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Navajo Nation commemorates 150th anniversary of 1868 treaty

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, their incarceration at Hwéeldi, the Treaty of 1868 and their triumphant return to Diné Bikéyah.

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4/19/2018

article Navajo Nation Opposes BIA Reorganization and the Removal of Current Navajo BIA Regional Director
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation strongly objects to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s planned reorganization of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and strongly...
article Revenge Porn Act approved by Navajo Nation Council
(Arizona) -- The 23rdNavajo Nation Council considered Legislation No. 0428-17 on the fourth day of the 2018 Spring Council Session, seeking to enact a Revenge Porn Act...

4/18/2018

article Navajo Nation President Swears in New Veterans Advisory Council Member
(Arizona) -- President Russell Begaye on Tuesday administered the oath of office for Kim Silentwalker, who was sworn in as a member of the Navajo Veterans Advisory...

4/17/2018

article State of the Navajo Nation Address Delivered for 2018 Spring Session
(Arizona) -- President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez gave the State of the Navajo Nation Address (SONNA) for the 23rd Navajo Nation Council’s 2018...

4/15/2018

article COMMENTARY: Proposed cuts to SNAP in House Farm Bill would take food off the table for New Mexico families
(New Mexico) -- The House Farm Bill proposes significant cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, by cutting...

4/13/2018

article Peabody Consultant Says Navajo Plant May Have A Buyer
(Arizona) -- A consultant retained by Peabody Energy Corp. told a U.S. congressional committee that the Navajo Generating Station has the potential to continue to supply...
article Navajo Nation blesses Lancaster's Sherman House
(Ohio) -- Just how dramatic was the United States and the Navajo Nation's Treaty of 1868 that gave back land to the nation and also recognized its sovereignty?

4/11/2018

article Navajo Nation judge weighs jurisdiction of sexual abuse lawsuits against Mormon church
(Utah) -- A Navajo Nation judge is weighing whether sexual abuse lawsuits against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints should proceed and where the cases...
article Biggest coal-burning power plant in the West is most likely shutting down
(Arizona) -- The biggest coal-burning power plant in the West is fighting for survival — and despite support from the Trump administration and Republicans in...
article A return to traditional food and support of local farmers highlighted at Diné Food Summit
(Arizona) -- The sprouts of a Diné Food Policy emerged out of the Diné Bich’iiya’ Summit held at Diné College March 29-30 and at the Navajo Nation Museum...

4/9/2018

article Plan examines options for forest management on Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- With more than 700,000 acres of forestland across the Navajo Nation, the tribal department that oversees that territory is developing a plan to guide the...

4/7/2018

press release Tribal and Union Delegation Calls on Central Arizona Project Board of Directors to Take Long-Term Power from the Navajo Generating Station
(Arizona) -- A group representing tribal leaders and the United Mine Workers of America today asked the Central Arizona Project (CAP) Board of Directors to take an...

4/6/2018

article Group plans to appeal Navajo water rights settlement ruling
(New Mexico) -- An attorney for non-Native American irrigation districts in northwestern New Mexico says the group will appeal a state appeals court decision upholding a...
article Coalition fights for justice for Loreal Tsingine
(Arizona) -- The Bordertown Justice Coalition unveiled a billboard in Winslow as a memorial of the second anniversary of the death of Loreal Tsingine, who was shot and...
article Bill honoring Native American vets passes state Senate
(Arizona) -- The state Senate on Wednesday passed three memorial proposals introduced by Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai (D-LD7) to push the Arizona Department of...
article Former Tuba City Chapter Executive Priscilla Littlefoot pleads no contest to 18 counts of theft
(Arizona) -- Attorney General Ethel Branch announced March 26 that former ToˊNaneesˊDizi (Tuba City) Chapter Executive Manager Priscilla Littlefoot pleaded no contest to...

4/3/2018

article Court of Appeals rejects attorney’s motion to disqualify judge in Navajo water case
(New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Court of Appeals has soundly rejected an emergency motion that attempted to disqualify a state judge from oversight of a decades-old water...
article New Mexico Court of Appeals uphold Navajo water settlement
(New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Court of Appeals has upheld a major legal settlement that allocates water rights from the state's largest river to the Navajo Nation....

3/31/2018

article Navajo designer plans annual fashion show this weekend at museum
(New Mexico) -- Freshly returned from trips to Australia and Denver, Navajo designer Jolonzo Goldtooth will showcase his latest fashion line during the third annual...

