THE KAYENTA Community Wellness Page 5 TODAY THE NEWSPAPER OF THE KAYENTA TOWNSHIP AND COMMUNITY A Free Publication from the Kayenta Township Page 9 New KTC Commissioners FEBRUARY 2010 WWW.KAYENTATOWNSHIP.NET Students Reflect On Their Township Takes Inventory of Its Ongoing Capital Improvement Projects Visit to Kayenta By Malcolm Benally KAYENTA, AZ – One of the main points to be considered in Navajo communi- ties today, and on the greater Navajo reservation, is to ask the question: how much does the average citizen examine his-or-herself within the broader social make-up of mainstream America? While it is an important question to be asked and answered once one enters the aca- demic field, on the reservation we come across dilapidated signs, stray animal populations, communities littered with trash, and upon further study, the inquir- ing mind will learn that the public service sector reports about the Navajo Nation is backlogged at least ten to thirty years. As By Malcolm Benally a Nation, we are behind the times. KAYENTA, AZ – From Sunday, Janu- Recently, a critical essay was Kayenta, one of the first communities on the Navajo Nation to implement a ary 09, 2011 to Saturday, January 15, circulated on Facebook entitled “An Idea local tax and operate as a municipal government. 2011, students from various disciplines, of American Indian Land Justice: Exam- the catch-words in Indian law: land res- reports that in in terms of its service all part of a student organization college ining Native Land Liberation in the New toration, land liberation, and tribal sover- delivery it is twenty to thirty years behind. Alternative Spring Break visited the Progressive Area,” by Richard Faith- eignty. If you read a report on education, it is community of Kayenta to do commu- ful. He has been a long-time supporter The article was compelling enough about ten to thirty years behind. If you nity service work with the staff at the and the essay on American Indian Land to use some of the arguments in the book to read a report on education, it is about Kayenta Recreation Center. The names Justice is a close reading and constructivediscuss the positioning Kayenta Township ten to twenty years behind. Then, as of the students who came on the trip critique of contemporary political phi- Commission has inherited up to this time far as Public Safety goes, the Navajo are: Lindsey Stirek, Anna Kropornicka, losopher and economist Amartya Sen’s as the first municipal government on the Nation communities are so far behind Vivian Chou, Kelsey Anderson, and landmark book “The Idea of Justice.” Navajo Nation. It begs to ask the question: that the towns that actually have jails; Lee Replogle. The community of Kayenta, which is “Are we, as Dine people, willing to judge most of the bigger towns on the Navajo Recreation Leaders and Kayenta known for and has received accolades for ourselves, as well as our principles, institu- reservation have been condemned. Yet, Township Staff, Pete Gilmore and becoming one of the first communities on tions, and conduct in relation to our ideas the Kayenta community is transcending Joann Begay guided five female stu- the Navajo Nation to implement a local of justice?” If you read a general report to those numbers in its favor. dents and one male student the whole tax and operate as a municipal govern- Congress from Indian Health Services over week as they volunteered their time at ment, is a perfect study in the delivery oftime, the Navajo Nation I.H.S. usually Continued on page 4 the Kayenta Community School, Kay- enta Intermediate School, the Kayenta Animal Shelter, and the students even Public Works Sets Up Secondary Oil Containment attended the Navajo Nation Presidential By Malcolm Benally vehicles and have it stored at the Kayenta Inauguration in Window Rock, Arizona Transfer station. on January 11, 2011. A part of their Kayenta, AZ – The Kayenta Township The Kayenta Township Public trip was also planned to experience Public Works Department and Transfer Works had to partner with local busi- the rugged country by re-exploring Station recently purchased a 5,000 gallon nesses Native Sun Materials who pro- Clara Breinheimer Arch located some- tank to receive used oil for recycling in the vided concrete and a mixer for the project. where just northeast of Kayenta, AZ, community. To comply with Environmen- Southwest Concrete provided supplies to in hopes of redefining the trail, but due tal Protection Agency standards, a transfer do the work. The mission of the Kayenta to inclement weather and tough sand station is required to build a secondary Township to support this project is to dune roads, their first attempt with containment structure to contain 110% protect the public and the environment former Commissioner Richard Mike of oil being stored. This means also that from exposure to contamination caused by was marred by getting their V-8 4 X 4 people who change their oil at home or improper treatment, storage, and disposal vehicle stuck in the sand. However, away from a lube and oil shop can now of used oil. Continued on page 8 bring in the oil they extract from their Continued on page 6 2 Town Managers Message As we have entered into a new Other prospective projects calendar year, I would like to congratu- include the paving of the 3.4 mile Bus late the new Kayenta Township Com- Route and Comb Ridge Road, as we missioners, Mr. Andre Cordero and Mr. hope to improve road conditions for resi- Rodger Grey, who were sworn into office dential as well as commercial reasons. on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, by Navajo Realizing that we cannot do everything at Nation Supreme Court Chief Justice, once, we have had meetings to prioritize the Honorable Herb Yazzie, in Window from a list of potential projects. Rock, AZ. While the Business Site Leasing I would also like to express my Committee is still searching for a new sincere appreciation to outgoing com- member to fill the vacancy created by the missioners, Mr. Richard P. Mike and Ms. untimely passing of Ken Whitehair, we Alyce M. Yazzie, for the many years of have been asked to make certain changes service they have provided to the Kay- regarding the fee structure. These sug- enta Township. gestions are being considered in order to Election of officers of the new develop positive relationships with the commission is slated for Monday, Feb- business community. Hygi Waetermans - Kayenta Town Manager ruary 14, in conjunction with the next We have also been approached Regular Monthly Commission Meeting. with various funding requests in con- Kayenta Township Commission A number of changes can be expected to nection with the annual Fourth of July P.O. Box 1490 Kayenta, AZ 86033 Phone (928) 697-8451 take place during 2011 and into 2012, as festivities. No firm commitments have Andre Cordero, Chairperson more than two thirds of our current fiscal been made, at this point, and we would Andre Cordero is Ta’neeszhah’nii, the Tangled clan born for Nakaii Dine’e, year is behind us and certain amend- like to gather input from the township Mexican people. His grandparents are Ashiihi, Salt clan and his maternal ments are in order. residents stating what you would like to grandparents are Anglo. His mother’s name is Sarah Louise Rocha and At the present time, the township see as part of this annual event. Meetings his father is the late Andre Cordero. As a graduate of Monument Valley High School, he obtained a political science degree in Political Science has initiated a hiring freeze to assess our of the Commission are generally open from Arizona State University. work force in comparison to our work to the public, and your suggestions are load. We foresee a revision in our pay welcome. Carol Todecheene, Vice-Chair scale and a potential re-classification Carol Todecheene, a life long resident of Kayenta, AZ, is one of the In legal news, I would like to elected Kayenta Township Commissioners. She was born in Gouldings, of certain positions. The creation of a report that the long-standing law suit Utah. Carol is Dził Natohnii Tachii’nii, Mountain Tobacco Red Streak Run- Human Resources Department has been against the Kayenta Township and the ning Into Water clan born for Todichii’nii, the Bitter Water clan. Her mater- debated, and budgetary considerations Navajo Nation, arising from a fatal car nal grandparents are Bit’ahnii, Within His Cover people. Her paternal grandparents are Kinyaa’aanii, Towering House people. will dictate, in part, how the township accident in 2006 was dismissed on Janu- will proceed. ary 6, 2011, by District Court Judge Jen- Delores Greyeyes, Secretary/Treasurer In the final analysis, the goal is nifer D. Benally, due to lack of subject Delores Greyeyes, originally from Black Mesa, AZ, is one of the elected to improve the efficiency of our opera- matter jurisdiction. Kayenta Township Commissioners. She is Bitter Water born for Near To tions and to be more responsive to cus- Also, in an unrelated legal Water, her maternal grandparents are Ashiihi, the Salt Clan. The Bit’ahnii, Within His Cover people are her maternal grandparents. tomer concerns. In an effort to make the proceeding, the Navajo Nation