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Diné Bahane’ is a beautiful story told as a contemporary museum exhibit

Raven Chocan’s culture has influenced his art throughout his career. His new exhibit is a retelling of the Navajo creation story in a way that transcends the traditional form of Native storytelling.

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10/19/2019

article New Navajo Nation Council delegate sworn in
(Arizona) -- Carl Roessel Slater was sworn into office for the Navajo Nation Council on Oct. 10, according to a press release from the Office of the Speaker. Slater will...
article Bill to establish energy office heads to Navajo Nation Council
(Arizona) -- Two pieces of legislation for the Navajo Nation Council to consider at the fall session this week will focus on the future of energy development for the...

10/9/2019

article Court stays execution of Navajo man to hear claim of possible jury bias
(Washington D.C.) -- A divided appeals court has stayed the scheduled December execution of Lezmond Mitchell, a Navajo double-murderer, saying it needs time to consider...
article Proposals would dam Little Colorado River for hydropower
(Arizona) -- The Little Colorado River cuts across the northeast corner of Arizona, emptying its waters into the much-larger Colorado River after a more than 330-mile...
article Execution Of Navajo Man Put On Hold
(Arizona) -- A federal appeals court has stayed the execution of a Navajo man convicted of the murder of two fellow tribal members. He was scheduled to be put to death...

10/8/2019

article US official: Research finds uranium in Navajo women, babies
(New Mexico) -- About a quarter of Navajo women and some infants who were part of a federally funded study on uranium exposure had high levels of the radioactive metal...
article Native Americans say uranium mine is "desecrating" lands
(South Dakota) -- Native Americans opposing the uranium mine near Crow Butte, Nebraska say it's infringing upon their lands. The Oglala Sioux Tribe and Magpie...
article Navajo Man's Love For Outdoors Ignites Creation Of Outdoor Clothing Company
(Arizona) -- Len Necefer grew up on the Navajo Nation, and his childhood was shaped by the outdoors. It wasn’t far from Canyon de Chelly where he said he learned...
article Execution of Navajo man convicted in 2 killings on hold
(Arizona) -- A federal appeals court has stayed the execution of a Navajo man convicted of the murder of a 63-year-old fellow tribal member and her 9-year-old...

10/7/2019

article Research finds uranium in Navajo women and babies
(Arizona) -- About a quarter of Navajo women and some infants who were part of a federally funded study on uranium exposure had high levels of the radioactive metal in...
article ‘It’s time to put a Navajo in Congress’
(New Mexico) -- Two citizens of the Navajo Nation will compete for a seat in Congress. Karen E. Bedonie and Dineh Benally each hope to represent northern New Mexico....
article Court stays execution of Navajo man to hear claim of possible jury bias
(Washington D.C.) -- A divided appeals court has stayed the scheduled December execution of Lezmond Mitchell, a Navajo double-murderer, saying it needs time to consider...

10/6/2019

article Column: Decommissioning of Navajo Generating Station process begins - here’s what to expect
(Arizona) -- On Sept. 19, Navajo Generating Station entered its final phase of operation. After years of discussion, negotiations, many news reports amid even more...
article Navajo company keeps 1,200 workers after buying 3 coal mines
(Montana) -- A Navajo Nation company says it will retain 1,200 employees at three coal mines in Wyoming and Montana that it bought through a bankruptcy auction. The...
article State Supreme Court leaves regulators to decide on applicability of new energy law
(New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Supreme Court is allowing utility regulators to decide whether a new energy policy law should be considered while debating a possible 2022...
article San Juan County Historical Society meeting will include presentation on trading post family
(New Mexico) -- The granddaughter of a pioneering Farmington merchant and trading post operator will offer some insights into her family's past this week in a...

10/5/2019

article 'Pumpkin Patch' opens on Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township lawn
(New Mexico) -- A familiar seasonal sight has returned to the township: A spacious sloping lawn on Southern Boulevard filled by scattered pumpkins of different varieties...

10/4/2019

article Federal court approves final sale order for bankrupt Cloud Peak mines
(Wyoming) -- A federal bankruptcy court approved the final sale agreement struck between bankrupt coal operator Cloud Peak Energy and an out-of-state company, Navajo...
article Uranium miner: 'We were faced with dangers every day and not knowing the consequences'
(Arizona) -- Tommy Reed spoke emotionally about how his health is troubled due to working at a uranium mine on the Navajo Nation. In Reed's statement before U.S. Rep...

10/3/2019

article NTUA, Kayenta solar project chart path to the future
(Arizona) -- The Agathla Peak area in Kayenta is home to a number of families, various plants and animals such as nímasiichilí and gah – and a solar thermal energy...

10/1/2019

article Navajo Nation welcomes key lawmaker to reservation for uranium mining forum
(Arizona) -- Leaders of the Navajo Nation are eager to show how uranium mining continues to affect their people as they host a key member of Congress this week.

9/30/2019

article Navajo NDSU student pursues dentistry to become 'ultimate changemaker' for her tribe
(North Dakota) -- Marlinda Haudley met a female Native American dentist named Tamana Begay six years ago at a summer institute for aspiring medical professionals. Begay...

