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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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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...

7/28/2017

article Navajo Nation lawmakers approve purchase of Colorado Ranch
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation lawmakers have approved the tribe's planned purchase of a large ranch in south-central Colorado for $23 million. Tribal officials say a...
article Navajo Lawmakers Approve Plan To Purchase Colorado Ranch
(Colorado) -- The Navajo Nation is moving forward with plans to purchase a $23 million ranch in Colorado. A committee vote on July 25 was the final approval needed.
article ‘Not a job, a calling’ / Chief justice retires amid kudos
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation acting Chief Justice Allen Sloan was confirmed as a trial judge at a time when there was great upheaval within the Navajo Nation government....

7/27/2017

article Navajo Nation lawmakers approve purchase of Colorado Ranch
(Colorado) -- Navajo Nation lawmakers have approved the tribe's planned purchase of a large ranch in south-central Colorado for $23 million.

7/26/2017

article Robb: The scandal behind the Navajo housing scandal
(Arizona) -- Trigger warning: This column contains politically incorrect observations. The catalyst is the scandal at the Navajo Housing Authority. Although the real...

7/25/2017

article Montana attorney selected Navajo Nation chief justice
(Montana) -- The process to appoint a new chief justice for the Navajo Nation Supreme Court has started. Montana attorney JoAnn B. Jayne was appointed on July 11 by...
article Navajo Council touches on successes, challenges
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates highlighted some of the combined efforts and sucess of the council in recent months on the first day of the...
article Navajo Housing Authority receives $84.9 mil grant
(New Mexico) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) notified the Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) July 7 it will receive an Indian Housing Block...

7/24/2017

article Navajo Nation eyes possible purchases of Colorado ranchland considered sacred
(Colorado) -- The Navajo Nation has created a committee to look into buying Colorado ranchland that’s home to cattle, bison and two mountains the tribe considers...
article Acting chief justice for Navajo Nation to resign over health
(New Mexico) -- The acting chief justice for the Navajo Nation is stepping down. The Daily Times of Farmington reported the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch recently...
article Bill recommends removal of tribal court judge
(New Mexico) -- A new bill recommends that Roy Tso Jr. be removed as a probationary judge for Navajo Nation courts. The recommendation is being made because Tso did not...
article Shiprock looks to humane plan for feral horses
(New Mexico) -- Shiprock Chapter President Duane “Chili” Yazzie has a plan to contain the population of feral horses in the chapter, and he’s reaching...

7/23/2017

article Navajo housing agency charts construction for 2018
(New Mexico) -- The largest American Indian public housing authority in the U.S. is asking the asking the federal government for more than $100 million in grant funding...
article Acting chief justice for Navajo Nation to resign over health
(New Mexico) -- The acting chief justice for the Navajo Nation is stepping down. The Daily Times of Farmington, New Mexico, reports the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch...
article Bill recommends removal of tribal court judge
(New Mexico) -- A new bill recommends that Roy Tso Jr. be removed as a probationary judge for Navajo Nation courts.The recommendation is being made because Tso did not...
article Navajo Housing Authority builds homes—and trust—on Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- The largest Indian housing authority in the country is poised to usher in a new era in affordable and versatile housing options on the Navajo Nation. The...

7/20/2017

article Witness of Church Rock spill still fighting uranium
(New Mexico) -- “We can’t let our guard down,” said Larry King, a lifelong resident of Church Rock, New Mexico, about uranium mining. The former United...
article Deep-fried history celebrated at Salt Lake City’s Navajo Hogan restaurant
(Utah) -- Deep-fried dough sprinkled with salt. That's how Bill Espinoza, owner of the Navajo Hogan restaurant in South Salt Lake, ate fry bread as a child. And that...
article Navajo housing agency charts construction for 2018
(Arizona) -- The nation's largest Native American housing authority says it's on track to complete 81 new homes during the 2018 fiscal year. Officials with the...

7/19/2017

article Angry Navajo president approves tribal housing plan with caveat: Build more homes
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said Wednesday he grudgingly signed an $80 million housing plan — one that calls for building just 15 new homes...
article Navajo Nation summer council session gets underway
(Arizona) -- The 23rd Navajo Nation Council welcomed several groups to Window Rock July 16 who traveled miles by horseback, bicycle and jogged to take part in the annual...
article You Have to See This Navajo Nation Tribal Park to Believe It
(Utah) -- Even the casual traveler is familiar with US National Parks, but did you know Navajo Native Americans also run their own park system? The tribe's most...

