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Rosanda Suetopka Thayer, for the Navajo-Hopi Observer

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Pourier wins Best of Show at 97th annual Santa Fe Indian Market

Honoring womens’ courage was uppermost in artist Kevin Pourier’s mind in his top winning piece at Santa Fe’s world-renowned 97th annual Indian Market, Aug. 18-19.

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Junior high graduates at Tuba City reminded to always keep family first

For the 2018 Tuba City Junior High School (TCJHS) eighth graders, graduation day is a step toward a new high school adventure and the next chapter of their academic career, as they move closer to college.

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Tuba City High names top 10 seniors during graduation

It’s not easy to make it to the Top 10 ranking for your graduating class when you’re in a tough, competitive, densely populated reservation school like Tuba CIty High School.

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Gas prices on the rise in Tuba City and Moenkopi

In the past week, gas prices in Tuba City, Arizona have jumped from $2.97 to $3.03 to now at a high of $ 3.09 at Hopi TUUVI Travel station at the corner of Highway 264, entrance to Hopiland and at the gateway to Navajoland’s famed Monument Valley.

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Valedictorian and salutatorian named at Tuba City High School

Tuba City High School (TCHS) is a rich melting pot of ethnic cultures that includes varied tribal and non-tribal members who support, show encouragement and loyalty to one another at both the student and staff level.

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Tuba City and Window Rock show support for #RedforEd

Teachers walk out demanding higher pay for teachers and support personnel and increase in funding levels

About 50 Tuba City teachers, parents, children and community members gathered at the corner of Main Street and Edgewater Drive in uptown Tuba City April 26 to show solidarity in the #RedforEd movement.

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Tuba City senior receives full ride scholarship to Dartmouth

Kayleigh Paddock, a senior at Tuba City High School (TCHS), received a full ride scholarship to Dartmouth College, located in Hanover, New Hampshire; she is also a finalist for the Wells Fargo Academic Leadership Fellowship Scholarship.

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Tuba City Junior High yields six winners at Navajo Nation Science Fair

Six Tuba City Junior High School students took home prizes from the Navajo Nation Science Fair March 1 in Churchrock, New Mexico, two placed first.

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Tuba City and Moencopi tackle school gun threats

Law enforcement, school officials, community discuss how to better prepare school facilities

A capacity crowd turned out March 6 at the Warrior Pavilion in Tuba City to hear from law enforcement and school officials about threats made to Tuba City Junior High and other reservation schools in recent weeks.

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Numerous threats prompt closures at Tuba City schools

Community meeting March 6 at Warrior Pavilion to discuss recent threats to Tuba City schools and what to do next

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — With a rash of social media threats to reservation schools in the past week, the Navajo Nation president urged parents and teachers to support students’ emotional and mental health needs as national school violence impacts local Native kids.

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Tuba City’s Tristan Antonio receives full ride to Bacone College

Tristan Antonio, 18, signed a full ride scholarship with Bacone College to run cross country starting this fall. Antonio, a senior at Tuba City High School (TCHS), is the son of Sonya Yazzie and the late Harvey Butler.

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Winter Solstice Cultural Symposium held at Tuba City School District

“Naasgoo Nihizaaad doo Nikee’o’ool’jjl bee Aniilzee doo”

An entire day in the winter school calendar at Tuba City School District is devoted to honoring and learning ways to implement respect, tribal culture, history and tribal language using practical teaching methods.

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Tuba City School District celebrates opening of new elementary school

Tuba City Unified School District’s (TCUSD) newest K-5 Elementary digital school has been formally christened with a ribbon cutting and will be in full operation for the 2018 winter semester.

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Tuba City Primary gives farewell performance, prepares to move to new school

The last public and community student performance was given at the old Tuba City Primary School on Main Street in uptown Tuba City, before the move to a new school after break in January.

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School music programs march to a new beat at Tuba City

Pre-winter concert showcases piano, guitar, blended band and choral selections

Tuba City Unified School District (TCUSD) recognizes that art and music are an important component to giving students a well-rounded education.

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13 Tuba City athletes named All-Stars by Navajo Times

Tuba City High School (TCHS) sports has always had excellent athletes dating back to the 1960s, including award winning runners, football players and recently volleyball, in the last five years.

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Tuba City High National Honor Society provides holiday support

Tuba City High National Honor Society (NHS) students give all year to their community by hosting food donation drives, litter pick up and weekly reading tutoring to elementary level students at their local schools.

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Christmas arrives in Tuba City (photo gallery included)

The parking lot of the western Navajo Shopping Center in Tuba City was packed with people Dec. 1 for the annual Christmas tree lighting hosted by Bashas'.

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New K-5 Tuba City digital school to open in December

Tuba City Unified School District’s newest K-5 Primary and Elementary digital school will be christened this month, according to Wayne Nez, Construction Manager for the Tuba City District.

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Chuska Mountain Christmas tree delivered to Tuba City/Moenkopi

Public tree lighting with free hot chocolate and cookies Dec. 1

The Tuba City community Christmas tree, which is forty-five feet high, was set up at Tuba City Bashas’ grocery store for the holiday season. The tree came from eastern Navajo at the Chuska Mountains last week.

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Tuba City transportation blesses families on school bus routes

For the 10th year, Tuba City Unified School District (TCUSD) transportation staff coordinated to draw names for five families to receive a special turkey meal kit the week before Thanksgiving.

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Tuba City High creates Warrior Hall of Fame award for past alums

Bobby Greeley and Gilbert Edgewater, 1960s graduates, selected as first members to receive award

Bobby Greeley and Gilbert Edgewater, alumni of Tuba City High School were recently honored at halftime during a Warrior football home game for their personal contributions and commitment to their home town high school.