Of- township a more desirable place for new fice of Hearings and Appeals’ Hearing businesses to relocate, we are mindful of Office Karen Benally granted the Kay- the need to beef up our infrastructure. enta Township’s motion to dismiss the Helen Bonnaha, Commissioner Helen Bonnaha is Bit’ahnii, Within His Cover people born for To that end, we submitted a funding petition for injunctive relief brought by Tsénahabiłnii, Sleeping Rock clan. Her maternal grandparents are Tł’izi application to the ACA (Arizona Com- plaintiffs Sam Sullivan, Jr. et al. vs. Kay- Láni, the Many Goats. Kinyaa’aanii, the Towering House people are her merce Authority), formerly known as enta Township Commission and Show paternal grandparents. She has been a life long resident of Kayenta, AZ. the Arizona Department of Commerce, Low Construction. The Order of Dis- seeking funding for the installation of missal was issued on January 28, 2011, a new sewer line along the east side of in Window Rock, AZ. Rodger Grey, Commissioner Highway 163 and south of the Kay- As I am experiencing my first Rodger Grey has been a resident of Kayenta, AZ for over 35 years. He was enta Mobile Home Park. Yesterday, we winter season in Kayenta, I realize that raised within the Dennehotso and Lukachukai area. He is Nakaii Dine’e, Mexican clan born for the Kinyaa’aanii, the Towering House people. His received electronic notification that our this is not the part of Arizona where paternal grandparents are Bitah’nii, Within His Cover clan and his mater- application was approved in the amount “snowbirds” seek refuge from the cold. nal grandparents are Anglo. of $75,000. ACA informed us that they On the other hand, we have been com- received 75 applications and approved paratively fortunate not to be subjected only 21, including the Kayenta Township to the type of weather extremes seen Commission. While this may seem like in other parts of the country. With that an insignificant amount of money, please, in mind: stay warm, stay safe and stay keep in mind that much larger munici- healthy. palities, such as the City of Flagstaff, re- ceived only $80,000. Additional funding Mitakuye owasin applications will be submitted to various (To all my Relatives) grantor agencies in the coming weeks and months. Hygi Waetermans 3 Kayenta Veterans Organization Secures Non-Profit Status, Invites U.S. President Barack Obama to Award Medal of Honor for Local U.S. Army Veteran Jasper Lake By Malcolm Benally Six medals were awarded to Native KAYENTA, AZ – The Kayenta Veterans Americans during World War II, and Organization Corporation, a new non- three during the Korean War. profit agency with a 501c3 status, has Much of the Kayenta Veterans several goals in place that they feel will Organization’s work in the year 2010 fall into place easily if Kayenta Monu- was working with the Navajo Nation ment Valley High School alumni and Council and the President’s office mak- U.S. Army Veteran Jasper Lake receives ing frequent trips to Window Rock. “To his Medal of Honor from the U.S. Con- begin with, once a Navajo Veteran is gress in the near future. “Right now, we honorably discharged from any of the are lobbying on behalf of Jasper Lake. Armed Services, the Navajo Nation Our next goal is to find the monies to should be able to designate at least one lobby at the State and Federal levels,” (1) acre of land to the Veteran,” contin- says Rick Gray Wednesday night at ues Veterans Organization Commander the Kayenta Chapter meeting. Jasper Rick Gray. When the organization goes Lake’s story is an odyssey, so much so to the Navajo Nation, the State and that it is his own Platoon that nominated Federal level, they are lobbying for (in him for the Medal of Honor while he order of priority) : 1) A building for the was in the Middle East. Kayenta Veterans Organization Corpo- Jasper Lake, an Army Veteran, ration; 2) A Public Library; 3) to turn who served in Iraq for three years, is the old Kayenta Clinic into a Veteran’s a graduate of Monument Valley High Hospital with VA doctors, VA Nurses, School Class of 2001. He is 27 years and VA Counselors once the new Kay- old. At a Kayenta Community recogni- enta Alternative Rural Hospital is built; tion ceremony and dinner held at the 4) and Veterans’ Housing. Monument Valley High School Student The biggest need at this time, although Activity Center Auditorium on Decem- the Kayenta Veterans Organization is ber 18, 2010, Specialist Jasper Lake of Jasper Lake, an Army Veteran, who served in Iraq for three years, is a gradu- fully operation as a non-profit corpora- the U.S. Armey 73rd Engineer Company ate of Monument Valley High School Class of 2001. tion, is money to travel back and forth was awarded the Bronze Star (placed on to the Arizona State Capital in Phoenix, as a badge for Specialist Jasper Lake by on as a badge by Rodger Grey), U.S. The U.S. Congressional Medal AZ, to the Federal offices in Washington Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly), Army Commendation Medal (placed by of Honor is usually awarded by the D.C., and to the Navajo Nation offices Purple Heart (placed Paulson Bronston), the Fedility Medal, President of the United States. Ac- in Window Rock. National Defense Medal (placed by T.C. cording to the Resolution, and to the Tso), a Medal for the Iraqi Campaign Kayenta Veterans Organization, the (placed by Jonathan Nez), a Medal for Kayenta community is extending an Iraqi Freedom (placed by Peter Hewey), open invitation for President Barack and his U.S. Army Mechanic and Driver Obama to come to Kayenta to present Badge (placed by Larry Nobel). the medal to Specialist Jasper Lake. Jasper’s niece Gailene Bitsuie, According to Wikipedia on the Inter- 26, took time from her own schedule net, the Congressional Medal of Honor to work on securing Specialist Jasper was established by the Joint Resolution Lake’s award as well as continuing to of Congress in 1862 under then U.S. advocate for his United States Congres- President Abraham Lincoln. A Medal of sional Medal of Honor. With the help Honor is is the highest award for valor and support of the Kayenta Veterans Or- in action against an enemy force which ganization, on January 07, 2011, Presi- can be bestowed upon an individual dent Joe Shirley Jr., signed into law by serving in the Armed Services of the Resolution of the Navajo Nation Coun- United States.” Since then, there have cil CJA-01-11, which reads: “Relat- been 3,454 soldiers in the armed ser- ing to Human Services; supporting the vices who have received the Medal of recommendation of awarding Specialist Honor. 85 of them are still living, and Jasper Lake the United States Congres- 19 soldiers have received the Medal of sional Medal of Honor for his wartime Honor twice. actions during Operation Enduring Twenty-two (22) Medals of Freedom and in defense of his fellow Honor have been awarded to Native soldiers in the 73rd Engineer Company, Americans, mostly during the Ameri- 1st Brigade (SBCT), 25th Infantry Divi- can Indian campaigns in the West in sion (L) and the United States Army, the late 1870s and 1880s. In fact in a the United States of America and the bit of a shocker, ten of fifteen Medal of Navajo Nation.” The lobbying for the Honors were awarded to Apache Scouts award continues at the state level with who showed “Gallant conduct dur- U.S. Representative and Democrat Ann ing campaigns and engagements with Kirkpatrick’s office. the Apache Indians (against their own people!).” 4 Continued from page 1 Richard Faithful argues in his In the year 2009, the Kayenta Unified essay that when one encumbers upon School District #27, Monument Valley the practice of law for individuals or High School announced that it had 11 communities, American Indian law Millennium Gates Scholars, the most on points to five values which must be ad- the Navajo reservation, and five Chief dressed: 1) need; 2) happiness; 3) ma- Manuelito Scholars. However, within terial security; 4) non-exploitation; and the community, other indicators sug- 5) non-discrimination. Each value is an gest there is a significant sector of youth equal part of the justice formula,” writes still rebelling against the community Richard Faithful. In the past three hierarch by putting up graffiti on public years, beginning in 2009, the Kayenta property, juvenile delinquency, alcohol Township Commission has aggressively related mischief all points to a popula- worked to define its community needs tion of youngsters still feeling dissatis- through a five to ten year strategic plan. fied by community norms. In that time, the Finance Department, Richard Mike, former Com- possibly based on these tight focus missioner discussed points made in the groups, overcame a huge obstacle by article about ideas of justice, and he reorganizing its entire accounting sys- said, “You have to have money in your tem and its audit schedule is now up to First Lady Martha and Ben Shelly, Navajo President chat with Kayenta hands, to be able to talk about justice. date. Now, you can look at the Kayenta Town Manager Hygi Waetermans at the 2011 Inauguration. What have Navajos, much less most Township organization chart and easily tor’s Office, Probation, KayentaBe- of