7/18/2017

article The State of the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- The 23rd Navajo Nation Council voted 16-0 with 8 abstaining to accept the report of President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez as they...
article Navajo Nation acting chief justice to retire
(Arizona) -- The acting chief justice for the Navajo Nation has announced his intention to retire at the end of the month. Allen Sloan has held the position since July...

7/17/2017

article Tribe's self reliance office to temporarily close
(New Mexico) -- The Farmington office for the Navajo Nation Department for Self Reliance will be closed starting Wednesday, according to a department press release. The...

7/16/2017

article Navajo Nation President Listens to Tribal Citizens Concerns about Indian Health Service
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Department of Health (NDOH) and the Office of the President and Vice President (OPVP) facilitated a public forum addressing community concerns...
article Navajo Nation Council Welcomes Horse Riders, Youth Groups, & Community Advocates to Start the Summer Council Session
(Arizona) -- The 23rd Navajo Nation Council welcomed several groups to Window Rock on Sunday, many of which spent the last several days traveling many miles by horseback...
article Negotiations on Track to Get 1868 Treaty to Navajo Nation Museum
(Arizona) -- A representative from the National Archives is expected to visit Window Rock next month and if everything goes well, the tribe should get final approval to...

7/14/2017

article Navajo Council Delegate Brown Advances Initiative to Combat Sex Trafficking on the Navajo Nation
(Colorado) -- Council Delegate Nathaniel Brown (Chilchinbeto, Dennehotso, Kayenta), who serves on the Health, Education, and Human Services Committee and the Naabik...

7/12/2017

article Navajo Nation may buy Yavapai Ranch for $60M
(Arizona) -- Negotiations between the owners of Yavapai Ranch and the Navajo Nation are underway for the sale of 17,544 acres in the western area of Yavapai Ranch, which...
article Navajo Nation road repair plan goes before tribe president
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council has approved $218,943 for a referendum to use $216 million from the principal of the Navajo Nation Permanent Trust Fund for road...
article Lynette Lookingback becomes Navajo reservation's first full-time female AD
(Arizona) -- Lynette Lookingback was a student, an athlete and a visionary during her high school years at Ganado in the late 1990s. But she never imagined she would...
article Workshop passes Navajo weaving tradition to next generation
(New Mexico) -- It's an art form hundreds of years old and a way of life. Navajo weavers have been decreasing in numbers over recent years, but this week there is an...

7/11/2017

article Begaye sees need for restructure within Navajo Housing Authority
(Arizona) -- On June 28, the Office of the President and Vice President announced Aneva Yazzie, Navajo Housing Authority CEO, stepped down, effective June 30 after...

7/10/2017

article Navajo Nation backs federal Amber Alert legislation
(Arizona) -- A panel of lawmakers on the nation's largest American Indian reservation is throwing its support behind federal legislation that would expand the Amber...
article Man admits to kicking tribal officer in face near Shiprock
(New Mexico) -- An Arizona man has admitted to kicking a Navajo Nation officer in the face near Shiprock as the officer attempted to arrest the man for driving under the...

7/9/2017

article Fracking boom leads to tension in Navajo communities
(New Mexico) -- On a windy Monday morning in May, residents packed the Counselor Chapter House. Some sat in plastic folding chairs, while others leaned against the wall...
article Group hopes to expand Amber Alerts across all tribes
(New Mexico) -- A panel of lawmakers for the Navajo Nation says it will back a bill to expand the Amber Alert system to tribes across the country. The legislation comes...
article Navajo Nation backs federal Amber Alert legislation
(Arizona) -- A panel of lawmakers on the nation's largest American Indian reservation is throwing its support behind federal legislation that would expand the Amber...
article Navajos in metro Phoenix lost their fluency, and here's how they're regaining it
(Arizona) -- Scanning between the words in her book and examples of Navajo sentence structure on a whiteboard, Jolanda Avila was determined to write a full sentence in...

7/8/2017

article Navajo Nation throws support behind efforts to expand Amber Alert funding
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation is expressing support for federal legislation that would expand the Amber Alert system to tribal lands. The proposal, introduced in...

