In 2016, the National Crime Information Center reported that there were 5,712 reports of missing Native women and girls. The U.S. Department of Justice’s federal missing persons database logged only 116.
It was a cold day with a bitter penetrating wind Jan. 22 as supporters braced themselves on the lawn at city hall in Flagstaff demanding justice for Amanda Webster, a 26-year-old originally from Cameron, Arizona, who was murdered Dec. 1 in Kentucky.
Annual event returns to Flagstaff's Coconino Center for the Arts Jan. 19
Rumble on the Mountain V, an annual event to raise awareness of the plight of indigenous people and lands of the Colorado Plateau, takes place Jan. 19 at the Coconino Center for the Arts from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Harry Houdini’s great grand-nephew, a long-time resident of the Navajo Nation, has a new program on the Science Channel.
A report released by the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) about Four Corners Power Plant may serve as a cautionary lesson for the Navajo Transitional Energy Co. as it decides whether to buy Navajo Generating Station.
Evangeline Parsons Yazzie’s new book “Their Land, Their Love: The Return Home” is the last book in her “Her Land, Her Love” series and is available at Salina Bookshelf in Flagstaff.
Finding hope after the fire
Mary Ann Miller’s trailer in Kayenta burned in 2015 and her family is now seeking help in finishing repairs to the trailer through a gofundme page. The family needs about $2,000 dollars to complete repairs to the trailer and install some security.
Congresswoman-elect Deb Haaland was elected Nov. 6 to New Mexico’s 1st Congress District — one of two Native American women elected to Congress.
First Native American women elected to U.S. House of Representatives
It was an exciting night for Native Americans and for the Navajo Nation as two Native women were elected to U.S. Congress for the first time ever and as Jonathan Nez was elected to be the next president of the Navajo Nation.
“Dawnland” is premiering on the PBS series Independent Lens, as part of November Native American Heritage Month programming.
“Öngtupqa” takes inside look at Hopi musical and cultural connection to Desert View Watchtower with new CD and documentary
A trio of musicians with strong connections to the Grand Canyon, have made an acoustic soundscape intended to honor the surrounding landscape through music created on-site at the Desert View Watchtower.
Down to the wire: Presidential hopefuls Jonathan Nez and Joe Shirley Jr. face off as election closes in
Navajo Nation presidential candidates Jonathan Nez and Joe Shirley Jr. attended a forum at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Oct. 18 in Phoenix.
Four-part PBS series shows Native America's past is alive in the traditions of Native people today
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Native America, a new four-part series from Providence Pictures, premieres Tuesday evenings from Oct. 23 – Nov. 13, at 9 p.m. 10 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS. Hotevilla Village will have a special screening Oct. 20.
Traffic restored in both directions following fatality and damage caused by heavy rains
The Arizona Department of Transportation reopened US 89 between Cameron and US 160 on the Navajo Nation Oct. 5, two days after the road was closed because of the road collapsing after heavy rains during the night Oct. 3.
Duane Koyawena and Landis Bahe say this moment that Native Americans are in right now is a pivitol one - the mesh between cultural and modern society
Pivot: Skateboard Deck Art is a multicultural art exhibition with artists from different cities, upbringings and cultural traditions throwing down a marker of where artists of their generation are today, in this moment.
Hopi golfer, Taylor Harvey, was selected to compete in the Pure Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee at Pebble Beach Sept. 24-30.
Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise launches first-of-its-kind educational partnership for Navajo College students
Dalphianna Prettysongs was accepted into law school, but instead she is one of 20 interns working on the Navajo reservation, part of an internship program unveiled at the ground breaking of the new travel center at Twin Arrows Sept. 20.
The trial to adjudicate water rights in the Little Colorado River basin in Arizona commenced Sept. 11 in its first phase, which will determine the Hopi Tribe’s water rights for past and present uses of the Little Colorado River.
Evangeline Parsons-Yazzie’s third volume, “Her Captive, Her Love” is a continuation of the first two books of one Naabeehó’s family’s resilience during the Long Walk.
Study finds limited personal experience and negative narratives cement Native stereotypes
When you think of Native Americans, what thoughts or images come to mind? A recent report by Reclaiming Native Truth sheds light on assumptions made about Native Americans, points out the negative challenges of that narrative and sheds light on ways forward “to achieve equity, inclusion and policy changes that will improve the lives of Native families and communities.”
Diné Bí Ná’ alkid Time! puppet show announces talent auditions in Window Rock
“Diné Bí Ná’álkid Time!” the first educational Navajo and English puppet show to teach the Navajo language and culture through digital media, is hosting talent auditions for Navajo and English speaking children and teens between the ages of 4-18 in Window Rock, Arizona.
Fifteen of the 18 Navajo Nation presidential candidates were on hand to answer questions before a packed crowd at one of the presidential forums held July 27 at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort.
Navajo artist Shaun Beyale's newest comic book is set in futuristic post-apocalyptic Southwest; 'Ayla, The Monster Slayer' to be released at Indigenous Comic Con
Artist Shaun Beyale believes Native people are living in a post-apocalyptic world and that is the inspiration behind his upcoming comic book ‘Ayla, The Monster Slayer,’ which he hopes to have ready by Indigenous Comic Con in November.
President's office and speaker's office at odds over $525 million dollar bid for gun manufacturing company
An article in The New York Times July 16 that said the Navajo Nation had offered to buy Remington Arms Co., LLC for approximately $525 million cash spurred conflicting statements from the Nation's executive and legislative branches.
Carlos Deal, a Native entrepreneur, says yes.
