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How a Utah County Silenced Native American Voters -- and How Navajos Are Fighting Back 19.6.2016 Truthout.com
This story was originally published on June 13, 2016, at High Country News (hcn.org) . To understand why Wilfred Jones wanted an ambulance, you have to understand where he lives. San Juan County, in southeastern Utah, is nearly as big as New Jersey but is home to fewer than 15,000 people. The lower third is part of the Navajo Nation and is almost entirely Ute and Navajo. The upper two-thirds are white and predominantly Mormon. Jones, a 61-year-old grandfather with jet-black hair and a diamond stud in each ear, lives in the lower third, five miles south of the blink-and-you-miss-it town of Montezuma Creek. It's rough, rocky country, where bullet holes riddle the road signs and lonely pumpjacks ply oil from the earth. The nearest services are in Blanding, some 40 miles north. Sixteen years ago, when Jones joined the board of the Utah Navajo Health System, he realized his neighbors were dying because the closest ambulances -- the county's, in Blanding, and the tribe's, in Kayenta, Arizona -- were an hour ...
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Navajo leaders pass on Trump meeting amid his ‘Pocahontas’ taunts 18.6.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

Donald Trump’s words have stirred a debate among Native Americans about how they should deal with him.
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Navajo farm pipeline repairs finally finished 12.6.2016 Durango Herald
FARMINGTON – Repairs to a pipeline that supplies water to the largest farm on the Navajo Nation are finished and the system will be tested this weekend.The fixed pipe, which supplies water to 72,000 acres of farmland in northwestern New Mexico, will be tested in two phases, according to the Navajo Agricultural Products...
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Will Navajos’ sovereign status exempt it from fed regs? 10.6.2016 Durango Herald
As the Navajo Nation prepares to take over its namesake coal operation this winter, an impending lawsuit over the mine’s lease extension will pose an interesting question: Should the sovereign nation adhere to federal environmental standards?“Our dependence on coal was created in the 1960s from people who advised us to do...
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Man pleads not guilty to abducting, killing Navajo girl 8.6.2016 Durango Herald
ALBUQUERQUE – The man accused of kidnapping and killing an 11-year-old Navajo girl pleaded not guilty to murder, sexual abuse and other charges Tuesday in a case that sent shockwaves through the nation’s largest American Indian reservation. Tom Begaye’s attorney entered the plea in federal court just over a month...
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Small-Town America Has a Serious Drinking-Water Problem 6.6.2016 Mother Jones
On a sweltering day last July, a team of scientists stood before a crowded room of people from the tiny town of Sanders, Arizona, and showed them a photo of a dilapidated wooden shack covered by hole-filled tarps. This, the scientists explained, was the town's water source. Tonya Baloo, a longtime resident and mother of two, did a double take. "It looked like a Third World country," she says. "I was like, 'Is this Africa?'" The well serving Sanders residents Chris Shuey The researchers' next image—a chart with a flat red line cutting through yellow bars—was even more worrisome. Tommy Rock, a Ph.D. candidate studying water contamination at Northern Arizona University, explained that the red line was the Environmental Protection Agency's threshold for uranium allowed in public water systems: 30 micrograms per liter. The yellow bars represented uranium levels in Sanders' water supply dating back to 2003. They hovered around 50 micrograms per liter. For more than a decade, the chart showed, people in Sanders ...
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Witnessing the Beauty of the Greater Grand Canyon 4.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I recently came back to New England from a visit to the Grand Canyon National Park--a trip that reaffirmed my commitment to protect this spectacular place and the surrounding area for future generations. With Roger Clark of the Grand Canyon Trust and Environment America's Bret Fanshaw as my guides, I hiked the rim from Hopi Point to the Bright Angel Trailhead, taking in breathtaking views of the colorful canyon walls, forged 17 million years ago by the Colorado River. As we took in the sights, North America's largest old growth ponderosa pine forest stood around us. We were joined by a member of the Navajo Nation working with the Grand Canyon Trust, who shared with us the importance to the surrounding tribes of the area, home to more than three thousand archeological sites dating back millennia. Her words echoed those of Edmond Tilousi, vice chairman of the Havasupai Tribe, who told elected leaders recently : "I have lived in and around the Grand Canyon all of my life, and in later years I saw the ...
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Judge limits clothing retailer defense in tribal suit 3.6.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Albuquerque • A federal judge says the Navajo Nation can seek damages from a subsidiary of Urban Outfitters Inc. The tribe filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the company and its subsidiaries in 2012. Urban Outfitters claimed the tribe knew or should have known the “Navajo” name had been used in clothing, jewelry and other merchandise for years and delayed legal action. U.S. District Judge Bruce Black sided against Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie in March. He applied the same decis...
