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KNAU and Arizona News
2:00 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Kirkpatrick Introduces Legislation Designed to Boost Economic Development on Navajo Nation

For more than 40 years, 1.6 million acres known as the Bennett Freeze were off limits to development. Rep. Kirkpatrick's new bill would encourage development there and make other changes to the laws regulating the area.
Credit Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times

In early July, Democratic Representative Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona’s First Congressional District introduced a bill designed to spur economic development on the Navajo Nation. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it would affect some of the reservation’s poorest areas.

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Local Headlines
5:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Navajo Families Live With Electricity For First Time

Margie Tso and her husband, Alvin, at their family ranch.
Credit George Hardeen

 

Turning on the lights or opening the fridge are things many of us take for granted. But if you’ve never had electricity, they might seem like luxuries. Now, for dozens of families on the Navajo Nation, those luxuries are becoming a reality. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, more than 60 families will soon have electricity for the first time in their lives.

Margie Tso has a beautiful view from her family ranch on the Navajo Nation, just southeast of Page.

“I have been living out here since 1952,” said Tso.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Navajo Nation Financial Advisor Charged in Fund-Misuse Case

Council Speaker Johnny Naize pleaded not guilty last month to involvement in the scheme.
Credit navajopost.org

A former financial adviser for the Navajo Nation has been charged with several counts of conflict of interest. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s part of a case that involves several current and former lawmakers of the tribe.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:32 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Joe Shirley Jr. Announces Bid for Navajo Nation President

Former Navajo Nation president Joe Shirley Jr. (right) announced he will run for a third term. Some on the Navajo Nation Council seek to block that from happening.
Credit buffalopost.net

Presidential candidates for the Navajo Nation began filing their applications today. As Arizona Public Radio’s Parker Olson reports a former two-term President is entering the race again, which has sparked controversy within the tribe.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:58 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Former Navajo Lawmakers Plead Guilty to Misuse of Tribal Funds

Navajo Nation Council Chambers
Credit cityprofile.com

Two former Navajo Nation lawmakers have pleaded guilty in a case that involves misuse of tribal funds. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the case also implicates several other members of the Navajo Nation Council.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Controversial Development at the Confluence Takes a Step Forward

The confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado rivers.
Credit "The Confluence" by George Mancuso

A proposed development project near the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers is one step closer to becoming a reality. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, several key questions still remain about the controversial, multimillion-dollar development.

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Fronteras
10:42 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Impact of the Long Walk Still Felt 150 Years Later

Shonto Begay's large mural commemorating the Long Walk hangs in Ft. Sumner, N.M.
Credit Courtesy of The Bosque Redondo Memorial and Shonto Begay

It’s been 150 years since the U.S. Army forced the Navajo and Mescalero Apache to walk 400 miles to a prison camp in eastern New Mexico in an attempt to wipe out their culture.

“Just to walk the grounds a lump in your throat like something bursting forth and I felt all the anguish of the ancestors,” says artist Shonto Begay.

The impacts of the Long Walk are still felt today.

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Local Headlines
4:06 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Navajo Nation Head Start Will Receive a Major Boost in 2014

Monument Valley
Credit smithsonianmag.com

The Navajo Nation plans to add nearly two dozen new service centers to their Head Start education program over the course of this new year. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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Fronteras
1:51 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Navajo Nation Wants To Be 51st Medicaid State

The Navajo Nation wants to become the 51st Medicaid state. The Affordable Care Act has allowed them to study the idea.

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Fronteras
11:27 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Navajos Often Victims Of Predatory Car Sales

It’s an often-heard refrain in these times: people duped by mortgage lenders, car dealers or finance companies to take on debt they can’t afford. On the edges of their vast reservation, Navajos have been especially vulnerable to questionable car sales tactics.

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