The Arizona Middle School Athletics Association (AMSAA) is hoping to provide middle school students in Arizona the challenge and excitement of participating in middle school athletic tournaments that will also unite programs across the state and on reservations.
Kabotie and his band, 'Tha Yoties will release their new CD at the Orpheum June 30, coinciding with the Hopi Show as part of the IrieZona Reggae Rockout
Ed Kabotie, talks about how art provides a path through addiction and darkness in his music and illustrations.
Duane Koyawena is one of the artists featured at the Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture June 30-July 1
For Duane Koyawena, art and his sobriety go hand in hand and that is what he wants to come across at the Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture this weekend at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff.
The Andy Harvey Native American Broadcast Workshop this year will bring 30 students from seven indigenous communities, from 18 high schools across Arizona to learn the ins and outs of broadcast journalism June 17-23.
Floris White Bull and others share experiences through “AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock”
“AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock” is a collaborative documentary created in three chapters, each by a different filmmaker, that follows the rise of the peaceful resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.
Ban on camping within Flagstaff city limits upheld by city council
The Flagstaff City Council upheld the ban on camping on public property within the city of Flagstaff May 8, citing fire danger as one reason for the ban.
The U.S. House of Representatives introduced draft legislation May 9 designed to keep Navajo Generating Station operating past December 2019.
How could the Navajo Nation, which considers the horse sacred, let nearly 200 horses die near Gray Mountain and what is going to be done about it in the future? Who is responsible?
In honor of National Nurses Week, May 6-12, the Navajo-Hopi Observer sat down with nurses from Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation and Winslow Indian Healthcare Center and asked them to share their experiences and why they chose a career in nursing.
House Committee meeting brings no change for future of Navajo Generating Station; still set to close in 2019
The Navajo Nation Navajo Council Speaker and Hopi Tribal Chairman testified before a House Committee on National Resources subcommittee to try and garner congressional support for keeping the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) open beyond 2019.
Author and illustrator Dale Deforest presented his comic book, “Hero Twins,” at the Museum of Northern Arizona April 21, saying it was his love of comic books and superheroes that inspired him to create the story.
Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau exhibit opens April 15 at Museum of Northern Arizona; Native community invited to exclusive, free preview April 14
The Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) will unveil an expanded and revitalized gallery called Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau with an exclusive preview for Native people April 14.
Navajo Nation files suit against city of Winslow and feds in killing of Tsingine
The Bordertown Justice Coalition unveiled a billboard in Winslow as a memorial of the second anniversary of the death of Loreal Tsingine, who was shot and killed by former Winslow police officer Austin Shipley March 26, 2016.
Hopi Tribe seeks 500,000 acres of land promised to them in 1996 Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Act at joint session with Flagstaff and County officials
The Hopi Tribal chairman addressed an overflow crowd March 12 at a joint session of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors and the Flagstaff City Council over land the Hopi are owed as a result of the 1996 Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Act.
Community meeting March 6 at Warrior Pavilion to discuss recent threats to Tuba City schools and what to do next
TUBA CITY, Ariz. — With a rash of social media threats to reservation schools in the past week, the Navajo Nation president urged parents and teachers to support students’ emotional and mental health needs as national school violence impacts local Native kids.
About 35 people braved the sleet to gather in Heritage Square in Flagstaff Feb. 14 to call attention to Nicole Joe’s death and the fight for justice for missing and murdered indigenous women. Vaughn Seumptewa, was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly beat Nicole and left her outside in the cold for hours. Nicole died on Christmas Day in 2017. She was 40 years old.
On Feb. 12, the Navajo Nation won a victory in its fight for fair compensation for the harm caused by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its contractors from the Gold King Mine spill of August 2015.
Innovative students at STAR School design low-cost evaporative cooler, win $25,000 from Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow project
STAR School students recently won $25,000 from Samsung for their solution to cooling needs on the reservation by designing an evaporative cooler bucket that is low-cost and can be used on and off the grid.
Hundreds of Kayenta Mine and Navajo Generating Station workers marched on the Arizona State Capitol Feb. 6 to announce the formation of ‘Yes to NGS,’ a coalition that advocates for solutions to ensure the continuation of NGS operations beyond 2019.
Cheyenne River Sioux artist collaborating with local artist Chip Thomas on Navajo Nation and Flagstaff mural project
The Heard Museum is featuring Cheyenne River Sioux artist Cheyenne Randall’s ‘The Mural Project' through Feb. 15, which will include creating murals at the museum and on Gray Mountain on the Navajo Nation and in downtown Flagstaff.
Doctors Without Borders will hold a recruiting session for medical and non-medical workers Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Flagstaff Public Library, 300 W. Aspen Ave.
On Jan. 19, Red Feather Development Group, with help from Roof Dancers, installed a new stove for the Lomabalaquihoya family, a result of a Giving Tuesday campaign by Red Feather.
Annual Rumble on the Mountain features local artists, musicians, dancers and speakers highlighting the people and sacred lands of the Colorado Plateau
Rumble on the Mountain IV, an annual event to raise awareness of the plight of indigenous people and lands of the Colorado Plateau, takes place Jan. 20 at the Coconino Center for the Arts from 2-7 p.m.
The Hopi Tribal Housing Authority (HTHA) showcased an open house of 40 new homes in Winslow, Arizona Jan. 9 that ranged from one to five bedrooms on land purchased by the Hopi Tribe.
Feature film by Navajo filmmaker Kody Dayish in pre-production, now casting actors
Kody Dayish Productions, featuring Kody and his brother, Kolin and sister, Kolette, are currently making a feature film titled “Unbroken Code” about Navajo Code Talkers during WWII. The siblings are from Shiprock, New Mexico and are seeking extras and cast members for the film.