Author: KAL

FAQ’s on Escalade

With the recent article in the LA Times on Escalade and then the numerous spin-off stories in other papers, blogs, and Facebook pages, I find I absolutely have to make time to address some of the most flagrant misconceptions and canards (I love that word, it means 1. a false or baseless, usually derogatory story, report, or rumor, often intentionally misleading. 2. a fabricated report. 3. a hoax. 4. a duck for eating.) about Escalade and Confluence Partners.

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Why Grand Canyon Escalade? – a response by Harley Johnson, Cedar Ridge, AZ

The most basic question regarding the proposed Grand Canyon Escalade project on the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona has been “Why?” Why Grand Canyon Escalade, why here, why now, why on the Navajo Reservation? Harley Johnson, a resident of Cedar Ridge, Arizona and a Bodaway Chapter member addresses these basic questions in his native Navajo language in a compelling video. Editor’s Note:  Harley Johnson passed away a few months after making this...

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Navajo Supporters of Grand Canyon Escalade Speak

Navajo supporters of the Grand Canyon Escalade project speak on why they support the project in the audio links below.  Something really important that continues to get lost in all the talk about Escalade is the overwhelming support of the project by Navajo who actually live in the Chapter.  These audio clips are from local Navajo speaking in their own words and often in their own Navajo language about whey they support Escalade.  ...

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Remembering the 1956 Midair Collision at the Grand Canyon, The Confluence Played a Major Role in Recovery Efforts

I don’t know how many people remember or were even aware of the 1956 disaster at the Grand Canyon when TWA and a United Airlines flights collided in midair over the Grand Canyon, killing 128 people.  June 30 was the anniversary of the flight and there were a number of services remembering and honoring the event.  The proposed location for Grand Canyon Escalade was used as the primary recovery spot for retrieving those killed in the collision and the wreckage of the two planes.  Most of the wreckage was left at the Confluence site until 1976.  Small pieces of...

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Update on Escalade and Why We Have Been Silent for Over A Year.

I did not realize how much time has passed since my last post about Grand Canyon Escalade.  Over a year.  Confluence Partners was involved in high level negotiations with the Navajo Nation and part of the negotiation process was an agreement not to communicate about the process.  The negotiating team for the Navajo Nation was comprised of assigned representatives from NN DOJ, Economic Development, NN Hospitality Enterprise, and a DOJ retained law firm.  Looking back, agreeing to this was a bad decision because we were unable to challenge opponents of the project and keep up our outreach to the local Chapter...

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Please take our opinion poll. What is most important for Western Navajo and the people of the Bennett Freeze?

Life is full of choices.  One choice that needs to be made regards the Grand Canyon Escalade project specifically and the Bennett Freeze area of Western Navajo in general.  Is it more important to provide jobs, roads, electricity and basic social services to the areas and people of the Bennett Freeze, or saving 420 acres of desolate land near the Grand Canyon and the Confluence.  In a perfect world, we would want to have both I suppose.  But the world isn’t perfect and choices must be made.  So if you have to choose, which is it?  While there is...

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Navajo Nation News Media

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On May 24, Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates introduced legislation w [...]

To the editor: Today a deal was voted on in a closed meeting by utility Salt River Project (SRP)expe [...]

The Winslow School District presented choir entertainment at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Stu [...]

Vietnam veterans on their annual Run for the Wall ride to Washington D.C. pass through Winslow May 1 [...]

Jerry Snow presented information at the Homolovi Archaeloogy Society monthly meeting May 10 showing [...]

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — In a final neck-and-neck lap, Tuba City High school senior Vaughn Jackson won in [...]

POLACCA, Ariz. — Legos. As a kid, Briann Laban played with legos. Now she is studying to become an a [...]

Back row, from left: Alexys Beltran was named female scholar-athlete, Bailey Lerma received acknowle [...]

Holbrook’s FBLA traveled to the FBLA State Leadership Conference at the Westin La Paloma Resort in T [...]

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Killip Elementary School's chess club brought home a title of national co-ch [...]

WASHINGTON, D.C. — To show support for the late Navajo Nation police officer Leander Frank’s family, [...]

CAMERON, Ariz. — Vendors at the Little Colorado Tribal Park recently voiced concerns about the park’ [...]

