Tuba City

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Assessment of eight abandoned uranium mines will soon begin on the Navajo Nation. It follows a $500,000 federal settlement with the company responsible for the contamination. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 


William Nakai

Navajo Nation officials say funeral services are scheduled Tuesday for one of the tribe's former vice presidents.

Shelley Smithson

Protesters held up signs and booed as Arizona  Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain visited Tuba City Thursday.

The senators were in Tuba City to discuss details of their water settlement bill with Navajo and Hopi officials.  

The $300 million bill would cede the tribe’s claims to the Little Colorado River in exchange for three water development projects in reservation communities where many lack running water.

But the bill is unpopular with many, even those who live in communities that would get drinking water.

The last of five Tuba City Chapter officials accused of granting themselves excessive bonuses was ordered to repay $20,000 to the Chapter Tuesday.

Charlene Nez, the chapter’s secretary and treasurer, is one of five officials investigated by the Navajo Office of Ethics and Rules.

The five were ordered to repay a total of $80,000, but so far, none face criminal charges.

A hearing is scheduled next month for the fifth Tuba City Chapter official facing ethics charges on the Navajo Nation.

Charlene Nez, the chapter’s secretary and treasurer, is accused of taking $26,000 in chapter funds.

Her hearing before the Navajo Office of Hearings and Appeals is scheduled for Feb. 7.

Four other chapter leaders were removed from office last fall.

The officials are accused of granting themselves excessive bonuses totaling $80,000.  

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