Tag: Navajo-Hopi Observer

Cultural and personal meaning behind students’ award winning artwork. See more education news here

| December 5, 2018
Cultural and personal meaning behind students’ award winning artwork. See more education news here

Hopi High art students won 15 awards at the Arizona State Fair, but Hopi High art teacher Mary Duwynie felt it was just as important that thousands attending the state fair viewed the students work.

Duwyenie said it was an important opportunity for the students to showcase their work and compare their art work to students from other schools.

“Hopi Tewa art is different so our students stood out. Some have personal meaning and some have cultural meaning,” she said.

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News anchor says it’s time for young voters to decide the future for themselves. See more education news here

| November 30, 2018
News anchor says it’s time for young voters to decide the future for themselves. See more education news here

Steve Irvin, longtime newscaster and anchor on Channel 15, told journalism students that journalism is an important part of democracy. Irvin served as the keynote speaker Nov. 6 at the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association Conference at ASU in Tempe. 

Irvin said while voting is up 200 percent for voters in the 18-34 age group, voters in the 65-74 year old age group still vote in much larger numbers than younger people.

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Hopi High students take home awards at state journalism conference

| November 15, 2018
Hopi High students take home awards at state journalism conference

Hopi High School won nine awards at the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association Conference Nov. 6 at Arizona State University in Tempe. 

About 750 students from throughout the state attended the conference. 

Hopi High was the only reservation school to win media awards and was one of the smallest schools represented. 

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‘Dawnland’ documents untold story of Native American child removal in the U.S. See more education news here

| November 7, 2018
‘Dawnland’ documents untold story of Native American child removal in the U.S. See more education news here

“Dawnland,” a documentary which will begin streaming Nov. 6, follows the first government-endorsed truth and reconciliation commission in the U.S. as Maine investigates the devastating “Dawnland,” a documentary which will begin streaming Nov. 6, follows the first government-endorsed truth and reconciliation commission in the U.S. as Maine investigates the devastating impacts of Native American child removal.

“Dawnland” is premiering on the PBS series Independent Lens, as part of November Native American Heritage Month programming.

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Impacts of domestic violence on children is serious; positive change is necessary. See more education news here

| October 24, 2018
Impacts of domestic violence on children is serious; positive change is necessary. See more education news here

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness of an issue that affects every community, and a time to commit to doing something to help support and heal victims—especially the youngest victims.

While domestic violence is defined as a pattern of behavior that one person in a relationship uses to control the other, it’s not only those in the relationship that suffer. Children experience domestic violence by seeing it, hearing it and living in constant fear of something happening again. Sometimes violence in the home leads to children being removed from the home and placed in the foster care, system where a team of professionals, as well as their caretakers, may struggle to understand how to help.

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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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