Native American Issues

by David Boyle News Director Federal land agencies and members of the Bears Ears Commission held another online forum related to the Bears Ears National Monument draft plan on May 2. The meeting was the fourth of seven public meetings held by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service...
The state of Utah is withdrawing its support of a proposed land swap of state trust lands in the Bears Ears National Monument for federal lands elsewhere in San Juan County and the rest of the state. Utah elected Republican leaders took the action saying the federal government is “ignoring good...
The 25th Navajo Nation Council voted 17-0 to approve $500,000 from the Navajo Nation’s Síhasin Fund to help Utah State University (USU) construct a new higher education facility in Monument Valley, Utah.  According to the legislation sponsor, Council Delegate Herman Daniels, Jr. (Shonto, Naa’tsis’...
by David Boyle News Director Members of the San Juan School board held a public hearing before approving application for federal impact aid, and received a report on state health and risk prevention survey at their latest meeting. At their January 24 meeting, members of the San Juan School Board...
by David Boyle News Director Members of the county commission approved a resolution supporting the creation of a Utah Inland Port Authority project area in the county and received a report on water rights at their latest meeting. The San Juan County Commission also received a presentation from the...
A potential threat to Whitehorse High School last week led to remote learning for Montezuma Creek schools on Friday. Whitehorse High School administrators shared early morning on October 26 that they were notified of a potential threat to the school. That information was shared immediately with the...
by David Boyle News Director The Utah Navajo Commission met on October 17 in Denehotso. Members of the Navajo Utah Commission appointed Council Delegate Curtis Yanito as the chairperson, with Teec Nos Pos Chapter President Kenny Victor as the vice chair. After accepting the appointment, Yanito...
by David Boyle News Director The nearly 100-year-old iconic Goulding properties in Monument Valley are moving closer to changing ownership to the Navajo Nation. Members of the Navajo Nation Council approved legislation on October 17 to approve the purchase of Goulding’s Monument Valley Lodge for $...
Navajo Nation Council Resource and Development Committee Chairwoman, Brenda Jesus (left) Lorena Dishface (center) and Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren (right) cut the Ribbon at the Red Mesa Solar Farm with other executives on hand. Photo courtesy Navajo Nation Council
Navajo Nation officials celebrated the opening of the Red Mesa Tapaha Solar Farm with a ribbon cutting on August 25. The 550-acre solar farm located near the Utah-Arizona border is slated to provide 72 megawatts of solar energy and was developed by the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA). NTUA...
by David Boyle News Director Tribal, federal and state agencies are working through the next steps to bring water infrastructure to the Navajo Utah strip. Federal and state representatives outlined the next steps at recent meetings in Montezuma Creek and Monument Valley (see SJR July 19, 2023) More...

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