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PacifiCorp and tribes applaud selection, site access agreement with construction firm Kiewit

Firm tapped to remove four Klamath River dams; Yurok and Karuk Tribes have viewed dam removal and the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement as a means to resolve long-standing environmental justice issues in the Klamath River Basin PacifiCorp has entered into a site access agreement with Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. to allow the firm to conduct

Industry Heroes Honored at Travois Annual Native Housing Conference

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 13, 2019) – Travois, a Certified B Corporation® based in Kansas City, Mo., recognized five outstanding industry professionals and an American Indian tribal entity at a Superhero Awards ceremony on April 11. The consulting firm, continuing 24 years in business and directing more than $1.4 billion of investment in American Indian,

Fuel Excise Tax Helps Pave Navajo Roads

From LinkedIn SHIPROCK, N.M.-The Navajo Division of Transportation (NDOT) is preparing to apply intermixed cement to two miles of Navajo Route 546 (N546) in Shiprock, N.M. Known as Bluff Road, N546 runs along the San Juan River and intersects with Navajo Route 491 which is main thoroughfare in Shiprock. NDOT completed the first phase of

Navajo Nation Hosts Inaugural Sustainability Symposium 2019

Emphasis on sustainability practices as acts of sovereignty and global leadership FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – To be held at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff, AZ, the Office of Navajo Government Development in partnership with Chinle Chapter Government will host the first-ever Navajo Sustainability Symposium from Monday, April 29th through Wednesday, May 1st, 2019. Set

Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant Breaks Ground on World Class Expansion

From Choctaw Casinos DURANT, Okla. (April 25, 2019) – Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma proudly broke ground today on an expansion project at its resort property in Durant, Okla. The number of rooms in the luxury hotel will increase by 1,000 making it a total of more than 1,600, the largest hotel room count in the

Smyrna, Milford linemen bring electricity to Navajo Nation

From: Delaware State News  | By Craig Anderson SMYRNA — For a week straight, First State linemen are helping shine light on the needy Navajo Nation. A four-member Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation crew has worked 12-hour days and heads home Saturday. Hailing from Smyrna and Milford, the public power utility workers joined the pilot Light up

$220 Million Available for Small Businesses to Perform Uranium Mine Cleanup

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Navajo Nation Council leadership commends the announcement by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, and the Environmental Protection Agency to award uranium mine remediation contracts over a five-year period valued at up to $220 million for sites on or near the Navajo Nation. EPA Region 9

Navajo Nation Commends Introduction of Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Navajo Nation Council commends U.S. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Martha McSally (R-AZ), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) for introducing the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act Thursday. The act will resolve the Navajo Nation’s federally reserved water rights claims within the State of Utah with a negotiated settlement. “On behalf of

USDA: Eligibility criteria released for tribal biomass program

From: BIOMASS Magazine, by Erin Voegele The U.S. Forest Service has released eligibility criteria for Indian tribes and Alaska tribal organizations that want to develop demonstration projects to promote biomass energy production under 2017 amendments made to the Tribal Forest Protection Act of 2004. A notice published in the Federal Register on March 27 explains that

Consumer Energy Alliance Announces New Report on Impacts of Increased Production and Infrastructure in Colorado and Utah’s Piceance and Uinta Basins

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), the leading consumer advocate for energy, released a report on “Natural Gas Markets for the Western States and Tribal Nations,” detailing how abundant natural gas resources in the Piceance and Uinta basins of Colorado and Utah can help regional and global communities thrive economically and environmentally — if more production

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Completes Multi-Million Dollar Expansion Project

Ribbon Cutting, VIP Reception and Dave Chappelle Performances Round-Out Grand Opening Celebration (MARICOPA, Ariz. – April 4, 2019) – The Ak-Chin Indian Community and Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, part of Caesars Entertainment and the state’s only tribal casino to have an international management partner, has completed its three year, multi-million dollar expansion project. To celebrate this milestone,

Sycuan’s $260M Hotel and Resort Expansion Opens to the Public

SAN DIEGO, March 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Sycuan Casino Resort announced today that the organization’s $260M hotel and resort expansion is now open to the public. “Just two years ago, we broke ground and committed to becoming the premier gaming destination in San Diego County and today we delivered on that promise,” said Cody J.

