Tag: Navajo-Hopi Observer

High school football games play important role in Tuba City community. See more education stories here

| September 20, 2017
High school football games play important role in Tuba City community. See more education stories here

All throughout the country and especially in remote reservation areas, high school football teams are an extension of the communities in which they live.

Going to a local high school football game to watch young players put out their best effort under careful mentoring and guidance from local, sometimes alumni, high school football coaches is a great way to show community support and encouragement.

Tuba City High School (TCHS), the Warriors, have been a football team since the 1950s.

With grandparents, parents and friends turning out to cheer them on, share stories, and help celebrate during homecoming week events, the Tuba City Warriors have had some phenomenal gridiron success.

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Ganado and Page teams top roster as cross country season kicks off

| September 13, 2017
Ganado and Page teams top roster as cross country season kicks off

POLACCA, Ariz. — Ganado High School won the girls’ cross country race and Page High School won the boys cross country race at the Hopi High Invite Aug. 29 at Bruin Stadium. 

Ganado won the girls race with 62 points, Flagstaff grabbed second with 108, Window Rock took third with 118, Tuba City finished fourth with 126 and host Hopi took fifth with 130.

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Soul of Nations helping Native students achieve dreams. See more education stories here

| September 6, 2017
Soul of Nations helping Native students achieve dreams. See more education stories here

Indigenous students, ages 15-18, can apply to the Brea Foley Art Program through Soul of Nations, an organization which exists to inspire Native youth to pursue and achieve their dreams with an emphasis on education and free expression.

Soul of Nations is an organization founded in 2015, which focuses on indigenous youth, mainly in the Southwest but which eventually wants to focus on all indigenous groups in the Americas and Australia. The group started out working with the Navajo Reservation because of its size and because the members of the organization had ties to the reservation.

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October recognized as National School Bus Safety month by Navajo Nation. See more education stories here

| August 30, 2017
October recognized as National School Bus Safety month by Navajo Nation. See more education stories here

On Aug. 23, President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez to signed a proclamation declaring October 2017 as “National School Bus Safety Month,” an initiative that stemmed from the advocacy of Council Delegate Alton Joe Shepherd (Jeddito, Cornfields, Ganado, Kin Dah Łichíí, Steamboat) and Ganado Unified School District (GUSD), who stressed the need to uphold safety on behalf of students and the community.

Shepherd and GUSD bus drivers and staff met with Begaye and Nez to discuss the importance of school bus safety throughout the Navajo Nation.

Shepherd, who also serves as the Apache County Supervisor for Dist. 2, stated that the GUSD bus drivers have consistently coordinated school bus safety initiatives and community outreach, and encouraged other school districts to implement a similar safety initiative and to report problematic areas to their school boards.

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New superintendent, principal hope to bring stability and growth to school. See more education stories here

| August 23, 2017
New superintendent, principal hope to bring stability and growth to school. See more education stories here

A new administrative leadership team hopes to bring stability and growth to Hopi Jr/Sr High School.

Superintendent Steven Berbeco and Principal Claudia Edgewater said this is their hope for this school year.

Berbeco said he will measure the success of Hopi Jr/Sr High School by the same metrics that the community uses. He said so far this means improving test scores, graduation rates and sports.

“We want to look at what else the community values,” he said.

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Guest column: Education dollars should be a priority

| August 16, 2017
Guest column: Education dollars should be a priority

Elections in Arizona from now until 2018 midterms must become referendums on education funding, not on the president.

Nearly every candidate in Arizona running for office publishes their stance on education on their website, and multiple organizations have stated goals and deep war chests put to use to push candidates and the electorate in one direction or the other on this very issue.

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School supplies in demand in Indian Country. See more education stories here

| August 2, 2017
School supplies in demand in Indian Country. See more education stories here

Each year, Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA) and its American Indian Education Fund (AIEF) provides school supplies and backpacks to 26,000 students across Indian Country through its annual backpack drive.

This year, PWNA will serve a total of 33 Hopi and Navajo communities, including the Navajo Nation and three schools on the Hopi-Pueblo reservation. 

The 2017 drive benefits around 8,000 approximately 7,300 Navajo and 700 Hopi students.

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Students in the Native American Science & Engineering Program aim for success. More education stories here

| July 26, 2017
Students in the Native American Science & Engineering Program aim for success. More education stories here

Twenty-four Native American students are participating in a year-long program designed to give them a vision of what a career in a science, technology, engineering or mathematical (STEM) field would look like.

The program is called the Native American Science and Engineering Program (NASEP) and of the 24 students who participated, 19 identified as either Navajo or Hopi.

The program connects students with academic professionals and industry representatives who hope to interest students enough to tackle and complete chemistry, physics and pre-calculus before they graduate from high school.

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New children’s book talks about history of Native boarding schools. More education stories here

| July 19, 2017
New children’s book talks about history of Native boarding schools. More education stories here

“Fall in Line, Holden,” a new children’s book by Daniel W. Vandever, follows a Navajo boy through his day at boarding school and seeks to start a discussion about how that history still affects Native people today.

Vandever, who wrote and illustrated the book, is from Haystack, New Mexico, and is the communication director for Navajo Technical University where he also serves as an adjunct instructor.

He volunteers for the Crownpoint Rug Auction, providing technical support and helping local weavers sell their rugs. He comes from a long line of educators and is the grandson of Navajo Code Talker Joe Vandever Sr.

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Hotevilla Bacavi Community School takes students to next level at summer camps. See more education stories here

| July 12, 2017
Hotevilla Bacavi Community School takes students to next level at summer camps. See more education stories here

Each year, most parents look to find a rock solid summer camp learning experience that will enrich their children’s lives and academic growth and tribal parents are no exception.

This was the case at Hotevilla Bacavi Community School (HBCS) in Hotevilla Village, located on Third Mesa on the Hopi Reservation, this summer under the guidance of Principal Lorrie Harding.

A month-long summer enrichment program, which included STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), art, dance, computer lab work, reading and a physical segment was provided by money from a grant from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the U.S. Department of Education.

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