Eight years ago President Clinton visited the Navajo Nation. He spoke about the Navajo Code Talkers, U.S. marines who were used to send unbreakable messages in code during World War II.
For more than 50 years after the Codetalkers were able to communicate with one another over great distances in the Pacific, it is still hard to communicate between many parts of the Navajo Nation itself.
Sedona, AZ – Sedona is a booming resort town that relies heavily on undocumented workers. One of those workers is Juan, who didn't want to use his last name. He sits in the family room of his double wide that overlooks the famous red rocks, while his wife cooks dinner. (AMBY: kitchen sounds) He's a restaurant manager in Sedona. He moved to the United States illegally when he was 15.
All this year, NPR is presenting its series Climate Connections: reports on how people affect climate, and how that changing climate affects people. Every Friday this month, KNAU will bring you local and regional stories on the changing climate here in northern Arizona.
Flagstaff, AZ – Arizona native Roger Clyne has been making music all of his life. He's had several successful bands over the years including The Refreshments and his current band, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. The band is set to play a show in Flagstaff this weekend to promote their latest work. But, Clyne's best-known song isn't on any of his albums...it's on the hit TV show, King of the Hill. Clyne spoke with Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris Kohl about how he got the gig.
Flagstaff, AZ – Deer, elk and antelope footprints surround a popular water hole northeast of Flagstaff. Carl Lutch, a wildlife manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, says that's typical especially this time of year.
AMBY: walking around catchment
Part of his job is to check on man made water holes or "catchments," as they're called, like this one.
LUTCH: They can drink it dry I've had them drink it dry in two weeks when I think it can go a month.
Flagstaff, AZ – Jacoby Ellsbury made his professional baseball debut with the Boston Red Sox this weekend. He's believed to be the first Native American of Navajo descent to ever play in the big leagues. Daniel Kraker reports from KNAU's Indian Country News Bureau.
Flagstaff, AZ – The T-shirt says Bush Lied They Died in big red letters. In smaller print appear the names of more than 3-thousand U-S soldiers who died in Iraq. Flagstaff businessman Dan Frazier created the shirts.
FRAZIER: The whole point was to draw attention to the horrific toll that the war was taking on these young people.