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Mother Earth takes center stage

Mother Earth takes center stage

5th candidates for president forum held at Diné College


With the fifth and final presidential candidate forum held at Diné College, you might have expected education issues to take center stage. Instead, the environment floated to the fore.

Which, when you think about it, makes perfect sense. If college students are to graduate and make their way in the world, the first thing they need is a world. In other highlights, a group of veterans walked from Chinle to Tsaile to protest the holdup of $1.2 million in funding earmarked for home repair, funeral expenses and other emergency needs, and Tom Chee for the first time spoke about his wife.

Candidates answered questions from the panelists, who included Diné College students and faculty, about illegal trash dumping, water rights, climate change and clean energy.

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About The Author

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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