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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  • Navajo Times FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Twenty-four Native American students [...]

Winslow Hubbell Trading Post/Winslow Visitor Center marks 100th anniversary of the building July 22. [...]

WINSLOW, Ariz. — Winslow Unified School District has begun registration for the 2017/2018 school yea [...]

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Hopi High School students who attended the Harvard-Hopi summer medical program Ju [...]

NORTH RIM, Grand Canyon National Park — The Widforss Trail on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is o [...]

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation Division of Transportation (NDOT) will reconstruct 2,000 feet o [...]

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates highlighted some of the combined ef [...]

TSE BONITO, N.M. — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) notified the Navajo Ho [...]

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On July 14, the United States District Court for the District of Utah once agai [...]

ALBUQUERQUE —The Nation’s Law and Order Committee (LOC) advocated for improved benefits for survivin [...]

PHOENIX — Federal officials have removed the last legal barrier to full-blown casino gambling on the [...]

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court June 13 agreed with two tribes who challenged a Freeport Minera [...]

Back to school youth rally at Broken Arrow Chapel July 28 A back to school youth rally for ages 12-1 [...]

KANAB, Utah — Every year during the annual Western Legends Round-Up visitors stroll down the streets [...]

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — More than 80 award-winning artists and presenters attend the Museum of Northern A [...]

All necessary ingredients were provided for children to make fantasy gardens to take home at the Win [...]

WINSLOW, Ariz. — The Winslow City Council had another busy night July 11 as they had many items on t [...]

NORTH RIM, Ariz. — One joy of going to Jacob Lake in the past was the lake where you could go fishin [...]

FLAGSTGAFF, Ariz. — “Fall in Line, Holden,” a new children’s book by Daniel W. Vandever, follows a N [...]

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The 23rd Navajo Nation Council welcomed several groups to Window Rock July 16 w [...]

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 [...]

Shiprock Chapter President Duane “Chili” Yazzie has a plan to contain the population of feral horses [...]

A class-action lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Albuquerque accusing a border town tax ser [...]

Ignoring warnings from the Division of Community Development that it would trigger massive liability [...]

It was like every near-death experience Margarita Charley had ever read about. [...]

Standing near the spot where the proposed Escalade tramway would carry tourists down to the confluen [...]

Forfeit does not sit well for Naa’taanii team [...]

With a boatload of underclassmen, the NN Elite girls’ basketball team is starting to scratch their t [...]

Diné Nation Little League 11-12 girls softball squad finish third at state [...]

After going winless in pool play, the Elite N8V’s girls’ basketball team needed a little guidance. [...]

Officials for the Navajo Housing Authority announced Wednesday the agency has received confirmation [...]

Navajo Nation News Articles

  • Monumental Disaster 26 Jul 2017 18:23 City Weekly Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke listened to gripes surrounding Bears Ears National Moment, but will he read the rave reviews? While the deadline to voice opinions on Bears Ears has passed, the Utah Diné Bikéyah advocate group is "cautiously optimistic…
  • See some of the Southwest's iconic landscapes on new Las Vegas day trip 26 Jul 2017 13:56 Los Angeles Times There is life outside the neon lights of Las Vegas. Visitors who want to play in Sin City by night and see some of the Southwest’s most iconic natural landscapes by day may want to check out a new air-and-land tour. Next Tuesday, Grand Canyon Scenic …
  • Police: Hiker dies in White Rock Canyon after fall 26 Jul 2017 12:11 KCBD New Mexico HeadlinesNew Mexico HeadlinesMore>> Posted: Thursday, June 8 2017 1:49 PM EDT2017-06-08 17:49:05 GMT An advocacy group that sought to organize a peaceful anti-Donald Trump protest in Albuquerque that later turned violent says its staffers …
  • New Mexico public defenders seek Supreme Court's help 26 Jul 2017 09:36 KCBD New Mexico HeadlinesNew Mexico HeadlinesMore>> Posted: Wednesday, July 26 2017 5:08 AM EDT2017-07-26 09:08:56 GMT U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is scheduled to visit Las Cruces this week in connection with the Trump administration's review …
  • Navajo Nation taps Crow Nation judge to Navajo high court 26 Jul 2017 07:21 KCBD WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) - Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has announced Crow Nation Chief Appellate Court Judge JoAnn "Joey" Jayne as the new chief justice of the Navajo Nation Supreme Court. The Gallup Independent reports (https:/…
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