Spending bill passed, maintains additional $100 million for tribal housing

Fiscal Year 2019 spending bill maintains additional $100 million for tribal housing that was added last year Congress has passed full-year fiscal year (FY) 2019 appropriations and the President signed the bill into law February 15. The Omnibus spending bill maintains the additional $100 million for tribal housing that was added last year. The bill

Ribbon cutting held for newly built Red Water Clinic

New Red Water Clinic, open for business as of February 4, is part of the Choctaw Tribal health care system The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians held a ribbon cutting ceremony on February 1 for the new Red Water Clinic. The ceremony, held 16 months after the groundbreaking, featured remarks by Tribal Chief Phyliss J.

Change Labs co-working hub means business for Navajo Nation

Businesses Change Labs will help key to Navajo Nation’s long-term job growth and prosperity, says Navajo President Nez On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, over 40 community members and small business owners from across the Navajo and Hopi reservations gathered in the To’Nanees’Dizi Local Government building to weigh in on what services, equipment, and amenities they’d

SPS+ Architects complete concept for the American Indian Veterans Memorial

“The hummingbird is widespread in many tribal stories – a storykeeper. They are spiritual messengers associated with joy, healing, and harmony. It is with purpose the location of the Memorial is at the underside of the ‘bird’s wing’ to further symbolize peace and healing” SPS+ Architects recently completed conceptual design for the American Indian Veterans

Native Network and Microsoft to deliver broadband to rural communities in Montana and Washington

The partnership will provide reliable internet access to approximately 73,500 unserved people, including local tribal communities REDMOND, WA (November 8, 2018) — On Thursday, Native Network and Microsoft Corp. announced a new agreement to provide broadband internet access to approximately 73,500 unserved people in rural communities in Washington and Montana. The partnership is part of

Navajo Nation Council grants township new authorities to pursue economic opportunities

WINDOW ROCK – On the fourth day of the Fall Council Session, the Navajo Nation Council voted 16-3 to approve Legislation No. 0226-18, which seeks to authorize the Kayenta Township Commission to form wholly owned entities and to extend sovereign immunity and allow the township commission to waive such immunity to the wholly owned entities.

Diné Development Corporation contributes $350,000 to the Navajo Nation

WINDOW ROCK – At the start of Wednesday’s Budget and Finance Committee meeting, Diné Development Corporation CEO Austin Tsosie presented $350,000 to the Navajo Nation, a dividend payment that will be distributed between the Navajo Nation’s General Fund and the Business and Industrial Development Fund. The dividend payment is the third such payment issued by

Construction in Indian Country comes to the Arizona Valley for its 15th National Conference

TEMPE, AZ. (October 4, 2018) ‒ Workshops, a trade show, and a keynote speech moderated by the editor of a prominent Native American newspaper highlight the Construction in Indian Country (CIIC) 2018 National Conference Nov. 7-9 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler, Arizona. Celebrating 15 years of emphasizing methods of achieving

NTUA and General Services improve Internet Services to all Tribal Offices

FORT DEFIANCE, AZ – The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority and the Navajo Nation Division of General Services are proud to announce a partnership that will significantly improve the internet/broadband services for tribal offices throughout the Navajo Nation. For years, the Navajo Nation government faced considerable challenges with broadband and telecommunications infrastructure, thereby creating a digital


From ETD INC.  “From 1944 to 1986, nearly 30 million tons of uranium ore were extracted from Navajo lands under leases with the Navajo Nation.” Abandoned Uranium Mine Funding Sources From 1944 to 1986, many Navajo people were employed at local uranium mines. Oftentimes, these workers lived and raised families near the mines and mills

Native-Owned Engineering Firm Received DOE Approval as Energy Service Company

Rock Gap Engineering is the first and only American Indian-owned firm in ESCO listing Albuquerque, NM – December 2016 – Rock Gap Engineering, an engineering consulting and construction firm, announced that it was recognized as the first and currently the only Native American energy service company (ESCO) approved by the U.S. Department of Energy. ESCOs develop, design, build, and


PROJECT: The Navajo Nation Capital Projects Management Department (NNCPMD) of the Division of Community Development hereby issues this COST PROPOSAL for a Master Growth Plan for the community of Navajo, New Mexico located within Red Lake #18 Chapter. The project site is located 19 miles North of Window Rock, Arizona on Indian Route 12. This

Indian Affairs Announces $74.2 Million in Funding for Design-Build Contracts for Two New School Buildings

