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Navajo Plans Second Utility-Scale Solar Farm in Kayenta

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, or enough to power about 18,000 homes. It's expected to start operating next year. The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is financing the $50 million project through loans.

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12/14/2018

article Arrest made in fatal shooting of father on Navajo Nation
(Utah) -- Federal authorities used cellphone and email records to help identify a suspect in the death of a man who was shot in front of his wife and son while they...

12/13/2018

article 50 Years Ago: Students around the world ask about teepees, hogans
(Arizona) -- For a number of reasons, students in America, France and Germany became fascinated with the Navajo and their way of life in the late 1960s. Dick Hardwick,...

12/12/2018

article Navajo Agricultural Products Industry names benefit fund recipients
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Agricultural Products Industry announced 18 recipients for its first Navajo Pride Benefit Fund.
article Navajo Airman continues family's military legacy at Whiteman
(Missouri) -- Airman 1st Class Phillip Rock is part of his family’s legacy of military service – a legacy that, in fact, would not have continued if it weren...

12/11/2018

article Begaye honors legacy of President George H.W. Bush
(Arizona) -- George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States of America, passed away Nov. 30 at the age of 94. “President George H.W. Bush...
article Report of cult group within Monument Valley Tribal Park causes concern within community
(Arizona) -- On Dec. 5, the Resources and Development Committee received a report from Council Delegate Herman Daniels, Jr. (Shonto, Naa’tsis’Áán, Oljato, Ts...
article Navajo Nation President Commends Passage of Tribal Energy Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- President Russell Begaye applauded the U.S. House of Representatives’ approval Monday of a landmark bill that removes barriers for tribes to...

12/9/2018

article AG will leave big shoes to fill
(Arizona) -- After 11 years of service, Navajo Nation Auditor General Elizabeth Begay informed her staff that she will retire on Dec. 28. She submitted her retirement...
article Official accused of using funds
(Arizona) -- Documents submitted to the Times seem to indicate Division of Community Development Director Carl Smith attempted to use New Mexico tribal infrastructure...
article Man pleads not guilty in Diné woman’s death
(Arizona) -- A Kentucky man Monday pleaded not guilty in the stabbing death of a Diné woman over the weekend in Florence, Kentucky, according to the Associated Press....

12/8/2018

article Navajo Police Department to hold listening session in Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- In an effort to improve service and to hear from the public, the Navajo Police Department has been conducting listening sessions in communities on tribal...
article Whiteman Airman’s great grandfather served as a Navajo code talker in WWII
(Missouri) -- Airman 1st Class Phillip Rock is part of his family’s legacy of military service – a legacy that, in fact, would not have continued if it weren...

12/6/2018

article For delegates, it’s travel time
(Las Vegas) -- It’s December, and for some Navajo lawmakers that means: Vegas, baby! Members of the Resource and Development and Budget and Finance committees will...
article Navajo Police Department to hold listening session in Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- In an effort to improve service and to hear from the public, the Navajo Police Department has been conducting listening sessions in communities on tribal...

12/5/2018

article 75 Years Later, Leupp Japanese Internment Camp On Navajo Nation Remembered
(Arizona) -- During World War II after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order to lock up 120,000 Japanese-Americans in...
article EPA: Fish damage from mine spill wasn’t severe, long-lasting
(Colorado) -- Fish and other aquatic life did not suffer severe or long-lasting damage from a mine waste spill three years ago that polluted rivers in three states, the...

12/4/2018

article Navajo Nation leaders amend recall process
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials have changed an aspect of the process for registered voters to recall elected officials under the tribe's election laws....

12/3/2018

article Navajo Nation Certifies General Election Results
(Arizona) -- Officials on the Navajo Nation have certified results from the tribe's general election. The final counts show Vice President Jonathan Nez won the...

12/2/2018

article From Navajo Woman to Navy Sailor
(New Mexico) -- November is American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month where the Navy takes time to recognize the achievements past and present of American Indians...

12/1/2018

article Navajo Nation Certifies General Election Results
(Arizona) -- Officials on the Navajo Nation have certified results from the tribe's general election. The final counts show Vice President Jonathan Nez won the...

11/30/2018

article Navajo Nation Council fills seat left vacant by resignation
(Arizona) -- Jimmy Yellowhair will have a few weeks to get accustomed to serving as a Navajo Nation lawmaker. The Black Mesa man was sworn in to the Tribal Council on...
article Navajo Park Briefly Closed to Remove Group Without Permit
(Utah) -- Navajo Nation authorities say they briefly closed a tribal park to remove a large group making videos without permission and attempting to enter culturally...
article Navajo ‘At-Will’ Employees Can Re-Apply
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President-elect Jonathan Nez said that ‘at-will’ employees are welcome to re-apply for their positions. As the transition from the...
article FBI: Navajo Man Faces Life In Prison On Abuse Charge
(New Mexico) -- Wilfred Garcia, 53, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, appeared in federal court Wednesday in Albuquerque on a criminal...

11/29/2018

article Navajo Nation approves legislation to protect Navajo children from human trafficking
(Arizona) -- On Nov. 19, the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee approved legislation which seeks to amend the Navajo Nation Department of Family Services...
article Navajo president, others call for APS action
(New Mexico) -- The president of the Navajo Nation, the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the mother of a Native American student are urging...

