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Begaye allocates $6.3 million for Navajo Head Start operations. See more education stories here

| March 7, 2018
Begaye allocates $6.3 million for Navajo Head Start operations. See more education stories here

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said he will approve emergency legislation allocating $6.3 million to ensure Navajo Head Start operations continue.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Feb. 28 denied a preliminary injunction on behalf of Navajo Head Start that requested funding not be reduced from $23 million to $15.8 million.  

The denial states the federal government will provide approximately $15.8 million because Navajo Head Start currently has carryover funds available.

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Winter Solstice Cultural Symposium held at Tuba City School District

| February 28, 2018
Winter Solstice Cultural Symposium held at Tuba City School District

An entire day in the winter school calendar at Tuba City School District is devoted to honoring and learning ways to implement respect, tribal culture, history and tribal language using practical teaching methods. These lessons help implement traditional Native teachings into everyday academic curriculum.

This year’s cultural theme “Naasgoo Nihizaaad doo Nihee’o’ool’jjl bee Aniilzee doo,” which roughly translates to “We nurture our future generation through our language and culture.”

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Tuba City’s Tristan Antonio receives full ride to Bacone College

| February 21, 2018
Tuba City’s Tristan Antonio receives full ride to Bacone College

Tristan Antonio, 18, signed a full ride scholarship with Bacone College to run cross country starting this fall. 

Antonio, a senior at Tuba City High School (TCHS), is the son of Sonya Yazzie and the late Harvey Butler.

Both of Antonio’s parents went to college, but he is the first in his family to get a sports scholarship at the college level.

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STAR School creates solutions for staying cool in off-grid housing. See more education stories here

| February 14, 2018
STAR School creates solutions for staying cool in off-grid housing. See more education stories here

STAR School students recently won $25,000 from Samsung for their solution to cooling needs on the reservation by designing an evaporative cooler bucket that is low-cost and can be used on and off the grid.

Eighth grade science and service project teacher Kylie Morris entered the project in Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow project, which is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) project in which students come up with a STEM solution for a problem in their community.

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Tuba City School District celebrates opening of new elementary school. More education stories here

| February 7, 2018
Tuba City School District celebrates opening of new elementary school. More education stories here

Tuba City Unified School District’s (TCUSD) newest K-5 Elementary digital school has been formally christened with a ribbon cutting and will be in full operation for the 2018 winter semester.

The new Tuba City Elementary school had been under construction for the past 20 months and received its final fire code and internal security clearance in late November 2017.

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Tuba City Primary gives farewell performance, prepares to move to new school. See more education stories here

| January 31, 2018
Tuba City Primary gives farewell performance, prepares to move to new school. See more education stories here

The last public and community student performance was given at the old Tuba City Primary School on Main Street in uptown Tuba City, before the move to a new school after break in January.

The theme was “Holidays in Music.”

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Hopi High media students attend Indian Nations and Tribal Legislative Day in Phoenix

| January 24, 2018
Hopi High media students attend Indian Nations and Tribal Legislative Day in Phoenix

Five Hopi High media students not only attended Indian Nations and Tribal Legislative Day Jan. 10, but were the only students allowed on the floor of the House of Representatives, where they heard speeches by tribal leaders.

In addition to hearing from Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, the students also met with Hopi Chairman Tim Nuvangyaoma, Hopi Vice Chairman Clark Tenakhongva and several Hopi tribal councilmen.

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Tuba City High National Honor Society provides holiday support. See more education stories here

| January 3, 2018
Tuba City High National Honor Society provides holiday support. See more education stories here

Tuba City High National Honor Society (NHS) students give all year to their community by hosting food donation drives, litter pick up and weekly reading tutoring to elementary level students at their local schools.

But this time of the year, the NHS students wanted to focus on their own age group and students who they felt deserved a special hug of holiday recognition by individually donating a gift kit to other students at their high school.

They said it is their hope that they might bring some holiday cheer to students whose parents or guardians might be having financial struggles at home or maybe might not even otherwise get a gift on Christmas day.

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Hopi High Journalism students attend Phoenix Suns Journalism night

| December 13, 2017
Hopi High Journalism students attend Phoenix Suns Journalism night

Six Hopi High media students learned media tips while attending Phoenix Suns Journalism Night Dec. 7 at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The six media students were Gabriel Fredericks, Ellyse Fredericks, Amber Labahe, Aidan Puhuhyesva, Cheree Jean and Hailey Kardell. 

The media students also had a chance to shoot baskets on the Phoenix Suns court for about an hour. Jean and Puhuyesva sank free throws from the foul line. 

Between the afternoon workshop and the evening game, the Hopi High media students toured the Arizona State University Cronkite School of Journalism.

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New K-5 Tuba City digital school to open in December

| December 6, 2017
New K-5 Tuba City digital school to open in December

Tuba City Unified School District’s newest K-5 Primary and Elementary digital school will be christened this month, according to Wayne Nez, Construction Manager for the Tuba City District.

The school has been in construction for the past 20 months and is almost complete.

This school is the first of its kind for any tribal reservation in Northern Arizona, and will use both passive and active solar power as well as the latest in fiber optic technology for its students and staff along the western Navajo reservation.

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