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Stan Bindell, for the Navajo-Hopi Observer

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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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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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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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Hopi lives matter. Native American lives matter.

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

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

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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