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Sale of Cloud Peak mines leaves Navajo Nation in the dark

As the dust settles after a summer of seismic shifts in Wyoming’s coal industry, the sale of three Powder River Basin mines has entered the final stretch. The auction of bankrupt coal operator Cloud Peak Energy’s mines last month attracted an unexpected player to the basin. Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) placed a winning, multi-million dollar bid on the thermal coal facilities.

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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...

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...
article Light Up the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Since its establishment in 1959, the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority has focused on its primary mission to provide safe, reliable and affordable utility...

10/24/2019

article New tribal owner shuts down MT coal mine; negotiating with state on regulation
(Montana) -- The new tribal owner of Montana’s largest coal mine, the Spring Creek Mine, shut down the mine Thursday, saying it hasn’t reached agreement with...
article The Navy and Navajo Nation: Foundations for a Research Relationship
(New Mexico) -- The Department of the Navy’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) program recently held its first outreach...
article USNS Navajo enveloped in Diné culture
(Louisiana) -- An official ceremony that will mark the beginning of the construction of the USNS Navajo, thanks to the efforts of the late U.S. Sen. John McCain and the...
article Project to restart after American Indian graves disturbed
(Minnesota) -- Officials say a bridge project in Minnesota will get a do-over after an American Indian burial site was disturbed. Minnesota Department of Transportation...

10/23/2019

article Navajo Commission To Assess School Abuse
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission will be holding several public hearings to assess the mistreatment of Native Americans in schools on and off the...
article Are Native American Children Discriminated Against in School?
(Arizona) -- Are Navajo and other Native American students being discriminated against by local schools? The Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission (NNCHR) wants to get...

10/22/2019

article Why Many Navajo Nation Land Owners Aren't Participating In Federal Buy-Back Program
(Arizona) -- Data from the U.S. Interior Department shows fewer members of the Navajo Nation took part in a federal land buy-back program. In fact, the number of Navajo...
article Final Sacred Native Fashion Show held in Tuba City
(Arizona) -- After 11 successful years, the Sacred Native Fashion show runway made its final walk Oct. 12 at the Navajo Museum in Tuba City. The last walk did not...

10/19/2019

article New Navajo Nation Council delegate sworn in
(Arizona) -- Carl Roessel Slater was sworn into office for the Navajo Nation Council on Oct. 10, according to a press release from the Office of the Speaker. Slater will...
article Bill to establish energy office heads to Navajo Nation Council
(Arizona) -- Two pieces of legislation for the Navajo Nation Council to consider at the fall session this week will focus on the future of energy development for the...

10/9/2019

article Court stays execution of Navajo man to hear claim of possible jury bias
(Washington D.C.) -- A divided appeals court has stayed the scheduled December execution of Lezmond Mitchell, a Navajo double-murderer, saying it needs time to consider...
article Proposals would dam Little Colorado River for hydropower
(Arizona) -- The Little Colorado River cuts across the northeast corner of Arizona, emptying its waters into the much-larger Colorado River after a more than 330-mile...
article Execution Of Navajo Man Put On Hold
(Arizona) -- A federal appeals court has stayed the execution of a Navajo man convicted of the murder of two fellow tribal members. He was scheduled to be put to death...

10/8/2019

article US official: Research finds uranium in Navajo women, babies
(New Mexico) -- About a quarter of Navajo women and some infants who were part of a federally funded study on uranium exposure had high levels of the radioactive metal...
article Native Americans say uranium mine is "desecrating" lands
(South Dakota) -- Native Americans opposing the uranium mine near Crow Butte, Nebraska say it's infringing upon their lands. The Oglala Sioux Tribe and Magpie...
article Navajo Man's Love For Outdoors Ignites Creation Of Outdoor Clothing Company
(Arizona) -- Len Necefer grew up on the Navajo Nation, and his childhood was shaped by the outdoors. It wasn’t far from Canyon de Chelly where he said he learned...
article Execution of Navajo man convicted in 2 killings on hold
(Arizona) -- A federal appeals court has stayed the execution of a Navajo man convicted of the murder of a 63-year-old fellow tribal member and her 9-year-old...

