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Wool Buyers Come to the People

For decades, the only place for Navajo ranchers to sell their wool was at the trading post. As trading posts became fewer, and fewer of them stayed in the wool business, the prices fell, but most ranchers grit their teeth and accepted it, not having the money to drive out of the area looking for a better price. For the last six years, they’ve had another alternative, and many of them are taking advantage of it. A coalition of wool and mohair buyers has been coming to the rez.

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12/13/2017

article Study presents economic possibilities for Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- A study by a Flagstaff, Ariz., group examines the possibilities of creating a viable economic future for the Navajo Nation in response to evolving energy...
article A year after girl killed, Navajo Nation to get alert system
(Arizona) -- More than a year after a Native American girl was killed and her tribe was criticized for not having an alert system in place when children go missing, the...
article Navajo Nation sues Wells Fargo for alleged predatory tactics
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation announced Tuesday that it's suing Wells Fargo for allegedly engaging in predatory and unlawful banking practices that targeted and...
article FBI searching for missing Navajo Reservation teen believed to be with 30-year-old man
(Arizona) -- Authorities are searching for a 15-year-old girl who disappeared from the Navajo Reservation several months ago. The FBI is partnering with Navajo Nation...

12/12/2017

article Navajo Nation sues Wells Fargo claiming it was targeted for fake accounts
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation has sued Wells Fargo, saying its citizens were targeted by workers trying to meet the bank’s aggressive sales quotas. The lawsuit...
article Spiritual healing
(Arizona) -- These days, falling ill will hopefully land you in hospital with a doctor wearing a white coat and stethoscope by your bedside. But not so for Navajo...

12/11/2017

article Meeting focuses on tribe's economic future
(New Mexico) -- A public meeting on Tuesday will focus on economic development strategies for communities dependent on coal production on the Navajo Nation.
article Navajo Nation President Emphasizes Economic Diversity & Innovation at Stanford Business School
(California) -- On Thursday, Dec. 7, President Russell Begaye spoke before the Stanford Graduate School of Business addressing the issues that the Navajo Nation faces in...

12/10/2017

article Labatt’s Navajo Beef label under pressure as wild horses eat up ranch land
(Arizona) -- A dead horse lay alongside Indian Route 12, just south of the Navajo Nation community known by old-timers as Ts’íhootso, good eating for a wild dog...
article Meeting focuses on tribe's economic future
(Arizona) -- A public meeting on Tuesday will focus on economic development strategies for communities dependent on coal production on the Navajo Nation. Input and...

12/9/2017

article Conference mixes Navajo culture, Christmas tradition
(New Mexico) -- With green yarn wrapped on his fingers, Blaine Yazzie followed along to instructions for completing a "big star" pattern during a lesson about...

12/4/2017

article Navajo power plant: coal operations secured until end of 2019
(Arizona) -- The Bureau of Reclamation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs have approved an extension lease for the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) on the Navajo Indian...

12/2/2017

article Shiprock Chapter continues to address sanctions
(New Mexico) -- Shiprock Chapter officials and personnel continue to address sanctions imposed by Navajo Nation officials nearly six years ago. An update on the chapter...

12/1/2017

article Navajo DR volunteers reach out to Harvey victims
(Texas) -- For generations the Navajo have often been on the receiving end of volunteer mission teams. Buddy Evans chaperoned one such trip in 1985. For two weeks his...

11/29/2017

article Lease for Navajo Generating Station gets final approval
(Arizona) -- A lease allowing a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation to operate through 2019 has received final approval. The tribe and most owners of the Navajo...

11/28/2017

article Navajo divison holds summit to develop solutions to protect Diné Bikéyah
(Arizona) -- On Nov. 15-17, the Division of Natural Resources Summit was held at Twin Arrows for Navajo citizens to learn about the division’s projects and areas...
article Navajo Nation Department of Corrections: more funding needed for detention services
(Arizona) -- On Nov. 20, the Law and Order Committee (LOC) issued a “do not pass” for legislation seeking to authorize renewal contracts and annual funding...
article Tackling domestic violence within Native communities
(Arizona) -- Kayla White was 12 years old that winter morning, when her life was changed forever. On Jan. 2, 2009, White’s mother was killed by her father,...

11/27/2017

article Tribal members selected for voting task force
(Arizona) -- Ten individuals from tribes in New Mexico have been selected to serve on a task force that will identify ways to boost voter registration, education and...

11/24/2017

article Native American Heritage Day: See the Navajo Nation in 1948
(Arizona) -- As LIFE described the situation to readers in 1948, the Navajo Nation was "a country within a country" — a reminder that Native American...
article EPA's Work On Navajo Nation Uranium Sites Under Review
(Arizona) -- A federal watchdog says it will review the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to clean up abandoned uranium sites on the Navajo Nation. The...

11/23/2017

article A Vision for the Navajo Nation in One Farm's Sustainability
(Arizona) -- When the oil and gas industry takes a dive, or when extractive industries tank, so do economies in rural areas, where a lot of jobs come from drilling,...
article Veterans march against veto, override drafted
(Arizona) -- The Navajo veterans’ protest against President Russell Begaye’s veto of the Veterans Trust Fund amendments went on as planned last Thursday...
article Angel to the dláaniis / Shiprock man on a mission to feed the hungry
(New Mexico) -- The first three times Darin Cadman heard the voice, he didn’t know quite what to do. “You need to go feed my people,” it said. It...

