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📢Midthunder Casting Call for Native American Basketball Players 🏀Score a Role in the upcoming Netflix hit "Rez Ball" — p...
02/03/2023
Casting call announced for "Rez Ball"

📢Midthunder Casting Call for Native American Basketball Players 🏀
Score a Role in the upcoming Netflix hit "Rez Ball" — produced by LeBron James!

Midthunder Casting has announced a casting call for Native American male and female basketball players.

Funds will support "healing, wellness, education, heritage, language and commemoration activities," - a step towards rec...
02/03/2023
Canada to pay survivors of Indian residential schools more than $2B

Funds will support "healing, wellness, education, heritage, language and commemoration activities," - a step towards recognition of harm and working towards healing for generations to come.

The Canadian government has agreed to pay more than $2 billion to hundreds of Indigenous communities to settle a lawsuit centered around nearly a...

Celebrate the seniors tonight at Monument Valley HS!
02/03/2023

Celebrate the seniors tonight at Monument Valley HS!

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Fresh off a 51-35 victory at home, Winslow High School Lady Bulldogs head to Hollbrook tonight for Round 2! 🐾🏀
02/03/2023
Lady Bulldogs defeat Roadrunners, 51-35

Fresh off a 51-35 victory at home, Winslow High School Lady Bulldogs head to Hollbrook tonight for Round 2! 🐾🏀

Lady Bulldogs dominate: freshman, seniors lead Winslow to victory against Holbrook

Jeffrey Begay, a flight paramedic with Classic Air Medical, has successfully transitioned to a flight nurse, a rare acco...
02/03/2023
Paramedic to flight nurse: Jeffrey Begay makes history at Classic Air Medical

Jeffrey Begay, a flight paramedic with Classic Air Medical, has successfully transitioned to a flight nurse, a rare accomplishment in the company's history.
The community is grateful for his hard work and dedication to his education and training!

Classic Air Medical is proud to announce that Jeffrey Begay has successfully transitioned his title from flight paramedic to flight nurse.

Breaking barriers and reaching for the stars! The first Native American woman in space, NASA Astronauts Nicole Mann, ven...
02/02/2023
Astronaut Nicole Mann steps out on spacewalk

Breaking barriers and reaching for the stars!
The first Native American woman in space, NASA Astronauts Nicole Mann, ventures out on a historic spacewalk to prep the International Space Station for more solar panels.

The first Native American woman in space ventured out on a spacewalk Friday to prep the International Space Station for more solar panels.

Dinétah Drama Festival has announced its first annual Short Works Competition. Playwrights must be Diné and submissions ...
02/02/2023
Dinétah Drama Festival first annual Short Works Competition

Dinétah Drama Festival has announced its first annual Short Works Competition.
Playwrights must be Diné and submissions must be postmarked by February 28, 2023.
Click 👇for the full info sheet and more details.

The Dinétah Drama Festival is pleased to announce its first annual Short Works Competition.

“The Coconino National Forest stands out as a real gem in our nation’s National Forest system and represents a truly spe...
02/02/2023
Coconino National Forest welcomes Aaron Mayville as new forest supervisor

“The Coconino National Forest stands out as a real gem in our nation’s National Forest system and represents a truly special place for me and my family,” Mayville said.

Coconino National Forest welcomes the arrival of Aaron Mayville, who was selected as the new forest supervisor and arrived Jan. 30.

United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc.'s  annual anti-human trafficking campaign, "It's a Penalty," is kicking off ah...
02/02/2023
Guest column: 25% of human trafficking victims are Indigenous

United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc.'s annual anti-human trafficking campaign, "It's a Penalty," is kicking off ahead of Super Bowl LVII.
UNITY is partnering with big names in the hospitality industry, such as Hilton and Airbnb to display signage and provide resources for identifying and reporting suspected trafficking.

Indigenous people comprise only 1.1% of the United States population, yet they account for nearly 25% of human trafficking victims.

Shimá Storytelling treated students at KUSD Cultural Center to storytelling, singing and activities in Diné Bizaad.
02/02/2023
Shimá Storytelling Program visits Kayenta Cultural Center

Shimá Storytelling treated students at KUSD Cultural Center to storytelling, singing and activities in Diné Bizaad.

