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Stan Bindell, for the Navajo-Hopi Observer

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Waiting on first: Hopi cross country teams take second place at state meet

Hopi High girls and boys cross country teams both finished second in the Division 4 state meet at Cave Creek Golf Course in north Phoenix Nov. 10.

Hopi High media students raise money for trip to Anaheim

Hopi High School radio broadcast, news video and journalism clubs are raising money so they can attend the National Journalism Education Association conference in Anaheim, California, April 25-27.

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Hopi High students take home awards at state journalism conference

Hopi High was the only reservation school to win media awards and was one of the smallest schools represented at the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association Conference Nov. 6.

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Latoya Largo determined to help bring funding to Hopi Jr/Sr High

Latoya Largo will search and apply for grants whether they are federal, state or private. She is especially interested in funding for special education, after-school and science programs.

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Screenings to continue after director for early cancer screening program resigns

Aleema Jones, who educated the Hopi community about cancer awareness, resigned as program coordinator of the Hopi Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program effective Nov. 1.

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Red Ribbon Week teaches students about drug and alcohol prevention

Red Ribbon Week takes place Oct. 23-31 at Hopi High School, other locations on the Hopi Reservation and throughout the U.S.

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Art and music students refine their skills at Hopi High coffee house Oct. 17

Hopi High music, art, culinary arts and English students will display their skills during a coffee house from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 17 in the school’s cafeteria.

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Hopi Teen Show calls attention to breast and cervical cancer detection program

Those dealing with cancer say the results are clear that those who want to survive must have early detection and they urge people to get early cancer screenings.

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Hopi junior ROTC to post colors at Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

Hopi High School’s junior Reserve Officer Training Corps’ (ROTC) color guard has been chosen to post the colors at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian during its Native American Festival Nov. 17-18 in Washington D.C.

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Native K-9 officer, Jared Shupla, shares journey with Hopi High students

Jared Shupla, one of the eight Native American K-9 officers in America, recently spoke to a Hopi High AVID and Hopi Junior High radio class about his work.

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Native American Teen Talk Show returns to the air waves, seeks interviewees

The Hopi High Teen Show, the only live remote Native American Teen Talk Show in the nation, is back on-air and Hopi High teens are looking for community members to interview about local issues for their next show Oct. 4.

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Homecoming spirit shines at Hopi High

Hopi High’s Steven Baker was crowned homecoming king and Jaeda Honani was crowned homecoming queen during halftime of the football game Sept. 21 at Bruin Stadium.

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Hopi High dean says cancer was caused by uranium contamination

Hopi High Dean of Students Jerry Cronin, a three time cancer survivor, is convinced his cancer is a result of water that was contaminated because of uranium spills in Church Rock, New Mexico.

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Hopi High boys win cross country invite, look to reclaim state title

Hopi High boys cross country kicked off the season in fine fashion as they won the championship at the Hopi Invite Aug. 28 at Bruin Stadium. Coconino High School from Flagstaff won the girls championship.

Hopi High principal rallies parents to stand behind students

Hopi High School Principal Lynn Fredericks told parents during an open house Aug. 14 that they are VIPs: Very Important People and Very Important Parents.

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Michael Begay shares composing talent with Hopi students

In the late 1990s, Michael Begay was a student in the Native American Composers Apprenticeship Program (NACAP), which teaches students to compose for string quartets at the Grand Canyon Music Festival.

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NAU speaker encourages Hopi High students to give back to community

Darold Joseph, who works at the Institute of Human Development at Northern Arizona University, recently spoke to the students and staff at Hopi Jr/Sr High School about the upcoming school year.

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The Navajo-Hopi Observer sat down with CD1 candidate and business woman Tiffany Shedd

Businesswoman Tiffany Shedd is running for Congress in District One so she can give rural Arizonans a voice as her emphasis is on providing local control.

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Rep. Tom O’Halleran sits down with the Navajo-Hopi Observer to talk Native issues

Rep. Tom O’Halleran recently visited the Navajo Nation to hear the concerns of his constituents.

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Studio 13 Seven bringing liberation to Hopi youth through art

Chris Hawk and his wife, Desiree, have decided to put their backgrounds in the visual and performing arts to work in order to help youth on the Hopi Reservation.

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Death of Hopi Jr/Sr High staff member rocks administration on first day of school

Teachers and staff at Hopi Jr/Sr High School returned from summer break July 30 to learn that Kenny Wartz, director of technology at the school, died the previous day following an incident in the Hopi Jr/Sr High School housing.

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Community Health Representatives serve Hopi/Tewa with medical, housing needs

The Community Health Representative program, also known as CHR, has been serving American communities for 50 years and the Hopi/Tewa communities since the 1970s.

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Art: Native artists shine at Prescott Indian Art Market

Veronica Benally won Best of Show and several other Navajo artists took home top prizes at the 21st annual Prescott Indian Art Market (PIAM) July 14-15 at Sharlot Hall Museum.

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Out and about: A trail for experienced hikers in the Pine Mountain Wilderness

Wilderness areas, such as Pine Mountain Wilderness area, are not like national or state parks.

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21st annual Prescott Indian Art Market features Navajo artist from Shiprock

Jim Harrison, a Navajo from Shiprock, New Mexico, has been chosen as the featured artist at the 21st annual Prescott Indian Art Market (PIAM) July 14-15 at Sharlot Hall Museum in downtown Prescott.

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Out and about: Mount Graham is highest peak in southern Arizona and worth a look

Mount Graham has called to this hiker for many years and with so many hiking trails closed in northern Arizona because fire restrictions, I finally answered the call.

