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Stan Bindell, for the Navajo-Hopi Observer

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Officials at Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) said there is hope as vaccines are available for the community and the number of people with the coronavirus has been dropping for the past week and a half.

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U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) said Native Americans played a significant role in the recent election, including his win in Arizona.

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Micah Lomaomvaya, realty officer for the Hopi Tribe, said while the pandemic has changed the way his office does business that several projects are in the works.

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Badlands, petrified wood, the colorful Painted Desert and Native American influences make the Petrified Forest National Wilderness one of the most unique and beautiful wilderness areas in Arizona.

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Hopi High cancels winter sports seasons
Arizona AIA cancels high school athletics because of hospital capacity

Hopi Jr/Sr High School Athletic Director Ricky Greer said canceling winter sports is particularly tough on student athletes because sports is a part of their daily routine.

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U.S. Democratic Rep. Tom O'Halleran, (CD-1), who represents constituants of the Navajo and Hopi reservations, witnessed the incident in the nation's Capitol Jan. 6 and said it was terrifying.

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Journalism students from a New Jersey high school recently interviewed four Hopi High students about their thoughts on schools using Native American names as mascots.

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O’Halleran says $900 billion relief bill will benefit tribal lands
Bill approved by Senate and House, Trump signed bill Sunday

U.S. Rep. Tom O’ Halleran voted to approve funding for the $900 billion coronavirus aid bill. The measure passed the House of Representatives and Senate, and President Donald Trump signed the bill Dec. 27.

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U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran credits his reelection to a record Native American voter turnout that also impacted the presidential race, other races and has the potential to impact the state and nation in the future.

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Melvin Consulting is a Native American owned company, based in Flagstaff, providing engineering and management consulting, founded in 2016 by owner Daryl Melvin. The firm has grown to five employees and continues to expand.

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Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund (TSAF) is promoting tribal self-sufficiency through solar projects that help communities with energy and jobs as well as encouraging community participation in solar projects.

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Navajo voting rights in an Oct. 15 decision that has drawn national attention.

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Barbara Karkula said it is a great honor to serve as the first Native American board president for the Museum of Indigenous People in Prescott.

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Bluesman Mike and the Blues Review Band, which has performed fundraisers for Hopi High School journalism department in the past, has a new CD out, "Knee Deep Into These Blues."

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Pit house site at Prescott's Granite Dells face possible destruction
Developer says study is being conducted before moving forward

Native Americans have a chance to save ruins in Prescott's Granite Dells, but those chances may be missed because of the difficulty in getting in touch with workers at the various tribes' cultural preservation offices. Those offices may be closed because of the coronavirus.

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U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran won the Democratic primary for District 1 beating Eva Putzova as the incumbent. O’ Halleran garnered 38,812 votes, while Putzova received 27,086 votes.

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Native American small businesses have had to adapt to survive economically during this pandemic and Aconav, an award-winning Native American fashion brand and designer, has done precisely that.

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Nolan Reidhead will face Tiffany Shedd in the Congressional District 1 Republican primary Aug. 4. The winner will go up against the winner of the Democratic primary, either incumbent Rep. Tom O’Halleran or Eva Putzova.

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Tiffany Shedd and Nolan Reidhead will square off in the Republican primary Aug. 4 for a House seat in Congressional District One, which includes the Navajo and Hopi nations.

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Almost forgotten during the coronavirus, a primary election will be held Aug. 4 for federal and state offices in Arizona.

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There used to be many ways of life that we took for granted before the corona virus hit our state, nation and world.

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Northern Arizona University's (NAU) communications department, known as the Media Innovation Center, made itself known on the national scale in two ways as it opened an esports center and won national awards for its news broadcast program.

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Red Rock State Park is not as busy as the other state park in Sedona. Slide Rock State Park is better known for kids sliding down the rocks in the stream during the summer.

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Many hikers find the Flagstaff area too cold to hike this time of year, but don’t want to go to Phoenix — Sedona is a great alternative.

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“I feel accomplished, but I’m not done with my education just yet,” she said.

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The Seminole Tribe in Florida has pulled off one of the largest economic development projects in American history.

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The Yavapai Apache and Hopi tribes continue to use Tavasci Marsh in Cottonwood, Arizona for harvesting.

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30-year cross country reign of Hopi and Flagstaff runners ends
Hopi High and Northland Prep fall to North Phoenix Prep at state cross country championship Nov. 16

North Phoenix Prep claimed the championship with 55 points, Hopi grabbed second with 95 points and Northland Prep took third with 117 points.

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Hopi High School boys cross country grabbed second and the Lady Bruins took fifth in the Division 4 Section 2 regionals Nov. 8 at Hidden Cove Golf Course in Holbrook.

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Elsie Yoyokie has been helping people in need for years, but on Sept. 27 she retired from the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) as the North Region 2 program manager.

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Hopi Tribal Councilman LeRoy Shingoitewa said the tribal government needs to look at what they have and utilize that to cover the tribe’s ongoing operational expenses.

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Native American guitarist Sir Harrison’s Band won the band section of the Northern Arizona Blues Alliance and will compete at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, Jan. 28-Feb. 1.

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Glenn Gilman, former longtime principal at Hopi High School, passed Sept. 27 due to an illness. Gilman’s life was celebrated by family, friends and colleagues Oct. 5 at Flagstaff Nordic Village following his funeral.

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Bear droppings are plentiful along the trail. One hiker told me he was on the trail with his four dogs when he came within 50 feet of a bear.

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Micah Hines, a member of the Yavapai Apache Tribe, attended the Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards Sept. 14 at the Omni Resort in Scottsdale.

Page High School won the boys race and Ganado High School won the girls race at the Hopi High Cross Country Invite.

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The Native American Club at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy is small but mighty.

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On July 10, O’Halleran introduced bipartisan legislation to repeal archaic laws relating to Native American education, forced relocation of Native American children to boarding schools and withholding money owed to Native American tribes.

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The Coconino Forest Service website tells hikers that this is “some of the most spectacular country in Arizona.”

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A conference at the Gila River Indian Community about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) recently drew officials from the Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Association for Native Americans and 30 tribal leaders from throughout the U.S.

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Aconav, a Native American fashion brand, has taken the fashion world by storm showing that Native Americans can be successful in the world of fashion.

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Beauty and diversity make the Kachina Trail in Flagstaff one of the best hikes in the state.

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Sandy Canyon is an easy hike minutes from Flagstaff that offers canyons, meadows, caves, flowers and butterflies.

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Hopi graduation message: 'We're alive to fulfill our life's purpose by making a difference'
Hopi High School students overcome adversity to post highest graduation rate in past five years

The Hopi community has overcome problems due to uranium mining and the loss of their water by using the knowledge passed down to them for thousands of years, but they must continue to use their ways to protect themselves.

Three percent pay raise approved for Hopi teachers
Raise also applies to counselors and librarian; school board looks at other funding sources

The Hopi Jr/Sr High School Governing Board voted to approve a three percent pay raise for teachers during a recent school board meeting.

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Louis Sisto, a graduate of Hopi High School, is now a civil engineer, but there was a time when he was homeless while going to college.

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Six Hopi High sophomore AVID students visited four colleges last week to learn about the majors they offer, the available scholarships and how to pay for college.

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Hopi High media student Amber Labahe won a national award at the National High School Journalism Conference in Anaheim, California April 24-27, earning an Honorable mention, or third place finish, in the news writing division.

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Byron Woody has been indicted and charged with second-degree murder in the suspected murder of Kenneth Wartz.

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