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In response to the White House’s announcement that Robert Weaver has withdrawn his name for consideration as director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), the Navajo Nation president called on the Trump administration to fill the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

Navajo Nation Council issues unanimous support for Navajo veterans bill

Prior to recessing on the second day of the Winter Council Session Jan. 23, the Navajo Nation Council unanimously approved legislation, which seeks final approval from the president to increase funding available for direct services each year for Navajo veterans. This funding is made possible through the Veterans Trust Fund.

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Rhonda Tuni confirmed as district court judge by Navajo Nation Council

On Jan. 25, during the fourth day of the 2018 Winter Council Session, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council confirmed the appointment of Rhonda Tuni, to serve as a probationary district court judge for the Navajo Nation.

Winslow city council in good financial shape, steadily improving in many areas

The Winslow City Council met Jan. 24 and heard four reports and acted upon five consent calendar items and three consideration and action items.

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Holbrook, Blue Ridge and St. Johns schools compete at robotics competition

Blue Ridge, Holbrook and St. Johns High Schools participated at the inaugural “Painted Desert In The Zone — VEX Skills Robotics Competition,” at Munoz Gymnasium at Holbrook High School Jan. 13.

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Jesse Delmar, executive director of Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, appointed to children’s commission

Jesse Delmar, director of the Navajo Division of Public Safety, was appointed to the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Jan. 3 to provide for the education, health and safety of Native American children.

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Navajo Nation honors UFC champion Nicco Montano

Nation honors women's flyweight champion, St. Michaels volleyball team and bullriding champion

On the opening day of the 2018 Winter Council Session, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council recognized and congratulated Nicco Montano, a member of the Navajo Nation from the community of Lukachukai, who recently won the Ultimate Fighting Championship inaugural Women’s Flyweight Title.

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Kayenta Solar Farm to provide power to more homes on Nation

An agreement was signed between the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) and Salt River Project (SRP) Jan. 26 to extend the capacity of the Kayenta Solar Farm to double the amount of energy it will produce and the number of homes it will power.

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Navajo Nation stands in solidarity against human trafficking

January declared Human Trafficking Awareness Month by Navajo Nation

The 2018 Winter Council session opened with all three branches of government standing in solidarity against human trafficking on the Navajo Nation with an awareness walk and signing of an proclamation.

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Navajo Nation re-allocates sales tax to fire and rescue services

The Navajo Nation Council approved legislation Jan. 25 which seeks to reallocate approximately 17 percent of the Navajo Nation Sales Tax non-retail and retail revenue to the Navajo Nation Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

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Council appoints JoAnn Jayne probationary Navajo Nation Chief Justice

On Jan. 24, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council approved the appointment of JoAnn Bitsilly Jayne as the probationary Chief Justice for the Navajo Nation Supreme Court, for a period of two years.

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Begaye calls on Congress to prioritize Indian health and allocate funding

In the face of drastic budget cuts to the Special Diabetes Programs for Indians, Navajo President Russell Begaye called on Congress and federal agencies to prioritize Indian health and allocate funding for essential programs Jan. 17.

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Committee pushes for accountability on college campuses on the Navajo Nation

On Jan. 12, the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee received an annual report from Diné College regarding last year’s accomplishments and proposed future initiatives and programs.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration hosted by Winslow NAACP

More than 80 people helped memorialize Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 15 during a celebration held at the Winslow Visitor Center.

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Winslow Art Trust Museum nears completion

The La Posada Hotel grounds in Winslow is soon to be home to the Winslow Art Trust Museum.

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Begaye gives state of Nation address in Phoenix

On Jan. 10, the Arizona Governor’s Office convened around the 23rd Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day at the State Capitol in Phoenix.

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Arizona State Museum receives donation of 208 Hopi baskets from collectors

The Arizona State Museum (ASM) announced Jan. 17 it received a significant donation of 208 Hopi baskets from Judith W. and Andrew D. Finger residents of Dallas, Texas and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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54th annual Doc Wright wrestling tourney draws schools from around Arizona

The Show Low Cougars wrestling team won the Doc Wright Invitational Meet in Winslow Jan. 12-13 with 241.5 points to 219.5 for second place Camp Verde.

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Diné College freshman, Darrien Clitso, awarded academic scholarship

For Darrien Clitso, a freshman at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona, Christmas was extra significant last year as she was awarded the Lauren Swisher Memorial Scholarship for direct educational expenses on Dec. 25, 2017.

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Navajo Route 6 could honor Korean Vets

On Jan. 4 the Resources and Development Committee considered legislation which seeks support to designate Navajo Route 6 as the “Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway” and requests the Navajo Division of Transportation and Bureau of Indian Affairs to recognize the designation.

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Sean McCabe appointed director of Navajo Division of Economic Development

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye appointed Sean McCabe as the new Director of the Division of Economic Development (DED).

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Budget and Finance Committee supports suplemental funding for Navajo scholarships

During a special meeting held Dec. 27, the Budget and Finance Committee approved a recommendation by a vote of 3-0 for legislation which seeks approval in the amount of $1.6 million to provide Navajo students with scholarship funding.

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Navajo Nation approves $2.45 million for eastern Navajo district grazing committees

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed a resolution Jan. 7 awarding $2.45 million from the Navajo Nation’s Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance in stipends for officials serving on district grazing committees and farm boards, as well as the Eastern Navajo Land Board.

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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye urges Congress to reject bill to downsize Bears Ears National Monument

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye took a stand for tribal sovereignty and preservation of the Navajo way of life Jan. 9 when he urged Congress to strike down a bill that would slash 85 percent of the land from Bears Ears National Monument.

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Construction underway for 36 homes in Bennett Freeze

Groundbreaking for the construction of the first of 36 new modular homes in the Former Bennett Freeze Area (FBFA) began Dec. 19 and construction is underway.

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Winslow Lady Bulldogs best Blue Ridge, Bulldog boys lose 78-66

The Winslow High School basketball teams played the Blue Ridge Yellowjackets Jan. 5 with the Lady Bulldogs victorious, 54-27, over the Lady Yellowjackets.

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Short closure Jan. 9 on US 89 north of Page

Crews to repair roadway lighting fixtures

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) advises drivers around Page to expect delays in both directions on US 89 at Glen Canyon Bridge Jan. 9, between 1 and 1:30 p.m.