11/27/2018

article Leader of Navajo Nation demands action for 'cultural assault' at high school
(New Mexico) -- President Russell Begaye of the Navajo Nation is calling on the state of New Mexico to take action following an incident of "cultural assault"...

11/26/2018

article Navajos Seek Court Order to Fix Signatures on Early Ballots
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is seeking a court order to allow tribal members to fix problems with signatures on early ballots in Arizona's general election...
article International Uranium Film Festival returns to Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- Documentaries that share stories about uranium mining and its legacy on Native American communities will be shown when the International Uranium Film...

11/24/2018

article Navajos seek court order to fix signatures on early ballots
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is seeking a court order to allow tribal members to fix problems with signatures on early ballots in Arizona's general election...
article How one man is teaching America to speak Navajo
(Utah) -- Every morning, students in the sprawling San Juan School District in Utah place their right hands over their hearts and recite a pledge. Despite two centuries...

11/23/2018

article Navajo Nation, state land office complete land transfer
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation and the New Mexico State Land Office have finalized a land exchange for areas that include part of San Juan County. The entities...
article Federal grant to help tribe's probation, parole services
(Arizona) -- A Navajo Nation program that assists former inmates with their integration back into society has been awarded a federal grant. The Navajo Nation Probation...

11/21/2018

article Incoming Navajo Nation president, vice president name transition team
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President-elect Jonathan Nez and Vice President-elect Myron Lizer have named several campaign members and former tribal government officials...
article Navajo Nation alleges elections officials discriminated against tribe's voters
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has filed a lawsuit alleging that elections officials in three Arizona counties discriminated against tribal members and haven't...
article Former Navajo Nation employee given jail time for forgery
(Arizona) -- A former community service coordinator in Twin Lakes on the Navajo Nation has been sentenced to jail for forgery. Ronda Leonard began serving her 90-day...

11/20/2018

article Navajo Nation files suit saying Arizona, counties discriminated against tribal voters
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is claiming that Arizona and several counties illegally discriminated against tribal members and kept them from having their votes counted...
article Begaye Against New Medicaid Rule
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has a problem with a new change in requirements for Medicaid recipients. The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid...

11/19/2018

article US EPA provides update on Gold King Mine area
(Colorado) -- A small number of residents of Navajo Nation chapters along the San Juan River listened to an update on Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection...
article Navajo man no longer faces death penalty in officer’s slaying
(New Mexico) -- Federal prosecutors will not pursue the death penalty after all in the case of a Navajo man accused of killing a tribal police officer last year. With...

11/18/2018

article Navajo Nation president extends crop insurance amid drought
(Arizona) -- Outgoing Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has extended the tribe's crop insurance amid ongoing extreme drought conditions. The Gallup Independent...

11/17/2018

article How Star Wars 'made it possible to open a world of speaking Navajo'
(New Mexico) -- In 2013, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was released on DVD dubbed in Navajo. Five years later, the Navajo-language cast reunited at Indigenous Comic...

11/16/2018

article Navajo Leaders Meet with White House Officials to Prevent NGS Closure
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is continuing to pursue the purchase of the Navajo Generating Station ahead of its planned closure next year. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius...
article Transition going smoothly – so far
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council and president’s office is in discussions on how to handle the transition from the Begaye-Nez administration to the Nez-Lizer...
article Turned Away Navajo Voters Get Another Chance To Cast Ballots
(Arizona) -- Navajo voters who couldn't vote on election day due to a ballot shortage have until Nov. 21 to cast new ballots. The tribe was choosing a new president...
article Gay ex-Mormon campaigns to lead the Navajo Nation in ‘Moroni for President’
(Utah) -- “Moroni for President” is about a gay man, raised as a Latter-day Saint, who ran for president of the Navajo Nation. And it’s a lot more...

11/15/2018

article Navajo Officials Reach Out to Tribal Voters After Election Day Ballot Shortage
(Arizona) -- A ballot shortage on the Navajo Nation during last week’s election prevented some tribal members from voting. Now, officials are allowing some who...
article Navajo Delegate Wants HUD Secretary to Visit
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s no secret that the Navajo Nation has a serious need for housing, and Council Delegate Walter Phelps wants Ben Carson, the secretary of...
article Middle school students feature Navajo history in shadow play
(New Mexico) -- Tsé Bit A'í Middle School sixth-grader Kaleah Redshirt listened to directions for moving her arms while rehearsing Tuesday for a play she and her...
article Bloomfield man accused of stabbing three people with scissors
(New Mexico) -- A Bloomfield man is accused of stabbing three men with scissors near the Farmington Indian Center Wednesday afternoon. Calvin Begay, 42, is accused of...

11/14/2018

article Arizona man convicted in first-degree murder of girlfriend
(Arizona) -- A federal jury has convicted an Arizona man for the first-degree murder of his girlfriend, and of other violent crimes including using a machete to assault...

