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. https://grandcanyonescalade.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Grand-Canyon-Escalade-Project-12.mp3   https://grandcanyonescalade.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Grand-Canyon-Escalade-Project-11.mp3   https://grandcanyonescalade.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Grand-Canyon-Escalade-Project-10.mp3   https://grandcanyonescalade.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Grand-Canyon-Escalade-Project-5.mp3   https://grandcanyonescalade.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Grand-Canyon-Escalade-Project-7.mp3   https://grandcanyonescalade.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Grand-Canyon-Escalade-Project-8.mp3   https://grandcanyonescalade.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Grand-Canyon-Escalade-Project-9.mp3   https://grandcanyonescalade.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Grand-Canyon-Escalade-Project-4.mp3   https://grandcanyonescalade.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Grand-Canyon-Escalade-Project-3.mp3   https://grandcanyonescalade.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Grand-Canyon-Escalade-Project-2.mp3  ...

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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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TSAILE, Ariz. – On Monday, Aug. 21 the United States will experience a total solar eclipse in which [...]

WINSLOW, Ariz. — On Aug. 21, sky gazers will be able to witness a rare and remarkable cosmic sight a [...]

Run for Your Health 8K run and 2 mile walk Aug. 19 Run for Your Health 8K run and 2 mile walk will t [...]

I was ten years old when the stars came out at noon. After penning the sheep and goats in the corral [...]

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Hope and Trauma in a Poisoned Land, an exhibit presented by the Flagstaff Arts Co [...]

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — A new Navajo law criminalizes human trafficking on the country’s largest Americ [...]

WINDOW ROCK — On Aug. 1, Thomas J. Holgate was sworn in as the acting chief justice for the Navajo N [...]

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — On July 14, the Northern Arizona Native American Foundation (TNANAF) presented Ya [...]

ALBUQUERQUE — Patrick Begay, 43, a member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Churchrock, New Mexico [...]

“Standin’ On The Corner” Festival in Winslow takes place Sept. 29 and 30. Part of the festival will [...]

The Winslow Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting featured Sarah Smithson as its August speaker. Smi [...]

WINSLOW, Ariz. — The Winslow High School class of 1964 reunion was held at the Falcon Restaurant Aug [...]

WASHINGTON — Families in more than half of Native American homes in Arizona now speak only English a [...]

Elections in Arizona from now until 2018 midterms must become referendums on education funding, not [...]

Suvoyuki Day is an annual event held the first Saturday in August. The event celebrates the long-sta [...]

KINDER CROSSING, Ariz. — Those who love massive amounts of a variety of flowers, the butterflies tha [...]

SCOTTSDALE — To appreciate the spirit of the Lori Piestewa National Native American Games is to unde [...]

TWIN ARROWS, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye welcomes the Moving Wall to the Navajo N [...]

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host the second annual Walk Like MADD f [...]

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Department of Diné Education (DODE) removed Sharon Singer, superintendent o [...]

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 [...]

It will be the same events we all know and love, but some different venues this year at the Central [...]

Dilkon Chapter has passed a resolution asking the Navajo Nation president and Department of Justice [...]

The Moving Wall evokes memories, emotions for survivors [...]

Little did he know his greatest gift to himself was to keep himself alive to see the age of 24. [...]

A time to remember, catch up and share stories [...]

Eight years after the Navajo people voted to reduce the size of the Navajo Nation Council from 88 to [...]

Ryan Paquin should have been a two-time wrestling state champion. [...]

In his Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial debut two years ago, Jalen Joaquin remembers “getting s [...]

“A lot of hard work from each individual for the betterment of the team is a key to our success,” sa [...]

While some football teams have had to rebuild for the upcoming season, others like the Shiprock Chie [...]

Navajo Nation News Articles

  • Questions on immigration, race follow Trump to Arizona 22 Aug 2017 20:20 The Denver Post Online Sweeping wilderness vistas. Archaeological relics dating thousands of years. Undersea worlds of corals, anemones and rare marine species. Their fate could become clear this week when Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke concludes his review of 27 national …
  • US probe of Navajo Housing Authority finds no violations 22 Aug 2017 19:10 The Sacramento Bee No laws were broken and no regulations were violated by one of the largest U.S. public housing authorities despite criticism over management and its spending of millions of dollars in federal grants to address a persistent and growing need for homes on …
  • Arvada/Wheat Ridge Crime Blotter: King Soopers employee reports stolen “butt paste” 22 Aug 2017 19:00 The Denver Post Online Sweeping wilderness vistas. Archaeological relics dating thousands of years. Undersea worlds of corals, anemones and rare marine species. Their fate could become clear this week when Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke concludes his review of 27 national …
  • Encryption, self-driving car and FTC talk in Aspen 22 Aug 2017 15:43 The Politico With help from Ashley Gold and Nancy Scola THE CONVERSATION IN ASPEN — Things might have quieted down in Washington now that it’s truly August recess, but there’s plenty of tech chatter happening at the Technology Policy Institute’s annual forum in …
  • Millions flock towns in path of total eclipse 22 Aug 2017 03:21 Baptist Message Twilight will fall at midday on Monday, stars will glimmer and birds will roost in an eerie stillness as millions of Americans and visitors witness the first total solar eclipse to traverse the United States from coast to coast in 99 years. The sight of …
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