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Katherine Locke

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Flagstaff Red Screen Film Festival celebrates indigenous cinema, local filmmakers July 24-28

While the films are made by indigenous people for indigenous people, that shouldn’t limit the audience to just indigenous people.

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Part III: Namingha Institute explores how to be an artist in today’s world

The Namingha Institute was held June 10-15 at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff and was made possible by a special endowment by Phil Smith, a supporter of the Namingha family of artists and a collector of their work.

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Edmund Nequatewa honored as Distinguished Fellow at MNA

Edmund Nequatewa was awarded as a Museum of Northern Arizona Distinguished Fellow July 5 — this is the highest honor the museum bestows and the first time the honor has recognized one of the Hopi founders of the museum.

Part II: Namingha Institute explores tribal and cultural influences

The Namingha Institute was held June 10-15 at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff and was made possible by a special endowment by Phil Smith, a supporter of the Namingha family of artists and a collector of their work.

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Navajo man wrongly arrested during Flagstaff drug bust

Flagstaff Police Department issues apology to Tremayne Nez June 26

Flanked by his lawers and his father June 28, Tremayne Nez said the Flagstaff Police Department and other federal agencies violated his rights when he was wrongfully arrested June 18 in a drug sting called Operation Riptide.

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Namingha Institute unveiled at MNA

The first Namingha Institute was unveiled at the Museum of Northern Arizona June 10-15, made possible after years of work and a special endowment by Phil Smith, a supporter of the Namingha family of artists and a collector of their work.

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Navajo Weavers Lynda Teller Pete and Barbara Teller Ornelas give readers something they've never had — a look at Navajo weaving told by Navajo weavers themselves

Navajo Weavers Lynda Teller Pete and Barbara Teller Ornelas give a behind the scenes look at the work of Navajo weavers in intimate stories and a stunningly photographed book, “Spider Woman’s Children: Navajo Weavers Today.”

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First cancer treatment center on a U.S. reservation opens in Tuba City

Dr. Jill Biden attends opening of House of Hope

The Navajo Nation president welcomed Dr. Jill Biden and other health industry leaders to Tuba City to view the ongoing development of the first cancer treatment center on the Navajo Nation and the first on any reservation in the country.

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*Update* - Flag High students win Vans contest

Shoe designers Alyssa Williams and Nicole Dougherty take first place in the Vans Custom Culture contest

Flagstaff High School won the grand prize for the 2019 Vans Custom Culture contest May 14, winning $75,000 for its arts program, celebrating shoe designers Alyssa Williams and Nicole Dougherty and graphic design teacher Kayley Quick.

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Flagstaff High School wins Vans Custom Culture contest

Flagstaff High School won the grand prize for the 2019 Vans Custom Culture contest May 14, winning $75,000 for its arts program and celebrating shoe designers Alyssa Williams and Nicole Dougherty and their teacher Kayley Quick.

Flagstaff High wins Vans Custom Culture contest

Flagstaff High School has won the grand prize for the 2019 Vans Custom Culture contest May 14.

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Flagstaff High School steps up

Native student Alyssa Williams' custom designed shoes make top 50 in Vans Custom Culture competition; public voting ends May 3

Flagstaff High School is one of the 50 finalists for the Vans Custom Culture contest and Native student Alyssa Williams, along with Nicole Dougherty, is one of the school’s designers.

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Samantha Burton brings a Native voice to the Museum of Northern Arizona

Samantha Burton, bookstore and publications manager at the Museum of Northern Arizona, is helping to lead the museum into the future as an indigenous voice who is responsible for lifting artists and indigenous literature into the future.

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Arizona senator co-sponsors health bill, addresses wildfire issues, education funding

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) spoke to the Navajo-Hopi Observer about priorities affecting northern Arizona, including rural healthcare, wildfire prevention and Impact Aid education funding last week.

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Hopi Opportunity Youth Initiative seeks submissions from Hopi artists for new logo design

Submissions are due by April 26 and the winning artist will receive a monetary prize.

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Flagstaff graduate speaks out about Native inclusion at Georgetown University

Georgetown University student Yasmin Zuch, from Flagstaff, Arizona, recently spoke out about the lack of inclusion Native people face at the university.

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Change Labs focuses on small businesses in Tuba City

Change Labs open house May 17 from 6-8:30 p.m. (MDT). Artist rezidency program application due by April 26.

