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Navajo Generating Plant closure will deal blow to tribe

When Indian Country’s largest coal-fired power plant shuts down, the Navajo Nation will sacrifice hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in revenues after decades of sacrificing its land, water, air, health and lives to provide energy to the residents of Arizona, California and Nevada.

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2/23/2018

article Navajos Settle Utah Voting Rights Case Over Mail-In Ballots
(Utah) -- Navajos who once worried they'd have to drive hours to cast their ballots in Utah say a new settlement is a step forward as tribes challenge what they call...

2/20/2018

article Navajo committee recertifies land use plan for Black Mesa Chapter
(Arizona) -- On Feb. 14, the Resources and Development Committee (RDC) approved legislation recertifying Black Mesa Chapter’s community-based land use plan, which...
article Navajo Nation commemorates 150th anniversary of 1868 treaty
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has officially kicked off the Year of the Treaty (Naaltsoos Sáni’), a year-long commemoration of the forced exile of the Diné People...
article ENCORE Brings Navajo Story To Clatsop County
(Arizona) -- A little taste of the great Southwest comes to Clatsop County this Thursday with two free talks featuring Ravis Henry who will share his experiences and the...

2/15/2018

article Lawsuits against EPA contractor move ahead
(New Mexico) -- Legal challenges against a federal contractor involved in a mine waste spill that polluted rivers in three Western states are being allowed to move...

2/14/2018

article Crossing Borders: 'Engineers Without Borders' Collaborate to Bring More Water to Navajo Mountain
(Arizona) -- In June 2006 a wildfire on Navajo Mountain destroyed all vegetation resulting in debris and sediment contaminating Beaver Springs, the source of all water...

2/13/2018

article Leaders reaffirm support for Navajo families at 'Yes to NGS' rally at Arizona Capito
(Arizona) -- Hundreds of Kayenta Mine and Navajo Generating Station workers marched on the Arizona State Capitol Feb. 6 to announce the formation of ‘Yes to NGS,...
article Navajo Generating Plant closure will deal blow to tribe
(Arizona) -- When Indian Country’s largest coal-fired power plant shuts down, the Navajo Nation will sacrifice hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in revenues...
article Leaders reaffirm support for Navajo families at 'Yes to NGS' rally at Arizona Capitol
(Arizona) -- Hundreds of Kayenta Mine and Navajo Generating Station workers marched on the Arizona State Capitol Feb. 6 to announce the formation of ‘Yes to NGS,...

2/12/2018

article Little data exists on shadowy world of sex trafficking
(Arizona) -- In an empty parking lot in Window Rock, Navajo activist Meskee Yatsayte gripped a handmade sign, demanding justice. “End Human Trafficking,” the...
article Navajo Nation delegate wants tribe to oppose fugitive bill
(New Mexico) -- A member of the Navajo Nation Council is asking fellow lawmakers to oppose a federal bill that would give federal law enforcement officials the authority...
article Navajo Nation solicits additional solar development
(Arizona) -- The largest Native American owned utility plans to expand its 27 MW of solar holdings in Kayenta, Arizona, and is currently soliciting bids for the project...
article Navajo Nation solicits additional solar development
(Arizona) -- Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) is asking for utility-scale solar developers to submit bids by February 28 to add more solar to its solar farm,...
article Navajo Nation sues health agency over funding cut
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has sued the federal government, alleging it was denied an opportunity to appeal a 32 percent cut to Head Start funding. The tribe...
article New law on Navajo Nation addresses cyberbullying
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials have taken a step to strengthen tribal statutes by enacting a law against cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is bullying that occurs by...
article Navajo official commemorate anniversary of Treaty of 1868
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials have signed a proclamation commemorating the Treaty of 1868, which marked the end of the Navajo people's exile at an internment...

2/11/2018

article Navajo Nation delegate wants tribe to oppose fugitive bill
(Washington D.C.) -- A member of the Navajo Nation Council is asking fellow lawmakers to oppose a federal bill that would give federal law enforcement officials the...
article Diné who dreamed of acting cast as extra in ‘12 Strong’
(New Mexico) -- From the time she was a young girl growing up in Fort Defiance, Evana Bennett said she was going to be a movie star one day. She has made those dreams...

2/10/2018

article Protesters march to oppose Navajo Generating Station closure
(Arizona) -- Shutting down the Navajo Generating Station near Page not only would displace hundreds of workers, it also could raise rates for consumers, protesters who...
article Protecting the sacred: Navajo Nation buys land at revered peak in Colorado
(Colorado) -- For decades, Navajos have sought protection for their sacred places, and now the Navajo Nation has bought Colorado ranch land at the base of one of their...
article Bill proposes funding to clear business site in Shiprock
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation lawmakers are considering a measure that would fund the cleanup of a business site on U.S. Highway 64 in Shiprock.
article Navajo official commemorate anniversary of Treaty of 1868
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials have signed a proclamation commemorating the Treaty of 1868, which marked the end of the Navajo people's exile at an internment...

