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The only Native American on federal death row claims execution would be 'unjust' because Navajo Nation disavows capital punishment

Attorneys for the only Native American man on death row, who is among the five men scheduled for the first federal executions since 2003, have said that his death would be a violation of tribal sovereignty. Lezmond Charles Mitchell, 37, is set to be executed on December 11 for the 2001 murders of Alyce Slim, 63, and her nine-year-old granddaughter Tiffany Lee on Navajo reservation land in Arizona.

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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...
article BOOK: In 'Canyon Dreams,' a Navajo town struggles to survive in an often hostile world
(Indian Country) -- College and professional sports have a way of dominating the national headlines. But in some parts of America, high school athletics have become...

11/21/2019

article High court: Deputy AG illegally practicing law
(Arizona) -- What was explained as an honest mistake the Navajo Nation Supreme Court considers unlawfully practicing law — and it could impact the deputy attorney...
article 'Let’s put this in the hopper': NDC health care work session spurs more questions
(Arizona) -- A work session on Navajo taking control of the state-run Medicaid program “started a dialogue,” but more questions need to be answered, Speaker Seth Damon...
article High court: Deputy AG illegally practicing law
(Arizona) -- What was explained as an honest mistake the Navajo Nation Supreme Court considers unlawfully practicing law — and it could impact the deputy attorney...

11/20/2019

article NAC: The future of coal in tribal economic development
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation president Jonathan Nez pulled backing for the Navajo Transitional Energy Company, after the company announced it’s purchase of coal...
article BOOK REVIEW: ‘Canyon Dreams’: A new book tells the remarkable story of a high school basketball team on the Navajo nation
(Washington D.C.) -- Veteran journalist Michael Powell just published his first book, and it’s exactly what I would expect from a great writer and reporter: a...

11/19/2019

article Navajo Nation invests $19 million in nitrile glove manufacturing facility
(New Mexico) -- On Nov. 11, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez was joined by Rhino Health, LLC, CEO Mark Lee to sign into law Resolution CO-31-19, which appropriates...
article Navajo Nation OKs land lease agreement for NAPI
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is leasing approximately 7,000 acres of land to the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry for its existing farming operations located...

11/18/2019

article Energy Journal: The Navajo Nation won’t back a coal firm’s expansion into Wyoming. Here’s why.
(Wyoming) -- In an announcement this summer that shocked the industry and the Navajo Nation, coal firm Navajo Transitional Energy Company claimed the winning bid for...
article NTEC pushes on with obtaining bonds for Wyoming, Montana mines
(Montana) -- The Navajo Transitional Energy Company is continuing to work toward securing bonds for its mines in Wyoming and Montana, despite last week's setback by...
article Coal-fired power plant powers off at Navajo Nation in Arizona
(Arizona) -- A massive coal-fired power plant that served customers in the West for nearly 50 years shut down Monday, the latest closure in a shift away from coal and...
article Largest coal plant in the West shuts down, dealing financial losses to Native American tribes
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Generating Station coal-fired power plant burned the last of its coal Monday, marking the end of the plant's 45-year run, Salt River Project...

11/16/2019

article Navajo Nation Administration Completes Earthen Dam Repairs in the Former Bennett Freeze Area
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez met with community members and local officials on Friday, in the community of Tolani Lake, Ariz. to announce the recent...
article NTEC Expects to Secure Bonding and Continue Operations after Navajo Nation Pulls Support
(New Mexico) -- After Tuesday’s decision by the Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer to exercise termination provisions of the...

11/15/2019

article Navajo Nation and IHS Recognize World Diabetes Day with “War on Diabetes” Proclamation
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, and Indian Health Service Principle Deputy Director RADM Michael D. Weahkee issued...

11/14/2019

article NTEC officials confident despite Navajo Nation’s refusal to back new mines
(Wyoming) -- After officials from the Navajo Nation announced the tribe would not financially back bonds the Navajo Transitional Energy Company needs to operate three...
article Owner of Montana, Wyoming mines says it's negotiating with new bond backer
(Montana) -- The owner of three struggling Powder River basin coal mines says it's negotiating with a new broker to back the bonds required to keep the mines...
article We want to be calling the shots’: Naat’aanii partnership poised to deliver Medicaid to Navajo
(Arizona) -- “We’re really excited about this this opportunity because it puts the health-care effort in Navajo hands so we, as Navajo people, through an...