9/28/2019

article Amid skepticism from Navajo Nation, study deems Cloud Peak coal mines purchase ‘prudent’
(Wyoming) -- Of the dozen coal mines peppered throughout Wyoming’s mineral-laden Powder River Basin, a majority have undergone changes in ownership throughout the...
article Two new dams near the Grand Canyon? Conservation groups call the plan 'unconscionable'
(Arizona) -- A Phoenix company wants to build two hydroelectric dams less than five miles from the eastern border of Grand Canyon National Park, submerging several miles...
article Navajo Times get top Arizona newspaper honors
(Arizona) -- The Herald/Review and the Navajo Times won top honors in the Arizona Newspaper Association's annual awards announced Saturday night. It was the Navajo...

9/27/2019

article Navajo Nation Opens Second Phase Of Kayenta Solar Project
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation completed the second phase of a large solar energy project last week. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’ll provide enough...

9/26/2019

article One of three units at coal-fired Navajo Generating Station closes
(Arizona) -- One of three generating units at a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation has closed. The 2,250-megawatt Navajo Generating Station near Page is...

9/25/2019

article Utah county to pay $2.6M settlement to Navajo Nation
(Utah) -- County officials in Utah have agreed to pay $2.6 million to the Navajo Nation following a voting rights case that reconfigured voting districts. The San Juan...
article Special election decides open seat on Navajo Nation Council
(Arizona) -- Voters in five chapters in Arizona have elected a new delegate to represent them on the Navajo Nation Council. A special election was conducted on Sept. 24...

9/23/2019

article Missing 94-Year-Old Grandfather Found Deceased on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- The search for Dennis Hardy, Sr. has ended tragically. The Apache County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the body of the 94-year-old grandfather was found...

9/22/2019

article Talent ‘On the Rise’
(New Mexico) -- Owen Mike Yazzie has no problem assessing his painting “Leading Into the Future,” a watercolor in warm shades of yellow, orange, ocher and...

9/21/2019

article The Navajo Nation has a cancer clinic, a tribal first
(Arizona) -- One of the country's largest Native American tribes, the Navajo Nation, is now the first in the Southwest to have a cancer clinic on reservation land....

9/18/2019

article Navajo Nation President Nez Reports on Energy Development Initiatives to the Resources and Development Committee
(Arizona) -- On Tuesday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez presented a report to the 24th Navajo Nation Council’s Resources and Development Committee in Window...

9/14/2019

article Reward offered for information about Navajo Agricultural Products Industry fires
(New Mexico) -- A reward is being offered to anyone with information about fires that have occurred since July at Navajo Agricultural Products Industry. The recent fires...

9/13/2019

article Legislation Aims To Boost Economic Opportunities After Closure Of Navajo Power Plant
(Arizona) -- Arizona Democratic District One Congressmember Tom O’Halleran has introduced legislation that would provide economic development resources to...

9/12/2019

article 50 Years Ago: Three protesters praised in editorial
(Arizona) -- We have pointed out in past columns that 1969 marked the start of a youth movement on the Navajo Reservation to address social issues in border towns like...
article Navajo Nation President Nez Advocates for the Navajo Nation on Capitol Hill
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez met with members of the U.S. House and Senate on Wednesday and Thursday on Capitol Hill, to advocate for and...

9/11/2019

article Federal grant will advance US 191 bridge improvements on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Winning a $10.4 million Federal Highway Administration grant will allow the Arizona Department of Transportation to advance improvements to four US 191...

9/10/2019

article Attorneys for Navajo man file stay of execution
(Arizona) -- Attorneys for Lezmond Mitchell filed a motion for stay of execution with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Sept. 9. Mitchell was convicted...
article Navajo-Hopi Observer publishes new Native American Health & Wellness Guide Sept. 18
(Arizona) -- The Navajo-Hopi Observer’s new Native American Health and Wellness Guide, a full color resource publication for northern Arizona healthcare providers...
article Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise officially signs new brand ambassador
(Arizona) -- Aurelius ‘Aury’ Yazzie was officially signed by Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise to serve as brand ambassador. For the next year, he’ll be representing the...
article Navajo weavers share talent at Desert View
(Arizona) -- Navajo siblings Bill Nez and Jane Hyden demonstrate the art of Navajo rug weaving Aug. 15. Left: Hyden said her great grandmother taught her and her...

9/9/2019

article Why This Fashion Entrepreneur Moved From L.A. to a Navajo Reservation to Run Her Own Clothing Business
(New Mexico) -- The store has no name. Just a neon sign in the window with a symbol: a Native American storm cloud. It represents rebirth. "I don't feel the...
article Navajo utility wants to build on project to electrify homes
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation wants to build on a pilot project that connected more than 230 homes to the electric grid. The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority worked with...

9/8/2019

article In 1971, he took a photo of a Navajo dancer. The portrait lives on. The dancer, too.
(Maryland) -- Barry Moien never considered himself a great photographer. He was less into the artistic side of photography and more into the technical side, more George...

9/7/2019

article Sale of Cloud Peak mines leaves Navajo Nation in the dark
(Wyoming) -- As the dust settles after a summer of seismic shifts in Wyoming’s coal industry, the sale of three Powder River Basin mines has entered the final...

9/6/2019

article Oh how sweet it isn’t: Navajo president bans candy at parade
(Arizona) -- Oh how sweet it isn’t. Thousands of people will line a highway on the Navajo Nation this Saturday for the largest Native American parade in the...
article What can rile the Council? The candy ban can
(Arizona) -- In solidarity, 15 members of the 24th Navajo Nation Council opposed Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez’s parade candy ban because the parade happens...
article Vital records offices to hold delayed birth certificate event in Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- The vital records offices for the Navajo Nation, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado are collaborating to hold a three-day event in Shiprock for those...

