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‘I’m sure it’s a culture shock for most of you’: Navajos take the majority on the San Juan County Commission

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. Monticello • After a hard-won and historic victory that will shift the body from a long-standing white Republican majority to a Democratic and American Indian one, the new San Juan County Commission took the oath of office in a packed ceremony Monday. The occasion was met with celebration from many in southeastern Utah who hope

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Judge: Clerk Falsified Complaint Against Navajo Candidate

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge who ordered a Utah county to put a Navajo man back on the ballot has determined the county clerk violated state law by improperly dating the residency complaint and by overstepping his role. U.S. District Judge David Nuffer said in his written decision filed Thursday night that Democrat Willie Grayeyes’

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Press Release: Federal judge orders San Juan County to put Utah Navajo activist Willie Grayeyes back on the ballot

A federal judge has ruled that San Juan County officials improperly invalidated the candidacy of Willie Grayeyes, a Navajo Democrat running for County Commission. After a hearing Tuesday in Moab, Grayeyes’ attorney, Steven Boos, said U.S. District Judge David Nuffer restored the candidate’s voting rights and ordered his name back onto the November ballot. Grayeyes’ name

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Press Release: Better Utah Calls for Independent Investigation Into San Juan County Clerk’s Allegedly Doctored Complaint

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 7, 2018   BETTER UTAH CALLS FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO SAN JUAN COUNTY CLERK’S ALLEGEDLY DOCTORED COMPLAINT Salt Lake City, UT – Today, a federal judge ordered that Willie Grayeyes, Utah Navajo activist and Democratic candidate for the San Juan County Commission be reinstated to the ballot, holding that

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Bill to acknowledge Utah’s native history passes Senate

I support SJR1, Joint Resolution on Museum Recognizing Atrocities Against American Indians. History is multi-perspective. Growing up on the Navajo Indian reservation in Northern Arizona I was taught in school that the Navajo people were hunters, gatherers and farmers, not warriors. This perspective never sat well with me. I saw differently. I felt differently. Then

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Meet Oliver Whaley, our newest Better UTAH intern

Oliver Whaley is a graduate student in Southern Utah University’s Master of Public Administration program. We’re happy to have him on board. —– Hello, my name is Oliver Baahozho Whaley. I am Navajo and grew up in the small town of Kayenta, AZ on the Navajo Indian reservation. I am currently finishing up a master’s

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