10/7/2019

article Research finds uranium in Navajo women and babies
(Arizona) -- About a quarter of Navajo women and some infants who were part of a federally funded study on uranium exposure had high levels of the radioactive metal in...
article ‘It’s time to put a Navajo in Congress’
(New Mexico) -- Two citizens of the Navajo Nation will compete for a seat in Congress. Karen E. Bedonie and Dineh Benally each hope to represent northern New Mexico....
article Court stays execution of Navajo man to hear claim of possible jury bias
(Washington D.C.) -- A divided appeals court has stayed the scheduled December execution of Lezmond Mitchell, a Navajo double-murderer, saying it needs time to consider...

10/6/2019

article Column: Decommissioning of Navajo Generating Station process begins - here’s what to expect
(Arizona) -- On Sept. 19, Navajo Generating Station entered its final phase of operation. After years of discussion, negotiations, many news reports amid even more...
article Navajo company keeps 1,200 workers after buying 3 coal mines
(Montana) -- A Navajo Nation company says it will retain 1,200 employees at three coal mines in Wyoming and Montana that it bought through a bankruptcy auction. The...
article State Supreme Court leaves regulators to decide on applicability of new energy law
(New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Supreme Court is allowing utility regulators to decide whether a new energy policy law should be considered while debating a possible 2022...
article San Juan County Historical Society meeting will include presentation on trading post family
(New Mexico) -- The granddaughter of a pioneering Farmington merchant and trading post operator will offer some insights into her family's past this week in a...

10/5/2019

article 'Pumpkin Patch' opens on Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township lawn
(New Mexico) -- A familiar seasonal sight has returned to the township: A spacious sloping lawn on Southern Boulevard filled by scattered pumpkins of different varieties...

10/4/2019

article Federal court approves final sale order for bankrupt Cloud Peak mines
(Wyoming) -- A federal bankruptcy court approved the final sale agreement struck between bankrupt coal operator Cloud Peak Energy and an out-of-state company, Navajo...
article Uranium miner: 'We were faced with dangers every day and not knowing the consequences'
(Arizona) -- Tommy Reed spoke emotionally about how his health is troubled due to working at a uranium mine on the Navajo Nation. In Reed's statement before U.S. Rep...

10/3/2019

article NTUA, Kayenta solar project chart path to the future
(Arizona) -- The Agathla Peak area in Kayenta is home to a number of families, various plants and animals such as nímasiichilí and gah – and a solar thermal energy...

10/1/2019

article Navajo Nation welcomes key lawmaker to reservation for uranium mining forum
(Arizona) -- Leaders of the Navajo Nation are eager to show how uranium mining continues to affect their people as they host a key member of Congress this week.

9/30/2019

article Navajo NDSU student pursues dentistry to become 'ultimate changemaker' for her tribe
(North Dakota) -- Marlinda Haudley met a female Native American dentist named Tamana Begay six years ago at a summer institute for aspiring medical professionals. Begay...

9/28/2019

article Amid skepticism from Navajo Nation, study deems Cloud Peak coal mines purchase ‘prudent’
(Wyoming) -- Of the dozen coal mines peppered throughout Wyoming’s mineral-laden Powder River Basin, a majority have undergone changes in ownership throughout the...
article Two new dams near the Grand Canyon? Conservation groups call the plan 'unconscionable'
(Arizona) -- A Phoenix company wants to build two hydroelectric dams less than five miles from the eastern border of Grand Canyon National Park, submerging several miles...
article Navajo Times get top Arizona newspaper honors
(Arizona) -- The Herald/Review and the Navajo Times won top honors in the Arizona Newspaper Association's annual awards announced Saturday night. It was the Navajo...

9/27/2019

article Navajo Nation Opens Second Phase Of Kayenta Solar Project
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation completed the second phase of a large solar energy project last week. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’ll provide enough...

9/26/2019

article One of three units at coal-fired Navajo Generating Station closes
(Arizona) -- One of three generating units at a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation has closed. The 2,250-megawatt Navajo Generating Station near Page is...

9/25/2019

article Utah county to pay $2.6M settlement to Navajo Nation
(Utah) -- County officials in Utah have agreed to pay $2.6 million to the Navajo Nation following a voting rights case that reconfigured voting districts. The San Juan...
article Special election decides open seat on Navajo Nation Council
(Arizona) -- Voters in five chapters in Arizona have elected a new delegate to represent them on the Navajo Nation Council. A special election was conducted on Sept. 24...

9/23/2019

article Missing 94-Year-Old Grandfather Found Deceased on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- The search for Dennis Hardy, Sr. has ended tragically. The Apache County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the body of the 94-year-old grandfather was found...

