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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KEAMS CANYON, Ariz. — Whether you’re 10 or 100, most Hopis who listen to KUYI Hopi Radio are greeted [...]

To the Editor: “Embrace Change and Make a Difference” are the themes of the Western Agency Fair, Oct [...]

WINSLOW, Ariz. — Winslow honored the fallen heroes of the terrorist attack on 9/11. The first time W [...]

LEUPP, Ariz. — Red Sands Christian School hosted a fair Sept. 16 to help raise funds in the hope of [...]

WINSLOW, Ariz. — The Winslow Bulldogs defeated the Tuba City Warriors 56-8 in Tuba City Sept. 15. Th [...]

POLACCA, Ariz. — Hopi High’s Jihad Nodman took first place at the Payson Invite in a recent cross co [...]

KEAMS CANYON, Ariz. — It’s been a busy year for KUYI Hopi Radio. In the last year, KUYI received an [...]

KEAMS CANYON, Ariz. — Whether you’re 10 or 100, most Hopis who listen to KUYI Hopi Radio are greeted [...]

National Domestic Violence Awareness month kicks off on Hopi in October National Domestic Awareness [...]

NAVAJO NATION — For centuries, wild horses have roamed the Navajo Nation, where they serve as both a [...]

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. — The primary election for Hopi Tribal chairman and vice chairman took place Sept. [...]

WHIPPOORWILL, Ariz. — On the afternoon of Sept. 11, Navajo Police Department arrested the driver of [...]

ENCY, Mont. —When John Doyle first noticed signs of trouble in the Little Bighorn River, he was stil [...]

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation president, vice president and members of the council offered [...]

The August Students of the Month for Holbrook High School are (back row from left)Malcolm Shabi, Ash [...]

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — It was a rainy day in Tuba City Sept. 9, but it was a day filled with blessings a [...]

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez officially opened the 71st Navajo Nat [...]

HOUSTON — On Sept. 3, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez extende [...]

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — All throughout the country and especially in remote reservation areas, high schoo [...]

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Budget and Finance Committee received an update report Sept. 5, regarding t [...]

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended reducing the size of the 1.5-million-acre Bears Ears N [...]

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 [...]

Glendale Police have arrested Navajo Nation police officer Kevin Hevel, 30, of Jeddito, Arizona, on [...]

The death of a carnival worker Wednesday evening at the Southwest Fair grounds in Dilkon, Arizona, h [...]

2018 budget, heading for line-item vetoes, culminates a divisive year [...]

Tuba City woman serving as foster parent for 28 years [...]

Woman dies waiting for NHA home [...]

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The reauthorization process for grant schools is getting an overhaul, and the Department of Diné Edu [...]

Kashon Harrison knows only one speed – fast. [...]

A six-month-old Bluffdale, Utah, boy died Monday of injuries suffered in a boating accident on Lake [...]

Navajo Nation News Articles

  • Former Kaibeto Official In Hot Water 23 Sep 2017 21:13 KXAZ A former Kaibeto bookkeeper is being investigated by the Navajo Nation’s Ethics and White Collar Crime departments. The bookkeeper, who was not identified, allegedly altered 37 checks payable to herself totaling more than $32,500 between October 1, 2015 …
  • Suicide Claims More Lives in Arizona Than Homicide 23 Sep 2017 20:19 Flagstaff Business News Suicide occurs across and within all reaches and cultures. Arizona ranks eighth in the United States for death by suicide. The rate of suicide in Arizona is three times the rate of homicides, although not much is spoken about it since it is a taboo …
  • Navajo Officer Arrested After Fatal Crash with Bike 23 Sep 2017 09:58 KXAZ Suspect Hevel GLENDALE, ARIZ – A Navajo Nation Police Officer has been taken into custody by the Glendale Police Department and booked on charges of manslaughter, felony endangerment, driving under the influence and failure to stay at the scene of an …
  • New Mexico event honors Vietnam-era veterans from Navajo Nation 23 Sep 2017 07:55 Stars and Stripes CROWNPOINT, N.M. — Dozens of veterans from the Navajo Nation were commended for their service during the Vietnam era in a ceremony and lapel pin presentation as part of efforts by the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. The program, which …
  • Navajo Nation Readies Legal Action if Trump Shrinks Bears Ears National Monument 23 Sep 2017 03:48 Ecowatch Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke's recommendation to reduce the size of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah could spark a legal battle between the Navajo Nation and the Trump administration. "We are prepared to challenge immediately whatever …