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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Recent Polls

Navajo Nation News Media

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  • Navajo Times

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service announced Aug. 15 $1.6 million in grants to Indian tribes and [...]

On August 12, the city of Winslow and Winslow Art Council hosted an arts, crafts and food fair in do [...]

New retail construction space by local contractor Steve Adams goes up in front on Winslow’s Walmart. [...]

WINSLOW, Ariz. - Students are back to school at Winslow High School. [...]

POLACCA, ARIZ. — A new administrative leadership team hopes to bring stability and growth to Hopi Jr [...]

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The number of lawsuits alleging Mormon church leaders failed to protect chil [...]

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation is considering legislation to provide support for an undergra [...]

Southwest Navajo Brush Arbor camp meeting Aug. 23-26 Grand Falls annual camp meeting will take place [...]

Kykostmovi, Ariz. — The general election for chairman and vice chairman of the Hopi Tribe will be he [...]

LEUPP, Ariz. — On July 27, members of the Navajo Nation Council attended the Tribal Interior Budget [...]

PAGE, Ariz. — An Arizona man died Aug. 14 after a cliff-jumping accident at Anchovy Point on Lake Po [...]

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) Department of General/Trauma [...]

LEUPP, Ariz. — On July 25, during a special Naabik’íyáti’ Committee meeting, the committee considere [...]

PINE CANYON TRAIL, Ariz. — There are so many different ways to hike Pine Canyon Trail, but if you ar [...]

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Several members of the Navajo Nation Council were pleased with the recent annou [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Kayenta Police District is mourning the death of an officer who was killed in a vehicle accident [...]

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 [...]

Navajo Nation News Articles

  • Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe on the National Climate Assessment 23 Aug 2017 16:12 truthout Also see: Trump Has Broad Power to Block Climate Change Report On Monday, Aug. 7, before North Korea, and before Charlottesville, you might recall that The New York Times published an article entitled "Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate …
  • Off-Shore Drilling Money Goes To Historic Preservation 23 Aug 2017 08:27 KSGT TRIBE STATE CITY  AWARD Native Village of Kake Alaska Kate  $  22,645 Poarch Band of Creek Indians Alabama Atmore  $  23,379 Colorado River Indian Tribes of the Colorado River Indian Reservation Arizona Parker  $  30,553 Gila River Indian Community …
  • Senior officer with Kayenta police dies in car accident 23 Aug 2017 07:14 KCBD KAYENTA, Ariz. (AP) - Navajo Nation officials say a senior officer with the Kayenta Police Department has died in an off-duty car accident. Tribal officials say Nelson Martin was killed in a crash on Monday. His funeral was held Tuesday in Goulding, Utah. …
  • Man pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter in 2016 stabbing 23 Aug 2017 07:14 KCBD ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A 58-year-old Navajo Nation man faces eight years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in a 2016 fatal stabbing. Larry June of Shiprock, New Mexico, originally was charged with second-degree murder in the …
  • Most-endangered national monuments listed as Zinke ends review 22 Aug 2017 22:09 The Spokesman 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 …
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