7/5/2017

article Navajo power plant likely to close, despite Trump's promises to save coal
(Arizona) -- The closing of the Navajo Generating Station could be seen as the first big test of President Donald Trump’s promise to bring back coal. Navajo...
article Navajo Nation president signs bill to fund youth employment at chapters
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has signed legislation to provide $2.16 million in supplemental funding for the 110 chapter houses to use for summer...

7/4/2017

article Navajo food staples — including fry bread — carry hidden risks
(Arizona) -- Navajo people's association to fry bread dates back to the 1860s, when the U.S. Army forced 10,000 Navajos and Apaches into prison camps in New Mexico...

7/3/2017

article Leaders OK naming U.S. Navy ship ‘Navajo’
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation and U.S. Navy are on their way to becoming official partners and may one day help patrol the waters of the world, thanks to efforts of U.S...

7/2/2017

article Navajo Nation Council continues support for ships named after tribe
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation Council continues to back the idea of naming a new class of fleet ocean tugs after the tribe. The proposal to name a new class of tugs...

7/1/2017

article Navajo Nation Council Approves Lease Extension for NGS
(Arizona) -- The coal-fired plant provides about $30 million in revenue each year to the Navajo Nation, but SRP had indicated it needed a decision on the new lease...
article Interim CEO named for Navajo Housing Authority
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Housing Authority Board of Commissioners has selected an interim CEO for the tribal housing agency. NHA government and public relations director...
article Navajo Head Start Director Under Investigation
(Arizona) -- The U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General’s Office has contacted President Russell Begaye requesting that the Office of...
article Navajo Nation Council continues support for ships named after tribe
(New Mexico) -- The Navajo Nation Council continues to back the idea of naming a new class of fleet ocean tugs after the tribe. The proposal to name a new class of tugs...
article Ninth Circuit Court Denies School District End-Run Around Navajo Nation Courts
(Arizona) -- On Wednesday, June 28, 2017 the Navajo Nation secured the second of two back-to-back victories against state public school districts seeking to avoid review...

6/30/2017

article In Navajo Nation, Bad Roads Can Mean Life or Death
(Utah) -- For the first 45 minutes of William Mustache’s afternoon route, his school bus travels comfortably down the highway that runs the length of San Juan...
article Tribe looks to rebuild troubled public housing authority
(New Mexico) -- The chief executive of the largest American Indian public housing authority in the U.S. will be stepping down as the Navajo Nation looks to rebuild its...

6/29/2017

article Yazzie agrees to step down as NHA CEO
(Arizona) -- After months of intense criticism from leaders of both the legislative and executive branches of the Navajo Nation government, Aneva Yazzie has agreed to...
article Man changing plea in killing of Navajo girl
(New Mexico) -- A man accused of kidnapping and killing an 11-year-old girl whose death stunned the nation’s largest American Indian reservation and prompted new...

6/28/2017

article Navajo Nation looks to rebuild troubled public housing authority
(Arizona) -- The chief executive of the largest American Indian public housing authority in the U.S. will be stepping down as the Navajo Nation looks to rebuild its...
article Sexual harassment case raises cultural questions
(Arizona) -- Could Navajos and bilagáanas have differing definitions of sexual harassment? Window Rock District Court Judge Carol Perry on Friday alluded to that...
article The Power of Navajo Women
(Arizona) -- A Navajo woman’s day has always begun before dawn when she rises, goes outside, faces east and prays with white cornmeal. This is vital to ensure that...
article OP/ED: Gord Downie, when it comes to collective Indigenous resilience, let us speak for ourselves
(Canada) -- Canadian icon Gord Downie was handed the Order of Canada last week, one of the country's highest honours, in recognition of his work on Indigenous issues...
article Suspect in Navajo Girl's 2016 Murder to Change Plea
(New Mexico) -- A man accused of kidnapping and killing an 11-year-old girl whose death stunned the nation's largest American Indian reservation and prompted new...

6/27/2017

article Council OK’s lease to keep NGS open
(Arizona) -- After nearly eight hours of debate, the Navajo Nation Council on Monday passed legislation that will permit the Navajo Generating Station to remain open...
article Navajo council OKs lease extension for Arizona coal plant
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council has approved a lease extension that will allow a coal-fired power plant in northeastern Arizona to continue operating through...