Students at the Kayenta Unified School District Cultural Center were treated to a special visit Jan. 19, as the Shimá Storytelling Program.

Honoring our American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs proposes to waive copay...
02/01/2023
VA proposes rule that would waive copays for eligible Native American Veterans

Honoring our American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs proposes to waive copayments for eligible VA health services. Drop a 👏if you support our heroes and their well-deserved access to better health outcomes.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has proposed a rule that would waive copayments incurred on or after Jan. 5, 2022, for eligible American Indian...

The Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund is calling for the continuation of mask-wearing; despite the lifting of ...
02/01/2023
Letter: Mask-wearing still effective against COVID, RSV, Flu

The Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund is calling for the continuation of mask-wearing; despite the lifting of the mask mandate by Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren, citing ongoing concerns about data inconsistencies and the threat posed by new variants of the virus.

Yee Ha’ólníi Doo DBA the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund is encouraging continued mask-wearing as an effective form of protection...

There are nine days left to submit your nominations for the 2023 Native American 40 Under 40 awards! Click below to subm...
02/01/2023
Nominations for Native American 40 Under 40 Awards now open

There are nine days left to submit your nominations for the 2023 Native American 40 Under 40 awards!
Click below to submit your nominations before 2/10 and follow NCAIED - National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development to learn more.

Nominations are now open for the 2023 Native American 40 Under 40 awards.

Rock Point Community School Point defeated the Spartans 72-34 on Jan. 30 on the road. Tonight, they host Ash Fork in a 6...
02/01/2023
Rock Point finishes regular season ranked No. 1

Rock Point Community School Point defeated the Spartans 72-34 on Jan. 30 on the road.
Tonight, they host Ash Fork in a 6 p.m. single elimination game in the second round of the Super Regional championship, with the State Tournament in Prescott later this month on the horizon.

The Lady Cougars high school basketball team sealed their first-place finish in the 1A North Region with a pair of wins last week.

AZ Super Regional tournaments are this week and determine the top teams heading to the 1A State Championships🏆  The ladi...
02/01/2023
1A teams battle in Super Regionals this week

AZ Super Regional tournaments are this week and determine the top teams heading to the 1A State Championships🏆

The ladies competing this week:
🏀 1A Canyon Region
Williams Unified School District
Grand Canyon High School
Fredonia High School (Arizona)
Ash Fork High School
El Capitan (Arizona school)
Seligman High School
🏀 1A North Region
Rock Point Community School
St. Michael Indian School
Red Mesa High School Redskins
BASIS Flagstaff

Who are you rooting for? 🏀🏆

Last week marked the end of the regular season for 1A Conference teams.

Meet Ethel Branch, the unstoppable 13th Attorney General of the Navajo Nation. From founding the Navajo & Hopi Families ...
02/01/2023
Branch appointed as 13th Attorney General of Navajo Nation

Meet Ethel Branch, the unstoppable 13th Attorney General of the Navajo Nation. From founding the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund to fighting for Indigenous rights, she's making a huge impact and inspiring change.
Ethel Branch for Navajo Nation

Ethel Branch has been appointed by President Buu Nygren as the 13th Attorney General of the Navajo Nation.

Northern Arizona University leads the way in uplifting Indigenous communities with a $10 million investment in Seven Gen...
02/01/2023
NAU secures $10M to advance Indigenous student success

Northern Arizona University leads the way in uplifting Indigenous communities with a $10 million investment in Seven Generations Signature Initiative, delivering on their commitment to becoming the nation's top university for Indigenous Peoples.

Northern Arizona University plans to invest $10 million in a new initiative to support Indigenous faculty and staff.

Crystalyne Curley has become the first woman to hold the Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council position.Nine women were e...
01/31/2023
Navajo Nation Council makes history with first woman speaker

Crystalyne Curley has become the first woman to hold the Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council position.
Nine women were elected and sworn in with Curley on the first day of the Navajo Nation Council, alongside the youngest president ever elected, Buu Nygren.