9/22/2019

article Talent ‘On the Rise’
(New Mexico) -- Owen Mike Yazzie has no problem assessing his painting “Leading Into the Future,” a watercolor in warm shades of yellow, orange, ocher and...

9/21/2019

article The Navajo Nation has a cancer clinic, a tribal first
(Arizona) -- One of the country's largest Native American tribes, the Navajo Nation, is now the first in the Southwest to have a cancer clinic on reservation land....

9/18/2019

article Navajo Nation President Nez Reports on Energy Development Initiatives to the Resources and Development Committee
(Arizona) -- On Tuesday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez presented a report to the 24th Navajo Nation Council’s Resources and Development Committee in Window...

9/14/2019

article Reward offered for information about Navajo Agricultural Products Industry fires
(New Mexico) -- A reward is being offered to anyone with information about fires that have occurred since July at Navajo Agricultural Products Industry. The recent fires...

9/13/2019

article Legislation Aims To Boost Economic Opportunities After Closure Of Navajo Power Plant
(Arizona) -- Arizona Democratic District One Congressmember Tom O’Halleran has introduced legislation that would provide economic development resources to...

9/12/2019

article 50 Years Ago: Three protesters praised in editorial
(Arizona) -- We have pointed out in past columns that 1969 marked the start of a youth movement on the Navajo Reservation to address social issues in border towns like...
article Navajo Nation President Nez Advocates for the Navajo Nation on Capitol Hill
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez met with members of the U.S. House and Senate on Wednesday and Thursday on Capitol Hill, to advocate for and...

9/11/2019

article Federal grant will advance US 191 bridge improvements on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Winning a $10.4 million Federal Highway Administration grant will allow the Arizona Department of Transportation to advance improvements to four US 191...

9/10/2019

article Attorneys for Navajo man file stay of execution
(Arizona) -- Attorneys for Lezmond Mitchell filed a motion for stay of execution with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Sept. 9. Mitchell was convicted...
article Navajo-Hopi Observer publishes new Native American Health & Wellness Guide Sept. 18
(Arizona) -- The Navajo-Hopi Observer’s new Native American Health and Wellness Guide, a full color resource publication for northern Arizona healthcare providers...
article Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise officially signs new brand ambassador
(Arizona) -- Aurelius ‘Aury’ Yazzie was officially signed by Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise to serve as brand ambassador. For the next year, he’ll be representing the...
article Navajo weavers share talent at Desert View
(Arizona) -- Navajo siblings Bill Nez and Jane Hyden demonstrate the art of Navajo rug weaving Aug. 15. Left: Hyden said her great grandmother taught her and her...

9/9/2019

article Why This Fashion Entrepreneur Moved From L.A. to a Navajo Reservation to Run Her Own Clothing Business
(New Mexico) -- The store has no name. Just a neon sign in the window with a symbol: a Native American storm cloud. It represents rebirth. "I don't feel the...
article Navajo utility wants to build on project to electrify homes
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation wants to build on a pilot project that connected more than 230 homes to the electric grid. The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority worked with...

9/8/2019

article In 1971, he took a photo of a Navajo dancer. The portrait lives on. The dancer, too.
(Maryland) -- Barry Moien never considered himself a great photographer. He was less into the artistic side of photography and more into the technical side, more George...

9/7/2019

article Sale of Cloud Peak mines leaves Navajo Nation in the dark
(Wyoming) -- As the dust settles after a summer of seismic shifts in Wyoming’s coal industry, the sale of three Powder River Basin mines has entered the final...

9/6/2019

article Oh how sweet it isn’t: Navajo president bans candy at parade
(Arizona) -- Oh how sweet it isn’t. Thousands of people will line a highway on the Navajo Nation this Saturday for the largest Native American parade in the...
article What can rile the Council? The candy ban can
(Arizona) -- In solidarity, 15 members of the 24th Navajo Nation Council opposed Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez’s parade candy ban because the parade happens...
article Vital records offices to hold delayed birth certificate event in Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- The vital records offices for the Navajo Nation, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado are collaborating to hold a three-day event in Shiprock for those...

