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Todacheenie newest Diné College board member

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New member coached Window Rock’s stellar girls basketball team

TSAILE, Ariz. — Sharon Todacheenie is the newest member of the eight-member Board of Regents at Diné College. Todacheenie is an Arizona native and champion of education.

Todacheenie grew up in Cornfields — on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation — and...

Zuni Pueblo ArtWalk features local carvings

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Photos by Cayla Nimmo

Guitarist Derek Miller rocks out with Gary Farmer and The Troublemakers at Gallup show

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Gary Farmer and The Troublemakers came to Gallup and once again brought blues and indigenous music to the Southwest. Performing at the Downtown Gallup Conference Center March 9, Farmer and his fellow musicians brought long-time friend Derek Miller with them to show off the talented guitarist’s shredding skills.

Farmer has toured Gallup numerous times. Miller, who is from the Six Nations tribe in Ontario, is an Aboriginal Canadian singer-songwriter. Farmer says he loves coming back to this area and thought it would be nice to bring Miller with him.

“We love jamming here and bringing our blues music to the area,” Farmer said. “We wanted to introduce Derek and have him jam with...

Diné College speaker: ‘…get back to yesteryear’

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TSAILE, Ariz. — Descendants of Navajos in the Four Corners are continuing the battle to keep their sovereignty alive — a daunting task that at times seems fruitless.

What some see as progress, others see as encroachment as the outside world brings changes to a culture deemed sacred a long time ago. There are those who fear that the unique Navajo culture and heritage could be overrun and lost.

That was the thesis of a 90-minute lecture March 6 by Manley Begay Jr., Ph.D., a tenured professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff whose speech was entitled, “Cultural Resources: Traditional Navajo Thinking on Sovereignty.”

Begay holds advanced degrees from Harvard University...

HERstory honors women’s history month at UNM-Gallup

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March marks Women’s History Month, which highlights women’s contributions to American society, both past and present victories.

Two women, of course, wanted to do more than to celebrate as they began HERstory to shed more light on Women’s History Month at the University of New Mexico Gallup in March 2017.

The two women are HERstory organizers are assistant professors at UNM-Gallup. Dr. Tracy Lassiter, an English professor, and Shirley Heying, an anthropology professor, came up with the idea for the month-long series of events event to highlight women’s contributions and sacrifices to American society.

Heying conveyed the purpose behind the ongoing events at the...

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