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Winslow council declares April ‘fair housing’ month

The Winslow City Council met March 27 and announced April as Fair Housing Month.

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Winslow baseball and softball put up wins with few losses at start of season

The Winslow High School baseball season has started well and won nine of their first dozen games.

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Beloved Diné artist Bahe Whitethorne Jr. passes away March 26

The art world in Flagstaff and around the Navajo and Hopi reservations reeled in sorrow as Bahe Whitethorne Jr.’s family announced he passed away March 26. The cause of death is currently unknown.

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Winslow schools eliminate one week intersession schedule

Beginning in school year 2018-19, the Winslow School system will remove one week of the two week breaks in the spring and fall schedules.

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Winslow Lady Bulldogs head into March 15 Payson tournament undefeated

The Winslow High School Lady Bulldogs kicked off their 2018 season with four straight wins going into the Payson Invitational Tournament March 15 when they played the Benson Lady Bobcats and the Nogales Lady Apaches.

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Winslow Bulldogs off to a strong start; 11-1 win over Chinle

The Winslow High School baseball season is off to a good start under the direction of Coach Art Griffith, who has coached baseball at Winslow High for 49 years. The Bulldogs were 6-2 after their 11-1 win the Chinle March 16.

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U.S. Senate passes Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act

Navajo Nation asks Trump to sign bill into law as a safeguard for native youth

On March 22, the U.S. Senate passed Senate Bill 772, entitled the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act.

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Bates commends approval of funding for $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill by Congress

Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland) commended the passage of a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill by Congress March 22.

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Bears Ears Prayer Run Alliance completes run to Utah March 16

The Office of the President and Vice President (OPVP) applauded the Bears Ears Prayer Run Alliance (BEPRA) group for organizing the Sacred Strides for Healing prayer run, which brought awareness to the recent reduction of Bears Ears National Monument and supported the monument as originally designated.

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Winslow Bulldogs baseball off to a good start with wins over Chinle and Tuba City

The Winslow High School baseball season is off to a strong start under the direction of head coach Art Griffith, who has been coaching baseball at Winslow High School for 49 years.

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Soul of Nations finalists celebrated; select artists to travel to New York City

Out of 253 applicants, Soul of Nations awarded 13 finalists from the 2018 Brea Foley Art Program in Window Rock, Arizona March 2.

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Women Veterans Day proclaimed by Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye

March 20 recognized by Navajo Nation President as Women Veterans Day

On March 17 President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez signed a proclamation recognizing March 20 as Navajo Nation Women Veterans Day.

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March declared Missing Persons month by Navajo branch chiefs

Flanked by the families of missing, murdered or endangered Navajo people, the chiefs of the Navajo Nation’s executive, legislative and judicial branches signed a proclamation March 12 declaring March as Navajo Nation Missing Persons Awareness Month.

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Recent school shootings prompt Nation to re-evaluate active shooter readiness

The Nation needs to be prepared for unpredictable incidents such as active shooter incidents, said Council Delegate and Law and Order Committee (LOC) chair Edmund Yazzie.

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Navajo Nation, Utah governor and congressman pledge to develop solutions for Bears Ears National Monument

During a public meeting March 12, Navajo Nation leadership stood united in opposing House Bill 4532 sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Curtis (R-Dist. 3) of Utah, which seeks the approval of Congress to confirm and codify President Trump’s 2017 proclamation that reduced the size of Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent and divided it into two smaller monuments. On Dec. 4, 2017, the Navajo Nation filed a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s action.

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Fallen Navajo police officers to be honored by Nation with new memorial

The Navajo Nation is moving forward on a proposed memorial to honor the 14 Navajo police officers who have died in the line of duty since 1949.

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Navajo Indian Irrigation Project subcommittee meets with House and Senate members

During a policy roundtable discussion held at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus March 9, Navajo Indian Irrigation Project (NIIP) members advocated to the Western Caucus Foundation for funding for the project.

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Revisiting history — Treaty of 1868 unveiled in D.C.