the population. Closing these gaps is Native Americans, what have we ever recognize how its yearly budget is set havioral Health, the contractors, and not just a question of policy, it’s also a done with the experience of having up each fiscal period. The Kayenta community leaders, Peacemaker Court, question of our values,” he said. money?” Nothing, he says. That is why Township is now in a position to use its the new Kayenta District Multipurpose During the campaign season in the Kayenta Township has always advo- strategic planning narratives to apply Justice Center will feature a culturally 2010, the Navajo Nation seemed fraught cated for a Master 99-year Business Site for Capital Improvement Grants with its sensitive Kayenta District Multipurpose with change as Navajo Nation Presi- Leasing, which would give value to the best positioning ever. Justice Center that appropriates Navajo dential hopefuls cited the benefits of property of business owners and home The essay succinctly lays down culture and traditional values in bring- working with, and making amendments, site lease holders. “Imagine someone the values and goals underlying tribal ing to the community a sense of justice to Title XVIII of the Navajo Nation who lives on five-acres in Kayenta who sovereignty, and attempts to bring in and/or “restorative justice.” Code that deals with natural resources can sell one and a half acres of land for a discussion of ways to improve on American Indian Law Scholars on the Navajo reservation. The Navajo $250,000 so someone can set up a trailer community development. Recently, the Amartya Sen and Robert Odai Porter Nation Council had made new Amend- there? A Native American person has major players in developing the Kayenta argue that it is precisely a community ments to Title XVIII allowing most never had that kind of an experience, so- District Multipurpose Justice Center or a people’s “access or opportunity for Chapter communities to have the ability the idea of freedom and justice is really through a grant from the Bureau of justice” that makes room for growth and to sit at the table and have a voice with skewered at this point,” Commissioner Justice – American Recovery Reinvest- development possible. corporations and special interest groups Mike says. “Now days, it is really sad ment Act discussed restorative justice Recently on December 10, during the approval, negotiations, and because we have a student just out of treatment components that will reflect 2010, after years and perhaps decades of development of natural resources. Then high school working at Burger King. the design and architecture of the new advocacy by human rights activists at all in a major step back, outgoing Navajo Once the Mustangs are playing the Tuba facility. “We are not in the market to levels of government, President Barack Nation President Joe Shirley, Jr. vetoed City Warriors, he’s going to abandon build human warehouses,” said one of Obama signed and endorsed the UN the promising legislation. In a January his job, take his last check and enjoy a the general contractors. Thus, with the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous 11, 2001 press release from the Presi- good time for one night. It’s just sad the involvement of over 30-people, includ- People. This declaration is valuable to dent’s office published in the Navajo concept our dependence on government ing the Town Manager, Lieutenant Navajo communities because it recog- Hopi Observer states, “The legislation handouts has created,” he says. Thinn, Kayenta District Court, Prosecu nizes the rights of indigenous, and by would have given chapters power to extension, the rights of Navajo people disapprove the use and development of who want to preserve their culture, resources even if that was in the best property, and self-determination which interest of the Navajo Nation,” he said. means that an effected community that “That would impact the government’s must give up natural resources for the ability to acquire property and funds for greater good must first give “free, prior, the benefit of the entire Nation,” he said. and informed consent” to any outside Time will tell how each Na- corporation, government, or special vajo chapter communities will become interest. stakeholders in their own development. Furthermore, the release of Many, like the Shonto Chapter, Ramah more than $210 million to enhance the Chapter, and Nahat’a Dziil Chapters are Kayenta Detention Facility to build the looking into forming their own alterna- Kayenta Alternative Hospital (scheduled tive forms of government once they to begin moving dirt in April 2011), and become certified as a Local Govern- ARRA funding to improve rural roads ment and begin to implement their own is more than any sitting United States plans for development and accounting President has ever done for the town of systems. The Kayenta Township looks Kayenta. During a recent press confer- forward to working with the President ence, President Barack Obama spoke Ben Shelly and Vice President Rex directly to Native America, “We know Lee Jim, the honorable Navajo Nation that Native Americans die of illness like Council Delegate Katherine Benally and diabetes, pneumonia, flu - even tubercu- the 24-member standing Navajo Nation losis – at far higher rates than the rest Council. 5 Kayenta Recreation Center Staff Look to a Future Of Community Wellness By Malcolm Benally say the retreat was “awesome” and that KAYENTA, AZ – The month of Janu- they definitely came away compelled ary, the new year, seemed potent with to engage their communities with the new opportunities for the Kayenta Rec- ideas they shared with other tribes and reation Center, as the recreation center Nations who participated. hosted six students from the University As an ice-breaker to the actual of Chicago at Urbana-Champagne for retreat, the fellowship participants first one week to do volunteer work, the Ra- got to know their new “community” by diation Exposure Compensation Act In- means of teleconference calls and doing tern Public Outreach Forum on January several homework exercises on-line. Joann Begay, Recreation Leader gives a history of Kayenta Commu- 18, 2011 went successfully with over This part of the learning community is nity at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, AZ. 150 participants, and then its two main also an ongoing part of the fellowship, These participants all participate tains, and through this powerful poetry employees and Recreation Leaders, which is scheduled to last one year. in one way or another in community and journey song, sings blessings for Joann Begay and Pete Gilmore, went Two more one week retreats are sched- projects that are already in place. For wellness into “old age and happiness.” on a retreat under the auspices of the uled in the near future; one to be held in example, each summer Joann and Pete Both Joann and Pete said that everyone Healthy Native Communities Fellow- Shiprock, NM from June 18-24, 2011 have been actively helping to organize was very moved by the presentation. ship at the Franciscan Renewal Center and another in Washington, D.C. from in the Kayenta Community for the In essence, during this presenta- from January 24 to 28th, 2011. October 23-28, 2011. “Honoring Our Elders Elder Fest”, the tion, Pete sang a song for the travels of This particular retreat was Sixteen teams with 42 individuals com- Just Move It 5K Walk and Fun Run, 16 teams and its 42 individual the first session of the Healthy Native prises all the fellowship participants and Walking Together For A Healthier Na- participants who came from these Communities Fellowship, a program of these teams come from parts of Arizona, tion, raising awareness against domes- respective places throughout the United Healthy Native Communities Partner- Alaska, Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, tic violence, and various Health Fairs, States: Ha:San Team from ship which was established in col- North Dakota, and South Dakota. The which are all events that are held at Sells, AZ, HeSapa Helpers from Rapid laboration and partnership with Indian participants all come from a cross-sec- the Kayenta Recreation Center, among City, SD, Mi Hank Mi Vo: ja “Walk In A Health Service and the National Health tion of the professional sector such as other notable events. Some of the Good Way” from Peach Promotion Initiative. At the beginning public health, schools, clinicians, health events are also Native campaigns which Springs, AZ, Northern Cheyenne Boys of the fellowship program, the Co-co- care, community development, law en- are sponsored by Health Native Com- and Girls Club from Lame Deer, MT, ordinators Marge Bluehorse-Anderson forcement, elected/grassroots leadership munities throughout the country, like the Northwest Artic from and Tina Tso, with the Healthy Native and community and social levels. Just Move It series. Kotzebue, Alaska, Princess Warriors Communities-Shiprock Office sent Pete From its inception in 2003, On Tuesday evening, Pete and from Anchorage, AK, SHARE-Strength, and Joann a formal letter congratulating National Health Promotion Initiative Joann, as the Kayenta Recreation