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Native band, Clan-Destine, to perform musical stage show ‘Warriors Zeitgiest’

Clan-Destine, one of the most popular and longest-running Native American bands, is taking a time out from most performances as they prepare for a theatrical musical stage show called “Warriors Zeitgiest.”

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Curtis Salgado hits the stage at Flagstaff Blues and Brews

Curtis Salgado, inspiration for “The Blues Brothers” movie, performed at Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival to promote his new CD “Rough Cut.”

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Navajo, Hopi recognized at Chase Field during Native American Recognition Day

Navajos, Hopis and many other tribal members were recognized during Native American Recognition Day (NARD) throughout the Arizona Diamondbacks ballpark at Chase Field June 3.

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Native comedian brings message of laughter, hope to Hopi High graduation

Tatanka means laughter, but the Native American comedian also brought messages about the importance of education and not drinking to the graduates at Hopi High School during the 32nd commencement exercise May 24 at Bruin Stadium.

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Hopi Jr. High keynote speaker: retaining culture is important

Keynote speaker Detroit James spoke about how the habits he picked up from his culture helped him deal with tough times during his first college year. He said he went through many breakdowns in college.

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Hopi High remains in upheaval: 18 employees, teachers not returning for 2018-19 school year

The Hopi Board of Education (HBE), which recently replaced the Hopi Jr/Sr High School (HJSHS) Governing Board, agreed to take no further action on contract decisions for next school year.

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Hopi school board members question Tribal council after recent removal

Two members of the recently removed Hopi Jr/Sr School (HJSHS)Governing Board questioned why the Hopi Tribal Council removed them without getting their side of the story and also asked if the tribal council broke their own policy in the process.

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Dannish filmmaker and producer announces auditions at Hopi High

Danish filmmaker Jon Bang Carlsen and Native American film producer Jhane Myers visited Hopi High School April 24 to let students know about their upcoming project and let them know they will be coming back soon for auditions.

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Hopi High media students Gabe Fredericks and Kiyahno Edgewater accepted to ASU media camp

Hopi High video students Gabriel Fredericks and Kiyahno Edgewater have been accepted to attend the Summer Journalism Institute at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in downtown Phoenix June 3-15.

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Hopi Tribal Council removes Hopi Jr./Sr. High School governing board May 9

Council appoints Hopi Board of Education to serve as interim governing board; first interim board meeting May 14 at 6:30 p.m.

The Hopi Tribal Council voted unanimously May 9 to remove the Hopi Jr/Sr High School Governing Board and appoint the Hopi Board of Education to serve as the interim governing board.

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Walk/run against domestic violence May 12 in Keams Canyon

The third annual walk/run against domestic violence will be held May 12 at 6 a.m., starting at the Choyou residence in Keams Canyon.

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Hopi Jr/Sr High faculty, admininstration under investigation by Hopi Tribal Council

The Hopi Tribe’s Health and Education Committee (H&E) will give its findings to the Hopi Tribal Council at 10 a.m. May 8 about an investigation it launched into Hopi Jr/Sr High School.

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Talia White of Santa Fe’s IAIA shares art opportunities with Hopi students

Talia White, spokeswoman for the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, recently visited Hopi High to tell the students about their art school.

Hopi Jr/Sr. High votes not to renew 12 administrator and teacher positions

The revolving door of administrators at Hopi Jr/Sr High School continues.

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Hopi High's Ellyse Fredericks wins national award

Fredricks places third in sports writing at Journalism Education Association Conference April 14 in San Francisco

Ellyse Fredericks, a print journalism student at Hopi High School, became a national award winner when she won honorable mention, or placed third, in the sports writing division at the Journalism Education Association Conference in San Francisco April 13-14.

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Hopi students discuss homelessness at journalism convention

While there are some programs to address homelessness in America, the problem will continue as long as there are low wages, expensive housing and expensive health care, according to two journalists who have covered the problem for decades.

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Searching for patterns: Lessons in math circles at Hopi High School

Hopi High math students had a special math lesson March 30 courtesy of the Alliance of Indigenous Math Circles (AIMC) and math specialist Tatiana Shubin.

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Hopi High graduate Brianna Laban returns to encourage students to succeed

Brianne Laban, a 2008 graduate of Hopi High School, returned to Hopi High to talk to students about college and what it takes to get through college.

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Hopi High students join RISE movement to promote school safety

The Hopi Jr/Sr High School student body held a walk March 22 to show support and a positive attitude for the students who went through the shooting in Florida.

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Troublemakers hit Hopi High; share blues essentials with students

Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers blues band put on a three day workshop March 7-9 at Hopi High School as they performed at a coffee house, a school assembly and taught music students.

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Visit to universities inspires students, gives direction for future career choices

Eleven Hopi High media students visited the media departments at Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona and Arizona State University Feb. 28-March 2.

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Therapist: Talking about suicide takes courage; listen and don’t pass judgement

Gilbert Contreras, family therapist with Coconino County, spoke to the staff at Hopi Jr/Sr High School March 7 about suicide prevention.

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Importance of Native journalists in the media emphasized to Hopi students

Jenni Monet, a Native American advanced reporting teacher at the University of Arizona (UofA) Journalism School, told visiting Hopi High media students that reporters need to tell the truth and not be advocates for any given position.

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Hopi High girls beat Tuba City and Winslow at state playoffs

Hopi High girls basketball team had a memorable season, making it to the Sweet 16 round of the state playoffs and beating rivals Tuba City High School and Winslow High School during the regular season.

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