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Begaye Signs Bill to Increase Funds for Navajo Veteran Services

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed a bill this week to increase funding for the tribe’s veterans through Veterans Trust Fund. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’ll benefit housing and other assistance programs.

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8/16/2018

article Potential Navajo Station Operator—Less Capacity Equals More Profit
(Arizona) -- The possible new operator of the largest coal-fired power plant in the western U.S. told Arizona regulators this week the company would run the Navajo...

8/15/2018

article Chicago firm details plans to take over Navajo Coal-Fired Plant
(Arizona) -- A Chicago-based company in negotiations to take over a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona said it would run the generating station at less than half...

8/14/2018

article Bills propose referendums for Navajo Nation general election ballot
(Arizona) -- Two pieces of legislation are each proposing referendums be placed on the Navajo Nation's Nov. 6 general election ballot. One involves salaries for the...
article Candidate forum set for Navajo Nation Council seat
(Arizona) -- A group on the Navajo Nation has organized a candidate forum for the three individuals seeking to represent the chapters of Beclabito, Cove, Gadii'ahi-...
article Naabik’iyátí’ Recommends Expenditure
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council’s Naabik’iyátí’ Committee wants to use a $3 million grant from the Unreserved, Undesignated Fund to allow...
article Rep. Tom O’Halleran sits down with the Navajo-Hopi Observer to talk Native issues
(Arizona) -- Rep. Tom O’Halleran recently visited the Navajo Nation to hear the concerns of his constituents. He said jobs, education, health care and veterans...
article Navajo Housing Authority hires new CEO, Craig Dougall
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Housing Authority (NHA), announced its Board of Commissioners have selected and appointed Mr. Craig Dougall as its new Chief Executive Officer....

8/12/2018

article Hundreds of Navajo farmers, ranchers sue over Gold King Mine spill
(New Mexico) -- Nearly 300 farmers and ranchers on the Navajo Nation affected by the 2015 Gold King Mine spill filed a lawsuit last week alleging gross negligence on the...
article Navajo Delegate Nathaniel Brown advocates for elder rights and protections
(Arizona) -- On July 25, Council Delegate Nathaniel Brown provided the keynote address at the Elder Abuse Awareness Conference held at the Monument Valley High School...
article Schools serving Navajo Nation, strapped for resources to transport kids long distances, hope for bus money
(Arizona) -- Every morning, Nora John and her two children climb into her pickup truck and drive. They cover miles over sloping hills that tilt the truck sideways,...

8/11/2018

article Navajo Nation official pleads not guilty to $6M theft charge
(Arizona) -- A Navajo Nation official has been accused of unlawfully transferring $6 million of Ramah Navajo Chapter funds to different investing companies without...

8/9/2018

article TBT: 50 Years Ago: Annie Wauneka pummels DNA legal services director [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- What happened on Aug. 6, 1968, on the Navajo Reservation had never happened before and stories about it made news all over the country. The...

8/8/2018

article Funding targeted for hotel, restaurant project for Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- A project designed to help bring a hotel and restaurant to Shiprock received a boost last week when $2.8 million was authorized for infrastructure costs...

8/7/2018

article Casting call goes out for the first Navajo language puppet TV show
(Arizona) -- “Diné Bí Ná’álkid Time!” the first educational Navajo and English puppet show to teach the Navajo language and culture through digital...
article Navajo Nation launches program to manage horse population
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation is offering $50 for each surrendered horse to encourage the removal of unbranded, free-roaming horses from tribal land.

8/6/2018

article Navajo agency rolls out program to manage feral horse population
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation Department of Agriculture has developed a program to encourage the removal of unbranded free-roaming horses from tribal land because of...

8/5/2018

article Auto group accused of deceptive practices to sell to Navajos
(Arizona) -- The Federal Trade Commission is accusing an auto group in the U.S. Southwest of using deceptive and unlawful practices to sell vehicles to Navajos. The...
article FBI offers $1,000 reward in 2017 stabbing death
(New Mexico) -- The FBI says it's offering a reward for information that will lead to an arrest and conviction in a Navajo Nation stabbing death last year. In a...

8/2/2018

article Voters pack Twin Arrows
(Arizona) -- Former delegate and vice president Rex Lee Jim never told his colleagues that he helped draft the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous...

7/31/2018

article Workshop focuses on solar development opportunities for Navajo Nation chapters
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation chapters could see financial rewards if they develop solar arrays, but they likely would face numerous challenges in developing those...
article Council delegate: Navajo Nation’s correctional facilities do not have nurses or medical staff
(Arizona) -- On July 23, the Indian Health Service was requested to assign adequate medical staff at all of the Navajo Nation correctional facilities to ensure the...
article New Mexico city bordering Navajo Nation sees tourism jump
(New Mexico) -- A western New Mexico city that bills itself as the gateway to Native American culture is experiencing a tourism boom. Officials in Gallup, New Mexico,...

7/30/2018

article Manchester attic home to 'lost' Navajo treaty
(Massachusetts) -- On June 1, 1868, in the desert heat and dust of Fort Sumner, New Mexico, representatives of the United States government and the Navajo Nation signed...

7/29/2018

article Weaver’s work embodies Navajo myth, ritual
(New Mexico) -- When the mother of Eric-Paul Riege was growing up, home was the metronomic thump of her mother’s loom. When her son began weaving, her eyes welled...

