Native American Issues

As part of the omnibus bill passed on December 21, Congress passed the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act. The bill was sponsored by Utah Senator Mitt Romney with support in the House from all members of Utah’s delegation, but especially from Representatives Rob Bishop, John Curtis and Ben...
The Navajo Utah Commission outlined their priorities for the upcoming Utah legislative session at their December 8 meeting. The Navajo Utah Commission is made up of chapter presidents from the seven chapters in San Juan County. In addition, the Commission includes members of the Navajo Nation...
Understanding and addressing the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has been brought to the forefront in the United States, with hundreds of organizations working to prevent and eliminate violence against Native Americans. There is currently little data to understand how...
According to the US Census Bureau, approximately 252,000 people live in Washington, Iron, Kane, Garfield, and Beaver counties. The five counties make up a single health district known as the Southwestern Utah Health District. In contrast, the population of San Juan County is estimated at 15,000....
Last week ten Native American runners participated in a 360-mile prayer run from San Juan County to Salt Lake City. The Running As Medicine Indigenous Youth Prayer Run began on Tuesday, September 1 at Bears Ears National Monument and concluded at Warm Springs in Salt Lake City on Saturday,...
San Juan School District
A $3.9 million dollar project to increase wireless internet accessibility (Wi-Fi) for students in the River Region of the San Juan School District (SJSD) will be paid by the State of Utah. In the August 20 special session of the Utah State Legislature, the legislative bodies passed HB6002...
Schools throughout San Juan County, included pictured Monticello Elementary, will delay their start by two days
San Juan County School Board finalized plans ahead of the start of the academic school year later this month. Key items passed include 100 percent remote learning for students in the south part of the county for the start of the year. The district moved the first day of school for students from...
by Andrew Gulliford In the 1890s cowboy archaeologists dug caves in remote sections of Utah’s Bears Ears. They created Basketmaker and Ancestral Puebloan artifact collections that have been hidden away for over a century in prestigious museums. Now a group of scholars and researchers is focusing...
Hundreds of live sheep were delivered to needy families on the Navajo Reservation on Memorial Day as part of the “Farmers Feeding Utah” project. The distribution was for families in the Montezuma Creek, Aneth, Red Mesa, and Tódahadekanii areas. An additional distribution of live sheep will take...
It started with a “Splat,” then came “Black Hole,” “Boomerang,” and most recently, “Diné Diamonds.” What can all those things possibly have in common? Well, when it comes to Twin Rocks Trading Post, the likely answer is Navajo baskets, and baskets it is. First, a little context. Several years ago,...

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