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Coconino National Forest officials say they’ll contribute firewood to local tribes as part of the ongoing Hart Prairie meadow restoration project.


Hopis are voting Thursday to narrow down the list of candidates for tribal chairman.

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Hopi leaders have ordered a reduction in the number of cattle grazing on the reservation. It’s the first phase in a plan to conserve water resources as the tribe continues to experience severe drought. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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A new microgrant program designed to fund increased water access on the Navajo Nation has announced its first group of recipients. A half-dozen grassroots projects will receive support on the reservation where one in three people lack indoor plumbing. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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A Phoenix-based company has withdrawn its applications for two hydro-storage projects on the Little Colorado River. A third such proposal, however, remains in the works despite strong opposition from environmental groups and tribes. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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Hopi law enforcement officials are investigating the death of a man who was swept away by floodwaters.


Morning Rundown: Monday, Aug. 2

Aug 2, 2021

It’s Monday, Aug. 2.  A decline in monsoon activity is expected this week, according to the National Weather Service, though chances for heavy rain and subsequent flash flooding remain in the forecast for Friday. A 21% chance of rain is on tap today in Flagstaff, with a 50% chance in Show Low, and a 44% chance in Chinle.

NAU Student Set For Olympic Race Tuesday

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The Hopi Nation is in a state of emergency this week as tribal officials assess the damage from last weekend’s floods and brace for more storms. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.

The top two elected officials on the Hopi reservation are seeking another term in office. 


Many Native students who attend school in Flagstaff live in a dormitory operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs because their family homes are far away, scattered on the vast Navajo Nation. But when schools shut their doors at the start of the pandemic, they had to go home…where they faced not only a sudden switch to online classes, but also a lack of access to Internet, electricity, food and water. Teachers and counselors worked long hours to stay connected to their students, many of whom were suffering from isolation and fear. Darrell Marks is the Native American academic advisor at Flagstaff High School. Tomorrow he receives a special award for courage from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation for risking his health and safety to help others during the pandemic. In this audio postcard, we meet Darrell Marks who says the recognition is bittersweet after a year of heartbreaking loss.