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Valedictorian and salutatorian named at Tuba City High School. See more education news here

| May 30, 2018
Valedictorian and salutatorian named at Tuba City High School. See more education news here

Tuba City High School (TCHS) is a rich melting pot of ethnic cultures that includes varied tribal and non-tribal members who support, show encouragement and loyalty to one another at both the student and staff level. 

This helps to build students confidence, as well as understanding and appreciation for all cultures while working to succeed at their rigorous high school academic program.

This year at Tuba City High, the two top highest GPA finalists are Shalyn Nockideneh, 18, who has been named as 2018 Valedictorian. Fellow classmate, Hero H. Roberts, 18, was named salutatorian.

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Future takes flight: Navajo youths co-pilot planes over the Grand Canyon. See more education news here

| May 8, 2018
Future takes flight: Navajo youths co-pilot planes over the Grand Canyon. See more education news here

Cadet Amaris Tracy climbed into the cockpit of a small plane, her face calm but her hands shaking slightly.

“I’m really excited to get to fly the plane for the first time,” Tracy said, adjusting her headset. “At the same time, it’s 5,000 feet up in the air and I don’t really know what I’m doing.

“I’m really nervous — what if something goes wrong?”

After all, Tracy, 13, is only in the sixth grade. This was her first time in a plane — and this day, she’d be the copilot.

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Talia White of Santa Fe’s IAIA shares art opportunities with Hopi students. See more education stories here

| May 2, 2018
Talia White of Santa Fe’s IAIA shares art opportunities with Hopi students. See more education stories here

Talia White, spokeswoman for the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, recently visited Hopi High to tell the students about their art school.

White said IAIA offers a unique experience because it has an emphasis on indigenous cultures.

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Navajo Nation puts spotlight on sexual assault and child safety. See more education stories here

| April 25, 2018
Navajo Nation puts spotlight on sexual assault and child safety. See more education stories here

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Prior to the official start of the 2018 Spring Council Session April 16, the Navajo Nation Council, in coordination with the Navajo Department of Family Services’ Strengthening Families Program, held an early morning awareness walk in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Awareness Month.

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Tuba City senior receives full ride scholarship to Dartmouth. See more education news here

| April 18, 2018
Tuba City senior receives full ride scholarship to Dartmouth. See more education news here

Kayleigh Paddock, a senior at Tuba City High School (TCHS), received a full ride scholarship to Dartmouth University, located in Hanover, New Hampshire; she is also a finalist for the Wells Fargo Academic Leadership Fellowship Scholarship.

Paddock, a member of the Navajo Nation, is the daughter of Alverna and Augustine Paddock.

Each year TCHS produces a number of high school seniors who receive full academic and sport scholarships to a variety of universities including Ivy League colleges, which are seen as the most difficult to enter.

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Northern Arizona University elects new officers for Native American Advisory Board. See more education news here

| April 11, 2018
Northern Arizona University elects new officers for Native American Advisory Board. See more education news here

Coconino County Supervisor Lena Fowler was recently elected chairwoman of the Native American Advisory Board at Northern Arizona University. Fowler, who is Navajo, is serving her third term as Coconino County Supervisor for District 5, which covers much of the northern part of Coconino County. Robert “Bob” Roessel (Navajo), executive principal, intergovernmental affairs for Salt River Project, was elected vice chairman.

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Judge restores $7.3M for Navajo Nation’s Head Start program. See more education stories here

| April 4, 2018
Judge restores $7.3M for Navajo Nation’s Head Start program. See more education stories here

A federal court has restored $7.3 million to the Navajo Nation for its Head Start program.

The ruling March 27 came in a lawsuit the tribe filed alleging it was denied an opportunity to appeal a cut in federal grant funding.

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Tuba City Junior High yields six winners at Navajo Nation Science Fair. See more education stories here

| March 28, 2018
Tuba City Junior High yields six winners at Navajo Nation Science Fair. See more education stories here

Six Tuba City Junior High School students took home prizes from the Navajo Nation Science Fair March 1 in Churchrock, New Mexico, two placed first.

Students from across the Navajo Nation in both Arizona and New Mexico competed for top honors and prizes and the opportunity to represent their communities at the state level competition March 22-23 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Recent school shootings prompt Nation to re-evaluate active shooter readiness

| March 21, 2018
Recent school shootings prompt Nation to re-evaluate active shooter readiness

The Nation needs to be prepared for unpredictable incidents such as active shooter incidents, said Council Delegate and Law and Order Committee (LOC) chair Edmund Yazzie. 

On March 12, the LOC received a report from the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety (NNDPS) and Navajo Nation Police Department regarding various public safety issues including active shooter readiness on the Navajo Nation.

“Active shooter incidents have increased drastically throughout the country,” Yazzie said. “The Nation needs to enhance preparedness and prevention to ensure the safety of schools, communities and the workplace.”

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Tuba City and Moencopi tackle school gun threats: Law enforcement, school officials, community discuss how to better prepare school facilities. See more education stories here

| March 14, 2018
Tuba City and Moencopi tackle school gun threats: Law enforcement, school officials, community discuss how to better prepare school facilities. See more education stories here

A capacity crowd turned out March 6 at the Warrior Pavilion in Tuba City to hear from law enforcement and school officials about threats made to Tuba City Junior High and other reservation schools in recent weeks.

The panel included Navajo Nation Police Department representative Lt. Leonard Williams and the Navajo Nation Prosecutor Michael Bennett — panels shared how each school facility reacted and what they might change to be better prepared for student safety in the future.

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