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Katherine Locke

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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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Ed Kabotie and 'Tha Yoties will play and sing at Hopi Fest this weekend

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.

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Hopi Show kicks off Saturday at the Museum of Nothern Arizona

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.

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Andy Harvey Broadcast Workshop encouraging Native students stories

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.

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New film follows rise of resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock

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.

Is sleeping a crime?

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.

AZ congressman introduces draft legislation to keep NGS open

The U.S. House of Representatives introduced draft legislation May 9 designed to keep Navajo Generating Station operating past December 2019.

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Nation's feral horse problem brought to forefront after recent death of nearly 200 horses

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?

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National Nurses Week celebrates nurses

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.

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Closing date for NGS remains unchanged

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.

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Author and illustrator Dale Deforest presents new comic book "Hero Twins"

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.

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Museum of Northern Arizona showcases new exhibit

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.

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Coalition fights for justice for Loreal Tsingine

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.

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Hopi ask Feds and State to fulfill land promise

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.

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Numerous threats prompt closures at Tuba City schools

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.

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Candlelight vigil remembers Nicole Joe and other missing and murdered Native women

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.

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Navajo Nation victorious in initial ruling for Gold King Mine spill

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. 

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STAR School creates solutions for staying cool in off-grid housing

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.

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Speaker Bates reaffirms support for Navajo families at 'Yes to NGS' rally

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.

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Heard Museum artist Cheyenne Randall to create murals in northern AZ

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.

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Doctors Without Borders recruiting, Tuba City doctor lends a hand

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.

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Carbon monoxide detector saves lives of Second Mesa family

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.

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Get ready to Rumble, Flagstaff

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.

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Hopi housing complex opens in Winslow

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.

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"Unbroken Code" film tells story of Navajo Code Talkers

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.

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Navajo Council overrides presidential veto of Veteran's Trust Fund Income Act

With a vote of 22-0, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council unanimously supported an override of President Russell Begaye’s veto of the Navajo Nation Veterans Trust Fund Income The Council approved the Veterans Trust Fund Income Act during the Fall Council Session in October.

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Book Review: "A Warrior's Mindset" an insight to success

Michael Adams' “A Warrior Mindset: The Training Guide to Develop a Mindset for Greatness,” offers a lens for people to explore themselves using inspirational quotes from successful people.

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Book review: "Pure Land: A true story of three lives, three cultures and the search for Heaven on Earth"

Annette McGivney’s new book “Pure Land” started with a story she wrote for Backpacker magazine in June 2007 about the murder of Tomomi Hanamure on her 18th birthday, May 8, 2006 by Randy Wescogame, a Hasvasupai tribal member.

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Bears Ears monument downsized, tribes file lawsuit

Navajo Nation, Hopi and other Native tribes challenge Trump's decision to downsize Bears Ears National Monument; file lawsuit

On Dec. 4, the Navajo Nation joined the Hopi Tribe, Zuni Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe and Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe and filed a legal challenge against the Trump administration for its actions revoking and replacing the Bears Ears National Monument.

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It's “Diné Bí Ná’álkid Time"

Navajo puppet television show wants to make Navajo language accessible for younger children

Filming started in November for “Diné Bí Ná’álkid Time (“Navajo Movie Time”),” the first-ever educational Navajo and English puppet television show created for all ages who want to learn the Navajo language.

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Flagstaff council opposes transportation of uranium through city in 6-1 vote

With about 100 people, many of them Native American, packing the council chambers Nov. 7, the Flagstaff City Council passed a symbolic resolution opposing transporting uranium through the city from Canyon Mine by a vote of 6-1.

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Navajo Nation Council says no to Escalade development

Navajo Nation Council votes down Grand Canyon Escalade project legislation, 16-2.

The Navajo Nation Council voted down legislation, during a special session Oct. 31, for the Grand Canyon Escalade project, which included a gondola tramway on the western edge of the Nation at the confluence of the Little Colorado and the Colorado rivers.

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Nation votes no to $216 million stimulus plan

The Navajo Nation voted no on the Transportation Stimulus Plan in a special election Oct. 24.

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$554 million settlement helps fund new safety building

On Sept. 25, a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the opening of the new Twin Arrows Public Safety Building, which will help provide public safety and emergency response services for Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort and Navajo communities.

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Navajo man sentenced to life for kidnapping, assault of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike

A district judge in New Mexico sentenced a Navajo man to a term of life imprisonment without the possibility of release for his conviction in the rape and murder May 2, 2016 of Ashlynne Mike, an 11-year-old Navajo child.

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Budget for Navajo Nation over $636 million

Council approved budget for FY 2018: $636 million with 18 amendments

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Missing in Arizona Day, Oct. 21, aims to help families find information on missing people

Missing people considered a national, silent mass disaster

The 3rd annual Missing in Arizona Day is set for Oct. 21 at Arizona State University West and those seeking information on missing people are urged to attend, including missing people from tribal communities.

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Arizona musicians anticipate NAMMY awards Oct. 14

Radmilla Cody, Clark Tenakhongva, Gabe Yaiva and Jonah Littlesunday look forward to announcement of Native American Music Awards

The 17th annual Native American Music Awards (NAMA) will take place Oct. 14 in Niagara Falls, New York with artists from tribes in northern Arizona including Gabe Yaiva and Jonah Littlesunday.

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Hopi Arts and Cultural Festival Sept. 30 in Flagstaff

The 8th annual Hopi Arts and Cultural Festival, which takes place Sept. 30 — Oct. 1, is an opportunity for visitors and residents to experience Hopi art and culture at its best.

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Coal burning stoves efficient while providing health benefits

Chris Navarro, owner of Aspen Fireplace & Stone, is selling a coal burning stove that he recommends for its health benefits and its efficiency.

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Phoenix boy delivers supplies to Tuba City foster kids

It was a rainy day in Tuba City Sept. 9, but it was a day filled with blessings as Chance Petersen delivered a truckload of supplies and basic needs to foster children in the Tuba City area.

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Soul of Nations helping Native students achieve dreams

Indigenous students, ages 15-18, can apply to the Brea Foley Art Program through Soul of Nations, an organization which exists to inspire Native youth to pursue and achieve their dreams with an emphasis on education and free expression.

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