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Navajo-Hopi Observer

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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.

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24 homes destroyed in the Assayi Lake wildfire could be rebuilt

Last week, $764,000 in funding was considered by the Resources and Development Committee to aid in the replacement of homes destroyed in the Assayi Lake wildfire.

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Navajo Council supports redistricting election areas for San Juan County, Utah

Members of the Navajo Nation Council are pleased with a final court-appointed report recommending redistricting maps for the San Juan County Utah Commission and the San Juan County School Board.

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Winslow Bulldogs defeats Safford while Lady Bulldogs lose in close game

The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Safford Bulldogs 81-70 in Safford Nov. 21 in the season opener for both teams.

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NGS employees donate $13,000 to give needy families a brighter holiday

Navajo Generating Station employees dug deeper this year to surpass more than two decades of giving back to the community with an $11,000 contribution to the Circle of Page Food Pantry food bank.

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Protect the Peaks takes action as Snowbowl opens for season

More than a dozen sacred sites protectors confronted Snowbowl employees and recreationists with a “quarantine” action in hazmat suits, with banners, caution tape, and chanting “No Desecration for Recreation” as Snowbowl opened Nov. 21.

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Navajo Nation Department of Corrections: more funding needed for detention services

Intergovernmental contracts with feds voted down — citing need for more funding for detention services

On Nov. 20, the Law and Order Committee (LOC) issued a “do not pass” for legislation seeking to authorize renewal contracts and annual funding agreements between the Navajo Nation and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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Navajo divison holds summit to develop solutions to protect Diné Bikéyah

On Nov. 15-17, the Division of Natural Resources Summit was held at Twin Arrows for Navajo citizens to learn about the division’s projects and areas of direct services and to promote collaboration between tribal, state and federal partners.

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Budget and Finance Committee seeks to provide more funding for special education at St. Michaels

Last week, the Budget and Finance Committee considered Legislation No. 0424-17, which seeks to allocate a grant from the Navajo Nation in the amount of approximately $2.7 million from the Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance to the St. Michaels Association for Special Education for a road infrastructure improvement project.

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Push continues for Navajo Indian Irrigation Project funding

The 23rd Navajo Nation Council continued its efforts last week to coordinate with congressional leadership and Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (NAPI) to push for increased funding for operations and maintenance costs.

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Historical contributions of Native American Code Talkers is invaluable, cultural insensitivity is unfortunate

At event honoring Code Talkers, president insults Native Americans calling senator Pocahontas

Today, during an event at the White House honoring Native American Code Talkers, President Donald Trump made reference to Sen. Elizabeth Warren as Pocahontas.

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Walk-A-Thon helps students meet walking/running goals at Washington Elementary

On Oct., 27, Washington Elementary School held its 10th annual Walk-A-Thon at the Winslow High School football field.

Veterans honored in Winslow

The Winslow Material Girls Quilting Guild met on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at the Hubbell Building to honor three veterans and present them with quilts for their service in the military.

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Winslow Bulldogs sports teams scheduled for season

The Winslow Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs basketball teams both have tournaments scheduled for December, and the Winslow wrestling team begins matches in December.

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NTU Skills Fest showcases academics, art and job readiness

High school students from the region and across the Navajo Nation assembled at Navajo Technical University (NTU) last month to showcase their talents in academic contests and to explore higher education opportunities.

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Bootlegging and stronger laws against drunk driving topic of discussions

Last week, the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee met to begin addressing drunk driving and illegal alcohol sales on the Navajo Nation, also known as “bootlegging.”

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Jesse Delmar wins National Native American Law Enforcement award

Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety (NNDPS) Jesse Delmar was presented the National Native American Law Enforcement Association (NNALEA) award for 2017 Public Safety Director of the Year.

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Navajo committee approves funding for year-round youth employment

In June, the Navajo Nation Council approved an emergency bill that approved nearly $2.2 million for the Navajo Nation’s 110 chapters for summer youth employment.