November 12, 1997
Annie Dodge Wauneka, 87, a Navajo Nation leader who won the nation's Freedom Medal for her work against tuberculosis. She won the medal, the United States' highest civilian honor, in the early 1960s for helping bridge traditional Navajo medical practices and modern medicine. Beginning in 1951, Wauneka served nearly three decades on the Navajo Nation Council, the tribe's legislative body.
March 12, 2014 |
FARMINGTON, N.M. - Navajo Code Talkers became legendary for using their native tongue during World War II to transmit messages the enemy could not decipher. To this day, they are celebrated at parades and honored at military events nationwide. They've shaken hands with presidents, and their heroics have been portrayed in a major motion picture. But when they return home to Navajo country, it's often to something less than Hollywood splendor. Some Code Talkers live without electricity or running water.
November 5, 2009 |
This is the land where Larry Gordy was destined to live, until it was made unlivable. The Navajo believe that a person will always be tied to the place where his or her umbilical cord is buried. When Gordy was born in 1968, his father put his in this rust-colored dirt. It was here on the family's ranch on the edge of the Painted Desert that his father dreamed of one day building homes for his children, and of tilling a field where watermelon and corn could grow. But the Gordys were forced to put their dreams on hold.
April 25, 2005 |
The Navajo Nation has forbidden same-sex marriages on its Arizona reservation. The Tribal Council voted unanimously in favor of legislation that recognizes only the union of one man and one woman, and prohibits marriages between close relatives. "Men and women have been created in a sacred manner," delegate Harriet K. Becenti said.
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December 24, 2000 |
The demand, the raw materials and the motivation to mass produce traditional Navajo hogans have been around for some time. But until recently no one had found a way to harness them at once. Now an organization sponsored by Northern Arizona University, working with the Navajo Nation and the U.S. Forest Service, has developed a way to make better hogans--octagonal dwellings often used in ceremonies--and produce a number of spinoff benefits in the process.
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.
December 16, 1993 |
The 200,000-member Navajo Nation has begun holding public hearings across the Four Corners region on a proposal to abandon the term Navajo in favor of the name it has always called itself, Dine . Pronounced "di-nay," the term derives from the group's traditional Athabaskan language and can mean both "people of the Earth" and "man." The term Navajo has no clear meaning and was bestowed by the Spanish when they claimed control over the 17 million acres that is now Navajo land.
January 28, 1994 |
The Navajo Nation Council on Thursday rebuffed an effort to let members of the tribe decide whether to change its name to Dine. The council decided on a 42-11 vote not to consider the change proposed by Navajo President Peterson Zah. Dine (pronounced dih-NEH) means "the People" in Navajo. Supporters of the name change cite ethnic and cultural identity, since the word Navajo was coined by outsiders.
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February 11, 1994 |
Delphina Yazzie's latest job has taken her far from the forests and grazing lands of her home on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Since Feb. 1, she has been a Red Cross volunteer at a disaster center at Northridge Fashion Center, working 12 hours a day in a tent, filling out paperwork for earthquake victims. The 19-year-old high school student is one of 27 Red Cross volunteers from the reservation in New Mexico.
September 6, 2007 |
A University of Arizona student whose roommate had recently accused her of stealing is suspected of killing the woman during a fight in their dorm room, authorities said in Tucson. Galareka Harrison, 18, will be booked on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Mia Henderson, also 18, university spokesman Johnny Cruz said. Cruz said he did not have any details on the fight between Harrison and Henderson, of the Navajo Nation. He did not say how Henderson died, but university police Sgt.