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WINDOW ROCK – Attorney General Ethel Branch announced today that Deane Katherine Johnson, the former Office Maintenance Specialist for the Oak Springs Chapter has pled guilty to a charge of Theft from a Tribal Organization, a federal felony offense. In the plea agreement, Ms. Johnson admitted that in her position with the...

Behind bars: Man arrested for allegedly raping teen

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By Babette Herrmann

Sun Editor

An unsuspecting teen became the victim of an alleged rape when she made the fateful decision to hop into Michael Lasiloo’s car July 11.

Lasiloo is currently behind bars at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center. He’s being held on a $15,000 cash only bond.

According to Gallup Police Department Det. Khaera Chee’s arrest warrant report, the 17-year-old teen, noted as “C.L.” in the report as to protect her identity, was going to pick up some “paper” for her mother. Chee said the term “paper” means a “a small amount of heroin.”

Before Chee interviewed C.L., the teen gave GPD Officer Adrian Quetawki an overview of what happened...

‘Enchantment Skateboarding’ turns parking lot into a skaters paradise

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Waiting patiently for the grand opening of skate park

Skateboarding is just one part of growing up as a kid, learning new tricks, showing them off, and hoping to go pro only adds to the excitement.

However, another part of skateboarding is where to skate without getting chased off. Let’s face it, not everyone feels the same about skateboarding, and I remember being told “don’t skate here or there.” So, where is one to go?

About a year ago, the Sun interviewed Jeremy and Cecely Todacheenie, local husband and wife, and both avid skateboarders. Skateboarding since they were kids, they created their own skateboarding company called Enchantment Skateboarding.

Both have...

Navajo Nation Council welcomes community advocates to start the Summer Council Session

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The 23rd Navajo Nation Council welcomed several groups to Window Rock on July 16, many of which spent the last several days traveling many miles by horseback, bicycle, and jogging to take part in the annual tradition to mark the start of the Summer Council Session.

As the groups arrived, over 250 people along with Speaker LoRenzo Bates welcomed the participants to the fairgrounds where each group was provided time to speak to bring awareness to several issues including domestic violence, healthy living, youth advocates, and others.

Council Delegates Walter Phelps, Nelson S. BeGaye, Jonathan Hale, Alton Joe Shepherd, Steven Begay, Dwight Witherspoon, and Otto...

Speaker LoRenzo Bates delivers opening day report

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – On the opening day of the Summer Council Session July 17, Speaker LoRenzo Bates (Nenahnezad, Newcomb, San Juan, Tiis Tsoh Sikaad, Tse’Daa’Kaan, Upper Fruitland) provided a report, which highlighted some of the combined efforts and successes of the Navajo Nation Council in recent months.

Speaker Bates highlighted the recent successful passages of legislations that provide $2.2 million for summer youth employment for all of the Navajo Nation’s 110 chapters, that reformed the Navajo Housing Authority board and confirmed four new board members to address the Nation’s housing issues, and for a legislation that approved a lease agreement with the owners of the...

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