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Dineh Chamber: Rez needs to be business-friendly

The Nez/Lizer administration’s new slogan “Buy Navajo, buy local” is a great sentiment, said the president of the Dineh Chamber of Commerce. “That should be everybody’s objective,” said Jeff Begay. The problem is, it’s impossible.

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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...
article Kinaaldá: A Navajo girl comes of age in traditional ceremony
(Arizona) -- Hours before the sun will conquer the dark, a light rain falls, burning wood crackles and soft voices drift from a hogan. An 11-year-old Navajo girl,...

6/3/2019

article First cancer treatment center on a U.S. reservation opens in Tuba City
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation president welcomed Dr. Jill Biden and other health industry leaders to Tuba City to view the ongoing development of the first cancer...

6/2/2019

article Closing The West's Largest Coal Plant Will Leave The Navajo Nation With $58 Million In Missing Revenue
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Generating Station in Arizona is closing, and that’s terrible news for the Native American communities that rely on the coal plant for...
article Diné presidential candidate brings injustice to the fore
(Arizona) -- Mark Charles is running for the President of the United States, and what he plans to do for the next 18 months is educate the country on a history that it...

5/31/2019

article Closing the West's Largest Coal Plant Will Leave the Navajo Nation With $40 Million in Missing Revenue
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Generating Station in Arizona is closing, and that’s terrible news for the Native American communities that rely on the coal plant for...
article Report: Tribes Need Feds Help To Recover From NGS Shutdown
(Arizona) -- The closures of the Navajo Generating Station and the Kayenta mine later this year will gut tribal government budgets in northern Arizona, according to a...
article Member of Navajo Nation Announces U.S. Presidential Campaign
(Arizona) -- A member of the Navajo Nation has announced he’s running for U.S. president joining more than two dozen other candidates. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius...

5/30/2019

article 50 Years Ago: Tribe files $50 million lawsuit against feds
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Tribe made national news 50 years ago when tribal attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against the federal government for $50 million, claiming the...
article Navajo Receive Federal Loan To Complete Solar Farm
(Arizona) -- The federal government is loaning the Navajo Nation $94 million to complete a solar farm and help reduce customer's electricity rates. With the money,...

5/29/2019

article For Many Navajos, Getting Hooked Up To The Power Grid Can Be Life-Changing
(Indian Country) -- Neda Billie has been waiting to turn on lights in her home for 15 years. “We’ve been living off those propane lanterns,” she says...
article Navajo matriarch holds strong to tribal traditions and her faith
(Arizona) -- Near the kitchen at St. John the Evangelist Church, Nellie Shirley greets parishioners after Mass as they gather for hot coffee, pastries and bowls of...
article For Many Navajos, Getting Hooked Up To The Power Grid Can Be Life-Changing
(Arizona) -- Neda Billie has been waiting to turn on lights in her home for 15 years. "We've been living off those propane lanterns," she says. "Now...

5/28/2019

article 150-year-old Navajo Treaty To Return To Tribe Museum
(New Mexico) -- 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 Manchester woman returns 'crucial artifact' to Navajo
(Massachusetts) -- In the end, finding her own slice of history turned out to be the easy part for Manchester historian C.P. "Kitty" Weaver. She merely had to...
article Tribal legislative committee to vote on accepting 150-year-old document
(New Mexico) -- A tribal legislative committee is expected to vote on whether or not to accept a 150-year-old document. The 1868 treaty with the United States government...
article Disaster declaration frees up funds for Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- U.S. President Donald Trump has granted a disaster declaration for the Navajo Nation in response to severe storms earlier this year. The Navajo president...

5/27/2019

article Coming home: Navajo to get 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 The Navajo mother: Nellie Shirley
(Arizona) -- Near the kitchen at St. John the Evangelist Church, Nellie Shirley greets parishioners after Mass as they gather for hot coffee, pastries and bowls of...

5/26/2019

article Audit: Former Pueblo Pintado AMS misspent $144,000
(New Mexico) -- An audit of Pueblo Pintado Chapter’s finances last June revealed the former accounts maintenance specialist, Pauline Joe, blew through $144,000 in...

5/25/2019

article Arizona lawmakers approve Navajo school voucher fix
(Arizona) -- Arizona lawmakers approved emergency legislation Friday giving a handful of Navajo children another year to use their vouchers for private school tuition in...

5/24/2019

article Arizona House OKs Navajo School Voucher Fix, Senate Next
(Arizona) -- Arizona lawmakers approved emergency legislation Friday giving a handful of Navajo children another year to use their vouchers for private school tuition in...
article Navajo Nation to acquire copy of 1868 treaty
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation is working to acquire one of the three copies of a treaty between the tribe and the United States. The treaty, which dates back to 1868...
article Trump OKs Navajo Nation Disaster Funds In Wake Of Feb. Storms
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump this week approved a disaster declaration for the Navajo Nation in the wake of a February storm that dumped snow on the...

