March 8, 2014 |
FARMINGTON, N.M. - In World War II he served as a Navajo code talker, one of the Marines who became legendary by using their native tongue to transmit messages the enemy could not decipher. Years later, to express its appreciation, the Navajo Nation built Tom Jones Jr. a house. These days the 89-year-old Jones struggles to keep warm during winter because the only heat inside his house emanates from an antique wood stove in the living room. The electricity doesn't work in his bathroom and the floor has worn away, exposing plywood beneath his feet.
December 29, 2013 |
New Mexico has seen celebrations across the state since its highest court 10 days ago unanimously ruled it was unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to same-sex couples. Not so for the sovereign Navajo Nation, whose borders spill over into the northeast part of the state and where tribal law is clear: Such unions are banned. Some Navajo hope to change that, buoyed by the cultural climate shift underscored when the U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Gay marriage is permitted in the District of Columbia and 18 states, the most recent being Utah, although officials there plan to appeal a federal court decision that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
June 23, 2013 |
A career daredevil in a T-shirt and jeans completed a 1,400-foot long high-wire walk across a 1,500-foot tall gorge near the Grand Canyon on Sunday evening in a feat broadcast with a 10-second delay -- just in case. Nik Wallenda's vertiginous feat came little more than a year after he crossed Niagara Falls from the U.S. to Canada on a 2-inch-thick cable, covering a distance of about 1,800 feet at a height of about 180 feet. But on that crossing, he wore a harness -- unlike Sunday. “Literally, when he finished [Niagara Falls]
February 6, 2013 |
It will be a walk, maybe even a lighthearted dance, down the Grammy Awards red carpet, an appearance like no other. Radmilla Cody, a traditional Navajo songstress from Leupp, Ariz., plans to mark her nomination for this weekend's Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles by donning full-on traditional Navajo attire, designed by her aunt, including moccasins made by her late grandmother. Cody received a nomination in December for her album "Shi Keyah: Songs for the People" in the category of best regional roots.
November 28, 2012 |
What would you do with 20 minutes atop a lofty sandstone butte above Lake Powell? Find out on a helicopter hop to the top of Tower Butte , a pinnacle more than 5,000 feet in elevation near Page, Ariz. Papillon/Grand Canyon Scenic Group , which operates sightseeing flights over the Grand Canyon and other spots in the Southwest, will take folks by helicopter to the summit of the flat-topped butte starting in March. There's no easier way to get to the high point of the remote formation that sits on Navajo Nation land just south of the Arizona-Utah border.
January 11, 2012 |
Urban Outfitters Inc. said that Glen T. Senk, its chief executive, has resigned and will be succeeded by co-founder and Chairman Richard Hayne. Shares of the retail company, which operates the Anthropologie, Free People, BHLDN and Urban Outfitters brands, fell as much as 17% to $24.24 in midday trading Wednesday. Senk, 55, joined the company nearly 18 years ago as president of Anthropologie. He became a director in 2004 and chief executive in 2007. He will be leaving to "pursue another opportunity," but will remain with the company temporarily to assist in the transition, the company said in a statement.