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Arlyssa Becenti

Arlyssa Becenti

Arlyssa Becenti is a Diné journalist with 10 years experience reporting on Navajo Nation. She recently placed first for Arizona Press Club’s community investigating reporting for her series on the illegal hemp and marijuana farms in Shiprock, N.M. She was also awarded Arizona Press Club’s 2020 Nina Mason Pulliam Environmental Journalism Award for community reporting. She has reported for the daily Gallup Independent and weekly Navajo Times. She is pursuing her masters in investigative journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

Hospitals serving the Navajo Nation adjust as beds keep filling up

By: - November 9, 2021

Gallup Indian Medical Center was one of several New Mexico hospitals that was praised by the state’s Department of Health for its treatment of COVID-19 patients by using monoclonal antibodies. Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 patients is an infusion given to patients through IV, and takes about an hour. Studies have shown that it has […]

Navajo Nation pushes for radioactive waste remnants to be fully removed

By: - October 22, 2021

GALLUP – Navajo Nation continues to hold strong on its stance against radioactive waste being dumped near its lands, while also pushing for the waste to be removed completely. The Church Rock uranium mill site is owned by United Nuclear Corporation, and in 1979 this site is where 93 million gallons of radioactive tailings were […]

Reported missing, but attention still absent

By: - October 13, 2021

Mary Margret Begay from Grand Canyon, Ariz., has been missing since Aug. 2, 1957. Paul Benally from Winslow, Ariz., has been missing since May 1, 1972. Gloria Ann Talley went missing out of Albuquerque on June 19, 1986 and hasn’t been heard from since. These are just a few of the forgotten missing that advocate […]

Navajo Nation controller accused of fraud in COVID-testing contract

By: - October 4, 2021

Two criminal complaints against ousted Navajo Nation Controller Pearline Kirk were unsealed Thursday, Sept. 30, alleging that she illegally paid an unaccredited private company to conduct COVID tests early in the pandemic. The complaints allege that an inexperienced company known as Agile Technologies Group LLC was paid over $3 million of Navajo Nation funds to […]