2/9/2018

article Filing period for Navajo Nation candidates shortened
(Arizona) -- The filing period for candidates in this year’s Navajo Nation election has been reduced from 90 days to 14, according to the Navajo Election...
article Begaye Signs Bill to Increase Funds for Navajo Veteran Services
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed a bill this week to increase funding for the tribe’s veterans through Veterans Trust Fund. KNAU’s...
article Public intoxication soaks up police time, budget
(Arizona) -- Last year, Navajo Nation Police handled 16,452 public intoxication, or PI, calls across the reservation, with each call lasting an average of two hours. And...
article Navajo Nation sues health agency over funding cut
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has sued the federal government, alleging it was denied an opportunity to appeal a 32 percent cut to Head Start funding.
article 50 years ago: Council shocked at conditions at Intermountain
(Utah) -- Back in 1968, if you just said “boarding school” and asked the average Navajo to give a response, that response would probably be “...

2/7/2018

article Navajo VP Touts Sovereignty
(Utah) -- Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez talked to Utah legislators about the importance of tribal sovereignty while attending the lawmakers’ Indian...

2/4/2018

article Navajo Nation’s first Horse Therapy Center for Veterans
(Arizona) -- Started by Shirleen Jumbo-Rintila and Becky Flowers, SJ-R Equine Ranch LLC promises to be more than just a place for Horses. SJ-R Equine Ranch will be the...

2/3/2018

article County officials ask Navajo Nation to help pay for strays
(New Mexico) -- Northwest New Mexico officials are asking the Navajo Nation to pitch in and help with the costs to shelter stray animals from the reservation. The Daily...
article SNOPES: Did Armed Trump Supporters Ask a Navajo Legislator If He's 'Legal'?
(Indian Country) -- In late January 2018, reports surfaced that supporters of Donald Trump confronted a Native American legislator during an anti-immigration protest at...

2/2/2018

article Navajo Nation wraps up summit meant to enhance public security
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has wrapped up a four-day summit meant to identify gaps in public safety on the vast reservation. Participants gathering Thursday at the...

1/29/2018

article Former member of the Navajo Nation Council dies at age 77
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials say a former member of the tribe's council has died at age 77. They announced Sunday that Annie B. Descheny died Thursday.

1/27/2018

article SRP Signs Solar Agreement With Navajo Tribal Utility Authority
(Arizona) -- A solar plant on the Navajo Nation will be expanding soon. An agreement signed Friday, Jan. 26, will provide more renewable energy to the community and pave...
article Navajo Nation Council OKs sales tax reallocation for fire, rescue services
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council has passed legislation to reallocate sales tax revenue to benefit the tribe's fire and rescue services department. The council...

1/26/2018

article Navajo Plans Second Utility-Scale Solar Farm in Kayenta
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is moving forward with a second solar energy farm, adjacent to one it built in Kayenta. The new project will produce about 27 MW of energy...
article Navajo Nation Plans Second Utility-Scale Solar Farm In Kayenta
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is moving forward with a second solar energy farm, adjacent to one it built in Kayenta. The new project will produce about 27 megawatts of...
article Navajos, SRP to double solar energy plant, ink big renewable deal
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation and Salt River Project utility have inked a deal to bring more renewable and solar energy production to the Native American tribe’s...
article ABQ company brings phone, internet to reservation
(New Mexico) -- About a dozen families in remote Navajo Nation areas are enjoying home Internet and phone service for the first time through a novel project launched by...
article OP/ED: Raising the minimum wage makes sense for Utah's Navajo Nation
(Utah) -- The Utah Legislature's 2018 General Session is now underway, and with it comes a variety of legislation waiting to be considered. As Utahns, watching from...
article New Chief Justice Sworn In To Navajo Nation Supreme Court
(Arizona) -- More than six months after she was appointed to the Navajo Nation’s highest court, a new chief justice was confirmed by the Navajo Nation Council on...
article Human Trafficking Awareness Month Declared on the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- On Monday, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye declared January Human Trafficking Awareness Month on the reservation. The tribe joins several U.S. cities...

1/24/2018

article Navajo Nation conference centers on human trafficking
(New Mexico) -- A conference here today focused on the crime of human trafficking on the Navajo Nation. Human trafficking is the illegal recruitment, transportation,...

1/23/2018

article Begaye gives state of Nation address in Phoenix
(Arizona) -- On Jan. 10, the Arizona Governor’s Office convened around the 23rd Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day at the State Capitol in Phoenix. Navajo...

1/22/2018

article First meeting scheduled for tribe's uranium commission
(New Mexico) -- Two years after Navajo Nation officials amended tribal law to form the Diné Uranium Remediation Advisory Commission, the panel will meet for the first...

1/18/2018

article Dorms for Diné / Officials tout low-cost apartments for UNM Navajo students
(New Mexico) -- Janalee Livingston is a senior at the University of New Mexico studying chemistry with the hopes of one day becoming a pharmacist. Livingston isn’t...

1/16/2018

article Begaye delivers State of Nation address at U.S. Capitol
(Indian Country) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye gave a fiery speech about the impact Navajos have on the state during his state of tribal nation address at...
article Navajo President Calls For National Recognition of Tribal Sovereignty
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye called for state and federal recognition of tribal sovereignty in addressing legislation that affect tribal nations.