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Rolly: Bears Ears opponents posting phony fliers, letters to scare Utah Navajos 25.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Somebody is playing dirty tricks in San Juan County in an apparent attempt to turn American Indians against the proposed Bears Ears National Monument. A phony news release purportedly from the Department of Interior was posted at the post office in Bluff and in several gas stations in the county, saying the Interior Department was poised to take over more than 4 million acres of the Navajo Nation Reservation. A statement issued by Utah Dine Bikeyah (UDB), a nonprofit American Indian grass-roots ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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New Mexico sues EPA, Sunnyside Mine owners 24.5.2016 Durango Herald
New Mexico filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court against the Environmental Protection Agency, its contractor and two Colorado mine owners over the Gold King Mine spill’s impact on the state.The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico,...
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Massive Navajo farm heads into week 2 with no irrigation 23.5.2016 Durango Herald
The largest farm on the Navajo Nation has been without water for more than a week after a pipeline break, endangering food crops worth millions of dollars and threatening jobs.Most of the crops on the land managed by the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry near Farmington were planted just before the concrete pipe failed, cutting off...
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Massive Navajo farm heads into week 2 with no irrigation 23.5.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

The largest farm on the Navajo Nation has been without water for more than a week after a pipeline break, endangering food crops worth millions of dollars and threatening jobs. Most of the crops on the land managed by the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry near Farmington, New Mexico, were planted just before the concrete pipe […]
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Legislature expresses opposition to Bears Ears monument 19.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The Utah Legislature overwhelmingly passed a resolution Wednesday strongly opposing any new national monuments in the state without approval of lawmakers and the governor, adding fuel to the already-heated debate over the proposed Bears Ears Monument in southeastern Utah. “You expect us to stand and do nothing and say this is futile? Well I think it’s futile to do nothing,” said Sen. Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City. “We’ve got to at least stand and represent the people we’ve been elected to represen... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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"Water Is Our Life": How a Mining Disaster Affected the Navajo Nation 16.5.2016 Truthout.com
Nearly a year ago, Environmental Protection Agency contractors accidentally released 3 million gallons of acid drainage from a Colorado mine, contaminating local rivers with hazardous metals and turning the waterways yellow. Just downstream, residents of the Navajo Nation continue to face threats to their health and livelihood. Wastewater from the Gold King Mine drains into retention ponds to eliminate contamination before it flows into the Animas River near Silverton, Colorado, August 15, 2015. (Photo: Mark Holm / The New York Times) In the midst of the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, it is not surprising that the World Health Organization recently released a report documenting that the environment is responsible for almost a quarter of deaths and disease in the world. But this is not news to the Diné (Navajo) people, who believe that all parts of nature -- the water, fish, trees and stars -- are equal members of society and are so intricately connected that an imbalance in one member may ...
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Navajo Nation plans new alert system in wake of girl’s death 10.5.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation’s president has reacted to concerns raised by the abduction and death of an 11-year-old girl by setting a 60-day goal for establishing a new tribal alert system to provide notifications of abductions and other emergencies. Tribal President Russell Begaye announced Monday he has created a task force […]
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Thousands mourn kidnapped Navajo girl 7.5.2016 Durango Herald
FARMINGTON – She was a budding musician and talented artist, a girl whose death at the hands of a man who authorities say lured her into his van spread grief far beyond her home on the Navajo Nation.More than 3,000 people turned out Friday for Ashlynne Mike’s funeral in Farmington, weeping as images of the 11-year-old girl...
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11-year-old’s slaying spreads grief far beyond Navajo Nation 7.5.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — She was a budding musician and talented artist, a girl whose death at the hands of a man who authorities say lured her into his van spread grief far beyond her home on the Navajo Nation. More than 3,000 people turned out for Ashlynne Mike’s funeral in Farmington, New Mexico, weeping […]
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Thousands mourn at funeral of kidnapped Navajo girl 7.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Farmington, N.M. • Thousands of people from across the Navajo Nation and beyond shared their grief Friday at the funeral of an 11-year-old girl who was lured to her death by a beckoning stranger. Authorities say Ashlynne Mike was killed after a man persuaded her and her 9-year-old brother, who had been playing near their bus stop after school, to climb into his van. The boy said the man drove them deep into the desert, and then walked off with his sister to an even more remote spot, before retur...
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Navajo girl's slaying shocks, angers small tribal community 5.5.2016 AP Top News
SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) -- On the far side of a desert hilltop in the shadow of the Shiprock Pinnacle, a towering monolith sacred to the Navajo Nation, the stranger ignored the cries of an 11-year-old girl....
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Navajo Nation reeling after suspect in 11-year-old girl's kidnapping and slaying identified as one of their own 5.5.2016 Washington Post
Navajo Nation reeling after suspect in 11-year-old girl's kidnapping and slaying identified as one of their own
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