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The Navajo Nation Council voted to keep the Navajo Generating Station open until 2019 then work with its owner to shut it down. This legislation buys the tribe a little more time to find a new source of revenue and jobs.
Sen. Jeff Flake will meet in Washington today with a delegation of senators visiting from Mexico, and the central topic on the agenda is expected to be the negotiations for trade in North America that will begin later this year.
In Fry Bread Nation, we explore Navajo food staples like mutton, blue corn mush and fry bread. Some are a source of strength while others carry hidden risks.
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The Navajo Nation Council will hold a special session Monday to decide when to shut down the Navajo Generating Station. The tribe is negotiating a longer lease.
May was Mexico’s deadliest month on record since the peak of the drug war, but drug activity is likely only one reason for the spike.
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Sonora officials say the loss of the planned manufacturing of the Ford Focus in their state will be overshadowed by investments they expect to total $3.2 billion over the next year.
Narciso Hernandez Cuevas, a 73-year-old sugar cane farmer
Businesses in the American and Mexican food and beverage industry are finding it difficult to swallow the new agreement for trading sugar between the two countries. But deal seems to be palatable for producers of alternative sweeteners.
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The Navajo Nation, the largest reservation in the country, is finally getting its first Starbucks in Window Rock. This is another sign that the tribe’s capital city is growing.
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The Coconino National Forest will switch to Type II fire restriction mode starting June 22. Even though forest officials had prohibited campfires starting June 15, they found 34 abandoned campfires last weekend.
Arizona’s neighboring state of Sonora will not produce Ford’s Focus model as originally planned by the company, and their new business strategy might affect both sides of the border.
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The Navajo tribal government has been giving out bonuses to its employees, totaling millions in public funds, according to a recent audit.
The Mexican government denied on Monday afternoon any involvement in the reported illegal surveillance of high-profile activists and journalists in the country.
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Firefighters contained a small wildfire Thursday in Williams despite a drone flying over the area that delayed operations. Fire officials reported more than 40 drones over wildfires in 2016 and several already this fire season.
Mezcal has become a booming business for Oaxaca, Mexico. The pungent booze is being marketed throughout the U.S. and not just at the consumer level: the industry is looking for serious investors.
High temperatures are expected in southern Arizona this week, increasing the risk to immigrants who cross the border illegally and end up exposed to the desert’s elements.

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