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Tribe finds money to keep scholarships going


Recipients of Navajo Nation scholarships whose funding was held up by the government shutdown will get some relief, according to the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarships and Financial Assistance.

President Russell Begaye last Friday issued a directive to the Navajo Nation controller to loan $2.5 million to the scholarship program until the Bureau of Indian Affairs Navajo Region Office is open again.

ONNSFA Director Rose Graham said in a press release Tuesday the office has resumed processing scholarships and students should have their money within the next few weeks.
Students can check on their funding at

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Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth is the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation. Her other beats include agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.” She can be reached at


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