9/5/2019

article Navajo council votes to oppose possible HUD limits on home-loan program
(Washington D.C.) -- The Navajo Nation Council voted unanimously Thursday to oppose a Trump administration draft plan that critics say could put income restrictions for...
article Navajo workmanship produces 'extraordinary' arts and crafts, antiques dealer says
(California) -- To the uninitiated, the terms "Native American" and "Navajo" are almost synonymous when it comes to identifying early North American...

9/4/2019

article Navajo Nation Council approves budget for fiscal year 2020, anticipates loss of revenue
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council approved a comprehensive budget of about $1.25 billion for fiscal year 2020 that reflects an expected loss of revenue in the near...
article Grant Aims To Boost Number Of Navajos Studying Neuroscience
(Arizona) -- Researchers at the University of Arizona and Dine College are partnering to try to get more Navajo students into biomedical sciences. The schools recently...

9/3/2019

article Navajo Nation doubles down on coal. Will it work?
(Wyoming) -- Coal has cost the Navajo Nation, but the tribe's energy company is betting that buying faraway mines can replenish its coffers. In October, if all goes...
article Deadlines loom for Navajo looking to take part in land buy-back program
(Arizona) -- Time is running out for Navajo landowners who want to take part in the second round of a $1.9 billion federal program to buy back scattered and isolated...
article Navajo president looks at developing travel agency; visits Grand Canyon Skywalk for ideas
(Arizona) -- On Aug. 22, the Navajo Nation president and some administration were welcomed by the Hualapai Nation to a special visit to the Grand Canyon West Skywalk....

9/1/2019

article Downtown Navajo museum has new signage in place
(New Mexico) -- It's taken a while, but the Museum of Navajo Art and Culture in downtown Farmington finally has its signage in place. The museum, which is a...
article Officials say parking, camping ban will be enforced
(Arizona) -- If Navajo Nation Fair officials get their way, the spaces along State Highway 264, from the port of entry to just west of the Window Rock Civic Center, will...

8/30/2019

article Deadlines loom for Navajo looking to take part in land buy-back program
(Washington D.C.) -- Time is running out for Navajo landowners who want to take part in the second round of a $1.9 billion federal program to buy back scattered and...

8/29/2019

article Navajo Company, Now Big Coal Player, Must Prep Cleanup Bond Plan
(Wyoming) -- Coal industry watchers and environmentalists are asking questions about Navajo Transitional Energy Company’s purchase of bankrupt Cloud Peak Energy...
article Tribal ranches: too much or not enough?
(Arizona) -- When it comes to raising livestock, the Navajos have long been victims of their own success. After the Long Walk, the government issued the tribe 30,000...
article Ex-tribe chapter accounts specialist pleads guilty to fraud
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials say a former Tsayatoh Chapter accounts maintenance specialist has pleaded guilty to 16 counts of fraud. Tribal prosecutors say...

8/28/2019

article Last coal train rolls to Arizona power plant as closure looms for major polluter
(Utah) -- The last trainload of coal rolled into the Navajo Generating Station near Page on Monday, marking the closure of the mine 78 miles away and starting a...

8/27/2019

article OP/ED: Navajo Nation's very risky bet on coal
(Arizona) -- A push by a Navajo Nation-owned company to purchase the Montana and Wyoming assets of bankrupt Cloud Peak Energy comes at the worst possible time to buy...
article Whether for dogs, goats or sheep, Navajo Nation vet's 'office' spans many miles
(Arizona) -- Since she was 8 years old, Adrienne Ruby knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. She also had dreams of living a cowboy lifestyle where she'd tend to...
article Three selected as Cherokee National Treasures
(Oklahoma) -- Three Cherokee Nation citizens will receive the distinction of Cherokee National Treasure for their work in preserving and promoting Cherokee art and...
article Navajo artist Nate Begay tells traditional stories with paint
(Arizona) -- Nate Begay has spent years developing his signature style, beginning as a graffiti artist and branching out into many different mediums, including...
article ABQ man slain during robbery on tribal lands
(New Mexico) -- A couple of beers. That’s what the FBI says a young man and teenage boy from the Navajo Nation took off with after fatally shooting an Albuquerque...

8/26/2019

article Native workers laid off as power plant nears closure
(Arizona) -- The last 265 workers at Kayenta Coal Mine are being laid off this month, another step toward the looming closure of the Navajo Generating Station that will...
article Native workers laid off as power plant nears closure
(Arizona) -- The last 265 workers at Kayenta Coal Mine are being laid off this month, another step toward the looming closure of the Navajo Generating Station that will...
article CCSD, Navajo Nation partner to place police officers in schools
(New Mexico) -- The Central Consolidated School District and the Navajo Nation signed its first agreement to have Navajo police officers assigned to schools in Shiprock...

8/25/2019

article Scoping meeting focuses on Shiprock evaporation pond's future
(New Mexico) -- A public scoping meeting by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Legacy Management centered on proposals for future operation of the evaporation...
article Diné woman runs 360 miles to raise awareness on issues impacting Indigenous people
(Utah) -- A 360-mile run to raise awareness on multiple issues impacting Indigenous people is scheduled to end at the Utah State Capitol on Monday, the week of the...

8/24/2019

article Kayenta Mine layoffs hit, as Navajo Generating Station closure looms
(Arizona) -- The last 265 workers at Kayenta Coal Mine are being laid off this month, another step toward the looming closure of the Navajo Generating Station that will...