11/22/2017

article Navajo family in Utah gets electricity in time for holidays
(Utah) -- For years, Thomas and Annie Hamm walked around their southern Utah home with flashlights at night, heated water on a wood burning stove and kept their food...
article Birth of courts difficult / Diné struggled for the right to make, enforce laws
(Arizona) -- The tangled history of law enforcement goes back to the first treaties in the 1800s and the efforts to civilize the Native Americans. This history combines...
article Navajo woman pleads guilty to fatally hitting man with car
(New Mexico) -- A Navajo Nation woman has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for running over a man while driving drunk. Bryana Agnes Henio of Little Water, New...

11/21/2017

article Navajo committee approves funding for year-round youth employment
(Arizona) -- In June, the Navajo Nation Council approved an emergency bill that approved nearly $2.2 million for the Navajo Nation’s 110 chapters for summer youth...
article Navajo grazing committee asks Resource and Development Committee for more funding, re-issuance of grazing permits
(Arizona) -- On Nov. 15, a report focusing on the re-issuance of grazing permits on the Navajo Partitioned Lands was received by the Resources and Development Committee...
article Jesse Delmar wins National Native American Law Enforcement award
(Arizona) -- Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety (NNDPS) Jesse Delmar was presented the National Native American Law Enforcement...

11/19/2017

article Program enhances Navajo language in tribal courts
(New Mexico) -- Inside a study room at Navajo Technical University here, a class of seven employees from the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch are taking steps to enhance...
article Program helps tribe expand access to criminal databases
(New Mexico) -- To increase public safety on the Navajo Nation, the tribe has joined a federal program to increase direct access to national crime information systems.

11/18/2017

article Navajo Div. of Natural Resources Summit
(Arizona) -- On Nov. 15-17, the 2017 Division of Natural Resources Summit was held at Twin Arrows Navajo Resort & Casino to provide a platform for Navajo Citizens to...
article Navajo court transcription and interpretation program
(Arizona) -- Seven employees from the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch are part of a pilot program to learn how to transcribe and interpret tribal court proceedings from...

11/16/2017

article Data shows huge reduction in Diné speakers
(Indian Country) -- Language loss and revitalization aren’t new topics in Indian Country. Over the last couple of decades, the Navajo Nation has watched as other...
article Dry pastures for grazing officials
(Colorado) -- Navajo Nation grazing officials had hoped to have some time at this week’s Division of Natural Resources Land Summit at the Twin Arrows Casino to voice...
article Closing the Navajo Generating Station comes with disastrous consequences (sub req)
(Arizona) -- Citing the costs of complying with federal environmental regulations and responding to the declining prices of natural gas, the Navajo Generating Station...
article A map of language charted by Navajo philosophy
(Utah) -- Outside her office at the Peaceful Spirit Treatment Center on the Southern Ute Reservation, Navajo poet Esther Belin takes in the thin late-fall sun. Here in...
press release 9th Annual Navajo Rug Auction to benefit the Maxwell Museum
(New Mexico) -- The 9th annual Navajo Rug Auction, benefitting Navajo weavers and the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, will take place Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Prairie...

11/15/2017

article Navajo Nation Council Encourages Navajo Veterans to Submit Claims to Recover Income Taxes
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council is encouraging Navajo veterans to submit claims to the states of Arizona and New Mexico to recover income taxes that were...

11/12/2017

article The Ninth Man / Last survivor of the ‘Morenci Nine’ reflects on Vietnam
(Arizona) -- You can tell Joe Sorrelman is a little weary of telling this tale. Over the last 50 years, he’s told it to newspapers, magazines and TV reporters. The...
article Veterans up in arms over veto
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye put a damper on Veterans Day when he vetoed the Veterans’ Trust Fund Income Act bill. Begaye’s reason for...
article Navajo Board of Election Supervisors certifies referendum results
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Board of Election Supervisors has certified the results from a referendum on Oct. 24 that sought funding for a $216 million transportation...

11/11/2017

article Navajo Board of Election Supervisors certifies referendum results
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Board of Election Supervisors has certified the results from a referendum on Oct. 24 that sought funding for a $216 million transportation...

11/7/2017

article Navajo Nation signs land swap deal with New Mexico
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation has signed a deal that swaps more than 37,000 acres of New Mexico trust land for a ranch owned by the tribe.
article Navajo Nation discusses need for additional police officers in rural areas
(Arizona) -- During a special meeting Oct. 30, the Law and Order Committee (LOC) received reports from Alamo school board members representing the communities of Nageezi...
article Navajo Nation school board member in flap over DWIs
(Arizona) -- A Navajo Nation education agency wants to remove a school board member after claims she failed to list two alcohol-related convictions on her candidacy...

