Flagstaff High School Native American Club calls to rename the SF Peaks

By Trissdyn Nez Flagstaff, Arizona- The Native American Club at Flagstaff High School will be speaking at Flagstaff High School in the Multicultural Room (Room 701) at 7:30am on March 11th, 2020. Students from the indigenous…

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Posted in Film First Peoples News News Rez Life

Vision Maker Media Online Film Fest. Indigenous films you can watch online for free.

INDIGENOUS FILM: WATCH NOW, FREE! https://visionmakermedia.org/online-filmfest/   For the first time, Vision Maker Media is hosting an online, five-week-long celebration of American Indian, Alaska Native and worldwide Indigenous films from August 31 – October 5, 2020….

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Students on a school bus to Hunters Point Boarding School in St. Michaels, Arizona, one of 180 schools managed by the federal Bureau of Indian Education. BIE-run schools have consistently let down their Native students. (Mark Henle/Arizona Republic)
Posted in Analysis Education First Nations First Peoples News Pro Publica

The federal government gives native students an inadequate education, and gets away with it

The Bureau of Indian Education has repeatedly neglected warnings that it is not providing a quality education for 46,000 Native students. Once called a “stain on our Nation’s history,” the school system has let down its…

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Posted in Analysis Energy Environment Pipelines The Revelator

Oil and gas in flux: After a series of stunning defeats, what’s next for the industry?

Environmental, economic and political forces have converged, threatening to finally upend fossil fuel dominance. by Tara Lohan Wednesday, July 29 When Dominion Energy and Duke Energy unexpectedly cancelled plans to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on…

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Posted in Coronavirus Op/Ed Racism The Conversation

As Arizona coronavirus cases surge from early reopening, Indigenous nations suffer not only more COVID-19 but also wrongly from blame

At the Navajo Nation town of Fort Defiance, Arizona, staff pack food boxes. The Navajo Nation now has the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rate in the U.S.   (Getty Images/Mark Ralston) by  Lisa Hardy, Northern Arizona…

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Dook'o'oosłííd. Photo credit George Breed
Posted in Columns Reflections in Flagstaff

The Play’s The Thing

by Bradley Olson June 20 When I look around at my fellow Americans being American in American culture, American in social media, and in public spaces like supermarkets, sidewalks, downtowns, restaurants, and even places of worship,…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus First Nations Rez Life The Conversation While we were looking elsewhere

Native American tribes’ pandemic response is hamstrung by many inequities

Native communities in North America have been disrupted and displaced for centuries. Many face long-standing food and water inequities that are further complicated by this pandemic.   by  Lindsey Schneider, Colorado State University; Joshua Sbicca, Colorado…

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Posted in Coronavirus Navajo Public Health

Total number of cases pass 4,000 on Navajo Reservation

90 new cases of COVID-19, no additional deaths reported as Navajo Nation surpasses all states in testing WINDOW ROCK, Ariz.   The Navajo Department of Health in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center and the Navajo…

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Dook'o'oosłííd. Photo credit George Breed
Posted in Columns Reflections in Flagstaff

Bradley Olson: Out damned virus!

Out Damned Virus! by Bradley Olson As the Corona Virus pandemic marches on, despite having claimed more American lives in four months than the entire 19 years of the Vietnam War, Americans are becoming increasingly impatient….

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Posted in Editorial/opinon Opinion OtherWords

I’m a frontline nurse in Arizona. We need masks, not a border wall.

  Wall construction threatens to put our rural hospital systems in the borderlands at a much higher risk. By Alex [Withheld] Tuesday, May 5, 2020 I work as a nurse at a trauma hospital in southern…

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The Seattle Indian Health Board's Esther Lucero, left, and Abigail Echo-Hawk, right, with a box of body bags. (Photo: Seattle Indian Health Board)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus First Peoples News News

Body bags Instead of requested Covid-19 testing kits for Native American clinic seen as cruel metaphor

“Are we going to keep getting body bags or are we going to get what we actually need?” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, May 6 A Seattle-area Native American health center in April received body…

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Posted in Censored News Coronavirus Navajo News

Navajo coronavirus cases increase to 1,197, one survivor shares his story

Dine’ recovering from coronavirus shares his experience 70 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 4,075 negative results reported By Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer Censored News Sunday, April 19, 2020 WINDOW…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Environment Public Health Public Policy The Revelator Water

Pandemic shines a light on critical water issues — 40% of the Navajo Nation lacks running water, will Congress fund solutions?

