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4/25/2017

article Council votes to keep Navajo Nation, votes no on Diné Nation name
(Arizona) -- On April 19, Legislation No. 0395-16, which sought to amend Title II of the Navajo Nation Code to change the designated name of the Navajo Nation to Diné...
article Navajo Housing Authority up in the air
(Arizona) -- On April 20, the Navajo Nation Council voted 16-4 in support of legislation which would effectively remove the current Navajo Housing Authority board of...
article Navajo Indian Irrigation Project has hopes for completion
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Indian Irrigation Project (NIIP) is a system of canals that delivers water to the farm from Navajo Dam.
article Workgroup, council to address sexual violence on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty (Beclabito, Cove, Gadi’i’áhi/To’Koi, Red Valley, Tooh Haltsooi, Toadlena/Two Grey Hills, Tsé ałnáoz...
article 286 people on rez living with HIV
(Arizona) -- Figures released this month by the Navajo Nation Department of Health indicate there are 286 people living with HIV on the Navajo Reservation. That includes...
article Navajo Nation hiring officials after clearing housing board
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye is looking for new housing authority board members after the council voted to remove the previous board. Begaye has...
article Parents concerned about food fiasco at Navajo Nation school
(New Mexico) -- Parents say they are fed up with school lunches at one school that may be making children sick, and they say the school closed for two days because of it...

4/24/2017

article Navajo Nation gets federal grant to improve Route 36 safety
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation has received a federal grant to assist its transportation division in identifying areas of improvement for Navajo Route 36. The highway...

4/23/2017

article Navajo Nation President Celebrates New Raytheon Dine’ Facility Warehouse
(New Mexico) -- On Apr. 21, President Russell Begaye provided an address to over 90% Navajo employees of Raytheon, state representatives and Raytheon executives at the...
article OP/ED: McCain: The Navajo Housing Authority investigation we need
(Arizona) -- Navajo families are living a housing nightmare. Far removed from the suburbs of Phoenix, the Navajo reservation is dotted with crumbling houses and...
article These Navajo students have a 100% graduation rate
(Arizona) -- Clyde McBride teaches ag-science at Monument Valley High School in northeastern Arizona. The school is part of the Navajo Nation. Its students are poor....
article Book review: Characters drive home conflicts in Montana author's 'Reservations'
(Arizona) -- Help is never close on any reservation muses Lola Wicks in Gwen Florio’s latest mystery, "Reservations." Nothing could be truer in the novel...
article HDIMT? Alvina Begay Represents in Boston Marathon; Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Time in Seminole Country
(Massachusetts) -- My cousin Ray Sixkiller and I join Native News Online congratulating Navajo runner Alvina Begay on finishing the Boston Marathon in 2:44.05. Alvina...

4/22/2017

article NDOT gets federal grant to study safety on N36
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation has received a federal grant to assist its transportation division in identifying areas of improvement for Navajo Route 36. The highway...

4/20/2017

article Navajo Nation Council rejects bill to change tribe's name to 'Dine Nation'
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation will remain the Navajo Nation for the foreseeable future. Delegates on the Navajo Nation Council defeated a bill that would have changed...
article Navajo Housing Authority Issues Statement in Response to Letter from Navajo Nation Leadership
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Housing Authority issued the following response to an April 13 letter signed by Navajo Nation President, Russell Begaye, Speaker of the Navajo...

4/19/2017

article NHA management cites accomplishments
(Arizona) -- Navajo Housing Authority officials issued a statement Tuesday in response to a letter written by Navajo Nation leaders asking the NHA board to remove top...
article President, speaker call for removal of top NHA management
(Arizona) -- In probably the strongest letter that Navajo Nation officials have written in recent years, the president and speaker of the Council has asked for the...

4/17/2017

article Begaye: “Find a Way to Keep NGS Open Until 2029.”
(Arizona) -- Last week, the Department of the Interior held a two day meeting with Navajo Generating Station owners, stakeholders, and government officials to, among...

4/16/2017

article Three Navajo cops killed on duty in under 2 years
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation, the largest Native American reservation in the country in both size and population, is as extraordinary for its sweeping, magnificent views...

4/14/2017

article Three Navajo cops killed on duty in under 2 years
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation, the largest Native American reservation in the country in both size and population, is as extraordinary for its sweeping, magnificent views...

4/13/2017

article On The Navajo Nation, Special Ed Students Await Water That Doesn't Stink
(Arizona) -- On the Navajo Nation, kids with the most severe developmental disabilities attend a school called Saint Michael's Association for Special Education.
article Navajo Nation President Takes Navajo Generating Station Closure Concerns to Interior Department
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Interior convened a meeting today with Navajo Generating Station (NGS) owners, stakeholders and government officials in order to...
article Navajo Nation man indicted for murder of tribal officer
(New Mexico) -- A Navajo Nation man has been charged with murder and other crimes in the March 11 killing of a tribal police officer. A federal indictment announced...

4/10/2017

article Navajo Nation President: “In Honoring Office Largo, We Honor the Service of All Our Officers”
(Arizona) -- On Thursday, Apr. 6, President Russell Begaye stood beside Jamescita Peshlakai, Arizona Senator for District 7, as she read a Senate Proclamation honoring...