1/13/2018

article EPA settles with company to assess uranium sites on Navajo
(Arizona) -- Federal officials have reached a settlement to have eight abandoned uranium mines assessed on the Navajo Nation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...
article Navajo president appoints economic development director
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has appointed a former member of the tribe's gaming enterprise board of directors to lead the Division of...
article NAPI board suspends CEO amid investigation
(Arizona) -- The board of directors for Navajo Agricultural Products Industry has suspended CEO Wilton Charley pending an internal investigation. A statement the board...
article Coalition seeks testimonies from Navajo families about boarding school students
(New Mexico) -- A national coalition is seeking testimonies from Navajo families who have missing relatives or relatives who disappeared while attending a government-...
article Navajo Prep group earns $10K scholarship for mine spill study
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Prepatory School students have earned $10,000 in scholarships and awards for their research on the lingering chemical effects of the Gold King...

1/12/2018

article Navajo Nation To Open First Tribal Police Academy
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation will train its own police officers at its new Navajo Nation Police Academy. Navajo Nation Public Safety Director Jesse Delmar says no...
article Navajos, New Mexico university reach housing partnership
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico's largest university and the Navajo Nation have teamed up to provide dormitory space for as many as 118 tribal students at a new campus...

1/11/2018

article Xeroderma Pigmentosum Suddenly Arises on Navajo Reservation
(Arizona) -- A rare disorder, characterized by some authorities as genetic, has abruptly surfaced on the sprawling Navajo Reservation in the Southwest – now...

1/10/2018

article New Economic Development Director Named
(Arizona) -- One week after former director Crystal Deschinny officially stepped down from the Division of Economic Development her replacement has been named. Navajo...

1/9/2018

article Navajo Nation purchases second ranch in Colorado
(Colorado) -- The Navajo Nation has completed the purchase of a second ranch in south-central Colorado. The latest purchase is the Boyer Ranch, located 6 miles south of...

1/8/2018

article Events planned to commemorate signing of Navajo-U.S. treaty
(New Mexico) -- Events to mark the sesquicentennial of the signing of the treaty between the United States and the Navajo Nation are set for this summer at the Bosque...

1/7/2018

article Events planned to commemorate signing of Navajo-U.S. treaty
(New Mexico) -- Events to mark the sesquicentennial of the signing of the treaty between the United States and the Navajo Nation are set for this summer at the Bosque...
article Greenhouse designed to house community garden vandalized
(New Mexico) -- A greenhouse here designed to shelter a community garden and demonstrate farming techniques was vandalized during the New Year's Day weekend.

1/6/2018

article New program at NAU brings Navajo culture into the classroom
(Arizona) -- In a possible first, two Navajo school districts and the Dine Department of Education have teamed up with Northern Arizona University to bring a teacher...

1/3/2018

article Tribe's economic development director steps down
(Arizona) -- The director of the Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development resigned Tuesday, according to a press release from the tribal president's office....
article Industry Groups Urge Justices To Hear Right-Of-Way Case (sub req.)
(New Mexico) -- Electric utility, oil and gas industry groups have told the U.S. Supreme Court that the Tenth Circuit got it wrong when it ruled in May that a New Mexico...

1/2/2018

article Bates advocates for Navajo Nation priorities with members of House and Senate
(Indian Country) -- A number of economic and environmental issues were presented to the Western Caucus Foundation Dec. 8 in Las Vegas by Navajo Nation Speaker LoRenzo...
article Navajo Teacher Develops Braille System To Help Visually Impaired Read Tribal Language
(Arizona) -- A teacher on the Navajo Nation has developed a braille system for the tribe’s language. The code is based on the English system with a few additions...

1/1/2018

article Begaye: Factories are on their way to Navajo
(Arizona) -- One thing Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye will long remember from this past year is standing inside one of the biggest warehouses in the world.

12/30/2017

article Crotty, advocate for the underdog, rises to Person of the Year
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Times names Amber Kanazbah Crotty as the 2017 Person of the Year, a title of acknowledgement for the person who embodies what was important about...
article Executive, legislative – a bickering couple
(Arizona) -- In the remaining 12 months of the Russell Begaye-Jonathan Nez administration and the 23rd Navajo Nation Council, it’s worth considering not just who...
article Local teacher develops Navajo braille code
(Arizona) -- As Carol Begay Green's index finger moved along the Navajo braille code she developed, she read aloud a story about a boy and his monkey. Green, a...
article 50 years ago: Worst storm of 20th Century hits rez
(Arizona) -- It was the last week in December of 1967 and residents of the Navajo Reservation were thoroughly disgusted with the weather. Over the past 17 days, the...
article Navajo filmmaker to start shooting WWII Code Talkers movie
(New Mexico) -- It’s no secret that the Navajo Code Talkers played a significant role in the Allied powers’ victory in World War II, said Kody Dayish, a...

12/29/2017

article Navajo Council Offers Condolences
(Utah) -- On behalf of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council, Speaker LoRenzo Bates extended condolences to the family of Judge Marie Roanhorse Neswood, who passed away...

12/27/2017

article Navajo officials remember female judge as role model
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials say Marie Roanhorse Neswood, the first woman to be confirmed decades ago as a tribal district court judge, has died. She was 85....