Center Hope, Awareness, Respect, them for their being chosen as a “team” members shared their vision for healthy Outreach Team were chosen to do the Education from Polacca, AZ, Team for the fellowship: Kayenta Recre- Native communities in the year 2014. closing of the day’s events. Their clos- HOPE from Dulce, NM, Three Affili- ation Center Outreach Team. “You will To achieve those goals, they agreed ing presentation required them to share ated Tribes Healthy Communities experience and practice new skills, gain to focus on: 1) building a network of something from their Navajo culture from New Town, ND, Tohono O’odham knowledge and expertise in engaging community leaders modeling strengths, and traditions. Their presentation was Nation from Sells, AZ, Up Town War- community members in community resources and abilities; 2) create in front of all 42-members who gathered riors from Chicago, IL, We Care from transformation towards wellness,” partnerships that gives each participant in a circle. Joann talked about the com- Agency Village, SD, WOW-Working they wrote. “These new learning(s) community a sense of ownership and munity of Kayenta and its support of on Wellness Team from Tucson, Alaska, are applicable to a variety of issues feel like they are in charge of their own Mustangs sports. Joann explained how and Aberbeen and priorities facing Indian communi- destiny; 3) increase community par- for most sports, sometimes the whole I.H.S Areas, Yavapais Against Sub- ties – whether it is diabetes prevention, ticipation so that people of all ages are town basically shuts down so they can stance Abuse Coalition from Fountain physical activity promotion, or Native more active – walking, running, biking travel to state championship tourna- Hills, AZ, and Zia Sun from Zia language/culture preservation … you so that long term the community may ments for Volleyball, Basketball, and Pueblo, NM. will be encouraged to take “risks” and see changes in health disparity rates; Football. She talked about how com- The Kayenta Recreation Center “stretch” your images and perceptions and 4) build on community capacity so munity involvement revolves around features a state of the art outside Chil- of yourselves and the communities you that the children can learn at a young the Mustangs, and is even inclusive of dren’s playground, walking trails, a partner with.” Both Pete and Joann age what “healthy” means to them. other communities like Shonto, Kaibeto, Skatepark, basketball courts, a gym, a Black Mesa, Forest Lake, Dennehotso, weight room, library, wi-fi internet ac- Chilchinbeto, and Rough Rock. One cess, a baseball/softball will learn today, that in the early 1950s, field, and park style picnic gazebos. these areas which are now communities During the business week, the center is themselves, was considered as the Kay- open from 9:00 am to 9:00 enta Service Unit by the Indian Health Monday through Thursday. On Friday, Services. Many from these surrounding the center is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. communities are proud alumni to the On weekends, the Mustang legacy. Kayenta Recreation Center is open for Joann and Pete wore Mustang t- rentals to the public for events just by shirts as a display of their community as filing out a facility use they explained the community’s history. Agreement, paying a small fee ranging Afterwards, Pete got up quietly and in price from $150 to $700 (depending told everyone that he was going to sing on the event your planning), and you Pete Gilmore, Recreation Leader, talks to a crowd of 42 participants a “Journey Song” in which the Navajo must have your own liability insurance. during Healthy Native Communities retreat in Scottsdale, AZ. travels to the Four Sacred Moun 6 Denver Nash surveys excavated area before work begins. Cement is laid down December 01, 2010 begin construction Continued from page 1 One of the most positive reasons to have The Public Works employees Denver a used oil program are two-fold: 1) Nash, Scott Benson, Tyson Yazzie, Fred used oil can be re-refined as lubricating Nelson, Rodger, Zonnie, and Boaz Blair oil, used a clean fuel, and reprocessed to began work on the project and started create many petroleum based products. excavation for the structure on De- Recycling it saves this non-renewable cember 01, 2010. Fred Nelson, Heavy resource for future use; and 2) one gal- Equipment Operator, worked on exca- lon of used oil can be re-refined into vating and preparing the worksite for 2.5 quarts of lubricating oil. It takes 42 construction. The slab of concrete, once gallons of crude oil to produce the same it was laid out was scheduled to take a amount. week to form. “We are all excited to do The Kayenta Township and the work. I took pictures to document Transfer Station Yard will implement a the whole process,” said Scott Benson. used oil collection fee for $0.50 cents a However, due to freezing tem- gallon, $2.50 for 5 gallons, $10.00 for peratures and inclement weather, the 20 gallons, etc. Oil will be accepted in Secondary Containment Structure is Ready with Safety Ballards in Place. project has had to halt construction until containers approve for waste oil. You the second week of February. This gave can unload your waste oil at the used oil time for the Kayenta Unified School collection site beginning in March 2011 District to provide heavy equipment that when all the safety precautions are in can help lay down the 5,000 gallon tank. place for public safety. “Now that the tank is up, the The time schedule for the used public can bring their oil change oil oil site will be as follows, Monday extract and dump it here,” Scott Benson through Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 says. “Once the 5000 gallon tank fills pm daily. And on Saturday, it will be up, it will be taken away to be disposed from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Staff mem- of properly,” Scott said. The Kayenta bers will have training in handling used Township Used Oil Collection Site, oil, and protective equipment will be will be at the Transfer Station at the available for our staff members. North Lot, with a Secured Concrete Mesa Environmental, a division of Mesa Containment pad to locate our Large Oil will be the contractor to pick the Collection Container which will be set used oil on a timely scheduled basis. up on the pad, and develop a practice to safe guard this area, and customers can Setting 5,000 gallon tank in Secondary Containment Structure. unload their used oil safely. Left to Right: Boaz Blair, Pearl Manygoats, Denver Nash, Rodger Zonnie, and Fred Nelson 5,000 gallon tank fits right in place during first attempt. 7 NAU Student Presents a Spring Break Join The Fight Against Domestic Violence Community Challenge to Clean Up By Rebecca Joe On Wednesday, March 23, include a crisis hotline, intervention- prevention, outreach, talking circles, and By Jalen Redhair they only stay at home for a short period 2011 at the Kayenta Recreation Center, community presentations/trainings. Kayenta is a small town that is globally of time and return back to the comforts Tohdenasshai Shelter Home will be The Tohdenasshai Shelter Home recognized by tourist who flock to this of city life. partnering up with the Kayenta Health served 76 adults, 117 children and area to visit the majestic Monument We can change this negative Education Department and the Kayenta received 229 crisis calls on our 24-hour Valley, made famous by the numerous image by volunteering and supporting Community Recreation Center to host toll-free hotline from January 2010 John Ford western films. Kayenta also the “Kayenta Community Clean Up” on a Spring Health Fair. The focus of the through December 2010. During the carries deeper meaning to the families March 15, 16, & 17. Meeting times will health fair will be the medical costs, same time, staff provided educational and community members who call this be held from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and the impacts of domestic violence, AND and outreach services such as infor- place “home”. We are very privileged to 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Tuesday will focus how departments/agencies respond to mation booths, presentations, talking live in one of the most beautiful areas on the residential areas, such as: mobile victim(s) of domestic violence. circles, and trainings. on earth, being surrounded by gorgeous home parks, Navajo Housing Authority, Did you know that: Battery is The shelter would like to invite rock formations, stoic mesas, and breath Sandstone Estates, Wetherill Heights, the #1 cause of injury to women, and the public to participate in the events taking valleys. Kayenta Community School hous- the # 1 cause for their homelessness? planned for the upcoming months. Sadly, the current condition ing, Kayenta School District housing, Did you know that: The annual medical Come show your support to help end of the Kayenta environment does not Indian Health Service housing, and sur- cost of domestic violence is over $44 domestic violence/sexual assault in our reflect this beauty nor is there an ap- rounding homes, including sidewalks. million a year? Did