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Stan Bindell, for the Navajo-Hopi Observer

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Out and about: hiking the Arizona Trail from Jacob Lake

One joy of going to Jacob Lake in the past was the lake where you could go fishing or take a quick swim.

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Native broadcast workshop has 21 students from four tribes (photo gallery)

Twenty-one Native American high school students from 10 high schools and four tribes received training in mass media while attending the 6th annual Andy Harvey Native American Broadcast workshop June 18-24 in Flagstaff.

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Native workers help provide solar options on more than 40 reservations

Navajo and Hopi employees join Grid Alternatives in solar installation across the U.S.

Grid Alternatives has helped install about 550 solar systems on approximately 40 reservations. Grid Alternatives also trains Native American solar workers, including Navajo and Hopi students.

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Out and about: Flagstaff’s Weatherford Trail offers views topping off at 12,633 feet

The Weatherford Trail may not have been the smartest trail to start with this summer. The trail is considered strenuous.

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Blues and Brews turns up the heat for Flagstaff crowds

After performing at the Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival June 10, guitarist Mike Howard was recognized for being in the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame.

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Community center, elderly program secure after return of former Tewa resident

After 35 years working in the Bay area in California, Judith Namoki came home to Tewa Village to help her dad, but now, as coordinator of the elderly program at Tewa Village, she wants to help the community.

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Hopi Jr/Sr High pays appreciation to teachers, staff

POLACCA, Ariz. —Hopi Jr/Sr High School held a teacher and staff appreciation day May 12 in the school’s auditorium. The teachers and staff were honored in five year increments for 5-10-15-20-25-30 years of service.

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Hopi High School celebrates and says farewell to 2017 graduates

Ophelia Goatson wants to help children and families. She said the way to get there is through education.

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Keynote speaker encourages Hopi Jr. High students to pursue their dreams

Legos. As a kid, Briann Laban played with legos. Now she is studying to become an architect.

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Former teacher inspires youth with adventure, travel stories

Dennis Williams, a former Hopi Junior High math teacher, returned to the school with a geography lesson.

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Hopi Jr/Sr High administration renews some contracts for 2017-18 school year

The Hopi Jr/Sr High School Governing Board voted to give contracts for next school year to seven administrators and 40 of 42 high school teachers.

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Youth Summit at Hopi Jr/Sr High focus on prevention and improving life skills

Students attending the Hopi Jr/Sr High School Youth Summit were able to attend sessions ranging from dealing with drugs and alcohol to preventing suicide and using their Hopi and Navajo cultures to improve their lives.

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Internationally acclaimed artist brings blues to Hopi High

Deanna Bogart, an international blues performer, created a magical ark of music with Hopi High music students while spending the week at Hopi High last week.

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Hopi High media students among 3,000 at national journalism conference

Three Hopi High media students toured a high school radio station in Seattle on their way to the National High School Journalism Conference at the Seattle Convention Center. C89.5 FM plays electronic dance music.

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Minnesota meets Arizona during visit at Hopi High School

Thirty students from the West Metro Educational Program (WMEP), an ethnic studies program from the Minnesota area, visited Hopi High School April 4 for a cultural exchange.

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Emery-Riddle Aeronautical University staff meets Hopi students

Major Marella Big Mountain, professor of Aerospace Studies for the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, along with Embry-Riddle students, visited Hopi High to tell them what the university has to offer them.

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Hopi High student excels in studies at Northern Arizona University

Katrice Puhuhefvaya, a Gates Millennium Scholarship winner out of Hopi High School, is having a successful freshman year at Northern Arizona University (NAU).

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Hopi High media students take inside look at college media programs

Nine Hopi High media students learned about college media programs while attending the Arizona Latino Media Association (ALMA) Conference at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication March 3.

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Hopi Jr/Sr High School Dean of Students wants to see more positive behaviors

Hopi Jr/Sr High School Dean of Students Charlene Youvella wants a positive behavior program in place that would help students make better decisions, including staying away from drugs and alcohol.

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Police chief visits Hopi media students

Paul Sidney was recently named Hopi police chief after Jamie Kootswatewa received a promotion to the Phoenix Bureau of Indian Affairs Police Department.

Hopi Jr/Sr High principal calls meeting with BIE constructive

Hopi Jr/Sr High School (HJSHS) received pointers on how to improve its special education services during a special governing board meeting with Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) officials March 1 in the Hopi Jr/Sr High School Governing Board’s conference room.

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Hopi High girls take second at state playoffs, losing 72-41 to Leading Edge Academy

Hopi High girls basketball team made it to the Sweet 16 before falling to second ranked Leading Edge Academy, 72-41, in the state playoffs at the Prescott Valley Events Center.

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Hopi High claims close victory over Morenci girls 52-51, moves to state playoffs

Hopi High School won a thrilling 52-51 victory against Morenci in a girls “play-in” basketball game to win a spot in the state playoffs.

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Hopi youth on track with HOYI program, aims to promote community

The Hopi Opportunity Youth Initiative (HOYI), an arm of the Hopi Foundation, has formed a partnership with Hopi High School’s AVID program to show support for students.

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Jason Lobik looking to build relationships at Hopi High School

Jason Lobik, Hopi High School’s new principal, said his main goals are filling any vacancies, getting acclimated to the school and building relationships with the staff and students.

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Governing board president says Hopi Jr/Sr high should be separated

Ivan Sidney, recently appointed president of the Hopi Jr/Sr High School Governing Board, recounted how the school was built in the 1980s so Hopi children would no longer have to go off the reservation for their education.