11/13/2019

article Navajo company confident about Wyoming, Montana coal bonding
(Wyoming) -- Navajo tribal energy company officials expressed confidence Wednesday they will be able to secure necessary bonding for recently purchased coal mines in...
article Navajo leader vows no financial backing for tribal coal mines deal
(Arizona) -- The leader the Navajo Nation said it would offer no financial backing for a deal under which a tribal energy company recently bought three coal mines,...
article Navajo leader: Tribe won't back energy company's new mines
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation will not financially back bonds a tribal energy company needs for a trio of newly acquired coal mines off the reservation, the tribal...
article An 'opportunity to showcase our community': Shiprock welcomes U.S. Capitol Christmas tree
(New Mexico) -- When Lynel Jim signed a banner hanging from the side of the display case holding the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, he made sure his signature was...

11/12/2019

article Navajo leader: Tribe won’t back energy company’s new mines
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation will not financially back bonds a tribal energy company needs for a trio of newly acquired coal mines off the reservation, the tribal...
article Navajo Nation rips support of coal company
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation pulled its financial guarantees for the tribe’s coal enterprise, the Navajo Transitional Energy Company, saying the company had...
article Nez, Lizer end indemnity agreement for NTEC
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer have ended the surety agreement that the Navajo Transitional Energy Company was eyeing...
article Utah ethics office rejects complaint against personal attorney for two San Juan County commissioners
(Utah) -- An ethics complaint filed against Steven Boos, the personal attorney for San Juan County Commissioners Willie Grayeyes and Kenneth Maryboy, has been dismissed...
article BLOG: Life on Navajo Land
(Arizona) -- My wife and I recently visited Page, a small town in the north of Arizona at Glen Canyon Dam. The Navajo Reservation surrounds the area and extends some 150...
article BOOK: Rez Ball
(Illinois) -- Nachae Nez is a basketball star at the largest high school on the Navajo Nation, 17.5 million acres sprawling across parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah...
article Navy names new class of ships in honor of the Navajo people
(Louisiana) -- On Oct. 30, Navajo officials joined the U.S. Navy’s Authentication of the Keel Ceremony of the U.S. Navy’s first of class towing and salvage...

11/10/2019

article SRP confirms Navajo Generating Station closure set this week, layoffs or transfers in the works
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Generating Station will shut down for good in a matter of days, the plant’s owners announced this week, once the plant burns through its...
article Utah voters narrowly defeat Prop 10
(Utah) -- A controversial referendum that could have led to a change in San Juan County, Utah’s form of government appears to have lost, but narrowly. The...
article Breaking the silence: Native Americans overcome taboos in battle against suicide
(Arizona) -- On a cool evening, crickets chirp in tall grass. A fresh breeze carries the songs of cicadas, and as members of the White Mountain Apache Tribe come...
article Navajo Prep earns the No. 7 seed in the 3A state volleyball playoffs
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Prep Lady Eagles will again play on the big stage. Navajo Prep (15-7) earned the No. 7 seed in the 3A state volleyball tournament and will...

11/9/2019

article Voters reject ballot measure in Utah opposed by Navajos
(Utah) -- Voters rejected a ballot proposition in Utah that reignited a fierce dispute over Navajo voting rights and could have led to the expansion of a three-person...

11/8/2019

article Voters Reject Ballot Measure in Utah Opposed by Navajos
(Utah) -- Voters rejected a ballot proposition in Utah that reignited a fierce dispute over Navajo voting rights and could have led to the expansion of a three-person...
article SRP confirms that last day for Navajo Generating Station just days away
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Generating Station will shut down for good in a matter of days, the plant’s owners announced this week, once the plant burns through its...
article SRP hit with $53M claim for 'premature' closing of Kayenta coal mine
(Arizona) -- Peabody Energy, the coal company that ran the now-closed Kayenta Mine, says Salt River Project owes it more than $53 million for the "premature"...

11/7/2019

article 2 Dead, 14 Injured During Navajo Ceremony In New Mexico
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico authorities are investigating an incident that happened over the weekend when they found 16 people inside a Hogan who were suffering symptoms...
article Updated: Alamo is scene of hogan fatalities
(New Mexico) -- Two people are dead following a traditional Navajo religious ceremony that had gone terribly wrong at the Alamo Navajo Reservation Saturday. Fourteen...
article Department of Diné Education superintendent to step down
(Arizona) -- The superintendent for the Department of Diné Education has announced his retirement after leading the agency for close to five years. Tommy Lewis Jr....