11/6/2017

article ‘All we get are orange cones’
(New Mexico) -- A series of road collapses along a major BIA artery in Upper Fruitland has residents of all ages scrambling for alternate routes.
article Embattled Navajo coal plant is a preview of what’s ahead as coal declines across the U.S.
(Arizona) -- It looks like it doesn’t belong there. The lonely, aging power plant stands out against the red desert, connected to the nearest town by a single,...
article Amber Alert hung up on paperwork glitch
(Arizona) -- The legwork to implement the Amber Alert and the 911 systems for the Navajo Nation is ready to go. It just needs the money to kick-start it.
article Turning Food Deserts into Food Oases Across the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- For the 330,000 people who live on the Navajo Nation, diabetes is a very real threat. In fact, one in three Navajo people is pre-diabetic or diabetic. To...
article Coloring book helps teach Navajo alphabet to kids
(New Mexico) -- A Native American businesswoman is trying to keep the Navajo language alive by teaching it to children through coloring books. She's getting a lot of...
article Bold colors, eye-catching patterns at Utah fair Elder Fest
(Utah) -- Even though the Diné traditional style is fading away, it stood out through bold colors, vintage or handmade items and eye-catching patterns at the Elder Fest...

11/5/2017

article Request would help fund youth employment on Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- A new bill seeks a total of almost $750,000 in supplemental funding from the Navajo Nation's Unreserved Undesignated Fund Balance to help the Office...

11/3/2017

article Why the Navajo Nation Banned Genetic Research
(Indian Country) -- In 2003, Carletta Tilousi, a member of northern Arizona’s tiny Havasupai Tribe, listened to a student’s doctoral presentation. She was...
article How a purple school bus brings clean drinking water to Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- Many in the Navajo Nation don't have running water and the well water often isn't safe to drink. Residents turn to bottled water, which can be...
article Arizona teen killed by drunk driver while getting off school bus
(Arizona) -- Navajo Tribal Police Chief Phillip Francisco confirms a 15-year-old female student in the Kayenta School District was killed just after getting off a bus....
article Complaint filed to remove tribal school board member from office
(New Mexico) -- The Department of Diné Education has filed a complaint with the Navajo Election Administration to remove a Sanostee Day School board member from her seat...

11/2/2017

article Tribe rejects plan for tram and hotel in Grand Canyon (sub req)
(Nevada) -- Legislation to build an aerial tram to take paying visitors to a riverside boardwalk in the Grand Canyon has been voted down by the Navajo Nation Council.
article What's next for a Grand Canyon tram? Prospects are bleak
(Arizona) -- Lawmakers on the country's largest American Indian reservation have shot down a measure to build an aerial tram to take visitors to a riverside boardwalk in...

11/1/2017

article Navajo Nation acquires 16,000 acres of Wolf Springs Ranch
(Colorado) -- Tribe pays $23 million; cites “great victory” to be near sacred historic sites Last Friday, October 27, the Navajo Nation announced that it had...
article A vision for the Navajo Nation in one farm’s sustainability
(Arizona) -- When the oil and gas industry takes a dive, or when extractive industries tank, so do economies in rural areas, where a lot of jobs come from drilling,...
article The challenge of growing a business on the Navajo reservation
(New Mexico) -- Starting a business is always challenging — but Native American entrepreneurs face unique challenges on tribal lands. For the State of Change...
article Tsingine family hurt but not deterred in quest for justice
(New Mexico) -- The blow was expected. On Oct. 19, during an inquiry into the fatal shooting of Loreal Tsingine, Leonard Gorman, director of the Navajo Nation Human...
article Arizona teen killed by drunk driver while getting off school bus
(Arizona) -- Navajo Tribal Police Chief Phillip Francisco confirms a 15-year-old female student in the Kayenta School District was killed just after getting off a bus....

10/31/2017

article NAU collaboration earns grant to help Navajo Nation diversify economy away from coal production
(Arizona) -- Northern Arizona University is part of a team that recently earned a $100,000 grant aimed at providing assistance to communities impacted by the reduced use...

10/29/2017

article Bill proposes to amend tribe's fiscal year budget
(Arizona) -- Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation are being asked to amend the tribe's comprehensive budget for fiscal year 2018. A bill that proposes restoring $8.1...

10/28/2017

article Could Navajo businesses stabilize a boom-and-bust economy?
(New Mexico) -- Oil and gas drilling and mining companies come to rural areas offering jobs and cash, but they also dig into the land, pull resources out of it and...
article Navajo finalizes purchase of south-central Colorado ranch
(Colorado) -- The Navajo Nation says it has closed on the purchase of a large ranch in south-central Colorado. Tribal lawmakers approved the $23 million purchase earlier...
article Navajo Resident Says Gov’t Medical Center Botched Surgery
(Arizona) -- A resident of the Navajo Indian Reservation has hit the federal government with a $5 million suit in Arizona federal court, contending that a health care...

10/25/2017

article Begaye commends Navajo voters over election outcome
(Arizona) -- A proposal to address road improvements on the Navajo Nation by using $216 million from the Permanent Trust Fund principal was rejected by voters by a wide...
article Navajo voters reject road improvements using trust fund
(Arizona) -- It wasn’t even close. Navajo voters wanted no part of a Navajo Nation Council proposal to take $216 million out of the tribe’s Permanent Trust...

10/24/2017

article Tsinigine and Begay sworn-in as probationary and permanent Navajo Nation judges
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council considered legislation last week, confirming the probationary appointment of Tina Tsinigine as a Navajo Nation District Court...
article Navajo Nation voters reject road improvement plan
(Arizona) -- Voters on the Navajo Nation soundly rejected a referendum today that would have provided funding for a multimillion-dollar transportation stimulus plan.
article Navajo Housing Authority and HUD reach settlement for $26 mil
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) announced a settlement reached Oct. 3 with the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) over a...