4/8/2017

article Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez Opens Diné Bich’iiya’ (Navajo Foods) Summit
(Arizona) -- Vice President Jonathan Nez provided opening remarks at the inaugural Diné Bich’iiya’ (Navajo Foods) Summit on April 6, 2017. “All the foods we purchase at...

4/6/2017

article Tribe could lose $28 million annually if power plant closed
(New Mexico) -- Officials say the Navajo Nation could lose more than $28 million a year in revenue if the Navajo Generating Station is allowed to close.
article Man accused of killing police officer faces life in prison
(New Mexico) -- The case against Kirby Cleveland, who was indicted on March 14 for the murder of Navajo Police Officer Houston Largo, is continuing to wind its way...

4/5/2017

article Navajo Nation meets with Peabody Coal Mine workers to discuss NGS
(Arizona) -- On March 28, members of the Navajo Nation Council met with employees from Peabody Coal Mine to provide information to miners regarding the status of Navajo...
article Begaye approves $20 million for economic development on Nation
(Arizona) -- On March 27, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye approved legislation appropriating $20 million dollars to the Sihasin Fund Navajo Community Development...
article Court rules for Navajo Nation in funding dispute with BIA
(Arizona) -- An appeals court has ruled for the Navajo Nation in a dispute with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs over federal funding for the tribe's judicial...
article Navajo Nation considers implementing gun registration
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation Tribal Council officials are reviewing a proposal that would require tribal land residents to register their firearms.
article Navajo Nation mulling horse hunt to curb wild population
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials are considering a wild horse hunt in an effort to curb the number of free-roaming equines of the country’s largest Indian...

4/4/2017

article Navajo Nation prevails in dispute over self-determination contract
(Washington D.C.) -- The Navajo Nation is entitled to seek additional funds for a self-determination contract, a federal appeals court ruled. The tribe sought $17...

3/29/2017

article Navajo Leaders Work To Keep Coal Alive
(Arizona) -- Despite President Trump’s efforts to bring back coal, a coal fired power plant and coal mine on the Navajo Nation face closures. Hundreds of Navajo...
article Native American Director Shares Navajo Culture on Campus
(New Mexico) -- Jerene Yazzie, a sophomore at Eastern New Mexico University, is helping the campus learn about cultural diversity and her Navajo heritage through her job...

3/27/2017

article Navajo Nation hails decision on aging power plant
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal appeals court rejected two cases related to the Navajo Generating Station, one that aimed to tighten environmental restrictions on the...

3/25/2017

article Special needs school raises money for clean water
(Arizona) -- The students at a special-education school on the Navajo Reservation have grown accustomed to two things: watching a dark, smelly liquid emerge from the...

3/24/2017

article A Navajo Chef on the Complexities of Modernizing Native American Cuisine
(New York) -- In the culinary world, Native American food—let alone its various tribal iterations—is incredibly difficult to find, even amongst New York...

3/23/2017

article Shiprock and Thohatchi Lady’s Basketball Teams Further Momentum for Successful Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- President Russell Begaye told the Shiprock Lady Chieftains that their 4A State Championship contributes to the momentum that is moving the Navajo Nation...
article Navajo Man Charged With Murder in Shooting Death of Navajo Police Officer
(New Mexico) -- A Navajo man was formally charged with murder on March 21 for the shooting death of a Navajo police officer, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a...
article Navajo Man Charged with Murder of Navajo Police Officer Houston Largo
(New Mexico) -- Kirby Cleveland, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, has been charged with murder of Navajo Nation Police Officer Houston Largo, 27.

3/22/2017

article Feds scrutinize Navajo housing agency; new records suggest remodeling costs $1M per unit
(Arizona) -- A Navajo Nation housing agency that has struggled for years to provide dwellings for tribal members, and was the subject of a recent Arizona Republic...
article Document details woman finding dying officer
(New Mexico) -- What sounded like someone knocking on a window late one night turned out to be gunfire erupting in a small community on the nation’s largest...
article Suspect in Navajo officer's death will be held
(New Mexico) -- A federal judge has determined there's probable cause for prosecutors to pursue their case against a man accused of gunning down a police officer on...

3/21/2017

article Court rejects cases on Navajo Generating Station impact, its closing
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal appeals court rejected two cases related to the Navajo Generating Station, one that aimed to tighten environmental restrictions on the...
article Agency council proposes director's removal
(Arizona) -- The Northern Navajo Agency Council is calling on President Russell Begaye to remove the executive director for the tribe's Division of Community...
article Begaye says Nation needs to move away from coal and oil as revenue sources
(Las Vegas) -- In addressing tribal economic diversification, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said the Nation needs to move away from coal and oil based revenue...
article Vice President Nez helps break ground on new Teesto Chapter House
(Arizona) -- Before the groundbreaking ceremony March 10 for the new Teesto Chapter House, Vice President Jonathan Nez said the facility would bring healing to the...
article Kirby Cleveland Charged With Murder Of Navajo Nation Tribal Officer
(New Mexico) -- Kirby Cleveland made his initial appearance in federal court this morning on a criminal complaint charging him with murder, announced Acting U.S....
article Officials: Murder suspect drunk before Navajo officer's death
(New Mexico) -- Investigators say the man charged with the murder of a Navajo Nation police officer who was responding to a domestic violence call was intoxicated the...