7/28/2018

article EPA seeks dismissal of lawsuit over Colorado mine spill
(New Mexico) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants a federal court to toss a lawsuit filed by Utah, New Mexico and the Navajo Nation seeking the repayment of...

7/26/2018

article Recall petition accepted for Alamo School Board
(Arizona) -- Three more Alamo Navajo School Board members are on the verge of being removed. On July 10, Bucky Apache, Hector Guerro and Edward Padilla were sent a...

7/25/2018

article Voter registration for Navajo Nation primary election ends July 30
(New Mexico) -- Voter registration ends on July 30 for the primary election on the Navajo Nation. There are 18 candidates vying for the tribal presidency, as well as...
article Navajo Nation committee calls for nurses in tribal jails
(Arizona) -- A committee of Navajo Nation lawmakers says it has voted to ask federal officials to assign medical staff to jails on the sprawling reservation that covers...

7/24/2018

article 10th Circ. Says Casino Slip-And-Fall Suit Belongs In Navajo Court [sub req]
(New Mexico) -- The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday overturned a district court decision that said a personal injury suit against a Navajo Nation-owned casino should be heard...
article Navajo Nation scores victory in dispute over slip and fall at casino
(New Mexico) -- A man and wife who are suing the Navajo Nation will have to go to tribal court to seek justice for a slip and fall incident at one of the casinos on the...
article Bid to purchase Remington sparks conflict within Navajo leadership
(Arizona) -- An article in The New York Times July 16 that said the Navajo Nation had offered to buy Remington Arms Co., LLC for approximately $525 million cash spurred...

7/22/2018

article A helping hand for Navajo vets
(New Mexico) -- Roughly 15 miles outside of Gallup on tribal land, a dilapidated mobile home sits in a scrubby lot. By the looks of it, children must live here, too, as...
article Begaye to chapter officials: Grow up!
(Arizona) -- President Russell Begaye called out chapter officials in his state of the nation address before the Navajo Nation Council Monday, stressing that they have...

7/21/2018

article Navajo utility proposes solar project near Cameron
(Arizona) -- In May of last year, the 120,000 photovoltaic solar panels at the Kayenta Solar Plant went operational, becoming the first utility-scale solar plant on the...
article Navajo Nation Council OKs bill on police standards, training
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is moving to set its own standards and training requirements for certification of tribal police officers instead of continuing to rely on...
article Navajo-U.S. treaty signing remembered in event at Farmington library
(New Mexico) -- Before Marilyn Help-Hood sang about the Long Walk in the Navajo language, she explained the song's connection to the 1868 treaty between the tribe...
article New CEO named for Navajo Housing Authority
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Housing Authority Board of Commissioners has selected a new CEO for the tribal housing entity. Craig Dougall was confirmed by board members in a...

7/19/2018

article Navajo Nation welcomes first Indigenous attorney general of Canada
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation will be hosting Jody Wilson-Raybould, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, next week. Wilson-Raybould is the first...
article Bill to fund cleanup of Shiprock business site fails
(Arizona) -- A bill to fund the cleanup of a business site in Shiprock did not muster the required two-thirds majority vote to pass during the summer session for the...
article Volunteers renovate 17 homes on Navajo Reservation
(Utah) -- It’s hot, its hard work, and sometimes the time spent at the Group Camp that is run by the Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments (SEUALG) on...

7/18/2018

article Navajo President Encourages Storytellers
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye thinks many in the tribe are natural storytellers so he looks to encourage those with the “write” stuff.
article Remington Bid Provides Insight Into US Tribe's Aspirations
(Arizona) -- Remington management has turned down an offer by one of the largest American Indian tribes in the U.S. to buy the storied gun maker as the company rebuilds...

7/17/2018

article Navajo Nation offered up to $525 million in cash for gun company
(Wall Street) -- The Navajo Nation offered to pay up to $525 million in cash for the Remington gun company, Andrew Ross Sorkin reports in The New York Times. The deal...
article The Navajo Nation wanted to buy Remington — and abandon its AR-15s
(Arizona) -- Two months ago, Andrew suggested that someone should buy Remington, one of America’s biggest gun makers, and overhaul it. The Navajo Nation tried,...
article Complaint seeks $34K from former Navajo Nation legal counsel
(Arizona) -- Investigators with the Navajo Nation are seeking more than $34,000 from the tribe's former legal counsel after she crashed a tribal vehicle and was...
article Navajo Nation Council to meet for summer session
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council will determine during its summer session this week whether to amend the tribe’s Civil Rights Act to provide equal protection...
article Navajo Nation Finds Potential Owner for Doomed Coal Plant
(Arizona) -- The embattled Navajo Generating Station in Arizona might, indeed, make it past 2019. The coal-fired power plant is slated to close come the end of that year...
article Tribe begins negotiations with possible new coal plant owner
(Arizona) -- Leaders from the Navajo Nation say they've begun negotiations with a potential new owner of a coal-fired power plant on their land. The Navajo...
article Native youth connect with land of forefathers
(Arizona) -- Armed with an all-natural graffiti removal cleaner, scrub brushes and sheer determination, the Native Conservation Corps (NCC) Hopi crew sponsored by the...
article Complaint seeks $34K from former Navajo Nation legal counsel
(Arizona) -- Investigators with the Navajo Nation are seeking more than $34,000 from the tribe's former legal counsel after she crashed a tribal vehicle and was...

