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The Navajo Nation is reiterating its official support for the proposed Bears Ears National Monument despite opposition from some Navajo tribal members in San Juan County, Utah.

At a community event May 18th, Navajo council delegates issued a statement supporting an inter-tribal effort to persuade President Obama to take executive action to create the monument. Delegates said Bears Ears represents an importance piece of Diné history as the birthplace of their leader, Chief Manuelito, and that it faces constant threats, including desecration of cultural sites. 

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The Navajo Nation has sued San Juan County in Utah twice, and won once, over voting rights.  Now San Juan County has filed a counter claim detailing measures in place to assist voters and alleging corruption among the original plaintiffs.  KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press take a look at this unfolding issue.

  • Election results from Mancos and Dolores.
  • Leaders in San Juan County, Utah, are expressing concern about a plan by the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission for redrawing county-commission districts.


  • Navajo leaders and New Mexico Senator Tom Udall are seeking solutions to a funding crisis for the Gallup Detoxification Center.
  • The Montezuma County Fair Board would like to put on a concert before this year’s fair to help promote and fund it.

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A coalition of Native American tribes have come together in an effort to conserve the Bears Ears cultural landscape in southeast Utah. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Ute Mountain Ute Tribe councilwoman Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk about why this place is of special importance to area tribes, why it needs protection, and the effort to create the Bears Ears National Monument.


  • The Town of Dolores will hold an election April 5th even though there may be no contested races for mayor or town trustee.
  • Voters in San Juan County, Utah, will be using existing county-commission districts in the November election rather than new ones mandated by a federal court.

  • Cable TV subscribers in southwest Colorado may finally be getting Denver channels.
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing $86.4 million to the Navajo Housing Authority to help fund affordable housing on the Navajo Nation.

  • The Vice President of the Navajo Nation says native people need to be considered in discussions about transferring federal lands to the states.
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced $2.6 million in grant allocations to Colorado's two Native American tribes for affordable housing.


  • Coalition of environmental groups says it plans to sue over approval of new permits for the Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine.
  • Directors of the Navajo Transitional Energy Company give go-ahead for seeking an ownership interest in the Four Corners Power Plant.


  • Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye declares December 14th through 19th as Suicide Prevention Week.
  • New Mexico is implementing tough new measures to battle DWI crimes.


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