8/23/2019

article Wells Fargo is paying the Navajo Nation $6.5 million to settle allegations of shady sales tactics
(Arizona) -- Wells Fargo is paying the Navajo Nation $6.5 million to settle allegations the bank preyed on the Native American tribe by using shady sales tactics. The...

8/22/2019

article Navajo Nation, Wells Fargo reach settlement in customer accounts case
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has reached a settlement with Wells Fargo Bank in its federal appeal against the financial institution for unlawful practices against...

8/21/2019

press release Seabees Train, Construct Navajo Indian Homes
(New Mexico) -- Active duty Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 and reserve Seabees from NMCB-18 partnered with the Southwest Indian...

8/20/2019

article Judge gives final OK to Cloud Peak Sale
(Wyoming) -- Saying Cloud Peak Energy Corp. conducted “a very robust auction process,” a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge needed less than 30 minutes Monday...
article Cup 'O Joe: Warrior Coffee now serving at Diné College
(Arizona) -- Artie Shade knew there was something other than a classroom or lecture hall coming to the ground floor of the Ned Hatathli Cultural Center (NHC). But what...

8/19/2019

article Bankrupt Cloud Peak finds new owner for its Wyoming mines
(Wyoming) -- Another coal giant is on track to sunset in the Powder River Basin. Bankrupt operator Cloud Peak Energy selected Navajo Transitional Energy Company as the...

8/17/2019

article New legislation calls on Navajo Nation Council to confirm deputy attorney general nominee
(New Mexico) -- New legislation seeks to confirm Kimberly Dutcher as deputy attorney general for the Navajo Nation. Dutcher was appointed in March by Navajo Nation...
article A day to honor the Navajo Code Talker's legacy
(Arizona) -- The 14th Navajo Nation Code Talker Day Celebrations bring pride and recognition across generations. On August 14th, 2019, the Navajo Nation celebrated the...

8/16/2019

article America's mega-emitters are starting to close
(Arizona) -- When the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona shuts down later this year, it will be one of the largest carbon emitters to ever close in American history....
article Navajo Nation Recognizes “Navajo Head Start Day”
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and First Lady Phefelia Nez along with Vice President Myron Lizer, and members of the 24th Navajo Nation Council joined...

8/15/2019

article NAC: Music Maker: Def-i
(Arizona) -- Navajo MC Def-i is out with his fifth album, “Dream Trails.” The musical project opens with a cinematic sound that quickly accelerates with the...

8/14/2019

article On a vast reservation, female Navajo officers patrol with bulletproof vests and protective amulets
(New Mexico) -- Officer Lojann Dennison was just ending her shift when she took the 10 p.m. assault call. She was tired as she headed out into the profound darkness of...
article Navajo Nation Eyes Renaming US Highway After Late Senator
(New Mexico) -- Some Navajo Nation officials want New Mexico to rename a U.S. highway after one of the longest-serving Native American lawmakers in U.S. history. A...
article As layoffs loom for mine workers, Navajo leaders ask PRC to support economic assistance
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation and Jicarilla Apache officials have asked the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission to apply the Energy Transition Act to the Public...

8/13/2019

article Netflix doc examines Navajo Nation hoops dreams
(New Mexico) -- High school basketball fans in Arizona and New Mexico likely know all about “rez ball” — a run-and-gun, pass-cut-and-shoot style of...

8/12/2019

article Basketball Or Nothing: Where are the Chinle Wildcats now? Can they win state next season?
(Arizona) -- This summer, viewers were introduced to a new favourite sports team to root for when Basketball Or Nothing was dropped to Netflix on Friday, August 2nd. The...

8/11/2019

article Navajo Nation, Albuquerque sign deal to combat racism
(New Mexico) -- The nation's largest Native American reservation and New Mexico's largest city have signed an agreement aimed at protecting Navajo Nation members...

8/9/2019

article City of Albuquerque vows to protect rights of Native Americans
(New Mexico) -- The city of Albuquerque is promising to protect people of the Navajo Nation. A memorandum of understanding signed Friday by the mayor recognizes that the...

8/8/2019

article Milton Bluehouse, Jr. appointed to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer are pleased to announce that Milton Bluehouse, Jr. has been appointed to serve as the...

8/6/2019

article Mom of slain Navajo girl urges tribes to use Amber Alerts
(Arizona) -- The mother of a Navajo girl who was kidnapped and killed in 2016 urged tribal officials and children's advocates July 29 to take advantage of tools and...
article Navajo Nation receives $5 million from Navajo Gaming
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Navajo Gaming), gave a check for $5 million to the Navajo Nation in an annual payment to the Navajo Nation Gaming...

8/4/2019

article Gold King mine spill ‘still hurting’ NM, 4 years later
(New Mexico) -- Four years ago today, Environmental Protection Agency contractors triggered the release of three million gallons of yellow wastewater from the Gold King...
article Editorial: Mom’s advocacy after murder improves system
(New Mexico) -- Pamela Foster didn’t have to fight to make her community better. After the 2016 murder of her daughter, 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike, Foster could...

8/3/2019

article College students receive scholarships from Navajo Transitional Energy Company
(Arizona) -- Dakota Kay faced obstacles when striving for higher education, but it did not stop him from earning a doctorate in physical therapy in May. Kay shared his...
article 'Basketball or Nothing' covers hoop dreams on Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- High school basketball fans in Arizona and New Mexico likely know all about "rez ball" -- a run-and-gun, pass-cut-and-shoot style of play...