3/28/2018

article Tribe sues over death of Navajo woman shot by police officer
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has sued the federal government and the city over Winslow over the death of a tribal member who was shot by a police officer.
article Judge restores $7.3M for Navajo Nation’s Head Start program
(Arizona) -- A federal court on Tuesday restored $7.3 million to the Navajo Nation for its struggling Head Start program after the tribe said it was denied an...
article Former Navajo Nation official pleads no contest to thefts
(New Mexico) -- A former manager of a Navajo Nation chapter in Tuba City, Arizona, has pleaded no contest to charges stemming from the theft of more than $1 million in...

3/26/2018

article Feds: 2 eagles found shot on Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- Federal authorities are offering a reward for information regarding two eagles who were shot - one fatally - on the Navajo Nation. The Daily Times of...
article Navajo Man From Churchrock Sentenced To Prison For Federal Voluntary Manslaughter Conviction
(New Mexico) -- Randy Payton, 35, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Churchrock, was sentenced March 8 in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to 137 months...

3/25/2018

article In the heart of Navajo country, students work for greener future
(Arizona) -- In the heart of Arizona’s high desert, one of America’s greenest schools is protecting the planet and its endangered culture by drawing...

3/24/2018

article 27 Navajo criminal investigators to cover 27K miles
(New Mexico) -- Dale West, an experienced investigator with the Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations, broke down in tears on his way to 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike...
article Seminar by Navajo Nation agency addresses issues related to small loans
(New Mexico) -- Information about regulations and laws governing small loans and similar lending services was shared during a seminar on Wednesday organized by the...
article Medicaid is a lifeline for nearly half of this county's residents
(Arizona) -- On a crisp sunny day, Tyson Toledo, a precocious 5-year-old boy, hobbled into a private health clinic to have his infected foot examined. Pediatrician Gayle...
article In the heart of Navajo country, pupils work for greener future
(Arizona) -- In the heart of Arizona's high desert, one of America's greenest schools is protecting the planet and its endangered culture by drawing inspiration...

3/23/2018

article Senate OKs Bill to Expand Child Alert System to Tribal Land
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Senate has approved a bill that expands a child abduction alert system to tribal land. The bill is named for Ashlynne Mike, an 11-year-old girl who...
article Eagle shootings at NAPI under investigation, reward offered
(New Mexico) -- Two eagles were shot at Navajo Agricultural Products Industry and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating. A bald eagle and golden eagle...

3/22/2018

article New scholarship aims to boost educator numbers on Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- The Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance and Fielding Graduate University have entered an agreement to provide scholarships for...

3/20/2018

article Company that leases farm land on Navajo agrees to fine
(New Mexico) -- An Idaho-based company that leases farm land on the Navajo Nation has been fined for failing to post information on pesticides and ensuring protective...
article Women Veterans Day proclaimed by Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye
(Arizona) -- On March 17 President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez signed a proclamation recognizing March 20 as Navajo Nation Women Veterans Day.
article Recent school shootings prompt Nation to re-evaluate active shooter readiness
(Arizona) -- The Nation needs to be prepared for unpredictable incidents such as active shooter incidents, said Council Delegate and Law and Order Committee (LOC) chair...

3/19/2018

article New Navajo Ministries president looks forward to service
(New Mexico) -- Raymond Dunton continues to settle into the role of president for Navajo Ministries Inc. after taking the job late last year. Navajo Ministries is a...
article Navajo Nation to Celebrate Justice Day
(Arizona) -- Throughout April and May Navajo officials will hold events recognizing Justice Day in all the judicial districts across the reservation.

3/18/2018

article Troy McNeill recalls varied career
(Texas) -- Troy McNeill once thought about getting into politics as a possible state senator from Amarillo. But that was before he agreed in the 1970s to help implement...
article For warmth, some rural households still burn coal
(Colorado) -- Monte Miller shovels a load of coal into a bucket and makes the short journey from his storage shed to his home on the edge of Bayfield, joking aloud that...

3/15/2018

article Code of the pawnshop
(Arizona) -- A few years before Bill RIchardson, the Indian trader and pawn dealer, died at the age of 98 in 2017, he was asked about the many items in his pawn vault....

3/14/2018

article Coal tax break aimed at helping Navajo Generating Station stalls in Legislature
(Arizona) -- Lawmakers debated but failed to pass a proposal to give about $12 million in annual tax breaks for coal sales Wednesday in an effort to save the Navajo...
article ASU professor lauds new Navajo Nation law on cyberbullying
(Arizona) -- Law criminalizes electronic activity that aids in stalking or harassment; intent is to reduce violence and suicide.

3/13/2018

article Thompson: Resistance to Chaco drilling grows on the Navajo Nation
(Colorado) -- On the warm, pre-monsoon night of July 11, 2016, fire broke out among a cluster of six newly drilled oil wells near the small Navajo community of Nageezi,...

