Albuquerque Trader Joe’s Fires Employee for Comment about Diné

Published May 6, 2018 WINDOW ROCK – An Albuquerque grocery clerk picked the wrong customer to make a racist comment toward. Rebecca Jones, Diné, and her partner were checking out of the Uptown Trader Joe’s location on April 19 when, according to Jones, the clerk blurted out to the bagger, “This is Miss Jones. Oh wait, […]

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Arizona Payday Lenders May Have Fled to NM after State Capped Interest

Published February 4, 2018 ST. MICHAELS, ARIZONA – A 2010 law capping the interest rate for small “payday” lenders in Arizona may have sent the businesses across the border to New Mexico, the executive director of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission suspects. On an interactive map of the United States showing the amount of debt […]

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Diné UFC Champ Credits Her Ancestors

Published December 10, 2017 WINDOW ROCK – A Navajo woman pitted the resilience of her ancestors against the experience of a veteran opponent to take a championship belt home to Diné Bikéyah. Nicco Montaño, who grew up in Lukachukai, Arizona, gritted out a dominant unanimous decision in Las Vegas at “The Ultimate Fighter 26” finale last […]

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Smiley Face, or Not? – Diné Digital Stickers Lead Debate Over Stereotypes

Published October 1, 2017 WINDOW ROCK – A story on digital images meant to portray Diné turned into a story about appropriation rather than representation when a media activist weighed in. After an email and an interview with “The Navajo Emojis Sticker App” creator Gary Grass, a teacher who also moonlights as an app developer, it […]

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Thieves Target Crystal School Bus on Navajo Nation

Published September 10, 2017 CRYSTAL, NEW MEXICO – Officials at the Crystal Chapter House are asking for help identifying a vehicle used in an act of property damage and theft of gas for the Head Start program there. A Facebook post from chapter officials said that the chapter house would be closed and bus routes […]

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Navajo Family Evacuated from Texas Home

Published September 3, 2017 PORT ARTHUR, TEXAS -The loud engines for the pumps that keep a town 91 miles east of Houston from flooding went out at about 1:30 Wednesday morning, according to a Navajo mother of four boys who lives in Port Arthur, Texas. “We noticed that we couldn’t hear them anymore,” said Trinda […]

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