Photo Credit: Blackwater Community School website CONSTRUCTING NEW SCHOOLS WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURAL VALUES WASHINGTON – Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Mac Lean Sweeney announced the Blackwater Community School, located within the Gila River Indian Community in Coolidge, Ariz., will receive $30.1 million dollars, and the Quileute Tribe will receive $44.1 million dollars

Four Corners AISES Professional Chapter Announces Officers and STEM Talk Program

WINDOW ROCK — The Four Corners AISES Professional Chapter, a newly formed professional chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) for the Four Corners region, recently elected officers and announced a professional Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) talk program. Four Corners AISES selected Sam Woods, a consultant, as President, Joni Tallbull, a

Navajo Nation celebrates the groundbreaking of the Twin Arrows Travel Center

LEUPP, Ariz. – On Thursday, Navajo Nation Council members attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Twin Arrows Travel Center, which will be constructed northeast of the roundabout at Exit 219 on Interstate 40, located approximately 24-miles east of Flagstaff. In July 2016, the Navajo Nation Council passed legislation to adopt the Síhasin Fund Twin Arrows

Assistant Secretary Sweeney Signs MOU with The Commerce Department and the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association on AIANTA’s 20th Anniversary


Assistant Secretary Tara Mac Lean Sweeney Announces 2018 NABDI Grants Awarded To 12 American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes Totaling $400,000

WASHINGTON – Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Tara Mac Lean Sweeney announced today that the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) has awarded business development grants totaling $400,000 to 12 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes. The awards from IEED’s Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI) Feasibility Study Program will enable

NTU and CCSD open first early college school academy with Bond Wilson Technical Center

Kirtland, NM – On August 31, 2018, officials from Navajo Technical University and Central Consolidated School District (CCSD) were excited to host the grand opening of Bond Wilson Technical Center, the first early college high school academy in the state of New Mexico. High School students from Shiprock, Newcomb, and Kirtland participate in dual-credit courses

NTEC Opens Application Period for $200,000 Community Benefit Fund

FARMINGTON, N.M. –Navajo Transitional Energy Company opened the application period for the Community Benefit Fund (CBF) on Monday, August 27, 2018. The fund is designed to help community projects. “We are proud to open the application period for our Community Benefit Fund. We want to help quality projects that will benefit the Navajo people and

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska announces Carter Lake gaming facility projected to open late October

(Carter Lake, Iowa) – The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska today announced the name of the gaming facility being built on their sovereign land in Carter Lake, Iowa. Prairie Flower Casino is projected to open in late October 2018, and represents the completion of the first phase of the Prairie Flower Casino. Plans to grow the

Navajo Nation celebrates the expansion of its largest solar energy project

KAYENTA, Ariz. – On Thursday, Council Delegate Alton Joe Shepherd (Jeddito, Cornfields, Ganado, Kin Dah Lichíí, Steamboat) spoke on behalf of the 23rd Navajo Nation Council at the groundbreaking celebration for the Kayenta Solar Facility II, located approximately five-miles north of the community of Kayenta. The Kayenta Solar Facility II is the second phase to

Navajo Families receive new housing to replace homes lost in Asaayi Lake Fire

NASCHITTI, N.M.– On Tuesday, Council Delegate Steven Begay (Coyote Canyon, Mexican Springs, Naschitti, Tohatchi, Bahastl’a’a’) had the honor of presenting the key to a new home to 84-year-old Emma Roanhorse, a lifelong resident of the Naschitti community who lost her home in the Asaayi Lake Fire in 2014, which burned over 14,000 acres. Speaker LoRenzo

FBO: Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Oil & Gas Leases

Solicitation Number: 140A0318Q0113 Notice Type: Combined Synopsis/Solicitation Synopsis: Added: Aug 09, 2018 5:41 pm This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotes are being requested and a written solicitation will

Cultural survey by tribes for Enbridge pipeline could be largest effort of its kind

By MIKE HUGHLETT , STAR TRIBUNE July 28, 2018 – 9:57 PM Enbridge’s hotly contested new oil pipeline is slated to cross land claimed by indigenous people for thousands of years. But not before Indian tribes have completed an archaeological survey of the pipeline route, the largest effort of its kind in Minnesota and maybe