3/12/2018

article Navajo Nation rejects attempt to disqualify water judge
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation is opposing attempts to disqualify a state judge from oversight of a decades-old water dispute in the San Juan River Basin. In court...
article Students deliver solar power to eastern Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- Fort Lewis College student Aaron Toledo carefully handled his utility knife while removing the outer layer of plastic from a wire before stepping aside...

3/10/2018

article Man sentenced in death of fellow Navajo slain on reservation
(New Mexico) -- A Churchrock, New Mexico, man convicted of killing a fellow Navajo during a fight on the reservation has been sentenced to 10 years and seven months in...

3/7/2018

article Funding request to help Navajo Head Start approved
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed a Tribal Council resolution on March 3 to provide approximately $6.3 million in supplemental funding to...

3/6/2018

article Feral horse hunt on Navajo Nation cancelled
(Arizona) -- The growing population of feral horses on the Navajo Nation is a problem that cannot be ignored, but it will not be resolved with a horse hunt, Navajo...
article Letter to the editor: Tribal families have the most to lose when NGS shuts down
(Arizona) -- Strong families create healthy communities and a vibrant Nation. Yet it is increasingly clear that tribal families have the most to lose if Navajo...
article FBI Director Christopher Wray addresses public safety with Navajo leaders
(Arizona) -- Navajo leadership met with the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Wray, March 2, to discuss issues relating to crime on the...

3/5/2018

article FBI Director Makes Historic Visit to Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- FBI Director Christopher Wray met with tribal officials of the largest Indian reservation in the U.S. this week, becoming the first head of the federal law...
article Navajo lawmakers oppose fugitive bill proposal
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo Nation Council delegates have approved a measure to state the tribe's opposition to a federal proposal that would allow law enforcement...
article Branch returns to her Navajo roots
(Massachusetts) -- Ethel Branch ’08 grew up on her family’s ranch with no electricity, no running water, and a long list of questions about injustice. Why...
article Wells Fargo seeks dismissal of Navajo Nation lawsuit
(New Mexico) -- Wells Fargo Bank wants a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Navajo Nation last year over alleged unfair banking practices and fraudulent...

3/4/2018

article Navajos battle to protect Chaco Canyon from oil drilling
(New Mexico) -- Editor’s note: On March 1, the Interior Department canceled the sale of oil and gas leases that would have impacted the Chaco Canyon area. The...
article Navajo Prep students compete in final round of Lexus Eco Challenge
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Preparatory School students in the gifted and talented science program will send their final project off to the Lexus Eco Challenge this week in...

3/3/2018

article FBI director makes historic visit to Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- FBI Director Christopher Wray met with tribal officials of the largest Indian reservation in the U.S. this week, becoming the first head of the federal law...
article Navajo president approves drought declaration
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has signed a drought declaration issued earlier this week by tribal emergency management officials.

3/1/2018

article 50 Years Ago: Oil companies enjoy profits leasing tribal land
(Arizona) -- Back in 1968, oil was big news for the Navajo Times. The paper covered anything to do with oil sales, in part because the Nakai administration as well as...
article Navajo Nation issues new emergency drought declaration
(Arizona) -- Dry conditions and the prospect of limited precipitation later this year have forced officials on the nation's largest American Indian reservation to...
article Group seeks removal of judge from Navajo Water Rights Settlement case
(New Mexico) -- A group of San Juan River water users is claiming a state judge did not divulge a relationship with the Navajo Nation when he approved the Navajo Water...

2/28/2018

article Navajo Council Opposes Fugitive Law
(Arizona) -- The Naabik’íyáti’ Committee passed legislation February 22 stating the Navajo Nation’s opposition to a federal bill. The bill, H.R. 4864,...
article MSU-Northern, student group resolve discrimination claim
(Montana) -- Montana State University-Northern and a Native American student organization have signed an agreement to resolve discrimination complaints filed by the...

2/26/2018

article Heather Fleming: Bringing global social innovation home to the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Economic development on tribal lands has long meant mostly casinos and coal mines. Heather Fleming, founder of Change Labs, wants to change that to social...
article Red Apple celebrates partnership with Navajo Transit
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation residents can now take buses from the reservation to Santa Fe for $2, according to Red Apple Transit director Andrew Montoya.
article Navajo Nation cancels plans for wild horse hunt
(Arizona) -- A wild horse hunt aimed at thinning a herd in an Arizona trophy hunt area was abruptly cancelled today as opposition to the hunt grew and a protest was...

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...

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