Tag: Navajo-Hopi Observer

Sacred Native Fashion Show wows crowd from the runway. See more education news here

| October 17, 2018
Sacred Native Fashion Show wows crowd from the runway. See more education news here

The Sacred Native Fashion Show celebrated a successful 10th anniversary runway at the Explore Navajo Museum in Tuba City. 

In perfect weather in the front of the museum, a celebrity-filled guest list, over 400 guests in attendance and crowds of passersby enjoying the show, the event proved to be not only a success but an overall milestone in fashion history.

The show’s producer and fellow artist, Troi Whitethorne, has been arranging the show since 2008 when the museum needed an attraction during the fair. It was not known then how the small show would cause a riot of inspiration in Native American fashion — a type of re-imagining of cultural representation. 

Not since the 1970s when the Phoenix Indian School hosted shows for students in the boarding school did Native American fashion get such a reception to celebrate indigenous heritage. 

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Native K-9 officer, Jared Shupla, shares journey with Hopi High students. See more education news here

| October 9, 2018
Native K-9 officer, Jared Shupla, shares journey with Hopi High students. See more education news here

Jared Shupla, one of the eight Native American K-9 officers in America, recently spoke to a Hopi High AVID and Hopi Junior High radio class about his work. 

K-9 officers are those who work with specially trained police dogs.

Shupla said the Hopi Tribe is working on a big milestone. The Navajo Tribe has already used a 638 contract to make its police department self-sufficient from the BIA and run the department itself.

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Homecoming spirit shines at Hopi High. See more education news here

| October 3, 2018
Homecoming spirit shines at Hopi High. See more education news here

Hopi High’s Steven Baker was crowned homecoming king and Jaeda Honani was crowned homecoming queen during halftime of the football game Sept. 21 at Bruin Stadium.

Hopi High beat Greyhills 44-0 in the football game, which capped off a week of events that included a homecoming parade and powder puff game.

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Letter: NACA thanks foundation for new van. See more education news here

| September 26, 2018
Letter: NACA thanks foundation for new van. See more education news here

Native Americans for Community Action, Inc. (NACA) and its Pathways program is extremely grateful to The Coleman Charitable Foundation for its generous donation to help NACA purchase a new passenger van.

The NACA Pathways program is a recognized and established program for Native American youth. Through the program, NACA provides the mentoring and support children and youth need while they are maturing. The ability to purchase a new, safe and modern vehicle for transportation will allow the Pathways program to expand its services and special event outings.

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Hopi High dean says cancer was caused by uranium contamination. See more education news here

| September 19, 2018
Hopi High dean says cancer was caused by uranium contamination. See more education news here

Hopi High Dean of Students Jerry Cronin, a three time cancer survivor, is convinced his cancer is a result of water that was contaminated because of uranium spills in Church Rock, New Mexico.

Cronin, who recently took the dean of students job at Hopi High, beat colon cancer in 2005 and bladder cancer in 2010 and 2013. Cronin went through chemotherapy treatments each time.

Cronin, who is Irish and Scottish, spoke to the Hopi High sophomore AVID students and told them the worst uranium spill in U.S. history took place in 1979 in Church Rock.

“The river turned orange and all the poison went downstream,” he said.

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Hopi High principal rallies parents to stand behind students

| September 5, 2018
Hopi High principal rallies parents to stand behind students

Hopi High School Principal Lynn Fredericks told parents during an open house Aug. 14 that they are VIPs: Very Important People and Very Important Parents.

“This is your school,” she said.

Fredericks spoke about how Hopi High School was built for the purpose of providing a safe and healthy learning environment to the students in this community.

Fredericks said she would like to see more parent involvement and hear ideas from them about how the school could be improved.

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Nation supports funding for expansion of NAU’s Native American Cultural Center. See more education news here

| August 29, 2018
Nation supports funding for expansion of NAU’s Native American Cultural Center. See more education news here

On Aug. 16, the Naabik’iyátí’ Committee issued a “do pass” recommendation for legislation approving a grant in the amount of $3 million for Northern Arizona University (NAU) to expand its Native American Cultural Center.

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Seniors awarded Wells Fargo Leadership Scholarship and Chief Manuelito Scholarship. See more education news here

| August 22, 2018
Seniors awarded Wells Fargo Leadership Scholarship and Chief Manuelito Scholarship. See more education news here

There were three Native American Seniors who were awarded the Wells Fargo Academic Leadership Scholarship in Charlotte, North Carolina June 28 – July 1 out of 20 selected overall candiates. Two of the members are from the Navajo Tribe.

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President Begaye signs $6.3 million for Navajo Head Start. See more education news here

| August 15, 2018
President Begaye signs $6.3 million for Navajo Head Start. See more education news here

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed a resolution Aug. 3 approving approximately $6.3 million in supplemental funding for Navajo Head Start.

“The signing of this legislation is saying to every child that we support you, we want you to do well in school,” Begaye said, “even at this young age, we want you to set the foundation for yourself so that you can move on into higher education and whatever field you choose.”

When the federal Office of Head Start announced that it would reduce funding for Navajo Head Start from the original amount of $23 million to $15.7 million, the Navajo Nation undertook an effort to recover the funding. 

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Community information: Technology can help young kids learn. See more education news here

| August 1, 2018
Community information: Technology can help young kids learn. See more education news here

For families of babies, toddlers and preschoolers, saying no screen time is easier said than done. Technology isn’t going away and neither is the desire to make sure that kids are prepared for a world filled with computers at every turn.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no exposure to screens for children under 2 years old. But as the child gets older, families can use technology and interactive media to support learning and, ultimately, relationships.

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