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Navajo Nation Sues DOI Over Denied Judicial Funding (sub req)

The Navajo Nation sued the U.S. Department of the Interior on Tuesday seeking the full $17 million it requested for judiciary funding for 2019, saying the federal government’s decision to only offer a fraction of that amount goes against the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.

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3/31/2020

article Navajo President Extends Casino, School Closures
(Arizona) -- The president of the Navajo Nation has extended an order for casinos and schools to remain closed through the end of April. The tribe has 148 positive cases...
article Navajo Poet Jake Skeets Wins Whiting Award
(Arizona) -- Navajo poet Jake Skeets has been named one of the winners of this year's Whiting Award. The Gallup Independent reports the Giles Whiting Foundation...

3/30/2020

article Arizona National Guard builds medical facility to help Navajo Nation coronavirus outbreak
(Arizona) -- The Arizona National Guard is now helping the Navajo Nation with its efforts to fight the new coronavirus. This comes as the number of identified COVID-19...
article Fresh water runs for the first time in Navajo Nation homes
(Arizona) -- More than 300 families on the Navajo Nation reservation have fresh running-water systems for the fist time, provided for free, and a non-profit group hopes...
article Plans for Navajo Medicaid Entity Stall in Leadership Dispute
(Arizona) -- Plans for a Navajo Nation entity to manage Medicaid on the New Mexico portion of the reservation have stalled over disagreements between the tribal...
article The Navajo Nation is raising money on GoFundMe to fight the coronavirus, as officials warn reservations could be hit hard by the pandemic
(Arizona) -- On March 26, a stay-at-home order was issued in the Navajo Nation, where there are 70 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. Now, as in many places...
article Navajo Poet Jake Skeets Wins Whiting Award
(New Mexico) -- Navajo poet Jake Skeets has been named one of the winners of this year's Whiting Award. The Gallup Independent reports the Giles Whiting Foundation...

3/29/2020

article Navajo Nation sets curfew, urging Navajo people to stay home as COVID-19 cases pass 100
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials set a curfew for residents as the number of identified positive COVID-19 cases in the Navajo Nation rose to 128 with two confirmed...
article No running water. No electricity. On Navajo Nation, coronavirus creates worry and confusion as cases surge
(Arizona) -- Lisa Robbins runs the generator attached to her family’s mobile home for just a few hours most mornings. With no electricity, it provides heat in this...
article National Park Service locations close services on Navajo Nation due to COVID-19
(Arizona) -- Three National Park Service locations on the Navajo Nation in Arizona have closed to visitors to help prevent the spread COVID-19.
article Partial government shutdown does not stop senior centers from delivering meals
(New Mexico) -- Daniel Lewis grabbed fresh fruit cups and containers that held lentil soup from the delivery truck he drives for the Newcomb Senior Center. After...

3/28/2020

article Navajo Nation reports 21 new cases of COVID-19, two deaths confirmed
(Arizona) -- As issued in a release by the Navajo Nation, President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer have been notified Friday by the Navajo Department of...

3/27/2020

article Controversy centers on sign posted by Kirtland restaurant owner
(New Mexico) -- A social media firestorm has erupted over a sign posted on the door of a Kirtland restaurant that some residents have characterized as offensive. But the...

3/26/2020

article Navajo Nation sounds alarm as cases jump to 49
(Arizona) -- Cases of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation Reservation have risen to 49, up from the 29 reported Monday by the Navajo Department of Health. Forty-three cases...

3/25/2020

article Lockdown order issued on Navajo Nation as coronavirus cases rise
(Arizona) -- Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on the Navajo Nation rose to 49 on Tuesday, according to the Office of Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, with...

3/24/2020

article State departments do not have specific plans for financially assisting pueblos, tribes, Navajo Nation in case of an outbreak of COVID-19
(New Mexico) -- As the COVID-19 outbreak hits New Mexico, state departments do not have specific plans to support its 23 different pueblos and tribes. People on tribal...
article COVID-19 outbreak on the Navajo Nation linked to church rally
(Arizona) -- The serious outbreak of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation appears to have originated at a church rally in the community of Chilchinbeto, located in northwest...
article List of infected grows; PPE supply dwindles
(Arizona) -- As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise on the Navajo Nation, the shortage of personal protection equipment is becoming more noticeable. On...
article Navajo Nation Council passes emergency legislation to access COVID-19 Medicaid funding
(Arizona) -- On Friday, March 20, 2020 the Navajo Nation Council unanimously passed emergency legislation OO69-20, requesting the Governor of New Mexico to activate the...
article Navajo Nation Sees 20 More COVID-19 Cases, Bringing Its Total to 49
(Arizona) -- Ten more Navajo Nation community members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus today, according to the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area...
article Chapters ordered to close; senior centers running low on supplies
(Arizona) -- Last Thursday’s executive order for chapter houses to close their doors has left some chapter officials scratching their heads. “The chapters...

3/23/2020

article COVID-19 cases rise on Navajo Nation, order to remain at home could extend
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation could extend the order that requires residents to remain at home, as the number of positive cases for COVID-19 increases to 29. The Navajo...
article Group conducting survey on internet access, cellular service on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Residents on the Navajo Nation are being asked to fill out a survey about internet access and cellular service on tribal land. The Navajo Cyber Team, an ad...
article Disease Connection Answers May Exist within this Arizona Tribe
(Arizona) -- The Pima Indians, an American Indian tribe in southern Arizona, may hold a key to understanding the relationship between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease,...