8/2/2019

article Environmental groups appeal quashed by federal court
(Arizona) -- A federal appeals court has ruled against a lawsuit by a coalition of environmental groups regarding federal permitting for Navajo Mine and the Four Corners...

8/1/2019

article Interview: Rickie Fowler on Basketball or Nothing, Navajo sports docuseries
(Arizona) -- Come Friday, August 2, Netflix is set to premiere one of the more fascinating docu-series of the year in Basketball or Nothing. What lies underneath that...
article ‘Basketball or Nothing’ covers hoop dreams on Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- High school basketball fans in Arizona and New Mexico likely know all about “rez ball” — a run-and-gun, pass-cut-and-shoot style of...

7/31/2019

article Tribes hear from Navajo mother at AMBER Alert in Indian Country Symposium
(New Mexico) -- Pamela Foster, the mother of a Navajo Nation girl who was kidnapped and murdered on the reservation, shared her story at the National AMBER Alert in...
article ANALYSIS: Biodiversity highest on Indigenous-managed lands
(British Columbia) -- More than one million plant and animal species worldwide are facing extinction, according to a recent United Nations report. Now, a new study...
article Mother Of Murdered Girl Urges Native American Communities To Use New Amber Alert Funds, Training
(New Mexico) -- The mother of a Navajo girl who was abducted and killed in 2016 is urging tribal officials to take advantage of tools and funding that have been made...

7/30/2019

article Mother calls for full implementation of Amber Alert
(New Mexico) -- In the hours after her son and daughter were seen getting into a stranger’s red minivan and being driven away one afternoon in May 2016, Pamela...
article Courts reject environmental lawsuit to block Navajo coal mine expansion
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal appeals court said environmental groups cannot sue to block expansion of a coal mine owned by the Navajo Transitional Energy Co., because...
article The only Native American on federal death row claims execution would be 'unjust' because Navajo Nation disavows capital punishment
(Washington D.C.) -- Attorneys for the only Native American man on death row, who is among the five men scheduled for the first federal executions since 2003, have said...

7/29/2019

article Sovereign Immunity Covers Navajo Coal Plant, 9th Circ. Says (sub req)
(Arizona) -- The Ninth Circuit on Monday said green groups can't challenge the federal government's approval of a coal-fired plant and mine to continue operating...
article Indian Health Services announces new Navajo Area director
(Colorado) -- Roselyn Tso has been appointment director of the Navajo Area of the Indian Health Service. Tso, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, recently served as...

7/25/2019

article Justice Department says it will RESUME federal capital punishment after nearly two-decade break and schedules executions for five death-row inmates
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Justice Department has scheduled the execution of five death-row federal inmates, after Attorney General William Barr announced he has...

7/24/2019

article Lifeline or Deadline?
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, and Navajo Nation Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Executive Director Christopher...

7/22/2019

article OP/ED: Utah Navajos won a big court ruling that should forever end their second-class status in San Juan County
(Utah) -- For decades, Navajo voters were the victims of institutionalized discrimination and disenfranchisement in San Juan County, and the barrier that relegated them...
article Navajo Nation Council refers bill to revise energy outlook to committee
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council has sent the Resources and Development Committee a bill that calls for transitioning the tribe's energy future away from coal...

7/20/2019

article Bill seeks to expand radiation compensation eligibility, requirements
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal proposal seeks to revise the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act to extend compensation to those who worked in uranium mines or mills...

7/18/2019

article 50 Years Ago: Committee recommends allowing alcohol sales
(Arizona) -- The question of legalizing liquor on the Navajo Reservation had come up again and many people felt there was a good chance that the Navajo Tribal Council,...

7/16/2019

article Ex-Navajo president's daughter pleads guilty in DUI case
(Arizona) -- The daughter of former Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye is serving three years of probation in a DUI case. Karis Begaye pleaded guilty last month to...

7/15/2019

article Nez Welcomes General Clark to Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- A highly decorated, retired four-star general visited the Navajo reservation last week. “It’s an honor to welcome General Clark to the Navajo...

7/14/2019

article From a tray to a trailer: A crusty entrepreneur brings in the dough
(Arizona) -- In 1996, Victoria Largo was hustling to sell baked goods and ice-cream in her home community of Crownpoint. Amid the hustle and bustle, her daughter came up...
article Police chief puts badge on table, walks out
(Arizona) -- Law and Order Committee Chair Eugenia Charles-Newton wanted answers from Director of Public Safety Jesse Delmar and Chief of Police Phillip Francisco during...
article ‘The road of a good life’: Champion for Azee’ recognized for life’s work
(Arizona) -- David Clark recalls his elders saying that during the creation time different herbs were put into the world for the Native people to use, including peyote...
article ‘They’re left with zero’: Shiprock fair, $100,000 in the red, asks RDC for help
(New Mexico) -- Complaints about last year’s Shiprock Fair were plentiful, but what many of them had in common was brusque and disrespectful treatment by former...

7/13/2019

article Navajo Nation Council to mull renewable energy resources bill
(Arizona) -- Legislation that proposes the Navajo Nation focus on generating revenue from renewable energy sources is headed to the Navajo Nation Council. The bill,...

