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NATURE: ‘Navajo Nation reconsiders ban on genetic research’

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Nature Reported  When the Navajo Nation opens its first oncology centre next year in Tuba City, Arizona, clinicians there may be able to offer a service that has been banned on tribal lands for 15 years: analyzing the DNA of Navajo tribe members to guide treatments and study the genetic roots of disease. That’s because…

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Phx New Times: ‘Longtime Native Health Staffer Out After Sex Abuse Allegations Surface’

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Dennis Huff, the longtime head of behavioral health services at Native Health of Phoenix — which primarily serves the urban Native American community — has left the organization amid allegations of sexual abuse of students at St. Catherine’s Indian School in Santa Fe during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Last month, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe included a…

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NAVAJO NATION SENDS CONDOLENCES TO LAS VEGAS SHOOTING VICTIMS AND FAMILIES

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WINDOW ROCK — President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez offer their condolences to the family of Lisa Romero, a discipline secretary at Miyamura High School in Gallup, N.M., who was killed during the shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, Oct. 1. “Words cannot express our depth of sorrow for this senseless tragedy,” President…

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New Homes in the Works for Navajo Nation

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Navajo Nation officials and residents have expressed trepidation about the housing shortages throughout the reservation. As a result, new efforts are underway to restore the reputation of the biggest American Indian public housing authority in the nation. Per the Sante Fe New Mexican, the CFO is resigning after a mutual decision was made by new…

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Navajo Nation eyes possible purchases of Colorado ranchland considered sacred

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation has created a committee to look into buying Colorado ranchland that’s home to cattle, bison and two mountains the tribe considers sacred. The price tag for the property — roughly 26 square miles on the Wolf Springs and Boyer ranches in south-central Colorado — is $23 million. The…

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Navajo Nation Member, Bitsóí, Appointed as Chief Diversity Officer

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According to Stony Brook University, LeManuel “Lee” Bitsóí, EdM, EdD is taking on the role as Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY.. In this role, LeManuel will work closely with the University Council. This isn’t Bitsóí’s first stint at the university. In 2014, he was appointed as the Director…

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Representatives of Navajo Nation Aim to Do Away with the AG’s Authority in Fiscal Matters 

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According to the Navajo Times, Attorney General Ethel Branch is at risk of losing her authority to make final rulings in local financial matters. Seth Damon, chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee sponsored a new bill which was passed in a recent Law and Order Committee conference. Branch recently delivered a memo voicing her…

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