3/21/2020

article COVID cases jump to 26
(Arizona) -- Confirmed COVID-19 cases on Navajo have increased to 26 as of Saturday night. Cases include 18 from the Kayenta Service Unit, four from the Chinle Service...
article Tribes take measures to slow spread of new coronavirus
(Arizona) -- Sharon Bahe has made her home on the Navajo Nation a refuge, placing cedar branches and burning sage to help purify the space and praying for protection for...

3/20/2020

press release Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- On Thursday evening, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer were informed by the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area...
article Navajo Nation sees COVID-19 cases spike to 14
(Arizona) -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation jumped from three to 14 in just a day, tribal leadership said Thursday night. “This is not...
article Spike reported in Navajo Nation cases
(Arizona) -- The number of positive COVID-19 cases in the Navajo Nation has grown to 14, a dramatic increase from the three confirmed cases reported only a day ago.

3/19/2020

article Update: Three Navajo Nation Members Test Positive, Emergency Order Declared
(Arizona) -- A third Navajo Nation member has tested positive for coronavirus. The individual is a 62-year-old male from the same region as the first two confirmed cases...

3/18/2020

article Navajo Nation closes to visitors in response to coronavirus
(Arizona) -- With three Navajo people testing positive for the coronavirus, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced efforts, as of Wednesday, to limit the number...
article Navajo Nation Has 2nd Coronavirus Case; Tribe Shuts Casinos, Tourist Areas
(Arizona) -- Two members of the Navajo Nation have tested positive for coronavirus, Navajo Nation leaders announced Tuesday. The first patient is a 46-year-old from...
article Navajo Nation limits access to visitors
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez will sign an executive order to limit the number of visitors to the Navajo Nation due to positive cases of COVID-19 on...

3/17/2020

article Navajo Nation president, vice president order partial government shutdown
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer have implemented a three-week closure for non-essential departments and services under...
article Navajo Nation reports first positive coronavirus test, still needs federal aid
(Arizona) -- Coronavirus has made its way into the largest Native American reservation in the country, as the Navajo Nation confirmed its first positive test on Tuesday...
article Montana, Navajo company reach deal on mine to waive immunity
(Montana) -- Montana regulators have reached a deal allowing the state to enforce environmental laws at a large coal mine bought by a Navajo-owned company, officials...
article Navajo and Hopi prepare for COVID-19 as Arizona Governor announces statewide school closures
(Arizona) -- Gov. Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced a statewide closure of Arizona schools from March 16-27 as the Center for Disease Control and...
article Doreen Garlid becomes first Navajo Nation member elected to the Tempe City Council
(Arizona) -- Doreen Garlid made history March 10 by becoming the first member of the Navajo Nation and first Native American, to be elected to serve as a member of the...

3/16/2020

article Navajo Nation Declares State Of Emergency, Navajo Gaming To Decide Casinos Direction Today
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation declared a state of emergency last week due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tribal officials say all Navajo Nation offices will be closed for...
article Navajo mom feels the magnitude of the coronavirus
(New Mexico) -- As COVID-19 causes crisis and panic across the nation, one Diné (Navajo) mom reflects on how the virus adds stress to an already impoverished people....

3/15/2020

article Navajo Nation closes its parks, recreation due to coronavirus concerns
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources has ordered the closure of parks and recreation areas operated by the tribe's parks and recreation...
article Creativity, curiosity merge at Diné Maker Nation Faire
(New Mexico) -- Wingate High School student Terri Joe never tried wood burning art until the opportunity came up at the Diné Maker Nation Faire at Navajo Technical...

3/13/2020

article Montana, Navajo Company Reach Deal on Mine
(Montana) -- Montana regulators have reached a deal allowing the state to enforce environmental laws at a large coal mine bought by a Navajo-owned company, officials...
article Navajo Nation Closes Tribal Parks, Seeks U.S. Funding for Coronavirus
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is moving to close all Navajo Nation Tribal Parks, including four popular sites in Arizona, due to concerns about the spread of the novel...
article Alien Weaponry: Three Māoris and an entire nation of Navajo metalheads
(Arizona) -- WEAPONRY! WEAPONRY! WEAPONRY!” The crowd inside Window Rock Sports Center chant and stamp the floor, as President Nez of the Navajo Nation presents...

3/11/2020

article OP/ED: Coconino Voices: End of Navajo coal, beginning of energy future
(Arizona) -- When the Navajo Generating Station Coal Plant burned its last lump of coal on Nov. 18, a window of opportunity opened for Arizona’s clean energy...

3/10/2020

article Tuba City Man Sentenced To Life In Child Sex Abuse Cases
(Arizona) -- A Tuba City man has been sentenced to multiple life terms in prison on four charges of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a child and five additional counts of...

3/8/2020

article Navajo Nation Council examines uranium mining legacy
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation Council began collecting public comment to help craft a position statement regarding the repercussions of past uranium mining...
article Coffee on Mutton Curve: Navajo baristas help to keep reservation caffeinated
(Arizona) -- The 93-year-old sání wearing a black visor and white apron on top of her purple shirt touches a button on an espresso machine. She laughs gleefully while...
article Eastern ranchers say BIA mishandling grazing permits
(New Mexico) -- A group of about 20 Eastern Agency ranchers say the three-party agreement governing grazing land on Eastern Navajo has broken down and the Bureau of...