10/23/2017

article Water, Stone and History in Navajo Land
(Arizona) -- Looking down from a small, five-seater airplane, Mikah Meyer felt lucky to be getting such a spectacular -- and unique -- perspective of some of America...
article Navajo Nation 'rejects' DOJ move not to prosecute ex-officer
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation says the tribe is angry the U.S. Department of Justice decided not to prosecute a former Winslow officer for fatally shooting a 27-year-...

10/22/2017

article Murderer of Ashlynne Mike sentenced to life in prison
(Arizona) -- The family of Ashlynne Mike stood outside front door of the Pete V. Domenici U.S. Courthouse and thanked federal prosecutors for giving them the justice...

10/21/2017

article Navajo case challenging Utah mail-in ballots goes to trial
(Utah) -- Members of the Navajo Nation filed a lawsuit saying mail-in voting in southern Utah deprives tribal voters now goes to trial. The trial date is set for March...
article Navajo Leader Supported Death Penalty in Case
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation president Russell Begaye says he told prosecutors that the tribe would have supported the death penalty for the killer of an 11-year-old girl.

10/20/2017

article Killer of Navajo Nation girl set to get life prison sentence
(Arizona) -- A man who pleaded guilty to the murder and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl on the largest American Indian reservation is expected to receive a life...
article Man gets life sentence for killing of 11-year-old girl on Navajo reservation
(Arizona) -- The shadow of Ashlynne Mike’s kidnapping, rape and murder on the Navajo Nation in northwestern New Mexico remains.

10/17/2017

article Navajo Nation Leaders Delivers 2017 Fall Session State of the Navajo Nation Address
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez delivered the State of the Navajo Nation Address to open the 2017 Fall Session.

10/14/2017

article Tribe, state continue to address Real ID issues
(New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division will now accept a Certificate of Indian Blood and an affidavit of birth issued by the Navajo Nation Office of Vital...
article Navajo Candy Exchange a Success
(Arizona) -- Nearly a hundred pounds of candy was exchanged for toys by children and adults on Saturday at the Northern Navajo Fair next to City Market following the...

10/13/2017

article The Navajo Nation Might Lift a Longstanding Ban on Genetic Research
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is weighing whether to end a 15-year ban that prevents genetic research on their members. The decision comes ahead of the opening of the...
article Navajo, Hopi tribes get funding to ease coal plant shutdown
(Arizona) -- The federal government is awarding nearly $420,000 to the Navajo and Hopi tribes to prepare for the closure of a coal-fired power plant and mine. The Navajo...

10/11/2017

article The Navajo Nation has a wild horse problem
(Arizona) -- Up to 40,000 wild horses wander the Navajo Nation, roaming across 27,000 miles of deep canyons, rugged hills and huge mountains, according to aerial...

10/10/2017

article Navajo Nation Holds Out Hope For Navajo Generating Station Buyer
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is reviewing potential buyers of the West’s largest coal-fired power plant. The tribe is under a tight deadline to keep the plant...

10/8/2017

article Tribal council speaker questions validity of budget vetoes
(Arizona) -- The speaker of the Navajo Nation Council is questioning the validity of five line-item vetoes issued by the tribal president to the budget for fiscal year...

10/6/2017

article Begaye attends Interior energy meeting
(Washington) -- President Russell Begaye on Oct. 4 attended the Royalty Policy Committee’s first meeting at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.

10/5/2017

article How osmosis is helping bring water to off-the-grid Navajo Nation areas
(Arizona) -- Researchers from the University of Arizona developed a desalination bus for remote Navajo residents living without infrastructure. “The motivation for...
article Navajo Housing Authority will forfeit $26 million from feds over failed housing projects
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Housing Authority will forfeit $26 million in federal housing funds as part of the settlement of a casein which the tribal organization was...
article Navajo Nation Proclaims October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez, along with Glorinda Segay, director of Navajo Department of Health, and Curtis...

10/4/2017

article Navajo Nation Administrations Send Condolences to Las Vegas Shooting Victims & Families
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez offer their condolences to the family of Lisa Romero-Muniz, a discipline secretary at...

10/3/2017

article Cronkite News: Navajo Nation remains hopeful about future of coal power plant
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo leaders expressed hope Monday that the Navajo Generating Station will be able to continue operations past 2019, after Peabody Energy said it...

10/1/2017

article Coal plant closure could cut Page employment by 5 percent
(Arizona) -- As the Navajo Generating Station faces an important closure deadline today, a new report by Northern Arizona University researchers has better quantified...
article A Navajo musician’s quest to spread jazz across the Nation
(Indian Country) -- Delbert Anderson and his jazz trio play a bebop song that moves as quickly as a Chevrolet Bel-Air cruising down nearby Route 66. Warmed up and loose...

9/30/2017

article New Water Sources Are Coming To The Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- When you stop to think about it, water is pretty important to life, too. Now several communities in the Navajo Nation may soon be getting more water. The...
article Historic Shiprock bridge to be decommissioned
(New Mexico) -- The nearly 80-year-old bridge here that carries westbound vehicles over the San Juan River along U.S. highways 64 and 491 is scheduled to be...