150 year old treaty released Navajo people from federal captivity; original treaty unveiled in Washington D.C.

On Feb. 20, as a part of the Nation-to-Nation Exhibition, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) unveiled the original Treaty of 1868, which released the Navajo people from federal captivity, allowing them to return to their traditional homeland.

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Feral horse hunt on Navajo Nation cancelled

President Russell Begaye oppposes horse hunting for population control; advocates for alternative management plan

The growing population of feral horses on the Navajo Nation is a problem that cannot be ignored, but it will not be resolved with a horse hunt, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said.

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FBI Director Christopher Wray addresses public safety with Navajo leaders

Navajo leadership met with the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Wray, March 2, to discuss issues relating to crime on the Navajo Nation including human trafficking, federal trust relationship, data sharing and school shootings.

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Begaye allocates $6.3 million for Navajo Head Start operations

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said he will approve emergency legislation allocating $6.3 million to ensure Navajo Head Start operations continue.

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Baseball and softball season begins in Winslow with losses for Bulldogs against Blue Ridge

The Winslow High School baseball season has started under the direction of coach Art Griffith, who has been coaching baseball at Winslow High for 49 years.

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Navajo, Havasupai resist uranium mining

Navajo leaders support Havasupai youth in stand against uranium mining in greater Grand Canyon region by running letters addressed to U.S. President Donald Trump out of Supai Village

Vice President Jonathan Nez joined Arizona State Rep. Eric Descheenie and six other runners on a run to the village of Supai Feb. 14 to collect handwritten letters from the students of Havasupai Elementary School.

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Winslow remembers the Orphan Train with performance at Winslow Visitor Center

The Old Trails Museum presented a Riders on the Orphan Train performance Feb. 17 at the Winslow Visitors Center with live music, storytelling and videos.

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Winslow Bulldogs win 3A State Championship

The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Blue Ridge Yellowjackets 79-63 in the championship game played in the Arizona State 3A Conference Championship Tournament at Gila River Arena in Glendale Feb. 26.

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Winslow Bulldogs defeat Chinle Wildcats in semi-final in Glendale

The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Chinle Wildcats 68-57 in a semifinals game in the Arizona State 3A Conference Championship Tournament played at Gila River Arena in Glendale Feb. 23.

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FirstNet and AT&T to provide public safety broadband on Nation

Law and Order Committee votes 2-0 in support of development for nationwide network; Naabik’íyáti’ Committee to serve as final authority for bill

On Feb. 21, the Law and Order Committee considered legislation which requests FirstNet and AT&T to develop the nationwide public safety broadband network for police officers, firefighters and emergency medical responders on the Navajo Nation.

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Bates testifies in support of Kayenta and NGS mine workers

On Feb. 14, Navajo Nation Speaker LoRenzo Bates provided testimony at the Arizona State Capitol before the House Finance Committee in support of legislation which proposes to repeal the Transaction Privilege Tax on the sales and purchases of coal.

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Indian Health Service director sought

In response to the White House’s announcement that Robert Weaver has withdrawn his name for consideration as director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), the Navajo Nation president called on the Trump administration to fill the position.

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“No Haven for Dangerous Fugitives Act” would violate Navajo soverignty and treaty

On Feb. 22, the Naabik’íyáti’ Committee approved legislation opposing a Congressional bill that would violate tribal sovereignty by permitting federal authorities to enter tribal reservation lands to arrest persons fleeing arrest, custody, testimony or service.

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Lt. Col. Tracey Clyde appointed as director for Navajo Veterans Administration

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye appointed Lt. Col. Tracey Clyde as the new director of the Navajo Nation Veterans Administration (NNVA).

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Around the Rez: week of Feb. 21

Upcoming news and events for the Navajo and Hopi communities and Flagstaff.

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Heard Museum hosts 28th annual World Championship Hoop Dance contest

Nakota LaRance wins World Champion title

Seventy-five contestants from the United States and Canada competed Feb. 10 and 11 in the Heard Museum’s Libby Amphitheater in youth, teen, adult and senior divisions.