you know that: The local and surrounding communities. preciation of this privilege. Kayenta is Wednesday we will target the flea mar- impacts of domestic violence for victims Take the time to acknowledge those our home and should be treated as such, ket, business areas, such as: gas stations, can be long term, such as in the case of who are working directly with which means we are responsible for hotels, Bashas shopping center, Navajo brain injuries, psychological trauma, individuals and/or families affected by keeping our home clean and present- Arts & Crafts, and restaurants. On the and/or fatality? such violence, such as the Police De- able. last day, Thursday, will be dedicated to In April 2011, the Tohdenasshai partment, Clinic/ER/Counseling staff, As Native Americans we are the primary, community, intermediate, Shelter Home is in the planning stage Social Services, District Court, Prosecu- truly a part of a struggling race that middle, and high schools, as well as the to host the 1st Annual Sexual Assault tor’s Office, and many more. understands and appreciates the concept Indian Health Service clinic, NTUA, Awareness Walk in Kayenta. More de- Remember, silence is deadly. of earth. This attitude toward nature is and churches. tails are to be announced at a later date. No one (children, women, men, elders) evident in our songs and prayers, our Sponsors of this project in- The Tohdenasshai Shelter Home deserves to be abused. dances and ceremonies, our rich and clude Navajo Sanitation, Navajo Solid is in its 29th year of service as one of For more information, you may contact colorful traditions and culture. Visi- Waste Management, Kayenta Township, two shelters located on the Navajo Res- Tohdenasshai Shelter Home staff at tors that travel from far and away have Monument Valley High School Na- ervation which serves a large portion of (928) 697-3635 a difficult time perceiving this attitude tional Honor Society, and the Northern the northern area. The shelter operates or write to: PO Box 1510, Kayenta, AZ because they perceive scattered trash, Arizona student organization “Connect- 24 hours a day, year round. Services 86033. neglected dogs, and graffiti. We are ing Higher Education Indigenously.” better than this, and we need to show it. They will be providing volunteers, Our ancestors and past leaders fought waste materials, trash bags, gloves, and and died for our home and endured bottles of water. More sponsors are still historical traumas like the “Long Walk” being contacted and more materials will and Kit Carson’s Scorched Earth policy. be donated since this project will be an The Navajo are truly blessed to be one important event for the Kayenta com- of the few tribes to reclaim their sacred munity. homeland within the four sacred moun- Please come out and take an tains. active role in keeping our community Growing up we are told to clean and beautiful. Let’s rise up togeth- acquire an education through sacrifice, er and show our friends and family who diligence, and determination, in order are off the reservation that their home to graduate from an institution of higher is clean and welcoming. Make a dif- education. Next, we are instructed to ference and honor our elders, medicine return home and use our knowledge and men, and those who came before us by skills towards the benefit of our people. volunteering our time and energy. The However, it is my personal opinion that Kayenta Community Clean Up will be our returning students, graduates, and a positive and enlightening experience soldiers are shamed at the condition if we stay organized, work together, and their “home” has become. As a result support one another. 8 Continued from page 1 as family and took it upon themselves to However, perhaps at another Alternative see that we got the cultural immersion Spring Break, the same undertaking can we were so hoping for. The kindness be explored once again. shown by Joann (Begay), Pete (Gilm- For the Kayenta Today, they were ore), Richard (Mike), and all the other asked to write a few words on the last hosts we were lucky to work with this is night of their trek to reflect on their ex- rare and exceptional. periences. Because they have travelled Our volunteer activities in- a long ways to see the people here in the cluded painting and stocking inventory Southwest, the Kayenta Today felt their at the local animal shelter, as well as constructive criticism and insight into helping out in elementary school class- area activities were important, perpet- rooms. We were thoroughly impressed “I really had no idea what to expect had the time of my life and will never ual, and that yes, “we all need to work by the hard work and dedication Dr. when I signed up for this trip to Kayen- forget Kayenta or its people.” together and communicate.” Thank you Begay demonstrated towards improv- ta. Now, after one week with the people - Kelsey Anderson again students from the University of Il- ing the community’s animal control, of the community and reservation, I can “First, this was a great experience linois! It was an honor to make a home and can only hope that her program is say that this is one of the best experienc- for everyone who came on this trip and away from home for you. Their words further funded and supported. es of my life! From the overwhelming none are likely to forget it. We learned are printed here, but edited for space: Our experiences in the class- kindness and welcome we received on a lot about Navajo culture from our ex- An international student from China, room were likewise pleasant; all the the first night, to the nine of us gathered periences and will be bringing this new Vivian wrote her short reply in Chinese children we worked with were recep- in the Hampton Inn playing a Navajo knowledge to our own communities. characters and then wrote a translation tive and excited to have us around for card game together, the generosity of Second, Joanne and Pete were the of her words into English: “I’m Viv- help. While I feel that our volunteer spirit and friendliness that has surround- best possible hosts for this trip. De- ian from China, this time I attended the activities were certainly enjoyable, ed us is incredible. The reservation, spite the general lack of communica- Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip to what we gained the most from this trip Kayenta, Monument Valley; the land tion between Township and ASB, they the Navajo, and I spent an incredibly was a thorough education about Navajo and sights are incredible. I can’t wait to were able to pull together new things to wonderful week here. First, I was learn- culture. Our visit to the Navajo Nation show my family and friends the awe- do each day. I feel it might have gone ing a lot of American culture (for me as Inauguration allowed us to get a glimpse some, breathtaking sites we saw. even smoother if we had been working a Chinese) and, of course, the Native of traditional song, dance, and entertain- I can’t believe how lucky I directly with the rec. center and thereby American culture. And I was surprised ment, as well as the Nation’s political am to have gotten this opportunity to skipping the middleman effect. about what Indian American has done scene. interact with the Navajo and physical Third, our volunteering was limited to the world. Second, I’ve been to a lot We learned a great deal about environment in a way that few have. and not what we initially had discussed, of amazing places when doing volunteer ancient cultures by visiting the museums The generosity and large hearts of the yet it was some of the best and most work. I felt the incredible power that and ruins at Monument Valley and Na- people of Kayenta is a rare and unique rewarding volunteering we have done. the nature has. Last, what’s the most vajo National Monument. Perhaps the treasure, especially to the community. Working with Dr. Begay on painting the it’s that the people here really make me most exciting day of our trip involved Few people are as welcoming and kind animal shelter was both fun and reward- feel warm inside. I felt the friendly, an off-roading trip in the sand dunes, as the citizens of Kayenta have been to ing. We felt that we finished an im- generous, honest personalities that from which we gained an appreciation us. portant and time sensitive project for a Navajo people own. It was definitely for the unique beauty of Kayenta’s land- Over the last week, we have place that direly needs extra help. Also, an amazing experience in my life that I scape. developed a close knit family, one that working with the kids at the Intermedi- will never forget! Thank you, Navajo. Throughout our busy schedule, I do not want to leave and am sad that ate school was great and it brought us Thank you, Navajo people.” we accomplished and learned a surpris- I have to leave so soon. Joann, Pete, closer to what we had planned for our - Vivian Chou ing amount, but our greatest accom- Tommy, Bunno, and Richard have been original trip. plishment of all was bonding with all utterly outstanding in their kindness and Fourth, the cultural experiences “The past week in Kayenta has the amazing people we were fortunate open arms they have shown to us. From we gained were broad and fascinating. been filled with both volunteerism and enough to meet. We are thankful to going to the Inauguration and seeing a Many of us feel that this has only added incredible learning experiences. What these people for such a great week and Pow-Wow to driving through the sand to our interest. The visits to various started off as a loosely planned last- hope that we will be able to return to dunes trying to find Clara’s Arch to driv- landscape sights was beautiful and the minute trip turned into one of the most Kayenta in the future.” - ing through Monument Valley … every trip to Window Rock was something we memorable weeks of my life. The com- single day was a dream. can never forget. For most of the group munity in Kayenta welcomed our group -Alexandria Lesicko What made our stay even better it was their first Pow-Wow experience was getting the opportunity to help the and for me, I felt I was a part of Ameri- community. Volunteering at the animal can Indian history-in-the-making as I shelter and elementary school was so watched the Inauguration.