11/13/2018

article 4 dead, 1 wounded in apparent murder-suicide in Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- The FBI said four people are dead and a woman wounded after an apparent murder-suicide on the Navajo Nation in northwestern New Mexico. They said one of...
article Navajo Election Administration OKs extra voting days
(Arizona) -- In response to the ballot shortage that occurred during the Navajo Nation general election last week, the Navajo Election Administration has authorized...

11/12/2018

article Baylor beats ASU women's basketball on the Rez
(Arizona) -- The Showdown on the Rez featured live performances of Navajo music, ESPN rolling into the Navajo Nation and traditional gifts for both coaches, not to...

11/11/2018

article Looming Shutdown Of The Navajo Generating Station Means New Jobs Far From Home
(Arizona) -- Navajo leaders are scrambling to find a new owner for the west's largest coal-fired plant, the Navajo Generating Station in northern Arizona. For four...
article ‘Showdown on the Rez’: ASU women take basketball game to Navajo Reservation
(Arizona) -- Inspired to do more for the Native American community, the Arizona State women’s basketball team will play a game on the Navajo Reservation Sunday...

11/10/2018

article Elections director fired
(Arizona) -- After a disastrous election in which at least 16 chapters ran out of ballots and handled it in various ways, the Navajo Nation Board of Election Supervisors...
article Navajo Nation allows members to vote after ballot shortage
(Arizona) -- FJ Thompson headed to a polling site to vote in the Navajo Nation election this week only to be told it had run out of ballots. She and about 30 others...

11/9/2018

article With Decisive Victory, Navajo Nation President-Elect Talks Ruling with a Mandate of the People
(Arizona) -- On Tuesday, Jonathan Nez won a decisive victory in the Navajo Nation general election. According to the Navajo Election Administration, Nez, and his running...
article Hart student helps keep Navajo culture alive for reservation girls
(Illinois) -- Nizhoni Ward, an eighth-grader at James Hart School in Homewood, stands out immediately from her peers. Her commitment to advocacy is striking, her passion...

11/7/2018

article Navajo Lawmaker Resigns Post to Work for Tribal President
(Arizona) -- A Navajo Nation lawmaker has resigned his post to work for the tribal president. The tribe's elections office declared a vacancy for Dwight Witherspoon...
article Nez elected to lead Navajo Nation, warns of tough times
(Arizona) -- Jonathan Nez has been elected president of the Navajo Nation and is warning of tough times ahead for the tribe on the largest Native American reservation in...

11/6/2018

article Nez leads Shirley in vote for Navajo presidency
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez had a significant lead late Tuesday over his opponent in the race for the tribe's top post, but the election...

11/5/2018

article Native Americans Face Challenges When Voting
(Arizona) -- The Navajo will elect a new president on Tuesday. Jonathan Nez, the current vice president, faces off against two-time President Joe Shirley Jr. at a...

11/4/2018

article Navajo Nation seeks to acquire northern Arizona coal power plant
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is looking at acquiring a northern Arizona coal-fired power plant after its owners failed to find another buyer. With the Salt River...
article Shirley: If missionaries can learn Navajo, so can Diné
(Arizona) -- If Mormon missionaries can arrive on the Navajo Nation fluent in Diné bizaad, there’s no reason Navajos can’t learn it, candidate for president...

11/3/2018

article Out of options, the Navajo Nation seeks to take over troubled NGS coal plant
(Arizona) -- With no power companies willing to take the risk, the Navajo Nation on Friday said it wants control of a troubled coal plant near Page that is slated to...
article Navajo Nation appeals federal court ruling in Wells Fargo case
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is appealing its federal case against Wells Fargo Bank, in addition to filing a separate lawsuit in tribal court. The latest action by the...

11/2/2018

article Candidates for governor court Native American voters
(New Mexico) -- Candidates for governor of New Mexico courted Native American communities that account for roughly one in 10 voters statewide on Wednesday, during the...
article Sinema talks respect, protection for sovereignty
(Arizona) -- Former Navajo Nation Chairman and President Peterson Zah introduced U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., as “shi shima” to the crowd of about 75...

11/1/2018

article Navajo Considers Buying Coal-Fired Power Plant on Its Land
(Arizona) -- As states shy away from coal-fired power, a northern Arizona tribe is exploring the purchase of a coal plant on its land. The Navajo Generating Station near...
article Diné cuisine making ripples in slow food world
(Arizona) -- You wanna talk about slow food? It has taken traditional Native American cuisine a thousand years to be recognized in international foodie circles …...

10/31/2018

article Navajo Leaders Explore Purchasing the Navajo Generating Station
(Arizona) -- Two investment firms announced last month they’d no longer pursue the purchase of the Navajo Generating Station. Now, with no other potential buyers,...
article Navajo Nation Spokesman Calls Tom Steyer’s Green Energy Campaign A ‘Slap In The Face’
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation leaders are not supportive of Tom Steyer’s campaign to force Arizona into dramatically increasing its renewable energy mandate, a...