9/5/2019

article Navajo council votes to oppose possible HUD limits on home-loan program
(Washington D.C.) -- The Navajo Nation Council voted unanimously Thursday to oppose a Trump administration draft plan that critics say could put income restrictions for...
article Navajo workmanship produces 'extraordinary' arts and crafts, antiques dealer says
(California) -- To the uninitiated, the terms "Native American" and "Navajo" are almost synonymous when it comes to identifying early North American...

9/4/2019

article Navajo Nation Council approves budget for fiscal year 2020, anticipates loss of revenue
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council approved a comprehensive budget of about $1.25 billion for fiscal year 2020 that reflects an expected loss of revenue in the near...
article Grant Aims To Boost Number Of Navajos Studying Neuroscience
(Arizona) -- Researchers at the University of Arizona and Dine College are partnering to try to get more Navajo students into biomedical sciences. The schools recently...

9/3/2019

article Navajo Nation doubles down on coal. Will it work?
(Wyoming) -- Coal has cost the Navajo Nation, but the tribe's energy company is betting that buying faraway mines can replenish its coffers. In October, if all goes...
article Deadlines loom for Navajo looking to take part in land buy-back program
(Arizona) -- Time is running out for Navajo landowners who want to take part in the second round of a $1.9 billion federal program to buy back scattered and isolated...
article Navajo president looks at developing travel agency; visits Grand Canyon Skywalk for ideas
(Arizona) -- On Aug. 22, the Navajo Nation president and some administration were welcomed by the Hualapai Nation to a special visit to the Grand Canyon West Skywalk....

9/1/2019

article Downtown Navajo museum has new signage in place
(New Mexico) -- It's taken a while, but the Museum of Navajo Art and Culture in downtown Farmington finally has its signage in place. The museum, which is a...
article Officials say parking, camping ban will be enforced
(Arizona) -- If Navajo Nation Fair officials get their way, the spaces along State Highway 264, from the port of entry to just west of the Window Rock Civic Center, will...

8/30/2019

article Deadlines loom for Navajo looking to take part in land buy-back program
(Washington D.C.) -- Time is running out for Navajo landowners who want to take part in the second round of a $1.9 billion federal program to buy back scattered and...

8/29/2019

article Navajo Company, Now Big Coal Player, Must Prep Cleanup Bond Plan
(Wyoming) -- Coal industry watchers and environmentalists are asking questions about Navajo Transitional Energy Company’s purchase of bankrupt Cloud Peak Energy...
article Tribal ranches: too much or not enough?
(Arizona) -- When it comes to raising livestock, the Navajos have long been victims of their own success. After the Long Walk, the government issued the tribe 30,000...
article Ex-tribe chapter accounts specialist pleads guilty to fraud
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials say a former Tsayatoh Chapter accounts maintenance specialist has pleaded guilty to 16 counts of fraud. Tribal prosecutors say...

8/28/2019

article Last coal train rolls to Arizona power plant as closure looms for major polluter
(Utah) -- The last trainload of coal rolled into the Navajo Generating Station near Page on Monday, marking the closure of the mine 78 miles away and starting a...

8/27/2019

article OP/ED: Navajo Nation's very risky bet on coal
(Arizona) -- A push by a Navajo Nation-owned company to purchase the Montana and Wyoming assets of bankrupt Cloud Peak Energy comes at the worst possible time to buy...
article Whether for dogs, goats or sheep, Navajo Nation vet's 'office' spans many miles
(Arizona) -- Since she was 8 years old, Adrienne Ruby knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. She also had dreams of living a cowboy lifestyle where she'd tend to...
article Three selected as Cherokee National Treasures
(Oklahoma) -- Three Cherokee Nation citizens will receive the distinction of Cherokee National Treasure for their work in preserving and promoting Cherokee art and...
article Navajo artist Nate Begay tells traditional stories with paint
(Arizona) -- Nate Begay has spent years developing his signature style, beginning as a graffiti artist and branching out into many different mediums, including...
article ABQ man slain during robbery on tribal lands
(New Mexico) -- A couple of beers. That’s what the FBI says a young man and teenage boy from the Navajo Nation took off with after fatally shooting an Albuquerque...

8/26/2019

article Native workers laid off as power plant nears closure
(Arizona) -- The last 265 workers at Kayenta Coal Mine are being laid off this month, another step toward the looming closure of the Navajo Generating Station that will...
article Native workers laid off as power plant nears closure
(Arizona) -- The last 265 workers at Kayenta Coal Mine are being laid off this month, another step toward the looming closure of the Navajo Generating Station that will...
article CCSD, Navajo Nation partner to place police officers in schools
(New Mexico) -- The Central Consolidated School District and the Navajo Nation signed its first agreement to have Navajo police officers assigned to schools in Shiprock...