3/7/2020

article Navajo farmers: Gold King Mine spill continues to hurt crop sales
(New Mexico) -- Bertha Etsitty remembers the income she received from selling vegetables and alfalfa grown on her farm here before the Gold King Mine spill occurred....
article Vouchers help Native American students climb ‘the ladder’
(Arizona) -- We live in an overly contentious political climate today that has sadly resulted in education becoming synonymous with politics. There was a recent Arizona...

3/4/2020

article Clean energy produced on Navajo land could help power Los Angeles
(California) -- In a city renowned for its green policies, Prius drivers and biodegradable straws, it was only a matter of time before officials would vote to move away...

3/1/2020

article ‘Enough talk’: Former Bennett Freeze residents hope new initiative works
(Arizona) -- What do Bodaway-Gap, Cameron, Coalmine Canyon, Coppermine, Kaibeto, Leupp, Tolani Lake, Tonalea and Tuba City have in common? A shared experience of U.S....
article NMED wants to hear about Gold King Mine spill effect on Navajo Nation farms
(New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Environment Department wants to hear from Navajo farmers about how their agricultural products have been affected since the Gold King Mine...
article Diné burst into the mainstream: May the YouTube algorithm be in your favor
(Arizona) -- The small world of Native YouTubers has seen significant strides over the last few years but has yet to produce a creator who could ascend into the...

2/29/2020

article Navajo Nation creates COVID-19 team
(Arizona) -- A team to closely monitor the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has been established. Called the Navajo Nation COVID-19 Preparedness Team, the team,...

2/27/2020

article Navajo company reaches immunity deal with U.S. for coal mines
(Wyoming) -- A Navajo tribal company has reached an agreement that would allow the U.S. government to enforce environmental laws at two coal mines in Wyoming and one in...

2/26/2020

article Navajo Nation Delegate Crotty, Missing & Murdered Diné Relatives working group continue to lead advocacy for Navajo families at New Mexico MMIW Task Force meeting
(New Mexico) -- Today, Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty of the 24th Navajo Nation Council and the Missing & Murdered Diné Relatives working group shared...

2/24/2020

article OP/ED: Navajo Nation needs no school vouchers or meddling of any kind
(Arizona) -- The fact that some non-Native politicians at the state Capitol are taking it upon themselves to change the laws around tribal nations and tribal education...
article Navajo Nation signs road maintenance agreement with San Juan County to improve rural bus routes
(Utah) -- Long school bus rides for Diné (Navajo) students in San Juan County may get a little smoother in the coming months thanks to an agreement signed Monday between...
article Westwater, a Navajo community in rural Utah, might finally get running water and electricity
(Utah) -- When San Juan County updated its general plan in 2018, it included an official annexation map prepared by Blanding that indicated land the city hoped to...

2/23/2020

article Tribes turn to other heat sources after coal mine closure
(Arizona) -- Navajo and Hopi families in northeastern Arizona that have long relied on coal to heat their homes are looking to other sources after last year's...

2/22/2020

article Partnership could lead to solar, renewable energy projects on Navajo Nation
(California) -- The Los Angeles City Council approved a feasibility study to examine a partnership with the Navajo Nation for solar and renewable energy projects. The...
article Navajo Prep's robotics team looks towards state championship after winning competition
(New Mexico) -- In a foam-padded pen in a classroom filled with bolts and nuts, students at Navajo Preparatory School are up to serious business — namely, building...
article Navajo Shoe Game brings songs, laughter and teachings to Navajo Prep
(New Mexico) -- Shane Jones' voice carried as he sang during a Navajo Shoe Game on Feb. 19 inside the student lounge at Navajo Preparatory School. Jones, a freshman...
article Navajo filmmaker Kody Dayish honored by NM Film and TV Hall of Fame
(New Mexico) -- Farmington resident Kody Dayish and his siblings have been making small-budget, independent films for the past several years. Their work hasn't gone...

2/20/2020

article 'Everybody used coal': After mine closures, Native families look for ways to stay warm
(Arizona) -- Lowell Susunkewa has met families who burned "whatever they can get their hands on" to stay warm in the winter. They've burned clothes or...
article Navajo And Federal Officials Agree To Clean Up 24 Priority Abandoned Uranium Mines
(Arizona) -- Officials with the Navajo Nation and federal government finalized an agreement last week in the ongoing effort to clean up hundreds of abandoned uranium...
article Navajo Nation, San Juan County officials say partnership could make railroad a reality
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer and San Juan County Commission Chairman Jack Fortner gathered Feb. 20 in the San Juan...

2/19/2020

article LA Takes Steps Toward Navajo Clean Energy Partnership
(California) -- The Los Angeles City Council passed a motion Wednesday to take the next steps toward a clean-energy partnership with the Navajo Nation. The tribe wants...

2/18/2020

article Navajo-backed Medicaid program progresses
(New Mexico) -- After nearly two decades of preparation, a first-of-its-kind effort to establish a Navajo Nation-administered Medicaid program is nearing reality. Last...

2/17/2020

article Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez vetoes $1.4M to help in winter weather response
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez used his line-item veto power to eliminate $1.4 million the tribal council approved as emergency funds for the 110...