9/29/2017

article Sunday deadline for interest in Navajo coal plant approaches
(Arizona) -- A coal-fired power plant in far northern Arizona is set to shut down in 2019 unless a new owner can be found. The deadline for interested buyers is Sunday.

9/28/2017

article Navajo Have Potential Buyer For Navajo Generating Station
(Arizona) -- Navajo leaders say the tribe has a potential buyer for its coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona. It’s set to retire in two years unless a new...
article PRC approves plan to expand Navajo Nation internet access
(New Mexico) -- People in some of the remote parts of the Navajo Nation will now have access to phone and internet. The Public Regulation Commission approved a plan to...

9/27/2017

article BLOG: Schwabe Defends Tribal Sovereignty
(Arizona) -- The trial team of Brien Flanagan, Aukjen Ingraham and Sarah Lawson successfully stood up to outside parties attempting to interfere in the Navajo Nation...

9/26/2017

article Navajos Experience Backlash When They Return Home
(Arizona) -- Tommy Rock has had three graduations — high school, college and graduate school. And no one from his family was there — no one to cheer for him...
article Native American Composers Apprenticeship Program returns to Tuba City High
(Arizona) -- Founded in 2001 by the Grand Canyon Music Festival, the NACAP (Native American Composers Apprenticeship Program) has had overwhelming success as the only...
article Navajo policeman arrested in DUI fatal crash to be fired
(Arizona) -- A Navajo Nation spokesman says a tribal officer who is suspected of hitting and killing a bicyclist while driving drunk in Glendale will be fired.

9/25/2017

article Federal judge dismisses case regarding power plant, coal mine
(New Mexico) -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by environmental groups against federal agencies for the extension of operations for the Four Corners...
article Fruitland-based security company provides service at Navajo Mine
(New Mexico) -- When visiting Navajo Mine, an individual's first point of contact are security guards from Dinéland Protection Services Inc. Verda Blackgoat is...
article Police: Navajo Nation police officer kills a bicyclist while drunk
(Arizona) -- Glendale Police have arrested Navajo Nation police officer Kevin Hevel, 30, of Jeddito, Arizona, on suspicion of manslaughter, felony endangerment, driving...

9/24/2017

article $9.1M project to improve water access to several Navajo communities
(Arizona) -- Work has started on a $9.1 million project to improve access to water in several Navajo communities. Navajo President Russell Begaye signed legislation last...
article ‘Absurdity of Truth’ combines Navajo culture with everyday life
(Tennessee) -- Art lovers of all kinds gathered into the auditorium in Ball Hall on Thursday evening to see artist John Feodorov talk about how he combined the Navajo...

9/23/2017

article $9.1M project to deliver more water to Navajo communities
(Arizona) -- Work has started on a $9.1 million project to improve access to water in several Navajo communities. Navajo President Russell Begaye signed legislation last...
article Police: Navajo Nation officer drunk, fatally strikes cyclist
(Arizona) -- Authorities say a Navajo Nation police officer who was in the Phoenix area for training struck and killed a 60-year-old bicyclist shortly after midnight on...

9/22/2017

article Navajo Nation Police Officer Involved in Fatal Accident
(Arizona) -- A Navajo Nation Police Officer has been taken into custody by the Glendale Police Department and booked on charges of manslaughter, felony endangerment,...

9/21/2017

article Navajo tribe says ready to sue Trump over changes to Utah monument
(Utah) -- The Navajo Nation will sue the Trump administration if it tries to reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, its top lawyer told Reuters on...

9/20/2017

article DOI Announces $62 Million Construction Contract On Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project
(Arizona) -- The Department of the Interior announced Friday that the Bureau of Reclamation is awarding a construction contract of almost $62 million for part of the...

9/19/2017

article Elk to buy Resolute Energy’s Greater Aneth EOR unit
(Utah) -- Sydney-based Elk Petroleum Ltd. has agreed to acquire a subsidiary of Resolute Energy Corp., Denver, including its 63% interest in Greater Aneth oil field in...
article Water desalination system on a bus
(Arizona) -- Engineers from the University of Arizona have partnered with Apex Applied Technology to create a mobile water treatment system, effectively a "...
article Navajo Nation Council OK’s FY2018 $636M budget
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation Council has approved a $636 million comprehensive budget for fiscal year 2018. Delegates voted 19-2 in favor of approving the budget,...
article Controlling Navajo Nation’s free-roaming horse dilemma
(Arizona) -- For centuries, wild horses have roamed the Navajo Nation, where they serve as both a symbol of the unconquerable Native spirit and the iconic image of the...
article Retirees help create jobs in Navajo, Apache counties
(Arizona) -- Want to know what’s propelling employment in Navajo and Apache counties? Senior citizens and folks who like to eat out. New figures Thursday show the...

9/18/2017

article Federal grant awarded to rehabilitate runway in Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation is slated to receive a $4.4 million grant to rehabilitate the runway at the Shiprock Airstrip. The funding is from the Federal Aviation...