7/16/2018

article A Surprising Bid for Remington, and an Unsurprising Rejection
(Arizona) -- This spring, I wrote a column suggesting someone should try to buy Remington, one of the country’s oldest and largest firearms makers, and transform...
article Annual horse ride honors past Navajo Nation leaders
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation lawmakers gathering for the start of their weeklong summer session were greeted by a small group of horseback riders. The annual tradition...
article Navajo Nation Council to meet for summer session
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council will determine during its summer session this week whether to amend the tribe's Civil Rights Act to provide equal protection...
article Program helps develop the next generation of Navajo writers
(New Mexico) -- Kristy Kayaani stepped back to read the words she had written on a dry-erase board during a creative writing exercise at the Emerging Diné Writers'...

7/14/2018

article Volunteers care for Navajo wild horses during drought, despite overpopulation concerns
(Arizona) -- Nearly 200 free-roaming horses died this spring in a stock pond near Gray Mountain on the western side of the Navajo Reservation. Relentless drought had...

7/13/2018

article Navajo Nation Negotiating Sale of West’s Largest Coal Plant
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation on July 12 said it has identified a potential buyer for the 2,250-MW Navajo Generating Station (NGS) in Arizona, the largest coal-fired...
article Navajo Nation & Hopi Tribe Reaffirm Their Support of the Navajo Generating Station
(Arizona) -- On Thursday, leaders of the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe reaffirmed their support for the continuation of the Navajo Generating Station for the benefit...
article Navajo Nation urges expansion of radiation exposure law
(New Mexico) -- From the end of World War II to the mid-1980s, about 30 million ton of uranium ore were extracted from lands belonging to the nation’s largest...

7/10/2018

article Begaye promotes Navajo owned and operated Managed Care Organization
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye told the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that a Navajo owned and operated Managed Care...
article Navajo Nation company buys stake in Four Corners Power Plant
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Transitional Energy Co. has acquired a 7 percent stake in units 4 and 5 of the Four Corners Power Plant in a purchase from 4C Acquisition LLC, an...
article Navajo Nation urges expansion of radiation exposure law
(New Mexico) -- From the end of World War II to the mid-1980s, about 30 million ton of uranium ore were extracted from lands belonging to the nation’s largest...
article Navajo Nation company buys stake in Four Corners Power Plant
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Transitional Energy Co. has acquired a 7 percent stake in units 4 and 5 of the Four Corners Power Plant in a purchase from 4C Acquisition LLC, an...
article Farm bill passes with provisions to protect Native American resources
(Washington D.C.) -- The Office of the President and Vice President commended the New Mexico senators for securing provisions in the Farm Bill that will help protect...

7/9/2018

article “Horse Heroes” Work to Save Wild Horses on Parched Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Glenda Seweingyawma plucked quarters from a giant pickle jar and dropped them into the water-station vending machine to fill up a large plastic barrel. It...
article Tribe wants contract with IHS to run mental health
(Colorado) -- The Navajo Nation has taken the first step toward establishing its own addiction rehabilitation centers by asking the Indian Health Service to extend its...
article Navajo Nation company buys partial ownership in power plant
(Arizona) -- Navajo Transitional Energy Company has acquired a 7 percent ownership interest in units 4 and 5 of the Four Corners Power Plant. NTEC purchased the partial...
article Navajos Seek Essential Amendments from Congress
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation is urging Congress to amend the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) as the time period to file claims for compensation is set to...

7/7/2018

article Navajo community still wary after gang members arrested
(Arizona) -- Down the road from Hank Blair’s trading post in the tiny community of Lukachukai on the Navajo Nation, a sign occasionally would pop up in a corn...

7/6/2018

article Community on Navajo Nation terrorized by 'Red Skin Kingz' gang
(Arizona) -- A small community on the Navajo Nation was terrorized by the "Red Skin Kingz," a violent gang whose leaders were finally brought to justice after...

7/5/2018

article PBS: How off-the-grid Navajo residents are getting running water
(New Mexico) -- Lack of access to running water is an issue in many developing countries, but it is also a problem in the United States. Nearly 40 percent of the homes...
article Navajo community still uneasy after gang members arrested
(Arizona) -- Down the road from Hank Blair's trading post in the tiny community of Lukachukai on the Navajo Nation, a sign occasionally would pop up in a corn field...
article School board defends actions
(New Mexico) -- The amount of money spent on travel is not an unusual amount, the Alamo Navajo School Board said in a release last week. The release sent out by the...

7/4/2018

article Exhibition on Navajo-U.S. Treaty of 1868 concludes
(New Mexico) -- More than 26,000 people visited the Navajo Nation Museum to view and learn about the Navajo-U.S. Treaty of 1868 last month. "My internal goal was 20...

