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Local Education Spotlight — Navajo youth, Alyssa Williams, wins Arizona license plate seal design contest. See more local education news here

| August 25, 2020
Local Education Spotlight — Navajo youth, Alyssa Williams, wins Arizona license plate seal design contest. See more local education news here

Flagstaff High School senior Alyssa Williams is just at the beginning of her graphic design career, but already she has notched two big wins — she was part of the pair who won the Vans Custom Culture Contest in 2019, and now her design has won the Code Talker Seal Design Contest that will be featured on an Arizona specialty license plate.

The contest was held in partnership with the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Office on Tribal Relations to design a seal to reflect the historical and unique contributions made by the Code Talkers of many different tribes across the United States.

The Code Talkers Seal Design Committee selected five designs based on artwork and an essay describing how the design honors all Code Talkers and how it has impacted them personally.

Williams’ design won with 61 percent of the 20,565 votes cast.

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Governor Ducey, Arizona Department of Education, Helios Education Foundation, and Arizona State University Launch Virtual Teacher Training Institute to Support Arizona Teachers and Students. See more state education news here

| August 11, 2020
Governor Ducey, Arizona Department of Education, Helios Education Foundation, and Arizona State University Launch Virtual Teacher Training Institute to Support Arizona Teachers and Students. See more state education news here

A new, $7.5 million partnership will help the state’s K-12 teachers deliver quality instruction and support for online and blended learning environments as Arizona grapples with the challenges of starting a school year during a global pandemic.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman, Helios Education Foundation and Arizona State University today announced a collaboration to provide training and professional development for every teacher in Arizona. With financial support from the Governor’s office, the Arizona Department of Education and Helios, ASU Prep Digital’s Arizona Virtual Teacher Institute will provide both group and personal training to help Arizona teachers succeed in delivering online instruction.

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Education Spotlight — FHS’s Emily Musta Receives Fulbright Award. See more local education news

| August 4, 2020
Education Spotlight — FHS’s Emily Musta Receives Fulbright Award. See more local education news

Emily Musta of Flagstaff High School in Flagstaff, Arizona has been selected for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Research (Fulbright DA) Program to New Zealand, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Musta is one of approximately 22 U.S. citizens who will travel to 10 countries around the world in spring 2021 on the Fulbright DA Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership potential.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S government and was created to increase mutual understanding and build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given over 390,000 passionate and accomplished students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to important international problems. The global network of Fulbrighters fosters mutual understanding between the United States and partner nations, advances knowledge across communities, and improves lives around the globe.

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Pandemic Moves Most Arizona Earth Day Events onto Cyberspace — (Flagstaff). See more state education news here

| April 21, 2020
Pandemic Moves Most Arizona Earth Day Events onto Cyberspace — (Flagstaff). See more state education news here

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is coming up this week, but Arizonans and others will not be marking the occasion in the usual way.

The pandemic and social distancing have forced most of the events to go online. But organizers say their original intent – to spur people into action – has not changed.

Sandy Bahr, director at the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club, said despite the changes, people still can connect and take action on climate, clean air and water.

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Navajo Nation Lawsuit — Mormon Church failed to keep child safe from abuse

| January 14, 2019
Navajo Nation Lawsuit — Mormon Church failed to keep child safe from abuse

Another member of the Navajo Nation is suing the Mormon church, saying he was abused in a now-defunct program that sent children into foster care for the school year.

Unlike similar lawsuits, the complaint filed Tuesday in tribal court doesn’t seek changes to the policies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It seeks unspecified monetary damages for decades of alleged emotional harm, including attempted suicide.

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Pulling no punches: 14-year-old girl aspires to be first Navajo boxer to win Olympics

| December 12, 2018
Pulling no punches: 14-year-old girl aspires to be first Navajo boxer to win Olympics

Even with modern technology, it’s nearly impossible to find the homemade boxing gym identified by a tattered wooden sign that reads, “Damon-Bahe Boxing Gym.” …

The modest gym, which was built on a patch of land once dedicated to raising goats, now is dedicated to the Olympic-size dreams of a 14-year-old Navajo girl, Mariah Bahe.

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FTF partners with Arizona tribes to meet the needs of young children

| November 20, 2018
FTF partners with Arizona tribes to meet the needs of young children

Candida Hunter drives thousands of miles every month in her role as Senior Director for Tribal Affairs for First Things First.

Her work takes her across Arizona, sometimes spanning distances from Navajo Nation in the northeast corner to the far southwest corner where the Cocopah Tribe is located or to the southern border of Arizona to meet with Tohono O’odham Nation or Pascua Yaqui Tribe.

Hunter serves as a link between tribal governments and staff, Indian organizations, the general public and FTF staff.

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How a hands-on high school veterinary program is enriching Navajo students

| April 19, 2017
How a hands-on high school veterinary program is enriching Navajo students

Kids don’t learn unless they get a little dirty. That’s the philosophy of the man who runs the career and technical education program at Monument Valley High School in Kayenta, Arizona, where students from the Navajo Nation get hands-on instruction in caring for animals. Special correspondent Lisa Stark of Education Week reports on how the program prepares students for careers, college and more.

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Navajo Nation’s only special-needs school has been praying for a miracle — it’s getting one

| April 11, 2017
Navajo Nation’s only special-needs school has been praying for a miracle — it’s getting one

There’s nothing ordinary about St. Michael’s Association for Special Education. It’s the only special-needs school serving school-aged students on the Navajo Reservation, which covers so much land that if it were a state, it would be the 10th largest in America. The school, a private nonprofit founded by a Catholic nun who also served as a nurse on the reservation, is located in the Navajo Nation’s capital, Window Rock, Arizona. Some of its students travel as far as 200 miles to attend. Some even board overnight during the week.

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Navajo Nation welcomes $45 mil from feds for schools, but say need persists

| January 20, 2016
Navajo Nation welcomes $45 mil from feds for schools, but say need persists

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell delivered $45 million of long overdue construction funds Thursday for two long-neglected schools in the Navajo Nation, the last of 14 schools promised funding there 12 years ago.

The Interior Department had announced last February that money was finally on the way for Cove Day School and Little Singer Community School, but Congress did not approve the funds until last month.

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