3/19/2017

article Navajo Nation Responds to Possible Closure of the San Juan Generating Station
(Arizona) -- President Russell Begaye released the following statement in response to the possible closure of the San Juan Generating Station in the Farmington area.
article Sister of Fallen Navajo Police Officer Remembers Her ‘Baby Brother’
(New Mexico) -- Tamarra Largo described her baby brother, Houston James Largo, 27, the only way a protective and loving big sister would. “I clearly remember the...

3/18/2017

article Death of tribal officer highlights dangers to policing vast Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- The first time Houston Largo faced deadly gunfire as a Navajo police officer, he and other tribal police had swarmed a patch of desert near the Chuska...

3/17/2017

article BEGAYE: Washington must help the Navajo Nation prevent the loss of coal jobs
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is made up of strong and resilient people. Our community has overcome great challenges to ensure that we are able to live on our homeland...
article Native groups weigh in on coal plant's future
(Arizona) -- Bureau of Reclamation officials promised a more concerted effort to include tribal groups in planning for the future of the Navajo Generating Station during...
article Largo was ‘an excellent officer’
(New Mexico) -- The procession honoring the fallen Navajo police officer, Houston James Largo, began in Albuquerque on Tuesday as five or six police units followed the...

3/16/2017

article Fallen Navajo officer called fearless, hilarious at service
(New Mexico) -- Since he was a young boy, Houston James Largo had dreams of one day wearing a uniform and a badge and helping communities on the nation's largest...
article FBI names suspect in fatal shooting of Navajo officer
(New Mexico) -- Law enforcement is piecing together what happened March 11, the day officer Houston Largo was gunned down. According to the Navajo Times, officer Largo...
article Praise for a heroic Navajo lawman
(New Mexico) -- Even as a young boy, Houston James Largo had dreams of one day wearing a uniform and a badge and helping communities on the nation’s largest...
article Report: Child's severed head found on Navajo Reservation
(Arizona) -- Authorities say an infant's remains have been found on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. The Gallup (New Mexico) Independent reports that Navajo Police...

3/15/2017

article Flags Fly at Half Staff on Navajo Nation in Honor of Slain Police Officer Houston Largo
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez sign a proclamation in honor and recognition of Navajo Police Officer Houston James...
article Navajo Police Officer Shot, Killed; Funeral Service Scheduled
(New Mexico) -- Funeral services are scheduled for tomorrow for a Navajo Nation police officer who was shot and killed during the line of duty early March 12 near...
article Bisti Fuels at Navajo Mine Hosts Navajo Prep Students to Collect Seeds in Reclaimed Area
(New Mexico) -- The sun broke through the clouds that hovered over the northern part of Navajo Mine late February, as students from Navajo Preparatory School worked in...

3/14/2017

article Suspect Named in Navajo Police Shooting
(New Mexico) -- The McKinley County Sheriff’s Office helped in the capture and arrest early Monday of the suspect in the shooting death of Navajo Police Officer...
article Tribal officer killed after encountering pair on rural road
(New Mexico) -- A tribal police officer killed on a sprawling Native American reservation was shot after he encountered two people in a vehicle on a county road in the...
article Navajo Nation Officials Sign Proclamation in Honor of John Claw, Jr.
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez in honor and recognition of John Claw, Jr., the creator of the Navajo Nation seal...

3/13/2017

article Flags to be lowered for fallen tribal officer
(New Mexico) -- Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is ordering flags to fly at half-staff in honor of a Navajo Nation police officer who died after being shot by someone he...
article Navajo Nation officer died after encountering 2 people
(New Mexico) -- A tribal police officer shot dead over the weekend in a remote community on the nation's largest American Indian reservation died after he...
article Navajo police officer fatally shot
(New Mexico) -- A Navajo police officer died Sunday afternoon of a gunshot wound he received Saturday night while responding to a domestic disturbance in Casamero Lake,...

3/12/2017

article FBI: Navajo Nation officer shot responding to call has died
(New Mexico) -- A police officer from the largest U.S. Indian reservation died after being shot early Sunday while responding to a domestic violence call in western New...

3/10/2017

article County, tribe partner on tourist site improvements
(Arizona) -- Last year, three popular tourist sites on the Navajo Nation received new amenities thanks to a partnership between the tribal government and Coconino County...
article Creator of Navajo Nation Seal dies at 82
(New Mexico) -- Tribal officials said the man who created the iconic Navajo Nation Seal has died. John Claw Jr., 82, died Thursday in Gallup. Claw’s daughter said...
article Diné activist packed a lot of living into 23 years
(Arizona) -- Dallas River Peterman was the Navajo Jack Kerouac, taking on the road and seeing the country. With an infectious smile, Peterman would hold out his sign...