7/3/2018

article Navajo Nation looks to continue success of federal Land Buy-Back Program
(New Mexico) -- A meeting was held June 21 to discuss the implementation of the second round of the federal Land Buy-Back Program for the Navajo Nation. The meeting was...
article Navajo, others testify for bill to expand protections for ‘downwinders’
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo officials and residents urged a Senate committee June 27 to expand coverage of a fund that compensates uranium miners and “downwinders...
article Sushi on the rez?
(Arizona) -- Carlos Deal, a Native entrepreneur, says yes. Deal now offers veggie sushi out of a food truck located by Chevron on Highway 64 in Tuba City. He calls his...
article Navajo Delegate: Protect our Women and Children
(New Mexico) -- In June, Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty (Beclabito, Cove, Gadi’i’áhi/To’Koi, Red Valley, Tooh Haltsooi, Toadlena/Two Grey Hills...
article Navajo Nation cracks down on non-emergency medical transportation services companies
(Arizona) -- During a Health, Education, and Human Services Committee meeting back in June, committee members considered Legislation No. 0157-18, which seeks to...
article Red Rock community receives $1.6M from Nation for new senior center
(New Mexico) -- The Tsé Lichíí’ Chapter, also known as the Red Rock Chapter, received $1.6 million in funding to assist in constructing a new senior citizen center...

7/2/2018

article Interior Department's land buy-back program set to return
(Arizona) -- The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior is set to return next year to the Navajo Nation. The intent of...
article Family searches for missing Shiprock woman
(New Mexico) -- A local family is looking for a Shiprock woman who disappeared earlier this month while walking to a friend's house. Julia Vicente, 59, was last seen...

6/30/2018

article Grassroots group works to save wild horses on parched Navajo Reservation
(Arizona) -- Glenda Seweingyawma plucked quarters from a giant pickle jar and dropped them into the water-station vending machine to fill up a large plastic barrel. It...

6/29/2018

article When Gambling Was Outlawed
(Arizona) -- The Navajo men in this photograph taken in the 1920s are burning their gambling [playing] cards as the hand-written title suggests. The men appear to be...

6/27/2018

article EPA Gives Navajo Nation Nearly $900K for Mine Cleanups
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Navajo Nation Abandoned Mine Lands (NAML) program $888,523 to help assess and clean up abandoned...

6/26/2018

article Letter: Navajo Voters Coalition works for the people
(Arizona) -- To the editor: The Navajo Nation Primary election is Aug. 28 and the general election is Nov. 6. Let us see if we can do it right this time, without...
article Trump admin bids to save coal plant by forcing Arizona utility to buy its power
(Arizona) -- Like many coal-fired plants across the country, the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona, which employs hundreds of workers, is at the brink of closure. The...
article Red Rock Chapter Receives $1.6 Million
(Arizona) -- The Tse Lichíí’ (Red Rock) Chapter was been awarded $1.6 million to build a new senior center. It took a lot of work by many people over several years...
article 26th annual Wellness Conference presents Diné way of life
(Arizona) -- The 26th annual WIHCC Wellness Conference, in conjunction with the 13th annual Youth Wellness Conference, was held at Winslow Jr. High June 19 at the Old...

6/25/2018

article Begaye Removed From Tribal Duties
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye did his best to navigate the “Karis crisis” caused by his daughter’s latest driving under the...
article Navajo Nation welcomes 12 new police officers
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation welcomed 12 new police officers Friday in a graduation ceremony for the Navajo Police Training Academy Class 52.
article Navajo Nation Proclaims June as Suicide, Drug/Alcohol Abuse & Domestic Violence Awareness Month
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez signed a proclamation declaring June 2018 as Navajo Nation suicide, drug/alcohol and...

6/24/2018

article Hopefuls Spar in ‘Job Interview’ to Become President of Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- Candidate for Navajo Nation president and former president Joe Shirley Jr. described Monday night’s presidential forum as a “job interview....
article 50 Years Ago: Memories of Long Walk, Captivity Still Linger
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Tribe was seeing a lot of interest among tribal members who wanted to participate in one way or another in the 100th anniversary celebration of...

6/22/2018

article Navajo legends come to life in Rebecca Roanhorse's debut novel 'Trail of Lightning'
(Arizona) -- Even in the apocalypse, there are winners and losers. And in “Trail of Lightning,” the debut novel by the Nebula Award-winning sci-fi writer Rebecca...
article The heroine of the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Rebecca Roanhorse’s debut novel, Trail of Lightning (Saga Press), is set in a post-apocalyptic future, after the Big Water has flooded all earthly...

6/21/2018

article DDC Hand Delivers $300,000 Navajo Nation Dividend
(Arizona) -- On Monday, June 18, 2018, Din Development Corporation (DDC) hand-delivered two dividend checks to its Navajo Nation shareholders, for Calendar Year 2017,...
article Hopefuls spar in ‘job interview’
(Arizona) -- Candidate for Navajo Nation president and former president Joe Shirley Jr. described Monday night’s presidential forum as a “job interview....
article Candidates for Navajo president participate in forum
(New Mexico) -- Candidates vying for the Navajo Nation presidency were asked to weigh in on various issues facing the tribe in a forum Monday evening at Navajo Technical...
article Navajo commission aims to raise awareness of hate crimes
(New Mexico) -- The killing this spring of a homeless man who police say was shot by two Albuquerque teens "for fun" has spurred civil rights and Navajo Nation...
press release DDC Hand Delivers $300,000 Navajo Nation Dividend
(Arizona) -- On Monday, June 18, 2018, Din Development Corporation (DDC) hand-delivered two dividend checks to its Navajo Nation shareholders, for Calendar Year 2017,...

