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95th Annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial

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Indigenous cultures showcase dance, ornate regalia

A beloved local event, held at Red Rock Park, brings in, from near and far, visitors and locals, bull riders, ropers and wrestlers, dancers, drummers, artists, two parades, and even its own celebrated queen.

A $10 all-access admission ($5 for kids) gets you five days of traditional celebration, as well as romping, riding, festive fun, beginning with a morning junior rodeo on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

The junior rodeo is followed by the Queen’s luncheon at noon, Preview Night at 6 pm, and ladies and junior bull riding.

On Thursday, Aug. 11, the exhibit halls opens at 10 am and the Queen Contest is held. At 7 pm, there’s a...

Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Queens honor uniqueness of Native traditions

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While the rodeo may represent the gritty, rugged side of the Inter-Tribal Ceremonial, the 95th annual event has a glamorous side, too. That is, the Inter-Tribal Ceremonial Queen Pageant, which begins its festivities on Aug. 10. This year, five Native American women who have honored the traditions of their culture and inspired their communities aspire to wear the crown.

“The pageant is an opportunity for these young women to showcase their traditional knowledge of who they are and where they come from,” Fleurette Brown, the 1998 - 90 Miss Indian Ceremonial wrote in a statement. “They honor the uniqueness of the teachings in the Native American traditions.”

No longer the queen...

History-making Haaland lauds Hillary Clinton

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Debra Haaland of Laguna Pueblo attends Dems’ convention

At the end of the Democratic National Convention July 28 in Philadelphia, Chelsea Clinton walked on stage and introduced her mother, Hillary, as “my mother, my hero, and the next president of the United States.”

It was a moment of great historical significance, as the former first lady and secretary of state stepped up to speak to the crowd as the Democratic nominee for president – the first woman to lead a major party for the highest office in the land.

The seminal event was one that affected women all over the country, including one who holds political office around greater McKinley County. Laguna Pueblo’s Debra...

Gallup Council passes marketing recommendation

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‘Gallup. Real. True.’ Brand unique to Gallup, officials say

The Gallup City Council unanimously passed a lodgers tax marketing brand recommendation at the July 26 regular meeting. The approval gives the city a new logo: “Gallup. Real. True.”

The branding options were suggested by the Idea Group of Santa Fe and HK Advertising, also of Santa Fe.

“If you’re not managing your brand, other people do it for you,” James Glover of the Idea Group told council members during a short presentation. “We feel this is a good name brand for Gallup.”

Background-wise, the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce submitted an application to the New Mexico Department of Tourism in...

President Begaye and Vice President Nez sign executive order

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Order mandates sexual harassment training and policy review

TWIN ARROWS, Ariz. — On Aug. 1, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez along with Acting Chief Justice Allen Sloan signed an executive order mandating that all executive and judicial departments review the Navajo Nation Sexual Harassment policy and attend sexual harassment training.

The executive order, which was signed during the Tribal Action Plan Workshop at Twin Arrows Casino and Resort, also stated that directors and managers should respond promptly and effectively to sexual harassment concerns of employees.

“This executive order is something that we need on the Navajo Nation to...

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