5/23/2019

press release Tribal and Health Leaders Mark Major Advancement in Cancer Care for American Indians
(Arizona) -- Leaders of the Navajo Nation, the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC), and the Cancer Support Community (CSC) joined Dr. Jill Biden on the...
article Hoping For A Sunny Future, The Navajo Tribe Turns To Solar
(Arizona) -- The Navajo and Hopi tribes have fought hard to hold onto coal. Three generations have worked for the the west’s largest coal-fired power plant. The...
article Trump OKs Navajo Nation disaster declaration in wake of February storms
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump this week approved a disaster declaration for the Navajo Nation in the wake of a February storm that dumped snow on the...

5/22/2019

article 'I used to stay here in the dark': Utility workers from across the country light up the Navajo Reservation
(Arizona) -- At the sound of a click, Ella and Herman Lynch’s house was connected to electricity after 19 years. “Yes!” Ella shouted after the utility...
article Navajo Nation Vice President Lizer Welcomes the Public to Nitrile Glove Manufacturing Facility
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer joined Rhino, LLC CEO Mark Lee and nearly 200 people on May 18, in welcoming the public to tour and view the...
article OP/ED: This Arizona Policy Change Is Robbing Navajo Kids of School Opportunity
(Arizona) -- Three thousand and one hundred feet. That’s the distance between Hilltop Christian School in New Mexico and the Arizona border—but for students...

5/21/2019

article Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez Offers Support for Navajo Businesses at Diné Entrepreneur Series
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez offered words of support and encouragement at the opening of the three-day Diné Entrepreneur Series on Monday at the...

5/20/2019

article No longer in the dark: Navajo Nation homes get electricity
(Arizona) -- Miranda Haskie sits amid the glow of candles at her kitchen table as the sun sinks into a deep blue horizon silhouetting juniper trees and a nearby mesa....
article Navajo Nation to obtain copy of 1868 treaty
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation is working toward acquiring one of three copies of the 1868 treaty between the tribe and the United States. The treaty was signed on...

5/19/2019

article SRP provides power to several Native Americans for the first time
(Arizona) -- SRP workers hit the road on Saturday to go to Navajo Nation. Those waves of SRP workers will help provide power to Native Americans who have never had...
article Bill seeks to ban alcohol during trips by delegates
(Arizona) -- A bill was dropped (introduced) to amend regulations and standards of conduct for all elected officials by restricting against use of alcohol while on...
article Court rejects Navajo Nation’s lawsuit over police shooting
(Arizona) -- A federal court has dismissed the Navajo Nation’s lawsuit against the U.S. government and Winslow, Arizona, over the police shooting of a tribal...
article Officer-involved shooting leaves 1 dead in Tonalea
(Arizona) -- One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting Saturday morning (May 18), said Navajo Nation Police spokeswoman Christina Tsosie. “We can...

5/18/2019

article No longer in the dark: Navajo Nation homes get electricity
(Arizona) -- Miranda Haskie sits amid the glow of candles at her kitchen table as the sun sinks into a deep blue horizon silhouetting juniper trees and a nearby mesa....
article Runners, walkers lace up their shoes for Just Move It event
(New Mexico) -- Broderick Mark was among the runners who opened Just Move It with a fast pace on a course near the San Juan Chapter house on May 14. "I like Just...

5/17/2019

article Doctor recounts lessons learned among Navajo people
(Arizona) -- In 1971, a young teacher in her early 20s was hired by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and assigned to a fourth grade classroom in a boarding school on the...
article Largest gay pride scheduled for the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- From June 28 to 29, the Navajo Nation gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit community will host the largest Indigenous Pride in the...
article Court rejects Navajo Nation's lawsuit over police shooting
(Arizona) -- A federal court has dismissed the Navajo Nation's lawsuit against the U.S. government and Winslow, Arizona over the police shooting of a tribal member....

5/14/2019

article Navajo Nation Housing Summit Strives to Build Stronger Navajo Communities
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer welcomed nearly 100 attendees on the opening day of the 2019 Navajo Nation Housing...

5/13/2019

article Navajo Nation to share health data as part of NIH initiative
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation tribe has signed the first tribal data-sharing agreement with the National Institutes of Health to support a nationwide pediatric research...

5/10/2019

article Navajo Nation enters into first data-sharing agreement for health study
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has entered into an agreement to allow the sharing of data collected from an epidemiologic study that is examining the effects of heavy...

5/9/2019

article Navajo Veterans Urged to Submit Claims to Recover Arizona Income Taxes
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer are urging Navajo veterans to submit claims to the state of Arizona to recover income...

5/8/2019

article Navajo Sign National Research Agreement
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has signed the first tribal data-sharing agreement for nationwide research. The agreement allows for Johns Hopkins University and other...

5/7/2019

article Nez-Lizer tell school officials to respect Native American regalia, particularly during graduation
(Arizona) -- avajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer are sending a strong message to school officials across the country to be respectful and...
article Nez-Lizer applaud bipartisan human trafficking bill to combat violent crimes
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation president and vice president applauded bipartisan human trafficking bill that aims to combat human trafficking and violent crimes against...

