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.  ...

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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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The Navajo-Hopi Observer visited Winslow’s Council on Aging to see their Meals on Wheels program. Th [...]

WINSLOW, Ariz. — The Winslow City Council met March 14, 6:45 p.m. The regular meeting began with a p [...]

WINSLOW, Ariz. — The Winslow High School baseball and softball teams have been active and successful [...]

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Nine Hopi High media students learned about college media programs while attending [...]

WINSLOW, Ariz. — Park Archaeologist Bill Reitz explained new discoveries and park expansion to Winsl [...]

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — In addressing tribal economic diversification, Navajo Nation President Russell Beg [...]

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — As a child, Yadira Caballero remembers hearing about her Navajo culture, watch [...]

TEESTO, Ariz. — Before the groundbreaking ceremony March 10 for the new Teesto Chapter House, Vice P [...]

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On March 7, the Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) received a report from LeChe [...]

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez celebrated all women o [...]

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — Students at Moencopi Day School harvested their own greenhouse-grown lettuce Marc [...]

Grand Falls was formed by the eruption of Merriam Crater. Today, the river continues in its channel [...]

Most people agree the transitions from childhood to teenage years to adulthood can be challenging fo [...]

WASHINGTON — There are many factors behind declining Colorado River flows, but climate change plays [...]

The Winslow Bulldogs beat the Sedona Red Rock Scorpions 12-4 March 10. Top: a Bulldog ball beats Red [...]

WINSLOW, Ariz. — The Winslow baseball and softball teams both came away with victories from their tr [...]

The Winslow Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner March 9 at the Winslow Visitor Center. The bu [...]

POLACCA, ARIZ. — Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was the Shiprock Lady Chieftians’ fifth year coach Lare [...]

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — Each year the Navajo Nation Science Fair showcases the youngest and brightest stu [...]

POLACCA, Ariz. — Hopi Jr/Sr High School Dean of Students Charlene Youvella wants a positive behavior [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

You would never guess that this happy baby was born with a rare congenital eye defect known as Fetal [...]

I disagree with Patty Lunstrom’s statement in the Navajo Times that imposing a tax on hospitals is g [...]

Outpour of love, respect given to fallen officer Largo The post He is our Hero appeared first on Nav [...]

A mainstay of the Four Corners economy may be shut down in less than five years. The post Loss of jo [...]

Kirby Cleveland, who was arrested for the murder of Navajo Police Officer Houston James Largo, made [...]

PBR bullfighters work in tandem to protect riders The post Mastering the three-man system appeared f [...]

Ganado’s boys’ basketball rose from the ashes this year. The post Ganado’s Bob Wolk receives Arizona [...]

When you’ve competed in the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas for four straight years, [...]

When Ronson Begay moved from Tuba City to the big city of Albuquerque, he wasn’t quite sure what to [...]

While most high school basketball players strive to be the best players on the team, Sky Marianito a [...]

Navajo Nation News Articles

  • Law school program provides free wills to Native Americans 25 Mar 2017 18:55 SF Gate Updated 11:43 am, Saturday, March 25, 2017 UPPER FRUITLAND, N.M. (AP) — A University of Denver program is helping Native Americans draft wills, helping overcome a cultural aversion to discuss death. The Daily Times reports ( ) that …
  • Climate Change Forces Northwest Natives From Their Ancestral Homes 24 Mar 2017 16:48 truthout Fawn Sharp grew up in Taholah village, a small community on the Quinault Reservation nestled between the mouth of the Quinault River and the Pacific Ocean. She spent her childhood summers surrounded by water, splashing in Lake Quinault on the eastern edge …
  • Tennessee teacher, missing teen spotted in Texas 24 Mar 2017 04:50 KCBD New Mexico HeadlinesNew Mexico HeadlinesMore>> An advocacy group that sought to organize a peaceful anti-Donald Trump protest in Albuquerque that later turned violent says its staffers have been the targets of death threats. The Albuquerque-based …
  • Navajo Nation man pleads guilty in officer's home burglary 23 Mar 2017 20:40 NewsChannel 10 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Federal authorities say Navajo Nation man has pleaded guilty to firearms and burglary charges after breaking into a police officer's home in late 2015. The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Mexico says 37-year-old Loren …
  • A lifeline for Native Americans struggling to survive 23 Mar 2017 13:43 CNN And elderly Native Americans often struggle, alone."You find elders without food. Many don't have running water or plumbing," said Linda Myers, who has spent 30 years seeking out Navajo elders and helping them to survive.Myers and her …
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