8/25/2019

article Scoping meeting focuses on Shiprock evaporation pond's future
(New Mexico) -- A public scoping meeting by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Legacy Management centered on proposals for future operation of the evaporation...
article Diné woman runs 360 miles to raise awareness on issues impacting Indigenous people
(Utah) -- A 360-mile run to raise awareness on multiple issues impacting Indigenous people is scheduled to end at the Utah State Capitol on Monday, the week of the...

8/24/2019

article Kayenta Mine layoffs hit, as Navajo Generating Station closure looms
(Arizona) -- The last 265 workers at Kayenta Coal Mine are being laid off this month, another step toward the looming closure of the Navajo Generating Station that will...

8/23/2019

article Wells Fargo is paying the Navajo Nation $6.5 million to settle allegations of shady sales tactics
(Arizona) -- Wells Fargo is paying the Navajo Nation $6.5 million to settle allegations the bank preyed on the Native American tribe by using shady sales tactics. The...

8/22/2019

article Navajo Nation, Wells Fargo reach settlement in customer accounts case
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has reached a settlement with Wells Fargo Bank in its federal appeal against the financial institution for unlawful practices against...

8/21/2019

press release Seabees Train, Construct Navajo Indian Homes
(New Mexico) -- Active duty Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 and reserve Seabees from NMCB-18 partnered with the Southwest Indian...

8/20/2019

article Judge gives final OK to Cloud Peak Sale
(Wyoming) -- Saying Cloud Peak Energy Corp. conducted “a very robust auction process,” a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge needed less than 30 minutes Monday...
article Cup 'O Joe: Warrior Coffee now serving at Diné College
(Arizona) -- Artie Shade knew there was something other than a classroom or lecture hall coming to the ground floor of the Ned Hatathli Cultural Center (NHC). But what...

8/19/2019

article Bankrupt Cloud Peak finds new owner for its Wyoming mines
(Wyoming) -- Another coal giant is on track to sunset in the Powder River Basin. Bankrupt operator Cloud Peak Energy selected Navajo Transitional Energy Company as the...

8/17/2019

article New legislation calls on Navajo Nation Council to confirm deputy attorney general nominee
(New Mexico) -- New legislation seeks to confirm Kimberly Dutcher as deputy attorney general for the Navajo Nation. Dutcher was appointed in March by Navajo Nation...
article A day to honor the Navajo Code Talker's legacy
(Arizona) -- The 14th Navajo Nation Code Talker Day Celebrations bring pride and recognition across generations. On August 14th, 2019, the Navajo Nation celebrated the...

8/16/2019

article America's mega-emitters are starting to close
(Arizona) -- When the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona shuts down later this year, it will be one of the largest carbon emitters to ever close in American history....
article Navajo Nation Recognizes “Navajo Head Start Day”
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and First Lady Phefelia Nez along with Vice President Myron Lizer, and members of the 24th Navajo Nation Council joined...

8/15/2019

article NAC: Music Maker: Def-i
(Arizona) -- Navajo MC Def-i is out with his fifth album, “Dream Trails.” The musical project opens with a cinematic sound that quickly accelerates with the...

8/14/2019

article On a vast reservation, female Navajo officers patrol with bulletproof vests and protective amulets
(New Mexico) -- Officer Lojann Dennison was just ending her shift when she took the 10 p.m. assault call. She was tired as she headed out into the profound darkness of...
article Navajo Nation Eyes Renaming US Highway After Late Senator
(New Mexico) -- Some Navajo Nation officials want New Mexico to rename a U.S. highway after one of the longest-serving Native American lawmakers in U.S. history. A...
article As layoffs loom for mine workers, Navajo leaders ask PRC to support economic assistance
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation and Jicarilla Apache officials have asked the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission to apply the Energy Transition Act to the Public...

8/13/2019

article Netflix doc examines Navajo Nation hoops dreams
(New Mexico) -- High school basketball fans in Arizona and New Mexico likely know all about “rez ball” — a run-and-gun, pass-cut-and-shoot style of...