2/15/2020

article NTEC, Wyoming agree to limited waiver of sovereign immunity
(Wyoming) -- Navajo Transitional Energy Company and the state of Wyoming have agreed to a limited waiver of sovereign immunity that ensures the state’s ability to...
article Wyoming, Navajo Coal Company, Agree To Liability Waiver
(Wyoming) -- Officials in Wyoming have reached an agreement with a Navajo tribal mining firm that would give the state of Wyoming authority to take the company to court...
article Filling the gap: NTEC, Bisti Fuels program brings coal to Navajo, Hopi residents
(New Mexico) -- Nickolas Jones sat in the passenger seat of his father's pickup truck and waited to haul coal from Navajo Mine. The Jones family lives in a mobile...

2/13/2020

article Wyoming, Navajo coal company, agree to liability waiver
(Wyoming) -- Wyoming officials have reached an agreement with a Navajo tribal company that would give them authority to take the company to court as a way to enforce...
article Navajo files to intervene in Arizona utility rate case
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has filed to intervene in a rate case for one of Arizona's largest utility companies. The tribe is seeking ways to make up for the...
article Weaning off coal: Northern Arizona starts a painful transition
(Arizona) -- The city of Page, the Navajo Nation, and the Hopi Tribe are now dealing with economic repercussions of the Navajo Generating Station shutdown.
article BLOG: A new documentary claims Tupac is alive and living in New Mexico
(Arizona) -- If there’s one thing the film industry is sorely lacking at the moment it’s films about mad conspiracy theories. Honestly, keep your Pandemics...

2/12/2020

article Tupac Shakur 'faked death and fled medical center after shooting'
(New Mexico) -- A new documentary claims rapper Tupac Shakur is still alive after faking his own death and fleeing to New Mexico where he is being protected by the...

2/8/2020

article Member of Navajo Nation to direct Utah Division of Indian Affairs
(Utah) -- A member of the Navajo Nation has been appointed as the new director for the Utah Division of Indian Affairs. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert named Dustin Jansen to the...
article Bills aim to provide state funds for college readiness, broadband services at Diné College
(New Mexico) -- Two bills in the New Mexico Legislature seek to provide funding to Diné College to start a college and career readiness program in Shiprock and provide...

2/7/2020

article Navajo Nation to create first Native American health care
(Arizona) -- On Wednesday, the Navajo Nation announced its plan to create a proprietary Native American health care system. In partnership with the government health...
article Bill to allow Navajo students to use school vouchers in New Mexico advances in Arizona Senate
(Arizona) -- A bill that would allow some Native American students to use the state’s school vouchers for a private New Mexico religious school advanced in the...
article OP/ED: Are Republican lawmakers using Navajo kids as voucher expansion pawns?
(Arizona) -- The war against Arizona’s public schools is a chess game. And each time the Republican-controlled legislature has tried to siphon money from public...

1/31/2020

article Navajo Nation Council confirms Tina Tsinigine to tribe's Supreme Court
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation Council confirmed Tina Tsinigine as an associate justice for the tribe's Supreme Court. Tsinigine will serve alongside Chief...

1/29/2020

article After coal? Navajo Nation asks utility to chip in for the transition
(Arizona) -- As the coal industry nears its end on the Navajo Nation, the tribe is looking to Arizona utilities that shared in the power generated on the reservation to...
article Navajo coal company says it has deal to pay back taxes, royalties
(Wyoming) -- A Navajo Nation company says it has an agreement to pay outstanding taxes and royalties on three large coal mines that it bought last year in Wyoming and...
article On the Navajo Nation in San Juan County, a dispute over rights of way means rough roads, long bus rides
(Utah) -- “Whoa! There’s a rut,” said San Juan County Commissioner Kenneth Maryboy as coffee sloshed from a gas station cup wedged between the front...

1/26/2020

article Millions owed in taxes on Cloud Peak legacy coal mines
(Montana) -- The New owner of Spring Creek Mine owes $4.4 million in back taxes in Montana and $10 million in federal royalty payments for coal mined in Montana and...
article Sophie Yazzie, a WWII veteran and member of the Navajo Nation, dies at 105
(Arizona) -- One of the longest-living female WWII veterans, Sophie Yazzie, died Saturday, Arizona Department of Veterans' Services Director Wanda Wright said in a...
article Arizona’s longest-living veteran dies at age 105
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials say a 105-year-old woman who served in World War II and was Arizona’s longest-living veteran has died. They say Sophie Yazzie...

1/25/2020

article Meetings roundup: Navajo Nation Council to decide funding for electricity project
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is seeking assistance for its project to bring electricity to homes on the Navajo Nation. The company partnered with the...
article Navajo Nation purchases land that includes gravel pit
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has purchased 1,250 acres of land that includes a gravel pit the tribe plans to use to obtain sand and gravel for roadwork and other...

1/24/2020

article Owner of three coal mines already behind on federal, county mineral taxes
(Wyoming) -- A dispute over unpaid taxes continues to weigh on the new owner of three Powder River Basin mines. The newest operator in the basin, Navajo Transitional...
article Why every Navajo baby's first laugh is celebrated
(Arizona) -- Jaclyn Roessel sometimes offers a piece of advice to non-Navajo people: don't tickle a Navajo baby. That is, unless you want to get stuck with making...