Navajo committee recertifies land use plan for Black Mesa Chapter

On Feb. 14, the Resources and Development Committee (RDC) approved legislation recertifying Black Mesa Chapter’s community-based land use plan, which was reevaluated and readjusted.

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Winslow welcomes new library director

On Feb. 13, Galen Worthington, the new director at Winslow Library was introduced at the Winslow city council meeting.

Winslow Bulldogs defeat Fountain Hill Falcons 80 - 56 at 3A Conference

The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Fountain Hills Falcons 80-56 in a second round game in the Arizona State 3A Conference Championship Tournament at Window Rock Feb. 17.

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LeChee Chapter pleads for increase in police presence

Law and Order Committee continues to address the need for public safety in the Western Navajo Agency

On Feb. 12, the Law and Order Committee received reports regarding the need for a police substation in LeChee, five miles south of Page, Arizona.

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Navajo Nation commemorates 150th anniversary of 1868 treaty

The Navajo Nation has officially kicked off the Year of the Treaty (Naaltsoos Sáni’), a year-long commemoration of the forced exile of the Diné People, their incarceration at Hwéeldi, the Treaty of 1868 and their triumphant return to Diné Bikéyah.

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Navajo-Hopi Observer welcomes new account executive

The Navajo-Hopi Observer welcomes Sandy Hoover as its new account executive.

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Winslow Bulldogs boys and girls teams lose in regional championship

The Winslow Lady Bulldogs defeated the Payson Lady Longhorns 53-52 in a very tight game at Winslow Feb. 8 in their first Regional playoff game.

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Candidate filing for Navajo elections to open May 17

The Navajo Election Administration (NEA) informed the public Feb. 7 that the candidate-filing period opens May 17, 2018 and closes on May 30, 2018 for the upcoming primary and general elections on the Navajo Nation.

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Diné Action Plan confronts ‘modern monsters’ on Navajo Nation

Delegates addresss violence, substance abuse and suicide at two day summit

The 2018 Public Safety Summit centered on themes of “Safety, Protection, and Resilience” this year and highlighted communication, capacity building, consistency and uniformity, and community engagement.

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Hashknife Pony Express recreates historic mail ride from Holbrook to Scottsdale

Since 1958, Hashknife Pony Express riders have used relays of horses to deliver mail from Holbrook to Scottsdale, reenacting the Pony Express riders of years past.

Winslow Police Dept. accepting applications for Citizen Liaison Committee

The Winslow Police Department (WPD) is now accepting applications for the Citizen Liaison Committee (CLC), which is designed to proactively build trust between constituencies and the Winslow Police Department.

Standin’ on the Corner looks forward to annual festival

The Standin’ on the Corner Foundation held its annual meeting at Relic Road Brewing Company in historic downtown Winslow to appoint new board members and elect officers.

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Winslow teams wrap up season; top Show Low, boys win against Monument Valley, girls lose

The Winslow Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs ended their regular season with games in Show Low and home games against Monument Valley. The Bulldogs seem destined to be in the playoffs, with the likelihood of hosting an opening round game.

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Holbrook High School students are Upward Bound

The Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance.

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Silent auction returns, supports educational programs and scholarships for Hopi students

On March 2, the Hopi Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) will reintroduce one of their more popular and successful fundraising events, the HEEF Silent Auction.

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Navajo Nation Council pays tribute to the life of former delegate Annie B. Descheny

The 23rd Navajo Nation Council sent condolences to the family of former Council member Annie B. Descheny, who passed away Jan. 25 at the age of 77.

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Human Rights Commission testifies in sentencing hearing for murders of two homeless Navajo men

Representatives from the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission were in attendance Thursday, as Bernalillo County District Court Judge Briana H. Zamora sentenced Gilbert Tafoya to serve the maximum of 20 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections for the brutal beating deaths of two homeless Navajo men in 2014.