12/26/2017

article Army Corps of Engineers and Navajo delegates partner for watershed studies
(Arizona) -- On Dec. 6, Resources and Development Committee (RDC) members welcomed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Colonel Kirk E. Gibbs and his regional staff to the...
article Navajo lawmakers support funding for UNM housing project
(New Mexico) -- Lawmakers on the nation’s largest American Indian reservation are throwing their support behind an effort to provide dormitory space for Navajo...

12/25/2017

article Proposal seeks fund for Colorado ranch
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking an enterprise fund to help manage the ranch the tribe purchased this fall. The tribe purchased...
article Navajo lawmakers support funding for student housing project
(Arizona) -- Lawmakers on the nation's largest American Indian reservation are throwing their support behind an effort to provide dormitory space for Navajo students...

12/24/2017

article Coffee in half the time
(New Mexico) -- Freddie James grew up in Prewitt, New Mexico, and has been hauling water for as long as he can remember. Now, with a turn of a faucet, the 61-year-old...
article Last defendant in homeless murders gets 20 years
(New Mexico) -- Three-and-a-half years after Kee Thompson and Allison Gorman were brutally murdered on the city’s west side, the last defendant in their killings...

12/22/2017

article Complexity prompts delay of trial in Navajo officer’s death
(New Mexico) -- It will be 2019 before the man accused of gunning down a tribal police officer in a remote corner of the nation’s largest American Indian...
article No trial for suspect in Navajo Nation cop killing until 2019
(New Mexico) -- The man accused of gunning down a tribal police officer this year in a remote corner of the nation’s largest American Indian reservation will not...

12/20/2017

article Young Navajo actor poised to make big screen debut in 'Hostiles'
(New Mexico) -- Navajo filmmaker Kody Dayish recognized Xavier Horsechief's star quality as soon as he met him, which was during a casting call in a Shiprock...

12/19/2017

article Ashlynne Mike's father seeks action in lawsuit filed against tribe
(New Mexico) -- A motion filed this month seeks to move forward the lawsuit filed last year by the father of Ashlynne Mike against the Navajo Nation. Gary Mike filed the...
article Navajo Nation files lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation filed suit against Wells Fargo Bank Dec. 12, alleging that Wells Fargo engaged in a campaign of predatory and unlawful practices that targeted...

12/17/2017

article Coal Mining in Navajo Nation: Are the consequences worth it?
(Arizona) -- For almost half a century, America’s largest native reservation relied on coal: for jobs and economic vitality. Now the coal era on the Navajo...

12/16/2017

article NMSU Extension program encourages Navajo families to raise backyard gardens
(New Mexico) -- When driving north from Gallup on U.S. 491 to Shiprock, passing through the barren, arid terrain, it is hard to imagine fields of corn, squash and beans...

12/15/2017

article A year after girl killed, Navajo Nation to get alert system
(New Mexico) -- More than a year after a Native American girl was killed and her tribe was criticized for not having an alert system in place when children go missing,...
article Mike Family Files Lawsuit Against Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Times reporting this morning that father of Ashlynne Mike has filed suit against the Navajo Nation claiming that the tribal government’s...
article Navajo Nation Joins DOJ Background Check Program
(New Mexico) -- To increase public safety on the Navajo Nation, the tribe has joined a federal program to increase direct access to national crime information systems....
article Albuquerque man sentenced to prison for killing homeless men
(New Mexico) -- An Albuquerque man convicted for beating two homeless men to death when he was a teen has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his part in the 2014...
article Special StoryCorps: Surviving the Blizzard of 1967 on the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Fifty years ago this week, the biggest blizzard in recorded state history buried the Navajo Nation beneath seven feet of snow, trapping an estimated 60,000...
article Navajo motifs are threaded through ZUZI’s ‘Woven’
(Arizona) -- When Marlowe Katowney was 35 years old, his grandmother gave him an order. “You need to learn to weave,” she told him. “I said yes,...

12/13/2017

article Study presents economic possibilities for Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- A study by a Flagstaff, Ariz., group examines the possibilities of creating a viable economic future for the Navajo Nation in response to evolving energy...
article A year after girl killed, Navajo Nation to get alert system
(Arizona) -- More than a year after a Native American girl was killed and her tribe was criticized for not having an alert system in place when children go missing, the...
article Navajo Nation sues Wells Fargo for alleged predatory tactics
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation announced Tuesday that it's suing Wells Fargo for allegedly engaging in predatory and unlawful banking practices that targeted and...
article FBI searching for missing Navajo Reservation teen believed to be with 30-year-old man
(Arizona) -- Authorities are searching for a 15-year-old girl who disappeared from the Navajo Reservation several months ago. The FBI is partnering with Navajo Nation...

12/12/2017

article Navajo Nation sues Wells Fargo claiming it was targeted for fake accounts
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation has sued Wells Fargo, saying its citizens were targeted by workers trying to meet the bank’s aggressive sales quotas. The lawsuit...
article Spiritual healing
(Arizona) -- These days, falling ill will hopefully land you in hospital with a doctor wearing a white coat and stethoscope by your bedside. But not so for Navajo...

