistened brush in hand and applies it carefully to the unsealed plaster walls.