SHONTO, Ariz. — On May 2, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez cel [...]

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Apr. 30, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye approved $239,200 as a one-t [...]

Winslow High School (WHS) announced the 2017 valedictorians and salutatorians. From left: Emily Cool [...]

To the editor: Ya’a’teeh’. My name is Jacqueline Huskie, a Cameron Chapter community member, and an [...]

Winslow High School Senior Kaylynn Lyons accepted a four-year scholarship to McPherson College in Ka [...]

Participants gather for the Second Saturday Art Walk May 13. Lawrence and Tess Kenna donated the pre [...]

Students from the Winslow Drama Club perform Legally Blonde. Performers included Makenzi Bush, Sydne [...]

TSAILE, Ariz. – Vice President Jonathan Nez provided opening remarks at the inaugural Diné Bich’iiya [...]

Secretary Zinke stopped by an Interior meeting today with Navajo Leadership and expressed his suppor [...]

Newly sworn-in Veteran Advisory Council members. L to R: George Tolth, Vern R. Lee, President Russel [...]

TEESTO, ARIZ – Before the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Teesto Chapter House, Vice President N [...]

LAS VEGAS, NV-While building and diversifying tribal economies was the resounding theme of discussio [...]

By Arren Kimbel-Sannit | Cronkite News The Navajo Generating Station near Page burns locally mined c [...]

WINDOW ROCK, ARIZ- Phillip Franc isco, 40, from Farmington, N.M., has been chosen as the new Navajo [...]

WASHINGTON D.C. – Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Ka [...]

NAPI-On Friday, Jul. 1, President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez met with Utah Chapt [...]

Student-athletes among 120 who graduate from Window Rock High The post ‘12 years of school but just [...]

A Whitefish, Montana, conservation group is suing the federal government for ignoring their request [...]

Julian King, 31,of Chichiltah, New Mexico, was sentenced to two years in federal prison after pleadi [...]

Parents of students at Gallup-McKinley County Schools will no longer have to buy school supplies. Th [...]

Three new members of Navajo Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners were confirmed Thursday by th [...]

TyAnn Nakai, chairwoman of the Navajo Nation Veterans Advisory Council, has invited the public to a [...]

Two fatal shootings occurred last Thursday in two separate locations on the Navajo Nation. The post [...]

The long-awaited replacement lease legislation to keep the Navajo Generating Station open was releas [...]

The Navajo Nation Council is pushing to eliminate Attorney General Ethel Branch’s authorization on f [...]

As you make a new beginning in your life, graduate, be aware of important things you didn't lea [...]

Navajo Nation News Articles

  • Status of Bears Ears monument in Utah generates 57,000 comments 29 May 2017 12:17 Henderson View SALT LAKE CITY — Tens of thousands of people from across the U.S. have weighed in about whether the new Bears Ears National Monument should be preserved, downsized or rescinded, confirming the monument’s center stage position in a review of 27 monuments …
  • Tony Hillerman, He Who is Afraid of His Horse, is Born 27 May 2017 08:04 altmuslim Tony Hillerman (submitted photo courtesy of Hillerman family) It was a delight to notice that today is the birthday of Anthony Grove “Tony” Hillerman. Only two days ago I finished Song of the Lion, his daughter Anne’s third installment of her continuation …
  • Bringing Italy to Indian Country 27 May 2017 07:58 PR Log AIANTA and Brand USA Bring Five Italian Journalists to Arizona and New Mexico for Native Focused Familiarization Trip     Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon National Park   ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - May 26, 2017 - PRLog -- The American Indian Alaska Native …
  • Time’s Up for NGS Comments 27 May 2017 00:09 KXAZ The comment period on the Navajo Nation for the lease agreement came to an end Friday night. The agreement is actually a re-worked lease agreement between the Salt River Project (SRP) and the Nation. It would allow SRP to cut short the original agreement …
  • Navajo Nation Propose Naming a Highway After Chief Manuelito 27 May 2017 00:09 KXAZ A Navajo Nation proposal would designate a portion of U.S. Highway 491 in honor of Navajo leader Chief Manuelito. A bill sponsored by a member of the Navajo Nation Council would rename the portion between Monticello, Utah, and Gallup, New Mexico, after …
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