“I think our Navajo people are ready for change andgoing back to our Navajo culture of how us women have that leadership along with love and caring and being knowledgeable, not only within a homestead, but of a hogan too.”
- Crystalyne Curley

🖤 warming: Navajo County Sheriff's Office, Joseph City Fire District, Sheriff's Auxiliary Volunteers of Navajo County an...
01/27/2023
Agencies partner to save dog in canyon in Little Painted Desert Park

🖤 warming: Navajo County Sheriff's Office, Joseph City Fire District, Sheriff's Auxiliary Volunteers of Navajo County and Arizona Department of Public Safety worked together to save a dog that had fallen into a canyon.

A dog was rescued from a canyon in Little Panted Desert Park near Winslow Jan. 16.

One seat is currently vacant on the Tuba City Unified School District Governing Board. Applications are being accepted u...
01/27/2023
Applicants sought for Tuba City governing board

One seat is currently vacant on the Tuba City Unified School District Governing Board. Applications are being accepted until Feb. 17.

Applicants sought for Tuba City governing board

The Offices Of The Twenty Nine Palms Band Of Mission Indians and Joshua Tree National Park have formalized their ongoing...
01/26/2023
California Tribe signs historic co-stewardship agreement with Joshua Tree National Park

The Offices Of The Twenty Nine Palms Band Of Mission Indians and Joshua Tree National Park have formalized their ongoing relationship with a new co-management agreement, allowing for expanded collaboration and preservation of the sacred land for both the tribe and visitors to the park.

The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians (TPBMI) signed a new co-management agreement with Joshua Tree National Park.
The agreement was...

Arizona's water agencies are working to address the state's growing water crisis, exploring solutions to ensure a sustai...
01/26/2023
No ‘silver bullet’ in Arizona’s water crisis

Arizona's water agencies are working to address the state's growing water crisis, exploring solutions to ensure a sustainable water future for all residents.

The day after Gov. Katie Hobbs delivered her first State of the State, outlining plans to address the state’s growing water crisis, the heads of...

Exciting news for Indigenous cinema as 11 highly-anticipated films will be featured at the Sundance Film Festival, showc...
01/25/2023
11 Indigenous films featured at 2023 Sundance Film Festival in Utah

Exciting news for Indigenous cinema as 11 highly-anticipated films will be featured at the Sundance Film Festival, showcasing a diverse range of issues and perspectives.

Eleven of the most-anticipated Indigenous films of the year will be featured at the Sundance Film Festival, bringing issues such as sovereignty,...

We look forward to seeing Indigenous artist Lucinda Hinojos' beautiful and meaningful artwork featured at the Super Bowl...
01/25/2023
Indigenous artist featured at Super Bowl for first time

We look forward to seeing Indigenous artist Lucinda Hinojos' beautiful and meaningful artwork featured at the Super Bowl this year, making history and representing her multicultural roots!

For the first time, an Indigenous artist’s works will be featured at the Super Bowl, gracing game tickets, displays and a massive Super Bowl mural...

Joette Walters is excited to lead the Tuba City Regional Health Care team as CEO and continue implementing strategic pla...
01/25/2023
Joette Walters steps in as new Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation CEO

Joette Walters is excited to lead the Tuba City Regional Health Care team as CEO and continue implementing strategic plans, including securing funding for a Long-Term Care Project and new housing for staff.

When Joette Walters started at the then Tuba City Indian Health Service hospital in 1997 as a new nurse graduate, she never imagined she would...

Healing and rebuilding bonds with Native communities is a priority for the US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland's 'Road to ...
01/24/2023
Native Americans share trauma of Arizona boarding schools

Healing and rebuilding bonds with Native communities is a priority for the US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland's 'Road to Healing' tour.

During seventh grade at Phoenix Indian School, Pershlie Ami signed up to go on what the school called an "outing" — promoted as opportunities for...

Celebrating a brighter future! The Tooh Haltsooi Community Center officially opens its doors with the support of state, ...
01/24/2023
'Reimagining for the children'

Celebrating a brighter future! The Tooh Haltsooi Community Center officially opens its doors with the support of state, chapter and tribal leaders. What resources would you like to see in your local community center?

The Sheep Springs community was joined by state, chapter and tribal leadership in celebrating the grand opening of the Tooh Haltsooi Community Center Jan. 7

01/23/2023

Due to winter weather conditions please note the following delays/closures from schools and offices for Monday, 1/23/23. Please check this post for updates as we receive them.