| much fun it really opened my eyes to Fifth, although we didn’t get to the need for animal clinics, adoption do much work with RECA, I am in centers and the inner workings and dif- contact with the director of “Return of ficulties of elementary schools. Navajo Boy” and will be working to One more thing that has made bring it to University of Illinois [sic]. It this trip amazing is the exposure to the would have been nice to do more with Navajo culture and traditions. As an the RECA event, especially since we anthropology student, I found this fas- donated $200 to the event, but I am glad cinating and loved learning as much as to have made a new connection between I could. I had absolutely no idea about the Navajo reservation and U of I. the traditions and beliefs of the Navajo! Overall, this was an amaz- I can’t wait to tell my family and friends ing cultural experience for all of us about the cool cultural aspects I learned and we will be sure to bring back and saw. I thank everyone for this what we have learned to U of I.” amazing week and experience. I have – Lindsey Stirek, Site Facilitator, ASB 9 “This is the very last night we are eager to help and engaged in learning “After arriving during a snow Anasazi, who spent many years calling spending in Kayenta, AZ and I cannot activities they were. They are truly storm in Kayenta Arizona after a 20- the land between the four scared moun- believe the experience we have had, it wonderful children. hour drive, we were uncertain as to what tains home. reels surreal. Each day I have texted Dr. Begay and Frank (Ramsey) from was in store for us during the upcoming While we were not learning my mom the following: “You are go- the Animal Shelter are truly inspira- week. A knock on the window alerted directly about Navajo culture, we spent ing to be so jealous!” Joanne and Pete tional people. Being pre-vet myself, I our attention, and the smiling face many hours working on volunteer proj- have been the BEST tour guides, their was so pleased to see their incredible, of Joan immediately assured us of a ects around Kayenta. We succeeded in hospitality has been overwhelming. Ev- hard work, and dedication to both the wonderful upcoming week. Shortly after painting rooms at the Kayenta veteri- erything we have see thanks to Joanne animals and people of the area. We Pete arrived and it became clear that nary office with anti-microbial paint, and Pete has been phenomenal. I cannot hope the Township continues to support they had worked hard to establish places helping ensure the health of animals thank them both enough between driv- their efforts. We must learn to respect for us to stay. The places we resided in being evaluated and operated upon. We ing to different areas and seeing ancient not only each other but all beings. This were not affiliated with the Navajo gov- also were able to work with children at Anasazi ruins, nothing could have put is also a wonderful lesson to teach in the ernment, and were in residents’ homes. local schools, where we met enthusi- a damper on this week. In fact, getting community!! This experience alone paralleled that of astic faculty such as Mr. Whiley who stuck in the sand was actually a lot of The other members of the communi- many others, and reflected strongly on were selflessly committed to the highest fun! This allowed us all to bond and ty were also all nothing less of extraor- the generosity and kindness of many degree towards the children and their work as a team. Off-roading was amaz- dinary! Tommy Yazzie, Richard Mike, Navajo in Kayenta. happiness. ing! among others were extremely kind and During our trip, we journeyed Taken together as a whole, I wish, however, that we could have we thank them from the bottom of our from the depths of Monument Valley to the experience acquired in the Navajo volunteered more; and helped out more hearts for taking time from their sched- the Presidential Inauguration in Window Nation will never be forgotten, and I in the community. I believe that the ules to show us the beautiful area. I Rock. This gave us a great glimpse of will definitely be returning in the future lack of volunteer work had to do with was floored by the areas rich culture and the intricacies inherent in Navajo cul- with my family. Aside from the natural poor communication between Township scenery. ture, as well as the passion and love for beauty and the kindness of the people, and ASB. Having said that, I believe Pat (Billy) was so accommodating the land exhibited by many Navajo. In I feel the depth of culture is essential Joanne made the best of a somewhat and so wonderful for taking 6 of us in addition, we experienced the beautiful to share with those in my life. I would minute situation and has, again, been the even though her hot water was out; we works of art produced by Navajo artisan like to thank again Pete and Joan as best tour guide we could have asked for. had an amazingly cozy trip. Her sug- hands, as well as the Code Talkers hon- well as all the others who made this a The area is amazing! Having lived gestion of the Inauguration in Window orable deeds that were so deeply rooted truly remarkable experience.” in Illinois the majority of my life, I was Rock was wonderful! The Pow-Wow in courage and bravery. We also learned shocked and in awe of the canyons, was such an awesome experience! It much about the ancient people known as - Lee Replogle color, sand dunes, and wild horses. was my first, but will NOT be my last! The school was a treat to volunteer Oh behalf of the University of Illinois at! I worked primarily with ESS and at Urbana-Champaign ASB, I thank loved my experience. The kids (Mrs. Kayenta, AZ for their accommodations, Weiss’ class) were wonderful! I was kind people, and fantastic stories that we especially touched by how helpful and can share with our own communities.” kind the kids were. As well as how – Anna Kropornicka Rodger Grey: New Township Commissioner 3. What is one of the most interesting memories you have experienced or 5. Now that you are a Commissioner, what are some of the important issues By Malcolm Benally specialize in Electronic and Electri- are aware of - that has taken place in that you would like to work on? What KAYENTA, AZ – In the 2010 election cal; the same in the Industrial field. My Kayenta? are some of the changes you would like year, we have two new Commissioners personal interests are rebuilding old I remember the NHA Houses being to see happen in the community? who were elected to serve a four year cars and trucks; and I am cattle rancher, built; old Warren Trading Post being I would like to see plans for the new term from January 12, 2011 when they whenever time permits. dismantled; Peabody Western Coal Co. hospital a success; to work on utiliz- were sworn into office at Navajo Nation 2. What do you think is the most Trailer Park; our first new high school ing the full usage of our Airport; KTC Inauguration in Window Rock, Arizona. intriguing thing about Kayenta, what being built; and tourist traveling through should not be viewed as a full contribu- Since then, they have attended a special makes the town of Kayenta interesting our town to Canyon de Chelly, Grand tor to local clubs/organization without work session and their first meeting for you? Canyon, Monument Valley, Navajo financial documentations to reflect regular monthly meeting will be held I have made Kayenta my home now for National Monument, etc . I remember self-sustainability. It is easy to say what February 14, 2011 at the Kayenta Town over thirty-five years. Kayenta is not Kayenta not having enough accommo- types of changes need to happen but Hall. near a border or railroad town to which dations for these travelers. changes in our community is a commu- one might consider it primitive to the 4. How did you decide to run for Com- nity effort, not everyone in our commu- 1. Please give me a little introduction outside world just because Kayenta is missioner, and why? nity see things the same way. I will be about yourself, your education, profes- located over one hundred miles from