AIANTA Celebrates 20 Years of Tribal Tourism Growth at Southwest Conference

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— July 26, 2018 — In 1998, a group of tribal tourism operators and those interested in tapping into the industry met to find a mechanism to grow tourism among tribal communities in a way that honored tradition and values. The grass-roots effort, initially fostered by the New Mexico Indian Tourism Association with funding

Navajo Nation Council Delegate and Arizona Congressman meet with abandoned uranium mine community members

TACHEE/BLUE GAP, Ariz. – Council Delegate Kee Allen Begay, Jr., who represents the community of Tachee/Blue Gap on the 23rd Navajo Nation Council, invited US Congressman Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) to tour the Claim 28 abandoned uranium site on Tuesday, which is located approximately five-miles northeast of Tachee/Blue Gap Chapter. For decades, nearly 30 million tons


Sacaton, Arizona – In harmony with the vision of our forefathers, the Gila River Indian Community established Gila River Health Care to care for its people. Many years later, the Community is proud to announce the opening of its’ newest healthcare facility, Hau’pal (Red Tail Hawk) Health Center on August 1, 2018. The new facility

Construction In Indian Country – SAVE THE DATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 31, 2018 Save the Date for the Inaugural Construction in Indian Country Achievement Awards! Thursday, November 8, 2018 | Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Chandler, AZ The Construction in Indian Country Conference will feature an awards program to highlight and recognize outstanding Native American owned firms, construction completed in Indian

Construction In Indian Country – Call for Session Proposals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 27, 2018   Construction in Indian Country Announce Call for Session Proposals TEMPE, AZ‒ Construction in Indian Country (CIIC) National Conference invites session proposals on all areas of construction practice, research and of allied fields. Proposals submitted will be for sessions and workshops offered at this year’s CIIC Conference. In following

Tribal, gaming officials break ground on new Convention Center

From CHEROKEE ONE FEATHER By SCOTT MCKIE B.P. The previous expansion at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in 2013 was dubbed a “masterpiece”, and now tribal and gaming officials of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are expanding the canvas and adding more amenities to the property. Ground was broken on the morning of Tuesday, June

NHA Board of Commissioners Hire New CEO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 18, 2018 NHA Board of Commissioners hire new CEO, Craig Dougall   WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Today the Navajo Housing Authority (NHA), announced that its Board of Commissioners have selected and appointed Mr. Craig Dougall as its new Chief Executive Officer. “It is our pleasure to announce Mr. Craig Dougall to take the

Department of Energy Issues $2 Billion Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program Solicitation

WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued the first loan guarantee solicitation for the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program (TELGP) under DOE’s Loan Programs Office. This solicitation provides as much as $2 billion in partial loan guarantees to support economic opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native communities through energy development projects

2018 Tribal Planning and Western Planner Conference

Building Partnerships Through Understanding Cooperation and Consultation The Tribal Planning Interest Group of APA, the American Planning Association, and the Western Planning Resources/The Western Planner are co-hosting this conference being held Aug. 5-8 in Fort Hall, Idaho. As an added bonus, this conference is being held in conjunction with the 2018 Shoshone-Bannock Festival, Rodeo, Pow-Wow

Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project Tour

GALLUP, N.M. – The Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission hosted community members and chapter officials to the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project (Project) tour. On Friday June 29, the group toured the Tohlakai Pumping Plant and visited pipeline construction sites.   The Water Rights Commission is working to educate the people about Navajo water rights and

Construction In Indian Country – National Conference on Gila River

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2018   Construction in Indian Country Hosting its National Conference on Gila River November 7-9, 2018 – Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Chandler, AZ Tempe, AZ – This year, Construction in Indian Country (CIIC) will host its annual National Conference in Chandler, Arizona on November 7-9, at the Gila River Wild

Navajo Indian Irrigation Project Negotiation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 19, 2018   Navajo Indian Irrigation Project Negotiation Subcommittee continues to advocate for the completion of NIIP FARMINGTON, N.M. – On Friday, the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project Negotiation Subcommittee received reports from Navajo Agricultural Products Industry management, which included discussions on the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act of 2016,

Navajo Small Business Connects Families to Renewable Energy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 7, 2018 Navajo Small Business Connects Families to Renewable Energy CAMERON, Ariz. – Navajo business owner Dory Peters is eager to bring clean energy solutions to the Navajo Nation. Last week his company, Big Navajo Energy installed solar-wind generators for a Navajo family in Cameron Chapter who had lived without mainline