9/17/2017

article Confusion reigns over distribution of gaming funds
(Arizona) -- The process of distributing gaming funds to chapters was met with some confusion during an update report given to the Budget and Finance Committee last...
article Tribe may be ready to allow genetic research
(Arizona) -- After 15 years, it seems the Navajo Nation’s opinion on allowing genetic research on the reservation has evolved. Navajo leaders, researchers, tribal...
article Multimedia coloring book teaches Diné bizaad
(Arizona) -- A Diné coloring book created by a Diné woman isn’t just a coloring book – it’s a multimedia resource to learn the Navajo language. And not...
article Workshop focuses on traditional Navajo food
(New Mexico) -- The click of the butcher knife used by Waterflow resident Ron Garnanez to separate the backbone from a sheep carcass echoed inside the shade house at...
article ‘I worked very hard for this’ / Crystal Littleben is new Miss Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Crystal Littleben, 25, went from second runner-up in 2015 to being crowned this year as the 71st Naabeehó Bich’eeke’ in a last-chance effort to...

9/15/2017

article Feds announce $62 million for Navajo water pipeline
(New Mexico) -- The U.S. Department of Interior says it's awarded a nearly $62 million contract for construction of a water pipeline between two northwestern New...
article OP/ED: Energy Department shouldn't waste $100M on 'clean coal'
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Energy has a new request for proposals (RFP) out for ideas on how to spend $100 million in federal money on “...

9/14/2017

article Judge rejects lawsuit targeting mine operations, coal plant on Navajo land
(New Mexico) -- According to U.S. News & World Report, a U.S. district judge has rejected environmental groups' lawsuit targeting operations at the Navajo Mine...

9/13/2017

article Family searching for missing Navajo woman
(Arizona) -- The mother of 26-year-old Katczinzki Ariel Begay, also known as "Kat", is pleading with the public to call authorities if they think they may have...

9/12/2017

article US Judge Cites Tribal Sovereignty in Dismissing Coal Lawsuit
(New Mexico) -- A U.S. district judge cited tribal sovereignty in dismissing a lawsuit aimed at shutting down a coal-fired power plant and adjacent mine near the Arizona...
article Budget and Finance Committee receives update on gaming distribution plan
(Arizona) -- The Budget and Finance Committee received an update report Sept. 5, regarding the Navajo Nation Gaming Distribution Plan from the Navajo Nation Office of...

9/11/2017

article Bill proposes criminalizing revenge porn on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- A Navajo Nation Council delegate is proposing that the distribution of sexually graphic images without a person's consent be listed as a criminal...

9/10/2017

article Donations Still Being Accepted for Navajo Families Impacted by Hurricane Harvey
(Texas) -- The Office of the President and Vice President continue to accept donations for Navajo families impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Donations will be...

9/9/2017

article New Miss Navajo crowned
(Arizona) -- Crystal Littleben, 25, went from second runner-up to being crowned the 71st Naabeehó Bich’eekį’ in a last chance effort to win the coveted title...

9/6/2017

article Miss Navajo Nation contest is parting ways with fry bread
(Arizona) -- The Miss Navajo Nation pageant is parting ways with fry bread, the fluffy, golden brown delicacy that’s become a symbol of Native American culture but...

9/5/2017

article Congressman O'Halleran visits Navajo Nation, hears concerns
(Arizona) -- On Aug. 15, Council Delegate Walter Phelps (Cameron, Coalmine Canyon, Leupp, Tolani Lake, Tsidi To ii), highlighted Western Navajo Agency concerns to...
article At-risk young people learn job skills by renovating home in Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- When the task of adjusting a tape measure turned difficult, Lyle Maze paused to listen to his instructor, who advised him to use his knee to bend the...
article Shiprock Chapter to host special meeting regarding fair
(New Mexico) -- The Shiprock Chapter is hosting a special meeting Tuesday afternoon to have board members of the Northern Navajo Nation Fair address concerns about the...

9/3/2017

article Shiprock a step closer to new justice center
(New Mexico) -- Shiprock Chapter President Duane “Chili” Yazzie said his community has been trying to get a new and improved judicial and public safety...
article Navajo filmmaker has high hopes for new projects
(New Mexico) -- Less than a year ago, Shiprock High School product Kody Dayish was still a relatively inexperienced filmmaker looking forward to the completion of his...
article Diné leaders become lawmen, leading to today’s police force
(Arizona) -- The theme for the 71st Navajo Nation Fair is “Respect, honor, remember our public safety officers,” and the history behind these words reflects...
article What? No fry bread contest at Miss Navajo pageant
(Arizona) -- If you are a fan of the Miss Navajo fry bread-making contest, expect not to see it this year. History, though, tells a very different story about survival...

9/1/2017

article The Thriving Small Businesses of the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- When you think about enterprise on Indian reservations, chances are you’re picturing roadside vendors or towering casinos. There’s plenty of...

8/31/2017

article Uranium pervades homes on and near Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Angie Hood grew up in a remote valley tucked along the edge of the Navajo Nation. On hot summer days, Hood and her three siblings would tend to the family...
article Destination: Navajo Land, New Mexic
(New Mexico) -- At 27,000 square miles, the Navajo Nation stretches across three states and includes dozens of travel destinations. With a little bit of road savvy and...
article What? No fry bread contest at Miss Navajo pageant
(Arizona) -- If you are a fan of the Miss Navajo fry bread-making contest, expect not to see it this year. History, though, tells a very different story about survival...

8/30/2017

article Navajo Nation eyes purchase of two Valley ranches
(Colorado) -- Recently, the Denver Post ran an Associated Press story noting that the Navajo Nation is pursuing interest in purchasing ranchland in Custer and Huerfano...

