Tag: Navajo-Hopi Observer

Hopi High students win at state media conference. See more education stories here

| November 8, 2017
Hopi High students win at state media conference. See more education stories here

Hopi High School won eight media awards during the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association Conference (AIPA) Oct. 24 at Arizona State University in Tempe.

Hopi High was the only Native American school to take home awards. 

The Bruins won six awards for radio broadcast, one award for print journalism and their first award for a music video. The awards were based on last school year’s work. One of the winners has graduated and two students transferred to other schools.

Continue Reading

Tuba City High celebrates homecoming, crowns royalty

| November 1, 2017
Tuba City High celebrates homecoming, crowns royalty

Students, parents, relatives and staff members at Tuba City High enjoyed a week of homecoming activities including a community parade and football game. 

This year’s homecoming theme was “May the Warrior Force be with You” which was selected by the graduating class and their class sponsor, Vilma Macaraig. The theme was selected with the intention of promoting “Warrior Pride” throughout the community with highlighted career accomplishments from past alum of TCHS.

The grand marshalls for the parade were Delight Preston, a longtime Tuba City teacher and Eugene Begay from the Education Talent Search program at Northern Arizona University.

Continue Reading

Tuba City High School rises above the mark on AzMERIT

| October 25, 2017
Tuba City High School rises above the mark on AzMERIT

Tuba City High School (TCHS) is a rich melting pot of ethnic cultures, including tribal and non-tribal members who support and encourage one another.

Teachers and staff are committed to helping build student confidence and high self-esteem as well as understanding and appreciating all cultures while working to succeed in a rigorous and challenging academic program.

This year at Tuba City High, James Roe III, 17, was named 2017 Valedictorian for his graduating class along with his classmate Charles Henderson, 18, who was named Salutatorian.

Continue Reading

Education, economics and substance abuse debated by Hopi chairman candidates. See more education stories here

| October 18, 2017
Education, economics and substance abuse debated by Hopi chairman candidates. See more education stories here

Hopi chairman frontrunner David Talayumptewa focused on his experience while Tim Nuvangyaoma emphasized community involvement during the first chairman/vice chairman debate since the primary election.

The debate was held Oct. 11 at Hopi Jr/Sr High School (HJSHS) with about 45 people in attendance. The event was also streamed live on Facebook.

The forum was sponsored by Future of the Hopi Forum, a grassroots group. Bruce Talaswaima and Jennifer Himel served as moderators.

Continue Reading

Book review: Black Sheep, White Crow and Other Windmill Tales: Stories from Navajo Country now available

| October 11, 2017
Book review: Black Sheep, White Crow and Other Windmill Tales: Stories from Navajo Country now available

Jim Kristofic delivers once again in his newest book Black Sheep, White Crow and Other Windmill Tales: Stories from Navajo Country. 

Known for his Native books The Hero Twins: A Navajo-English Story of the Monster Slayers and Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life, Kristofic said his inspiration for this book came to him after an invitation to do a writing seminar with a Bureau of Indian Eductaion (BIE) class in Kaibeto.

The students in Kaibeto had read Navajos Wear Nikes and really liked it, Kristofic said.

Continue Reading

Navajo bilingual proficiency for students essential. See more education stories here

| October 4, 2017
Navajo bilingual proficiency for students essential. See more education stories here

By Patt Carr • Navajo-Hopi Observer FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Educators and parents from across the Navajo Nation convened in Flagstaff for the 5th annual Johnson-O’Malley (JOM) Subcontractors Conference. The conference was held in the High Country Conference Center at Northern Arizona University. Johnson-O’Malley is a federally funded program that supplements regular standard educational programs to address […]

Continue Reading

Native American Composers Apprenticeship Program returns to Tuba City High. See more education stories here

| September 27, 2017
Native American Composers Apprenticeship Program returns to Tuba City High. See more education stories here

Founded in 2001 by the Grand Canyon Music Festival, the NACAP (Native American Composers Apprenticeship Program) has had overwhelming success as the only Native music composer program for high school aged American Indian students in the nation.

Since that time, two major art awards have been bestowed upon the NACAP program. 

The Arizona Governor’s Arts Award for Arts in Education, and a major, national high visibility award from the National Arts and Humanities Youth Arts Award was presented to the NACAP and Grand Canyon Music Festival artistic Director Clare Hoffman by former first lady Michelle Obama in 2011.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading