Don’t Miss the Navajo Math Circles 2022 Summer Camp!

Navajo Math Circles and COVID-19

“Most of our activities are still virtual as the pandemic comes under control. As in-person activities resume we will take all precautions and care. All NNMC visitors will be fully vaccinated and will follow CDC guidelines and local regulations. We will host an in-person summer camp and teacher workshop in 2022. Follow the event links for more information.”


“Good morning friends. Please share this educational opportunity for Summer 2022

Free Math Day Camp!

Grades: 6th-12th

Location: Page, Arizona at Coconino Community College

When: Session 1- May 31st to June 2nd

Session 2-June 6th to June 9th” Navajo Math Circles

Who are we? We are the Navajo Nation Math Circles (NNMC) for students and teachers of the Navajo Nation. Our goal is to share fun and rewarding mathematics with everyone. We partner with over 40 mathematicians across the United States to develop amazing mathematics and amazing mathematicians.

 The NNMC is many many people. We are a community of students, teachers, facilitators, professors, consultants… The NNMC is co-directed by:

• Dr. David Auckly, Mathematics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.

• Dr. Henry Fowler, Mathematics, Navajo Technical University, Crownpoint, NM.

Who are you? We want “I do mathematics” to be a part of everyone’s answer to “Who are you?” That’s why the NNMC is different from any other Math Circle we know of–we honor the language, culture, and history of the Diné as part of the important work we do. We want to hear our participant’s pride in saying, “I am Diné and I love mathematics.” Both together is truly baa hózhó mathematics.

To contact the NNMC, send an email to and it will forward to the appropriate person.


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“Growth Slows for Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf Population”

“The rarest subspecies of gray wolf in North America was listed as endangered in the 1970s and a U.S.-Mexico captive breeding program was started with the seven remaining wolves in existence.” S. Montoya Bryan, ICT April 14, 2022

Researchers fitted this Mexican gray wolf with a radio collar in 2018. They estimate about two dozen Mexican gray wolf packs live in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico. (Photo courtesy of Jenna Miller, Cronkite News)


Excerpt: Susan Montoya Bryan, Indian Country Today, April 14, 2022

“There are now more Mexican gray wolves roaming the southwestern U.S. than at any time since the federal government started to reintroduce the endangered species, wildlife managers said.

The results of the latest annual survey of the wolves show there are at least 196 in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona — the sixth straight year that wolf population has increased.

At least 186 Mexican wolves live in western New Mexico and eastern Arizona, authorities say. The wolves – a rare subspecies of the gray wolf – were all but wiped out by the 1970s. (File photo by Michael Hannan/Cronkite News)

But officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the population’s growth in 2021 was tempered by higher than average pup mortality. Life was made more difficult for the wolves because of a persistent drought that has resulted in low precipitation and scant snowpack, the officials said.

‘We are happy to see the wild population of Mexican wolves continue to grow year after year,’ said Brady McGee, coordinator of the Mexican gray wolf recovery program. ‘The service and our partners remain focused on recovery through improving the genetic health of the wild population and reducing threats, while also working to minimize conflicts with livestock.’

Ranchers continue to have concerns about livestock killed by the wolves, saying efforts to scare the predators away from livestock — by horse riders, nonlethal shots fired from guns and flags put up on fences near cattle — have not been effective enough. Feeding caches for the wolves are also set up by officials to lure wolves away from livestock…’The disappointing lack of significant growth is a sign that this recovery paradigm is not working,’ Chris Smith with the WildEarth Guardians group said in a statement…Federal officials are expected this summer to finalize a new rule that will govern management of Mexican wolves in the U.S.”

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Diné Businessman Opens Paleta Bar Store in Mesa

“A coconut ice pop fully dipped in milk chocolate, topped with M&Ms and chunks of bananas, or a coffee ice pop dipped with powdered chili and chamoy, topped with Cocoa pebbles and chunks of watermelon. Delicious, right? They’re paletas, or eye-catching Mexican popsicles.” K. Allen, Navajo Times, Jan 21 2022

Courtesy photo | Franklin Yazzie Different flavors of paleta, or Mexican popsicles, are on showcase inside a Paleta Bar. The paletas can be dipped into other flavors and coated with toppings such as M&Ms and Oreos.

Excerpt: A taste of home: Diné entrepreneur set to open Paleta Bar store in Mesa, By Krista Allen, Navajo Times, Jan 21 2022

“And a store where people can buy these popsicles is opening Saturday in Mesa, Arizona (1917 S. Signal Butte Rd.).

At The Paleta Bar, Diné entrepreneur Franklin Yazzie said, it’s the customer’s choice. And there are many choices, each described as gourmet, fresh and made-to-order.

Courtesy photo | Franklin Yazzie Fresh fruits cubed and ready for toppings are seen under a showcase. Different flavors of paleta, or Mexican popsicles, can be dipped into other flavors and topped with chunks of fruits like watermelon and strawberries.

‘The Paleta Bar brand originated out of Albuquerque,’ explained Yazzie, 24, who’s a co-owner. ‘We recently started expanding into other states.’

Yazzie, who’s Bitáá’chii’nii, is originally from Naat’áanii Nééz-Tsé Bit’a’í. He’s a Navajo Prep alumnus.

Yazzie said after graduating from high school in 2015, he enrolled at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque.

When he decided that he didn’t have academic strength to finish college, he dropped out to take an entrepreneurial route because he knew he could operate a business instead…The Paleta Bar serves all kinds of paletas, said Yazzie. They’re frozen dessert, but visitors on Saturday might be able to warm up these unique paletas.”


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Ojibwe Artist Jim Denomie Walks On

“Acclaimed Ojibwe artist Jim Denomie – whose ‘metaphorical surrealism’ works examined historical and contemporary events – died March 1 after a short battle with cancer. He was 66.”S. H. Schulman, ICT, Mar 3 2022

Ojibwe Artist Jim Denomie

Excerpt: By Sandra Hale Schulman, ICT, March 3, 2022

“An active artist until the end, he participated in Miami Art Week in December 2021 with a solo exhibit at Untitled Art Fair, and was in a group show of Indigenous artists that closed in late February in Los Angeles at Various Small Fires Gallery.

‘Jim was undoubtedly one of the most important painters of his generation, offering a powerful and unmatched vision, one both deeply expressive of his Indigenous roots and compelling for art and non-art viewers alike,’ said Todd Bockley, owner of the Bockley Gallery, which has represented Denomie since 2007.

‘But it’s his generosity of spirit, his tireless support for artists, and his kindness to all that I’ll miss most.’

Attack on Fort Snelling Bar and Grill” (2007) by Jim Denomie,

Noted one fan on Twitter, ‘The Native art world is losing one of it’s greats as Jim Denomie starts his journey. His work has always been such an inspiration—politically pointed, often funny, layered…so Ojibwe.’

Born July 6, 1955, Denomie was a citizen of the Lac Courte Orielles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.

Denomie’s 2021 painting “The Storyteller

He lived on the reservation until he was four, when his family moved to Chicago as part of forced government relocation programs in the 1960s…As a youth, Denomie struggled with the pressures of racism and stereotypes. While attending the University of Minnesota he became involved with the American Indian student organization, engaging in Native art, culture, politics, and language.

Denomie mixed a color on his palette. credit- Mark Vancleavw, Star Tribune

He traveled and exhibited widely across the United States and around the world, most notably Brazil and New Zealand… Denomie’s works had been shown in more than 130 exhibitions throughout the U.S. and internationally…He died at his home in Franconia, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, writer Diane Wilson; daughters Cheryl Lane and Sheila Umland; son Cody Cyson; step-daughter Jodi Bean; and his mother, Pamelia Almquist.”