8/12/2019

article Basketball Or Nothing: Where are the Chinle Wildcats now? Can they win state next season?
(Arizona) -- This summer, viewers were introduced to a new favourite sports team to root for when Basketball Or Nothing was dropped to Netflix on Friday, August 2nd. The...

8/11/2019

article Navajo Nation, Albuquerque sign deal to combat racism
(New Mexico) -- The nation's largest Native American reservation and New Mexico's largest city have signed an agreement aimed at protecting Navajo Nation members...

8/9/2019

article City of Albuquerque vows to protect rights of Native Americans
(New Mexico) -- The city of Albuquerque is promising to protect people of the Navajo Nation. A memorandum of understanding signed Friday by the mayor recognizes that the...

8/8/2019

article Milton Bluehouse, Jr. appointed to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer are pleased to announce that Milton Bluehouse, Jr. has been appointed to serve as the...

8/6/2019

article Mom of slain Navajo girl urges tribes to use Amber Alerts
(Arizona) -- The mother of a Navajo girl who was kidnapped and killed in 2016 urged tribal officials and children's advocates July 29 to take advantage of tools and...
article Navajo Nation receives $5 million from Navajo Gaming
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Navajo Gaming), gave a check for $5 million to the Navajo Nation in an annual payment to the Navajo Nation Gaming...

8/4/2019

article Gold King mine spill ‘still hurting’ NM, 4 years later
(New Mexico) -- Four years ago today, Environmental Protection Agency contractors triggered the release of three million gallons of yellow wastewater from the Gold King...
article Editorial: Mom’s advocacy after murder improves system
(New Mexico) -- Pamela Foster didn’t have to fight to make her community better. After the 2016 murder of her daughter, 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike, Foster could...

8/3/2019

article College students receive scholarships from Navajo Transitional Energy Company
(Arizona) -- Dakota Kay faced obstacles when striving for higher education, but it did not stop him from earning a doctorate in physical therapy in May. Kay shared his...
article 'Basketball or Nothing' covers hoop dreams on Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- High school basketball fans in Arizona and New Mexico likely know all about "rez ball" -- a run-and-gun, pass-cut-and-shoot style of play...

8/2/2019

article Environmental groups appeal quashed by federal court
(Arizona) -- A federal appeals court has ruled against a lawsuit by a coalition of environmental groups regarding federal permitting for Navajo Mine and the Four Corners...

8/1/2019

article Interview: Rickie Fowler on Basketball or Nothing, Navajo sports docuseries
(Arizona) -- Come Friday, August 2, Netflix is set to premiere one of the more fascinating docu-series of the year in Basketball or Nothing. What lies underneath that...
article ‘Basketball or Nothing’ covers hoop dreams on Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- High school basketball fans in Arizona and New Mexico likely know all about “rez ball” — a run-and-gun, pass-cut-and-shoot style of...

7/31/2019

article Tribes hear from Navajo mother at AMBER Alert in Indian Country Symposium
(New Mexico) -- Pamela Foster, the mother of a Navajo Nation girl who was kidnapped and murdered on the reservation, shared her story at the National AMBER Alert in...
article ANALYSIS: Biodiversity highest on Indigenous-managed lands
(British Columbia) -- More than one million plant and animal species worldwide are facing extinction, according to a recent United Nations report. Now, a new study...
article Mother Of Murdered Girl Urges Native American Communities To Use New Amber Alert Funds, Training
(New Mexico) -- The mother of a Navajo girl who was abducted and killed in 2016 is urging tribal officials to take advantage of tools and funding that have been made...

7/30/2019

article Mother calls for full implementation of Amber Alert
(New Mexico) -- In the hours after her son and daughter were seen getting into a stranger’s red minivan and being driven away one afternoon in May 2016, Pamela...
article Courts reject environmental lawsuit to block Navajo coal mine expansion
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal appeals court said environmental groups cannot sue to block expansion of a coal mine owned by the Navajo Transitional Energy Co., because...
article The only Native American on federal death row claims execution would be 'unjust' because Navajo Nation disavows capital punishment
(Washington D.C.) -- 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...

7/29/2019

article Sovereign Immunity Covers Navajo Coal Plant, 9th Circ. Says (sub req)
(Arizona) -- The Ninth Circuit on Monday said green groups can't challenge the federal government's approval of a coal-fired plant and mine to continue operating...
article Indian Health Services announces new Navajo Area director
(Colorado) -- Roselyn Tso has been appointment director of the Navajo Area of the Indian Health Service. Tso, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, recently served as...

