Native American Issues

Mexican Water chapter is holding a special meeting this Sunday, January 29 to fill the vacant Chapter President position. Previous Mexican Water chapter president Curtis Yanito was elected to represent the area on the Navajo Nation Council in November, meaning there is a vacancy for the chapter...
By David Boyle News Director The Navajo Utah Commission received reports on American Rescue Plan Act projects, the future of the Indian Child Welfare Act, and approved four resolutions as part of their latest meeting. At their December 9 meeting members of the Navajo Utah Commission heard a report...
by David Boyle News Director Navajo Nation General Election were certified by the Navajo Board of Election Supervisors on Tuesday, November 22. The results of the election include a new president for the Navajo Nation from the Red Mesa Chapter, as well as the first woman vice-president of the...
From left to right: Incoming first lady Jasmine Blackwater Nygren, incoming President Buu Nygren, incoming Vice President-elect Richelle Montoya, incoming second gentleman Olsen Chee. Image from Nygren Campaign
by David Boyle News Director The Navajo Nation held Elections on November 8. Diné voters visited the polls to vote to elect a president and representatives to the Navajo Nation Council. Unofficial results have been released showing that Buu Nygren has defeated Incumbent Jonathan Nez in the Navajo...
A home in Westwater community with its lights on thanks to new power poles connecting the community to the electric grid. The 30-year effort to electrify Westwater was finished this month and celebrated by parties who helped make it happen at a dinner on September 16.  Photo courtesy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
by David Boyle News Director Members of the Westwater community and officials from half-a-dozen organizations celebrated the arrival of electricity to their community at a dinner at Utah State University’s Blanding campus on September 16. Westwater residents have done without continuous electricity...
by David Boyle News Director Members of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition recently published a 101-page Collaborative Land Management Plan for the Bears Ears National Monument. The document lays out tribal priorities and goals for the comanagement of the monument with federal land agencies,...
The annual Ute Mountain Ute Tribe White Mesa Bear Dance is returning to the White Mesa community this weekend starting on Friday, September 2, and concluding on Monday, September 5. The event is open to the public for the first time in two years. Last year the bear dance was limited to tribal...
Road grater located near the Navajo Mountain Chapter House
by David Boyle News Director Members of the Navajo Utah Commission passed a resolution asking for matching funds for the Navajo Mountain Chapter Building Renovation project and also discussed road needs on the Navajo Utah strip at their latest meeting. At the August 22 meeting of the Navajo Utah...
A casting call for Kevin Costner’s western film Horizon is taking place in Monument Valley on Saturday, August 20 for Indigenous actors and extras. The film, set in the American west in 1861, has extra roles for indigenous men, women, and children of all ages, along with roles for men aged 18 and...
by David Boyle News Director The Navajo Nation held Primary Elections on August 2. Diné voters will return to the polls to vote to elect a president and representatives to the Navajo Nation Council in November. Unofficial results from the Navajo Elections Administration became available on August 3...

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