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Tuba City High celebrates homecoming, crowns royalty

Students, parents, relatives and staff members at Tuba City High enjoyed a week of homecoming activities including a community parade and football game.

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Tuba City High School rises above the mark on AzMERIT

This month, the ADE (Arizona Department of Education) posted the final scores for all area schools participating in AzMERIT testing.

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Native American Composers Apprenticeship Program returns to Tuba City High

Founded in 2001 by the Grand Canyon Music Festival, the NACAP (Native American Composers Apprenticeship Program) has had overwhelming success as the only Native music composer program for high school aged American Indian students in the nation.

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High school football games play important role in Tuba City community

All throughout the country and especially in remote reservation areas, high school football teams are an extension of the communities in which they live.

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New digital school at Tuba City schedule for completion by December

Tuba City’s new state of the art elementary school is on schedule to be completed in time for winter 2017 after 18 months of construction.

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Chief Manuelito Scholarships awarded by Nation to 10 Tuba City High School students

The Navajo Nation honored 147 high school students for their exceptional academic excellence by awarding them a Chief Manuelito Scholarship.

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Hotevilla Bacavi Community School takes students to next level at summer camps

Each year, most parents look to find a rock solid summer camp learning experience that will enrich their children’s lives and academic growth and tribal parents are no exception.

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Tuba City’s Vaugh Jackson awarded male track athlete of the year

Vaugh Jackson, a recent graduate of Tuba City High School, was awarded Male Track Athlete of the Year by the Navajo Times.

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Tuba City High School basketball player signed by Ottawa University

Shenaira Sloan, 18, a 2017 graduate of Tuba City High School, has signed with Ottawa University for a full-ride basketball scholarship to play this coming fall.

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Kaitlin Honahni named Student of the Year at Nizhoni Accelerated

Katilin Honahni, 20, was named “Student of the Year” by Nizhoni Accelerated Academy (NAA) staff May 20 during the Tuba City Warrior graduation. NAA is the alternative high school for the Tuba City District.

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Tuba City Junior High’s keynote speaker a former Warrior

Her heartfelt message to the Tuba City Junior high graduates this year was clear and direct.

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Tia Folgheraiter heading to Dartmouth

Tuba City graduate gets full scholarship

Tia Folgheraiter, 18, a senior at Tuba City High School (TCHS), is headed to Dartmouth on a full scholarship, where she will focus on biology global health and studio art.

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Tuba City High’s Vaughn Jackson wins State Championship Div. III 1,600 meter run

In a final neck-and-neck lap, Tuba City High school senior Vaugh Jackson won in two dramatic steps the State Championship, Division III, 1,600 meter run, besting the favored runner from Saguaro High School.

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Students excel at Tuba City High School

It is not easy getting to the top of the academic heap at a competitive and large high school like Tuba City High School (TCHS), but 10 students achieved the Top Senior list.

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Tuba City High names 2017 valedictorian, salutatorian

Tuba City High School (TCHS) is a rich melting pot of ethnic cultures, including tribal and non-tribal members who support and encourage one another.

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Annual NATIVE Skills 2017 competition brings Tuba City High student career success

Preparation for students who compete in the NATIVE Skills competition, held in Chinle, Arizona this year, starts before the contest even begins with each student submitting a cover letter and job application with a formal resume.

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Tuba City seniors take home top honors at skills competition

Tuba City High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director Woody Begay beamed with pride as his students took top honors for welding, digital photography, carpentry and job skills at the annual Native skills competition held in Chinle.

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PowerSchool app for Tuba City School District

Parents to receive access to student and district info via new cell phone app

A new, free district wide cell phone application is available in Tuba Unified School District (TCUSD) so parents can find out information about student’s attendance, homework, daily bulletins, course schedules and more.

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New Tuba City Elementary School features green technology, possibly opening in fall

Tuba City’s new kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school, which will feature green technology, has been under construction for about a year and is ahead of schedule, according to the construction manager for the project.

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Students win big at Tuba Science Fair

Each year the Navajo Nation Science Fair showcases the youngest and brightest students from Navajo and Hopi area reservation schools in a stiff competition for several major science categories.

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Katherine Nez named grand champion at 2017 Mathleague competition

Nez advances to state competition with three Tuba City Primary students

Staff and students at Tuba City Primary (TCP) were over the moon this week after third grader Katherine Nez was announced as the grand champion winner for the Math league competition.

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Tuba City graduate takes aim at helping students

Jamie Roe is making strides in the specialized field of education by working with and teaching students who have dyslexia, ADHD and ADD at Sharp Academy in Texas.

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Tuba City senior wins All-American sports award for commitment, skills

Sophia Katherine-Ray Honahni, 17, a senior at Tuba City High School recently won the All-American First Team Volleyball Award and a $1,500 academic scholarship given to athletes not just for their sport skills, but for their commitment and service history.

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Moencopi and Tuba City endorse culture and traditions for students

Tuba City Unified School District held its annual district-wide cultural symposium for more than 500 staff members who work to benefit kindergarten through 12th grade students in Tuba City and two neighboring Moencopi Village areas.

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National Honor Society students tutoring local elementary students

Tuba City High School National Honor Society (NHS) students in 11th and 12th grade are contributing to the community this semester by tutoring Tuba City Primary students in reading.

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Vicious dogs a concern for student safety at Tuba City schools

Several written requests have been submitted to Tuba City Unified School District (TCUSD) asking school bus drivers to drop students off in front of their homes because packs of dogs have either chased or tried to bite students who are coming to and from bus stops.

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