Author: KAL

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...

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

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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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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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To the editor: Instead of begging for charity, the president of the Navajo Nation and chairman of th [...]

WINSLOW, Ariz. — The Winslow Bulldogs advanced in the Arizona State 3A Conference Championship Tourn [...]

WINSLOW, Ariz. —The first meeting of the Winslow School District’s Indian Education Committee took p [...]

Seventeen local poets gave readings of their compositions, alternating with one poem at a time at th [...]

BIRDSPRINGS, Ariz. — The Birdsprings Little Singer Community School basketball team captured the Big [...]

POLACCA, Ariz. — Hopi High School won a thrilling 52-51 victory against Morenci in a girls “play-in” [...]

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER GORGE, Ariz. —The windy conditions and rocky terrain didn’t deter runners from [...]

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The topic for the next Indigenous Community Forum is economic development and wil [...]

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation Council convened in a special session Feb. 16 and unanimously [...]

WASHINGTON — The owners of the Navajo Generating Station in Page voted Feb. 13 to keep the plant ope [...]

TWIN ARROWS, Ariz. — On Feb. 9, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye approved nearly $255,000 from [...]

WASHINGTON — In listening to the State of Indian Nations address given by National Congress of Ameri [...]

Meet and greet Winslow superintendent candidates March 6 The Winslow Unified School District #1 Boar [...]

Dancers display their beauty, athleticism and artistry with hoops in the shapes of animals, butterfl [...]

Continuing indigenous Native language loss is well documented not only globally but within our very [...]

To the editor: On Feb. 7, the U.S. Senate, in a historic vote in which Vice President Pence cast the [...]

Parents and caregivers are the first defense in helping prevent tooth decay in Arizona’s youngest ch [...]

Sirius, in the constellation Canis Major, is the brightest star in Earth’s night sky, and is about t [...]

The Winslow Bulldogs basketball teams beat Show Low Feb. 3 and the Lady Bulldogs won against Snowfla [...]

WINSLOW, Ariz. — Retired anthropologist Miles Gilbert addressed the Winslow Homolovi Archaeology mee [...]

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 [...]

WINDOW ROCK, ARIZ-On Monday Jun. 6, in accordance with the four pillars of the Begaye-Nez Administra [...]

Bashas’ Diné Market, a Modern Day Trading Post By Joshua Lavar Butler Tribal Business Journal | June [...]

SANTA FE, NM-During a tribal leadership meeting with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on Friday, May 2 [...]

Apache County Supervisor Tom M. White Jr. advocated for road projects at the monthly meeting of the [...]

FLAGSTAFF, AZ – Navajo and Hopi designated representatives have come together to establish shared pr [...]

WINDOW ROCK-President Russell Begaye signed a proclamation on Thursday, Apr. 14, declaring April 201 [...]

Students and professors at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute have developed a voice-oper [...]

Each day, 240 individual train carloads of coal are burned at NGS. A statistic like that is almost i [...]

Rough Rock Community School, the first BIE contract school on the Navajo Nation, has lost its accred [...]

The first Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation Supreme Court, Tom Tso, has filed an intent to sue the [...]

The Resource and Development Committee told Navajo Agriculture Products Industry, Pumpkin Patch Fund [...]

A Gallup man accused of possession and distributing child pornography was given a 30-year sentence i [...]

Fourteen weight classes through four divisions were decided at the Arizona State Wrestling tournamen [...]

If one looks closely they’ll see something different about the Shiprock High School Lady Chieftains. [...]

The universe for the Coconino girls’ basketball team seems to be firmly back in order. The post Coco [...]

A strong defense and a potent offense were the keys for Window Rock as the Lady Scouts rolled to a 7 [...]

Navajo Nation News Articles

  • Engineers question President Trump’s Dakota pipeline order 21 Feb 2017 16:56 Daily Universe President Donald Trump signed an executive order to revive the Dakota Access Pipeline project on Jan. 24. The Army Corps of Engineers’ agreed to look for alternative routes for the project Dec. 5, 2016, a historically unprecedented victory for Native …
  • President Donald Trump’s executive order to continue DAPL project violates Native American land rights 21 Feb 2017 15:10 Daily Universe President Donald Trump signed an executive order to revive the Dakota Access Pipeline project on Jan. 24. The Army Corps of Engineers’ agreed to look for alternative routes for the project Dec. 5, 2016, a historically unprecedented victory for Native …
  • Wanted: More female officers on Navajo reservation 21 Feb 2017 02:38 The Salt Lake Tribune The same source states women in law enforcement "are often inexplicably resented" by their male counterparts and many face harassment. Additionally, "many women encounter a brass ceiling and are unable to rise to supervisory positions …
  • Activists Could Turn Trump’s Wall Into A Dakota Pipeline-Style Fight 20 Feb 2017 21:25 Daily Caller 5492034 An American Indian tribe on the southern border says it’s ready to use a Dakota Access Pipeline-style protest to target President Donald Trump’s wall if it doesn’t go through the proper legal and congressional procedures. Verlon M. Jose, vice …
  • Illegal deeds by NAPI board? 20 Feb 2017 21:21 4-traders FARMINGTON - Kyril Calsoyas cited illegal activities among his reasons for submitting his resignation to Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye Friday concerning board membership with Navajo Agricultural Products Industry. Calsoyas wrote: "Due to …
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