School 2-hour Delay:
-Second Mesa Day School
-Hotevilla Bacavi Community School
-Hopi Jr Sr High School
-Hopi Head Start
-First Mesa Elementary School

Northern Pioneer College:
-delay until 11am

Virtual/Online Instruction:
-Keams Canyon Elementary School starting at 8:30am
-Hopi Day School starting at 8am

Hopi Sinom Transit
-1 hour delay for all routes this morning. All midday routes will run on regular time

Hopi Tribal Chairman & Vice Chairman:
-Issuing a 2 hour delay for Hopi Tribal Employees; any questions they should contact their immediate supervisor or the Office of the Chairman/Vice Chairman at 928-734-3112.

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Just as a reminder Saturday, May 7th we're having a Solar Technology Education and Outreach Event at Hidden Springs Mission in Bodaway Gap...showcasing trained Solar Technicians and Solar Technology Partners with Solar Solutions for Families in the Bodaway Gap, and beyond.

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TOURISM TUESDAY
Tsiiłchin Biiʼ Tó, "Home of the World's Largest Rug," is a massive loom 38-by-25 feet hand-woven Navajo Rug. 10 Navajo weavers from the community embarked on creating the world's largest Navajo rug; the task commenced in 1977 and was finalized in 1979. For more information, you may visit:
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Flash from the past - Legends From the Sky and Navajo-Hopi Observer article. Thank you for the support over the years Navajo-Hopi Observer!

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"Who will help me?"
On Saturday, February 27th, 2022 This was sent to the editor of the Tri-City Herald newspaper by one of the victims who is 16 years old. However, I cannot find that it was published so I am posting it here, and anywhere that I can to get it seen:
"Dear Editor, My name is Sandrea Lagunas, I am resident of Benton County, Washington. I write to you because all efforts have been exhausted, I am taking a stand to protect my siblings and myself, but I cannot do it alone. The legal litigation between my parents has been ongoing since 2006 and for my brothers since 2014 in Colville and now, Spokane, Washington. I knew my situation was bad and when I took a stand for myself, I saw that I wasn't the only one being harmed. My parenting plan created for my best interest has been used as a weapon to cause multiple harms and my 5th and 14th amendment denied. There has been court litigation over 400 times ongoing in one case, at least 60 reports to CPS overall. No one is truly listening to children living within this situation. There is unnecessary harm with lifelong consequences. I ask, to rally for justice from my community, to help a broken system not be broken. Help me stand up, to the oppression and for my fundamental rights as a person for life, liberty, and happiness, because it matters. Who will help me?"
"BECOMING THE HOST OF OUR OWN STORY"

Kayenta, Ariz. Thursday, March 10, 2022. Try-City Meeting at Kayenta Township.

"The purpose of the meeting was to get the Tri-City Tourism group back on track and get more motivation," says Donovan Hanley, Legislative Staff Assistant, Navajo Nation Council.

The Tri-City group has been holding sessions via virtual meetings and today was the first time some of the group met in person at Kayenta Township Townhall. Leaders from Kayenta and Chilchinbito Chapters, Navajo Special Diabetes, and Navajo Nation Economic Development met to discuss furthering the Tri-City Tourism group and begin strategizing and implementing plans for tourism activities in the Tri-City communities. The Tri-City Tourism group consists of Kayenta Chapter, Chilchinbito, Dennehotso, and Kayenta Township, all working together on separate tasks but same goals.

"The Speaker of the Navajo Nation is a major champion for tourism and supports all the communities, and their efforts in collaboration with Delegate Brown and getting the Tri-City Tourism group back on its feet. We took a significant pounding from Covid. Things were being made and moved before Covid and after Covid, and we are getting realigned and more motivated. It's like preaching to the choir, but we got everyone moving forward like everyone has marching orders. If they need support, we can reach out and help." said Hanley.

Why Tourism Matters, it drives economy: Tourism is one of the driving economic forces to the Navajo Nation. It creates jobs across Navajo land and increases our tax revenues.

Kayenta is a high tourism area, and the community places itself as a hub for tourism activities. In 2019, the Tri-City was established as a focus group for the region. It lacked young entrepreneurs; that is what was needed; In theory, the group efforts were to move the idea back to basics, and training was required, especially customer service. There was enough economic data to begin forging ahead to create a concrete plan for the three communities within several years.

