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New NAU program helps children affected by family violence
Family Violence Institute provides resources for children affected by partner homicide across the state

Three thousand children across the United States lose a parent to intimate partner homicide each year, where one parent kills the other parent, according to the associate director of the Family Violence Institute at Northern Arizona University Holly Hulen.

By Katherine Locke February 25, 2020
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Sage Bond's voice is powerful and mesmerizing, even if you might not like the heavy metal music she plays. But for her, the music is a way of working through depression and anxiety — the way heavy metal sounds is part of the point.

By Katherine Locke February 11, 2020
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For tourists and locals alike traveling in the Southwest, there’s a new, easy way to find local Native businesses using your mobile phone or computer — Rez Rising, a new app and website at https://rezrising.org/.

By Katherine Locke January 21, 2020
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Sometimes all it takes is a little help from your friends, which Duane Koyawena proved when he asked his artist friends to help him paint the walls at the Behavioral Health Unit at Flagstaff Medical Center.

By Katherine Locke January 7, 2020
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New book, TV series follows 2017-18 Chinle Wildcats
'Canyon Dreams: A Basketball Season on the Navajo Nation' author shares about book

But ‘Canyon Dreams’ does delve into the realities kids faced during the 2017-2018 basketball season and explores why Chinle, a town of about 4,500, packs the Wildcats gymnasium full of fans and family, who sometimes travel vast distances across the reservation to watch the games.

By Katherine Locke December 24, 2019
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Living the Lyrics: Klee Benally releases new acoustic album, ‘The Unsustainable Sessions’
Winter Solstice Indigenous Acoustic Revue featuring Radmilla Cody, Klee Benally, Sage Bond and Sunburnt Stone and CD release Dec. 20 from 6-9 p.m. at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff

With a raw, gritty voice, sometimes almost a whisper, sometimes more of a challenging tone, Benally in the music on this album examines the struggle to protect indigenous sacred lands, to tear down colonial systems, to fight for justice against injustice and to move people to action.

By Katherine Locke December 17, 2019
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Hope for Missing and Murdered Diné Relatives
Local groups continue to addresses missing and murdered Diné people across the Navajo Nation

The testimony of families, if they choose, happens at all of MMDR work group meetings as a reminder that the issues the group is tackling are real ones, with real impacts on families and communities across the Navajo Nation.

By Katherine Locke November 19, 2019
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“I wrote about subject matter that had a profound impact on my life,” Abasta said. “The message was basically to provide an unfiltered and contemporary view of Navajo life.

By Katherine Locke November 19, 2019
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Navajo Generating Station shuts down permanently
Navajo groups call for a return to Diné Fundamental Law and values

As Navajo Generating Station burned the last of its coal and officially closed Nov. 18, Navajo grassroots groups issued a call for the Navajo Nation to return to honoring Diné Fundamental Law and values in energy policy decisions.

By Katherine Locke November 18, 2019
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Parallel universes: Native reservations and ‘Star Wars’
MNA’s new exhibit explores why Iconic films resonate so strongly with Native people

Ryan Singer, artist, said the idea behind Tuba City Spaceport, a painting that shows Tuba City Trading Post in a ‘Star Wars’ universe, was about parallel universes connecting and interacting — a theme of a new exhibit at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

By Katherine Locke October 29, 2019
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Celebrating and protesting Indigenous People's Day
Activist Klee Benally protests continued profiling, desecration of Sacred Peaks and other Native issues at Indigenous People's Day in Flagstaff Oct. 14

Klee Benally, a local activist, stood alone in front of the Flagstaff City Council and a crowd of people who had come to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day Oct. 14 in the city of Flagstaff council chambers.

By Katherine Locke October 22, 2019
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Genevieve Bennally, a systems engineer for Raytheon, is the speaker at the upcoming Coconino Community College ED talk Oct. 18 — she will share her successes and challenges as a Native woman pursuing a career in engineering.

By Katherine Locke October 16, 2019
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With the impending closure of Navajo Generating Station in December, an Arizona congressman introduced legislation last month to provide economic resources to those affected by the closure of the power plant and the associated coal mine.

By Katherine Locke October 16, 2019
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Flagstaff's Eva Putzova challenges Tom O'Halleran for CD1 seat
O' Halleran to run against Putzova and Republican Chris Taylor in upcoming election

Eva Putzova, a former elected Flagstaff City Council member, will challenge Tom O’Halleran for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District seat. Republican Chris Taylor, a Safford council member, is also vying for the seat.

By Katherine Locke September 17, 2019
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In its 24th year, the Northern Arizona Book Festival officially kicks off Sept. 9 and features a number of events including readings, workshops, panels and book signings culminating with a jam packed weekend of literature Sept. 13-15.

By Katherine Locke August 27, 2019
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A group of young environmentalists are tracing the haul route of uranium ore from Canyon Mine to the White Mesa Mill near Bluff, Utah, while also meeting with indigenous leaders who are giving them a crash course in environmental action.

By Katherine Locke August 6, 2019
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Restoring Balance: a wellness program for Native American cancer survivors
The first of its kind study looks at effects of exercise on Native American cancer survivors

“[The program is studying] improving cancer survivorship,” said Brenda Charley, program coordinator for Native American Cancer Prevention at Northern Arizona University.

By Katherine Locke July 30, 2019
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While the films are made by indigenous people for indigenous people, that shouldn’t limit the audience to just indigenous people.

By Katherine Locke July 16, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke July 9, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke July 9, 2019

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.

By Katherine Locke July 2, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke July 2, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke June 25, 2019
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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.”

By Katherine Locke June 18, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke May 28, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke May 21, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke May 14, 2019

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

By Katherine Locke May 14, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke April 30, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke April 23, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke April 16, 2019
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Submissions are due by April 26 and the winning artist will receive a monetary prize.

By Katherine Locke April 16, 2019
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Georgetown University student Yasmin Zuch, from Flagstaff, Arizona, recently spoke out about the lack of inclusion Native people face at the university.

By Katherine Locke April 9, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke April 2, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke March 26, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke March 26, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke March 12, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke March 12, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke March 5, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke February 28, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke February 26, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke February 12, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke January 29, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke January 15, 2019
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Harry Houdini’s great grand-nephew, a long-time resident of the Navajo Nation, has a new program on the Science Channel.

By Katherine Locke January 8, 2019
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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.

By Katherine Locke December 25, 2018
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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.

By Katherine Locke December 11, 2018
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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.

By Katherine Locke December 11, 2018
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Congresswoman-elect Deb Haaland was elected Nov. 6 to New Mexico’s 1st Congress District — one of two Native American women elected to Congress.

By Katherine Locke November 13, 2018
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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.

By Katherine Locke November 7, 2018

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