6/20/2018

article Navajo Public Safety Division Welcomes Graduate Officers
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Division of Public Safety will welcome 12 new police officers to the ranks of the Navajo Police Department (NPD) on Friday, June 22, 2018.

6/19/2018

article Navajo, Hopi tribes rally at state Capitol in bid to save coal plant
(Arizona) -- More than 300 people who say their livelihoods depend on a coal-fired plant on a sprawling Native American reservation rallied in Phoenix June 6 to request...
article Navajo police force to grow by 12 with Friday graduation
(Arizona) -- The newest group of Navajo Nation police officers will be the first to wear body cameras. Tribal officials say the cameras will increase accountability, and...
article Navajo Nation tightens fire restrictions to Stage 2 across all Navajo lands in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is tightening fire restrictions across the reservation because of ongoing drought. Tribal President Russell Begaye says people should be...

6/18/2018

article Navajo Coal Plant Drama Continues as Groups Sue to Clean Up Mine
(Arizona) -- When it comes to Arizona’s embattled Navajo Generating Station, groups on both sides can’t stop, won’t stop. The major coal power plant is...
article Tribal, Environmental Groups Sue Feds Over Coal Permit
(Arizona) -- Navajo and Hopi groups along with environmentalists have filed a lawsuit against the federal government demanding it makes a plan to clean up a coal mine...

6/16/2018

article Election board sets order of prez candidates, decides not to hear question on Shirley’s bid
(Arizona) -- Now that 18 candidates for Navajo Nation president were certified Monday by the Navajo Election Administration, the next order of business was to draw the...
article ‘Totally Navajo’
(Arizona) -- A year before being drafted as the New York Yankees’ No. 1 pick, Anthony Seigler told his family that he would get an invitation to the studios of the MLB...
article Wool, mohair program stops at Navajo Nation for seventh year
(New Mexico) -- A program designed to promote the purchase of wool and mohair from producers on the Navajo Nation has returned to the reservation, thanks to a project...

6/14/2018

article Navajo Nation Implements Stage 2 Fire Restrictions
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez signed an executive order implementing Stage 2 Fire Restrictions amid growing...

6/12/2018

article Is there a buyer for Navajo Generating Station?
(Arizona) -- A Chicago-based company said June 7 it is putting together a proposal to buy the coal-fueled Navajo Generating Station, a move that could forestall the...
article Nation solidifies status as a political government, not a racial group
(Arizona) -- On May 14, the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee unanimously approved legislation to affirm the constitutionally recognized political...
article Karis Begaye BAC Twice Legal Limit
(Arizona) -- A report by the Arizona Department of Public Safety revealed that the blood alcohol level of Karis Begaye, daughter of Navajo Nation President Russell...

6/11/2018

article Navajo Nation cites 'catastrophic' job losses from power plant
(Arizona) -- The Trump administration may have pulled off the unlikely trick this month of uniting liberals and conservatives, energy industry executives and...
article Navajo Nation receives contract to help endangered fish
(New Mexico) -- The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $1.1 million contract to the Navajo Nation to assist in the recovery of two endangered fish populations in...
article Former delegate seeks position on NAPI board
(New Mexico) -- Legislation introduced this week to the Navajo Nation Council seeks the confirmation of a former council delegate to the board of directors for Navajo...
article FBI investigates homicide in Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- Authorities are investigating a suspected homicide on the Navajo Nation near Gallup, N.M., the FBI said. The body of an adult man was discovered around 6...

6/10/2018

article Firm eying purchase of Navajo Generating Station
(Arizona) -- A Chicago-based company said Thursday it is putting together a proposal to buy the coal-fueled Navajo Generating Station, a move that could forestall the...
article Navajo Nation Council Chamber Selected for Arizona's Prestigious Cultural Preservation Award
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland) had the honor of...

6/9/2018

article Trump administration plan to keep open Navajo Generating Station draws fire
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration may have pulled off the unlikely trick this month of uniting liberals and conservatives, energy industry executives and...
article Navajo Trader Edison Eskeets Ran 330 Miles to Remember the ‘Long Walk’
(New Mexico) -- Edison Eskeets, Navajo trader at Hubbell Trading post in Ganado, Arizona, wanted to commemorate the he 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of...

6/8/2018

article Report shows tribal leader's daughter had high alcohol level
(Arizona) -- Police records show the Navajo Nation president's daughter had a blood-alcohol level more than double the legal limit when she was arrested for DWI....
article 'What You Do Here Matters:' Ashley Claw's Journey from a Navajo Reservation to Duke Graduation
(North Carolina) -- Ashley Claw's parents and grandparents grew up on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Ashley remembers visiting Duke for the first time as a part...

