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Navajo Nation threatens AG with lawsuit over elections procedures

Posted by   /  December 19, 2019  /  2020 Elections, Courts/Law  /  No Comments

A Navajo Nation welcome sign at the entrance to the Four Corners region of the southwest United States (Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona). /Photo by Tony Savino/Corbis via Getty Images By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services  The Navajo Nation is threatening a new lawsuit against the state over changes demanded by Attorney General […]

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Navajo pull backing for tribal energy company over coal mine purchases

Posted by   /  November 13, 2019  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

 A bulldozer crawls over a pile of coal at the Kayenta mine on the Navajo Nation in this 2012 photo. The mine closed this year along with the Navajo Generating Station it supplied, and a plan by the Navajo Transitional Energy Co. to buy three more mines, in the Powder River basin, has run into […]

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Navajo Nation Council punts decision on massive liability for troubled coal mine cleanups

Posted by   /  October 29, 2019  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

President Jonathan Nez (center), his Chief of Staff Paulson Chaco (left) and First Lady Perphelia Nez (right) take notes during discussions following the State of the Nation address at the Navajo Nation Council on Oct. 21, 2019. /Photo courtesy Navajo Nation Council Office of the Speaker. By Parker Shea | Arizona Mirror The Navajo Nation […]

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Why didn’t Navajo landowners take Interior Department’s buyback offers this year?

Posted by   /  October 10, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

 Monument Valley during a lightning storm. Photo by fhhoq.com/CC BY 4.0 By Parker Shea | Arizona Mirror The U.S. Department of Interior’s latest round of its land buyback program ended in September for all Navajo Nation applicants, and DOI’s early data show a sharp decline in participation. As of Sept. 27, only 23% of Navajo […]

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Navajo council votes to oppose possible HUD limits on home-loan program

Posted by   /  September 6, 2019  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Restrictions on tribal lands can make lenders leery, which is why the Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program was created. By Guaranteeing loans – more than 42,000 totaling $7.2 billion – it gives mortgage lenders an incentive to lend. / Photo by Quinn Dombrowski / Creative Commons / Cronkite News By Harrison Mantas | Cronkite News […]

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Navajo Nation drops voter discrimination lawsuit

Posted by   /  November 27, 2018  /  2018 Elections, Courts/Law  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times The Navajo Nation has dropped a legal claim that could have delayed formal certification of the general election results. But the tribe still contends that early voting procedures used in three Arizona counties violate the rights of tribal residents. And attorney Patty Ferguson-Bohnee said […]

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Navajo Nation suit could delay final vote count

Posted by   /  November 21, 2018  /  2018 Elections, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times The Navajo Nation is claiming that the state and several counties illegally discriminated against tribal members and kept them from having their votes counted. Legal papers filed Tuesday in federal court cite a litany of problems that lawyers for the tribe say make it […]

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Dear Mr. President: We oppose further uranium mining of our lands

Posted by   /  February 20, 2018  /  Energy and Environment, Water  /  No Comments

‘Uranium has killed fathers and grandfathers and great-grandfathers across the Navajo Nation’ Native News Online Responding to President Donald Trump’s overtures to open up uranium mining on tribal lands, the Navajo Nation and Havasupai Tribe (People of the Blue Green Water) are expressing their opposition. Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez joined Arizona State Rep. […]

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A tale of two housing crises, rural and urban

Posted by   /  February 6, 2018  /  Economy, Real Estate  /  No Comments

How one Indigenous family is navigating two very different housing problems. By Julian Brave NoiseCat | High Country News On a July afternoon in 2017, Joe Waukazoo, a tall and athletic 62-year-old, jaywalked across 31st Avenue in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood. He paused before the skeleton of the Ghost Ship, a warehouse-turned-artist collective, burned hollow in a blaze that […]

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[IN-DEPTH] Uranium miners in Arizona, elsewhere pushed hard for a comeback. They got their wish.

Posted by   /  January 19, 2018  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

Energy Fuels, a Canadian uranium producer, owns the Grand Canyon mine, where groundwater has already flooded the main shaft. By Hiroko Tabuchi | The New York Times ONUMENT VALLEY, Utah — Garry Holiday grew up among the abandoned mines that dot the Navajo Nation’s red landscape, remnants of a time when uranium helped cement America’s […]

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