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Lawsuit: Mormon Church failed to keep child safe from abuse

Lawsuit: Mormon Church failed to keep child safe from abuse

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Another member of the Navajo Nation is suing the Mormon church, saying he was abused in a now-defunct program that sent children into foster care for the school year. Unlike similar lawsuits, the complaint filed Tuesday in tribal court doesn’t seek changes to the policies of […]

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Majority Navajo county commission sworn in as history made

Majority Navajo county commission sworn in as history made

MONTICELLO, Utah (AP) — A southeastern Utah county commission is officially majority Native American for the first time after two new Navajo members were sworn in. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Democrats Willie Grayeyes and Kenneth Maryboy took the oath of office Monday in Monticello. That’s the county seat in San […]

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Utah GOP candidate sues after Navajo wins local election

Utah GOP candidate sues after Navajo wins local election

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Republican is suing after losing an election to a Navajo candidate in a southern Utah county dogged by allegations of voter discrimination. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Kelly Laws is asking a judge to overturn Democrat Willie Grayeyes’ victory in the San Juan County commission […]

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Navajo man leading county race in Utah after ballot fight

Navajo man leading county race in Utah after ballot fight

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Navajo man is winning a Utah county commission race where he fought get on the ballot for the first general election after a judge ruled that local voting districts were illegally drawn along racial lines. Votes counted as of Thursday show Democrat Willie Grayeyes […]

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Navajos head to polls in potentially historic county race

Navajos head to polls in potentially historic county race

MONUMENT VALLEY, Utah (AP) — As tribes around the United States fight for increased access to the ballot box , Navajo voters could tip the balance of power in one Utah county in the first general election since a federal judge overturned their voting districts as illegally drawn to minimize Native American […]

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5th lawsuit filed against EPA over 2015 mine waste spill

5th lawsuit filed against EPA over 2015 mine waste spill

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fifth lawsuit has been filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a mine waste spill the agency inadvertently triggered in 2015, polluting rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The lawsuit was filed Aug. 3 in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by 295 […]

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Judge sides with Utah county in Navajo voting rights case

Judge sides with Utah county in Navajo voting rights case

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge is declaring that Utah’s San Juan County has made appropriate reforms after finding its previous political boundaries racially gerrymandered. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Judge Robert Shelby declined Monday to reopen the case in response to concerns from Navajo residents in the state’s […]

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Navajo Code Talker Samuel Tom Holiday dies at age 94

Navajo Code Talker Samuel Tom Holiday dies at age 94

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, died Monday in southern Utah. He was 94. The Spectrum reports Holiday’s granddaughter, Tya Redhouse, says Holiday died in the evening, surrounded by friends and family who traveled to be with him. Holiday, who used his […]

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Navajo judge won’t toss claims of abuse in Mormon program

Navajo judge won’t toss claims of abuse in Mormon program

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Navajo Nation judge is refusing to dismiss lawsuits claiming Native American children were sexually abused while enrolled in a Mormon church foster program. Judge Carol Perry said in the ruling released Thursday the cases should be heard in Navajo court. The allegations were said […]

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