3/9/2017

article Navajo Nation Vice President Nez Inspires Chapter Officials at Governance Conference
(New Mexico) -- On Feb. 28, Vice President Jonathan Nez provided the keynote address at the 2017 Navajo Nation Governance Conference banquet for elected chapter...
article Creator of the Great Navajo Nation Seal, John Claw, Jr. Passes On at 82
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation lost a historical figure today in the passing of John Claw, Jr., creator of the iconic Navajo Nation Seal. The Office of the Navajo...

3/8/2017

article Isolux builds first utility scale Navajo solar project
(Arizona) -- Construction of the project is at a 75 completion point, with Isolux providing the engineering, procurement and construction of the plant. Lead funding for...
article Speaker at UND shares her journey from Navajo Nation to Harvard
(North Dakota) -- From Navajo Nation to Harvard. For International Women's Day and Women's History Month, a lecturer at the University of North Dakota shared her...

3/5/2017

article Navajo Nation Welcome United Nations Official
(Arizona) -- Water contamination and the health effects of uranium topped the list of concerns about resource extraction on the Navajo Nation as a representative of the...
article Navajo Nation President Meet with Navajo Generating Station Employees to Discuss Plant Closure
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez addressed employees of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) today at the LeChee...

3/3/2017

article Navajo Leaders Meet with US Dept. of the Interior to Discuss the Future of Navajo Generating Station
(Washington D.C.) -- Speaker LoRenzo Bates, President Russell Begaye, and several members of the Navajo Nation Council met on Wednesday with Acting Deputy Secretary of...

3/2/2017

article Navajo Nation Stands in Opposition of Easement Granted to DAPL
(Arizona) -- On Feb. 22, The Navajo Nation filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia with 34 Federally Recognized Indian Tribes...
article Original treaty to visit Dinétah?
(Arizona) -- Next year will be the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of 1868. To commemorate this pivotal time in history, the Navajo Nation Museum is...
article Navajo language to be taught in Grants-area schools
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo language will be offered in one more New Mexico school district under an agreement signed by the tribe and educators. Navajo President Russell...

3/1/2017

article Feds seek ideas to keep Navajo Generating Station in Arizona open
(Arizona) -- Officials met in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to address a lease extension to avoid shutting down the Navajo Generating Station this year and to...
article Modernizing housing on Navajo Nation comes with unique challenges
(Arizona) -- There is a certain beauty and uniqueness in the Navajo culture. Hooghans dot the landscape. Sheep graze the land. It's been a way of life for years....
article Roberts: Carlyle Begay's latest 'alternative fact' is unmasked
(Arizona) -- Why is it that every time Carlyle Begay is mentioned the words “fake news” come to mind? When we first met Begay in 2013, he was a closet...
article Navajo heritage: Parker bishop raised on reservation in Arizona
(Arizona) -- Raised on a Navajo reservation in northeastern Arizona, Douglas James of Parker was content with his Native American beliefs and way of life. Though he now...

2/28/2017

article Solar Power brings light to some Navajo homes
(Arizona) -- Electrical power lines are nowhere in sight from Helen Salazar’s home. She lives on a dirt road in Monument Valley, part of the Navajo Nation....

2/26/2017

article Navajo Student Finds Some Bottled Water Unhealthily Acidic
(Utah) -- Gregory Hurley’s study shows that snow and at least 14 kinds of bottled water are no safer than tap water. Hurley, 13, an eighth grader at Naatsis’...
article For Navajo Team, a Season of Change and Challenge
(Arizona) -- The teenage boys amble off the school bus like so many old souls, knees and backs stiff, eyes puffy and hollowed. The previous evening this Navajo...

2/22/2017

article Navajo officials: Plan in place to fix vets housing program
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials say they have a plan for improving a problem-plagued veterans housing program. Tribal President Russell Begaye's office says the...

2/21/2017

article NTEC continues talks for stake in power plant
(Arizona) -- Officials with the Navajo Transitional Energy Co. are continuing to negotiate with the Arizona Public Service Co. to acquire a 7 percent interest in the...
article EPA seeks dismissal of mine spill lawsuit claims
(New Mexico) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking a federal court to dismiss claims in two lawsuits filed over the Gold King Mine spill.
article Begaye wants tribes treated as nations
(Washington D.C.) -- In listening to the State of Indian Nations address given by National Congress of American Indian President Brian Cladoosby, Navajo Nation President...
article Council requests Congress keep Indian Health Care Improvement Act
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council convened in a special session Feb. 16 and unanimously approved legislation requesting Congress to retain the Indian Healthcare...
article Women officers big part of Shiprock district
(New Mexico) -- After preparing her vehicle, Navajo Nation police Sgt. Shirley Sanisya was ready to patrol the parking lots, streets and neighborhoods of this town....