12/11/2017

article Meeting focuses on tribe's economic future
(New Mexico) -- A public meeting on Tuesday will focus on economic development strategies for communities dependent on coal production on the Navajo Nation.
article Navajo Nation President Emphasizes Economic Diversity & Innovation at Stanford Business School
(California) -- On Thursday, Dec. 7, President Russell Begaye spoke before the Stanford Graduate School of Business addressing the issues that the Navajo Nation faces in...

12/10/2017

article Labatt’s Navajo Beef label under pressure as wild horses eat up ranch land
(Arizona) -- A dead horse lay alongside Indian Route 12, just south of the Navajo Nation community known by old-timers as Ts’íhootso, good eating for a wild dog...
article Meeting focuses on tribe's economic future
(Arizona) -- A public meeting on Tuesday will focus on economic development strategies for communities dependent on coal production on the Navajo Nation. Input and...

12/9/2017

article Conference mixes Navajo culture, Christmas tradition
(New Mexico) -- With green yarn wrapped on his fingers, Blaine Yazzie followed along to instructions for completing a "big star" pattern during a lesson about...

12/4/2017

article Navajo power plant: coal operations secured until end of 2019
(Arizona) -- The Bureau of Reclamation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs have approved an extension lease for the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) on the Navajo Indian...

12/2/2017

article Shiprock Chapter continues to address sanctions
(New Mexico) -- Shiprock Chapter officials and personnel continue to address sanctions imposed by Navajo Nation officials nearly six years ago. An update on the chapter...

12/1/2017

article Navajo DR volunteers reach out to Harvey victims
(Texas) -- For generations the Navajo have often been on the receiving end of volunteer mission teams. Buddy Evans chaperoned one such trip in 1985. For two weeks his...

11/29/2017

article Lease for Navajo Generating Station gets final approval
(Arizona) -- A lease allowing a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation to operate through 2019 has received final approval. The tribe and most owners of the Navajo...

11/28/2017

article Navajo divison holds summit to develop solutions to protect Diné Bikéyah
(Arizona) -- On Nov. 15-17, the Division of Natural Resources Summit was held at Twin Arrows for Navajo citizens to learn about the division’s projects and areas...
article Navajo Nation Department of Corrections: more funding needed for detention services
(Arizona) -- On Nov. 20, the Law and Order Committee (LOC) issued a “do not pass” for legislation seeking to authorize renewal contracts and annual funding...
article Tackling domestic violence within Native communities
(Arizona) -- Kayla White was 12 years old that winter morning, when her life was changed forever. On Jan. 2, 2009, White’s mother was killed by her father,...

11/27/2017

article Tribal members selected for voting task force
(Arizona) -- Ten individuals from tribes in New Mexico have been selected to serve on a task force that will identify ways to boost voter registration, education and...

11/24/2017

article Native American Heritage Day: See the Navajo Nation in 1948
(Arizona) -- As LIFE described the situation to readers in 1948, the Navajo Nation was "a country within a country" — a reminder that Native American...
article EPA's Work On Navajo Nation Uranium Sites Under Review
(Arizona) -- A federal watchdog says it will review the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to clean up abandoned uranium sites on the Navajo Nation. The...

11/23/2017

article A Vision for the Navajo Nation in One Farm's Sustainability
(Arizona) -- When the oil and gas industry takes a dive, or when extractive industries tank, so do economies in rural areas, where a lot of jobs come from drilling,...
article Veterans march against veto, override drafted
(Arizona) -- The Navajo veterans’ protest against President Russell Begaye’s veto of the Veterans Trust Fund amendments went on as planned last Thursday...
article Angel to the dláaniis / Shiprock man on a mission to feed the hungry
(New Mexico) -- The first three times Darin Cadman heard the voice, he didn’t know quite what to do. “You need to go feed my people,” it said. It...

11/22/2017

article Navajo family in Utah gets electricity in time for holidays
(Utah) -- For years, Thomas and Annie Hamm walked around their southern Utah home with flashlights at night, heated water on a wood burning stove and kept their food...
article Birth of courts difficult / Diné struggled for the right to make, enforce laws
(Arizona) -- The tangled history of law enforcement goes back to the first treaties in the 1800s and the efforts to civilize the Native Americans. This history combines...
article Navajo woman pleads guilty to fatally hitting man with car
(New Mexico) -- A Navajo Nation woman has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for running over a man while driving drunk. Bryana Agnes Henio of Little Water, New...

11/21/2017

article Navajo committee approves funding for year-round youth employment
(Arizona) -- In June, the Navajo Nation Council approved an emergency bill that approved nearly $2.2 million for the Navajo Nation’s 110 chapters for summer youth...
article Navajo grazing committee asks Resource and Development Committee for more funding, re-issuance of grazing permits
(Arizona) -- On Nov. 15, a report focusing on the re-issuance of grazing permits on the Navajo Partitioned Lands was received by the Resources and Development Committee...
article Jesse Delmar wins National Native American Law Enforcement award
(Arizona) -- Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety (NNDPS) Jesse Delmar was presented the National Native American Law Enforcement...

11/19/2017

article Program enhances Navajo language in tribal courts
(New Mexico) -- Inside a study room at Navajo Technical University here, a class of seven employees from the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch are taking steps to enhance...
article Program helps tribe expand access to criminal databases
(New Mexico) -- To increase public safety on the Navajo Nation, the tribe has joined a federal program to increase direct access to national crime information systems.