Change Labs is seeking to change the face of entrepreneurship in Tuba City through programs like a small business incubator and an art residency program while creating a space to support small businesses.

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Museum of Northern Arizona art workshops help students work through depression, anxiety through art

Havasupai and Yavapai-Apache students spent a few days at the Museum of Northern Arizona at Pivot: Expressions of Hope workshop, where they learned the healing process of art as they created their own skateboard art.

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Naabik’íyáti’Committee ends final effort to keep NGS open

A vote in the Naabik’íyáti’Committee March 21 closed the final door on efforts to keep Navajo Generating Station (NGS) open, setting the stage for the decommissioning process to commence and for the plant to cease operations in December 2019.

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Poet Tanaya Winder inspires the next generation

Poet, educator and motivational speaker Tanaya Winder knows the power of words and now with a new EP “For Women and Girls on Fire,” she is exploring the power of the spoken word.

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NTEC details reasons for stalled negotiations in purchase of power plant

As Navajo Generating Station (NGS) owners move the plant toward decommissioning, Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) detailed its view of why negotiations stalled in an effort to figure out a way forward.

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Update: NGS to decommission plant

NTEC and Navajo Nation continue to search for a way forward for power plant

Navajo Generating Station (NGS) owners said Feb. 28 that they are moving forward with plans to decommission the power plant in Dec. 2019, despite interest from the Navajo Transitional Energy Co. (NTEC) in purchasing it.

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Navajo Generating Station owners move forward with decommissioning power plant

Navajo Transitional Energy Company committed to continued negotiations with NGS owners

Navajo Generating Station (NGS) owners said Feb. 28 that they are moving forward with plans to decommission the power plant in Dec. 2019, despite interest from the Navajo Transitional Energy Co. (NTEC) in buying it.

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Coconino Community College immerses Native Americans and other minorities in scientific research

Shawna Greyeyes, a Coconino Community College student in the Bridges to Baccalaureate program, is holding an electromagnetic wave reader that shows the level of electromagnetic waves each object — computer, phones, recorder — emits.

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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: Nationwide crisis exacerbated by lack of reporting of cases

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.

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Missing and murdered indigenous women: Finding justice for Amanda

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.

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Rumble on the Mountain highlights plight of indigenous peoples on the Colorado Plateau

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.

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The family's secret is out: Harry Houdini's relatives live in northern Arizona

Harry Houdini’s great grand-nephew, a long-time resident of the Navajo Nation, has a new program on the Science Channel.

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Report sounds cautionary warning for future of NGS

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.

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Book Review: Final novel by Evangeline Parsons Yazzie reveals suprsise ending

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.

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Following 2015 fire, Kayenta family still working on repairs and asks community for assistance

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.

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Native women have new role in D.C.

Congresswoman-elect Deb Haaland was elected Nov. 6 to New Mexico’s 1st Congress District — one of two Native American women elected to Congress.

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*Update* - Jonathan Nez elected president of Navajo Nation

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.

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'Dawnland' documents untold story of Native American child removal in the U.S.

“Dawnland” is premiering on the PBS series Independent Lens, as part of November Native American Heritage Month programming.

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“Öngtupqa:" Hopi connections to Grand Canyon

“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.

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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.

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PBS series: Native America premiers Oct. 23

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.

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U.S. 89 reopens after wash out

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.

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Skateboard Deck Art hits Flagstaff

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.

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Hopi golfer Taylor Harvey featured on Golf Channel at Pebble Beach

Hopi golfer, Taylor Harvey, was selected to compete in the Pure Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee at Pebble Beach Sept. 24-30.

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Travel Center breaks ground, intern program unveiled

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.

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Trial begins to determine Hopi Tribe's water rights to Little Colorado River

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.

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Book review: Evangeline Parsons-Yazzie continues Navajo saga in third novel

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.

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Reclaiming truths about Native Americans

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.”

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Casting call goes out for the first Navajo language puppet TV show

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.

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Presidential Forum: Navajo candidates discuss economic development

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.

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Navajo artist creates Native superheroes for new comic book

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.

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Bid to purchase Remington sparks conflict within Navajo leadership

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.

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Sushi on the rez?

Carlos Deal, a Native entrepreneur, says yes.

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AMSAA offering basketball clinic in Tuba City to middle and high school students July 16-19

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.

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