Arizona Enacts Native American Day, Renames Highways

  Published April 8, 2018 CHINLE, ARIZONA – It’s been a good couple of weeks for Arizona Native Americans, as least symbolically. Last Thursday night, Gov. Doug Ducey signed SB 1235 into law, establishing June 2 as Native American Day, an official (if unpaid) Arizona holiday. On March 27, legislation to name three Arizona highways […]

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One Woman’s Courage

Published January 28, 2018 WINDOW ROCK – Details gathered by a Diné kidnap victim who managed to keep alert despite being drugged, sexually assaulted, burned and beaten led Phoenix police to arrest Jonathan Rouzan, 33, a suspected serial rapist and possible sex trafficker earlier this month. Deanndra Yazzie, 19, says she was trapped in Rouzan’s home […]

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Birth Cohort Study to Continue, Expand with New Grant

Published January 14, 2018 WINDOW ROCK – The Navajo Birth Cohort Study, which was about to wrap up this year, was awarded a $4.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, which will not only extend the study another five years but considerably broaden its scope. The program will now fall under a national study called […]

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Middle School Names Library after Code Talker

KAYENTA, ARIZONA – It was one of those things they had always planned to do some day, but nobody ever got around to setting a date. Finally, last Friday, it happened: Kayenta Middle School officially named its library the Samuel T. Holiday Library and Media Center. It’s an appropriate honor, noted his daughter, Helena Begay, because […]

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Expert: Ranching is Untapped Resource for Navajo

Published October 29, 2017 CHINLE, ARIZONA – It’s common knowledge there are no jobs on the Navajo Nation. But to Delane Atcitty, that’s a bunch of bull. “There are jobs at home,” declared Atcitty, a rangeland management consultant who spoke at last week’s Native American Farm and Ranch Training at Acoma Pueblo. “There’s always been a […]

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Dilkon Requests Exclusion of Pittmans from Navajo Reservation because of Ties to an Extremist Cult

Published August 20, 2017 CHINLE, ARIZONA – Dilkon Chapter on Tuesday passed a resolution asking the Navajo Nation president and Department of Justice to exclude Dante and Rivke Pittman, aka ’Aiy and Qmamti Bnu, from the reservation based on their alleged ties to an extremist cult. ’Aiy and Bnu say they are not affiliated with the Nuwaubian […]

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