Clean water is essential during the COVID-19 health crisis, but so far Congress hasn’t directed funds to help water utilities or stop water shutoffs in low-income households. 40% of the Navajo Nation lacks running water by…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Coronavirus First Peoples News News Rez Life Safety Net

Thursday evening Navajo Nation reports: 70 new positive cases of COVID-19, two more deaths. 57-hour curfew begins Friday night 8 PM

Home to over 300,000 people the total number of positive tests for COVID-19 has reached 558 for the Navajo Nation as of Thursday by Meteor Staff from Navajo Nation press releases and firsthand accounts Friday, April…

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Photo: Navajo President with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Arizona National Guard assessing possible sites for a Federal Medical Station. Photo Western Navajo Fairgrounds by Navajo President's Office.
Posted in Censored News Coronavirus First Peoples News Navajo News Rez Life

Navajo Nation coronavirus cases increase to 426, with 17 deaths, with curfew

42 new positive cases of COVID-19 reported for the Navajo Nation, two additional deaths By Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer Censored News WINDOW ROCK – The total number of positive tests…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News Unemployment insurance

Arizona unemployment filing process. Because, like what else have you got to do?

by Rudy Preston and Meteor Staff Saturday, April 11, update: If you are self-employed (artist, musician, Uber driver, other contract labor), ran out of UI benefits, or just didn’t make enough money in 2019 to qualify…

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Posted in Coronavirus First Peoples News News Pro Publica Rez Life

Rocky Ridge Boarding School on Navajo Nation stayed open after state school closure order. Then people started showing symptoms.

The federal government has released little information about the spread of coronavirus in Navajo schools. Now, some students and school staff are sick with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. by Alden Woods, The Arizona Republic April 7,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Editorial/opinon Letters News

Letter from Rez doctor: Navajo Nation in need of assistance

  Editor’s note: This letter to the public is written by a physician who has been working on the Navajo Nation and environs for 8 years. Many are feeling alone on the Navajo Nation right now,…

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Posted in Columns Community Reflections in Flagstaff

Goats, Jars, and Pandemics

By Brad Olsen March, in Flagstaff, has it all: snow, rain, cold, warm, skiing, hiking, spring break and vacations, work, an equinox and daylight savings, basketball madness, the death of dictators, and even the celebration of…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy Politics Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation Voter registration Voter suppression

Why so few young Americans vote

By John Holbein, University of Virginia The United States has one of the lowest rates of youth voter turnout in the world. The gap between 18- to 29-year-olds and those over 60, a common measuring stick,…

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Posted in 2020 Census First Nations First Peoples News Public Policy The Conversation

Indigenous leaders urge Native people to be counted in 2020 Census

Kirsten Carlson, Wayne State University Native Americans living on reservations and in traditional villages were the most undercounted people in the 2010 U.S. Census. This year, tribal leaders throughout the U.S. are urging American Indians and…

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Posted in Environment EPA Public Policy Review The Revelator

When the War on Science really began

A new book, The War on the EPA, tracks the history and importance of the government agency — and how efforts to undermine it began decades before Trump. Reviews by Tara Lohan, The Revelator The New…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Colorado Plateau Colorado River High Country News Interview The West Water

‘This system cannot be sustained’ This year, tribal nations enter negotiations over Colorado River water.

By Anna V. Smith/ High Country News March 10, 2020 The Colorado River Basin is the setting for some of the most drawn-out and complex water issues in the Western U.S. In 2019, the Colorado River…

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Posted in Affordable Housing City Budget City Pension Fund Flagstaff Mayors Race 2020 News Sales Tax Taxes

Attention turns to Flagstaff’s pension fund: Mayoral candidates weigh in

By Naima Schuller Senior Meteor Reporter March 6, 11:58 PM MST Flagstaff  As the City of Flagstaff heads into the budget process for next fiscal year, every City Division is doing so in the red. Greg Clifton,…

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