Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education website

A longtime Navajo Nation lawmaker has resigned, citing health reasons.

Teton County Search and Rescue

Wyoming authorities say a boater found the body of a northern Arizona man in the Snake River 10 days after he was reported missing.

en.wikipedia.org

A settlement agreement filed in U.S. District Court in New Mexico calls for a Paris auction house to return a ceremonial shield to a Native American tribe that considers it sacred.

Under the agreement filed Friday, the EVE auction house is to release the artifact to the U.S. Embassy in Paris for transport to Albuquerque by a federal agent.

nse.org

A high-profile financier who faces federal sex trafficking charges donated $50,000 to the University of Arizona in 2017. That’s according to a report in the Arizona Republic.

The Republic and the Daily Beast website report that Jeffrey Epstein gave the money to the university through his foundation “Gratitude America Limited.” The money was designated for a 2017 Science of Consciousness conference, the Daily Beast reports.

usda.gov

Federal wildland firefighting authorities are increasing mental health resources following an apparent increase in firefighter suicides in recent years.

Officials at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise say it's difficult to track the number of suicides because many federal agencies can't tally fatalities outside of work hours and some families don't want the cause released. But officials say there appears to be a jump in known suicides, so efforts are being boosted to get wildland firefighters help.

U.S. Geological Survey

This Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. In many ways that “one giant leap” onto the Moon started off in one small town in Arizona. Every astronaut who walked on the moon first came to Flagstaff to train, in its lunar-like landscape of volcanoes and craters. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports on Flagstaff’s yearlong celebration of its role in the historic moon landing.

J.N. Choate/Barry Goldwater Collection #GI-44, Arizona Historical Foundation, University Libraries, Arizona State University/Heard Museum

A bipartisan effort in Congress seeks to repeal several archaic federal laws that specifically discriminate against Native Americans. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, many of the outdated statutes were passed more than a century ago. 


Arizona school district officials are considering former school buildings to house migrant families.

NAU Athletics

A Northern Arizona University offensive lineman is being remembered as a tough player and caring teammate.

adelaidechildcare.com

Police in Prescott Valley say they’re investigating numerous reports of child abuse that allegedly happened at a child care center.

They say one arrest has been made in connection with the investigation, but details weren’t immediately released Thursday.

However, the Daily Courier reports an 18-year-old man has been taken into custody for the alleged child abuse of a 3-year-old girl at Gummy Bear Early Learning Center.

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