1/23/2020

article Coal industry on Navajo Nation could end with plant closure
(Arizona) -- The closure of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation sooner than expected will be a major blow to a region where coal has been a mainstay of the...
article Navajo Nation land could host 2.2 GW pumped hydro storage station
(Arizona) -- Pumped hydro storage could be coming to Navajo Nation lands in the U.S. as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has accepted developer Daybreak Power...

1/21/2020

article Navajo Nation buys private land in Arizona
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has purchased 1,250 acres of private land located in the southwest portion of the reservation. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and...
article Rez Rising: A new app and website makes it so tourists can buy direct from local Native small businesses
(Arizona) -- For tourists and locals alike traveling in the Southwest, there’s a new, easy way to find local Native businesses using your mobile phone or computer...
article UA students forge connection with Navajo Nation in engineering project
(Arizona) -- A University of Arizona program is focusing on problem-solving on the Navajo Nation. It's a 5-year National Science Foundation-funded project...

1/20/2020

article Ariz. utility seeks solar energy from bidders including Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- One of Arizona’s largest utilities is seeking companies to build solar plants to provide up to 400 megawatts of power, including 200 megawatts from...

1/19/2020

article Montana grants 65-day extension for Navajo-owned coal mine
(Montana) -- A Navajo Nation company may continue operating a coal mine for two more months amid ongoing negotiations over the terms of a state permit, Montana officials...
article NTU starts Navajo language translation program for elections
(New Mexico) -- A new program at Navajo Technical University will train speakers of the Navajo language to interpret and translate terms and procedures used in elections...

1/18/2020

article A radioactive legacy haunts this Navajo village, which fears a fractured future
(New Mexico) -- The village of Red Water Pond Road sits in the southeast corner of the Navajo Nation, a tiny speck in a dry valley surrounded by scrub-covered mesas....

1/17/2020

article ‘Baby Shark’ Translation The Latest Effort To Fight A Decline In Diné Speakers
(Arizona) -- The internet sensation and earworm ‘Baby Shark’ is everywhere.The song is approaching five billion views on YouTube and is available in 19...
article Video: Researching wildfire with the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Connecting with the land and nature plays a large role in many Indigenous cultures. Northern Arizona University's School of Forestry is partnering with...

1/16/2020

article Navajo Nation President Nez advocates for renewable energy, youth, and economic partnerships in address to the Arizona State Legislature
(Arizona) -- On Wednesday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez delivered a powerful message to the 54th Arizona State Legislature in which he spoke about the Navajo...
article Bipartisan effort to send sales tax money to tribes in wake of NGS closure
(Arizona) -- To help the Navajo and Hopi tribes cope with the fallout of last year’s closure of the Navajo Generating Station power plant, a bipartisan effort is...
article 50 Years Ago: Court sides with Arizona on state tax issue
(Arizona) -- The Navajo tribe received terrible news this week from an Arizona superior court judge who ruled in favor of the state on the question of whether Navajos...

1/15/2020

article Sports betting in Navajo casinos draws closer
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Gaming Enterprise is getting closer to a time when it will be able to offer visitors to its casinos an opportunity to bet on their favorite...
article Salt River Project seeks solar power plants on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- The Salt River Project is looking for companies to build solar power plants to produce up to 400 megawatts – and it wants 200 megawatts to come from...
article Navajo Nation to Lower Flags in Honor of Tribal Lawmaker
(New Mexico) -- A former Navajo Nation Council delegate is being remembered for his years of public service and inspiration to others. Tribal officials say a funeral for...

1/14/2020

article Candidate named to fill open seat on Navajo Nation Supreme Court
(Arizona) -- A new bill names a candidate to fill the vacant associate justice seat on the three-member Navajo Nation Supreme Court. If approved, Tina Tsinigine would...

1/13/2020

article Meetings scheduled for Navajo Nation plaintiffs in Gold King Mine spill case
(New Mexico) -- Meetings are scheduled for members of the Navajo Nation who are plaintiffs in a 2018 legal filing against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and...

1/12/2020

article 'Broken Circle' author warns of complacency during assembly at Rocinante High School
(New Mexico) -- It's been nearly 30 years since Rodney Barker penned a book about the horrific murders of three Navajo men here in 1974 by a trio of white Farmington...

1/10/2020

article 'Where God put the West' – travelling through the land of the Navajo
(Arizona) -- "Do you ever get tired of that view?" I asked, sitting in the cafe of the visitor centre. "How could I?" said the young Navajo waitress...

1/8/2020

article Montana grants 65-day extension for Navajo-owned coal mine
(Montana) -- A Navajo Nation company may continue operating a coal mine for two more months amid ongoing negotiations over the terms of a state permit, Montana officials...
article Owner of Montana's largest coal mine reaches 65-day deal with state to extend operations
(Montana) -- State environmental regulators said Tuesday they've reached a short-term, 65-day deal with the owners of Montana's largest coal mine to keep...

1/7/2020

article Montana Extends Spring Creek Mine Permit, Questions Over Tribal Immunity Remain
(Montana) -- Montana officials say a Navajo Nation company may continue operating a coal mine for two more months amid negotiations over the terms of a state permit. The...
article Wrongfully arrested Flagstaff man, Tremayne Nez, offers to settle for $350K
(Arizona) -- A Flagstaff man who was wrongfully arrested on suspicion of selling LSD has offered to settle the matter with the city for $350,000. Tremayne Nez, who is...
article Navajo Technical University’s Culinary Arts and Baking programs granted five year re-accreditations
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Technical University’s Culinary Arts and Professional Baking programs were granted five year re-accreditations with the American Culinary...

1/6/2020

article Permit dispute with Navajo Nation-based coal firm unresolved as deadline approaches
(Montana) -- The sudden closure of Montana’s Spring Creek coal mine over a permitting dispute with state regulators in October sent waves of distress throughout...
article Navajo request federal funding to hire coroners
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council said it's working with Congress to fund a medical examiners department. If successful, the tribe will be the first in the...
article Historic graduation at Navajo Technical University
(New Mexico) -- Two students made history when they became the first to graduate as licensed veterinary technicians from Navajo Technical University, according to an...
article A Language Revolution on the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Many Navajos walk the walk, but can they talk the talk? Navajo Nation Council Delegate Nathanial Brown thinks fewer and fewer tribal members can speak the...

1/5/2020

article Navajo Nation eyes proposed Department of Medical Examiners
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation says it is working with Congress to fund the tribe's proposed Department of Medical Examiners. The Gallup Independent reports Navajo...

1/4/2020

article Navajo maintains electric line that carried coal-fired power
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is spending close to $2 million to maintain access to a transmission line once used to send electricity from a coal-fired power plant to...

1/3/2020

article Navajo Nation to pay costs for 500MW transmission line
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is taking steps to use the 500-megawatt transmission line that was utilized by the defunct Navajo Generating Station in Arizona. Under the...

1/2/2020

article Navajo Generating Station, mine face years of breakdown, cleanup
(Arizona) -- They've turned out the lights, but the party’s not over at the Navajo Generating Station and its affiliated Kayenta coal mine. The owners of both...
article The Navajo, circled by coal, see jobs vanish as CO2 falls
(Arizona) -- For almost a half-century, the giant coal plant here was the economic heartbeat of the Navajo Nation. Today, it looms silently over the desert with three...
article Navajo Nation Council Overrides Nez Veto
(Arizona) -- Ah, the road not taken. Should the path to NTUA’s financial future be crafted by a slow and steady slog? Or a sudden explosion? Walter Haase, general...
article OP/ED: A shout-out to Council delegates
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation Council delegates get bashed a lot, so I thought I’d take a moment to say how much I appreciate their good traits. No one is perfect,...

1/1/2020

article Committee begins work to preserve, promote Navajo language
(Arizona) -- A subcommittee designated to focus on the preservation, protection and restoration of the Navajo language held its first meeting. The Diné Bizaad...

12/31/2019

article 'They can listen to it now in Navajo': Navajo language version of 'Baby Shark' released
(New Mexico) -- At the start of the newest version of the song, "Baby Shark," the words, Łóó' Hashkéii Awéé', appear in big yellow letters before a...
article Life After Coal: Moving On From The Navajo Generating Station
(Arizona) -- The Salt River Project announced it would close the Navajo Generating Station two years ago. That started a domino effect on the Navajo Nation. In November...

12/30/2019

article With execution on hold, Navajo inmate presses court on jury bias claim
(Arizona) -- A federal appeals court panel grappled Dec. 20 with how — or why — convicted Navajo double-murderer Lezmond Mitchell could question jurors from...
article Diné College Wants To Open The First Law School At A Tribal College
(Arizona) -- Diné College on the Navajo Nation wants to open a law school. It would be the first of its kind and an important step in working to fill the need for Native...
article ‘Baby Shark’ creators release Navajo version of viral video
(New Mexico) -- Creators of the popular video “Baby Shark,” whose “doo doo doo” song was played at the World Series in October and has been a...

12/29/2019

article Delegate calls for Diné language revolution
(Arizona) -- Brown believes we are in a state of emergency with regard to the diminishing number of Navajo language speakers. While a lot of good work is being done by...
article ‘Baby Shark’ creators release Navajo version of viral video
(New Mexico) -- Creators of the popular video “Baby Shark,” whose “doo doo doo” song was played at the World Series in October and has been a...

12/27/2019

article Peter MacDonald: Navajo Nation, are trying to pull ourselves out of poverty
(Arizona) -- This is Peter MacDonald, former Chairman Navajo Nation Council. I wish to comment on NTEC as well as other “tribal” ventures within the past 25...

12/26/2019

article New hotel, convention center coming to Window Rock
(Arizona) -- Three new office buildings, a new hotel and a convention center will soon be built in the Navajo capital, according to officials for the Navajo Nation...
article PNM, Navajo Nation agree to continue energy scholarship program
(New Mexico) -- The Public Service Company of New Mexico is investing $500,000 to sustain a scholarship program to help Navajo students studying energy-related...

12/25/2019

article Utility extends aid for Navajo workforce scholarship program
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico's largest electric utility is making a $500,000 commitment to Navajo students in the Four Corners region to ensure they will continue to...
article Church’s Native Hope Solar brings light and heat to Navajo families
(Colorado) -- Parishioners at First United Methodist Church came together a couple years ago to form a church-based nonprofit with the mission of providing solar...

12/24/2019

article Navajo Nation to create ‘one-of-a-kind Medicaid program’
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is seeking to become one of the first Native American tribes to create a managed health care entity.
article Navajo Nation to create ‘one-of-a-kind Medicaid program’
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is seeking to become one of the first Native American tribes to create a managed health care entity. The Naat’aanii Development...
article Legal scholars meet to plan law school at Diné College
(Arizona) -- Several legal scholars from prominent law institutions across the country met last week at Diné College to lay out plans for a law school. Since the college...