I am aware of KTC meetings where I attentive to issues as they arise through- sion, and personal interests. these early urbanized reservation towns, felt either the commissioners or KTC out my term and will use my best judg- I was born at the VCA Mine in Monu- like Window Rock or Tuba City. Kayen- staff need help from diverse educated ments for each outcome; the bottom line ment Valley; my childhood upbring- ta is like a young candidate, it is a small and experienced supporter to help make is we need to work as a community. ing took place within the vicinity of developing town with fresh and enthusi- informed and précise decisions; I am Dennehotso and Lukachukai while I astic ideas for growth. I am proud to be a supporter for Kayenta Township to attended about four BIA schools until I a resident of Kayenta, it’s the first com- become a prosperous City. I am not in graduated from Coconino High School munity on the Navajo Nation to become competition nor am I trying to build in the early 70’s. I am an Alumnus and a Township and I am passionate to take self-prestige, but to make use of my member of the first graduating class of part in directing it into a Municipal City expertise and my management capabili- Devry University. Before my graduation for the future; it makes me wonder what ties to help Kayenta Township grow in in December of 1975, I was hired and I the Wetherills were thinking as they first the right direction with the best possible am still employed by Peabody Western settled here, to this I like to think that expenditure. Coal Company since January 1976. I they envisioned a city here someday. 10 N.A.T.I.V.E. Central Campus is Slated to Begin Phase One Construction in Late February 2011 By Malcolm Benally According to its master plan in KAYENTA, AZ – All the the N.A.T.I.V.E. background narrative, words, messages, and themes pointed Building 1 (which consists of Phase out in the recent State of the Nation one’s buildings A,B, and C) will accom- address by President Barack Obama modate the following administrative stands out when one considers the and educational programs: 1)Renew- recent decision for the town of Kayenta able Energy/PST Classroom; 2) Media to move forward to begin the first phase TV Production; 3) Medical Services of construction of the N.A.T.I.V.E. lab, Flex Classrooms; 4) Conference campus. It is now scheduled begin the Center/ Meeting rooms; 5) Hospital- fourth week of February 2011. The ity Classroom; 6) Hospitality Student Northeast Arizona Technical Institute Store; 7) IT NOC and closets; 8) Four for Vocational Education campus has Administrative offices and Conference found the necessary monies to cover Rooms; 9) Restrooms, two males and the costs to build buildings A,B, and C two women; and 10) Support Services of the campus, which will complete the space around the administrative offices. northeast corridor of the 12-building(s) Once Phase One of the proj- school complex. ect is complete, funding from outside When addressing the need for resource is more likely and access roads higher education for American citizens, to its school will qualify for priority Obama stated in his State of the Union lists a little bit easier, explained Mr. address “We measure progress by the Gilmore. Funding for Phases Two and success of our people. By the jobs they Three has been requested from Navajo can find and the quality of life these Housing Authority’s NAHASDA funds, jobs offer. By the prospects of a small and N.A.T.I.V.E. District will continue business owner who dreams of turning to receive funding from state taxes to a good idea into a thriving enterprise. complete its central campus in Kayenta. By the opportunities for a better life that Once the N.A.T.I.V.E. Central Campus we pass on to our children. That’s the is complete, the project’s sustainability project the American people want to reports that in the beginning of its first work on together,” he said to uncontrol- three years in operation, it will be able lable applause. And here on the Navajo to host and accommodate 150 students. reservation and even here in K-town, the A conceptual drawing of the N.A.T.I.V.E. complex. The goal is to accommodate a total competition for jobs, although scarce, of 900 students when its operating at has become a reality that has hit home. township, it is reiterated at almost every Corners region is heavy with potential capacity. The mission of the N.A.T.I.V.E. meeting that the private sector is very to grow as a tourism and hospitality in- When the N.A.T.I.V.E. campus, campus project is to “provide qual- important to our economy. “The world dustry, the N.A.T.I.V.E. district leader- Phase One begins construction on Mon- ity industry-driven career and techni- is changing daily, and we need to be ship cites that the ”Four Corners region day, it is estimated 25 employees will be cal education to empower all Native keeping up with that,” she says. which includes the Navajo Nation is in a working full time to set the foundation students with skills and knowledge to N.A.T.I.V.E. was formed in trained workforce shortage crisis.” Cur- and ground work. Afterwards, the con- access opportunities in local, regional, November 2002, became operational in rently, given its satellite sites in eight struction phases is projected to employ and global workforce.” The first phase July 2003 with “district satellite sites” locations, N.A.T.I.V.E. District has no as much as 400 people. of the project will allow administrative set up at Chinle High School, Ganado facilities of its own yet. A N.A.T.I.V.E. and educational space to begin teaching High School, Pinon High School, Mon- District Campus and Administrative some of the school’s core programs in ument Valley High School, Red Mesa Offices located in Kayenta, Arizona will buildings A, B, and C, such as culinary High School, Tuba City High School, be central and accessible to all satellite arts, media-tv production, medical Valley Sanders High School, and Win- sites. sciences, power-structural-technical- dow Rock High School. A board mem- The campus has already negoti- systems, hospitality, and automotive ber is appointed to N.A.T.I.V.E. District ated a building site lease for 25-years technology. from each of the eight satellite sites. with the Kayenta Township, which is Finance Department Director at Its central office is located in Kayenta, a municipal government with “home Kayenta Township, Sylvia Yazzie, says, Arizona. rule delegation” and authority within “It’s true when Obama says we need to While applying for additional the Kayenta community. The town- invest in the young people as they will funding to various foundations and ship allocated 14.9 acres of land for the be our future leaders. The same is true educational programs, the N.A.T.I.V.E. construction of the N.A.T.I.V.E. District here in Kayenta, but at the same time, project highlights two important issues Central Campus. At a January 27, 2011 we need to maintain and sustain our facing the Navajo Nation. One, there meeting with the Kayenta Township, cultural values. Through such programs is a serious, real lack of career training Frankie Gilmore announced that the such as N.A.T.I.V.E., we can become facilities on the Navajo Nation. And N.A.T.I.V.E. board members approved more open to the private sector. We two, those Navajo students who do go $3.4 million to begin construction. FCI must be prepared to have outside inter- away to nearby cities or border towns Contractors, Inc. is the General Con- ests come onto the Navajo reservation, for career training, many of them return tractor and Tim O’Malley, with the and have laws in place for them to abide home without having completed their O’Malley Group, is the Project Man- by. The bottom line is that we cannot training. ager. Meetings with contractors and compromise our sovereignty. People According to N.A.T.I.V.E.’s background engineers are now held weekly. need to respect our government.