11/18/2017

article Navajo Div. of Natural Resources Summit
(Arizona) -- On Nov. 15-17, the 2017 Division of Natural Resources Summit was held at Twin Arrows Navajo Resort & Casino to provide a platform for Navajo Citizens to...
article Navajo court transcription and interpretation program
(Arizona) -- Seven employees from the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch are part of a pilot program to learn how to transcribe and interpret tribal court proceedings from...

11/16/2017

article Data shows huge reduction in Diné speakers
(Indian Country) -- Language loss and revitalization aren’t new topics in Indian Country. Over the last couple of decades, the Navajo Nation has watched as other...
article Dry pastures for grazing officials
(Colorado) -- Navajo Nation grazing officials had hoped to have some time at this week’s Division of Natural Resources Land Summit at the Twin Arrows Casino to voice...
article Closing the Navajo Generating Station comes with disastrous consequences (sub req)
(Arizona) -- Citing the costs of complying with federal environmental regulations and responding to the declining prices of natural gas, the Navajo Generating Station...
article A map of language charted by Navajo philosophy
(Utah) -- Outside her office at the Peaceful Spirit Treatment Center on the Southern Ute Reservation, Navajo poet Esther Belin takes in the thin late-fall sun. Here in...
press release 9th Annual Navajo Rug Auction to benefit the Maxwell Museum
(New Mexico) -- The 9th annual Navajo Rug Auction, benefitting Navajo weavers and the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, will take place Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Prairie...

11/15/2017

article Navajo Nation Council Encourages Navajo Veterans to Submit Claims to Recover Income Taxes
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council is encouraging Navajo veterans to submit claims to the states of Arizona and New Mexico to recover income taxes that were...

11/12/2017

article The Ninth Man / Last survivor of the ‘Morenci Nine’ reflects on Vietnam
(Arizona) -- You can tell Joe Sorrelman is a little weary of telling this tale. Over the last 50 years, he’s told it to newspapers, magazines and TV reporters. The...
article Veterans up in arms over veto
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye put a damper on Veterans Day when he vetoed the Veterans’ Trust Fund Income Act bill. Begaye’s reason for...
article Navajo Board of Election Supervisors certifies referendum results
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Board of Election Supervisors has certified the results from a referendum on Oct. 24 that sought funding for a $216 million transportation...

11/11/2017

article Navajo Board of Election Supervisors certifies referendum results
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Board of Election Supervisors has certified the results from a referendum on Oct. 24 that sought funding for a $216 million transportation...

11/7/2017

article Navajo Nation signs land swap deal with New Mexico
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation has signed a deal that swaps more than 37,000 acres of New Mexico trust land for a ranch owned by the tribe.
article Navajo Nation discusses need for additional police officers in rural areas
(Arizona) -- During a special meeting Oct. 30, the Law and Order Committee (LOC) received reports from Alamo school board members representing the communities of Nageezi...
article Navajo Nation school board member in flap over DWIs
(Arizona) -- A Navajo Nation education agency wants to remove a school board member after claims she failed to list two alcohol-related convictions on her candidacy...

11/6/2017

article ‘All we get are orange cones’
(New Mexico) -- A series of road collapses along a major BIA artery in Upper Fruitland has residents of all ages scrambling for alternate routes.
article Embattled Navajo coal plant is a preview of what’s ahead as coal declines across the U.S.
(Arizona) -- It looks like it doesn’t belong there. The lonely, aging power plant stands out against the red desert, connected to the nearest town by a single,...
article Amber Alert hung up on paperwork glitch
(Arizona) -- The legwork to implement the Amber Alert and the 911 systems for the Navajo Nation is ready to go. It just needs the money to kick-start it.
article Turning Food Deserts into Food Oases Across the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- For the 330,000 people who live on the Navajo Nation, diabetes is a very real threat. In fact, one in three Navajo people is pre-diabetic or diabetic. To...
article Coloring book helps teach Navajo alphabet to kids
(New Mexico) -- A Native American businesswoman is trying to keep the Navajo language alive by teaching it to children through coloring books. She's getting a lot of...
article Bold colors, eye-catching patterns at Utah fair Elder Fest
(Utah) -- Even though the Diné traditional style is fading away, it stood out through bold colors, vintage or handmade items and eye-catching patterns at the Elder Fest...

11/5/2017

article Request would help fund youth employment on Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- A new bill seeks a total of almost $750,000 in supplemental funding from the Navajo Nation's Unreserved Undesignated Fund Balance to help the Office...

11/3/2017

article Why the Navajo Nation Banned Genetic Research
(Indian Country) -- In 2003, Carletta Tilousi, a member of northern Arizona’s tiny Havasupai Tribe, listened to a student’s doctoral presentation. She was...
article How a purple school bus brings clean drinking water to Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- Many in the Navajo Nation don't have running water and the well water often isn't safe to drink. Residents turn to bottled water, which can be...
article Arizona teen killed by drunk driver while getting off school bus
(Arizona) -- Navajo Tribal Police Chief Phillip Francisco confirms a 15-year-old female student in the Kayenta School District was killed just after getting off a bus....
article Complaint filed to remove tribal school board member from office
(New Mexico) -- The Department of Diné Education has filed a complaint with the Navajo Election Administration to remove a Sanostee Day School board member from her seat...