10/30/2018

article Begaye asks Arizona legislators to prioritize Navajo roads
(Arizona) -- In front of an audience of Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) officials and state lawmakers, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye lobbied for...
article Navajo Nation president endorses Shirley-Nygren ticket
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye is backing tribal presidential candidate Joe Shirley Jr. Begaye, who ran unsuccessfully for re-election in August...
article Navajo To Appeal Dismissal Of Case Against Wells Fargo
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is appealing the dismissal of a lawsuit it filed against Wells Fargo, accusing the company of engaging in predatory and unlawful practices...

10/29/2018

article Navajo Nation President Endorses Former Leader Over His VP
(New Mexico) -- Russell Begaye beat Joe Shirley Jr. to become president of the Navajo Nation. Begaye, now the outgoing president, is endorsing Shirley to succeed him....

10/28/2018

article Seasoned politicians face off in Navajo presidential race
(Arizona) -- On the vast Navajo Nation, the needs are many: more police officers and better pay, housing, social services, roads and water. With the expected closure of...

10/27/2018

article FBI: Navajo Man From Fruitland Gets 20 Years
(New Mexico) -- U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge James C. Langenberg of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, and Director Jesse Delmar of the...
article Family, tribal leaders remember former council delegate
(New Mexico) -- A former Navajo Nation Council delegate who died on Saturday is being remembered for his devotion to family and his willingness to share his political...

10/26/2018

article Court rules against challenge to presidential candidate's eligibility
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Supreme Court has determined that Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez remains an eligible candidate for the tribe's presidential...

10/24/2018

article Navajo Nation looks to Zumba and taxes to curb obesity
(Arizona) -- When Denisa Livingston and a group of Navajo women danced the Zumba in front of their council chamber, it raised a few eyebrows among the North American...
article Navajo Nation fights obesity with Zumba and junk food tax
(Arizona) -- When Denisa Livingston and a group of Navajo women started to dance the Zumba in front of their council chamber, it raised a few eyebrows among the North...

10/22/2018

article Potential Closure Of Navajo Generating Station Brings Dramatic Change For Navajo
(Arizona) -- From the LeChee Chapter House just south of Page, three smokestacks poke through the horizon like a pitchfork. They belong to the west's largest coal-...

10/20/2018

article Nez, Shirley square off in first Navajo Nation presidential debate
(Arizona) -- Jonathan Nez and Joe Shirley Jr. responded to questions that centered on various topics during the first debate of the Navajo Nation presidential race here...
article Yazzie appeals decision about Nez's presidential candidacy
(Arizona) -- Former Navajo Nation presidential candidate Vincent H. Yazzie has appealed a ruling issued last month that allowed Jonathan Nez to remain a candidate for...

10/17/2018

article How the Navajo Nation Is Reclaiming Food Sovereignty
(Arizona) -- In the middle of the Arizona desert, within the 27,000-square-mile Navajo Nation, sits a half-acre garden oasis, bustling with fresh-grown veggies and...
article FBI: Navajo Man Gets 60 Months For Firearms Offenses, Including Discharging Weapon Near School
(New Mexico) -- Eric Multine, 33, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque to 60 months in...

10/16/2018

article Filling big shoes: Navajo Hopi Honor Riders seek new vice president
(Arizona) -- Navajo Hopi Honor Riders (NHHR) Board of Directors will need to fill some big shoes. On June 19, NHHR Vice President Chris West resigned from the non-profit...

10/12/2018

article Navajo Leadership Being Lobbied to Reject Coal Power Plant
(Arizona) -- A New York sustainable-energy consultant will meet with the Navajo Nation’s political leadership Oct. 20 in a bid to convince the tribe not to buy the...

10/11/2018

article Diné Development Corporation contributes $350,000 to the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- At the start of Wednesday’s Budget and Finance Committee meeting, Diné Development Corporation CEO Austin Tsosie presented $350,000 to the Navajo Nation, a...

10/5/2018

article Navajo Supreme Court upholds presidential candidate's eligibility
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Supreme Court has upheld a quasijudicial body's decision that Joe Shirley Jr. is eligible to run for the tribal presidency.
article Tribe Mourning Death of Navajo Nation Lawmaker
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation officials say a tribal lawmaker has died. Steven Begay represented a handful of communities in northwestern New Mexico on the Navajo Nation...

10/4/2018

article Navajo court rules in favor of former two-term president
(Arizona) -- Former two-term Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. can continue his run for the tribe's top elected office. The Navajo Nation Supreme Court made...

10/3/2018

article A revival for the Navajo Nation’s police force
(Arizona) -- In her second month as a police officer, 40-year-old Marinda Singer drove a Navajo Police Department SUV out to Asaayi Lake, an hour north of Window Rock,...

10/2/2018

article A revival for the Navajo Nation’s police force
(Arizona) -- In her second month as a police officer, 40-year-old Marinda Singer drove a Navajo Police Department SUV out to Asaayi Lake, an hour north of Window Rock,...
article Approval of Navajo Nation fiscal year budget causes legal review
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has signed the tribe's fiscal year 2019 budget, and his action has caused a council delegate to question its...
article Historic move creates new schools, deans at Dine College
(Arizona) -- Diné College officially created four new schools and new deans as of Fall 2017 and with the start of a new full semester this year, officials are lauding...