7/12/2019

article ‘I have not quit’: Navajo police chief continues service
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Police Chief Phillip Francisco continues to serve in the department’s top office despite a report this week stating otherwise. Francisco...
article Instagram Tourists Are Taking Over Antelope Canyon
(Arizona) -- Antelope Canyon – a slot canyon on Navajo land in eastern Arizona – largely went under tourists’ radars for many years. That is, until...
article ‘I have not quit’: Navajo police chief continues service
(Arizona) -- Navajo Police Chief Phillip Francisco continues to serve in the department’s top office despite a report this week stating otherwise. Francisco...

7/11/2019

article Light departments bring power to Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Bringing power to people who have lost it is a routine job for linemen in municipal light departments. Residents appreciate getting power back, whether they...
article OP/ED: No to a photo-op prez
(Arizona) -- In Washington, we have a Twitter president who ceaselessly taps notes to his millions of followers. On the Navajo Nation, we have a photo-op prez who seeks...

7/9/2019

article Diné Pride 'We Are Sacred' Diyingo ‘Adaanitsíískéés
(Arizona) -- As we concluded the month of June and the last of Pride celebrations for the month, I decided to take a road trip back to my reservation to cover and...
article Navajo artist adds a splash of color to Route 66
(Arizona) -- Beautiful murals depicting much of what Williams has to offer have been popping up around town, and behind that work is someone who sees art as a process of...

7/8/2019

article BLOG: Translating Medicare and More to Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- How do you say “caregiver” in Navajo? Mabel Blacksheep-Hale knows: A'aha'yani'. She covers at least 2,000 miles a month in her truck...
article This resort and space perfectly blended in majestic cliffs and rock formations in southern Utah
(Utah) -- This linear super-luxury resort and spa have perfectly been blended in the majestic cliffs and rock formations of southern Utah, United States.

7/7/2019

article New Navajo Nation Cancer Center Means Treatment Closer to Home
(Arizona) -- Colon cancer has affected several members of Loren McCabe’s family. His great-grandmother was diagnosed too late to fight it. His grandfather did not...

7/6/2019

article Husband-and-wife teams helped start cancer care in Tuba City
(Arizona) -- When Dr. Frank Dalinchow was a teenager, he spent a summer traveling throughout the Navajo Nation and Hopi Reservation, where he was first introduced to the...

7/5/2019

article Annual Navajo Nation STEM Camp for Girl Scouts a Success
(New Mexico) -- As the Navajo Nation Girl Scouts STEM Camp was coming to an end, a young girl jumped for joy when it was announced the distribution of badges and patches...
article Diné Bahane’ is a beautiful story told as a contemporary museum exhibit
(Arizona) -- Raven Chocan’s culture has influenced his art throughout his career. His new exhibit is a retelling of the Navajo creation story in a way that...
article Navajo Nation Council Mourns Passing of Char James, Champion of Healing and Prevention for Navajo Youth & Families
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council extends its condolences to the family of Char James and the persons impacted by her life’s work to encourage more people to...

7/4/2019

article New acting director named for Navajo Nation Veterans Administration
(Arizona) -- A Marine Corps veteran has started service as the acting director for the Navajo Nation Veterans Administration. James D. Zwierlein was appointed on July 1...
article What is the Amber Alert criteria for the Navajo Nation?
(New Mexico) -- The search for a missing 21-month-old boy in Shiprock last week prompted questions about why the Navajo Nation did not issue an Amber Alert. In an email...
article FBI arrests Farmington man in connection with Shiprock murder
(New Mexico) -- Federal agents have arrested a suspect in a killing that took place July 2 in Shiprock. Tavor Tom, 18, was arrested in Farmington and charged with...

7/3/2019

article San Juan County Holds Meeting On Navajo Nation And Discusses Worsening Road Conditions
(Utah) -- The San Juan County Commission met in Monument Valley on Tuesday to conduct its bimonthly meeting. It was the first time the commission has ever met on the...
article From Navajo Nation to Rookie of the Year
(Utah) -- Last year, in his debut season, 21-year-old American bull rider Keyshawn Whitehorse won the Rookie of the Year title. This season the expectations were high,...

7/2/2019

article The San Juan County Commission held its first meeting in the Navajo Nation
(Utah) -- The unincorporated community of Oljato sits beneath the iconic sandstone monoliths of Monument Valley, which draw millions of visitors from around the globe...
article A 'traumatic' and 'undeserving' arrest after police round-up in Arizona
(Arizona) -- After working his normal night shift, Tremayne Nez went home to sleep in his Flagstaff, Arizona, home. Two hours later, he was woken up by his seven-year-...

7/1/2019

article After Years of Debate, San Francisco Votes to Cover Up Controversial 1930s Mural Depicting George Washington as a Slaveowner
(California) -- For decades, a series of murals illustrating the life of George Washington on the walls of a San Francisco high school has been the subject of heated...
article First Navajo business professor lands at Fort Lewis College
(Colorado) -- When Carma Claw started teaching this summer at Fort Lewis College, she became the first Navajo business professor in the country. While Claw is breaking...
article Navajo veteran from Farmington is missing
(Arizona) -- A missing Navajo woman’s relatives are nearing the one-month mark in their search for the grandmother of eight and military veteran, while her...

6/30/2019

article Youth and family program works toward building relations in Sheep Springs
(New Mexico) -- Children and teens played volleyball during a recreation outing by a community program that is encouraging communication between community members in the...
article Navajo film festival organizers hope to attract more youth participation
(New Mexico) -- When Tacey Atsitty and Michael Lewis began making plans a few years ago to organize an annual festival that featured exclusively Navajo-language films,...