8/29/2017

article Navajo Nations first solar project now producing enough electricity for about 13,000 homes
(Arizona) -- A giant array of solar panels near the famed sandstone buttes of Monument Valley has begun producing electricity for the Navajo Nation at a time when the...
article Navajo Nation working with FCC to provide better technology, phone services
(Arizona) -- On Aug. 22, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and tribal leaders consulted with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on how to close the digital...
article Ousted Navajo Head Start leader alleges harassment
(Arizona) -- The ousted superintendent for Navajo Head Start says she was illegally dismissed from the program last month and often faced harassment. The Daily Times of...

8/28/2017

article U.S. Department of Housings investigation of Navajo Housing Authority finds no violations
(Arizona) -- No laws were broken and no regulations were violated by one of the largest U.S. public housing authorities despite criticism over management and its...
article Navajo solar plant breaks new ground
(Arizona) -- A giant array of solar panels near the famed sandstone buttes of Monument Valley has begun producing electricity for the Navajo Nation at a time when the...
article Former Navajo Head Start superintendent files grievance over dismissal
(Arizona) -- The former superintendent for Navajo Head Start filed a grievance alleging tribal law was violated when she was dismissed from the program last month.

8/25/2017

article Halona on homesite regs: ‘We’re going to use k’e’
(New Mexico) -- It was, to say the least, a tough crowd. As Navajo Nation Land Department Director Mike Halona last Wednesday explained the new home-site lease...
article After 20 years, Black Mesa gets Head Start school
(Arizona) -- It took 20 years, but Black Mesa Chapter finally got its Head Start building. Doors sized for both adults and children welcome students, teachers and...
article Johnny Rustywire: The sad tale of a Marine who returned to the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- Writer Johnny Rustywire, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, shares the tale of a young Marine who returned to the reservation with a new bride: I thought about...
article Navajo Nation mourns loss of senior police officer
(Arizona) -- There was apparently alcohol involved in the crash earlier this week that claimed the life of a Navajo Police Officer. Kayenta Police officer Nelson Martin...

8/24/2017

article Controlling the Navajo Nation’s Free-Roaming Horse Dilemma
(New Mexico) -- For centuries, wild horses have roamed the Navajo Nation, where they serve as both a symbol of the unconquerable Native spirit and the iconic image of...

8/23/2017

article Navajo Mine officials, employees welcome new locomotives
(Arizona) -- With its bell ringing, one of the new locomotives for the Navajo Mine exited a maintenance building today and was greeted by a crowd of people snapping...
article Navajo solar plant breaks new ground
(Arizona) -- In May of this year, in the shadows of sandstone towers near Monument Valley, an array of 120,000 photovoltaic solar panels fired up for the first time. In...

8/22/2017

article US probe of Navajo Housing Authority finds no violations
(Arizona) -- No laws were broken and no regulations were violated by one of the largest U.S. public housing authorities despite criticism over management and its...
article Navajo Nation considers Indian Country Criminal Justice degree at NAU
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is considering legislation to provide support for an undergraduate major entitled “Indian Country Criminal Justice,” at...

8/21/2017

article Navajo, Other Tribes Consider Eclipse A Bad Omen
(Arizona) -- The Navajo believe the sun is the most powerful deity in the universe. When the moon blocks out the sun, a sort of death occurs. James Jones is a Navajo...
article Why it's taboo in Navajo culture to view the solar eclipse
(Arizona) -- Page Unified School District will be making changes to its class schedule Monday out of respect for Native American culture. The total solar eclipse has...
article EPA budget cuts threaten to slow uranium cleanup at Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- Angie Hood grew up in a remote valley tucked along the edge of the Navajo Nation. On hot summer days, Hood and her three siblings would tend to the...
article Legal aid agency serving the Navajo Nation to close 3 offices
(New Mexico) -- A legal aid office serving a heavily Navajo clientele is shutting three of its nine offices for financial reasons, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported...
article To Get Calcium, Navajos Burn Juniper Branches To Eat The Ash
(Arizona) -- Daniel Begay, who is Navajo, had always been told growing up that traditional American Indian foods were good for him. But because most American Indians are...
article Navajo Man From Shiprock Gets 30 Months In Prison
(New Mexico) -- Byron Harold Peshlakai, 26, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, was sentenced in Federal Court in Santa Fe, to 30 months in...

8/20/2017

article Navajos will mark solar eclipse as sacred phenomenon — by not watching
(Arizona) -- On Monday, as millions across the U.S. clamor for a view of the solar eclipse, Freddie Johnson and his family will stay at home and avert their eyes. They...

8/18/2017

article Navajo Beliefs Surrounding the Eclipse Explained
(Arizona) -- Page Unified School District will be making changes to its class schedule Monday out of respect for Native American culture. The total solar eclipse has...
article Navajo youth encouraged to learn about traditional teachings regarding solar eclipse
(New Mexico) -- On Monday, Aug. 21 the United States will experience a total solar eclipse in which the moon will pass between the sun and the earth from approximately 9...
article Law firm serving Navajo Nation closing 3 offices
(Arizona) -- A law firm that for years has provided free legal services to low-income people in the Southwest and won groundbreaking cases for Native Americans is...
article Respect and reverence: Local tribes prepare members for eclipse
(New Mexico) -- Tommy Lewis, superintendent of Diné Education on the Navajo Nation, is advising tribal schoolchildren to take shelter indoors Monday as the sky darkens...

