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Katherine Locke

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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.

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Killip Elementary School's Chess Challenge (photo gallery included)

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.

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Lettuce harvest on Hopi (photo gallery)

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.

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Antelope Canyon gets new Interpretive Site (photo gallery)

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

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Generating Station employees express concerns to President Begaye

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.

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Another Navajo committee votes no on Escalade

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.

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Indigenous Community Forum takes place March 1 at Flag High School

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.

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President Begaye vetoes emergency response money

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.

Winslow’s NAACP branch celebrates Black History Month with events throughout February

The Winslow branch of the NAACP is celebrating Black History Month by putting on events throughout the month for the community of Winslow.

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EPA refuses to pay tribe for 2015 toxic mine spill

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.

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Grand Canyon Monument not designated before Obama leaves office

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.

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Resource and Development Committee tables Escalade project

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.

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Bobby White appointed acting controller of Nation

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.

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Obama designates Bears Ears, Gold Butte national monuments

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.

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Obama designates Bears Ears National Monument

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.

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Twin Arrows Police and Fire Substation to provide first responder services to local community and rural areas

The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise broke ground for the 15,000 square foot Twin Arrows Police and Fire Substation Dec. 15 before a crowd, which included council members, casino staff and Leupp Chapter members.

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A maze of pipelines cross tribal homelands

With his map, Aaron Carapella hopes to raise awareness and educate people of upcoming pipeline projects

It took mapmaker Aaron Carapella six months to create a map showing pipelines that are in process but not yet completed, many of which border or are on tribal land.

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70th annual Winslow Christmas Parade to take place Nov. 19

The Winslow Chamber of Commerce and the city of Winslow present the 70th annual Christmas Parade Saturday at 1 p.m. This annual event is one of the largest parades in northern Arizona, drawing residents and visitors alike from all around the state, with as many as 10,000 attendees in previous years, many of them Native American.

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Job prospects drive Escalade support

Save the Confluence opposes project but supporters say it could bring economic development

Imagine time froze 50 years ago and nothing on your house could be fixed and no development could happen around you; no new roof, no road, no electricity, no plumbing and no infrastructure.

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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye endorses Hillary Clinton

Navajo Nation President said Donald Trump will not respect tribal sovereignty

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye endorsed Hillary Clinton for president of the United States Oct. 21 in a press release. Saying he takes inter-governmental affairs and the federal relationship extremely seriously, Begaye said the Navajo Nation, as a sovereign nation, must work cooperatively with other states, tribal nations and other foreign governments so that it can protect and create the best opportunities for its citizens.

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Law and Order Committee opposes Escalade project

On Oct .10, the Law and Order Committee (LOC) unanimously opposed legislation which seeks to approve the master agreement to develop the Grand Canyon Escalade project and approve $65 million for development of offside infrastructure for the project.

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Active shooter drill Nov. 2 at Hopi Jr./Sr. High

An active shooter drill will take place from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 2 at Hopi Jr./Sr. High School. The drill will include all emergency services, including law enforcement and emergency medical, fire and transportation.

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Code Talker Dan Akee walks on

Tuba City World War II veteran and Navajo Code Talker Dan Akee passes away at age 96

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — WWII veteran and Navajo Code Talker Dan Akee, Sr., passed away Oct. 14 at 9:50 a.m. He was 96. Akee’s son, Dan Akee Jr., said his father was born just north of the Coalmine Chapter House Nov. 11, 1919.

Navajo Council and president dispute budget vetoes

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — A dispute has broken out between the Navajo Nation Council speaker’s office and the Office of the President and Vice President (OPVP) on whether the vetoes issued on the budget are valid or not.

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Begaye vetoes seniors, chapters and grazing officials out of Nation's 2017 budget

On Sept. 28, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye used his authority to veto funding for several programs that were approved in the 2017 budget Sept. 8 by the Navajo Nation Council.

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18th annual Standin’ on the Corner Fest Friday and Saturday

WINSLOW, Ariz. — Winslow’s 18th annual Standin’ on the Corner Festival takes place Sept. 23-24 in Winslow, an annual event that started in 1999, which coincided with the unveiling of a mural and statue in the park.

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Hopi Fest celebrates culture and art

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The 7th annual Hopi All Native Arts and Culture Festival in downtown Flagstaff Sept. 24-25 is an opportunity for visitors and residents to experience Hopi art and culture at its best.

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Navajo Hopi Honor Riders: honor and respect on two wheels

Navajo Hopi Honor Riders head out on 14th annual ride to honor Native Americans killed in action and currently serving in the military

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - It was still dark outside with the early morning light barely breaking the nighttime sky. The only sound is a lone motorcycle, which is soon joined by others, rumbling from up the driveway of the Piestewa's family home.

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How do you say 'wookie' in Navajo?

Navajo dubbed Star Wars film brings traditional language to new audiences

"Spaceship" isn't a common Navajo word. But actor James June used it a lot while working on a Navajo language version of "Star Wars IV: A New Hope."

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Not your typical Native American dancers

Young dancers find inspiration in traditional ballet at Northern Arizona University Music and Dance Academy

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - A love of dancing unites four young Native American ballet dancers at the Northern Arizona University (NAU) Music and Dance Academy.

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Navajo Code Talker's one wish: moving home

Navajo Code Talker Dan Akee wants to move back into the house he built, Red Feather hopes crowdfunding effort could make that wish a reality

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - WWII veteran and Navajo Code Talker Dan Akee often sits in the shade of a tree in a faded chair, dusty from the red dirt in his yard. He has a view of the trailer that he and his wife, Margaret, live in now.

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From Navajo Reservation to NASA

Aaron Yazzie takes love of science into a career in NASA robotics lab

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - How does a reservation kid from the Navajo Nation grow up to work at NASA at a lab that sends robots to Mars? For Aaron Yazzie it started in Tuba City, where he was born.

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Hopi Cultural Preservation Director: 'we will never put a price tag on our sacred objects'

HOPI, Ariz. - How do you make people understand something that cannot be explained? This is the struggle the Hopi Tribe faces today as another auction took place Monday in Paris, France selling what tribal officials said are "Katsina Friends."