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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Navajo Nation voted no on the Transportation Stimulus Plan in a special election Oct. 24.
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.
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.
Council approved budget for FY 2018: $636 million with 18 amendments
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.
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.
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.
Chris Navarro, owner of Aspen Fireplace & Stone, is selling a coal burning stove that he recommends for its health benefits and its efficiency.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye welcomes the Moving Wall to the Navajo Nation at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort Aug. 10-16.
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.
“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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Killip Chess Team needs $5,000 for students to attend national chess competition in Tennessee
About thirty-five students from Killip Elementary Chess Team in Flagstaff have qualified to go to Super Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee May 11-15.
Moencopi Day School students grow and serve produce at school cafeteria
Students at Moencopi Day School harvested their own greenhouse-grown lettuce March 8, part of the Greenhouse and Garden program, which was then served in the cafeteria, the first time that student-grown produce was served on Hopi.
Coconino County Parks and Recreation and Navajo Parks and Recreation Department hosted a dedication ceremony for the new Antelope Canyon Interpretive Site March 3 at the Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park
Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez addressed employees of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) March 4 at the LeChee Chapter House in Page, Arizona.
Citing concerns about water, the community and projected revenues, the Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) voted against approving the master agreement for development of Grand Canyon Escalade Feb. 21.
The topic for the next Indigenous Community Forum is economic development and will take place at Flagstaff High School common area March 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
On Feb. 5, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye used the line-item veto authority to deny approximately $242,000 in supplemental funding intended to help the Navajo people by providing emergency response services because of recent winter storms.
The Winslow branch of the NAACP is celebrating Black History Month by putting on events throughout the month for the community of Winslow.
The Navajo Nation learned late Jan. 13 that the Environmental Protection Agency rejected the Nation’s claim for damages arising out of the 2015 Gold King Mine Spill.
Arizona divided after Obama decides not to sign 1.7 million acre national monument
President Barack Obama left office Jan. 20 without declaring a new 1.7 million acre national monument, disappointing many advocates of the idea but pleasing Arizona’s two senators who called the designation ill-conceived.
Committee tables legislation citing community input and public safety concerns, legislation moves to Budget and Finance Committee next
A full house at the Bodaway/Gap Chapter waited five hours Jan. 11 for the Resource and Development Committee (RDC) to sort through other matters before tabling legislation that sought to approve the master agreement for the Grand Canyon Escalade project.
On Jan. 6, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye announced Bobby White will be appointed acting controller of the Navajo Nation. The decision came after the Navajo Nation Council removed Jim R. Parris as controller Jan. 4.
On Dec. 28, President Barack Obama designated the Bears Ears National Monument citing its cultural importance to Native people and marking the first time tribes will have a say in managing a federal monument.