12/22/2019

article Elder reclaims grazing land, with a little help
(Colorado) -- Joan Delgai had always run a few sheep on the grazing permit she inherited from her parents in Cornfields, Arizona. But after 44 years as a teacher, she...
article Branch chiefs prepare for lean years
(Arizona) -- It’s never too early to start discussing the fiscal 2021 Navajo Nation budget, especially with the closing of Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta...
article ‘Baby Shark’ Navajo auditions help to close generation gap
(Arizona) -- Seven-year-old Drew Wilson of Rock Point, Ariz., was clearly nervous as she stood in front of several video cameras and photographers this month. Wilson was...
article Protecting Ch’ilaghání : Diné medicine group protests plan that may desecrate sacred plant
(Arizona) -- When Asdząą Nádleehé was living among the Diné, she told them to inhabit the footsteps she left on the land. And then she left, leaving behind her...

12/21/2019

article Navajo Nation Council confirms three judicial nominees
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council confirmed three nominees to serve as judges in the tribe's district court system. In a special session on Dec. 19, the council...
article Navajo students painted ornaments that represent their culture for Utah’s tree across from White House
(Utah) -- On one side of the delicate ornament, Leyonah Endischee painted swirling white sweeps of snow blanketing the redrock landscape of southern Utah. Each swipe of...

12/20/2019

article Suit threatened over ballot signing rules
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is threatening a new lawsuit against the state over changes demanded by Attorney General Mark Brnovich to a proposed election procedures...
article Diné College considering founding law school on Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- Diné College is considering whether to start a law school at its campus in Tsaile, Arizona. In a press release, the tribal college stated that discussion...
article Navajo man appeals death penalty conviction, claiming jury bias
(Arizona) -- The sole Native American on federal death row submitted his appeal Friday to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals claiming racial bias in the jury. In a 2003...
article A Navajo flare: Diné teach, learn welding at RSI
(Arizona) -- For many students, college seems like the obvious next step. But for some Diné students, trade school has given them an opportunity that a university could...

12/19/2019

article 50 Years Ago: Liquor loomed large in 1969
(Arizona) -- One of the big issues covered by the Navajo Times in 1969 was the question of whether liquor sales should be made legal on the reservation. Over the course...

12/18/2019

article The Navajo Nation to found its own health care entity
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is seeking become one of the first Native American tribes to create its own managed health care entity, the tribe recently announced.

12/17/2019

article A Native law school 'is something we need'
(Arizona) -- The first college established decades ago by an American Indian tribe in the United States is now working to create a law school. Normal efforts picked up...
article Navajo Nation eager to build law school at Dine College
(Arizona) -- The first college established decades ago by an American Indian tribe in the United States is working to create a law school. Formal efforts picked up speed...
article Symposium Focuses On Creation Of Law School At Dine College
(Arizona) -- The Dine College on the Navajo Nation is considering plans to create a law school. The issue was discussed at a recent two-day symposium where officials...
article ‘Baby Shark’ creators plan Navajo version of popular video; working with Navajo museum
(New Mexico) -- Creators of the popular video “Baby Shark,” whose “doo doo doo” song was played at the World Series in October and has been a...

12/16/2019

article Navajo Nation President Nez Signs Master Lease for Birdsprings Elderly Group Home
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez was joined by First Lady Phefelia Nez, 24thNavajo Nation Council Delegate Thomas Walker, Jr., Tsidi To’iichapter...

12/15/2019

article Navajo, Hispanic woman makes compelling candidate
(New Mexico) -- Social engineers have asked for years if demographics is destiny. If the answer is yes, then future New Mexico Republican candidates for office may look...

12/14/2019

article With execution on hold, Navajo inmate presses court on jury bias claim
(Arizona) -- A federal appeals court panel grappled Friday with how – or why – convicted Navajo double-murderer Lezmond Mitchell could question jurors from...
article Man pleads guilty in death of Navajo Nation police officer
(New Mexico) -- The man accused of gunning down a tribal police officer in a remote corner of the nation’s largest American Indian reservation has pleaded guilty to...

12/11/2019

article Governor, Legislative Leaders Petition Supreme Court For Emergency Review Of Energy Law
(New Mexico) -- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and legislative sponsors of the 2019 Energy Transition Act petitioned Monday afternoon...
article NAU grad hopes to alleviate Type 2 diabetes, health disparities on the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- When Lyle Becenti was a teenager growing up in Naschitti, New Mexico, a small community on the Navajo Nation, he had not expected his grandmother’s...

12/10/2019

article Diné Speakers Turn Out For ‘Baby Shark’ Auditions
(Arizona) -- Aspiring actors from across the Navajo Nation gathered in Window Rock this weekend to audition for a Navajo-language version of the children’s song...
article Vlogging shines spotlight on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- The popularity of vlogging is a fairly new concept that has emerged on the internet in the last few years. Navajo vloggers Natalie Franklin and Michael...

12/9/2019

article Native Americans lead revival in state, and among Navajo nation
(Louisiana) -- An eight-week camp meeting in Oberlin and Elton has sparked revival in central Louisiana and among the Navajo nation in New Mexico, and there are no signs...

12/7/2019

article ‘Baby Shark’ creators plan Navajo version of popular video
(Arizona) -- Creators of the popular video “Baby Shark,” whose “doo doo doo” song was played at the World Series in October, are developing a...

