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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.

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Native tribes unite in prayer run to support Bears Ears National Monument

On Dec. 26, indigenous youth members of the Diné, Hopi, Pueblo, Apache and Ute Nations united for a 195 mile prayer run in support of Bears Ears National Monument.

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Winslow Lady Bulldogs top Snowflake, lose to Page; Bulldogs lose to Snowflake but beat Page

The Winslow Lady Bulldogs defeated Snowflake, 60-51, then lost to Page, 58-42, in games before the Christmas break and the 2018 portion of this season.

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Twin Arrows travel center approved

Legislation approving a loan and grant agreement between the Navajo Nation and the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise was passed Dec. 5 allowing construction of the Síhasin Fund Twin Arrows Travel Center Development Project, near the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort.

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First Navajo woman judge passes away

The Honorable Marie Roanhorse Neswood, retired judge of the Navajo Nation, and first woman confirmed as a Navajo Nation judge, passed away Dec. 24, 2017.

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Tuba City Regional Health Care commended for services to more than 6,000 miles of reservation

Facility is first facility to provide Sexual Assualt Response Team

Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) serves the communities within the Western Navajo Agency encompassing over 6,000 square-miles, including adjacent communities of the Hopi Tribe.

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Bates advocates for Navajo Nation priorities with members of House and Senate

A number of economic and environmental issues were presented to the Western Caucus Foundation Dec. 8 in Las Vegas by Navajo Nation Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland) to bring U.S. House and Senate members up to speed on key issues.

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Students build roller coasters, study astronomy with Arizona Science Center

The Holbrook STEM extravaganza Nov. 21, encompassed a day of events activities at both Park Elementary School (K-2) and Hulet Elementary School.

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Erich Rogers claims 2017 World Champion Team Roper title

Erich Rogers, a Navajo tribal member, along with his heeler Cory Petska claimed the title of 2017 World Champion Team Ropers at the 2017 National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas, Nevada Dec. 16.

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Army Corps of Engineers and Navajo delegates partner for watershed studies

On Dec. 6, Resources and Development Committee (RDC) members welcomed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Colonel Kirk E. Gibbs and his regional staff to the community of Leupp, expressing their appreciation of initiating watershed studies across the Navajo Nation.

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Nation mourns loss of another Navajo Code Talker

Teddy Draper Sr., 96, passes away Dec. 14, leaving only 10 Code Talkers remaining

The Navajo Nation mourned the loss of Navajo Code Talker Teddy Draper Sr. and offered condolences to his family. Draper, 96, passed away shortly after 7 a.m. Dec. 14 in Prescott, Arizona.

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AMBER and emergency alerts now on Navajo Nation

On Dec. 12, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed a contract to purchase a mass notification software to implement an emergency alert system for road closures, weather notifications, hazardous waste spills, wildland fires and AMBER Alerts.

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Navajo Council distributes turkeys to Nation's senior citizens

Members of the Navajo Nation Council took time Dec. 14 to distribute turkeys to feed Navajo elders at 80 senior centers across the Navajo Nation during the holiday season.

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Council supports override of Begaye’s veto of Veterans Trust Fund Income Act

On Dec. 4, Navajo Nation Council members unanimously supported legislation to override President Russell Begaye’s veto of the Navajo Nation Veterans Trust Fund Income Act.

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Navajo Nation files lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank

Navajo Nation filed suit against Wells Fargo Bank Dec. 12, alleging that Wells Fargo engaged in a campaign of predatory and unlawful practices that targeted and harmed the Navajo people.

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Nicco Montaño becomes first Navajo UFC Champion fighter

On Dec. 1, Navajo tribal member Nicco Montaño defeated Roxanne Modafferi, becoming the first Navajo UFC Flyweight Champion.

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Bulldogs take second in Pepsi Tournament, Lady Bulldogs go 5-5

The Winslow Bulldogs got valuable experience in the Pepsi Invitational Tournament at Flagstaff Dec. 7-9 by winning their first three games and reaching the championship game Dec. 9 against the Faith Lutheran Crusaders.

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More than 600 pounds of candy collected on Nation; to be sent to trooops

Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez delivered over 600 pounds of candy, collected from the candy exchange events to the Four Corners Blue Star Mothers, to be included with more than 70 Christmas care packages mailed to active duty soldiers.

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Piestewa family hosts Navajo Hopi Honor Riders for holiday party

On Dec, 10, the Navajo Hopi Honor Riders got together for the annual Christmas party at the residence of Percy Piestewa, who is a Gold Star Mother.

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Navajo Nation mourns loss of Navajo Code Talker

The Navajo Nation has suffered a tragic loss in the passing of George P. Willie Sr., a Navajo Code Talker, 2nd Marine Division, who served from 1943 to 1946.

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Resource and Development Committee meets again with NHA; receives update on 2018 housing plans

On Dec. 1, the Resources and Development Committee (RDC) held a work session and met with the Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) to go over the administration and board’s Indian Housing Plan, five-year plan, and upcoming goals for the next year.

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Nation approves legislation for plan to reduce, manage and dispose of solid waste

Plan outlines the practices of landfills, transfer stations within three states on Navajo Nation

Legislation for the Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan for the Navajo Nation was recently approved by the Resource and Development Committee (RDC).

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Lady Bulldogs 2-2 for season, Bulldogs 4-2 after tourney play

The Winslow Lady Bulldogs have found the Gallup Invitational Tournament to be an important event that has always played a valuable role in getting the team ready for play in Arizona during the regular season.

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Natural gas pipeline to service Red Mesa, Kayenta, and Tuba City

Leaders of the Navajo Nation congratulated officials with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) during a signing ceremony held at the NTUA headquarters Nov. 27, to mark the official transfer of ownership of a large portion of the Southern Trails Pipeline.

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World Financial Group could aid Navajo Nation with its investments

The Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) met last week to discuss financial advising, life insurance, pension solutions and asset management products in several markets across the globe.