Native American Issues

An update on the Navajo Utah Water Settlement Act, discussion of more than $50 million for Utah Chapter projects, and a university study on firewood were all part of the most recent Navajo Utah Commission meeting. The elected Chapter officials and Navajo Nation Council representatives who make up...
“Every once in a while, maybe once in a lifetime, you have an experience that changes your life,” wrote Paul Summers, Utah Rotarian of the year. “The Halchita Community Center Project could be one of those. We had a crew of about 75 people from about every walk of life converge on this little,...
A state task force to explore how the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls epidemic is impacting Utah is seeking input from Indigenous communities in San Juan County. Activism amongst Indigenous groups in the United States and Canada has brought attention to the higher-than-average rate...
Bud Frazier, founder of Navajo Strong, presented a $5,000 donation to the Utah State University Monument Valley Center to Associate Vice President Kristian Olsen. Olsen was instrumental in setting up a warehouse that helped Navajo Strong distribute essential COVID-19 supplies to clinics, hospitals...
Members of the Navajo Utah Commission discussed solid waste services in Aneth, the future of Lake Powell, and the Bears Ears National Monument designation at their latest meeting. The elected Chapter officials and Navajo Nation Council representatives who make up the Navajo Utah Commission met...
view near the Bears Ears buttes, photo by: Spencer Gosney
President Joseph Biden will sign an executive order restoring the Bears Ears National Monument to its original designated size on Friday, October 8.   President Biden’s designation places the monument at 1.36 million acres, after the addition of 11,200 acres that President Trump added to the...
Members of the Navajo Utah Commission heard reports on upcoming American Rescue Plan Act funding, plans for increased law enforcement, and passed a resolution asking for quarterly meetings with the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President at their September meeting. During the...
A resident of Monument Valley opened a new community center in August to provide support to her community. The Tsé Bii’ Ndzisgaii Community Center was opened earlier this year under the direction of 24-year-old Shandiin Herrera. Herrera grew up in Monument Valley, Utah, and graduated high school...
The Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA), and Blanding City have entered into an agreement to provide essential electrical service to homes in the Westwater Village, a small Navajo Nation community which currently has no electric service.  The...
The San Juan County Commission approved work on the West Summit road, accepted the resignation of County Clerk/Auditor John David Nielson, and provided comment on a mining remediation project near Fry Canyon at their July 6 meeting. On July 6, Commissioners approved a bid for work on West Summit...

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