8/14/2017

article Plague found in fleas in Navajo County, Arizona
(Arizona) -- Fleas near the town of Taylor in Navajo County, Arizona, have tested positive for the deadly disease, independent US TV network KTVK reports. Prairie dogs...

8/13/2017

article Long Distances, No Backup are Realities for To’hajiilee/Alamo Police Officer
(New Mexico) -- The first thing Navajo Nation Police Officer Pam Hurley-Vandever, 38, does before she begins her patrol is fill up the gas tank in her 2012 Chevy Tahoe.

8/10/2017

article Rezlist.org: Buy, Sell or Trade on the Craigslist-like Marketplace for the Navajo Reservation
(New York) -- Four Corners residents have a new tool to buy, sell or trade products and services. The online marketplace Rezlist.org creates a space where the public can...
article Raytheon getting $1.3 million in state, local aid for expansion
(New Mexico) -- Nearly $1.3 million in state and local funds will help Raytheon Missile System’s K-Tech division in Albuquerque expand its operations at the Sandia...

8/9/2017

article Navajo Leaders Sign Human Trafficking Law
(Arizona) -- On Aug. 7 President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez signed Resolution No. CJY-48-17 that enacts Navajo law against Human Trafficking to...
article Navajo Sign Law Criminalizing Human Trafficking
(New York) -- A new Navajo law criminalizes human trafficking on the country’s largest American Indian reservation. Navajo President Russell Begaye on August 7...

8/8/2017

article Navajo Nation makes human trafficking a criminal offense
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation has taken a step against human trafficking in its boundaries by authorizing a law that designates it as a criminal offense. Navajo Nation...
article Begaye calls for improved healthcare and facilities on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- During a consultation held July 18 with representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), President Russell Begaye called for...

8/7/2017

article Navajo Nation partners to support special education training
(New Mexico) -- Navajo students aspiring to become special education teachers will now have an additional avenue to do so, thanks to a new program created jointly by the...

8/6/2017

article Listening In: Leupp struggles on the border of two worlds
(Arizona) -- Situated on the edge of the Navajo Nation, Leupp is a transition point between the heights of the San Francisco Peaks with its big city of Flagstaff and the...
article Utah native finds acclaim running Navajo-themed restaurants
(Utah) -- Bleu Adams doesn't consider herself much of a "people person," which is why she knows she picked the wrong profession to be in — a...
article Navajo Head Start superintendent removed amid probe
(Arizona) -- The superintendent for Navajo Head Start has been removed amid an investigation into allegations of misconduct and misuse of funding.

8/4/2017

article Navajo Head Start superintendent dismissed
(New Mexico) -- The superintendent for Navajo Head Start has been removed due to an investigation that allegedly revealed misconduct and misuse of funding. Late...
article Native Doctor Heading to Ole Miss, Research Will Focus on Navajo Children
(Mississippi) -- Dr. Davis E. Henderson is leaving Pueblo Pintado, New Mexico, to take up his appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication...

8/2/2017

article Damage to Ashlynne Mike mural prompts its removal
(New Mexico) -- After a mural dedicated to Ashlynne Mike here was vandalized last weekend, the Upper Fruitland Chapter made the decision to paint over it. The mural...

8/1/2017

article Council seeks to bridge public safety telecom gap on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council discussed an expansion and improvement of telecommunications networks on the reservation, specifically related to public safety,...
article Chief Manuelito Scholarships awarded by Nation to 10 Tuba City High School students
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation honored 147 high school students for their exceptional academic excellence by awarding them a Chief Manuelito Scholarship. Ten students...
article Begaye pleads guilty in Ashlynne Mike killing
(New Mexico) -- Tom Begaye Jr. pleaded guilty to the killing last year of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike and the kidnapping of her 9-year-old brother Ian Mike during a...
article Begaye pleads guilty to brutal murder of Ashlynne Mike
(New Mexico) -- Tom Begaye Jr., 28, from Waterflow, New Mexico, agreed to spend the rest of his life in prison Tuesday in Albuquerque.
article Suspect in killing of Navajo girl pleads guilty to murder
(New Mexico) -- A man charged with murder, sexual assault and other counts in the death of an 11-year-old girl on the largest American Indian reservation changed his...

7/31/2017

article Navajo Nation entity starts solar farm amid station closing
(Arizona) -- A Navajo Nation entity has taken its first step toward generating electricity by starting a solar farm amid the pending closure of a coal-fired power plant...
article Retired tribal court judge could serve as acting chief justice
(Arizona) -- A retired Window Rock District Court judge could be appointed acting chief justice for the Navajo Nation. Members of the Law and Order Committee could...
article Suspect in killing of Navajo girl expected to change plea
(New Mexico) -- A suspect is expected to change his plea in the kidnapping, sexual assault and killing of an 11-year-old girl in a remote part of the largest American...

7/30/2017

article Navajo Nation Council Members Seek to Bridge Telecommunication Gaps for Public Safety on the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- 23rd Navajo Nation Council members met with the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, on Tuesday to discuss the expansion and improvement of...

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