“ At the narrative, and given that the Four 11 Township Begins Planning For Green Building Program Arizona Commerce Authority Awards By Malcolm Benally On August 9th 2010 during an individual’s carbon footprint by plac- Funds to Rural Organizations the monthly town meeting, the Town- ing necessary and recreational buildings By Kimberly Gale ship Commission adopted the 2006 with limited travel reduces energy con- Arizona Department of Commerce International Building Code (IBC). The sumption on many levels. Multiply by unanimous vote of 4-0-0 established the population and the reoccurrences of Kayenta, AZ - The Arizona Commerce $12.8 million in matched and leveraged the first municipal building code on the this activity is an example of reducing a Authority announced the awarding of funds will result from the Arizona Com- Navajo Nation. The months that fol- person’s carbon footprint or impact on $2 million dollars to 21 rural organiza- merce Authority’s initial funding. lowed adoption of the IBC the Develop- resources consumed to perform a daily tions throughout Arizona via the Rural “We are proud to support such ment Services Department contracted R. task. Economic Development Grant Program. deserving communities in rural Arizona. McCoy Consulting to develop admin- The immediate benefit would be Estimated to create more than 500 full- Most have very limited budgets, and istrative guidelines for a Building & Kayenta is in compliance with section time jobs and 80 part-time jobs, applica- grants such as these help provide as- Safety Department. The new department 410 of ARRA requirements. By adopt- tions were received from 75 organiza- sistance to attract new business devel- is responsible for enforcing a minimum ing of an energy code above the re- tions in just 30 days in response to the opment from other states and provide standard of construction within town- quired criteria and developing a plan to request for proposals. resources for rural communities to seek, ship boundaries. The Building & Safety achieve 90 % compliance by 2017. The retain, and expand existing businesses,” Department was fully established on community does have an ARRA funded Organizations will use their share of the said Don Cardon, President and CEO of December 8th 2010. project beginning in March 2011 and grant money to initiate projects that will the Arizona Commerce Authority. “This Currently the department is has accepted grants funded by ARRA. support economic development through is truly what the ACA is about, creat- working with the project managers of Building green doesn’t necessarily mean job growth and capital investments. ing and retaining jobs in Arizona. We the new detention and N.A.T.I.V.E facil- construction with conceptual material are eager to see the success this funding ities to provide certified building inspec- but obtaining those materials with in “In our quest for economic growth and brings to those communities and our tions and plan reviews. Building permit the region, again to reduce consumption job creation, a statewide approach is state,” added Cardon. documents tracking the construction of energy due to delivery. Hogans with vital in our efforts to advance Arizona,” compliance path will also be provided traditional construction has the thermal said Governor Jan Brewer. “By focusing Grant recipients were selected based upon issuance of a Certificate of Oc- mass to retain energy, but it’s the mois- resources and efforts in our rural com- on a competitive application process, cupancy. The department is also seeking ture and vapor infiltration that weakens munities, we can ensure that business with each application comprehensively entities outside township boundaries to the system. formation and growth stems from every analyzed by a review committee com- provide these services. The incentives the department region of the state, for a well-rounded prised of members of the Arizona Rural The Building and Safety De- can offer could be reduction in permit and inclusive economic engine.” Business Advisory Council. partment has also taken the steps needed cost and some of these projects may also to begin a green building program. qualify to be subsidized by grants. Most The grants, made available from fund- Among the 21grant recipients the Kay- The adoption of the 2010 International utility companies also offer rebates for ing by the American Recovery and enta Township received $75,000 in grant Green Construction Code (IgCC) is on efficient construction and appliances. Reinvestment Act, are designed to give monies to build infrastructure- a sewer the February 14, 2011 town meeting But at this time NTUA has not offered financial assistance to cities, towns, line – 1/3 mile north off of Highway agenda. The IgCC is still under develop- this incentive. They have been advertis- counties, and tribal communities for 163 between Kayenta Family Chiro- ment along with the Township Zoning ing for a Renewable Energy Specialist local economic development efforts. practic and Amigos Café. This prime Ordinance, so at this time the Township (closes 2/11/2011), so maybe a green Additionally, the program encourages business area will potentially become a will be adopting this code on a volun- program is in the early stages of devel- economic development in rural areas by business lease area for a medical supply tary basis. opment. providing organizations with matching and transportation office, an expanding Green Building is a concept The Building and Safety funds to create jobs, manage community business out of Tempe, Arizona. The communities are trying to incorporate Department is directed by Philbert Tso; resources, and develop community mar- grant was spearheaded by the Economic into their General Plan as a sustain- Building Official. Mr. Tso was hired keting strategies that encourage capital Development Department Director at able measure. The depletion of natural June 14th 2010. The knowledge he investment and produce statewide ben- the Kayenta Township. resources and cost to the environment to brings to the township is a combination efits. It is estimated that more than obtain daily comfort is what drives this of being an Arizona licensed General initiative. Having our Zoning Ordinance (B-1) Contractor, Plumbing (C-37R) contain green building practices puts Contractor, and certified Commercial/ us in the category of planned develop- Residential Building Inspector. Before ment for long term sustainability. The township employment Philbert served as final action hearings for the IGCC are a New Mexico State Building Inspector, scheduled for November 2-6, 2011. covering 18,000 square miles of north- Our zoning ordinance is scheduled for western New Mexico also Building and completion in December 2011. Zoning Official for the City of Gallup, The green building program NM. Prior to joining the public sector is not directed only at construction of Philbert was employed by code compli- buildings, but the placement of those ant firms as a contract building inspector buildings within the community. The in Northern California and Southern reduction in Arizona. Navajo Song and Dance Steps Up Its Game This year, the Kayenta Recreation Center is expanding its programs a bit by focusing on bring- Leading up to the Fourth of July Festivities, the District 8 Fourth of July Festivities will include: ing in programs focusing on cultural heritage and finding programs that are centered on its recent venture with the Health Native Communities initiative: healthy lifestyles. Navajo Nation Swingers Sunday, February 27, 2011, Navajo Nation Swingers, 10:30 am to 10:00 pm The District 8, Navajo Song and Dance committee members Melvin Austin, Harry Brown, Della Friday, March 18, 2011, Navajo Nation Swingers, 10:30 am to 10:00 pm Nelson, Martha Most, and the Kayenta Township Public Information Officer met recently in late Friday, March 25, 2011, Navajo Nation Swingers, 10:30 am to 10:00 pm January to discuss the Fourth of July Festivities and its ties to the annual Navajo Song and Friday, April 22, 2011, Navajo Nation Swingers, 10:30 am to 10:00 pm Dance. Saturday, May 28, 2011, Navajo Nation Swingers, 10:30 am to 10:00 pm Sunday, June 11, 2011, Navajo Nation Swingers, 10:30 am to 10:00 pm In order to find as many venues other than just traditional advertising, the Song and Dance Saturday & Sunday, July 2nd & 3rd, 2011, Navajo Nation Swingers, 10:30 am to 10:00 pm committee wants to take a pro-active role in promoting the cultural heritage through host- ing its social song and dance events throughout the year leading up to the Fourth of July. March Events 2011: “Although the song and dance has grown due to the Fourth of July Festivities, these events “Healing the Effects of Domestic Violence Lies in Honesty, Openness, and Support.” For the are held mainly for the children,” says Harry Brown, President. “We are not some big money month of March, the Tohdenasshai Shelter Home, the Kayenta Health Education Department, and machine. But, the children and their families get a lot of enjoyment and education from these the Kayenta Recreation Center will be partnering to host a Spring Health Fair Focus on Medical events,” he says. Costs on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. (Bring Your Own Tables And Chairs To This Event). For more information, call Tohdennashai Shelter Home at (928) 697-3635 or Health The partnerships that the Kayenta Township, Kayenta Chapter, and Kayenta Recreation Center Education (928) 697-4225. have established throughout time have begun to consistently grow from year to year. In order to accommodate all the events, the need to put together a Kayenta Recreation planning For more information on other events happening at the Kayenta Recreation Center, please call: committee is becoming a time sensitive issue. Right now, a “Kayenta Recreation Planning Community Involvement Coordinator Malcolm Benally at (928) 697-8451. Committee” is forming to explore grants to address the most important need at this time: a new multi-purpose, multi-use Kayenta Recreation Center. The Kayenta Recreation Center is open Monday through Thursdays from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Fridays, the center is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. And unless there are public events scheduled, the center is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
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