6/7/2018

article Firm seeks to buy Arizona's Navajo Generating Station
(Arizona) -- A Chicago-based company said Thursday is putting together a proposal to buy the coal-fueled Navajo Generating Station, a move that could forestall the plant...
article Firm eyeing purchase of Arizona's Navajo Generating Station
(Arizona) -- A Chicago-based company said Thursday it is putting together a proposal to buy the coal-fueled Navajo Generating Station, a move that could forestall the...
article Two Steps Forward, One Step Back for Attempts to Save the NGS
(Arizona) -- The clock is ticking for the Navajo Generating Station, the largest coal-fired power plant in the West, and a major employer for the Hopi and Navajo tribes...
article 50 Years Ago: A part of Diné culture: Frybread
(Arizona) -- As members of the Navajo Nation celebrated the centennial of the Long Walk 50 years ago, it was also time to take note of another milestone in the cultural...
article Navajo Nation awarded Reclamation contract for San Juan River Basin Recovery
(New Mexico) -- Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced June 4 that the Bureau of Reclamation is awarding a $1.1 million contract that will allow the Navajo...

6/6/2018

article West’s Largest Coal Plant Could Get a Lifeline
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Generating Station (NGS) in Arizona is scheduled to close by year-end 2019, but intervention by the federal government could keep the West’s...
article American Indians rally to save Arizona coal plant, saying hundreds will lose jobs
(Arizona) -- More than 300 people who say their livelihoods depend on a coal-fired plant on a sprawling American Indian reservation rallied in Phoenix Wednesday to...
article Native American coal miners seek 90-day pause in shutdown of Navajo Generating Station
(Arizona) -- About 300 Native American coal miners, power plant workers and families rallied outside the state Capitol Wednesday morning to ask for 90 more days to...

6/5/2018

article Zinke presses to keep Navajo Generating Station online
(Arizona) -- The same day President Trump ordered Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry to stop the closure of coal and nuclear plants, the Interior Department...

6/4/2018

article Trump appointee could help keep Navajo Generating Station open
(Arizona) -- President Donald Trump's appointee overseeing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation could halt closure of the Navajo coal plant by forcing the Central Arizona...
article Navajo Judge Won't Toss Claims of Abuse in Mormon Program
(Utah) -- A Navajo Nation judge is refusing to dismiss lawsuits claiming Native American children were sexually abused while enrolled in a Mormon church foster program.
article List of Navajo Nation presidential hopefuls includes 5 from Northern Agency
(New Mexico) -- Four men and one woman from the Northern Agency are among the 19 tribal members from New Mexico and Arizona who have filed to run for president of the...
article Navajo Nation gets federal funds for river recovery
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation has been awarded a $1.1 million contract as part of a multi-agency effort to help recover endangered fish in the San Juan River Basin....

6/3/2018

article Navajo presidential race draws 19 candidates
(New Mexico) -- The race to become president on the country’s largest American Indian reservation has drawn a record number of candidates with 19 filing for the...
article State Police searching for missing juvenile runaway out of Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- State Police are asking for the public's help in locating a missing preteen runaway last seen in Shiprock around 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Racealene Pete, 12...

6/2/2018

article Copy of 1868 Navajo treaty resurfaces for 150th anniversary
(New Mexico) -- C.P. “Kitty” Weaver knew she had the historic Treaty of 1868 in her drawer. But the Massachusetts woman — the great-grandniece of Samuel F. Tappan, a...
article Navajos mark bittersweet milestone
(New Mexico) -- The past — painful, perilous, ever-present — comes back to Navajo quiltmaker Susan Hudson as she sleeps. “Sometimes we have to tell our...
article Navajo presidential race draws 19 candidates
(New Mexico) -- The race to become president on the country’s largest American Indian reservation has drawn a record number of candidates with 19 filing for the...
article Quilter commemorates ancestors’ suffering on ‘Long Walk’
(New Mexico) -- When Suzanne Hudson begins crafting a quilt, she dreams and prays, dreams and prays. Her tribute to “The Long Walk” will hang at the Bosque...

6/1/2018

article 150-Year-Old Navajo Treaty Displayed On Navajo Land For First Time On Anniversary
(Arizona) -- Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of Bosque Redondo. On June 1, 1868, the Navajo Nation and the U.S. government signed the historic treaty and...
article Navajos Commemorate Anniversary of 1868 Treaty
(New Mexico) -- A group of Navajo runners had reached a dusty New Mexico hilltop while retracing a 400-mile desert route that their ancestors had crossed a century and a...
article Original Treaty of 1868 Signed by Navajo Comes to Navajo Museum
(Arizona) -- One hundred and 50 years ago, leaders from the United States and the Navajo Nation etched their signatures on a treaty that reunited the Navajo people with...
article Treaty of 1868 is here!
(Arizona) -- The treaty that helped the imprisoned Navajo people return to their homeland is here and goes on display today (June 1) at the Navajo Nation Museum. June...
article Utah Descendants of ‘The Long Walk” Commemorate Long-Awaited Homecoming of the Treaty of 1868
(Utah) -- Mary Benally and her family have always called Bears Ears home. Her Diné ancestors were force-marched on the 1864 Long Walk and held captive for four long...
article Navajo Judge Won't Toss Claims Of Abuse In Mormon Program
(Utah) -- A Navajo Nation judge is refusing to dismiss lawsuits claiming Native American children were sexually abused while enrolled in a Mormon church foster program....