10/1/2018

article A revival for the Navajo Nation’s police force
(Arizona) -- In her second month as a police officer, 40-year-old Marinda Singer drove a Navajo Police Department SUV out to Asaayi Lake, an hour north of Window Rock,...
article Challenge against presidential candidate's eligibility continued
(Arizona) -- Former Navajo presidential candidate Vincent H. Yazzie has filed an appeal to the Navajo Nation Supreme Court, challenging a quasijudicial body's...

9/30/2018

article Travel Center breaks ground, intern program unveiled
(Arizona) -- Dalphianna Prettysongs was accepted into law school, but instead she is one of 20 interns working on the Navajo reservation, part of an internship program...
article Justice Department seeks dismissal from tribe’s lawsuit in Loreal Tsingine death
(Arizona) -- Attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department want a federal judge to drop a lawsuit that faulted the office for not prosecuting an Arizona police officer in a...
article Medical transports spreading alcoholism?
(Arizona) -- In the nearly four years since Nahata’ Dziil won the battle to close down the Old Red Barn liquor store and persuade the Arizona Liquor License Board...

9/29/2018

article Navajo commission hears report from feds about abandoned uranium mines
(New Mexico) -- Work continues across the Navajo Nation to study and reach conclusions about the impact of uranium mining and processing on tribal land. The Diné Uranium...

9/25/2018

article OP/ED: Navajo Nation lacks educated leadership
(Arizona) -- One does not need to look too far to conclude that we’ve clearly had a failure of leadership. Disappointingly, our political system is not working as...
article Override targets Navajo president’s veto for salary increases
(New Mexico) -- A Navajo Nation Council delegate has introduced legislation to override tribal President Russell Begaye’s veto of a referendum that would have...
article Travel Center breaks ground, intern program unveiled
(Arizona) -- Dalphianna Prettysongs was accepted into law school, but instead she is one of 20 interns working on the Navajo reservation, part of an internship program...
article Look who’s laughing now; the 50 years of Diné College
(Arizona) -- Radio announcer Raymond Nakai hosted a popular radio show in the 1950s. “Navajos need their own college,” he once said. Then a few years later...

9/24/2018

article Navajo Nation to Pursue More Viable Options for Coal Plant
(Arizona) -- After the deal between Avenue Capital and Middle River Power broke down, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye announced that the Navajo Nation would move...

9/23/2018

article Potential buyer for Navajo Generating Station out, plant closure likely
(Arizona) -- The investment firm that was interested in buying the Navajo Generating Station broke off its pursuit this week, making the closure of the plant next year...
article Lizer surprised to be called ‘controversial’
(Arizona) -- Myron Lizer is not who the Navajo Nation expected Jonathan Nez to pick as a running mate. He’s not from New Mexico, is not a fluent Navajo speaker,...
article Nygren never felt like he wasn’t Diné
(Arizona) -- Buu Nygren, vice president pick for Joe Shirley Jr., has never felt like he wasn’t Navajo. Nygren grew up like a lot of Navajo kids with his single...
article 'It runs in her culture': Spelling bees transforming one Navajo community
(Arizona) -- “Spessartine.” Standing center stage at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Kelly Haven repeated the word pensively. She shifted in her...

9/22/2018

article Travel center part of Navajo plan to develop I-40 corridor
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is bringing student interns on board as it develops and builds a travel center at the tribe’s casino east of Flagstaff. As many as...
article Four contestants vie for Ms. Indian San Juan College
(New Mexico) -- Ms. Indian San Juan College contestant Twyla George showed a video of herself cooking blue corn mush during the pageant's traditional foods...

9/21/2018

article Travel center part of Navajo plan to develop I-40 corridor
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is bringing student interns on board as it develops and builds a travel center at the tribe’s casino east of Flagstaff. As many as...
article Potential buyers for largest coal plant in the Western US back out
(Arizona) -- Two investment companies that had been negotiating a purchase of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) outside of Page, Arizona, have decided to end talks...
article Death of Navajo coal plant deal will have wide-ranging consequences for tribes
(Arizona) -- With the only potential buyer backing out of a deal Thursday, the future of the Navajo Generating Station coal plant near Page, and the Navajo and Hopi...
article Begaye Vetoes Raise Proposal
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has gone on record supporting a wage increase for tribal employees, but apparently not all employees. Begaye vetoed a...
article Look who’s laughing now; the 50 years of Diné College
(Arizona) -- Radio announcer Raymond Nakai hosted a popular radio show in the 1950s. “Navajos need their own college,” he once said. Then a few years later...

9/20/2018

article Navajo Nation breaks ground on travel center near Flagstaff (updated)
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is bringing student interns on board as it develops and builds a travel center at the tribe’s casino east of Flagstaff. Up to 20...

9/19/2018

article Navajo Nation breaks ground on travel center near Flagstaff
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is breaking ground on a travel center at its casino east of Flagstaff. Tribal lawmakers finalized a $10 million loan agreement for...
article Coconino Voices: The effects of uranium mining on Navajo lands
(Arizona) -- When I left my Navajo home for college after high school, it was considered taboo to my community and family. As a Native American man, going to study and...

9/18/2018

article Begaye calls for general wage increase to build tribal workforce
(Arizona) -- In prioritizing job creation and economic development, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye supports a general wage increase that will build and retain...

9/17/2018

article Complaints filed against Navajo presidential candidates
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation presidential candidate Jonathan Nez is facing allegations he violated the tribe's election law for failing to list a conviction for...

9/15/2018

article Results from Navajo Nation primary election certified
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Board of Election Supervisors certified the results from the tribe's Aug. 28 primary election during a meeting here on Thursday. Board...

9/14/2018

article Official pleads no contest to fraud
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials say a former K'ai'bii'to' chapter accounts maintenance specialist has pleaded no contest to one count each of fraud and forgery.
article Navajo VP Faces Challenge In Campaign For President
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez is facing a challenge in his bid for the tribe's top elected post. One of Nez's primary election opponents...
article Results from Navajo Nation primary election certified
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Board of Election Supervisors certified the results from the tribe's Aug. 28 primary election during a meeting here on Thursday. Board...

9/13/2018

article Navajo VP faces challenge in bid for presidency
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez is facing a challenge in his bid for the tribe's top elected post. One of Nez's primary election opponents...
article Ex-Navajo Nation chapter employee pleads no contest to fraud
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials say a former K'ai'bii'to' chapter accounts maintenance specialist has pleaded no contest to one count each of fraud...

9/11/2018

article Navajo activists converge on New York City to send anti-coal message to billionaire investo
(New York) -- In a steady rain, more than a dozen Navajo Nation and Hope Tribe members protested Monday outside the New York City offices of Avenue Capital Group, a...
article Navajo activists protest company eyeing coal-fired plant
(New York) -- About a dozen Navajos traveled to New York City to protest a company eyeing a coal-fired power plant on their reservation. The Navajo Generating Station...
article US Justice Department Seeks Dismissal From Tribe's Lawsuit
(Arizona) -- Attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department want a federal judge to drop a lawsuit that faulted the office for not prosecuting an Arizona police officer in a...

9/10/2018

article Navajo Travel to NY to Protest Coal Plant
(New York) -- Members of the Navajo Nation are in New York City Monday to call attention to the fate of the biggest coal power plant in the West. The Navajo Generating...
article Navajo Nation Council sets fiscal year 2019 budget
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council will send a comprehensive budget of approximately $767 million for fiscal year 2019 to tribal President Russell Begaye. Navajo...
article Navajo official: Break up ANSBI
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation’s top educator is recommending that Alamo Navajo School be separated from the other entities the Alamo Navajo School Board oversees...

9/9/2018

article Navajo Nation celebrates expansion of largest solar energy project on reservation
(Arizona) -- On Aug. 23, Council Delegate Alton Joe Shepherd spoke on behalf of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council at the groundbreaking celebration for the Kayenta Solar...
article Nez names longtime business owner as vice president
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation presidential candidate Jonathan Nez named a longtime business owner as his running mate, while candidate Joe Shirley Jr. had to rescind his...
article Shirley’s VP will push small business
(Arizona) -- Buu Nygren attended Joe Shirley Jr.’s announcement of his running mate on Tuesday with the intention of just showing support. The 31-year-old had...
article With fair underway, bill requests $1.1M
(Arizona) -- As the annual Navajo Nation Fair headed into a busy weekend of events, Council delegates Wednesday were still scheduled to consider a $1.1 million request...

9/8/2018

article Interim CEO at NAPI placed on leave
(New Mexico) -- The interim CEO for Navajo Agricultural Products Industry has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation into allegations...

9/6/2018

article Navajo candidates endorse Lujan Grisham for New Mexico gov
(New Mexico) -- The remaining two presidential candidates of the nation's largest American Indian reservation have endorsed Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham for New...

9/5/2018

article The Navajo Are Still Here—and He Ran 330 Miles to Prove It
(Arizona) -- As predawn light colored the eastern Arizona sky, Edison Eskeets walked alone toward the south rim of Arizona’s Canyon de Chelly and gazed out at...

9/4/2018

article Shirley picks high school principal as running mate
(Arizona) -- Candidate for president Joe Shirley Jr. announced Peter Deswood III as his vice-president pick. Deswood is Tachiinii, born for Kinlichiini. He’s from...
article Tribally owned solar power plant beats the skeptics, odds on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Deenise Becenti remembers watching this summer as a woman in the Navajo Nation who had been waiting more than 20 years to get electricity in her home...
article Nation continues investment to protect agriculture, livestock and rangeland
(Arizona) -- The Budget and Finance Committee adopted a fund management plan for the Agricultural Infrastructure Fund as mandated by the Síhasin Fund Pasture Range and...

8/31/2018

article Navajo Nation Drinking Water Regulatory Authority Expands
(Arizona) -- The U.S. EPA and the Navajo Nation announced the tribe has been granted primary enforcement and oversight authority for 12 additional public drinking water...
article Navajo Nation Drinking Water Regulatory Authority Expands
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. EPA and the Navajo Nation announced the tribe has been granted primary enforcement and oversight authority for 12 additional public...
article Navajo Ultra Marathoner Shares Spiritual Side Of Running In New Film
(Arizona) -- A new documentary screens today in Flagstaff, showcasing the spiritual and enlightening side of running. The film, “3100: Run and Become”...

