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Katherine Locke

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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."

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