11/2/2017

article Tribe rejects plan for tram and hotel in Grand Canyon (sub req)
(Nevada) -- Legislation to build an aerial tram to take paying visitors to a riverside boardwalk in the Grand Canyon has been voted down by the Navajo Nation Council.
article What's next for a Grand Canyon tram? Prospects are bleak
(Arizona) -- Lawmakers on the country's largest American Indian reservation have shot down a measure to build an aerial tram to take visitors to a riverside boardwalk in...

11/1/2017

article Navajo Nation acquires 16,000 acres of Wolf Springs Ranch
(Colorado) -- Tribe pays $23 million; cites “great victory” to be near sacred historic sites Last Friday, October 27, the Navajo Nation announced that it had...
article A vision for the Navajo Nation in one farm’s sustainability
(Arizona) -- When the oil and gas industry takes a dive, or when extractive industries tank, so do economies in rural areas, where a lot of jobs come from drilling,...
article The challenge of growing a business on the Navajo reservation
(New Mexico) -- Starting a business is always challenging — but Native American entrepreneurs face unique challenges on tribal lands. For the State of Change...
article Tsingine family hurt but not deterred in quest for justice
(New Mexico) -- The blow was expected. On Oct. 19, during an inquiry into the fatal shooting of Loreal Tsingine, Leonard Gorman, director of the Navajo Nation Human...
article Arizona teen killed by drunk driver while getting off school bus
(Arizona) -- Navajo Tribal Police Chief Phillip Francisco confirms a 15-year-old female student in the Kayenta School District was killed just after getting off a bus....

10/31/2017

article NAU collaboration earns grant to help Navajo Nation diversify economy away from coal production
(Arizona) -- Northern Arizona University is part of a team that recently earned a $100,000 grant aimed at providing assistance to communities impacted by the reduced use...

10/29/2017

article Bill proposes to amend tribe's fiscal year budget
(Arizona) -- Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation are being asked to amend the tribe's comprehensive budget for fiscal year 2018. A bill that proposes restoring $8.1...

10/28/2017

article Could Navajo businesses stabilize a boom-and-bust economy?
(New Mexico) -- Oil and gas drilling and mining companies come to rural areas offering jobs and cash, but they also dig into the land, pull resources out of it and...
article Navajo finalizes purchase of south-central Colorado ranch
(Colorado) -- The Navajo Nation says it has closed on the purchase of a large ranch in south-central Colorado. Tribal lawmakers approved the $23 million purchase earlier...
article Navajo Resident Says Gov’t Medical Center Botched Surgery
(Arizona) -- A resident of the Navajo Indian Reservation has hit the federal government with a $5 million suit in Arizona federal court, contending that a health care...

10/25/2017

article Begaye commends Navajo voters over election outcome
(Arizona) -- A proposal to address road improvements on the Navajo Nation by using $216 million from the Permanent Trust Fund principal was rejected by voters by a wide...
article Navajo voters reject road improvements using trust fund
(Arizona) -- It wasn’t even close. Navajo voters wanted no part of a Navajo Nation Council proposal to take $216 million out of the tribe’s Permanent Trust...

10/24/2017

article Tsinigine and Begay sworn-in as probationary and permanent Navajo Nation judges
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council considered legislation last week, confirming the probationary appointment of Tina Tsinigine as a Navajo Nation District Court...
article Navajo Nation voters reject road improvement plan
(Arizona) -- Voters on the Navajo Nation soundly rejected a referendum today that would have provided funding for a multimillion-dollar transportation stimulus plan.
article Navajo Housing Authority and HUD reach settlement for $26 mil
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) announced a settlement reached Oct. 3 with the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) over a...

10/23/2017

article Water, Stone and History in Navajo Land
(Arizona) -- Looking down from a small, five-seater airplane, Mikah Meyer felt lucky to be getting such a spectacular -- and unique -- perspective of some of America...
article Navajo Nation 'rejects' DOJ move not to prosecute ex-officer
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation says the tribe is angry the U.S. Department of Justice decided not to prosecute a former Winslow officer for fatally shooting a 27-year-...

10/22/2017

article Murderer of Ashlynne Mike sentenced to life in prison
(Arizona) -- The family of Ashlynne Mike stood outside front door of the Pete V. Domenici U.S. Courthouse and thanked federal prosecutors for giving them the justice...

10/21/2017

article Navajo case challenging Utah mail-in ballots goes to trial
(Utah) -- Members of the Navajo Nation filed a lawsuit saying mail-in voting in southern Utah deprives tribal voters now goes to trial. The trial date is set for March...
article Navajo Leader Supported Death Penalty in Case
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation president Russell Begaye says he told prosecutors that the tribe would have supported the death penalty for the killer of an 11-year-old girl.

10/20/2017

article Killer of Navajo Nation girl set to get life prison sentence
(Arizona) -- A man who pleaded guilty to the murder and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl on the largest American Indian reservation is expected to receive a life...
article Man gets life sentence for killing of 11-year-old girl on Navajo reservation
(Arizona) -- The shadow of Ashlynne Mike’s kidnapping, rape and murder on the Navajo Nation in northwestern New Mexico remains.