6/29/2019

article Every last drop counts: Families in Navajo Mountain receive running water
(Arizona) -- Siblings Carlene and Dale Benally said their grandmother gives them an earful when she sees them wasting water in any way. For instance, jumping in a barrel...
article Navajo scientist calls uranium mining a risk to tribal lands
(Arizona) -- Tribal members, environmentalists and lawmakers told a House panel Tuesday that including uranium on a list of “critical minerals” opens the...
article New Farmington American Indian Ambassador looks forward to service
(New Mexico) -- Priya Simpson looks forward to her service as the new Farmington American Indian Ambassador. The 15-year-old Farmington resident won the title during the...
article First cancer center opens on Native American reservation
(Arizona) -- Colon cancer took a heavy toll on Loren McCabe’s family. His great-grandmother was diagnosed too late to fight it. His grandfather didn’t want...
article Body of 21-month-old infant found after two day search near Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- The body of 21-month-old Kyron Kelewood, was located by search teams this morning at approximately 11:15 a.m. Navajo Police Department received a call...
article Body of missing Shiprock toddler located by search teams
(New Mexico) -- The search for a missing toddler in the area north of Shiprock has ended after search teams located the body of 21-month-old Kyron Kelewood, who was...
article Ashlynne Mike's killer wants life prison term reversed
(New Mexico) -- The man who pleaded guilty to the May 2016 abduction and murder of Ashlynne Mike has filed a motion in federal court to reverse his life-in-prison...

6/28/2019

article New Navajo Nation cancer center cuts patients' travel time
(Arizona) -- Colon cancer took a heavy toll on Loren McCabe's family. His great-grandmother was diagnosed too late to fight it. His grandfather didn't want to...
article Student forced to take off Navajo feathers at graduation
(Utah) -- Most of what Tasheena Savala wore to honor her Navajo heritage was covered by the billowy folds of her graduation gown.
article Student forced to take off Navajo feathers at graduation
(Utah) -- Most of what Tasheena Savala wore to honor her Navajo heritage was covered by the billowy folds of her graduation gown. Under it, she had on a traditional...
article Flagstaff man wrongfully arrested in drug sting mulls suit
(Arizona) -- A Flagstaff man who spent more than 30 hours in jail after he was wrongfully arrested on suspicion of selling LSD is considering a lawsuit, saying mistakes...

6/27/2019

article First cancer center opens on Native American reservation
(Arizona) -- Colon cancer took a heavy toll on Loren McCabe’s family. His great-grandmother was diagnosed too late to fight it. His grandfather didn’t want...
article Man who pleaded guilty in murder of Navajo girl wants life prison term reversed
(New Mexico) -- A man who pleaded guilty to kidnapping, raping and murdering an 11-year-old girl in New Mexico in 2016 now wants his life prison sentence reversed.

6/26/2019

article Navajo cancer center will cut tribal members' travel time
(Arizona) -- Colon cancer took a heavy toll on Loren McCabe's family. His great-grandmother was diagnosed too late to fight it. His grandfather didn't want to...

6/25/2019

article Nation to pave 10 miles on Navajo Route 27 from Nazlini to Chinle; completion set for 2020
(Arizona) -- Navajo Route 27, which connects Nazlini to Chinle, is currently undergoing improvements that include roadway excavation, pipe installation and embankment...
article Navajo Nation finalizes disaster agreement with FEMA
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 9 Administrator Robert J. Fenton, signed a FEMA-Tribe Agreement...

6/23/2019

article Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise grand opening highlights job growth, economic development, and growing Navajo dollar
(Arizona) -- Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise now has a full-fledged store in Tuba City, located at the Navajo Nation Shopping Center. The June 8 grand opening...
article Kayenta community members seek to rebuild diversion dam and revitalize Navajo farming
(Arizona) -- On June 12, the Navajo Nation president and members of the council met with federal officials and the local community of Kayenta seeking to rebuild the...
article Navajo Nation Fair still in turmoil
(Arizona) -- Last September, former Navajo Nation Fair Manager Alvina Arviso promised Budget and Finance Committee members that she would provide a detailed close-out...
article Navajo Weavers Lynda Teller Pete and Barbara Teller Ornelas give readers something they've never had — a look at Navajo weaving told by Navajo weavers themselves
(Arizona) -- Navajo Weavers Lynda Teller Pete and Barbara Teller Ornelas give a behind the scenes look at the work of Navajo weavers in intimate stories and a stunningly...
article Navajo artist's beadwork featured at Rocky Mountain College Festival of Cultures
(Montana) -- A faint smoky smell pervades the small deer skin pouches that Michael Largo spends hours hand-stitching. While making his pouches, which he designs himself...
article Nation to be reimbursed for storm expenses
(Arizona) -- The total expended to prepare for the severe snowstorms that hit Navajo in February tallied to about $570,000, and the Navajo Nation is due to be reimbursed...

6/21/2019

article A re-boot for Navajo, Gila County broadband projects
(Arizona) -- With funding for the Navajo-Gila County Information Technology Consortium pending since last November, the group has re-applied for state and federal...
article Lighting up the reservation
(Arizona) -- Living in the United States of America most people take electricity and power in their homes for granted. But many people in the U.S. still live day to day...
article More than valley of rocks
(Arizona) -- Sacred land to the Navajo, whose name for it translates as valley of the rocks, Monument Valley was thrown into the limelight when director John Ford cast...