2/20/2017

article Could Trump Buy Out The West’s Largest Coal Plant To Stave Off Closure?
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Generating Station (NGS), the largest coal plant in the Western U.S., is faced with a shutdown in two years when its current utility operators...
article Tribes look to Trump to save their coal plant
(Arizona) -- On Navajo Nation territory near Page, Ariz., news about plans to shutter a hulking coal plant that has been the workhorse of the struggling local economy...
press release Black Mesa Trust Applauds Decision to Shutter Navajo Generating Station
(Arizona) -- "I am very happy and relieved that Black Mesa Trust's struggle to save the sacred waters on Black Mesa will finally end in 2019," said Black...
article Navajo Coal Plant Closure Would Allow Cheaper Options
(Arizona) -- The impending closure of a coal-fired utility plant on the Navajo Nation will save millions of dollars by allowing the Central Arizona Project to buy power...
article Committee tables Pumpkin Patch bill
(Arizona) -- The Resources and Development Committee tabled a bill that proposes the tribe lease land to a pair of non-tribal companies that grow pumpkins and popping...
article Kirk confirmed as tribe's financial manager
(New Mexico) -- Navajo lawmakers have confirmed the appointment of Pearline Kirk as the tribe's top financial officer, according to a press release from the Office...
article Rough Rock School no longer accredited
(Arizona) -- Rough Rock Community School, the first BIE contract school on the Navajo Nation, has lost its accreditation as of Jan. 31, the director of the school’...
article Shí, Robot / Machine understands Diné Bizaad
(Arizona) -- Students and professors at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute have developed a voice-operated robot that can be commanded using the Diné language...

2/19/2017

article Wanted: More female officers on Navajo
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation Police Chief Phillip Francisco wants to encourage more women to join the police department. He said his department employs 48 women and 183...
article Bringing STEM and Navajo Culture Together
(Arizona) -- Shawn Jordan had traveled five hours to Church Rock, New Mexico, in the Navajo Nation. It was his first time on the Navajo reservation. Jordan, an assistant...
article Navajo Official Worries Cuts Under Trump Will Hurt Tribal Schools
(Arizona) -- The superintendent for Navajo schools said “alarming” calls for the Trump administration to eliminate Head Start funding could leave tribal...

2/18/2017

article Navajo official worries cuts under Trump will hurt tribal schools
(Arizona) -- The superintendent for Navajo schools said “alarming” calls for the Trump administration to eliminate Head Start funding could leave tribal...

2/17/2017

article Navajo Council Urges Congress Against Indian Health Care Repeal
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council wants Congress to protect federal Native American healthcare programs. The council passed a bill in a special session yesterday...

2/16/2017

article CR Half Marathon & 10K Challenges Runners on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- The windy conditions and rocky terrain didn’t deter runners from turning out in droves for the 3rd Annual Little Colorado River Gorge Half Marathon...
article Cronkite News: Navajo Nation school official worried about Trump era cuts
(Washington D.C.) -- The superintendent for Navajo schools said “alarming” calls for the Trump administration to eliminate Head Start funding could leave...

2/15/2017

article NHA paid Zah, Keeswood over $1M as consultants
(Arizona) -- A former Navajo Tribal Chairman and Navajo Nation President, and a former Navajo Nation Council Delegate have made over $1 million combined as consultants...
article Navajo president signs legislation to revamp housing panel
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has signed legislation to revamp the commission that oversees an agency intended to help provide tribal members with...

2/14/2017

article Our View: The market doomed Navajo Generating Station, not the feds
(Arizona) -- It wasn’t the heavy hand of federal environmental regulation that doomed the Navajo Generating Station. It was market forces. There are lessons in...
article Tribes expect job losses after closure of Navajo coal plant
(Arizona) -- Communities on the Navajo and Hopi Nations are bracing for what they say will be devastating economic fallout after the owners of a coal-fired power plant...
article President Begaye vetoes emergency response money
(Arizona) -- On Feb. 5, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye used the line-item veto authority to deny approximately $242,000 in supplemental funding intended to help...
article Feds seek to dismiss claims over Colorado mine waste spill
(New Mexico) -- Attorneys with the U.S. Justice Department are asking a federal judge to dismiss claims by New Mexico and the Navajo Nation that stem from a 2015 mine...
article Tribes say feds gave them run-around, not aid, after Gold King Mine spill
(Washington D.C.) -- Multiple federal agencies were unable to provide disaster relief to the Navajo Nation after the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster that spilled 3 million...
article Navajo president signs legislation to revamp housing panel
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has signed legislation to revamp the commission that oversees an agency intended to help provide tribal members with...
article In the Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- It’s the middle of winter break at midnight on New Year’s Eve, and eight Harvard students are hiking to a cabin through snow and sagebrush in...

2/13/2017

article Owners Vote on Navajo Coal Plant Lease
(Arizona) -- Rather than close the plant later this year, the utility owners of Navajo Generating Station (NGS) voted today to extend operations of the facility near...
article TEP, other owners vote to keep Northern Ariz. coal plant open — for now
(Arizona) -- The Salt River Project, Tucson Electric Power and other owners of the Navajo Generating Station voted Monday to keep the plant running through 2019 —...
article Court denies ex-tribal council speaker's petition
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Supreme Court has determined a lower tribal court can proceed in sentencing former Speaker Lawrence T. Morgan for misusing a financial...
article Hearing set for former tribal council speaker
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation Supreme Court will hold a hearing for a former tribal council speaker who pleaded guilty to a charge involving the misuse of a...