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Hopi High students get pointers from Cronkite School of Journalism

After attending Tribal Nations Day, five Hopi High media students went to Arizona State Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication where they learned about digital, print, broadcast and photography programs by working with ASU students.

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Hopi High sweeps Round Valley in Jan. 14 girls and boys basketball games

Hopi High swept Round Valley in girls and boys basketball games Jan. 14 at Hopi.

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Hopi High media students ask Arizona Sen. Peshlakai top goals after taking office

Arizona State Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai’s goal is to get more funding for public education and that means holding Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to his words during the State of the State address that he would push for better funding for public education.

Annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day recognizes tribes’ efforts

Arizona Sen. President Steven Yarbrough and House Speaker J.D. Mesnard gave opening remarks welcoming tribal leaders to the 22nd annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day by recognizing the contributions the tribes have made to Arizona.

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Hopi High girls basketball defeats Pinon 56-51

Taylor Seechoma tallied a game high 18 points as Hopi edged Pinon, 56-51, in girls high school basketball Jan. 3 at Pinon.

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Poleyestewa joins ranks at Hopi Jr./Sr. High, looking to make difference

Laurel Poleyestewa, who will take her seat on the Hopi Jr/Sr High School (HJSHS) Governing Board in January, said she wants to make sure the school has a curriculum, make sure that the teachers are certified and see how the budget relates to students’ needs.

Hopi High JROTC program helps Keams Canyon students receive Christmas gift

Twenty-five students from Keams Canyon Elementary School received toys for the holidays, thanks to the Hopi High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program.

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Arizona Highways staff speak to Hopi students

Hopi High journalism students tour popular magazine headquarters, visit afterschool media program

At Arizona Highways, the Hopi High students looked up at the editor’s wall where they could see all 60 pages laid out for the next edition.

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Phoenix Suns, Arizona Highways go behind the scenes with Hopi youth

Nine Hopi High media students attended Phoenix Suns Journalism Day, took tours of Spot 127 and Arizona Highways as they learned about sports media, videography, magazine writing and editing.

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Hopi veterans honored for second year by Hopi Jr./Sr. High students

Seventeen Hopi Jr/Sr High School teachers and staff who served as veterans were honored Nov. 10 during a schoolwide assembly hosted by the school’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).

Hopi High journalism students seeking support for national conference

The Hopi High School radio broadcast, news video and journalism clubs are raising money to attend the National Journalism Education Association conference in Seattle, Washington, April 6-9.

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Active shooter drill takes Hopi Jr./Sr. High by storm, receives high marks

Evaluators gave Hopi Jr/Sr High School staff and emergency responders high marks for their actions during an active shooter drill Nov. 2. However, they did say there is room for improvement, which was a reason for the drill.

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Hopi High runners' legacy continues

Boys cross-country team excels at state meet with 27- year winning streak

The Legend continues to grow. Hopi High School Coach Rick Baker has been tagged with the nickname of The Legend after leading the Bruins to a national and state record 26 straight boys championships.

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Hopi High broadcast students take home awards at annual media conference

The Hopi High School broadcast radio program won three awards at the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association (AIPA) Conference Oct. 27 at Arizona State University.

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Hopi Tribe addresses feral dogs on reservation

In April the Hopi Tribal Council passed an ordinance addressing the problem of loose dogs roaming around the Hopi Reservation, an effort that has been underway since 1977.

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Music teacher returns to Hopi High to teach band, guitar and percussion

The music man has returned to Hopi Jr/Sr High School. Music teacher Thomas Irwin has returned because of his love of teaching music to students on the Hopi Reservation.

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College fair offers glimpse into the future for Hopi High’s juniors and seniors

POLACCA, Ariz. — Hopi High School held a college fair Oct. 7 in the school’s gym to let juniors and seniors know about future possibilities for them after they graduate, including starting an application for college.

Standing Rock Sioux gain support in stand against pipeline

POLACCA, Ariz. — Duane Uses Arrow, a former chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, joined a Hopi group that made the trek to Standing Rock to show support for that tribe’s battle against a pipeline that could contaminate the water supply.

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Hopi High celebrates homecoming royalty

Hopi High School’s Lauren Eustace was named homecoming queen and Drew David joined her as homecoming king during the halftime crowning Sept. 30 at Bruin Stadium.

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Student greenhouse and orchard operational at Hopi High after summer break

A greenhouse and orchard at Hopi High School has been resurrected by Arlinda Fannin, botany teacher at Hopi High School.

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Active shooter drill planned for Hopi Jr. High and High School Nov. 2

On Nov. 2, the Hopi Junior and Senior High School Governing Board have voted to have an active shooter simulation drill. The board took action Sept. 13 during its regularly scheduled meeting. In addition to board members and administrators, over a dozen visitors attended the meeting.

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Bruin manifesto aims to boost students’ self-esteem and build school spirit

POLACCA, ARIZ. — Michael Adams, director of psychological services at Hopi Jr./Sr. High School, has created a Bruin Manifesto and a Bruin Daily Affirmation to build school spirit and increase students’ self-esteem.

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Hopi Junior High receives school supplies from Chandler non-profit

POLACCA, Ariz. — Around 180 Hopi Junior High students received backpacks filled with supplies thanks to the Chandler non-profit called Make an Investment in Love and Kindness (MILK) Aug. 24.