Tri-City Tourism was designed to motivate and increase revenues and tourism dollars to the communities. The goals are to seek more participants to solidify the tourism efforts in the Tri-City area.

If you are interested in learning more about tourism plans, please call Kayenta Township at 928.697.8451.
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No Vote... No Freedom by Gregory St. James Mundy
If Black people’s freedom is not to be decided by the halls of Congress, then it must be decided on the streets of America. Just like what we had to do in the 1960s, it is time now for Black people to rise up again and take it to the streets! We are not going back to Slavery!
God said to Nat Turner after he had been whipped half to death... "A person can only be a slave if he allows himself to be one. After that Nat Turner rose up and started killing his slave masters. If Black people allow the white racists in Congress to take away their voting rights, they have only themselves to blame.
Black people must march, protest, boycott, or whatever, to stop their rights from being taken, by using any means necessary. Just like back in the 1960s when Martin Luther King and Stokely Carmichael fought for the same things that we are fighting for today.
I say to all Black people, if you have no vote, you have no voice. If you have no voice, you have no rights. If you have no rights, you have no freedom. When you have no freedom, you are not a citizen of America, but only a slave in America.
I say to all Black people you must always remember. Freedom is not something that is given, but something that must always be fought for, so it is not taken! Gregory St. James Mundy
Autry Lomahongva moved to Leadville, Colorado from his hometown of Kayenta, Arizona to study outdoor recreation leadership. He’s also an athlete, running for the CMC Eagles cross country running team.

Colorado Mountain College Leadville, located at over 10,000 feet above sea level, is the highest elevation college campus in the nation. This unique location is an excellent place for runners like Autry to live, study, and train.

Autry is passionate about bringing diversity, equity, and inclusion to the outdoor industry. He plans to return to where he grew up after graduation to inspire others to get outside and explore.

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Why waste money, time, occupy and spoil big natural areas, but never supply enough electricity for global consumption (22000Twh). I invented an integrated wind farm system; “WIND TOWER COMPLEX”. And published on uspto.gov AppFT; app# 20210017956, title “wind tower complex”. It is able to supply more than enough electricity and energy for the whole World (over 160000 Twh). My invention is very simple and simply follows Gordon Moore’s Law. It is an 8000 sq. meter 40 storey building, installed with 30000 40KW wind turbines, total with 1.2 GW capacity. The first 10 floors act as individual towers for all wind turbines, saving big money and space to construct individual towers. And create 10 times useful areas. The other 30 floors are divided into three sections, for easy management. Each floor is installed with 1000 of my special design wind turbines. My wind turbine only has 3 parts, one 1 X 3 meter spiral rotor, and two 20KW alternators, with easy plug and socket connection, this is an improvement of the popular vertical axis wind turbines on the market most sell under 1000 dollars, and similar to Oy Windside production LTD WS-30 wind turbine. Our wind turbines estimate about 2000 dollars each. 30 floors will install 30000 wind turbines. Total 1.2 GW, and with the idea and experience of “small turbines can outperform conventional wind farms” it can reach 85% efficient, that is 1.02 Gwh. Within 2 years of construction, one year will produce 8935.2 Gwh. assume 2cents/Kwh one year will make 179 million dollars, more than the total cost of one WIND TOWER COMPLEX, almost without spending any money, and our system is included electrolysis system, able turns excess and extra electricity into Hydrogen and Oxygen, compress into gas, liquid and solid forms for easy storage and transportation export for income. And able turns Hydrogen into Blue Gas, Natural Gas and Gasoline to support conventional fuels. Because it is almost without spending and without occupying any areas, more are without any limits! Gradually reduce and replace all fossil fuels and inefficiency power production systems. To build a sustainable future for better living in a very short time. Because I can’t do it all by myself! Looking for a little bit of political, financial and technical support. More detailed descriptions are available, interested please contact [email protected]
ICYMI: Arizona Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family - GOYFF Deputy Director Tonya Hamilton joined Hopi Chairman Nuvangyaoma, Hualapai Vice-Chairman Crozier, Ak-Chin Indian Community Chairman Miguel and Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer at the 4th Annual Tribal Consultation. Thank you to all Tribal leaders and staff for sharing insight, knowledge and support.

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