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Stan Bindell, for the Navajo-Hopi Observer

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On the trail: Sandy Canyon provides views of peaks, meadows and canyons

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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Sixty students promoted at Hopi Jr. High; messages of success inspires students

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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As school year ends, Hopi sophomores tour universities, colleges in Phoenix

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 student wins national journalism award

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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Second-degree murder charge made in death of Hopi High teacher

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

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Hopi Chairman to tribal youth: ‘You have to have your voice heard. Your voice matters’

Hopi Chairman Timothy Nuvangyaoma told students that their voices matter during a speech to the students May 1 in the auditorium.

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Hopi youth initiative aims to support student growth, blend culture with western education

The Hopi Leadership Program has had success with adults, but now they have a pilot program to teach Hopi High School youth about leadership.

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Unsolved homicides cause unease on Hopi reservation

Hopi lives matter. Native American lives matter.

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University Technical Institute visits and recruits Hopi High School students

Universal Technical Institute (UTI) may be a student’s dream because they get to work on cars, do not have to attend academic classes and most get good paying jobs after they graduate.

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Native photography teacher Sam Minkler gives studio tour to Hopi High students

Hopi High media students recently visited the Northern Arizona University School of Communication, getting pointers from Native American photography teacher Sam Minkler, visiting the Virtual Reality Lab, interviewing NAU media students and watching the NAZ TV live newscast.

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Hopi High media students aim for a Rocky Mountain Emmy Award

Hopi High video student Kimmale Anderson held up a Rocky Mountain Emmy Award — the Emmy award for high school film students.

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Hopi students learn from journalists at ASU conference

Seven Hopi High media students learned pointers from journalists and heard about state and national issues while attending the Arizona Latino Media Association (ALMA) Conference at the Arizona State University Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication March 1.

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Hopi High's Amber Labahe wins state media writing contest

Amber Labahe, a media student at Hopi High School, won first place in a writing contest at the Arizona Latino Media Association (ALMA) Conference March 1 at the Arizona State University Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Wellness webcast and variety show aims to empower lives and ignite passion

“It Starts With A Spark” is the sister side of the Native American band, Clan Destine.

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Dyami Thomas of the Klamath Tribe shares suicide prevention message

Suicide can be prevented through positive thinking, surrounding yourself with positive people and activities, eating properly and avoiding drugs and alcohol.

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New Hopi High teacher says looking at your past is the way forward

Mariquit “Kit” Palabyab, who is Filipino-American, is the new Native American Studies (NAS) teacher at Hopi Jr/Sr High School.

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Hopi High media students hone journalism skills in Phoenix

Hopi High students interviewed Arizona State Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai, White Mountain Apache Chairwoman Gwendena Lee-Gatewood and Jack Jackson Jr., an assistant to U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran Jan. 16 at the state capital.

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Hopi High media students attend Tribal Legislative Day in Phoenix

White Mountain Apache Chairwoman Gwendena Lee-Gatewood spoke of hope and faith during the 24th annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day Jan. 16.

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Talking Circles help mitigate middle school fights at Hopi Jr High

Eight Hopi Jr/Sr High School girls had been in fights for weeks when the school’s climate coach Preston Clocksin decided to do something different: Put them in Talking Circles. The girls have not been in fights since.

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Congressman Tom O'Halleran talks government shutdown with reservation communities

Calling the federal government’s shutdown pathetic and harmful to Americans, U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran said that he is for protecting the borders, but believes building the wall is not the most practical way to do that and questions why the Trump administration has not produced a plan on how the $5 billion would be spent building the wall.

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Hopi Jr./Sr. High School congratulates 16 mid-term graduates

Sixteen students graduated during the mid-term ceremony Dec. 21 in the Hopi High School auditorium, with approximately 150 family, friends, teachers and staff in attendance.

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Acclaimed blues musician spends week with Hopi music students

Deanna Bogart, internationally acclaimed blues musician, spent Dec 10-14 at Hopi High School working with music students culminating in a performance with the students in a coffee house setting in the school’s cafeteria.

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Hopi High gets communication tour at Northern Arizona University

Hopi High media students learned about Northern Arizona University’s student newspaper, student radio station and student news program while recently visiting their communications building.

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Cultural and personal meaning behind students’ award winning artwork

Hopi High art students won 15 awards at the Arizona State Fair, but Hopi High art teacher Mary Duwynie felt it was just as important that thousands attending the state fair viewed the students work.

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Hopi High media students tour Scottsdale Community College film program

Eight Hopi High media students recently toured the Scottsdale Community College film program, during which film faculty Anna Thorlaksdottir and administrative specialist Evfa Cerisis told them about the program.

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News anchor says it’s time for young voters to decide the future for themselves

Steve Irvin, longtime newscaster and anchor on Channel 15, told journalism students that journalism is an important part of democracy. Irvin served as the keynote speaker Nov. 6 at the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association Conference at ASU in Tempe.

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Miss Lori Piestewa Post 80 Princess announced at Hopi High School

Aubrey Harvey, a sophomore at Hopi High School, was recently selected as Miss Lori Piestewa Post 80 Princess.

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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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