2/12/2017

article Congressman Tom O’Halleran Visits the Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- On Thursday, the Naabik’iyátí’ Committee held its regular meeting at the Navajo Nation Division of Transportation and welcomed U.S. Rep. Tom...

2/11/2017

article Navajo Generating Plant’s Fate to be Decided Monday
(Arizona) -- The owners of the Navajo Generating Station will vote Monday on whether to shut the coal-fired plant down this year or to keep it running through 2019.
article FBI: Man dead, no officers hurt in tribal police shooting
(New Mexico) -- The FBI says one man is dead and no officers were injured in a shooting involving tribal police on the Navajo Nation in northwestern New Mexico.

2/10/2017

article Navajo Council Applauds Approval of Funding for Pilot Project to Construct Homes in the Former Bennett Freeze Area
(Arizona) -- On Thursday afternoon, Navajo Nation Council members applauded the approval of approximately $255,000 from the Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance to...

2/9/2017

article Tribes say feds gave them run-around, not aid, after Gold King spill
(Washington D.C.) -- Multiple federal agencies were unable to provide disaster relief to the Navajo Nation after the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster that spilled 3 million...

2/8/2017

article Cronkite News: Solar power brings light to homes on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Electrical power lines are nowhere in sight from Helen Salazar’s home. She lives on a dirt road in Monument Valley, part of the Navajo Nation.

2/3/2017

article Committee approves acting controller for tribe
(New Mexico) -- Members of the Budget and Finance Committee have approved the appointment of Bobby White as acting controller for the Navajo Nation.

2/1/2017

article Bill proposes lease between tribe, Pumpkin Patch
(New Mexico) -- A new bill filed by a tribal lawmaker is proposing that the Navajo Nation lease land at the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry sites in order for two...
article Navajo Nation legal opinions made available online for first time
(Arizona) -- For the first time, formal legal opinions of the Navajo Nation are available online and in one place. Just a few months ago, the website for the Navajo...
article Navajo Nation Vice President Nez Promotes Collaboration at 2017 Navajo Nation Public Safety Summit
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez provided opening remarks at the 2017 Navajo Nation Public Safety Summit, which was held at Twin Arrows Navajo...

1/30/2017

article Native American Chairs AZ Election Board
(Arizona) -- Attorney Steve M. Titla, a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, is the new chairman of the Arizona Citizens Clean Election Commission. It is the first...
article Navajo Nation Council wraps up winter session
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council has tabled a measure that would have changed the tribe's name to the Diné Nation. The bill was among 22 others that tribal...
article Switch to Diné Decision Postponed Until April
(Arizona) -- It is still the Navajo Nation for now. Navajo Nation lawmakers have postponed a proposal that called for changing the name of the tribal government from...

1/27/2017

article Navajo Nation Postpones Considering Proposal To Change Name
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation will not be changing its name, at least not for a while. Tribal lawmakers have postponed consideration of a proposal that called for...

1/26/2017

article Begaye considers emergency funding for chapters
(Arizona) -- Emergency legislation to provide $242,576 in supplemental funding to 33 Navajo Nation chapters to use for emergency services is now under consideration by...

1/25/2017

article Head of Navajo Nation releases aid to deal with storm damage
(New Mexico) -- The head of the Navajo Nation has declared a state of emergency in response to winter storms that have hit the huge reservation that encompasses New...
article Navajo President Condemns Trump DAPL Executive Order
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye says he opposes President Trump’s recent executive orders approving the construction of the Keystone XL and...
article President Begaye, Vice President Nez declare state of emergency after winter storms
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has declared a state of emergency in response to the winter storm that lashed the Navajo Nation last week.

1/23/2017

article LoRenzo Bates Re-elected to Serve Second Term as Speaker of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council
(Arizona) -- As the first order of business during the opening day of the Winter Council Session, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council re-elected Speaker LoRenzo Bates (...

1/22/2017

article Navajo Nation Wants To Change Name to 'Dine Nation'
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo Nation leaders are considering changing the name of the tribal government from Navajo to Diné. Legislation proposing the official name change...
article Emergency funding OK'd for tribal department
(New Mexico) -- A bill passed by the Navajo Nation Council to provide funding for services under the tribe's Department of Family Services has been signed by...

1/21/2017

article Settlement reached to clean up uranium mines
(New Mexico) -- A settlement for more than $600 million has been reached between the United States, the Navajo Nation and two subsidiaries of Freeport-McMoRan Inc. to...

1/20/2017

article Navajo leaders consider switching name to Dine Nation
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation leaders are considering changing the name of the tribal government from Navajo to Dine. Legislation proposing the official name change went...
article 23rd Navajo Nation Council Winter Session to begin Monday
(Arizona) -- For those wanting to attend the 23rd Navajo Nation Council Winter Session, don’t go to the council chamber because renovations to the building won...
article Navajo Nation dips into UUFB to cover GA, welfare shortfall
(Arizona) -- General assistance and welfare programs received some funding this week after shortfalls clients were left without checks for two months during the holiday...
article What the Navajo can teach us about making
(Florida) -- The majestic mesas and canyons of the Navajo Nation – an area mostly in northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico larger than the entire state...