5/31/2018

article Navajo presidential race draws crowded field of candidates
(Arizona) -- The race to become president on the country's largest American Indian reservation has drawn a crowded field of candidates. Nineteen people met Wednesday...
article Navajo Nation objects as Trump team seeks to 'close out' relocation office
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is calling on its citizens to help prevent the Trump administration from shutting down a federal agency linked to a once-bitter land...
article FBI: Navajo Woman Sentenced To Ten Years
(New Mexico) -- Elmira Curley, 22, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Navajo, was sentenced Tuesday in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to 120 months in...
article May 31 Proclaimed as Navajo Nation Day of Prayer
(Arizona) -- Navajo Naion President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez proclaimed May 31st as the Navajo Nation Day of Prayer.

5/29/2018

article Navajo women struggle to preserve their traditions as climate change intensifies
(Arizona) -- As soon as Lorraine Herder steps into her sheep pen with a stack of hay, her flock of wooly Navajo Churro sheep run over for a morsel of food. It’s...

5/28/2018

article Shiprock court expands payment option for traffic fines
(New Mexico) -- The Shiprock Judicial District is now accepting credit card and online payments for civil traffic fines. The new service allows individuals to pay for...
article Navajo Nation’s feral horse problem brought to forefront after recent death of nearly 200 horses
(Arizona) -- How could the Navajo Nation, which considers the horse sacred, let nearly 200 horses die near Gray Mountain and what is going to be done about it in the...

5/27/2018

article Port Angeles mayor to resign tribal planner post
(Washington) -- Mayor Sissi Bruch soon will be free from the potential conflict-of-interest bonds of her day job, allowing her to realize her full potential on the Port...

5/25/2018

article Navajo women struggle to preserve traditions as climate change intensifies
(Arizona) -- As soon as Lorraine Herder steps into her sheep pen with a stack of hay, her flock of wooly Navajo Churro sheep run over for a morsel of food. It’s...
article Nation’s feral horse problem brought to forefront after recent death of nearly 200 horses
(Arizona) -- How could the Navajo Nation, which considers the horse sacred, let nearly 200 horses die near Gray Mountain and what is going to be done about it in the...
article Chris Deschene decides not to run for tribal presidency
(New Mexico) -- Former Navajo Nation presidential candidate Chris Deschene ended speculation about his political future today. "There is no easy way to share that I...

5/24/2018

article Navajo President and Vice President Honor Fallen Warriors at 16th Annual Lori Piestewa Navajo-Hopi Honor Ride
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye honored fallen Native warriors Saturday during the 16th annual Lori Piestewa Navajo-Hopi Honor Ride, a four-day, 1...
article FBI: Navajo Man Pleads Guilty To Murder Charge
(New Mexico) -- Jerry Johnson, Jr., 56, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, pled guilty April 27 in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to a...
article Diné Runners running clinic
(New Mexico) -- The Diné Runners Running Clinic will be held May 26-28 at Berg Park in Farmington. Registration will be taken Saturday, May 26, at Berg Park at 5:30 p.m...

5/22/2018

article HANLEY: Time for new leadership on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- President Russell Begay and Vice President Johnathan Nez are flat-out terrible leaders, and that has been on display since their inauguration. Their...
article Navajo presidential race draws several candidates so far
(Arizona) -- Navajo President Russell Begaye has joined a handful of others in submitting paperwork for the tribe's top elected post. Begaye filed late Tuesday but...
article Hong Kong casino company buys football club
(UK) -- The Hong Kong-based casino company International Entertainment Corporation has bought up an English football club. The sale was announced yesterday of Wigan...

5/21/2018

article Sales tax increase set for July on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation will increase its sales tax on July 1 to provide additional funding the Navajo Nation Department of Fire and Rescue Services. The Navajo...

5/17/2018

article Campaign season opens for Navajo Nation presidency
(Arizona) -- Navajos seeking to become president of the Navajo Nation, the country's largest American Indian reservation, began submitting applications Thursday. The...
article Karis Begaye suspended from driving tribal vehicles
(New Mexico) -- The committee that enforces rules and regulations for Navajo Nation employees and appointees to operate tribal vehicles has suspended the driver's...

5/14/2018

article On the Road Again: Internet Research at the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- In a previous blog article, student research assistants, a colleague and I discussed the challenges that many Native nations in the United States face to...

5/12/2018

article Navajo man is off Utah ballot, reportedly living in Arizona
(Utah) -- A Navajo man can't get on the ballot to run in a Utah county's first election since a judge ruled voting districts were illegally drawn based on race,...
article Run to commemorate the "Long Walk" begins at Canyon de Chelly
(Arizona) -- On Tuesday, May 18, Edison Eskeets, a trader at Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado, on the Navajo Nation, will begin a 330-mile solo run in recognition of the...
article CCSD continues work to reinstate JOM Program funding
(New Mexico) -- Central Consolidated School District officials continue to work with personnel from the tribe's education department to reinstate the district's...

5/11/2018

article Navajo Nation to observe its first Navajo Police Officer Day
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation will observe its first Navajo Police Officer Day on Friday. The tribal holiday to honor men and women who serve in law enforcement was...
article Navajo Red Skin Kingz Gang Sentenced For Murders, RICO Violatons
(Arizona) -- On Wednesday afternoon, Devan Edward Leonard, 28, Kyle Filbert Gray, 26, and Lucille Jean Leonard, 48, members of the Navajo Nation, of Lukachukai, Arizona...