11/4/2019

article Energy Journal: Diné communities respond to coal mine sale purchases
(Montana) -- Bankrupt coal company Cloud Peak Energy sold off some of the top-producing coal mines in the country to out-of-state coal firm Navajo Transitional Energy...
article New bill continues to question indemnity agreement for NTEC
(Montana) -- A new bill is making a second attempt at preventing the Navajo Nation from being exposed to legal and financial liabilities for coal mine purchases made by...
article After 150 Years, Navajo Win Back Political Power in Utah [sub req]
(Utah) -- Navajo people managed their affairs for centuries in the spectacular buttes and mesas of what is now San Juan County, Utah, until white settlers moved in and...

11/3/2019

article NTEC’s Montana mine reopens, questions remain
(Montana) -- Navajo Transitional Energy Company has signed a 75-day limited waiver of sovereign immunity with the Montana Department of Environment in order to reopen...
article Utah Diné urged to register, vote down Prop 10
(Utah) -- No one likes change and San Juan County is no different. During a press conference Tuesday at the Quality Inn, President Jonathan Nez, former chairman and...
article Navajo police academy bolsters officer ranks
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials said 19 cadets have completed a six-month police academy. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said Friday’s graduation...
article Naatsis’áán Trail Ultra a prayerful experience for some
(Utah) -- Troy A. Eid on Saturday morning ran on a tough, narrow dirt trail through the southern flank of Naatsis’áán laccolith. When he reached the area that...
article Diné College to offer new degree, expand education program next year
(New Mexico) -- Diné College will start the new year by launching a new bachelor's degree in agriculture science. College President Charles "Monty" Roessel...
article Shiprock resident pleads guilty to stabbing man to death in January
(New Mexico) -- A Shiprock man pleaded guilty on Oct. 31 in federal court in Albuquerque to a second-degree murder charge, according to a press release from the U.S....

11/2/2019

article A look at coal-fired power plants set to close in US West
(Arizona) -- One of the largest coal-fired power plants in the U.S. West is shutting down by the end of the year in a region where unemployment is 50 percent or higher...
article Coal plant on tribal land to close after powering US West
(Arizona) -- One of the largest coal-fired power plants in the American West will close before the year ends and others in the region are on track to shut down or reduce...
article No DST in Most of Arizona
(Arizona) -- Most of the US state of Arizona does not use Daylight Saving Time (DST). The exception is the Navajo Nation. Most of Arizona has no Daylight Saving Time....

10/31/2019

article Long-running coal plant on Navajo reservation nears its end
(Arizona) -- Ron Little nestles into a familiar seat aboard a train locomotive and slides the window open, leaning out to get a better view of dozens of rail cars that...
article Keel laid for new ship named after Navajo Nation
(Louisiana) -- A new U.S. Navy ship named after the Navajo Nation is closer to reality after a keel laying ceremony was held on Oct. 30 in Houma, Louisiana. The future...

10/29/2019

article Skinwalkers and other evil creatures
(New Mexico) -- What kind of supernatural creatures do some people believe wander this region? For the Navajo, there are some that are not even human. In the Navajo...
article School Board Members In Navajo Community Accused Of Theft
(New Mexico) -- Three school board members in a small Navajo community in New Mexico are facing federal charges amid accusations they claimed thousands of dollars in...
article Tuba City faces outbreak of syphilis, increase in HIV
(Arizona) -- The Tuba City service area is currently dealing with a syphilis outbreak. Rates have been increasing over the past year which is not uncommon as rates...

10/28/2019

article Spring Creek miners back to work, though sovereignty questions remain
(Montana) -- Hundreds of Wyoming miners returned to work across state lines in Montana this weekend as the brief but shocking closure of the Spring Creek Mine came to an...

10/27/2019

article Tribal mine owner, DEQ reach temporary agreement to reopen state’s largest coal mine
(Montana) -- The Navajo Transitional Energy Company reached a temporary agreement Friday with Montana state regulators to reopen the Spring Creek coal mine in Big Horn...

10/26/2019

article Temporary deal reached in dispute that shuttered Montana's largest coal mine
(Montana) -- Montana officials reached a temporary deal on Friday that will allow one of the largest coal mines in the U.S. to reopen amid a legal dispute with its new...
article CCSD classes help students learn to cook Navajo foods
(New Mexico) -- The blue corn pancake batter sizzled when Alyssa Begaye-Salazar poured it into the frying pan. It was the first time Begaye-Salazar made blue corn...

10/25/2019

article Deal allows Montana coal mine to reopen for now
(Montana) -- Montana officials say they have reached a deal that will allow one of the largest coal mines in the U.S. to reopen -- for now -- amid a legal dispute with...

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