5/5/2019

article Dineh Chamber: Rez needs to be business-friendly
(Arizona) -- The Nez/Lizer administration’s new slogan “Buy Navajo, buy local” is a great sentiment, said the president of the Dineh Chamber of...
article NHA employees say they were fired for exposing boss
(Arizona) -- Is there any protection within the Navajo Nation for whistleblowers? That question is the basis for a complaint that is being filed against the members of...
article Program's workshops carry on Navajo art, cultural knowledge
(New Mexico) -- Darrell Yazzie Jr. ironed out ribbons of various colors before assembling an intricate pattern to adorn the tobacco pouch he was sewing on Friday. Yazzie...
article Sumatzkuku, Sekaquaptewa win Shiprock Marathon title
(New Mexico) -- Kyle Sumatzkuku and Caroline Sekaquaptewa solidified their places in Shiprock Marathon history, winning the men’s and women’s races,...

5/4/2019

article Online database shares information about rangeland plants on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- A new web database for rangeland plants found within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation is designed to help people identify plants and to help rangeland...

5/2/2019

article Dineh Chamber: Rez needs to be business-friendly
(Arizona) -- The Nez/Lizer administration’s new slogan “Buy Navajo, buy local” is a great sentiment, said the president of the Dineh Chamber of...
article Navajo area railroad workers learn protective skills
(Arizona) -- Railroad workers in communities near the Navajo Nation territory received important safety training April 10-14 in Winslow, Arizona, thanks to NIEHS Worker...
article Dineh Chamber: Rez needs to be business-friendly
(Arizona) -- The Nez/Lizer administration’s new slogan “Buy Navajo, buy local” is a great sentiment, said the president of the Dineh Chamber of...

4/30/2019

article In the land of coal Navajo Nation looks to renewable energy
(Arizona) -- The Navajo and Hopi tribes have fought hard to hold onto coal. Three generations have worked for the West’s largest coal-fired power plant, and both...
article In the land of coal Navajo Nation looks to renewable energy
(Arizona) -- The Navajo and Hopi tribes have fought hard to hold onto coal. Three generations have worked for the West’s largest coal-fired power plant, and both...

4/29/2019

article Dwayne Johnson moved by meetings with emotional fans
(Arizona) -- Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson gets moved by fans who "get emotional" when they meet him. The Hollywood star makes an effort with his admirers around the world,...

4/25/2019

article 50 Years Ago: Flagstaff responds to complaints from Diné
(Arizona) -- The late 1960s and early 1970s were a time where members of the tribe became vocal in their complaints about how they were treated in border communities...

4/22/2019

article Navajo Native American Dancer Will Perform Dances, Story Tell
(California) -- Native American dancer Ben Hale, a member of the Navajo tribe from Arizona, will be performing a variety of dances and telling stories from tribes across...

4/21/2019

article Utah utility crews bring electricity to Navajo homes
(Arizona) -- After a recent snowstorm, thousands of Utahns faced the frustration of living without electricity for a few hours. But imagine living like that all the time...
article Tribe's self reliance department to temporarily close
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation Department for Self Reliance's Farmington field office will be closed Wednesday until Friday. The closure is scheduled to allow...

4/20/2019

article Career Prep teacher receives national award
(New Mexico) -- Shortly after students settled in their Navajo culture and language class on Thursday, teacher Joseph Chee told them about the early morning birth of...

4/19/2019

article Navajo Nation Council confirms attorney general nominee
(Arizona) -- A lawyer with more than a decade of experience working in tribal governments has been confirmed as attorney general for the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation...
article Storytelling gives Navajo poet a way to 'glitter'
(Arizona) -- The acronym DOWM is a trope many scholars of Western canon are familiar with. It refers to the argument that the body of literature, music, philosophy and...

4/17/2019

article GEUS to help bring first lights to Navajo nation
(Texas) -- GEUS linemen will soon be helping to build electric lines to serve 60,000 Americans who have never had electricity. Utility crews from several states will...

4/16/2019

article Federal officials hear Navajo priorities at Tribal Interior Budget Council
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer, Speaker Seth Damon and members of the 24th Navajo Nation Council met last week with the U.S. Department of...
article Navajo Nation requests Congress restore federal scholarship funding
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer today voiced concern about the Trump Administration’s proposal to eliminate...
article Nez reflects on first months in office, launches new initiative
(Arizona) -- The State of the Nation address from Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez mixed reflection about the first 100 days in office with an outlook for the coming...

4/15/2019

article Navajo Nation Proclaims April as Sexual Abuse, Harassment Month
(Arizona) -- When first lady Phefelia Herbert-Nez and second lady Dottie Lizer took up their new positions, they also established a list of priorities. Among them were...

4/14/2019

article Benally Running for Congress
(New Mexico) -- Former Navajo Nation presidential candidate Dineh Benally is running for Congress. Benally is seeking New Mexico’s 3rd District seat in the U.S....

4/13/2019

article Former Navajo Nation official sentenced in theft case
(Arizona) -- A former manager of the Navajo Nation's Tuba City Chapter has been sentenced to jail time and probation in a theft case. Priscilla Littlefoot had...

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