Tribal Nations Still Caring for Buffalos and the Land

“The Rosebud Sioux nation in South Dakota aims to build the largest Indigenous owned herd to help food security and restore the land.” M. Krupnick, The Guardian, Feb 20, 2022

The Wolakota Buffalo Range in South Dakota has swelled to 750 bison with a goal of reaching 1,200. Photograph- Matt Krupnick

Excerpt: Matt Krupnick, The Guardian, Feb 20, 2022

“A trio of bison has gathered around a fourth animal’s carcass, and Jimmy Doyle is worried. ‘I really hope we’re not on the brink of some disease outbreak,’ said Doyle, who manages the Wolakota Buffalo Range here in a remote corner of south-western South Dakota in one of the country’s poorest counties. The living bison sidle away as Doyle inspects the carcass, which is little more than skin and bones after coyotes have scavenged it. ‘If you don’t catch them immediately after they’ve died, it’s pretty hard to say what happened,’ he said.

So far, at least, the Wolakota herd has avoided outbreaks as it pursues its aim of becoming the largest Indigenous American-owned bison herd. In the two years since the Rosebud Sioux tribe started collecting the animals on the 28,000-acre range in the South Dakota hills, the herd has swelled to 750 bison.

The tribe plans to reach its goal of 1,200 within the year…With their eyes on solving food shortages and financial shortfalls, restoring ecosystems and bringing back an important cultural component, dozens of Indigenous tribes have been restoring bison herds. Tribes manage at least 55 herds across 19 states,  said Troy Heinert, executive director of the InterTribal Buffalo Council.

The pandemic, which has hit tribes particularly hard, added to the urgency of bison restoration, said Heinert, who is also the minority leader in the South Dakota state senate. The first animal harvested by Wolakota helped feed homeless residents of the Rosebud Sioux reservation…Although the words are used interchangeably, bison and buffalo are different animals. Bison – named the US’s national mammal in 2016 – are found in North America and Europe, while buffalo are native to Asia and Africa.

‘I used to be a stickler for calling them bison, but I’ve heard them called buffalo a lot around here,’ said Doyle, who is also a wildlife biologist. ‘I feel like it rolls off the tongue more easily, and it’s just fun to say.’

‘For Indian tribes, the restoration of buffalo to tribal lands signifies much more than simply conservation of the national mammal,’ said Ervin Carlson, president of the InterTribal Buffalo Council, at a House hearing last year. “Tribes enter buffalo restoration efforts to counteract the near extinction of buffalo that was analogous to the tragic history of American Indians in this country.’

While food security is most often cited as the reason for the recent interest in bison, tribes also hope that returning bison to the land will restore ecological balance. At Wolakota, for instance, bison have been eating the yucca plants that became plentiful after native grasses disappeared, tearing them up by the roots and allowing grasses to return. The grass regeneration increases carbon capture.”

Click here to see the tribes of the Intertribal Buffalo Council

Navajo Nation Begins Sending Hardship Checks to Elders

“The president’s office announced on Tuesday that the Navajo Nation controller began printing the first batch of American Rescue Plan Act Hardship Assistance checks in the amount of $2,000 for elders, ages 60 years and above, who previously received CARES Act Hardship Assistance.” R. Krisst, Navajo Times, Feb 18, 2022

Two Navajo elders wear face masks to protect them from COVID-19-photo-grandriver:getty images

Excerpt: Hardship for Elders: Processing of elders Hardship checks underway By Rima Krisst, Navajo Times, Feb 18, 2022

“The president’s office said that the goal is to have the ARPA Hardship Assistance checks in the mail by the end of February for previous CARES Act Hardship recipients, with the exception of new applicants and individuals that have outstanding issues such as changes to their mailing address. “The office will continue processing checks as quickly as possible and will work weekends, once again, to expedite the relief checks,” the president’s office said.

Navajo Elders. Photo- Althea John:Navajo Times

The controller’s office has hired temporary staff to help with the processing of the ARPA Hardship Assistance payments…In January, Nez signed the Navajo Nation Council resolution into law, which approved $557 million for the ARPA Hardship Assistance to provide payments to Navajo citizens to help mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. he funding provides $2,000 for adults 18 years and older on or before Jan. 4, 2022, and $600 for children who are enrolled in the Navajo Tribe.”

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