7/25/2019

article Justice Department says it will RESUME federal capital punishment after nearly two-decade break and schedules executions for five death-row inmates
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Justice Department has scheduled the execution of five death-row federal inmates, after Attorney General William Barr announced he has...

7/24/2019

article Lifeline or Deadline?
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, and Navajo Nation Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Executive Director Christopher...

7/22/2019

article OP/ED: Utah Navajos won a big court ruling that should forever end their second-class status in San Juan County
(Utah) -- For decades, Navajo voters were the victims of institutionalized discrimination and disenfranchisement in San Juan County, and the barrier that relegated them...
article Navajo Nation Council refers bill to revise energy outlook to committee
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council has sent the Resources and Development Committee a bill that calls for transitioning the tribe's energy future away from coal...

7/20/2019

article Bill seeks to expand radiation compensation eligibility, requirements
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal proposal seeks to revise the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act to extend compensation to those who worked in uranium mines or mills...

7/18/2019

article 50 Years Ago: Committee recommends allowing alcohol sales
(Arizona) -- The question of legalizing liquor on the Navajo Reservation had come up again and many people felt there was a good chance that the Navajo Tribal Council,...

7/16/2019

article Ex-Navajo president's daughter pleads guilty in DUI case
(Arizona) -- The daughter of former Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye is serving three years of probation in a DUI case. Karis Begaye pleaded guilty last month to...

7/15/2019

article Nez Welcomes General Clark to Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- A highly decorated, retired four-star general visited the Navajo reservation last week. “It’s an honor to welcome General Clark to the Navajo...

7/14/2019

article From a tray to a trailer: A crusty entrepreneur brings in the dough
(Arizona) -- In 1996, Victoria Largo was hustling to sell baked goods and ice-cream in her home community of Crownpoint. Amid the hustle and bustle, her daughter came up...
article Police chief puts badge on table, walks out
(Arizona) -- Law and Order Committee Chair Eugenia Charles-Newton wanted answers from Director of Public Safety Jesse Delmar and Chief of Police Phillip Francisco during...
article ‘The road of a good life’: Champion for Azee’ recognized for life’s work
(Arizona) -- David Clark recalls his elders saying that during the creation time different herbs were put into the world for the Native people to use, including peyote...
article ‘They’re left with zero’: Shiprock fair, $100,000 in the red, asks RDC for help
(New Mexico) -- Complaints about last year’s Shiprock Fair were plentiful, but what many of them had in common was brusque and disrespectful treatment by former...

7/13/2019

article Navajo Nation Council to mull renewable energy resources bill
(Arizona) -- Legislation that proposes the Navajo Nation focus on generating revenue from renewable energy sources is headed to the Navajo Nation Council. The bill,...

7/12/2019

article ‘I have not quit’: Navajo police chief continues service
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Police Chief Phillip Francisco continues to serve in the department’s top office despite a report this week stating otherwise. Francisco...
article Instagram Tourists Are Taking Over Antelope Canyon
(Arizona) -- Antelope Canyon – a slot canyon on Navajo land in eastern Arizona – largely went under tourists’ radars for many years. That is, until...
article ‘I have not quit’: Navajo police chief continues service
(Arizona) -- Navajo Police Chief Phillip Francisco continues to serve in the department’s top office despite a report this week stating otherwise. Francisco...

7/11/2019

article Light departments bring power to Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Bringing power to people who have lost it is a routine job for linemen in municipal light departments. Residents appreciate getting power back, whether they...
article OP/ED: No to a photo-op prez
(Arizona) -- In Washington, we have a Twitter president who ceaselessly taps notes to his millions of followers. On the Navajo Nation, we have a photo-op prez who seeks...

7/9/2019

article Diné Pride 'We Are Sacred' Diyingo ‘Adaanitsíískéés
(Arizona) -- As we concluded the month of June and the last of Pride celebrations for the month, I decided to take a road trip back to my reservation to cover and...
article Navajo artist adds a splash of color to Route 66
(Arizona) -- Beautiful murals depicting much of what Williams has to offer have been popping up around town, and behind that work is someone who sees art as a process of...

7/8/2019

article BLOG: Translating Medicare and More to Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- How do you say “caregiver” in Navajo? Mabel Blacksheep-Hale knows: A'aha'yani'. She covers at least 2,000 miles a month in her truck...

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