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.

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.

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

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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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

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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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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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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12:15 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Miss Navajo Not Your Typical Pageant

A team of three contestants decides where to cut their sheep.
Laurel Morales

The Miss Navajo contest is not your typical beauty pageant. Instead of swimsuits and high heels, you get turquoise and moccasins.

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9:01 am
Thu August 2, 2012

First Navajo Woman Runs For Congress

Wenona Benally Baldenegro is the first Navajo woman to run for Congress.
Photo Courtesy of

Arizona’s newly drawn Congressional District 1 includes more Native Americans than any other district in the country. That sets the stage for a historic first — an American Indian woman serving in Congress.

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