12/6/2019

article Coal bankruptcy plan approved amid bonding uncertainty
(Wyoming) -- A judge approved a bankruptcy reorganization for one of the biggest U.S. coal companies Thursday amid ongoing uncertainty about how its mines will be bonded...
article At a Navajo gas station ... the impeachment as history unfolds
(Arizona) -- Life and news move at a different pace in the Navajo Nation. “There is a digital divide on the Navajo Nation where some people might have access to...

12/5/2019

article Navajos express mixed opinions on Trump impeachment probe
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Reservation spans 27,000 square miles across parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. The land, with its deep canyons, towering spires and...
article An optimistic future for Navajo women entrepreneurs
(Arizona) -- Diplomas in hand, 16 Navajo women became the latest graduating class of Project DreamCatcher, a free business training program that aims to create economic...
article Coal bankruptcy plan approved amid bonding uncertainty
(Wyoming) -- A judge approved a bankruptcy reorganization for one of the biggest U.S. coal companies Thursday amid ongoing uncertainty about how its mines will be bonded...
article Navajo Nation Gaming Buys Horseman’s Lodge And Nearby Property For Around Five-Million Dollars
(Arizona) -- A popular steakhouse northeast of Flagstaff has been sold. The Horseman’s Lodge in Doney Park was recently sold to Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise for...

12/4/2019

article County commission OKs lease agreement to tribe for police substation
(New Mexico) -- The San Juan County Commission approved leasing a police substation in Dzilth-Na-O-Dith-Hle to the Navajo Nation. San Juan County Sheriff Shane Ferrari...
article Navajo Nation creates law scholarships for tribal members at UA
(Arizona) -- The president of the Navajo Nation signed an agreement Tuesday morning with the University of Arizona to fund scholarships for Navajo law students. The...

12/3/2019

article Navajo Nation Sues DOI Over Denied Judicial Funding (sub req)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation sued the U.S. Department of the Interior on Tuesday seeking the full $17 million it requested for judiciary funding for 2019, saying the...
article 'Baby Shark' creators plan Navajo version of popular video
(Arizona) -- Creators of the popular video "Baby Shark," whose "doo doo doo" song was played at the World Series in October and has been a viral hit...

12/2/2019

article Navajo Nation turns to solar as coal-fired power plant closes
(Arizona) -- With the historic Navajo Generating Station now finished as a power source for Arizona cities, the tribal nation is turning its attention to alternative...
article Nominees seek service on Navajo Nation court bench
(Arizona) -- Members of the Navajo Nation Council are being asked to consider three pieces of legislation to confirm judges for the tribe's court system. The bills...

12/1/2019

article NMMI student organizes raising of Navajo flag
(New Mexico) -- Through perseverance and planning, Diné (Navajo) students worked to leave a legacy honoring and representing Native American students at New Mexico...

11/30/2019

article Navajo Country Music Pays Tribute to ‘Indian Cowboys’ and Outlaw Legends
(New Mexico) -- They started out from hamlets deep in the Navajo Nation, driving hours on washboard roads. When the Saturday night crowd finally arrived at Redd’s, the...

11/29/2019

article "Baby Shark" ready to dive in with a Navajo language song version
(New Mexico) -- The catchy "doo doo doo" of "Baby Shark," the internationally popular children's song about a family of sharks, will soon have a...

11/28/2019

article Navajo Nation to convert methane into hydrogen for power
(Utah) -- The Navajo Nation announced this week it has signed a contract with renewable energy companies to convert methane vented from its oil producing operations in...
article Q&A: How Navajo athletes made ‘rez ball’ their own
(Arizona) -- “There was no grander sport on the reservations of the Southwest than rez ball,” writes Michael Powell in his new book “Canyon Dreams: A...

11/27/2019

article NTEC must keep public, Nation informed, Nez says
(Arizona) -- President Jonathan Nez said he expects Navajo Transitional Energy Company to keep the public in the loop. After Nez terminated NTEC’s indemnity...
article KTNN staff accuse boss of unprofessionalism
(Arizona) -- Well-known radio personality Dee Yazzie loves her job. She loves speaking her language every day. She loves radio and she loves her community. In the early...
article GOP Navajo Nation citizen joins US Senate race in New Mexico
(New Mexico) -- Elisa Martinez, a Latina Republican and citizen of the Navajo Nation, announced Nov. 20 she is joining the race for an open U.S. Senate seat in New...

11/25/2019

article Navajos reach deal to turn vented methane in southern Utah into hydrogen
(Utah) -- Thousands of cubic feet of natural gas are vented every day from the Navajo Nation’s remote oil-producing operations in southeastern Utah, adding a...

11/24/2019

article Tonalea residents to receive long-awaited chapter facility
(Arizona) -- Over 2,000 Tonalea residents will soon receive a new chapter house facility to help deliver services for the community, following a ceremony hosted by...

11/23/2019

article Zwierlein inks contract as new director for Navajo Nation Veterans Administration
(Arizona) -- James D. Zwierlein has been named executive director for the Navajo Nation Veterans Administration, according to a press release from the Navajo Nation...

11/22/2019

article Arizona legislator wants review council to approve changes to election manual
(Arizona) -- A veteran state lawmaker is seeking to trim the wings of the secretary of state, at least when it comes to enacting procedures for conducting elections. SB...

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