8/29/2018

article Navajos Select Two Well-Known Politicians To Face Off For President
(Arizona) -- Voters on the country's largest American Indian reservation have advanced two seasoned politicians vying for the presidency to the general election.

8/28/2018

article Navajos advance 2 seasoned politicians vying for presidency
(Arizona) -- Voters on the country’s largest American Indian reservation have advanced two seasoned politicians vying for the presidency to the general election....
article Voters narrow down field for Navajo Nation's highest office
(New Mexico) -- In Gallup, New Mexico, onlookers lined the streets for the 97th annual Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. Parades, powwows and other events draw...
article Potential new coal plant operator offers few details
(Arizona) -- A Chicago-based company in negotiations to take over a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona said it would run the generating station at less than half...
article Navajo committee supports proposed referendum to increase president’s salary
(Arizona) -- On Aug. 20, the Law and Order Committee considered legislation to approve an election referendum to allow Navajo voters to decide whether to amend the...
article Speaker Bates outlines priorities for new BIA Navajo Regional Director
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates met with new Bureau of Indian Affairs Regional director and provided an overview of ongoing issues and outlined...

8/26/2018

article Potential new Ariz. coal plant operator offers few new details
(Arizona) -- A Chicago-based company in negotiations to take over a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona said it would run the generating station at less than half...
article Proposals made for funding under crop insurance payment
(New Mexico) -- Proposals to use the first-year payment received by the Navajo Nation from a crop insurance policy, obtained due to ongoing drought conditions, have been...
article Farmington Hills City Gallery features First Nations artist’s quilts
(New Mexico) -- The works of an artist whose ancestors used the Farmington area region as hunting grounds will be featured in a Farmington Hills city gallery from August...
article NAPI contractor hits man sleeping in field
(New Mexico) -- A contractor for Navajo Agricultural Products Industry was involved in an accident that left a man injured early Thursday in a field near Navajo Route 36.
article Naschitti Chapter replaces homes lost in Assayii Lake Fire
(New Mexico) -- Emma Roanhorse sat on a log Tuesday a few feet from the remains of a cabin she had lived in while spending her summers on Ch'ooshgai Mountain. For...

8/25/2018

article Navajo Nation solar facility expansion expected to double power output
(Arizona) -- A solar facility in Navajo Nation is expected to double the number of homes it can provide renewable energy to over the next year. Navajo Nation broke...

8/24/2018

article Navajo voters will pick presidential candidates from among 18 hopefuls
(New Mexico) -- In Gallup, New Mexico, onlookers lined the streets for the 97th annual Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. Parades, powwows and other events draw...

8/23/2018

article Navajo Nation to choose from record number of presidential hopefuls, including 3 women
(Arizona) -- Louva Dahozy sat in the front of a crowded casino ballroom listening to a record number of candidates for Navajo Nation president outline plans for economic...

8/21/2018

article Get to Know the Navajo Creating BuzzFeed’s Digital Tools
(Indian Country) -- Joseph Bergen, Navajo, creates digital tools that streamline BuzzFeed’s media production. The company’s innovation-obsessed culture...
article Begaye addresses framework for Little Colorado River water rights settlement
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye met with Interior Department representatives Aug. 16, to discuss the framework for a settlement of Navajo water...
article The Navajo-Hopi Observer sat down with CD1 candidate and business woman Tiffany Shedd
(Arizona) -- Businesswoman Tiffany Shedd is running for Congress in District One so she can give rural Arizonans a voice as her emphasis is on providing local control. “...
article Design work set for new judicial, public safety complex
(New Mexico) -- A proposal to build a new facility here to house law enforcement, tribal courts, prosecutor's office and detention center remains in progress. An...
article Design work set for new judicial, public safety complex
(New Mexico) -- A proposal to build a new facility here to house law enforcement, tribal courts, prosecutor's office and detention center remains in progress.
article Nation supports funding for expansion of NAU's Native American Cultural Center
(Arizona) -- On Aug. 16, the Naabik’iyátí’ Committee issued a “do pass” recommendation for legislation approving a grant in the amount of $3...

8/20/2018

article Middle River Power Presents Plan to Save the Navajo Generating Station by Varying Capacity
(Arizona) -- In the words of the Rolling Stones, you can’t always get what you want, but if you try, you can get what you need. That seems to be the case with the...
article Shiprock man gets 13 years in prison in stabbing death
(New Mexico) -- A Shiprock man who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a woman in his home on the Navajo Nation is going to prison. A federal judge in New Mexico...

8/19/2018

article Navajo Nation President Addresses Framework for Main Stem & LCR Water Settlement
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye met with Interior Department representatives on Thursday, August 16, to discuss the framework for a settlement of...

8/17/2018

article Navajo officials bid farewell to Indian Affairs director
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials are bidding farewell to their region's director for the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. The tribe says Sharon Pinto has been...

8/16/2018

article Potential Navajo Station Operator—Less Capacity Equals More Profit
(Arizona) -- The possible new operator of the largest coal-fired power plant in the western U.S. told Arizona regulators this week the company would run the Navajo...