1/19/2017

article BATES: Trump has yet to share its platform for tribes
(Arizona) -- Several members of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council are tentatively scheduled to attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. on Jan. 20, as...
article Navajo Nation President Begaye Advocates on Behalf of Issues Facing Tribal Nations during Listening Session with Trump Transition Team
(Washington D.C.) -- On Thursday, before the National Congress of American Indians’ (NCAI) Strategy Meeting on Priorities for 2017, Navajo Nation President Russell...
article Slain girl’s dad sues Navajo Nation for lack of alert system
(New Mexico) -- The father of an 11-year-old Navajo girl who was abducted and killed has sued the tribe for failing to have an emergency notification system that he...

1/18/2017

article Navajo Nation Bus Routes Are Dangerous
(Utah) -- One good storm in Oljato-Monument Valley, Utah, can cut this small Navajo Nation community off from the outside world. Here, in the shadow of one of the most...

1/17/2017

article Navajo Nation is Appalled by the U.S. EPA Decision Not to Accept Responsibility for Gold King Spill
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation learned late Friday afternoon that the U.S. EPA is reneging on its promise to accept responsibility for the 2015 Gold King Mine spill,...

1/16/2017

article Tribal leaders heading to Trump inauguration
(Arizona) -- The top two leaders of the Navajo Nation will be among those who descend on Washington, D.C., for activities surrounding the inauguration of President-elect...
article EPA ‘wipes its hands’ of mine spill responsibility, NM governor says
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday responded to the feds saying they would not be paying for some of the damage from the Gold King Mine spill. The...
article BLM and BIA add additional scoping meetings
(New Mexico) -- The Bureau of Land Management's Farmington Field Office and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Navajo Regional Office have announced two additional scoping...
article Tribe makes progress on Amber Alert system
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is making progress on a public emergency alert system that can broadcast Amber Alerts and other notifications across the expansive...

1/14/2017

article Navajo Nation making progress on Amber Alert system
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is making progress on a public emergency alert system that can broadcast Amber Alerts and other notifications across the expansive...
article Navajo Nation Amber Alert & Emergency Alert Task Force Completes Milestone
(Arizona) -- On Jan. 9, the Navajo Nation Amber Alert and Emergency Alert Task Force under the direction of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, Department of...

1/10/2017

article Bobby White appointed acting controller of Nation
(Arizona) -- On Jan. 6, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye announced Bobby White will be appointed acting controller of the Navajo Nation. The decision came after...

1/9/2017

article Atty Group Says Navajo Casino Tort Suit Belongs In NM Court [sub req]
(New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association chimed in Monday to support a couple bringing negligence claims over a slip-and-fall accident at a Navajo Nation...

1/6/2017

article Council votes out controller 17-5
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation controller Jim Parris is out with a 17-5 vote from Navajo Nation Council during the Navajo Nation Special Session on Wednesday.
article Navajo Nation Council removes controller
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation Council has approved a bill to remove Jim R. Parris as the tribe's top financial officer even as Parris claimed in a resignation...

1/5/2017

article Navajo Nation Council Ousts Tribal Controller by 17-5 Vote
(Arizona) -- At yesterday’s special session, the 23rd Navajo Nation Council voted to remove Controller Jim Parris from the Office of the Controller through legislation...

1/4/2017

article Navajo Nation Council votes to remove the tribe's controller
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council has voted to remove the tribe's controller. By a 17-5 vote Wednesday, the council approved legislation to remove Jim Parris,...
article Navajo Generating Station threatened with closure
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Generating Station coal-fired power plant near Page and the coal mine that supplies it may close this year in the face of low natural-gas prices...
article Navajo Generating Station's owners weigh options
(Arizona) -- The owners a massive coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona are considering options that include keeping it open but also closing it within the next few...
article A Report on Navajo Housing Looks Bad
(Arizona) -- The Arizona Republic, Arizona’s largest newspaper, has released the results of an investigation their reporters conducted into housing and money on...

1/3/2017

article Tribal council to meet in special session
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation Council will convene Wednesday to consider a bill to remove Jim R. Parris as the tribe's controller. The bill, which was introduced...

1/2/2017

article New Report Finds Mismanagement Of Funds Meant For Navajo Nation Housing
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation, the country's largest Native American tribe, has accepted more than $1 billion from a federal program to build houses. But a new...
article In Navajo Nation, a Basketball Elder Earns Respect
(Arizona) -- More than 60 years ago, an American Indian boy climbed a mountain and peered across the Sonoran Desert. He saw the shimmering reflection of the Gulf of...

1/1/2017

article New Year’s Message from Navajo President and Vice President Office
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye And Vice-President Jonathan Nez offer the following New Year message to the Navajo Nation: “As we ring in the...
article Navajo Nation Gains 652 Jobs; Navajo Agricultural Products Industries to Go Organic
(Arizona) -- If you want to know what drives Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, it can be summed up in one word: jobs. He and his vice president, Jonathan Nez,...

