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.
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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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KNAU and Arizona News
9:35 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Hopi Tribal Council Rejects Kyl's Water Settlement Bill

A crowd of more than 100 Hopis gathered Friday to hear former Hopi leaders speak out against a water settlement bill proposed by Sen. Jon Kyl.
Shelley Smithson

After a heated day-long meeting today, The Hopi Tribal council has voted to halt negotiations on a controversial water bill.

The 11-4 vote endorsed a resolution brought forth by former Hopi leaders. 

The leaders objected to the bill by Arizona’s U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl that would have settled Hopi claims to the Little Colorado River in exchange for water development projects.

Former Chairman Ivan Sidney declared that Kyl’s bill is now dead, because without all parties agreeing to the water settlement, Kyl has said he won’t move it forward in Congress.

5:19 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Wireless Medicine Connects Navajo Heart Patients

Garrickson Begay demonstrates how he uploads his weight, blood pressure and blood oxygen level into his smart phone.
Laurel Morales

Congestive heart failure is one of those medical conditions that has patients in and out of emergency rooms constantly. That’s tough on the Navajo Nation, where hospitals, are few and far between.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:50 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Navajo Nation Suing Urban Outfitters

The Navajo Nation is demanding Urban Outfitters pull the "Navajo" name from its products. The lawsuit was filed late Tuesday in Federal court. 

The suit accuses the clothing chain of violating the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act. That law makes it illegal to sell merchandise that falsely suggests it’s made by American Indians when it’s not.

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:36 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

BIA presses Navajo Nation to investigate public safety chief

The Navajo Division of Public Safety is in danger of losing $ 35 million in federal funding.

The Navajo Times newspaper reports it has obtained a letter from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to President Ben Shelly outlining the federal agency’s concerns.

The letter cites a recent Navajo Times investigation of Public Safety Director John Billison.

The newspaper reported that a protection order was issued against Billison in Phoenix in 2004 after a woman claimed he had repeatedly assaulted her.

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9:06 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Navajo Struggle With Stigma Of AIDS

Kevan Scott, 22, learned he was HIV-positive two years ago. He moved to Mesa, Ariz. from Page, Ariz. soon after the diagnosis.
Laurel Morales

For people of the Navajo Nation, AIDS has long been thought of as a white man’s disease; an illness that struck others, off of the reservation.

But over the last decade, the number of new HIV infections among Navajos has doubled. And something else that’s new: AIDS is now very much on the reservation itself, which means Navajos are infecting Navajos.

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1:30 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

EPA Regs May Force Higher Water Rates on Navajo

A coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation may be forced to increase water rates to afford required federal pollution controls.

Initially the utility that runs the Navajo Generating Station thought it might have to shut down. But a new Interior Department study says it has another option. The Generating Station could remain open if it raises water rates for agricultural users and tribes by up to 16 percent.

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2:36 pm
Mon January 16, 2012

Navajo Open Third Casino

Saying it will boost the economy near Farmington, New Mexico, tribal officials from the Navajo Nation have opened its third casino.

For several years the tribe was reluctant to build casinos. Many were concerned about compulsive gambling and the potential for increased crime. Raymond Etsitty runs Navajo Gaming Enterprise. For him it’s about the jobs.

"They now have a paycheck," said Etsitty.  "They’re now buying things. Seeing a family who the employee works here they’re going out on the town buying some food, buying a car. That’s nice."

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