6/19/2019

article Power provided to Navajo Nation homes
(Arizona) -- More than 230 homes on the Navajo Nation have been connected to the electric grid as part of a pilot project. The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority worked...

6/18/2019

article Nez-Lizer Approve $1.3 Million Appropriation for Chapter Officials
(Arizona) -- On Saturday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez signed Resolution CJN-22-19, appropriating over $1.3 million from the Navajo Nation’s Unreserved,...

6/17/2019

article Navajo Nation Signs Agreement for Second Phase of Buyback Agreement
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation again is trying to consolidate land that has multiple owners within the reservation. The tribe recently signed an agreement with the...
article Navajo Nation President Nez & VP Lizer Approve $2.5 Million to Construct the Long-awaited Crownpoint Youth Center
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer joined the Crownpoint community on Saturday for the signing of Resolution CMY-18-19,...

6/16/2019

article ‘A voice and a platform’: A Diné teen’s powerful poems are getting noticed
(Arizona) -- Some urban Natives say they don’t fit in anywhere. Kinsale Hueston has the opposite problem. “So many places feel like home to me,” she...
article 'All about sheep': Event centers on role of sheep in Navajo life
(New Mexico) -- Zefren Anderson knelt on a batch of fleece to demonstrate how to skirt the wool. Anderson, a board member for Diné be' iiná Inc., pulled from the...
article Fire crews ready, caution urged with any burning
(Arizona) -- Since June 4, four wildfires have been quelled on the Navajo Nation by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Fire and Aviation Management. On Friday, as the Navajo...

6/15/2019

article Navajo Signs Agreement for Second Phase of Buyback Program
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation again is trying to consolidate land that has multiple owners within the reservation. The tribe recently signed an agreement with the...

6/13/2019

article Kayenta Officials & Community Members Seek to Rebuild the Kayenta Diversion Dam to Revitalize Farming for Navajo Families
(Arizona) -- On Wednesday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Council Delegate Nathaniel Brown met with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kayenta Chapter and Farm...

6/11/2019

article Peabody quietly lays off over 150 long-time Native American miners ahead of Kayenta coal closure
(Arizona) -- Peabody Energy during the first quarter of the year quietly reduced the size of the workforce at Kayenta Mine in northeastern Arizona by 46 percent, from...
article Navajo Nation voices support for the protection of Grand Canyon from uranium mining at U.S. Capitol
(Washington D.C.) -- On June 4, Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer joined members of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee at the U.S. Capitol for a press...

6/10/2019

article Navajo activist to face off against incumbent in Salt Lake City’s District 2 race
(Utah) -- Sitting Salt Lake City Councilman Andrew Johnston will run for a second term against Moroni Benally, a gay activist who ran unsuccessfully for president of the...

6/8/2019

article Navajo Nation Council supports Diné appointment to replace state Sen. John Pinto
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation Council is requesting Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham select a member of the Navajo Nation to complete the remaining term of state Sen....

6/7/2019

article Navajo Nation Moves to Trim Tribal Spending
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials are looking for cost-cutting measures after proposing a budget that is five-million dollars short of the current one.
article More Security for Tribal Housing
(Arizona) -- Public safety and personal security have long been concerns in public housing on the Navajo reservation. Those concerns are being addressed, according to...
article Tribal Council Calls for Navajo to Fill Late Senator's Seat
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council is calling for New Mexico's governor to appoint a Navajo to fill the seat of state Sen. John Pinto, who died last month at the...

6/6/2019

article ‘Batteries are pricey’: Light Up Navajo delivers electricity for matron
(Arizona) -- Using light from a kerosene or oil lamp late at night, Elizabeth B. Begay makes intricate dreamcatcher earrings and other handmade jewelry. Some nights, she...
article New Mexico girl reaches out to family given Styrofoam cake by mistake
(New Mexico) -- A popular New Mexico cake maker is reaching out to a Texas family who was given a cake made out of Styrofoam.
article Navajo Tribal Utility Authority To Receive $94 Million Loan Supporting Renewable Energy
(Arizona) -- The Four Corners region is transitioning from fossil fuels to renewables, and the new $94 million loan from USDA should support the transition. The coal-...
article A Historic Treaty Has Been Returned to the Navajo
(New Mexico) -- Beginning in 1863, the U.S. Army forced the Navajo to relocate from their territory in the Four Corners region—where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and...
article Navajo Nation Reviews Spending After Proposing $167M Budget
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials are looking for cost-cutting measures after proposing a budget that is $5 million short of the current one. The Gallup Independent...
article A Historic Treaty Has Been Returned to the Navajo
(Arizona) -- Beginning in 1863, the U.S. Army forced the Navajo to relocate from their territory in the Four Corners region—where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and...

6/5/2019

article Program's traditional services seek funds from Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- Officials at Totah Behavioral Health Authority met with Navajo Nation Council delegates to discuss the tribe help fund the program's traditional...
article Program's traditional services seek funds from Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- Officials at Totah Behavioral Health Authority met with Navajo Nation Council delegates to discuss the tribe help fund the program's traditional services.

6/4/2019

article Coming home: Navajo receives treaty that ended imprisonment
(Arizona) -- A 150-year-old document that allowed Navajos to return to their homeland in the Four Corners region where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet is...
article Kelly Haven represents Nation at Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez congratulated 13-year-old Kelly Haven, who proudly represented the Navajo Nation in the 2019 Scripps National...

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