6/26/2017

article Navajo Nation program director sentenced to DWI program
(New Mexico) -- The director of the Navajo School Clothing Program has pleaded guilty to an outstanding warrant for a driving while intoxicated conviction as the Navajo...

6/25/2017

article New business offers mobile service to repair vehicles on Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- Min's Automotive does not operate like a traditional auto repair business because there is no bricks-and-mortar location. Instead, Timothy Clani Jr...

6/24/2017

article OP/ED: Resurgence of Diné Principles to Guide the Diné People
(Arizona) -- Navajo Sovereignty: Understandings and Visions of the Diné People, a new collection of essays by Navajo authors, edited by Professor Lloyd L. Lee, tackles...

6/23/2017

article Navajos Seek Approval on 5 Amendments
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation Council wants the owners of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) to accept five amendments to the lease agreement. The lease agreement is...
article Many Outraged at Ghost Adventures Navajo ‘SkinWalker’ Episode: New Episode This Sat.
(Arizona) -- Zak Bagans is the host and lead investigator for the reality TV series on The Travel Channel, “Ghost Adventures.” Its last episode, which...

6/21/2017

article Navajo Nation Gets 1st Starbucks
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation, the largest reservation in the country, is finally getting its first Starbucks in Window Rock. This is another sign that the tribe’...

6/20/2017

article Upgraded 911 system complete for Tuba City region
(Arizona) -- In May, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye commended the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety on their successful implementation of the E911...

6/19/2017

article Another costly Navajo housing project: $447K modular homes
(Arizona) -- After failing to spend nearly a half-billion dollars in federal housing funds over a decade, a Navajo Nation agency has been pouring money into a project to...
article Coal plant’s possible closure spurs Grand Canyon tram debate
(Arizona) -- The impending closure of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation could lend momentum to a project being considered by tribal leaders to build a tram...
article Navajo Generating Station Owners Deny Deadline Extension
(Arizona) -- The owners of a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona have rejected the Navajo Nation's request for a 30-day extension of a July 1 deadline for the...
article New Farmington American Indian Ambassador selected
(New Mexico) -- This year's Farmington American Indian ambassador is the first male to win the title since the contest revised its eligibility for applicants....

6/18/2017

article NGS Owners Balk at Extension?
(Nevada) -- July 1st; that’s apparently it! According to the Salt River Project, one of the owners of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS), have said “No...
article Wool Buyers Come to the People
(Arizona) -- 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...

6/17/2017

article Coal plant's possible closure spurs Grand Canyon tram debate
(Arizona) -- The impending closure of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation could lend momentum to a project being considered by tribal leaders to build a tram...
article Navajo Generating Station owners deny deadline extension
(Arizona) -- The owners of a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona have rejected the Navajo Nation's request for a 30-day extension of a July 1 deadline for the...
article Ghost Adventures makes controversial trip to Skinwalker Canyon in the Navajo Nation
(Arizona) -- This week on Ghost Adventures, Zak Bagans and the team head to Navajo Nation lands where they investigate Ojo Amarillo, also known as Skinwalker Canyon. Ojo...

6/15/2017

article Water Settlement for Navajo and Hopi Tribes Inches Forward
(Arizona) -- WATER IS LIFE to the Native American tribes of the arid Southwest, and is at the heart of a decadeslong legal and cultural struggle by two Arizona tribes to...

6/13/2017

article Wool, mohair buy in Shiprock helps producers receive fair price
(New Mexico) -- A group of wool and mohair buyers visited here today as part of a project designed to increase access to the wool market for Navajo producers and improve...
article Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of Navajo Nation
(New Mexico) -- On May 26, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Navajo nation to deny utility company’s condemnation of tribal land in Public...
article Navajo Nation program director, school board member arrested
(New Mexico) -- The director of the Navajo School Clothing Program who is also a board member of a tribally controlled school could be removed from office after he was...

6/11/2017

article No easy answer for stray animals on the Rez
(Arizona) -- The June afternoon heat had hit its peak last week as two dogs lay quietly in the dirt. Brown and black with scruffy hair, they lingered in a scrap of shade...

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