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Loretta McKenney

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As the 2020 general election nears and early voting begins, candidates are making one last attempt to garner as many votes as possible — including the Native vote.

By Loretta McKenney October 20, 2020
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Even though the Zuni tribe is more than 250 miles away from the Grand Canyon, the connection remains strong — this is the reminder that Zuni leaders want the youth of their nation to remember and to feel and experience.

By Loretta McKenney September 22, 2020
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Fire consumes Van's Trading Co. in Tuba City
After battling blaze for 11 hours, firefighters extinguish Tuba City fire

After nearly 11 hours, firefighters brought a blaze that consumed Vans Trading Co. in Tuba City, Arizona, under control Sept. 1.

By Loretta McKenney September 8, 2020
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Sacred Mountain Medical Services in Tuba City received a donated ambulance April 21 to assist them as they provide medical transportation on the Navajo Nation.

By Loretta McKenney April 28, 2020
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On March 16, the tribe suspended all tourism through April 14 and last week a decision was made to extend that closure through May 14.

By Loretta McKenney April 21, 2020
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Fighting fires. Sucking smoke. Working hard in an inferno of heat. You’ve been on assignment for four days and you have 10 more to go. You’re ready for a hot shower and solid food, you’re tired. But you’re still smiling. You’re a wildland firefighter.

By Loretta McKenney November 12, 2019
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Naabaahii. Warrior. Fighter. Firefighter. In the Navajo culture, a warrior is a person who brings everything to the fight – mind, body and spirit. They are unstoppable, are male and female and are still seen in our world today.

By Loretta McKenney November 5, 2019
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John Moore, mayor of Williams, Arizona, will be shaking a few more hands this election season after announcing his run Oct. 7 for the U.S. House of Representatives under Arizona District 1.

By Loretta McKenney October 29, 2019
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The closure of the power plant was in part because of the low cost of natural gas compared to coal.

By Loretta McKenney October 8, 2019
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According to Joe Frazier, plant manager at Navajo Generating Station (NGS), once decommission is complete, 90 percent of NGS will be recycled or reused, including its concrete.

By Loretta McKenney October 8, 2019
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For the last five months competitors between the ages of 55555 have followed the WJRA circuit with the hopes of winning buckles, saddles and titles.

By Loretta McKenney October 1, 2019
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Western Navajo Nation Fair, Tuuvi Gathering kick off Oct. 10 and 12
Food, fun, rodeo, carnival, pageant, parade and more

Dancers and vendors from across the Navajo and Hopi nations will come together to celebrated both events and enjoy rides, food and visiting with family and friends.

By Loretta McKenney October 1, 2019
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Katherine Locke has had a busy six years.

By Loretta McKenney February 19, 2019
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Shilah Williams’ dark hair swirled around her shoulders and her chocolate brown eyes smiled shyly as she introduced her horse, Sissy, who carried her to the 2018 Jr. National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December.

By Loretta McKenney February 12, 2019
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Jonathan Nez, the newest and youngest Navajo Nation president, promised change and hope for his people during his inauguration Jan. 15 at Fort Defiance, Arizona.

By Loretta McKenney January 22, 2019
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First ladies of the Navajo Nation advocate for change
Phefelia Herbert Nez, Dottie Lizer ask for a return to faith, prayer

As Jonathan Nez stepped into office as president of the Navajo Nation Jan. 15, one of his first commitments was to honor and recognize female leaders, including his wife First Lady Phefelia Nez and Second Lady Dottie Lizer.

By Loretta McKenney January 22, 2019
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Anya Uqualla, a young Supai mother holds her 2-month-old infant in her arms as she sits on a bench in the village square watching three U.S. Marines and several volunteers make final arrangements for Santa Claus, who will be arriving by helicopter later that morning.

By Loretta McKenney December 18, 2018
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Artist Jerrel Singer is known for the vibrant colors he uses capturing sunsets and sunrises. His work is described as bright, vivid and flowing with color, as he attempts to capture movement and time.

By Loretta McKenney September 11, 2018
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Kaibab National Forest is partnering with Native American tribes to protect and restore cultural resources on Bill Williams Mountain, in northern Arizona, as it moves forward with a multi-year restoration project that will thin more than 15,00 acres of dense vegetation on the mountain.

By Loretta McKenney May 1, 2018
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Hopi Tribe welcomes new leaders
Chairman/vice chairman agree to work together, move forward in transparency and communication

Two words were used repeatedly by the new chairman and vice chairman of the Hopi Tribe Dec. 1 to describe how their administration would be different from previous ones — transparency and communication.

By Loretta McKenney December 5, 2017
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Gaming now an option for Hopi Tribe
Former chairman leaves office, signs landmark agreement allowing Hopi Tribe to operate or lease up to 900 Class III gaming machines

On his last day in office former Hopi Chairman Herman G. Honanie signed the Hopi Tribe-State of Arizona Tribal Gaming Compact. The agreement allows the tribe to operate or lease up to 900 Class III gaming machines.

By Loretta McKenney December 5, 2017
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Thousands gathered in Tuba City over the weekend to enjoy food, fun, live entertainment, traditional dance and song performances and more.

By Loretta McKenney October 17, 2017
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Jim Kristofic delivers once again in his newest book Black Sheep, White Crow and Other Windmill Tales: Stories from Navajo Country.

By Loretta McKenney October 3, 2017
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Whether you’re 10 or 100, most Hopis who listen to KUYI Hopi Radio are greeted nearly every morning by the DJ Jimmy Davis Lucero’s legendary morning cry.

By Loretta McKenney September 19, 2017
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It’s been a busy year for KUYI Hopi Radio.

By Loretta McKenney September 19, 2017

Whether you’re 10 or 100, most Hopis who listen to KUYI Hopi Radio are greeted nearly every morning by the DJ Jimmy Davis Lucero’s legendary morning cry.

By Loretta McKenney September 19, 2017
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Every year during the annual Western Legends Round-Up visitors stroll down the streets of Kanab, rubbing shoulders with film legends from some of America’s most legendary western movies and television shows.

By Loretta McKenney July 18, 2017
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Babbitt Ranches hold annual colt sale west of Flagstaff
Babbitt Ranches keeps tradition strong

Horses are a part of cowboy and American culture.

By Loretta McKenney July 18, 2017
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Northern Arizona has a reputation of producing crisp mountain air and some of the best high altitude hiking. But all that goes out the window when the forest catches fire and the air is filled with smoke.

By Loretta McKenney July 11, 2017
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The name does it no justice. On days when the classic red rocks, cliffs and earth of the Navajo Nation stand out against the clear blue western sky and puffy white clouds create shadows and images on the landscape, Grand Falls is breathtaking.

By Loretta McKenney September 27, 2016
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In mid-October, author Kevin Fedarko and National Geographic photographer Pete McBride will finish the final leg of a nearly 670 mile hike through the heart of Grand Canyon where they have taken an in-depth look at what they consider to be a growing number of threats surrounding the canyon.

By Loretta McKenney September 13, 2016
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As a tempoary decision to stop the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL), which could be constructed across treaty lands a half-mile from Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota was reached Sept. 9, Indigenous Youth 4 Cultural Survival gathered outside Flagstaff City Hall Sept. 6 in a show of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

By Loretta McKenney September 13, 2016
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