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Katherine Locke

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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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Hope and Trauma exhibit on display in Flagstaff

Coconino Center for the Arts highlights impacts of uranium mining on Navajo lands and people in new exhibit Aug. 12 — Oct. 28

Hope and Trauma in a Poisoned Land, an exhibit presented by the Flagstaff Arts Council, explores the impact of uranium mining on Navajo lands and people with art pieces reflecting how radiation has impacted their communities.

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Identifying Native: shedding light on Native struggles

Navajo-Hopi/Tewa student starting conversations on identifying Native after first year at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

On July 14, the Northern Arizona Native American Foundation (TNANAF) presented Yasmin Zuch with a scholarship to attend Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall at Twin Arrows Casino Aug. 10-16

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye welcomes the Moving Wall to the Navajo Nation at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort Aug. 10-16.

Mothers to make walk against drunk driving Aug. 19

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host the second annual Walk Like MADD fundraiser Aug. 19 at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Window Rock, Arizona.

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New children’s book talks about history of Native boarding schools

“Fall in Line, Holden,” a new children’s book by Daniel W. Vandever, follows a Navajo boy through his day at boarding school and seeks to start a discussion about how that history still affects Native people today.

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Naabik’iyati’ rejects Grand Canyon Escalade

Proposal for gondola tramway voted down by Naabik'iyati' committee, moves to final vote in Navajo Nation Council

The Naabik’iyati’ Committee opposed Grand Canyon Escalade plans to build a gondola tramway and resort at the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers July 13.

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Documentary captures legacy of Navajo Code Talker

"The Heart of a Warrior" documents Sam Sandoval's experience, legacy

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye joined Navajo Code Talker Sam Sandoval Jun. 21 in Shiprock, New Mexico, for the premier of “The Heart of a Warrior,” a documentary exploring Sandoval’s role as a Navajo Code Talker.

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Begaye sees need for restructure within Navajo Housing Authority

Executive director steps down, 30,000 homes currently needed to fill housing deficit on reservation

On June 28, the Office of the President and Vice President announced Aneva Yazzie, Navajo Housing Authority CEO, stepped down, effective June 30 after reports on the lack of homes being built on the Navajo Nation.

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Navajo Generating Station to remain open through 2019

Replacement lease approved in 18-4 vote

On June 26, after more than eight hours of debate, the Navajo Nation Council voted 18-4 to approve a replacement lease for the Navajo Generating Station (NGS), allowing operations of the plant to continue until December 2019.

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Skateboard art brings messages of inspiration and hope

Skateboard Art Show June 30 in Flagstaff

Duane Koyawena, Hopi, and Landis Bahe, Navajo, will put on a Skateboard Art Show June 30 to join two worlds, Hopi and Navajo, together but also to join two art worlds, traditional and contemporary, together.

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Tony Abeyta displays contemporary art at MNA

Flagstaff's Museum of Northern Arizona features contemporary painter through Sept. 4

Tony Abeyta: Convergence, opened at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) June 18, with more than 20 works by the contemporary painter on display, which is part of the museum's summer exhibition.

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Independent film "Neither Wolf nor Dog" takes Indian Country by storm, makes its way to Tuba City, Kayenta and Window Rock

David Bald Eagle shines in Native film

The Native American film “Neither Wolf nor Dog,” adapted from the Minnesota book award winning novel by Kent Nerburn, opens at Goen Cinemas in Tuba City, Kayenta and Window Rock May 26 with shows through June 1.

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Flagstaff's Killip Elementary School wins chess national co-championship title

Killip Elementary School's chess club brought home a title of national co-champions for one of the five teams that Killip sent to the Super Nationals in Tennessee May 11-15.

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Shorter hours, fees affecting livelihood of Cameron vendors

Little Colorado Tribal Park vendors concerned about park managment

Vendors at the Little Colorado Tribal Park recently voiced concerns about the park’s management and the history of the vendors and families who have worked there for decades.

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Native students win National Energy Education Development award

Seven Native American seniors were selected as winners of Arizona School of the Year and National Special Project of the Year for their energy education project by the National Energy Education Development (NEED) project.

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Nation applauds officers

On May 1, the Navajo Nation legislative and executive branches congratulated eight police officers who were promoted to the rank of captain and lieutenant during a promotion at Veterans Park in Window Rock.

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Tribes upset over review of Bears Ears monument designation

The April 26 announcement of President Donald Trump to review existing monument designations, especially Bears Ears National Monument, drew quick opposition from tribes in the Southwest.

SolarOne Solutions provides off grid lighting on reservations

SolarOne Solutions, a provider of professional solar area lighting solutions to customers worldwide, announced in February its acquisition of Inovus Solar, Inc, a solar lighting company with complementary products, markets and technologies.

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Navajo Housing Authority up in the air

Congressional members voice concerns over performance of housing authority; Council votes to remove board members, await president's final approval

On April 20, the Navajo Nation Council voted 16-4 in support of legislation which would effectively remove the current Navajo Housing Authority board of commission members, if the resolution is approved by Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye.

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Change makers tackle dog issue in Tuba City

Second graders search for solutions to stray dog issue on Navajo Reservation

Students in Leslie Hosteen’s second grade class, inspired by the non-fiction book Change Maker, a story about kids who are making a difference in the world, decided to become change makers themselves.

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Parents, students ask Hopi Jr/Sr High administration for answers

Questions about cancelled school trip and teacher placed on administrative leave at board meeting

About 40 students, parents and teachers attended an emotional school board meeting April 12 at Hopi Jr./Sr. High School to lodge complaints about issues going on at the school.

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Native teens receive river guide training on San Juan River

Canyonland Field Institute (CFI) is running its sixth annual Native Teen Guide in Training Program June 26-July 1, a nonprofit program designed for Native youth to get outdoors and gain education in guiding skills.