10/17/2017

article Navajo Nation Leaders Delivers 2017 Fall Session State of the Navajo Nation Address
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez delivered the State of the Navajo Nation Address to open the 2017 Fall Session.

10/14/2017

article Tribe, state continue to address Real ID issues
(New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division will now accept a Certificate of Indian Blood and an affidavit of birth issued by the Navajo Nation Office of Vital...
article Navajo Candy Exchange a Success
(Arizona) -- Nearly a hundred pounds of candy was exchanged for toys by children and adults on Saturday at the Northern Navajo Fair next to City Market following the...

10/13/2017

article The Navajo Nation Might Lift a Longstanding Ban on Genetic Research
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is weighing whether to end a 15-year ban that prevents genetic research on their members. The decision comes ahead of the opening of the...
article Navajo, Hopi tribes get funding to ease coal plant shutdown
(Arizona) -- The federal government is awarding nearly $420,000 to the Navajo and Hopi tribes to prepare for the closure of a coal-fired power plant and mine. The Navajo...

10/11/2017

article The Navajo Nation has a wild horse problem
(Arizona) -- Up to 40,000 wild horses wander the Navajo Nation, roaming across 27,000 miles of deep canyons, rugged hills and huge mountains, according to aerial...

10/10/2017

article Navajo Nation Holds Out Hope For Navajo Generating Station Buyer
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is reviewing potential buyers of the West’s largest coal-fired power plant. The tribe is under a tight deadline to keep the plant...

10/8/2017

article Tribal council speaker questions validity of budget vetoes
(Arizona) -- The speaker of the Navajo Nation Council is questioning the validity of five line-item vetoes issued by the tribal president to the budget for fiscal year...

10/6/2017

article Begaye attends Interior energy meeting
(Washington) -- President Russell Begaye on Oct. 4 attended the Royalty Policy Committee’s first meeting at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.

10/5/2017

article How osmosis is helping bring water to off-the-grid Navajo Nation areas
(Arizona) -- Researchers from the University of Arizona developed a desalination bus for remote Navajo residents living without infrastructure. “The motivation for...
article Navajo Housing Authority will forfeit $26 million from feds over failed housing projects
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Housing Authority will forfeit $26 million in federal housing funds as part of the settlement of a casein which the tribal organization was...
article Navajo Nation Proclaims October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez, along with Glorinda Segay, director of Navajo Department of Health, and Curtis...

10/4/2017

article Navajo Nation Administrations Send Condolences to Las Vegas Shooting Victims & Families
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez offer their condolences to the family of Lisa Romero-Muniz, a discipline secretary at...

10/3/2017

article Cronkite News: Navajo Nation remains hopeful about future of coal power plant
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo leaders expressed hope Monday that the Navajo Generating Station will be able to continue operations past 2019, after Peabody Energy said it...

10/1/2017

article Coal plant closure could cut Page employment by 5 percent
(Arizona) -- As the Navajo Generating Station faces an important closure deadline today, a new report by Northern Arizona University researchers has better quantified...
article A Navajo musician’s quest to spread jazz across the Nation
(Indian Country) -- Delbert Anderson and his jazz trio play a bebop song that moves as quickly as a Chevrolet Bel-Air cruising down nearby Route 66. Warmed up and loose...

9/30/2017

article New Water Sources Are Coming To The Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- When you stop to think about it, water is pretty important to life, too. Now several communities in the Navajo Nation may soon be getting more water. The...
article Historic Shiprock bridge to be decommissioned
(New Mexico) -- The nearly 80-year-old bridge here that carries westbound vehicles over the San Juan River along U.S. highways 64 and 491 is scheduled to be...

9/29/2017

article Sunday deadline for interest in Navajo coal plant approaches
(Arizona) -- A coal-fired power plant in far northern Arizona is set to shut down in 2019 unless a new owner can be found. The deadline for interested buyers is Sunday.

9/28/2017

article Navajo Have Potential Buyer For Navajo Generating Station
(Arizona) -- Navajo leaders say the tribe has a potential buyer for its coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona. It’s set to retire in two years unless a new...
article PRC approves plan to expand Navajo Nation internet access
(New Mexico) -- People in some of the remote parts of the Navajo Nation will now have access to phone and internet. The Public Regulation Commission approved a plan to...

9/27/2017

article BLOG: Schwabe Defends Tribal Sovereignty
(Arizona) -- The trial team of Brien Flanagan, Aukjen Ingraham and Sarah Lawson successfully stood up to outside parties attempting to interfere in the Navajo Nation...

9/26/2017

article Navajos Experience Backlash When They Return Home
(Arizona) -- Tommy Rock has had three graduations — high school, college and graduate school. And no one from his family was there — no one to cheer for him...
article Native American Composers Apprenticeship Program returns to Tuba City High
(Arizona) -- Founded in 2001 by the Grand Canyon Music Festival, the NACAP (Native American Composers Apprenticeship Program) has had overwhelming success as the only...
article Navajo policeman arrested in DUI fatal crash to be fired
(Arizona) -- A Navajo Nation spokesman says a tribal officer who is suspected of hitting and killing a bicyclist while driving drunk in Glendale will be fired.

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