12/30/2016

article Tribe's top financial officer steps down
(Arizona) -- Jim R. Parris, the man responsible for managing the Navajo Nation's financial matters, submitted his resignation this week amidst accusations that he...
article Shiprock family continues to recover from flood
(New Mexico) -- Several months after heavy rain caused flooding in the Mesa Farm area in northwest Shiprock on Aug. 5, one family continues to deal with its aftermath....

12/29/2016

article Peabody Energy and Native Americans in Dispute Over Mining in Arizona
(Arizona) -- The world’s largest coal company, Peabody Energy, is seeking federal approval to expand its mine on Navajo and Hopi land in northern Arizona, a move...
article Navajo Nation seeks director for veterans administration
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is seeking someone to lead the tribe's office of veterans affairs. Navajo officials announced this week that a request for proposals...

12/28/2016

article Navajo Nation Library Wants to Digitally Preserve Thousands of Hours of Oral Histories
(Arizona) -- In the 1960s, the Navajo Culture Center of the Office of Navajo Economic Opportunity (ONEO) turned to technology to preserve the oral histories of the...
article Shiprock family continues to recover from flood
(New Mexico) -- Several months after heavy rain caused flooding in the Mesa Farm area in northwest Shiprock on Aug. 5, one family continues to deal with its aftermath....

12/27/2016

article Navajo Nation seeks $160 Million in damages for EPA spill
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is seeking more than $160 million in damages and for alleged ongoing injuries caused by the August 2015 Gold King Mine spill, which...
article Navajo American Beef to be sold at local Bashas’ stores
(Arizona) -- Through the collaboration of the Office of the President and Vice President (OPVP) along with both Labatt Food Service and Bashas’ supermarkets,...
article Navajo President Russell Begaye and Navajo Nation ambassador Peterson Zah advocate for indigenous participation at United Nations
(New York) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Navajo Nation Ambassador Dr. Peterson Zah advocated for the participation of Indigenous Peoples in the United...

12/25/2016

article Navajo Nation Council Members Deliver Toys to Children in Hospitals
(Arizona) -- The 23rd Navajo Nation Council spread the holiday joy this week by visiting hospitals across the Navajo Nation and delivering toys for hospitalized children...

12/24/2016

article Bill proposes removing the tribe’s controller
(New Mexico) -- Four Navajo Nation Council delegates are backing a measure to remove Jim R. Parris as the tribe’s controller less than a year after he was...
article Késhmish Message from Navajo Nation President Begaye and Vice President Nez
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice-President Jonathan Nez offered the following Christmas message to the Navajo Nation:

12/23/2016

article Navajos recount litany of disappointments as tribe considers pulling housing authority's funds
(Arizona) -- Eighty-two-year-old Mitzie Begay was one of the first to arrive Wednesday morning to express her disappointment with the Navajo Housing Authority. Others...

12/22/2016

article Bill proposes removing the tribe's controller
(Arizona) -- Four Navajo Nation Council delegates are backing a measure to remove Jim R. Parris as the tribe's controller less than a year after he was confirmed to...
article Council hears pros, cons of revoking NHA’s status
(Arizona) -- Each elder dreamed of owning his or her own beautiful home and when that dream actually happened after Navajo Housing Authority built their homes, it ended...
article Veterans’ graves sport Christmas wreaths
(Arizona) -- Ernestine Reeder laid a holiday wreath at the gravestone of her late husband, Army veteran Leonard Reeder, at the Veterans Cemetery in Fort Defiance last...
article NAPI projected to lose $4M from siphon breach
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Agricultural Products Industry projects it will lose more than $4 million in revenue due to a siphon break earlier this year that left the tribal...
article NTUA continues to fix pipeline leak in Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- Work is underway to replace a pipeline that runs from a lift station operated by the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority to its wastewater treatment system...
article Filmmaking a family affair for Navajo siblings
(New Mexico) -- There are big-budget films, there are low-budget films and then there are the kind that that Kody Dayish made for his directorial debut — what he...

12/20/2016

article Navajo hope to digitally preserve thousands of hours of oral history
(Arizona) -- Jolyana Begay-Kroupa still remembers waiting for the seasons to change when she was a child so she could hear the winter stories her Navajo grandparents...

12/17/2016

article Navajo Nation Seeks $160 Million in Damages for Gold King Mine Spill
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is seeking more than $160 million in damages and for alleged ongoing injuries caused by the August 2015 Gold King Mine spill, which...

12/16/2016

article Drone used to detect uranium sites, first step in cleanup
(Arizona) -- Carl Smyth of Seattle uses his drone and camera to map out uranium spots in hard-to-find places. Most recently the area two miles south of Cove Day School...
article NTUA reports leak into river from Shiprock plant
(New Mexico) -- A small leak into the San Juan River from the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority wastewater treatment system in Shiprock was reported by the agency today,...
article NNVA takes charge of veterans’ affairs
(Arizona) -- The executive branch updated the legislative branch Monday on the transition as the Navajo Nation Veterans Administration replaces the Department of...

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