8/15/2018

article Chicago firm details plans to take over Navajo Coal-Fired Plant
(Arizona) -- A Chicago-based company in negotiations to take over a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona said it would run the generating station at less than half...
article Tribally owned solar power plant beats skeptics, odds on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Deenise Becenti remembers watching this summer as a woman in the Navajo Nation who had been waiting more than 20 years to get electricity in her home...

8/14/2018

article Bills propose referendums for Navajo Nation general election ballot
(Arizona) -- Two pieces of legislation are each proposing referendums be placed on the Navajo Nation's Nov. 6 general election ballot. One involves salaries for the...
article Candidate forum set for Navajo Nation Council seat
(Arizona) -- A group on the Navajo Nation has organized a candidate forum for the three individuals seeking to represent the chapters of Beclabito, Cove, Gadii'ahi-...
article Naabik’iyátí’ Recommends Expenditure
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council’s Naabik’iyátí’ Committee wants to use a $3 million grant from the Unreserved, Undesignated Fund to allow...
article Rep. Tom O’Halleran sits down with the Navajo-Hopi Observer to talk Native issues
(Arizona) -- Rep. Tom O’Halleran recently visited the Navajo Nation to hear the concerns of his constituents. He said jobs, education, health care and veterans...
article Navajo Housing Authority hires new CEO, Craig Dougall
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Housing Authority (NHA), announced its Board of Commissioners have selected and appointed Mr. Craig Dougall as its new Chief Executive Officer....

8/12/2018

article Hundreds of Navajo farmers, ranchers sue over Gold King Mine spill
(New Mexico) -- Nearly 300 farmers and ranchers on the Navajo Nation affected by the 2015 Gold King Mine spill filed a lawsuit last week alleging gross negligence on the...
article Navajo Delegate Nathaniel Brown advocates for elder rights and protections
(Arizona) -- On July 25, Council Delegate Nathaniel Brown provided the keynote address at the Elder Abuse Awareness Conference held at the Monument Valley High School...
article Schools serving Navajo Nation, strapped for resources to transport kids long distances, hope for bus money
(Arizona) -- Every morning, Nora John and her two children climb into her pickup truck and drive. They cover miles over sloping hills that tilt the truck sideways,...

8/11/2018

article Navajo Nation official pleads not guilty to $6M theft charge
(Arizona) -- A Navajo Nation official has been accused of unlawfully transferring $6 million of Ramah Navajo Chapter funds to different investing companies without...

8/9/2018

article TBT: 50 Years Ago: Annie Wauneka pummels DNA legal services director [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- What happened on Aug. 6, 1968, on the Navajo Reservation had never happened before and stories about it made news all over the country. The...

8/8/2018

article Funding targeted for hotel, restaurant project for Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- A project designed to help bring a hotel and restaurant to Shiprock received a boost last week when $2.8 million was authorized for infrastructure costs...

8/7/2018

article Casting call goes out for the first Navajo language puppet TV show
(Arizona) -- “Diné Bí Ná’álkid Time!” the first educational Navajo and English puppet show to teach the Navajo language and culture through digital...
article Navajo Nation launches program to manage horse population
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation is offering $50 for each surrendered horse to encourage the removal of unbranded, free-roaming horses from tribal land.

8/6/2018

article Navajo agency rolls out program to manage feral horse population
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation Department of Agriculture has developed a program to encourage the removal of unbranded free-roaming horses from tribal land because of...

8/5/2018

article Auto group accused of deceptive practices to sell to Navajos
(Arizona) -- The Federal Trade Commission is accusing an auto group in the U.S. Southwest of using deceptive and unlawful practices to sell vehicles to Navajos. The...
article FBI offers $1,000 reward in 2017 stabbing death
(New Mexico) -- The FBI says it's offering a reward for information that will lead to an arrest and conviction in a Navajo Nation stabbing death last year. In a...

8/2/2018

article Voters pack Twin Arrows
(Arizona) -- Former delegate and vice president Rex Lee Jim never told his colleagues that he helped draft the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous...

7/31/2018

article Workshop focuses on solar development opportunities for Navajo Nation chapters
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation chapters could see financial rewards if they develop solar arrays, but they likely would face numerous challenges in developing those...
article Council delegate: Navajo Nation’s correctional facilities do not have nurses or medical staff
(Arizona) -- On July 23, the Indian Health Service was requested to assign adequate medical staff at all of the Navajo Nation correctional facilities to ensure the...
article New Mexico city bordering Navajo Nation sees tourism jump
(New Mexico) -- A western New Mexico city that bills itself as the gateway to Native American culture is experiencing a tourism boom. Officials in Gallup, New Mexico,...

7/30/2018

article Manchester attic home to 'lost' Navajo treaty
(Massachusetts) -- On June 1, 1868, in the desert heat and dust of Fort Sumner, New Mexico, representatives of the United States government and the Navajo Nation signed...

7/29/2018

article Weaver’s work embodies Navajo myth, ritual
(New Mexico) -- When the mother of Eric-Paul Riege was growing up, home was the metronomic thump of her mother’s loom. When her son began weaving, her eyes welled...

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