5/10/2018

article 50 years ago: Traders prohibited from hiring non-Indians
(Arizona) -- The Advisory Committee for the Navajo Tribal Council passed a resolution this week that has gotten Indian traders on the reservation in an uproar and has...

5/9/2018

article Navajo Generating Station Owners Say Time is Running Out for a Sale
(Arizona) -- The current owners of the Navajo Generating Station say there’s limited time for new buyer to finalize a deal. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, NGS...
article More Water and Electrical Lines Coming To Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- The Navajo President approved $100 million for water, electrical lines, and road projects on Monday. Currently, about 40 percent of the tribe still lacks...
article VA and Navajo Nation To Host Event For Veterans With Disabilities Eligible For VA Pension
(Arizona) -- On May 10, 2018, the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Navajo Nation will host a claims event focused on identifying Native veterans with presumptive...

5/8/2018

article Email reveals potential buyer for Navajo coal fired plant
(Arizona) -- The potential investors of a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona have been identified as a New York-based firm that focuses on distressed companies...
article Navajo president’s daughter on leave after DWI arrest
(Arizona) -- The chief legal counsel to the Navajo Nation president has been placed on administrative leave, weeks after she was arrested on suspicion of driving while...
article Navajo President's Daughter on Leave Following DWI Arrest
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation president's chief legal counsel and daughter has been placed on administrative leave, weeks after she was arrested on suspicion of...
article 330-Mile Solo Run To Acknowledge Navajo Who Endured 'Long Walk'
(Arizona) -- May 18, Edison Eskeets, trader at Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado, Arizona on the Navajo Nation, will begin a 330-mile solo run in recognition of the “...

5/6/2018

article Daughter of tribal president faces drunken driving charges
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation president's daughter is facing drunken driving charges after authorities say she struck another vehicle south of Flagstaff. Karis...
article Daughter of tribal president faces drunken driving charges
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation president's daughter is facing drunken driving charges after authorities say she struck another vehicle south of Flagstaff. Karis...
article Navajo Technical University receives funding for new student housing
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Technical University will receive $14.3 million from the Navajo Nation to build new student housing at its campus in Crownpoint.
article Nearly 200 free-roaming horses died searching for water on Navajos' parched land
(Arizona) -- Nearly 200 feral horses, besieged with famine and dehydration, were found dead on a dried-up stock pond on Navajo land in Arizona. The animals went to the...

5/5/2018

article Navajo Nation kicks off year of the treaty events
(New Mexico) -- Shortly after their leaders signed the Treaty of 1868, the Diné people congregated in what it now considered Old Town Albuquerque. Diminished in numbers...

5/4/2018

article A sacred Navajo site in the US has become an International Dark Sky Sanctuary
(Utah) -- The night skies over stunning natural arch and sacred site in Utah will now be preserved into the future, as Rainbow Bridge National Monument has been...
article 'She's alive!' Foal is lone survivor of mass horse die-off at Rez watering hole
(Arizona) -- As the lifeless bodies of 111 feral horses lay caked in mud where they had become trapped in a muddy stock pond at Gray Mountain on the Navajo Reservation,...
article Potential buyer considering Navajo Generating Station, but time running out
(Arizona) -- In a May 2 letter to the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, Middle River Power President Mark Kubow expressed optimism about the potential for...
article Daughter of tribal president faces drunken driving charges
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation president's daughter is facing drunken driving charges after authorities say she struck another vehicle south of Flagstaff. Karis...

5/3/2018

article Navajo classical pianist Connor Chee to perform at the Amazing Earthfest - plus Paiute Cultural Friendship Dance
(Utah) -- The style and scope of Connor Chee’s music is breathtaking. His exquisite compositions highlight the depth and richness of Navajo heritage. Kaibab...
article Nearly 200 wild horses found dead, buried in mud on Navajo Nation land (GRAPHIC VIDEO)
(Arizona) -- Drought and famine are being blamed for the deaths of nearly 200 wild horses found in a stock pond in Gray Mountain, which is a Navajo Nation community in...
article New Mexico Ag Leadership program members travel to the Netherlands
(New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the New Mexico Agriculture Leadership program are hosting an upcoming joint innovation and trade mission to...

5/2/2018

article Navajo Economy Needs Diversification
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation’s economy needs to diversify according to Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye. Millions of dollars leave the reservation and flows into...
article Have You Heard of a Navajo Hogan?
(Arizona) -- Tiny homes are a thing these days, but let's pay our respects to the OGs. One of the most striking is the Navajo hogan—a basic dome-shaped, one-...
article Navajo Nation: More than 100 horses apparent victims of drought
(Arizona) -- Dozens of horses have died on tribal land in northern Arizona, apparently after getting trapped in a muddy stock pond as drought grips the region.

4/30/2018

article Future Takes Flight: Navajo Youths Copilot Planes Over The Grand Canyon
(Arizona) -- More than 6 million people visited the Grand Canyon last year, but only a tiny fraction were people of color. A 2011 National Park Service report shows...
article STEVENS: Follow through on energy promises to Navajo people
(Washington D.C.) -- When it comes to congressional hearings, big business and CEOs attract most of the headlines. Yet, Congress is at its best when it focuses on the...
article Navajo EPA receives grant to assess San Juan River basin
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency is receiving a $336,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ensure tribal water quality...

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